My name is Rachele. I’m an avid fan of a wide variety of TV shows, films, video games, and anime. That’s why I started Fandom City to give myself an outlet to share my love for pop culture/entertainment and the various fandoms. Fandom City is a family affair and probably wouldn’t exist without the support of my sisters, Tea & Leona, and our kids. Within Fandom City, we have various shows discussing movies and TV shows.
Fandom City started off as an entertainment blog; we added podcasts later in late 2015. We started with Press Rewind, with the idea to discuss movies we loved when we were younger.
Tea and Leona listen to a lot of podcasts. Initially, I didn’t, but I listened to a lot of talk radio so it was easy to gravitate to podcasts.
It took a while to release the first episode; about 3-4 weeks. We were total noobs. Actually, the very first podcast was a total fail. After we regrouped and figured out where we went wrong, we picked another topic and made it happen.
“Where’s the Remote?” and “Press Rewind” are released weekly and monthly, respectively. We schedule recording around work and life. My kids and I handle the editing and make sure the podcasts are uploaded.
We spend more than I expected however, it’s less than $100 a month. I’m expecting it to go up a little in the next year because I’m looking to expand our marketing. At this time, I fund the podcast myself.
Right now, I gain joy from podcasting. Aside from just having fun with my sisters, podcasting has gone from a hobby to a part-time career. I’ve learned a lot about sound editing and social media marketing. Because of the research we have to do prep for podcasts, I’ve learned a bit about the entertainment industry. For me personally, the best thing to come from podcasting is I get to come out of my shell a bit. Between my sisters and me, I’m the most introverted but when I’m podcasting, I’m not.
We use Adobe Audition and Audacity for recording and editing and we use Google Hangouts to chat. To prepare for each episode we watch movies/TV shows, research and take lots of notes.
Fandom City is hosted on Soundcloud. Listeners can also find us on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play Music. We also have a podcast player on our website fandomcity.com. We make use of most of the social media outlets; I personally find Tumblr and Twitter the most useful.
Unless your profession is related to broadcasting or something similar, podcasting is a learning process. It’s fun, but it’s a lot of work. However, it’s worth it. Things don’t always go perfect the first time around, and your mic is your best friend. I read a lot of blogs and newsletters. I also visit a lot of websites on podcasting - www.podtopod.com, www.thepodcasthost.com, and www.hotpodnews.com, are just a few.