Cap Blackard is a multidisciplinary artist specializing in writing, illustration, and podcasting. She's the showrunner of the award-winning audio drama, The Call of Cthulhu Mystery Program, a queer horror-comedy; co-creator the forthcoming animated series, Lightning Dogs; and is Mother Brain of Omniverse, her media company focused on storytelling podcasts. Her forthcoming series, TRANScend is a genre-bending autobiography exploring her transgender journey and the interconnectedness of all things.
Everyone knows about podcasts (or at least those reading this), but what about audio dramas? Audio dramas are a way of telling stories through sound—think of a movie but without the visuals. The form of entertainment started in the 1920s and soon popularized in the 1940s. However, the movement slowed down with the introduction of television. With podcasting becoming more popular, audio dramas are making a comeback. Audio dramas are an exciting way to switch up your entertainment, and also our next guest’s profession.
Meet Cap Blackard (she/her/they/their)
A non-binary transgender woman and a multidisciplinary artist from Orlando, Florida. Cap had a layered coming out story; she knew she was trans since 2010, but came out as non-binary first. It was not until 2017 when Cap finally accepted her true identity and soon after started HRT in 2018. As a writer, illustrator, and podcaster, Cap is the showrunner of the award-wining audio drama, The Call of Cthulhu Mystery Program, a queer horror-comedy, co-creator the forthcoming animated series, Lightning Dogs, and is the mother brain of Omniverse, her media company focused on storytelling podcast. Cap is currently working on her upcoming series, TRANScend, which is a genre-bending autobiography exploring her transgender journey and the interconnectedness of all things.
In this episode we talk about:
- What is audio drama
- The impact of podcasting
- Starting Omniverse
- The concept behind Neon Bath
- TRANScend project
“Become the one you know you are.” – Cap Blackard
“Why should I imagine the life I’d like to have? Why shouldn’t I just make that real?” – Cap Blackard
“The more that we express ourselves as individuals, the better we’re able to not only feel better about ourselves but also the better we are able to engage and creating the happiness around us and the wellness of others and to build a better world.” – Cap Blackard
“How language— how it’s like something we as a species have invented, but we allow as a culture we allow it to control us even though it’s ours.” – Cap Blackard
“The recognizement that change is constant is a fundamentally queer thing.” – Cap Blackard
“The existence of transgender intersex queer people at large—of these variances away from the establish heteronormative binary—are keys to unlocking a broader human perception that challenges us all to continue looking and being more observant; and not letting the narratives that our culture has created to shape who we are and what we can do.” – Cap Blackard
“If we’re all expressing ourselves as individuals and then collaborating together, we can build even greater things.” – Cap Blackard
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