►Tell us about you and your podcast
The Gayly Prophet is a Harry Potter deep dive podcast, hosted by Gryffindyke Extraordinaire, Jessie Blount (she/her) and America's Favorite Gryffindandy, Lark Malakai Grey (he/him). We are, to the best of our knowledge, the only Harry Potter podcast with a transgender host, and one of very few hosted by a person of color.
The podcast is organized like a newspaper, with sections like The Front Page (where we talk about all the things that don't belong in other sections), Politics (where we talk about things that are f*cked up), and Editorials (where we rant about stuff). A fan recently described us as "hilarious yet ruthless," and we absolutely love that description.
Our listeners are our fellow Harry Potter nerds!
►Why & how did you start this podcast?
We started this podcast because we are both huge Harry Potter nerds and podcast lovers, and there weren't any chapter-by-chapter Harry Potter podcasts out there doing the kind of intersectional analysis of the books that we both craved. So we decided to create the art we wanted to see in the world!
We began recording episodes in November of 2018, released our first episode on New Year's Day, 2019, and we've put out an episode a week since then.
►How'd you find the time and funding to do this podcast?
We release weekly, and it takes us a combined 30 hours a week to produce. Lark has a flexible work schedule, so he produces the podcast though he doesn't really know the answer to the question of where he finds the time to do so!
We do currently fund the podcast ourselves, but we are steadily increasing our Patreon support so hopefully that won't be true for much longer!
►What do you gain from podcasting?
The podcast is truly a labor of love--we make it because we want to bring joy to people's lives and make the world a better place! We really like that the show gives us an opportunity to make people laugh, explore important topics, and spend time every week nerding out with each other.
►How does your podcasting process look like?
We make the podcast using Cast, which makes it really easy for us to record even though we live in different states. We use Skype to be able to see each other, and record through the Cast site.
After recording Lark downloads the separate audio tracks and edits in Audacity, then uploads the completed file.
Our guests are generally our friends--we believe that amplifying the voices of people without a preexisting public platform is important! We talk with them the same way we talk to each other, using a combo of Skype and Cast.
►How do you market your show?
We have a strong social media presence, especially on Instagram, and we have a website, but truthfully, most of our listeners find us through word of mouth!
►What advice would you share with aspiring (new) podcasters?
Making a podcast takes a lot of time!
Other than that, the biggest lesson we learned early on is that free podcasting sites are free for a reason...you get what you pay for.
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