It was also risky. The first two seasons were self-financed. Luckily we got some aid in the International Women’s Media Foundation. It helped, but we were feeling quite alone and facing an uncertain road ahead. It seemed perfect since its intention is to increase the diversity of voices in the podcasting industry when we heard about the Google Podcasts creator program.
We made our tradition,”Las Raras,” at 2015, motivated (like most ) from the first season of”Serial.” As a journalist and a sound engineer, we heard right out what podcasts can perform. This medium is ideal for telling stories of people who are overlooked, stories of people challenging criteria and tales of people defying the status quo.
Throughout the other teams, we learned how many different goals a podcast might have: increase awareness about LGBTQ+ people’s lives in a location where homosexuality is prohibited (“AfroQueer“), tell stories from the Filipino diaspora (“Extended Distance“), reflect on modern beauty criteria (“The Colored Girl Beautiful“), introduce children to Puerto Rican history (“Timestorm“), or chat about car culture and road rage (“Who Taught you how you can Drive?!
“We have an independent podcast,” we mentioned. “It’s called’Las Raras,’ and we are a part of this Google Podcasts founder program”
This is a common problem for us. Not just in Chile where we reside, but also in the term tradition, much less listened to a single.
Then, silence. For several seconds. We knew what we needed to inquire.
After we arrived in Boston for the Google Podcasts founder program bootcamp, we experienced the total opposite of our situation in Santiago. At the PRX Podcast Garage, we met amazing trainers and the five different teams at the program. It was a dream to speak about podcasting using a diverse group for twelve hours every day.
Editor’s note: The Google Podcasts creator program, run by PRX, supplies 20 weeks of instruction, mentorship, and seed financing to promising podcasters, with the goal of promoting underrepresented voices throughout the business and around the globe.
We put our hearts and spirits to the application. Two days before Christmas, we received an email confirming that we had been chosen. It took us a couple of weeks to genuinely believe it happened. It’s a responsibility, but also an honour.
To put it differently, podcasts let’s tell we feel passionate about and are not often heard in Chile, stories. Immediately, we loved the invention and openness podcasting given. But it was daunting. We had to use audio with no graphics, and how to learn a new way of structuring and interviewing tales. There were almost no other podcasts at the moment, too.
We all know the stories we want to tell, and the help of this Google Podcasts founder program will allow us to take”Las Raras” into the next level. Our aim from the program is to find a way to be successful on a long-term foundation. With the support of Google, PRXour mentors and our fellow podcasters, we are focusing our attention on better understanding the needs of our viewers, and creating a sustainable business model for”Las Raras.” The program delivers the training to enhance the standard of the stories we love to tell, and people we know our audience wants to hear.
Cruz and May in the Google Podcasts creator app.
A few days back, while reporting about Chilean countrymen fighting for their land, we contacted a source to ask an interview. Our origin asked us where the story would look.
Catalina May and Martín Cruz, the group behind”Las Raras” (“The Outsiders”), are separate podcasters located in Santiago, Chile. They are one of the six groups participating from the program’s first round. Their training started in January 2019 with a week-long intensive”bootcamp” at the PRX Podcast Garage at Boston and will culminate in a last exhibition on June 19 at Boston.