“Am I embarrassing you?” is probably going a well-known chorus for any mom of a daughter. For Dr. Amy Wechsler — the go-to Higher East Facet dermatologist for magnificence trade insiders and adviser to Chanel Beauté — and her 21-year-old daughter Zoe, it occurs to be the identify of their new podcast.
The podcast, launched Sept. 21 with new episodes dropping weekly, was born one pizza-and-tequila-fueled evening in quarantine, after the pair bored with enjoying countless video games of Bananagrams and watching episodes of the “Nice British Baking Present.”
“We’ve at all times needed to do a challenge collectively — we love hanging out collectively,” mentioned Dr. Wechsler.
“In early summer time, I did a pair podcast interviews and cherished them — I don’t have to fret about how I look, I can do the interview and discuss prefer it’s old school radio,” she mentioned.
Whereas Dr. Wechsler hadn’t been a lot of a podcast fan previous to recording interviews with Goop and Fats Mascara, Zoe Wechsler, a senior at Barnard, is an avid podcast listener. Unfastened inspiration for the Wechsler podcast comes from a few of her favourite female-led exhibits, like “B—h Bible” and Heather McMahon’s “Completely Not.”
“Am I Embarrassing You” covers a spread of subjects most moms and daughters would possibly really feel too awkward discussing collectively. Not the Wechslers — they simply segue from intervals to despair to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s intercourse attraction like two girlfriends.
“‘I’ve pals who’re shut with their mothers, however they’ll inform me stuff and say, ‘Oh, I can’t inform my mother that,’ and I’m like, why not?’” mentioned Zoe Wechsler.
“We have now related views of the world,’ added Dr. Wechsler, who additionally holds a level in psychiatry and solutions skin-care questions from listeners in a phase referred to as “Ask Dr. Amy” on the finish of each episode.
“I curse extra,” mentioned Zoe Wechsler.
Zoe Wechsler has been residing at dwelling with Dr. Wechsler all through the pandemic whereas nearly finishing her diploma in comparative literature. The proximity makes working collectively simple — the pair information of their breakfast nook. “We’re attempting to construct a soundproof room, nevertheless it’s taking endlessly,” Dr. Wechsler mentioned.
The Wechslers have additionally discovered that they make for fairly good coworkers.
“We have now related work ethics,” mentioned Dr. Wechsler. “She’s conserving me on monitor, like ‘OK mother, this weekend we now have to do two outlines and file two episodes.’”
Zoe Wechsler hasn’t determined but what she’ll do after faculty, however now that the podcast is up and operating, turning it right into a full-time enterprise isn’t off her radar. There’s already been curiosity from advertisers, and the Wechslers are hoping to finally get picked up by a community. Early knowledge tells the Wechslers that their viewers is 80 % feminine, and most match the mother-daughter duo in age, falling into both the 18 to 22 or 45 to 59 age brackets.
Up subsequent for the Wechslers is fine-tuning their checklist of upcoming podcast friends. The primary was fellow Higher East Sider Jill Kargman; Debra Messing and Leila Roker are on deck. Whereas the Wechslers say they principally agree on who to ask, they’ve discovered the visitor checklist is the place the generational divide appears most outstanding.
“She’ll textual content me and say, ‘We have now to have this individual on the present!’” mentioned Zoe Wechsler. “I’m like…’I don’t know who that’s!’”