Rockin’ Libsyn Podcasts: Cybernautica

This series is all about libsyn’s podcasters. Its sole purpose is to introduce these awesome podcasts to the world as well as share their podcasting insight to empower the community!

Q & A with Damian from Cybernautica

When did you start podcasting?

I’ve been a podcaster since 2015. I discovered the medium around that time by listening to a few shows that revolved around a fandom I was into before eventually being inspired to start one myself!

As one might imagine, a great many lessons were learned the hard way as is a pretty common story of just about everyone picking up the mic. My new show, Cybernautica, officially launched in January 2019 and is a far more ambitious project.

Why did you start podcasting?

I wanted to get my story out.

I didn’t know what Audio Drama was back then and sort of just followed my inspiration to it.

I wrote 5 minute long ‘blog like’ scripts back then from the point of view of our main character and brought on a fantastic voice actor to voice her.

Eventually that led me to discovering others who were telling amazing and diverse stories through audio.

To be the best writer you can be, you need to read. To be the best podcaster you can be, you need to listen. I think there is something to be said about approaching the things you love as a fan and allowing oneself to be inspired and to learn new lessons everyday.

What’s the name of your show and what is it about?

Cybernautica is a serial, full cast audio drama based in the cyberpunk city-state of Neo-Atlantis in the year 2112.

That’s a mouthful, I know!

The listener is thrown into the world along with a wild cast of characters as they navigate the perils of the city and it’s unique underworld.

The first season is centered around a mercenary named Jonny as she tumbles through the trials of being a gun for hire in the toughest district of the city.

What’s your podcasting set-up? Hardware, software, CMS, etc.

When recording, I have a spare room set up as a studio where I do occasional voice work in addition to my own show.

I’m using a Blue Yeti as I have a very controlled environment and it picks up the bass in my voice in a good, rich way.

Software wise, many are surprised to find out that I’m using Audacity to sound engineer Cybernautica. For season 2, I’ll be taking a friend up on an offer to teach me up on Studio One.

How have you promoted your podcast?

We’ve mostly promoted through trying to be a good, positive part of the audio drama community on twitter.

I’m a big believer of the 80/20 rule, which is interacting/being a fan/lifting up my peers for the lions share of my time on twitter while talking about our show only about 20% of the time.

It’s been a great journey, establishing our brand while (I hope) becoming a useful and valued participant in the community as a whole. The rising tide lifts all ships, after all.

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?

Wow, this is a huge question. I feel many might be tempted to answer it on the technical side of things?

For me, the biggest lessons as a creator came through learning social media. I answered some of that in the last question. I think the biggest one though counts for everyone no matter how big or small a show, and they came to me through my friend and mentor, Sarah Rhea Werner of ‘Girl in Space’.

“Do not judge your success by the metrics of others.” Lots of weird things happen in your head when you’re pouring your heart into a project and it’s SO easy to feel jealous of someones success, their numbers or their engagement and reach on social media.

There are so many aspects that can go into creating a following for your show and getting out there and so many of them end up coming back to persistence and being in the right place at the right time.

Keeping a positive head space and just doing your best to work on your show, yourself and your art are basically the best things you can do for yourself as a creative.

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