Martina Butler 19 years old talk host/interviewer at emogirltalk, an online podcast show.
Martina Butler-First teenager's podcast show to get a corporate sponsorship at the age of 15 and has been running the show for 4 years now.
Hey Martina, how are you doing? Welcome to YHP
I host a podcast called Emo Girl Talk.
Who did you get into podcasting?
My dad hosts a podcast and I would come on his show as a guest occasionally. His listeners loved my episodes, so my dad suggested i start my own, so I did.
What do you talk about on your shows?
I talk about my favorite TV shows, respond to listeners' calls, and anything that is on my mind. I have a segment called "Eco Girl Talk," where I talk about the environment and tips on "going green."I also play music by various indie/rock/emo artists/bands.
How do you keep balance between doing shows and college?
I love doing both. It keeps me busy and gives me a challenge. I try not to overload myself with too many units at school, so I stick to four classes a semester so that I can focus on everything in my life.
You said you want to become a television host, I can tell you, you’re not far from it? How are you going about it? What other things do you do that direct towards your goal?
I host the music network at Mevio.com, one of the top 10 music sites in the world. I am sort of like an MTV VJ, where I introduce music videos and give my feedback with a good friend of mine, Jackie. We have been working together a lot, as she also wants to become a television host. I enjoy being on camera and everyday I get more and more comfortable with it. I can't wait for my future.
Who is your role model/influence?
My father has been my greatest role model, because he has always been so supportive and has done everything he can to help me with my career. I would be nowhere without him. As for my influence, Ellen DeGeneres is the person who made me want to become a television host. I love her because she is famous and successful from being nothing but herself. That is the only way any of us can be truly happy with our success, and she proves it.
What else do you do apart from running your online show? What are your hobbies?
I love taking yoga classes and going to the gym. I also have five dogs, so I love playing with them and taking them on walks.
What is your favourite quote and book?
My favorite book is The Great Gatsby. "Everything happens for a reason so don't regret, only learn from your mistakes.
How does it feel to be part of the book “The richest kids in America” By Mark Victor Hansen?
I feel so blessed to be in this book, it has been such a wonderful opportunity. I have become friends with all the other kids in the book, and we have all networked with each other. Mark is such a kind heart and I am grateful to have worked with him.
How did you feel getting sponsorships for your podcast sessions?
I was so excited when I first got offered a sponsorship. It is so amazing getting paid for doing what I love.
What has been your memorable moment so far?
I would have to say the first conference in Los Angeles speaking with all the other "Richest Kids," Mark Victor Hansen, and the legendary Ark Linkletter. I was one of the few of the kids who knew who Art was prior to the event, he is one of the most influential people in the TV business. He is 97 years old and still so lively and happy. Meeting such an icon and asking him questions is something I was truly blessed with and will never forget.
What can you recommend to anyone that wants to become a television host?
I am still learning, myself, but I would definitely say go to school. People think it doesn't take any education to be on television, but I believe ALL careers can and will benefit from a college education. There is nothing more important to me than finishing school and THEN pursuing my dream.
What should be expecting from you in the future? Any plans of expanding the show?
I have begun to expand the show, with Mevio and YouTube. My good friend Jackie and I, have been working together to bring the Emo Girl Talk audience to more shows, like our YouTube show, the "Jackie and Martina Show" as well as Emo Girl TV on Mevio where we host interviews with musicians and bands. We will see where these projects take us and, like I said before, I can't wait for my future.
Thanks for your time, martina.