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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 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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  • 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.