Hi! I’m Kristen, a 20-year old, croc-wearing, trader joes obsessed, certified medical mystery, and welcome to Behind the Filter! When scrolling through Instagram it is so easy to think that everyone is having a better time than us. After wasting a large chunk of my life comparing myself to strangers on Instagram I realized that we are all living through a filter. Listen to the first mini-episode to learn more about my inspiration for this podcast and follow along for more fun updates on Instagram at @behind.the.filter.pod and at @kristenbrodynyc.
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This is the Behind the Filter Podcast Episode 1 *music*
Welcome back to the Behind the Filter Podcast. A podcast for all of the things we don’t say about social media, comparison, mental health, and everyday struggles. I’m your host Kristen Brody. I am a 20 year old oversharing my insecurities, embarrassing stories, and feelings about social media so you no longer have to feel alone
Hi everyone, I am so excited to be recording my trailer of Behind the Filter. I have been screaming for something like this since I was a teenager, and I figure if no one else is going to talk about these topics– I have to. So I will be sharing a little bit more about myself, and what to expect from this podcast, and the meaning of Behind the Filter.
So for those of you who don’t know me, or are meeting me for the first time.. I should say hearing me for the first time: I am a 20 year old living my best life in New York City. “Best life” is probably a stretch right now because we are going through a global pandemic, but you know what I mean. I am a croc wearing, trader joe’s obsessed, certified medical mystery– I know I’m a lot but I think that’s the best part about me. I am currently studying Advertising Marketing and Communications at the Fashion Institute of Technology, and have fallen in love with telling stories. Immersing myself in the media industry has also made me rethink the way I and so many others consume social media.
When I was growing up I always felt like I didn’t fit in. Which is something we all feel at one point or another. I was either too tall, too quiet, too loud, too weird, too extra, too sassy, too myself. I always felt this insane amount of pressure that I wasn’t enough and at the same time I was way too much. Luckily for me, my parents ingrained in me at a really young age that being yourself is a good thing, and don’t let anyone tell you anything different. As I got older I felt as if all of my insecurities were amplified through social media. I had a lot of friends, but I didn’t exactly have a friend “group.” I think the thing that bothered me most was when I would see my friends hanging out without me and posting about it on social media. I absolutely hated how social media was making me feel, but I never really talked about it.
As my life went on I always felt like social media was feeding my insecurities. Whether it was body image, food, lifestyle– I couldn’t help but feel everyone had it better off than I did… Which we all know isn’t the case.
I’m kind of obsessed with instagram because it allows me to communicate with the world. I literally made an Instagram for every part of my life, even my dog has one. But I was just never really fully aware of how it was affecting me personally.
It’s such a problem that we are growing up in a world thinking that our value is based off of likes, and Instagram followers and it is so easy to assume everyone has it better off than us. After wasting a really long chunk of my life comparing myself to strangers and even my friends on instagram I realized that we are all living through a filter. All of the pictures we are comparing ourselves to are heavily edited, and perfectly curated. I mean no one’s life looks like that!! We are literally viewing other people’s lives through a filter. We also put up filters in our own lives and hide whats going on from other people.
I am starting this podcast to remind you that you are incredible as you are and don’t let any tv show, influencer, magazine, or friend tell you anything different. Being yourself is the most powerful tool. These are life lessons that I learned the hard way, and I’m really excited I can share them with you through my blog and my podcast because we all feel this way, and its time we talk about our insecurities and to feel a little less alone. Even if my mom is the only one listening to this, I am really excited to put this out there because I don’t think we are having enough conversations about how social media is effecting us. I am going to be sharing my own personal stories and interviewing other people about their experience with social media, because I think we can all use a reminder every now and then that no one’s life is as perfect as their Instagram feed.
In order to set myself up for success I decided that I will be recording an episode once every two weeks. If any of this resonates with you, or you have a personal story you want to share feel free to reach out to me. You can find me on instagram at @behindthefilterpod, @kristenbrodynyc and you can also email me . Get ready for lots of real talk, belly laughs, and “oh my gosh I am so glad I am not the only one.” If you like what you hear please subscribe you can listen to me on Spotify, apple podcasts, or wherever you listen to your podcasts.
I have a really exciting guest lined up for the first episode and I can’t wait for her to share her personal story with you. So thank you all for listening, and I’m excited to talk more about what goes on Behind The Filter!