By: Sean Harrigan
What a year it’s been! As I reflect on all of the amazing experiences that both Bill and myself have had during our first year running The Cinescape, I can’t help but be overjoyed by the success we’ve had. To be honest, we haven’t become major internet stars (yet) nor have we actually made any money off of anything, but those factors don’t weigh into my measurement of success. Knowing that we’ve amassed a humble fan following for both our podcast and our social media presence is proof enough that peope are enjoying what we are doing, and for now, that’s good enough for me.
I’m a big fan of numbers and statistics, so I’ll throw some at you now. As we stand today, we currently have:
- 859 Facebook page likes
- 328 Twitter followers
- 227 Instagram followers
- 62 Youtube subscribers + over 3,500 video views
- More than 12,000 iTunes podcast downloads per month
While these numbers may not be astronomical compared to some of the larger online shows in our genre, the fact that Bill and myself, two working-class guys just out to have some fun, have developed a respectable following for our brand in a short amount of time is pretty cool for us. My favorite number is the podcast download number. To think that last month more than 12,000 people listened to our show blows my mind. Never did I think that 12 people would be listening when we first started, let alone 12,000. We do our best to provide fun, entertaining and informative content to our listeners & viewers, and its a real testament to you all for helping us grow so much during year one. To that, we wanted to thank you all.
You may be thinking “But Sean, besides your statistics, what else have you accomplished?” – good question. Over the past year, we have been fortunate to network with a lot of great people in the entertainment industry which has led to us landing some great special guests, people like:
- Robert Butler III (Schmoes Know)
- Josh Macuga (Schmoes Know/Collider)
- Robert Meyer Burnett (Collider)
- Scott Mantz (Access Hollywood)
- Jim Vejvoda (IGN)
- Melissa Ebbe (Syfy’s Face Off)
- Jason Inman (DCs All-Access)
- Ashley V. Robinson (Collider/Geek History Lesson)
- Thomas Ian Nicholas (American Pie/Rookie of the Year)
- Marty Krzywonos (actor/director/producer/composer)
- Mixed Nuts Productions
- Rob Keyes (Screen Rant)
These awesome guests added a lot of great insider knowledge to our shows that they appeared on and helped to add credibility to our brand. The fact that we’ve gotten some high-profile guests on our show highlights both the power of social media networking and our desire to be more than a simple podcast. Branching off of that last point, we have done our best to go above and beyond for the sake of our show. We’ve attended conventions like Wizard World Philadelphia and Nostalgia Fest which led to us getting to meet and interview some great celebrities like:
- Tia Carrere (Wayne’s World)
- Donald Gibb (Revenge of the Nerds)
- David Faustino (Married With Children)
- Michael Winslow (Police Academy)
- Chris Owen (American Pie)
- Jake Busey (Starship Troopers)
- Vanessa Angel (Kingpin)
- Corbin Bernsen (Major League)
- Rob Liefeld (Deadpool creator)
- Rider Strong (Boy Meets World)
- Kristy Swanson (Buffy The Vampire Slayer)
Aside from everything I mentioned above, my personal favorite memory has been my experience meetig & interviewing Hugh Jackman at the world premiere of Logan in New York. You’ve heard me reference this plenty of times in the past, so I won’t beat a dead horse…but I got to meet and interview friggin’ Hugh Jackman!
We really have been lucky with a lot of the things we’ve gotten to do, but we also put a lot of time and effort into the product we put out, which has led to us securing a show sponsor to help with paying for our studio time, press passes to events like Wizard World Philadelphia, invites to press screenings and more.
I know you’re all thinking “But Sean, now that you’re heading into year 2, what will you do to make the show better or different? – another good question. Bill and I are always looking for new ways to improve our show. We frequently hang out and talk about things to add or change and we’re throwing around some new ideas. We’re on the verge of starting our own bar quizzo business. The money we make off of that will go directly back into the show so that we can add some more technology into our videos, have great giveaways for our fans, and maybe even broadcast from special events. We believe our growing reputation will make it easier to book more guests for future shows, but we also need your help. The more likes, comments, shares, and subscriptions we get on our shows and social media pages, the better our brand looks to potential guests.
We’re very much looking forward to our first birthday show coming up on Saturday, September 3rd at 2:00 PM/EST which will feature our very special in-studio guest in the form of Steve Morrison from the Preston & Steve Show on 93.3 WMMR in Philadelphia. We also look forward to the new challenges that we are sure to face in expanding The Cinescape for our growing fanbase. We could not do what we do without your support.
To leave you with something “new” as you anxiously await our next show, enjoy this special highlight video which chronicles our experiences during this very special first year. Thanks for being a part of our community!