- Coni – Zoo Podcast | Twitter @zoopodcast
- Michelle – Unplaced & Serendipity City | Twitter @_chelleshock
- Mark (me) – Askmarkio | Twitter @askmarkio
- Hallie – One To Grow On | Twitter @onetogrowonpod
- Ali Hylton – Dining in the Void | Twitter @dininginthevoid
- Flavio – My Earthling and Me
We weaved through several topics in this meetup starting with how we got started into podcasting and fiction podcasts. It was great learning about the moment fiction podcasts were discovered, how they were introduced, and what made them start their own.
We then talked about finding voice actors and payment. With indie podcasters, the desire to pay voice actors is there but there is no income. This makes things challenging as you have no audience to help crowd-fund your project and you are of unknown quality to businesses in requesting sponsors to fund the creation. This leaves advertising but the additional task of marketing the show to gain an advertiser down the line or enough of an audience to utilize affiliate marketing and or sell merchandise. We also discussed our conflicting emotions around Luminary and how locking content behind a paywall could make it difficult for those without means being able to consume it. As Edison Research notes each year, Podcasting is still an overwhelmingly affluent activity.
In a conversation of creation, Flavio mentioned that he is producing a podcast from an Austin science fiction author, J. Darris Mitchell, for his book “Fireflies and Cosmos“. Converting prose to script for audio came up as a result but Flavio noted that the author wrote separate scripts himself. Personally, I write to prose first, but I am immensely interested in conversing and sharing tips on how other writers make the adaptation work.
Remote recording and group recording came up as well as there is a mix of those that record remotely and others who record in person. Ali shared that for her show, she has cast all over the world and while working on season two, she has an even large cast of actors. This is an amazing scale and would love to hear more about how she runs her production schedule.
Lastly, diversity in podcasting was a big topic from writing to actors. How do we gain insight into other perspectives and have more representation within the community from stories presented, to creators, listeners, and performers? Such an enthralling conversation and one that I hope we continue.
And that is it! Of course, everything is from my perspective and of the notes I took, but I hope it is illustrative of the conversations we have!
Just a note on these housekeeping items, they are primarily focused on non-fiction/non-narrative podcasts. Hopefully, I will see you at a non-fiction event.
- Podcast Movement Recap Meetup – Aug 31
- Fiction Podcasters Meetup – Sept 21
- Podtales – Oct 20
- Resources Page – A collection of podcast resources from the community
- Links Page – A bookmark of our most important links
Until next time!