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An Interview with Jeyca Maldonado-Medina

Jeyca Maldonado-Medina, the brains behind Trouble Children, took the time to sit down with Emily Hill to discuss content creation and the podcast.

Emily Hill: What made you want to get involved with Trouble Child?

Jeyca Maldonado-Medina: I just graduated, so I've had some free time and have been wanting to fill it with something creative. When Aubrey approached me about this magazine, it seemed to fit exactly what I was looking for. I would get to work with people who are passionate about what they do and have people to bounce ideas off of.

Plus the idea of uncertainty and being anxious is something I think about a lot. I’ve had lots of conversations with friends and unwilling party goers about feelings of anxiety and just trying to figure it all out. Exploring that is something I’m all about.

EH: How do you think your skillset can impact Trouble Child?

JMM: I think that my audio skills will allow for Trouble Child to cater to different kinds of art. We can expand the kinds of stories we can tell and how we tell them. I think Angela [podcast Trouble Children’s host] and I can also help people tell their story even if they feel like they're not storytellers. Audio is just conversation, so as long as you have someone to have a good conversation with then you’re telling a story. Plus, editing is magic and can make anyone sound like a storyteller.

EH: What makes you passionate about writing?

JMM: I've always wanted to have control of how I come across to others. Writing for me was a way to control the message I'm meaning to portray by editing to the point where I am being succinct and eloquent.

I also find that I come to realizations as I write. Writing forces my brain to slow down a little bit and be deliberate and really think through what I’m writing about.

EH: How has writing and creating content made an impact on your life?

JMM: Ever since I got into journalism, I've come to realize how much telling a story can change minds and hearts, whether that means telling my own story or someone else's. I think that stories have the capability to make us all feel less alone. Stories are universal and validating and that is important.

Stories can also be an escape. I read to escape, so I know that writing and creating can help others escape their own lives for a little while.

EH: How will creating a podcast about uncertainty impact the way you feel uncertainty in your life?

JMM: It's validation. I spend a lot of time thinking about who I am, how I come across, and how I'm changing. To be able to listen to stories of other people who are also uncertain would help me feel like I'm not so crazy after all.

I also want people to feel like they have people who will listen to their stories. Everyone’s story is worth telling. I think that hearing someone’s story told in their own voice makes it really hard to deny someone’s humanity. Telling and listening to stories brings us all closer together, as cheesy as that sounds.

EH: How hipster are you?

JMM: A true hipster never admits to being a hipster.