Thank you for your patience over the last few weeks. A lot has happened this month... so much that we're not even sure how to frame this letter. So, we're not going to frame it. Instead, we're just gonna talk to you.
A few weeks ago, one of our most essential cast members left the project without warning. Because The Ghost Radio Project is such an emotional experience that is literally built around the people in it, this left us reeling. After six months of intense character development, table-reading and building chemistry between actors, and recording episodes with this team member, their departure had a huge impact on the well-being of the show as a whole. What's more, their leaving meant that the timeline for this show and its release was obliterated.
Our reactions to this were highly emotional. The truth is, when we stepped back and looked at the entire project (both logistically and emotionally) and the journey we had taken together so far, we honestly thought it was over. Gene and Dilan actually sent the official "we're done" message to the cast. And together, we grieved.
Of course, as always, the community that has held us up since the beginning continued to send us supportive messages, tweets, and tons of audio drama love... without having any idea what was actually going on with us. On one hand, this made our situation all the more painful... and on the other hand, it gave us hope. You gave us hope.
One of our biggest issues in this project (aside from money, resources, being total amateurs, having NO experience, etc... lol) ... was time. It's always felt like an uphill battle because we were constantly trying to finish this thing within a certain time frame despite having so many challenges set against us. So we've always viewed time very negatively.
But here's the thing... ironically, after going through something this devastating, time was exactly what we needed. Our knee-jerk reaction was to give up, to let everybody get on with their lives, and to take the hint that this whole thing was some silly, unobtainable dream. But still, we sat on it. A week went by, then two. The dust settled. And that time allowed us to reorganize our heads and heal our hearts just enough to find some clarity. And the truth became very clear:
We are not done.
So what does this mean? Well. Our timeline is still fucked. At this point, we're flying with no map, no plan, no certainty (in terms of the logistics). But here's what we know. The remaining cast is still 100% in this. We are determined. We are stubborn. And we will never stop... if we have to crawl across the fucking finish line, we will not give up.
So, we decided to say "fuck our timeline." We'll rewrite what we have to rewrite. Re-cast who we have to re-cast. And re-record as necessary. We will keep going, even if we don't know how long it's going to take us to scale this mountain.
What does this mean for all of you? You, who have always been there, being our family, encouraging us to keep going, donating your hard-earned money, listening. You, who have never stopped listening.
We hate that we can't give you a release date anymore. We hate that you've been waiting, excited, for so long, only to have this project pushed back again... because honestly, just the thought of you all getting to hear what we're making is part of what's kept us going. So, it really hurts to know that now, we can't deliver on the promises we had made when we started this.
But if you're with us still, after all this shit... we CAN deliver. We don't know for sure how long it will take, or whether we'll lose more people, or whatever other wild shit life is gonna throw at us. But we know we're determined and we will deliver, one way or another.
So. Here's the plan. (Plan? Is this even a plan? What is plan?!)
- Finish scripting the second half of the show. 100% done, no settling.
- Recast as necessary. (This shit is a lot harder than it sounds okay we live in one of the whitest straightest most Republican places in the country please save us)
- Record everything. All voices. (Preferably in a short burst of time to maximize creative energy and prevent burnout or other departures)
- Post-production hell
- ??? (*PANIC*)
- PROFIT (just kidding, fuck Capitalism)
- RELEASE THE MOTHERFUCKING GHOST RADIO PROJECT!
So that's it. That's where we're at.
We love you. So much. Thank you for existing, for sticking with us, for being you. We can't wait to show you this thing.
Listen. Survive. Mobilize.