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WCC 014: John McClain

WCC 014: John McClain


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John McClain is the owner and lead sound designer for The Dog and Pony Show, a boutique audio house in Las Vegas, Nevada. They specialize in creative audio for all media but tend to work heavily in sound design, composition and mixing for long form and indie film. He was the recording engineer on George Carlin’s “More Napalm and Silly Putty” which won a Grammy in 2001 and they’ve recently been nominated for a regional Emmy for a TV series they mix called Outdoor Nevada.

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Show Notes:

  • John started as a post audio engineer in the 1980s in Detroit working on car commercials
  • He’s been working in Las Vegas for the last 20 years for clients including MGM resorts.
  • More and more of John’s time is spent networking and chasing leads as competition in his industry increases.
  • The key to building a client base is to find common ground and establish a relationship.
  • He performs as the lead in Paul Sating’s first season of Subject: Found. He will have a role in season 2, and will be doing sound design for it.
  • They were nominated for a Parsec award.
  • He’s also appeared on an episode of John Grills’s podcast Creepy.
  • John prefers recording his own sound to using prerecorded audio.
  • If you want to start doing your own sound, just get a recorder and start recording sound. Pay more attention. Try and emulate high quality work.
  • Include sound in a soundscape as it serves the story.
  • It’s the subtle details that draw you into the story.
  • Gimlet’s Homecoming is an audiodrama that impressed John with its sound design.
  • Quality is only half the work; you have to market yourself. Set aside time to do so.
  • If you want to commission work from Dog and Pony Show, contact them through the website
  • They do foley, they do sound design for independent movies. Use them to outsource some of your production to focus on other aspects of your production.
  • Complex sound design is an untapped niche in the audiobook world, especially when it comes to childrens’ books.
  • John recommends the Sure MV88 microphone. (Affiliate link)
  • Always have your actors record at the highest resolution: 28 bit 48k
WCC 012: Robert Cudmore

WCC 012: Robert Cudmore



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Robert Cudmore is a radio lecturer who specialises in audio drama. Formerly one half of the Audio Drama Production Podcast team with Matthew McLean, they recently handed the reins over to Fiona Thraille and Sarah Golding. He’s starred in several Audio Dramas including Edict Zero, Hadron Gospel Hour, The Shadow of Lavenhan, and The Fiona Potts Interview. He’s also the main character, podcaster Lee Powers, in `A Scottish Podcast.`

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Show Notes

  • For the first few years he was writing and acting, but for the last few years he’s been mostly acting. Acting is easier, but he missing the writing
  • Robert has a degree in radio, which helps him with the production side. His day job is that of a lecturer.
  • He co-wrote Aftermath with former guest Matthew McLean inspired by their mutual love of the game Fallout 3 and the audiodrama We’re Alive
  • There’s nothing wrong with fanfiction, but it’s not conducive to the growth of the medium.
  • Audiodrama has seen explosive growth in the last 3-4 years. Robert attributes this to the technology
  • The older generation doesn’t really know about podcasting
  • Podcasting and modular content are the future
  • More large companies are getting wise to content marketing and putting out audio drama
  • To succeed monitarily, follow the rules of seriality and familiarity. Build a series, put out episodes regularly, build an audience.
  • The Audio Drama Production Podcast was made to pass along information as Robert and Matthew learned it.
  • Robert is a vocalist in a cover band on the side
  • Professional competency is a pyramid as you grow in skill and opportunities become more limited. Persistence gives a remarkable edge.
  • He attributes his success in part to the support of his wife’s full time career.
  • There are no permanent jobs in commercial radio.
  • Matthew wrote the first season of A Scottish Podcast, and Robert will be more involved with the writing of season 2.
  • People fall in love with characters.
WCC 004 Bill Bullock

WCC 004 Bill Bullock



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Bill Bullock is a comedian. He is a comedian based in Chicago. That’s pretty much what you need to know about him, right? 

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Show Notes

  • Bill compares the situation with his last day job to the movie Office Space. After finding an agent, he came to the understanding that he didn’t care about the job, and that brought him a degree of serenity.
  • He acquired an voice acting agent with NV Talent after a booking at the Laugh Factory; she was impressed with his performance and offered to represent him. He had contacted them seeking representation in the past, but did not get any response. He’s further certain that they were not in the club looking for him specifically. You have to be ready for those opportunities as they arise.
  • It’s important to stay healthy; it’s easy to fall into bad habits and neglect self-care. The creative community is rife with un-diagnosed mental health issues; everyone can benefit from therapy.
  • If you avoid help or medication because you feel it would dull your edge, that is your issue manifesting to work against you
  • Maintaining a dual life is incredibly stressful. “Yes you can” just quit, if  job is a means to an end and it’s making you crazy, you need to leave.
  • Realize how your mood affects everyone around you
  • The creative path is ill advised. Don’t do it if you don’t have to. It may not make you happy, but it may keep you sane.
  • Getting on stage and doing it isn’t bravery after the first time. After that it becomes a compulsion.
  • People don’t get the day to day nature of the creative career. They only see the result.
  • Open mic nights are not the same as professional comedy; go see a real show. Just google for shows in your area
  • His current show is Links Hall Presents: It’s Happening at the Constellation Theatre. He’s emceeing a variety show that offers a broad spectrum of entertainment. Admission is free, donations are appreciated. Check it out if you’re in Chicago.
  • There is room for all kinds of voices in standup. Don’t be a dick. You need to be sincere. You’re not going to find instant fame, and if you go in with realistic expectations you’ll be okay. Keep at it. Things will happen.
  • Bill has performed the roles of Parker in the Synesthesia Theatre adaptation of Iron Horses Can’t Be Broken, and multiple roles in the adaptation of Cold Reboot, which he also helped co-produce.

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