Shreya: Let's talk about finances in fiction podcasts – how do they potentially differ from other genres?
Rachael: For context, this season cost $38,000 to make (without paying ourselves for writing, directing and producing). That's roughly $5,500 per episode, which is quite cheap for a fiction podcast. Since we haven't paid ourselves, here are the main buckets of expenses, most of which differ from a normal podcast:
- Casting – "Showmance" is the first time we paid for casting; we cast the previous shows ourselves. It's made a world of a difference! Shout out to Mayank Bhatter who spent hours leveraing his network to pull together a truly insane cast.
- Talent – This is the first time we decided to brave the red tape of SAG to use union actors; it was an admin nightmare but absolutely worth it.
- Studios – When you're building a sonic world on top of the actors' dialogue, the quality of the raw recording is so important. COVID did not help with this but our friends at LA studio VoiceTrax West and Brooklyn's Full English post did!
- Sound Design – With a fiction podcast, the music and FX are literally half the story. Our Sound Design/Composer Dan Brunelle (and team) Is just as responsible for the success of our shows as we are.
Shreya: You've mentioned that Becca and you have spent approximately $100,000 on these three shows and are losing money on every one. If it's not money, what keeps you two going?
Rachael: Well, the short answer is we're in it for the long haul. We really believe we've got something special here. Actually, we're already in talks with a couple different entities to make "Showmance" into a TV show, which is very exciting!
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