Monetization for Audio Drama:
Damn! Can a Brother Get Some Love Up in Here?
An important part of producing audio drama is figuring out how to pay for it. Every audio drama producer we speak with is talking about how to (or whether to) make money from the productions that we put so much work into, either to recoup production expenses, fund the next production or maybe even quit your day job. As we talk to more and more people we hear a lot of different ideas, trials, errors and successes. In an attempt to learn more about the funding methods that people are using, we rounded up a list of the usual suspects to talk about the relationship between money and audio drama. We hope that sharing their experiences will be instructional for all of us who are facing the same challenges.
First to the podium is Mr. Fred Greenhalgh of FinalRune Productions. Fred is the creator of The Cleansed, an award winning full cast audio drama of post-apocalyptic proportions. He is also the owner/operator of Radio Drama Revival, showcasing the diversity and vitality of modern audio theater.
Frederick Greenhalgh has been writing stories since childhood and working in radio drama since 2006. Trained as an indie filmmaker, he has brought a filmic approach to his radio stories that include location production and cinematic sound design. His passion is in telling genre stories with a slant and reenvisioning how the audio format can entertain and illuminate in the twenty-first century. Greenhalgh lives with his wife and daughter in rural Maine in an off-grid home they built together.
*The views expressed in the following interview are that of the person doing the speaking. It’s not our fault if you don’t like what he or she is saying. If you want to get passive-aggressively confrontational with a computer screen about the contents of this interview please try to remember that you are also exercising the right to express yourself in a public forum. Don’t be that person.
**The masculinized title of this series is not meant to imply that there are no other-gendered audio content producers, providers or listeners. It is simply a humble attempt at humor; much like this disclaimer.