Dadwell & Co. is creating a podcast at the intersection of creativity and fatherhood
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Maintaining a successful creative practice while remaining an engaged, present father feels nigh-impossible.

Countless creative (including myself!) struggle to strike a balance between fatherhood and their lives as makers, artists, and designers. Others grapple with whether or not to even start a family—for fear the commitment and responsibility of parenting will eclipse their creative pursuits. I believe men need to hear positive alternatives to the common narrative that says being a dad means putting creative pursuits on pause, sidelining side hustles, and reorienting one’s self as breadwinners and providers above all else.

So on February 9, 2019, I turned 40, quit my job, and embarked on a year-long creative sabbatical mission focused on a podcast concept called Dadwell. Here’s the pitch:

The Dadwell Podcast profiles men at the intersection of fatherhood and their creative practice—exploring how maker/designer/artist dads successfully nurture and develop their passions, projects and progeny.

Each episode aims to:

  • Highlight the guest's body of work and latest projects
  • Elucidate their creative and professional processes
  • Explore the relationship between their work and child(ren)
  • Discuss topics like masculinity, gender/family dynamics, identity, creativity
  • Trade philosophies and pro tips on fathering
  • Demystify how each guest navigates the stress, fatigue, resentment, wonder, pride, and joy of raising the creative bar while simultaneously raising small humans.

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Six weeks into the project, I've interviewed 18 creator dads ranging from DJs and designers to authors and auteurs. I’ve bore witness to the stories of single dads, stepdads, dads-to-be, dads of 1, 2 and 3, Buddhist dads, Catholic dads, atheist dads, black dads, white dads, Latinx dads and Asian dads. I’ve accumulated over 36 hours of beautiful, powerful audio and am beginning post-production and editing now....

Dadwell is set to launch on Father’s Day 2019—releasing a new episode every week over 4-5 months.

As of now, Dadwell has no advertising, no sponsorship and no revenue-generation. It's entirely independent and self-funded.

If you want to hear the honest stories of dads who are managing their own thriving creative practices—on top of being kick-ass fathers—or just learn parenting advice from fellow creatives—this is the podcast for you.

With your support, I can interview even more maker/artist/designer dads and expand beyond the podcast format—to books, short films and even events. The less I have to worry about revenue and runway, the more I can focus on scaling the concept and creating quality content without compromise.

Tiers
🖤 Father is friendly.
$5 or more per month

As a Father Patron, you get:

  • a shout-out in the season finale podcast show notes 🗣️ 
  • a firm handshake and sincere 'thank you' if we ever meet IRL 🤝 
🖤 Dad is dope.
$10 or more per month

As a Dad Patron, you get:

  • access to the private Dadwell Slack community 💬
  • a shout-out in the season finale podcast show notes 🗣️ 
  • a firm handshake and sincere 'thank you' if we ever meet IRL 🤝 
🖤 Pops is cool.
$15 or more per month

As a Pops Patron, you get:

  • a variety pack of Dadwell stickers 📫
  • access to the private Dadwell Slack community 💬
  • a shout-out in the season finale podcast show notes 🗣️ 
  • a firm handshake and sincere 'thank you' if we ever meet IRL 🤝 
🖤 Abba is awesome.
$25 or more per month

As an Abba Patron, you get:

  • an invite to an AMA group video chat with the host of Dadwell 👨🏻‍💻
  • access to the private Dadwell Slack community 💬
  • a variety pack of Dadwell stickers 📫
  • a shout-out in the season finale podcast show notes 🗣️ 
  • a firm handshake and sincere 'thank you' if we ever meet IRL 🤝 
👑 Papi is supreme.
$50 or more per month

As a magnanimous and devoted Papi Patron, you get:

  • an invite to an AMA group video chat with the host of Dadwell 👨🏻‍💻
  • a discount code for "at-cost" Dadwell merch 🛒
  • access to the private Dadwell Slack community 💬
  • a variety pack of Dadwell stickers 📫
  • a shout-out in the season finale podcast show notes 🗣️ 
  • a firm handshake and sincere 'thank you' if we ever meet IRL 🤝

Maintaining a successful creative practice while remaining an engaged, present father feels nigh-impossible.

Countless creative (including myself!) struggle to strike a balance between fatherhood and their lives as makers, artists, and designers. Others grapple with whether or not to even start a family—for fear the commitment and responsibility of parenting will eclipse their creative pursuits. I believe men need to hear positive alternatives to the common narrative that says being a dad means putting creative pursuits on pause, sidelining side hustles, and reorienting one’s self as breadwinners and providers above all else.

So on February 9, 2019, I turned 40, quit my job, and embarked on a year-long creative sabbatical mission focused on a podcast concept called Dadwell. Here’s the pitch:

The Dadwell Podcast profiles men at the intersection of fatherhood and their creative practice—exploring how maker/designer/artist dads successfully nurture and develop their passions, projects and progeny.

Each episode aims to:

  • Highlight the guest's body of work and latest projects
  • Elucidate their creative and professional processes
  • Explore the relationship between their work and child(ren)
  • Discuss topics like masculinity, gender/family dynamics, identity, creativity
  • Trade philosophies and pro tips on fathering
  • Demystify how each guest navigates the stress, fatigue, resentment, wonder, pride, and joy of raising the creative bar while simultaneously raising small humans.

––

Six weeks into the project, I've interviewed 18 creator dads ranging from DJs and designers to authors and auteurs. I’ve bore witness to the stories of single dads, stepdads, dads-to-be, dads of 1, 2 and 3, Buddhist dads, Catholic dads, atheist dads, black dads, white dads, Latinx dads and Asian dads. I’ve accumulated over 36 hours of beautiful, powerful audio and am beginning post-production and editing now....

Dadwell is set to launch on Father’s Day 2019—releasing a new episode every week over 4-5 months.

As of now, Dadwell has no advertising, no sponsorship and no revenue-generation. It's entirely independent and self-funded.

If you want to hear the honest stories of dads who are managing their own thriving creative practices—on top of being kick-ass fathers—or just learn parenting advice from fellow creatives—this is the podcast for you.

With your support, I can interview even more maker/artist/designer dads and expand beyond the podcast format—to books, short films and even events. The less I have to worry about revenue and runway, the more I can focus on scaling the concept and creating quality content without compromise.

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Tiers
🖤 Father is friendly.
$5 or more per month

As a Father Patron, you get:

  • a shout-out in the season finale podcast show notes 🗣️ 
  • a firm handshake and sincere 'thank you' if we ever meet IRL 🤝 
🖤 Dad is dope.
$10 or more per month

As a Dad Patron, you get:

  • access to the private Dadwell Slack community 💬
  • a shout-out in the season finale podcast show notes 🗣️ 
  • a firm handshake and sincere 'thank you' if we ever meet IRL 🤝 
🖤 Pops is cool.
$15 or more per month

As a Pops Patron, you get:

  • a variety pack of Dadwell stickers 📫
  • access to the private Dadwell Slack community 💬
  • a shout-out in the season finale podcast show notes 🗣️ 
  • a firm handshake and sincere 'thank you' if we ever meet IRL 🤝 
🖤 Abba is awesome.
$25 or more per month

As an Abba Patron, you get:

  • an invite to an AMA group video chat with the host of Dadwell 👨🏻‍💻
  • access to the private Dadwell Slack community 💬
  • a variety pack of Dadwell stickers 📫
  • a shout-out in the season finale podcast show notes 🗣️ 
  • a firm handshake and sincere 'thank you' if we ever meet IRL 🤝 
👑 Papi is supreme.
$50 or more per month

As a magnanimous and devoted Papi Patron, you get:

  • an invite to an AMA group video chat with the host of Dadwell 👨🏻‍💻
  • a discount code for "at-cost" Dadwell merch 🛒
  • access to the private Dadwell Slack community 💬
  • a variety pack of Dadwell stickers 📫
  • a shout-out in the season finale podcast show notes 🗣️ 
  • a firm handshake and sincere 'thank you' if we ever meet IRL 🤝