Etorian Hines, a Dallas TX. Native has been featured the Daily Inspirations Dallas Voyage magazine.
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Today we’d like to introduce you to Etorian Hines.
- Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
I graduated from Desoto High in 2007 and went to the U.S. Army, and deployed to Korea, Kuwait, and a few other places. I got out of the army and moved to Las Vegas, got married for the 3rd time, and decided to move back to Dallas. I ended up in Houston for over 18+ months due to the pandemic.
While alone in my apartment in Houston, like most of us were at the beginning of the pandemic, the podcast was born. I started talking into my AirPods about my life’s experiences and random information.
Fast forward to 2022 and I’m not only still podcasting but teaching others how to become podcasters with minimal equipment and maximum output for a beginner.
This is what makes me a Visionary, Veteran, Problem Solver, and a Serial Entrepreneur.
- Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Reachability and Scalability.
Becoming known and expanding the reach of listeners has always been the main problem for any creator.
Regardless of what platform someone is on, your content has to be valuable for anyone to consume it.
That’s why my biggest challenge was creating valuable content packaged well together in an excellent structured way that was easily digestible by the end user.
I didn’t understand the importance of analytics until I realized that I was trying to reach a particular demographic. Still, I wasn’t targeting that demographic in my keywords or using any engagement strategy.
Investing in education and becoming more strategic in how I podcast has brought me over this hurdle of reachability and scalability.
- Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
To sum myself up in a few words, I would again lead with visionary, veteran, problem solver, and a serial entrepreneur but I’m also a full-time podcast host, husband, and father of 6.
Due to PTSD, I no longer work as an engineer for a major cell phone company.
I now create podcasts, and in my current season, I talk about the work-life balance of today’s entrepreneurs.
- Do you have any advice for those looking to network or find a mentor?
I didn’t have a mentor initially, but as I started networking and growing, I began to listen to advice. I met a very successful person at the gym, and he told me, “Always double down on you.” He also recommended that I start reading, and I read the 12-week year, which has been a life-changing book for me.
That’s the extent of the mentorship I have had, but now I’m investing more into my education.