Episode 7: Rachel Belle

Rachel Belle (www.hellorachelbelle.com) is a feature reporter, radio personality and host, best known for her segment "Ring My Belle," (www.mynorthwest.com/rachelbelle) that airs weekday afternoons on KIRO Radio's The Ron & Don Show. She was voted Seattle's Best FM Radio Personality by "Seattle Weekly" in 2012. As a freelance food and culture writer, Rachel has contributed to Lucky Peach, The Stranger and Eater Seattle, to name a few. She's a regular contributor, and fill-in host, on Seattle Kitchen, a culinary radio program and podcast co-hosted by James Beard award winning restaurateur, Tom Douglas. She was featured as a taco expert on the Cooking Channel show "Best in Chow," as a journalist on the Discovery Investigates programs "Happily Never After" and "Ice Cold Killers" and was a guest on "Check Please! Northwest," a PBS restaurant review program. She believes a good burrito can solve any crisis.

In This TAMP Episode Rachel talks with Smarthouse Creative's Ryan Davis about her production process, working as a one-woman band, and explains how she comes up with, develops, produces and publishes relevant and engaging media stories. She describes her use of social media as a tool, and how, by harnessing and directing its power, she is able to come up with unique story ideas.

Rachel encourages storytellers to constantly ask themselves the big question “who cares?” when producing content. In reflecting about voice and audience engagement Rachel explains, “My advice is to really have your own voice and not, on social media, put up, kind of generic stuff…let your personality shine through.” Don’t miss Rachel’s tips about how to deal with internet trolls on social media. Her advice might come as a surprise! Find out more about the ways that Rachel finds, builds and maintains a loyal audience by listening to this episode of TAMP.