Excerpt from Inside Podcasting Interview with Podcast Critic & Creator Wil Williams
On making Scoring Magic, a podcast that documented the making of fiction podcast Valence
I knew that I wanted to make a documentary about making this fiction podcast. I have always loved arts documentaries and it just felt natural. I thought it would be a good resource for people. I also wanted to hold myself accountable. I am really good at talking myself out of creative endeavors. So I was terrified because I knew that this would make it real. It would make it something that others could hold me accountable for.
On writing the characters for Valence
I was writing those characters when I did not have health insurance of any kind, was paid very little, and could not afford therapy. So channeling that through my art was the only way I knew how to cope with what was eventually diagnosed as PTSD. This was my way of untangling some of the things I went through and trying to find some catharsis. It was something that I needed to put on paper because I didn't see these things being discussed in a way that I felt was honest.
On making the kind of work she critiques
I feel like I have gained so much critical insight by actually creating in this space that would have ultimately hindered my criticism. I have so much more empathy for the stresses that creators go through. I have so much more insight into directing and writing and formatting scripts, sound design, and thinking about how your concept impacts your final creation. I feel like it was really necessary for me to make what I'm making.