What It's About
A trans woman creates two queer-centric podcasts to serve as a safe space for those without strong family and friend bases.
Words of Wisdom
When I asked Callie what equipment she uses, she said she’s convinced people care so much more about the content of your show than the sound quality. Fancy gear can’t make a boring conversation with a dispassionate host more interesting. Nevertheless, she shared what equipment she uses: Apollo Twin High-Resolution Thunderbolt Interface, Electro Voice RE-20 Cardioid Microphone, and the Logic Pro X.
Callie ended up in Houston on Arian Foster's podcast, Now What?. He's a former Houston Texans running back and was one of the more popular players in the NFL before he retired. He sent out a tweet that he wanted to chat with someone from the transgender community and she was recommended. Check out the episode, here!
Notes from Chris
Episode 432Callie Wright, in her own words, considers herself pretty privileged. Her day job as a team lead in a call center pays well, and no one she works with cares about her being queer or trans. She also has a supportive group of friends and family. But not everyone who is queer and/or trans has the same experience. Callie remembers going to a vigil for a trans girl who was forced into conversion therapy and hearing an LGBTQ affirming minister say some things that made her feel out of place as a non-believer. Callie decided to create a space not just for LGBTQ activism, but for secular activism as well. She now produces two podcasts, an activist show called The Gaytheist Manifesto and a storytelling show called The Queer side. Her goals with her podcasts are to curate a space where people feel safe, valued, loved, and protected and also to try to change the hearts and minds of people who have negative attitudes towards the LGBTQ community. Callie’s first show The Gaytheist Manifesto launched in 2015. A little over a year into The Gaytheist Manifesto, she turned to her community and asked them to support it through Patreon. Patreon is a platform that helps creators get paid by running a membership business for their fans. Patrons pledge a monthly contribution, Callie rewards them with premium content, and Patreon delivers that content to her patrons. In 2017, Callie added her second podcast, a storytelling show called The Queer Side. She immediately started a Patreon when this podcast launched. Between her two shows, today she receives over $800 each month in contributions. She’s also had roughly a dozen speaking opportunities as a result of these shows.
MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:
- The Gaytheist Manifesto & The Queer side: Learn more about Callie and her mission over on her podcast pages
- The Gaytheist Manifesto Patreon Page: Check out Callie's Patreon page—this is the membership platform that helps Callie get paid for putting together the content for her podcasts
- Apollo Twin High-Resolution Thunderbolt Interface, Electro Voice RE-20 Cardioid Microphone, and the Logic Pro X: Some of the gear and programs that Callie uses to produce both of her podcasts
- EXTENDED CUT #11: Lessons in Podcasting: If you're thinking of starting a podcast, what do you need to know? This special episode includes tips on marketing, content, gear, and more
- Creative Illustrator Creates Creative Podcast for Creatives: This freelance illustrator did design work for Google and Nickelodeon, but after giving a talk at his church he decides to start a podcast—which now earns up to $70,000 a year on the side
- Business Besties Turn Skype Calls Into Six-Figure Podcast: After two friends create a podcast for fun, it turns into a side hustle that generates $100,000 in its first year, multiple six-figures in year two, and a book deal in year three
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