Blake wants to help you tell your story at NAST Studio. (📸: GrowingBoyMedia)
Hi, Blake! Tell us about your business focus.
NAST is a person (Blake), a podcast, a community and now a place. I founded the studio, and I’m the host of the “NAST Podcast”. My show highlights artists, creators and influencers with the goal of bringing community together. NAST Studios’ focus is to be a place that offers a safe, friendly, and professional environment for all levels of podcasters!
The studio features three rooms: The NAST Podcast Studio, Client Studio, and the editing room. Since NAST is a creator and podcaster as well, I’ve poured hours of care and creativity into the space. Even the little things help make a space feel more welcoming. Such as the vintage sign wall, photo corner, coffee bar and more!
What’s a project you’re working on, and how can your Seattle Restored participation help you with it? The NAST Podcast will always be an ever-evolving project. Having a space to myself to create and to share my knowledge with others has been very inspiring. Being a participant in Seattle Restored helps me know that I’m on the right path!
You’ll definitely be inspired to host a great conversation at NAST Studios. (📸: GrowingBoyMedia)
What’s the most rewarding part of your business pursuits?
The most rewarding part is knowing that the four years I have put into my podcast is really paying off. Now that I have a business that I’m working on full time, it helps with my legitimacy and inspires others so they can pursue their podcast dreams. My podcast studio is a space that gives people that opportunity.
What are you looking forward to this year?
I look forward to my studio becoming a Seattle staple. I have every intention to stay in my space once the program ends for me, so I have been at my studio for close to 15 hours every single day. I’m looking forward to seeing all my hard work pay off. Having my own business is one of the greatest things to ever happen to me, but I do get tunnel visioned when I’m working. There’s pros and cons to that style of work, but even as I’m writing this, I know I am and will continue to grow. Sometimes you don’t notice the growth until you take a step back and acknowledge it months down the road.
What brings you most alive about working or living in Seattle?
I grew up on the Eastside and have many memories in Seattle, but during COVID I was living at my family’s house in the woods in Snohomish. I was hired as a podcast producer in 2021 and would commute to Seattle for the podcasting job. I would meet people and was able to pursue podcasting, but I never felt involved with the community because of the commute. Now living in Seattle, as well as having a business in Seattle, gives me so many opportunities to connect with the community and build my own community here. Being part of something bigger than myself helps me feel alive for sure.
If you could give any one piece of advice to locals, what would it be?
Seattle has almost every type of community you can imagine. I feel that you have to take charge and look for that safe space for you, but it’s there. You don’t have to be alone in your creative endeavors and there are people who want to support you.
What’s your favorite Seattle Restored pop-up or art installation and why?
Little Orchid Annie’s. I love moss walls, and I plan to buy one of theirs for my studio soon! It’s on my to-do list!
➡️ Read more about Blake Burton and NAST Studios and check out the full details about this Seattle Restored podcast studio on the Seattle Restored blog.
Seattle Restored revives Seattle neighborhoods with creativity and commerce! Seattle Restored calls our local artists and entrepreneurs to reinvigorate our city by activating empty storefronts. These pop-up and art installation activations benefit neighborhoods, small businesses, artists and property owners by creating vibrant and engaging streetscapes that encourage the public to visit downtown Seattle, support local businesses and artists – particularly Black, Indigenous, and other entrepreneurs and artists of color.