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Month: May 2017

WCC 009 Lainie Petersen

WCC 009 Lainie Petersen


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Lainie Petersen is the bishop of a small, independent church and a full-time freelance writer and podcaster. She is a founding member of Hard Lens Media, a new media group based in the Chicago area. 

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Show Notes

  • Lainie was one of the first guests I considered when conceptualizing the podcast.
  • She’s day job is as a web content development freelancer, largely blogging and news aggregation.
  • This day job allows her to pursue activities with her church and with Hard Lens media.
  • She just started a blog called Necessary Strivings.
  • Freelancers need to treat their day job as a business to develop skills and command higher rates.
  • Lainie has been building her freelancing career since 2010.
  • Creative professionals must accept their situations to get out of their predicaments.
  • Your day job, if managed correctly, can be your liberation.
  • You have skills that someone is willing to pay you for, and this is a noble thing.
  • Being an employee does not train you to be a business owner.
  • It’s up to you to take it upon yourself to improve your skills.
  • Understanding and aligning yourself with economic reality is important. You can have all the skills in the world but if no one is willing to pay you for them, you will be struggling.
  • Set your goals, and don’t feel like a sell out for trying to stay alive.
  • When we set our rates we need to build into them everything we need to run our businesses effectively.
  • Coursera is an excellent resource for freelancers looking to educate themselves.
  • Respect your own schedule because nobody else will. Don’t answer family and friends who text or message you during your work time. Protect it. Teach them to respect your work.
  • Demand respect for your body’s limitations and wear and tear when setting your prices and deadlines.
  • Prior to the ACA the way insurance worked made it very difficult for the self-employed to start their own businesses. How Healthcare develops in the US will have an enormous effect on freelancers.
  • Guaranteed Basic Income works, but is far off because of the politics of cruelty.
  • Hard Lens Media are a group of people with backgrounds in media reporting on news from an independent perspective
  • Have faith in your ability to grow and improve and change.
WCC 008 Joe Griffin

WCC 008 Joe Griffin


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Joe Griffin’s work as a recording engineer, sound designer, and composer over the past 25 years encompasses a wide variety of media, including theatre, film, music, and advertising. He’s one of the founders of Toxic Bag Productions, which in 1996 pioneered the field of sound effects specifically designed for use in tabletop roleplaying.

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Show Notes

  • Joe’s company Toxic Bag has been producing audio products for use with tabletop roleplaying games since the 90s. It grew out of their desire to add an audio element to their home Call of Cthulhu campaigns.
  • Initially they intended to produce audio-enhanced scenarios, but chaosium didn’t have the budget for it.
  • They stripped away the scripting and actors and focused on sound effects.
  • They put together their first CD, the 20th century, in 1996.
  • They would sell these physical CDs at GenCon.
  • Back in 1996 mp3 formats were terrible.
  • After a few years doing sound for film and theatre, they got back into RPG sound effects but aren’t doing CDs anymore.
  • Convention sales are difficult to manage when you’re selling digital files, but the modern internet provides more distribution options. Now they sell through DriveThruRPG.
  • Toxic Bag creates their effects through foley and field recording rather than relying on commercial libraries.
  • Their podcast started out as coldly promotional, but they revamped it to provide more content, including sketches, reviews, interviews, and parodies.
  • Joe does the sound design, his partner Steve Baldwin does the writing.
  • I have appeared on the Toxic Bag podcast with my Burning Brigid Media co-producer Kat O’Connor
  • Joe’s day job is in advertising as a recording engineer. His marketing wisdom: People don’t like being sold to. Make it a conversation.
  • Promotion is okay, but if all you’re doing on twitter is marketing yourself, people will tune you out. Reveal who you are. Put yourself into it.
  • You need to have a thick skin to put your work in front of people.
  • Joe composes music for theatre and toxic bag projects.
  • He performs as part of the experimental band Donny Who Loved Bowling
  • Joe is doing sound design for John Klein’s short film Limerence. The kickstarter was successful and they’re moving into post-production.