Matthew McLean is a podcaster, writer, and audio drama producer from Scotland. He’s the founder and executive producer of the Audio Drama Production Podcast and Head of Audio Production at ThePodcastHost.com. His current project is A Scottish Podcast – an audio drama about a washed up radio DJ who reinvents himself as a paranormal investigation podcaster.
- The Audiodrama Production Podcast
- The Audio Drama Production Podcast Facebook Group
- YAP audio fiction
- A Scottish Podcast
- ThePodcastHost provides blogs and resources for people looking into getting into podcasting.
- A few years ago Matthew knew nothing about technology, but he’s learned to be a capable audio engineer.
- Before getting into podcasts he dabbled in drawing and writing short stories.
- In 2008-2009 he was working as a greenskeeper and listening to a lot of radio, while studying radio production, and got into podcasts. A friend introduced him to We’re Alive and Edict Zero, and he got hooked on audio drama. This is about the time he met his co-collaborator Robert Cudmore.
- They taught themselves the rules of the medium by trial and error while producing their first drama
- Matthew and Robert’s Audio Drama Production Podcast has inspired an entire wave of new producers.
- The ADPP was inspired by Sonic Society and Radio Drama Revival, particularly one with the creator of Bradbury 13 on the elements of sound design. They wanted an excuse to interview the people who were making audio drama, and the podcast gave them an excuse.
- The ADPP Facebook Group has been very helpful to a lot of people. Check it out.
- While at college he entered and won a short story scholarship contest and won 600 pounds and dinner with author Ian Rankin. YAP audio has since turned the story into an audio drama.
- What drives Matthew: The ability to create something that others will hear. Bringing a project into completion for others to consume. It’s a rush, like a drug.
- Even if you enjoy it, even if you’re not making money from it, creating books or audio drama is work. You’ve got to try not to work all the time. It’s important to enjoy your life. Any short term gains from pushing yourself too hard will be lost in the long run.
- That Fiverr Poster.
- The gig economy tries to make workers feel guilty about taking care of themselves, and that’s a dangerous precedent to set. The primary benefit of doing what you love is that you love it, and if you suck that enjoyment away you’d be better off just driving a taxi or working in an office.
- Not taking care of themself is one of the biggest mistakes a creative freelancer can make. Trying to undercut each other constantly is another. Increase your prices, and compete on quality.
- Market yourself in a way that improves your reputation and focuses on your quality. Create quality content.
- A small number of high-paying clients is preferable to a large number of lower-paying clients. Cultivate those relationships.
- Don’t be afraid to sack clients if it’s not working for you.
- Sleep Smarter – a book on the value and benefit of rest.
- Promise little and over-deliver. Go about your business quietly, and then release great content.