After a stint as a producer in Washington DC in 2014, Chrystal had a baby and took the time to complete an MA. Through all of her experience, she had begun to identify a need for a new type of journalism that had more integrity – one that was solutions-based, didn’t assume knowledge and welcomed a much wider range of voices and perspective. Then in 2017 she launched Stance as a globally minded arts and culture podcast, which was quickly met with loyal listeners and critical acclaim. In 2018 it won Best Arts & Culture Show and Rising Star in the Mixcloud Online Radio Awards, as well as being recognised by the British Podcast Awards, The Observer, The Times and The Financial Times, to name a few.
Initially a side project, today Chrystal spends two days a week on Stance, crafting in-depth pieces about topics like Manchester’s LGBTQ+ scene, decolonising yoga or the female prison experience and interviewing the likes of Four Tet, political campaigner Gina Miller, singer-producer Nao and poet John Cooper Clarke. In the remaining three days, Chrystal creates courses, workshops and performance programmes for young people at the Southbank Centre, encouraging new talent to realise their potential.
In the three years since Chrystal moved into podcasting, it has become a much more populated space, especially as celebrities and traditional broadcasters move into this area. To make sure people from underrepresented backgrounds are empowered and equipped to do the same, Chrystal runs free workshops to help young people launch their own series – and this includes running monthly event Violet Nights at The Southbank Centre and at Tate as a Tate Exchange Associate. Through the episode, we hear invaluable advice for anyone wanting to make a podcast or get a side hustle off the ground, and how self-initiated projects can make all the difference to your journey.