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Tanita Rahmani

Tanita Rahmani

New Voices '23

Tell us about yourself:

My name is Tanita and a few years ago, I was a lawyer. I took a giant leap and now I’m an audio reporter and producer based in New York. I’ve produced and reported narrative series from Campside Media and I field-produced and consulted for an episode of Immaterial, a podcast from the MET Museum. Before that, I ran an audio production company and produced overlooked stories from Indonesia - from the curious story of how instant noodles changed the Indonesian diet to the Indonesian army boy who ended up in a wrestling ring in Hawaii. Recently, I also co-directed an award-winning short documentary called Dust Away, about one of the biggest clean-up projects in New York. You can find me rambling about my process of making audio stories from nuts to soup on my Substack page: Pitch. Kill. Pitch Again!

A piece of yours or project (in any medium) that you'd like to share.

I want to share this piece called The Mind/Body Affair. It’s an independent project I made where I also laid all the whole process from ideating and producing this story - in a super transparent way. I really appreciated that and I learned a lot! https://tanitarahmani.substack.com/p/how-i-produced-the-mindbody-affair

What draws you to storytelling?

It’s ability to make emotive sense and meaning to otherwise vague or disjointed ideas. 

What excites you the most about being a New Voices Scholar?

A sense of community and that you’re-not-alone-in-this-journey type of feeling!

What’s the most underrated tool (technical or not) that you use in your creative process?

The public library and bookstore managers or owners. Ask them questions about your ideas, and they might recommend you really relevant books that might become the entry to your story and characters! 

What is something you want to see more of in the industry?

Maybe not exactly what I want to see more, but I wish the industry didn’t end shows that are considered harder/costlier to make. Many of them are the reason why people were inspired to work in this industry to begin with. 

Who/What are your radio/audio inspirations and why?

Hmm this is a hard one, because there are many of them! But I transitioned from lawyering to audio storytelling after listening to a bunch of Invisibilia episodes and so I think that will always be one of my inspirational audio shows.

Connect with Tanita on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn or Substack.