Out of the Shadows
At a time when True Crime podcasts were only a small handful in the iTunes library, I created American Crimecast. With so little knowledge in podcasting, I purchased a Mac, Mic, and Presonus Studio One 3 - with the mindset of where there is a will there is a way. It is very safe to say I was in over my head. I picked very theatrically composed music for the background, knowing only that I wanted the listener to feel something while listening. The problem with using that kind of music is how loud it is, so at full volume, I had the music blasting in my headphones while I recorded. Wow. I later changed the music, but if you listen to that first episode, you may notice my speech is slow and awkward.
Over the last two years, I have learned a lot when it comes to podcasting, which shows with little changes made throughout the process. When I started, I would form sentences based on my notes, and then when Justin Rimmel and I teamed up later, we went unscripted. Next, I learned what a scripted show was and fell in love with it - but with interviews of course. If you listen to the more recent episodes, you hear interviews with scripted narration, and this is a form I have grown to enjoy.
Today I am proud to announce our new name: Out of the Shadows. In addition to a new theme and artwork, the style too will be fine-tuned. As I look back at all of the victims I discuss in my episodes; I think this title fits. Often the cases I take on are outside of the public's eye, so with this outlet, I take those cases out of the shadows. This title also aligns with the new cases that I will be covering, most of them will be in small series. With working on a case in a series, it will allow my efforts to go further as I often rely on the timeframe of government agencies and private individuals.
Something important to me as we go forward is to always value quality over quantity. I treat each case and victim with respect, and I want to ensure I can provide listeners with a full picture of events. I have mentioned before that there is a lot of things that happen behind the scenes when I create a podcast, so I hope the new style will also allow you to see more of that.
A question I get asked a lot is what kind of advice do I have for podcasters that are just starting out. I think the most important thing for me to learn was not to take bad reviews personally. Always do what you can to continue enjoying the hobby of podcasting, you will have trolls in anything you do in life - so learning to ignore them and move on was a valuable lesson to learn. For my first year, I couldn't count how many times I told myself I was going to quit after reading a bad review.
If you are a listener of podcasts, please always keep in mind how much time and effort podcasters put into their shows. If you don't like the show, don't listen. My grandma taught me if I didn't have something nice to say not to say anything at all - I think more people should listen to my granny. Getting that out of the way, it is also crucial for us to hear from you when you have a suggestion on how we can improve. If you listen to a podcast and think you can offer advice or a recommendation, seriously write to the podcaster and talk to them about it. We all appreciate constructive criticism, and if the podcaster doesn't - well as my granny also says 'it'll all come out in the wash.' (She says 'worth' instead of wash because she is southern)
As I wrap up the current episode I am working on for the collaboration with The Minds of Madness podcast; I can not tell you how excited I am for the changes that will start soon. Behind the scenes, for the past few weeks, we have been working on a case that will air on the podcast as a series of many episodes. The case is complicated as it consists of many victims, and I think you will be surprised when you listen and realize you have never heard of the case. I have learned sometimes we have this habit to tune out things that are too scary to imagine, and that theme is present in this case.
This blog seems to have taken a theme of new announcements of changes - so I will go ahead and mention that we now have two additional people on our team. Finland Music Composer Mike North joins our team as the Offical Music Composer, he is a brilliant artist, and I couldn't be more happy to partner with him to ensure the music you hear on the podcast fits with the theme we are striving for. Also new to the team is Christian G., our new Investigative Researcher. This series we have been working on has so many victims in different places, so having his very intellectual mind has been a real blessing to ensure that we keep all the moving parts working.
Until next time,