Six years ago at an artistic residency, Sadie and I turned to each other during a ghost tour and said, “We should start a podcast.”
Today you can find what we created wherever you listen to podcasts.
I’ve had productions of my work, both amateur and professional, but this feels so different. For one, it’s self-produced, both in the financial and creative control sense. Since I came up to Canada for graduate school, other artists have been telling me that self-producing was the way forward. I never felt ready until Sadie and I committed to making this podcast two years ago. Before it always felt like a risk, like whatever I produced would be cobbled together, too much of a learning experience and not enough like the art I wanted to make and be known for. Taking the time to write and produce The Familiar has made it into the professional, polished piece of art that I want to represent me to the world at large.
The podcast also feels different because I have to adjust to a different kind of audience reaction. Previously, everything I’ve written could be tweaked and adjusted between performances or between drafts. There was always room for improvement because it was live theatre. With the podcast, we’ve spent hours in the recording studio, hours poring over the audio for each episode, and hours getting it up and running on all the podcatchers. Not to mention all the hours I spent writing drafts and polishing each script, either developing them from scratch or adapting other stories in to the audio fiction format. I want to know how audiences react to it, how they get sucked into the story and start rooting for certain characters… but how will I react when someone has “constructive criticism” for me? I’m not sure yet, but I hope that whatever happens, it helps me grow as an artist.
So what is The Familiar?
The Familiar is an anthology audio fiction podcast series. In each story, our narrator – Leo136 – tells a tale that at first listen seems expected, yet is anything but. From science fiction to fantasy, history to horror, The Familiar reveals the unfamiliar in the everyday.
Each episode is around 20 minutes long (some shorter, some longer–it all depends on the story our narrator tells that week). New episodes drop on Mondays. The first season will be six episodes long, with two five-minute prologue teasers.
Why should you listen?
I’m a huge fan of audio drama and podcasts, so this seems like a no brainer to me. But in case you are not #indiepodcast #audiodrama obsessed, here’s why you might want to listen to this podcast:
- It’ll help you gain new perspective on the everyday.
- You like narrators and framing devices in fictional stories.
- You need something to make your commute or chores more enjoyable. Or something to make exercising more interesting and engaging (New Year’s resolution anyone?)
- You like stories about any of the following:
- female characters portrayed as the badass, complex humans they are
- the history of science/scientists
- thrillers that keep you on the edge of your seat
- from the point of view of inanimate objects
- One story line with many plots to keep track of? No thank you–there is an arc throughout, but the meat of each episode is a self-contained story. Made just for your ears!
- And finally: You’ll be supporting me and my art! And more importantly, independent artists like me. As this show is an anthology series with a new story every episode, we employed a large cast of local voice actors.