We sat down with Melbourne-based communications specialist Marisa Jayne who launched Selfish Sesh – a podcast exploring self-love, identity, mental health, sex and relationships without all of the bullshit. We asked her who she’s interviewed, the challenges she’s faced since launching, and any tips she has for those who are keen on creating their own podcast.
Tell us a bit about yourself!
My name is Marisa Jayne and I can simply be defined by three Ps – a pocket-rocket, publicist and podcaster. I am based in Melbourne, I work full-time for a Lifestyle and Fashion PR agency in Melbourne and then on the side I run my little love child, a podcast called Selfish Sesh.
When/why/how did you launch Selfish Sesh?
I am utterly obsessed with podcasts and had been thinking of starting one for a few years, but I never really had the time, energy or even confidence to finally push play.
After a pretty crappy 2020 in Melbourne, I wanted to make 2021 the year that I started to put myself, my dreams and my desires first, so that is where Selfish Sesh was conceived.
As I was an avid podcast listener, I saw a gap in the market for unique conversations with diverse thought leaders that also had a sparkle of femininity, creativity, and a lot of fun thrown into the mix. I am a real believer that we need to put ourselves first in order to live our best lives, so yes, sometimes we need to be a little selfish and I want people to know that is A-OKAY!
How would you describe your podcast? And what topics are popularly discussed?
Selfish Sesh is a podcast exploring our sense of self, touching on topics such as self-love, mental health, sex and relationships. Basically, if you want to be a better human, this is the podcast for you!
The show is made up of casual conversations with thought leaders in the space and although the topics are all pretty serious, the tone of the show is still quite light-hearted!
Who have you interviewed on Selfish Sesh?
I have interviewed people from all different walks of life – from sexologists to life coaches to the minds behind some of the biggest brands. My favourite episodes (it's so hard to choose) would be with Carmella Gallaso, Clara Baldwin, Alice Browning, The Boy Detox and Georgia Grace... to name a few!
What are some of the biggest challenges you've come across?
At first I found it quite scary to put myself out there. Selfish Sesh took a lot of confidence and guts to create and I really had to wait until I was at a place of complete and utter self-love to start working on it.
I have days of doubt, don't get me wrong, but I have never been happier or prouder of myself than what I have done with Selfish Sesh.
Do you have any tips for those who are wanting to launch a podcast?
Honestly, just dive right in. I learnt on the job and I am still learning. To be honest, if I listen back to those first episodes I cringe; the show has changed so much from the start of the year. That is all just part of the process, baby, and I am at the point where I am really happy with what is being produced!
Why do you think podcasts are such a great medium today?
Everyone is consuming their news differently today – whether it be at home or on the go – and I think with the pandemic, it has just proven how much we crave personal connection. I really hope I can be a part of this new-age movement of digital media, just like yourself!
Anything else planned for the future?
Oh look, I will see where this wild ride takes me! For now, I am just enjoying the process.
If Selfish Sesh was a ____, it would be a _____:
A flower: A cactus
A TV show: Sex and the City
A colour: Yellow
A dessert: Tiramisu
A song: “She Moves in Her Own Way” by The Kooks
A cocktail: A Spicy Marg
Keep your eyes out for an episode coming soon on Selfish Sesh where Marisa chats with bubble.’s editor-in-chief Claudia Siron on all things dating during lockdown!