Lisette Alvarez is creating a witchy audio drama
44

patrons

$270
per month

Kalila Stormfire's Economical Magick Services

An audio drama about a witch juggling complex clients and a mysterious saboteur trying to ruin her business. 


Who is Lisette Alvarez? And why aren't you Kalila Stormfire?
Hi! I'm just your average Cuban-Canadian-American bruja who loves storytelling and the occult. Preferably together. Hence, my new podcast Kalila Stormfire's Economical Magick Services, an audio drama about a witch's documentation of her clients and how she deals with a mysterious saboteur who is trying to destroy her magick business.

Who would want to listen to a story like that?
If you’re a fan of stories dealing with shapeshifting dogs, love spells gone wrong, astral projection, angry dead rich dudes, and morally ambiguous witches...this podcast might pique your interest.

When will the podcast premiere? How long is it?
This first season will be 13 episodes, around 20-25 minutes each. Episodes will be posted on the 1st and 15th every month starting February 2018. I have written all episodes as well as all bonus material for patrons. Because some of the bonus material includes spoilers, they will only be released once the related episode is released. My aim is to complete the season by the end of August 2018.

There are plans for a second and third season, each premiering in February 2019 and 2020, respectively. 

Where can I find/subscribe to the podcast?
The official website is kalilastormfire.com. The latest episodes are already publicly posted for your ears here on Patreon and a page out of Kal’s grimoire is posted in the patron-only feed.

The podcast is currently available to subscribe to on  Libsyn, iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, Pocket Casts, and Stitcher.

Why produce this story?
The idea for this story came about because yes, I--like Kalila--am a brown, queer witch. While many of the practices, potions, and spells are entirely fictional, they are based in some version of the truth. I’ve picked up plenty of juicy, witchy, storytelling-worthy notes in my years studying and practicing witchcraft, mysticism, the occult, and folk religions.

I love creating new stories and this story is the product equivalent of enthusiastically diving off a cliff without a parachute. I fell in love with the audio drama format recently; Welcome to Night Vale enlivened my idea of storytelling mediums. Like every creative person, my core hope is that someone will look at my story and think "Hey, this is a pretty cool thing, I think I know a few other folks who might like the thing".

What will you be doing with any Patreon support?
If you like the podcast, I would be honored if you help support me as I record, perform, edit, and publish each episode! I also have a few more stories in the pipeline and I would love to bring those stories to life. My goal is to use any extra funds to support future work. I plan to invest in better audio editing/equipment and bring on paid actors.

Podcast Budget (Season 1):
Libsyn for RSS hosting/distribution: $15 per month
Website on Squarespace: $16 per month
Domain: $20 per year
Script consultants (3): $400 total
Actors: $200 (one full episode and 2-3 features)
TOTAL = $620 set expenses + $31 monthly

I believe in paying creators and artists fair wages. Actors are paid $75 for features like character mini-episodes and supporting roles during at least half of a full episode, and $20-40 for small features like 1-2 short scenes or lines in a full episode. In order to keep cast list short so people can receive a decent paycheck from this project, most actors will be asked to play multiple roles.

Volunteer actors are and have been appreciated, but any volunteer actors will be at least be appreciated in the form of a complimentary tea/coffee/cupcake--especially if they visit me in DC (looking at you, Danny & Kira!).

Ideally, I would like to pay myself for my work. I put around 8-10 hours of editing, sound design, and acting per episode. I also work as the sole marketer, from pushing merch to engaging with folks on social media about 5 hours per week. In total, that's about 15 hours per episode or 30 hours per month. According to where I live, in the DC-area, living wage would be about $17 per hour. Just paying myself would add up to $510 per month.

However, I have a full time job and I can afford take some of the above out of pocket. The reason I am breaking this down is so people can know how much work audio drama creators--even amateur ones--actually put into getting a podcast up.

Audio dramas are an incredibly exciting art form and I am thrilled to join the ranks of other creators. Thank you for your support and I hope you enjoy Kalila Stormfire's Economical Magick Services.

Stay tuned for updates on this page and on the KSEMS Tumblr page.
Tiers
Baby Witch
$1 or more per month 13 patrons
You'll get about +200000 positive vibes as well as exclusive access to the Patron feed which includes bonus material like  Q&As, production updates, fanart, and the first section out of Kal's grimoire: Grounding Magick.
Sigil Witch
$3 or more per month 3 of 30 patrons
NEW TIER (Hiatus Bonus)


Along with everything in the Baby Witch tier, the Sigil Witch will receive a letter-sized gift every equinox (September and March) through the run of the show. This may include anything from a sticker, a note, a postcard, a talisman, a pin, etc. 

The Founding Circle
$5 or more per month 5 patrons (sold out!)
The first 5 people to pledge $5 per month will receive everything from Baby Witch and Curious Dabbler levels. They will also receive a personalized thank you message from me and a special witchy gift. 
Curious Dabbler
$5 or more per month 6 patrons
Exclusive access to the Patron feed, including the Grounding Magick page and MOST IMPORTANTLY...the rest of the pages out of Kal's grimoire. Who knows? You might need them.
Psychic Circle
$7 or more per month 7 patrons (sold out!)
First 7 patrons will receive access to everything in the Curious Dabbler level, as well as a single-card tarot reading from Lisette Alvarez per month. 


(Note: This perk is for the Psychic Circle only)

True Initiate
$10 or more per month 5 patrons
Not only will you receive access to Kal's grimoire, you will receive a spell bag for safe travels. You have also unlocked the BONUS PROLOGUE EPISODE that will be available August 2018.


(Note: this perk does not include the tarot reading from the Psychic Circle. Additionally, the spell bag will take up to 4-6 weeks for shipping outside the US.)

Divining Coven
$13 or more per month 4 patrons
In addition to what is in the True Initiate level, you will receive ONE fully personalized tarot reading from me and a "Make the Mundane Magickal Again" sticker.
Head Witch in Charge
$35 or more per month 2 of 7 patrons
In addition to access to the Patron feed, Kalila Stormfire's full grimoire, a spell bag for safe travels, a personalized spell bag, and additional early access to the world-expanding short stories...


I will do a personalized tarot reading for you every month AND create an inspiration spell bottle for those days when you need an extra boost to break through a creative block. 

Goals
$270 of $300 per month
If I reach $300 per month before the end of the series (season 3 will begin in 2020), I will be able to hire a professional editor, something that will give me more time to do other things...like write more episodes! I also plan to use 10% of the funds after hitting this goal to support other indie audio dramas by marginalized voices!
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Kalila Stormfire's Economical Magick Services

An audio drama about a witch juggling complex clients and a mysterious saboteur trying to ruin her business. 


Who is Lisette Alvarez? And why aren't you Kalila Stormfire?
Hi! I'm just your average Cuban-Canadian-American bruja who loves storytelling and the occult. Preferably together. Hence, my new podcast Kalila Stormfire's Economical Magick Services, an audio drama about a witch's documentation of her clients and how she deals with a mysterious saboteur who is trying to destroy her magick business.

Who would want to listen to a story like that?
If you’re a fan of stories dealing with shapeshifting dogs, love spells gone wrong, astral projection, angry dead rich dudes, and morally ambiguous witches...this podcast might pique your interest.

When will the podcast premiere? How long is it?
This first season will be 13 episodes, around 20-25 minutes each. Episodes will be posted on the 1st and 15th every month starting February 2018. I have written all episodes as well as all bonus material for patrons. Because some of the bonus material includes spoilers, they will only be released once the related episode is released. My aim is to complete the season by the end of August 2018.

There are plans for a second and third season, each premiering in February 2019 and 2020, respectively. 

Where can I find/subscribe to the podcast?
The official website is kalilastormfire.com. The latest episodes are already publicly posted for your ears here on Patreon and a page out of Kal’s grimoire is posted in the patron-only feed.

The podcast is currently available to subscribe to on  Libsyn, iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, Pocket Casts, and Stitcher.

Why produce this story?
The idea for this story came about because yes, I--like Kalila--am a brown, queer witch. While many of the practices, potions, and spells are entirely fictional, they are based in some version of the truth. I’ve picked up plenty of juicy, witchy, storytelling-worthy notes in my years studying and practicing witchcraft, mysticism, the occult, and folk religions.

I love creating new stories and this story is the product equivalent of enthusiastically diving off a cliff without a parachute. I fell in love with the audio drama format recently; Welcome to Night Vale enlivened my idea of storytelling mediums. Like every creative person, my core hope is that someone will look at my story and think "Hey, this is a pretty cool thing, I think I know a few other folks who might like the thing".

What will you be doing with any Patreon support?
If you like the podcast, I would be honored if you help support me as I record, perform, edit, and publish each episode! I also have a few more stories in the pipeline and I would love to bring those stories to life. My goal is to use any extra funds to support future work. I plan to invest in better audio editing/equipment and bring on paid actors.

Podcast Budget (Season 1):
Libsyn for RSS hosting/distribution: $15 per month
Website on Squarespace: $16 per month
Domain: $20 per year
Script consultants (3): $400 total
Actors: $200 (one full episode and 2-3 features)
TOTAL = $620 set expenses + $31 monthly

I believe in paying creators and artists fair wages. Actors are paid $75 for features like character mini-episodes and supporting roles during at least half of a full episode, and $20-40 for small features like 1-2 short scenes or lines in a full episode. In order to keep cast list short so people can receive a decent paycheck from this project, most actors will be asked to play multiple roles.

Volunteer actors are and have been appreciated, but any volunteer actors will be at least be appreciated in the form of a complimentary tea/coffee/cupcake--especially if they visit me in DC (looking at you, Danny & Kira!).

Ideally, I would like to pay myself for my work. I put around 8-10 hours of editing, sound design, and acting per episode. I also work as the sole marketer, from pushing merch to engaging with folks on social media about 5 hours per week. In total, that's about 15 hours per episode or 30 hours per month. According to where I live, in the DC-area, living wage would be about $17 per hour. Just paying myself would add up to $510 per month.

However, I have a full time job and I can afford take some of the above out of pocket. The reason I am breaking this down is so people can know how much work audio drama creators--even amateur ones--actually put into getting a podcast up.

Audio dramas are an incredibly exciting art form and I am thrilled to join the ranks of other creators. Thank you for your support and I hope you enjoy Kalila Stormfire's Economical Magick Services.

Stay tuned for updates on this page and on the KSEMS Tumblr page.

Recent posts by Lisette Alvarez

Tiers
Baby Witch
$1 or more per month 13 patrons
You'll get about +200000 positive vibes as well as exclusive access to the Patron feed which includes bonus material like  Q&As, production updates, fanart, and the first section out of Kal's grimoire: Grounding Magick.
Sigil Witch
$3 or more per month 3 of 30 patrons
NEW TIER (Hiatus Bonus)


Along with everything in the Baby Witch tier, the Sigil Witch will receive a letter-sized gift every equinox (September and March) through the run of the show. This may include anything from a sticker, a note, a postcard, a talisman, a pin, etc. 

The Founding Circle
$5 or more per month 5 patrons (sold out!)
The first 5 people to pledge $5 per month will receive everything from Baby Witch and Curious Dabbler levels. They will also receive a personalized thank you message from me and a special witchy gift. 
Curious Dabbler
$5 or more per month 6 patrons
Exclusive access to the Patron feed, including the Grounding Magick page and MOST IMPORTANTLY...the rest of the pages out of Kal's grimoire. Who knows? You might need them.
Psychic Circle
$7 or more per month 7 patrons (sold out!)
First 7 patrons will receive access to everything in the Curious Dabbler level, as well as a single-card tarot reading from Lisette Alvarez per month. 


(Note: This perk is for the Psychic Circle only)

True Initiate
$10 or more per month 5 patrons
Not only will you receive access to Kal's grimoire, you will receive a spell bag for safe travels. You have also unlocked the BONUS PROLOGUE EPISODE that will be available August 2018.


(Note: this perk does not include the tarot reading from the Psychic Circle. Additionally, the spell bag will take up to 4-6 weeks for shipping outside the US.)

Divining Coven
$13 or more per month 4 patrons
In addition to what is in the True Initiate level, you will receive ONE fully personalized tarot reading from me and a "Make the Mundane Magickal Again" sticker.
Head Witch in Charge
$35 or more per month 2 of 7 patrons
In addition to access to the Patron feed, Kalila Stormfire's full grimoire, a spell bag for safe travels, a personalized spell bag, and additional early access to the world-expanding short stories...


I will do a personalized tarot reading for you every month AND create an inspiration spell bottle for those days when you need an extra boost to break through a creative block.