Drew Ackerman, aka “Scooter” is the creator and host of “Sleep With Me” the one-of-a-kind bedtime story podcast featured in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Buzzfeed, Mental Floss, and Dr. Oz. Drew has also been sober since 2013.
Born out of Drew's childhood insomnia, Sleep With Me was inspired by late-night comedy radio, which was the only thing that helped him fall asleep. Created in 2013, Sleep With Me combines the pain of insomnia with the relief of laughing and turns it into a unique storytelling podcast. Drew's stories on the show are inspired by his childhood as the oldest of six children and past jobs as a fuzzy dice and iron-on patch salesperson, fruit fly monitor for the State of California, and librarian for one of the largest jails in the country. Through Sleep With Me, Drew has dedicated himself to help those who feel alone in the deep dark night and just need someone to tell them a bedtime story.
00:42 – Interlinked in ways he is still discovering, Drew is the creator of the Sleep With Me Podcast and he has been sober since 2013.
02:56 – Drew walks us through what his life looked like before he decided to get sober. A lot of daydreaming, insomnia, a failed business and marriage. Drew often thought he was the problem while he now realizes alcohol was at the root of many of his issues.
08:02 – Several of Drew’s “bottoms” coalesced and then he got sick which prompted him to begin his "one day at a time" journey to recovery
11:42 – For those who haven’t heard it, Drew explains what Sleep With Me is all about and what his goals for the program are and where the genesis of the show came from.
19:38 - Drew found ways to challenge himself to defeat his inner critic and continue to build his podcast.
28:43 – Finding that humbling himself and asking for help when he didn’t know the answer was helpful in both recovery and with his podcast
37:17 – Pure grit and tenacity has helped Drew get through to achieve the success he has seen. The awareness of his gift of sobriety has also been an important factor in appreciating his success.
42:46 – The podcast is still a wrestling match with his Demons but there have been milestone moments that have taught him to be proud and appreciate the wins as they come
51:15 – Drew gives us the inside scoop on his thought process and how he comes up with such wildly creative episodes
56:43 – Sometimes you need to ask folks to support you or to support others in order to help them
58: 25 – His advice for people looking to grow their business or their podcast – just ask for help
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On the web: www.sleepwithmepodcast.com
On Facebook: Sleepwithmepodcast
On Instagram: dearestscooter
On Twitter: @dearestscooter