Awesome @chrisg!! Great to see you diving in.
My suggestion is not to overwhelm yourself with learning all the technologies too soon. Yes, get an email list going. We recommend Active Campaign.
Yes, definitely get the recording gear and editing software you need.
Best way to build your list locally is to get into the habit of offering some free, no pressure, high fun+value workshops that build community around your.
Also, start looking around at the other people in your line of work. Start reaching out to them, setting up phone conversations and make new friends.
Remember, you’re in it for the long haul, so have fun dreaming in your ULTIMATE eCourse vision. If you could create a course where anything is possible, what would you create. Because you can and we’ll help guide you to the tech you might need to make it happen 🙂