Casting Call: Crosswired

Casting Call: Crosswired

A young man narrowly avoids a terrorist bombing, but in the ensuing chaos he discovers he isn’t what he thought he was. As he learns to cope with this sudden surprise, assailants arise from everywhere, trying to make sure his secret dies with him. Read more

Steve is the founder of Straight Talk Entertainment and currently produces and writes for the audio drama Aural Traditions, recently voted Charleston City Paper’s Best Local Podcast. He’s also an Information Security professional and avid shark tooth hunter.
Will we be an award-winning show?

Will we be an award-winning show?

Every year the Audio Verse Awards highlight the very best in audio drama and this year, in our very first year, Aural Traditions has received a number of nominations. You can help take us to the next step.

The awards are given after 2 rounds of voting. This first round is now upon us and the top 5 in each category will be in the finals for a last round of voting.

Please, take a moment and vote for your favorite Aural Traditions stories, productions, and actors and actresses. Ask your family and friends to vote, too! It takes a village! We’re up against some major players with international audiences, so it won’t be easy!

VOTE HERE

(Note: The site says it takes 30 minutes. I was able to vote in under 10 – SC)

Who should you vote for? Let’s highlight the nominees below.

beautypageant-coverBeauty Pageant is a comedy about a pair of newly-minted devils tasked with corrupting a naive and inept beauty pageant contestant by getting her to sell her soul for the Miss Pumpkin Patch crown. More than just a few laughs, the story also talks about the concepts of forgiveness, responsibility, and grace.

The show has been nominated for

  • Best Original, Long Form, Self-contained Production
  • Best Writing of an Original, Long Form, Self-contained Production (Steven Cardinal)
  • Best Performance of an Actress in an Original, Long Form, Small Cast, Self-contained Production (Sarah Callahan Black).

Listen to Beauty Pageant HERE.

In the dystopian future described in the Ray Bradbury classic, Fahrenheit 451, the keepers of man’s written works were forced into hiding while the world fell apart around them. The Mirror Factory takes place a number of years after the war, during the struggle to survive and the need to rediscover that which was lost.

The show has been nominated for:

  • Best Fan/Adaptation Production
  • Best Writing of a Fan/Adaptation Production (Steven Cardinal)
  • Best Performance of an Actor in a Fan/Adaptation Production (Randy Risher).

Listen to The Mirror Factory HERE.

Sticking with the adult fare, Sander Cobb follows a troubled young man as he heads west to start a new life. When he gets mixed up with a modern day Bonnie and Clyde, things take a turn. A very dangerous turn.

Sander Cobb was nominated for:

  • Best Original, Long Form, Self-contained Production
  • Best Writing of an Original, Long Form, Self-contained Production (Steven Cardinal)
  • Best Performance of an Actor in an Original, Long Form, Large Cast, Self-contained Production (Steven Cardinal)
  • Best Performance of an Actress in an Original, Long Form, Large Cast, Self-contained Production (Teralyn Tanner).

Listen to Sander Cobb HERE.

Candy Haus coverCandy Haus is a modern day telling of the classic Hansel and Gretel. In our version, Gretel takes a page out of an old Film Noir classic, bringing to life an old, hard-nosed gumshoe with her dumb but lovable brother as her sidekick.

The family-friendly production has been nominated for Best Performance of an Actress in an Original, Long Form, Small Cast, Self-contained Production (Andrea Rausch).

Listen to Candy Haus HERE.

Steve is the founder of Straight Talk Entertainment and currently produces and writes for the audio drama Aural Traditions, recently voted Charleston City Paper’s Best Local Podcast. He’s also an Information Security professional and avid shark tooth hunter.
Casting Call: Candy Haus

Casting Call: Candy Haus

This is an open casting call for voice actors in the Charleston, SC area. Please share this with the actors that you know.

We have the following roles open for our upcoming production of Candy Haus, a new work to be released as part of our audio drama anthology Aural Traditions. Please note that these are unpaid roles. Also note that recording will be during the day on Saturday, September 10th (roughly 11am – 3pm). If you are not available for that date and time, please don’t audition. There will be other productions in the future – we promise. Read more

Steve is the founder of Straight Talk Entertainment and currently produces and writes for the audio drama Aural Traditions, recently voted Charleston City Paper’s Best Local Podcast. He’s also an Information Security professional and avid shark tooth hunter.
Stage Talk Preview: Love’s Labour’s Lost

Stage Talk Preview: Love’s Labour’s Lost

Threshold Repertory Theatre’s summer Shakespeare workshop is kicking off its 5th year and bringing the laughs with it. The Bard’s Love’s Labor’s Lost is being brought to the stage with a modern, Charleston flair. With word play and physical humor in abundance, this is a very approachable show and a great way to introduce newcomers to Shakespeare to all that makes him a classic. Give a listen as I get to chat with the cast and director of this special production. Read more

Steve is the founder of Straight Talk Entertainment and currently produces and writes for the audio drama Aural Traditions, recently voted Charleston City Paper’s Best Local Podcast. He’s also an Information Security professional and avid shark tooth hunter.
Casting Call: Hit and Run

Casting Call: Hit and Run

Another casting call for voice actors. This story, written by Rob Britt and Doug Clinton, is a twisted tale of the bizarre called Hit and Run. These are all unpaid roles and will be recording in the Charleston area. Recording will be on Sunday, June 19th – so please check your availability before auditioning. Read more

Steve is the founder of Straight Talk Entertainment and currently produces and writes for the audio drama Aural Traditions, recently voted Charleston City Paper’s Best Local Podcast. He’s also an Information Security professional and avid shark tooth hunter.
Stage Talk Preview: Fever 2016

Stage Talk Preview: Fever 2016

When we think of the women’s rights movement, some of the first things that come to mind are Susan B Anthony, suffragettes, and protesters. Gloria Steinem, Ms magazine, and bra burning. While these were key components of the fight for equal rights and opportunities, there were many more women carrying the battle flag in their own way. Frustration was high and emotions ran hot. Hot enough for a Fever.

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Steve is the founder of Straight Talk Entertainment and currently produces and writes for the audio drama Aural Traditions, recently voted Charleston City Paper’s Best Local Podcast. He’s also an Information Security professional and avid shark tooth hunter.
Stage Talk Preview: Dreamgirls

Stage Talk Preview: Dreamgirls

The talented cast and crew of the Charleston Performing Arts Center takes us on a musical journey through the 1960’s with a look at the great girl bands or the era – from The Shirelles and Marvelettes to The Supremes. They were dream girls then and now!

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Steve is the founder of Straight Talk Entertainment and currently produces and writes for the audio drama Aural Traditions, recently voted Charleston City Paper’s Best Local Podcast. He’s also an Information Security professional and avid shark tooth hunter.
iTunes SEO: Getting Your Podcast Found

iTunes SEO: Getting Your Podcast Found

If you’re like me, you’re always looking to grow your podcast’s listener base. You’ve identified your demographic, sussed out your social media strategy, and kicked off numerous marketing campaigns. You’re doing everything you need to reach out to your target audience. So, what are you doing to be found by everyone else? For all those people you aren’t targeting, what’s the plan for getting found? This is where we have to explore the mysteries of iTunes SEO. Read more

Steve is the founder of Straight Talk Entertainment and currently produces and writes for the audio drama Aural Traditions, recently voted Charleston City Paper’s Best Local Podcast. He’s also an Information Security professional and avid shark tooth hunter.
Stage Talk Preview: Christmas Cabaret

Stage Talk Preview: Christmas Cabaret

The temperature is dropping, colored lights are popping up all around the neighborhoods, and Christmas music fills the air. No where is that more apparent than at the Charleston Performing Arts Center on James Island, where their talented troupe of performers is staging a Christmas Cabaret. Once again, Straight Talk with Steve has a backstage look at this fantastic show! Read more

Steve is the founder of Straight Talk Entertainment and currently produces and writes for the audio drama Aural Traditions, recently voted Charleston City Paper’s Best Local Podcast. He’s also an Information Security professional and avid shark tooth hunter.
Stage Talk Preview: Duke – King of Jazz

Stage Talk Preview: Duke – King of Jazz

When one thinks of American jazz greats, Duke Ellington is often the first to come to mind. An music icon for over 50 years, Duke’s music is being celebrated at the Charleston Performing Arts Center and I have a preview of what to expect. Listen in!

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Steve is the founder of Straight Talk Entertainment and currently produces and writes for the audio drama Aural Traditions, recently voted Charleston City Paper’s Best Local Podcast. He’s also an Information Security professional and avid shark tooth hunter.