We had the good fortune of connecting with Erin Lim and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Erin, we’d love for you to start things off by telling us something about your industry that we and others not in the industry might be unaware of?
Time! It takes a lot of time to produce and promote our podcast episodes. Each episode takes hours – from scheduling (if it’s an interview), research, recording, editing, and writing up descriptions to pushing out to our social media platforms. In addition to the work on recording and promoting each audio episode, we take the time to use our Zoom video recording to cut select interviews for our YouTube channel to further promote our podcast conversations.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Bitch Talk Podcast is the Golden Girls of podcasting. When we started nine years ago, there were hardly any podcasters that looked like us. In fact, our podcast was highly influenced by one of the only women of color hosting a podcast at the time – comedian/actor Aisha Tyler. Since day one, our podcast has been hosted and produced by women of color, and for the last seven years, Bitch Talk has been an all-AAPI , woman-identifying podcast team. Bitch Talk moved from a kitchen table in Oakland to a studio in San Francisco to film festivals like SFFilm, CAAMFest, Sundance, and SXSW.
It’s never easy to grow a brand from nothing to something – growing our visibility and audience is a daily goal. There have been many challenges throughout our almost nine-year podcast run – not being fully funded, original co-host left the show after 100 episodes, sometimes our name gets in the way of booking guests and getting advertisers … But the key for us to keep going is that we love what we do and I think that shows in our interviews and interactions with guests.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
San Francisco is still recovering from the pandemic, but we’re happy to say that many of our favorite spots have survived the last two years of COVID. We’ve got great neighborhoods that help this city maintain its character, and for that, we are thankful! Specific neighborhoods to visit to eat and drink:
-Spec’s Twelve Adler Museum
-Golden Boy Pizza
-Liguria Bakery (best focaccia!)
-Mario’s Bohemian Cigar Store Cafe
-City Lights Books
-Sam’s Burgers and Pizza
-Li Po Cocktail Lounge
-Capital (chicken wings!)
Good Mong Kok Bakery (dim sum to go)
-Toronado (grab a sausage at Berliner Berliner next door if you need a snack)
-Memphis Minnie’s BBQ
-Pork Store (for breakfast)
-Club Deluxe (live music)
-Escape from New York Pizza (grab a slice)
-Milk Bar (has comedy nights)
-Flywheel Coffee Roasters
Golden Gate Park:
-California Academy of Sciences
-National AIDS Memorial Grove
-Conservatory of Flowers
-SF Botanical Garden
-The Golden Hour
-Good Luck Dim Sum
-Toy Boat by Jane
-Wing Lee Bakery
-Green Apple Books
-Pho Huynh Sang
-Walk/bike Crissy Field
-Visit the Ferry Building and walk along the water
-Go to a Giants game if they’re in town
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My Bitch Talk Podcast team. My co-host and creative life partner, Angela Tabora, is an insightful, funny, and highly organized creative co-host. There would be no YouTube channel without her since she is also a video editor. Bitch Talk wouldn’t have evolved to what it is today without her ongoing partnership. Our audio producer Charlene Goto of Go-To Productions has years of radio and podcast experience, which has helped us immensely over the years. Not only does Char have to suffer through our ummms and ahhhhs when editing multiple Bitch Talk episodes a week, but she rides the wave of our scheduling interviews, event ideas, and in-person opportunities. Last but not least, I have to give a shout out to my partner, Jeff Hunt, who is also a podcaster. He is 100 percent supportive of Bitch Talk and encourages all of my big ideas. He’s the “Why not!?” half of our relationship, which pushes me to take on risks as they come.
Chloe Jackman Photography Charlene Goto