(that's the photo Ida took of me)
Hey! I’m Lowell Brillante, creator and host of Prodigy. I sincerely hope you’re enjoying the show. Here’s a little about me.
I’m 35 years old and live in Decatur (town in Atlanta) with my dog Ender. She likes to bark at small children and murder stuffed animals.
I really enjoy cooking. I’ve got some broth on the stove right now for tonkatsu ramen. Definitely a bit of a homebody. The pandemic is awful in so many ways but I appreciate working from home.
I grew up in Charlotte NC with 2 older siblings and 2 very sweet Sicilian parents that will gladly make you as many espressos as you want.
I graduated from UNC-Charlotte. Spent about 5 years doing freelance video production then another 5 at an agency in Atlanta. I was looking to switch jobs and was lucky enough to know a famous podcaster when their company was hiring producers.
I’ve worked on a bunch of shows from Katie Couric to Daniel and Jorge Explain the Universe to Part-Time Genius.
Once I got the hang of producing I wanted to develop my own show which eventually turned into Prodigy. I didn’t originally plan on being the host as well but it was easier to bootstrap it that way.
Talent is a really interesting subject to me. I never felt like I was especially talented in any specific area, but if interest is any indication then it would be podcasting, which I only discovered recently.
I also found books like “talent is overrated” interesting due to the idea of creating prodigies. However when I really thought about the concept, I felt like there were big gaps in the argument.
You don’t even need data and examples, if everyone is different then some people must be better suited for certain things.
I always felt like I was smart but lacked an ability to focus. 7 months ago I was officially diagnosed with adhd (the inattentive type).
Wait, what were we talking about?
Jk, anyway understanding my diagnosis and proper medication really helped me focus on making this show a reality. It’s been a massive challenge for me and one that I still struggle with every single day, but it’s given me something that I often felt was lacking in my life, a sense of purpose.
Throughout my research, one thing I’ve learned that I think is really important is the benefit of feedback. I want your feedback on how I can make the show better. If you’re reading this final line, thank you so much for your interest and please reach out. I’d love to hear from you!
Here's another photo Ida took of me