Author: Guest Podcaster

5 Foolproof Ways to Secure Big Name Guests for Your Podcast

By Jay Connor If you run an interview-based podcast, the single biggest challenge you’ll face is securing guests for your show, especially during its infancy. Since it’s a process that can be equally stressful and arduous, it’s important to be as consistent as you are strategic in how you go about securing your guests. As such, here are 5 foolproof methods to secure the big name guests your audience craves: 1. The Hunt Begins with Your Immediate Network At the outset of your podcast, the prospect of corralling guests can be daunting. However, the first place you should explore...

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From The Studio to The Stage: Taking Your Live Podcast to The Next Level

By Jay Connor On Oscar night, “Moonlight” wasn’t the only big winner. As I bore witness to the cast of “La La Land” fumbling through their ill-fated acceptance speeches for “Best Picture”, from behind my laptop I noticed a pop-up notification for a new email. To my surprise, it was an invitation from South by Southwest (SXSW), an annual conglomerate of music, film, and interactive media festivals and conferences, to fly out to Austin, Texas, and record an episode of our show, The Extraordinary Negroes, in front of a live audience on their newly unveiled Live Podcast Stage. Knowing...

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5 Tips to Hold a Successful Podcast Interview

By Melissa Brinks Interviews are my favorite part of podcasting, but they’re also some of the hardest to organize. Between scheduling issues, hardware malfunctions, and post-production problems, interviews can be a real nightmare for a podcast producer. Organization and preparation are the key to a good interview, but knowing what to organize is the hard part. It’s difficult to imagine every conceivable problem you might have before you hit the record button, but you can eliminate a fair few by planning ahead. Test Your Setup, Then Test It Again One of the biggest hurdles to overcome in recording podcast...

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Five Things to Learn From Your Favorite Podcast (and One to Avoid)

By Melissa Brinks The beauty of podcasting is that, theoretically, anybody can do it. The downside is that the podcasts that inspire us to try our hand at it typically have more staff, better equipment, and more funding than we can hope to achieve at an early stage. When it comes to drawing inspiration from our favorite shows, there’s certain things that can help us shape our own work, without setting ourselves up for failure with unrealistic expectations. With that in mind, here’s a list of five things to take away from your favourite podcast…and one thing to avoid! Do:...

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Getting Kids into Podcasting

By Eileen Anipare The children in Year 5 at St Mark’s Primary School in Mitcham love podcasting! It all started when the school invited an award-winning, non-profit, social enterprise called Enabling Enterprise to visit. The whole school had a week of various projects assigned to appropriate age groups with the aim to equip the children with the skills, experiences and aspirations needed to succeed in life. Year 5 chose podcasting. We downloaded Audacity and used the built-in laptop microphones to record and produce our very first podcast. Catching the ‘Podcasting Bug’ Technically, it left a lot to be desire but...

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Advice for Others | Women of Fiction Podcasting #4

Read the rest: Chapter 1 | Chapter 2 | Chapter 3 | Chapter 4 Wednesday 8 March is International Women’s Day. To celebrate, we’ve enlisted the help of Lauren Shippen, creator of The Bright Sessions – one of the best fiction podcasts on the planet right now! Lauren has organised a roundtable conversation with fellow audio dramatists from The Elysium Project, The Blood Crow Stories, The Alexandria Archives, Lesser Gods, Radiation World, Jim Robbie & The Wanderers, The Bridge, The Penumbra Podcast, and Deck the Halls (with Matrimony!). In Part 4, the final chapter of this series, Lauren asks the panel: What advice do you have for other female creators/writers? Natalie Van Sistine, Writer / Creator...

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What are your Biggest Challenges? | Women of Fiction Podcasting #3

Read the rest: Chapter 1 | Chapter 2 | Chapter 3 | Chapter 4 Wednesday 8 March is International Women’s Day. To celebrate, we’ve enlisted the help of Lauren Shippen, creator of The Bright Sessions – one of the best fiction podcasts on the planet right now! Lauren has organised a roundtable conversation with fellow audio dramatists from The Elysium Project, The Blood Crow Stories, The Alexandria Archives, Lesser Gods, Radiation World, Jim Robbie & The Wanderers, The Bridge, The Penumbra Podcast, and Deck the Halls (with Matrimony!). In Part 3 of this series, Lauren asks the panel: What are some of the biggest challenges you face in making your podcast? Natalie Van Sistine, Writer / Creator...

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Why do you Podcast? | Women of Fiction Podcasting #2

Read the rest: Chapter 1 | Chapter 2 | Chapter 3 | Chapter 4 Wednesday 8 March is International Women’s Day. To celebrate, we’ve enlisted the help of Lauren Shippen, creator of The Bright Sessions – one of the best fiction podcasts on the planet right now! Lauren has organised a roundtable conversation alongside fellow audio dramatists from The Elysium Project, The Blood Crow Stories, The Alexandria Archives, Lesser Gods, Radiation World, Jim Robbie & The Wanderers, The Bridge, The Penumbra Podcast, and Deck the Halls (with Matrimony!). In Part 2 of this series, Lauren asks the panel: Why a podcast? What does the medium provide your storytelling that other mediums do not? Natalie Van Sistine,...

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Introduction | Women of Fiction Podcasting #1

Read the rest: Chapter 1 | Chapter 2 | Chapter 3 | Chapter 4 Wednesday 8th of March is International Women’s Day. To celebrate, we’ve enlisted the help of Lauren Shippen, creator of The Bright Sessions – one of the best fiction podcasts on the planet right now! Lauren has organised a roundtable conversation alongside fellow audio dramatists from The Elysium Project, The Blood Crow Stories, The Alexandria Archives, Lesser Gods, Radiation World, Jim Robbie & The Wanderers, The Bridge, The Penumbra Podcast, and Deck the Halls (with Matrimony!). Here’s Lauren now to set the scene for you … Women and Fiction Podcasting Audio drama is experiencing...

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How to Build an Audio Production or Podcasting Team

Content, by its nature, is time-consuming to produce. There’s no reason you can’t do it yourself but, much like running a business, if you spin all the plates you will not be able to grow beyond a certain size. Having a team frees you up to focus on what you do best. So who do you need in your team? When should you start building your team? And how do you become an efficient content machine? For 15 years I worked behind the scenes in television and presented on local radio, and with virtually all of these jobs being...

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