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Conversations with Sadie Kiel and Madeline Flack

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sadie Kiel and Madeline Flack.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
We have been best friends since the summer before seventh grade, when we instantly hit it off after our parents forced us to talk to each other at swim team practice. As we’ve grown closer over the years, we realized we shared a (probably unhealthy) obsession with true crime. We spent so much of our time together listening to true crime podcasts that we started to run out of episodes!

For months, we talked about the idea of making our own true-crime podcast together, but mostly as a joke. I don’t quite remember when it hit us, but at some point, we realized, “Wow! We could actually do this!” So we set up a profile on a podcasting software, Madeline created a logo, and we sat down to record the very first episode of Slayer’s Gonna Slay Podcast! From the first time we got on the mic, we knew we couldn’t stop.

It felt so fun to be able to dedicate time not only to hang out together but also to talk about our shared passion for true crime. After recording our first 3 episodes, we were ready to start publishing.

We were met with overwhelming support from our friends and family, who have worked hard to spread the word to others. We have also begun to build a true crime community on Instagram, and we are so grateful for our small but mighty and steadily growing listener base – the “Menaces” – from here in Memphis and across the world!

Now, we have released episodes covering stories from the notorious serial killer Charles Manson to local spree killer George Putt to Magdalena Solis and her cult all the way in Mexico, and we’re excited to continue recording and diversifying the types of stories we tell.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Although we have received a lot of support from those close to us as we embark on our podcasting journey, our biggest struggle has been growing our audience outside of our personal circles.

True crime is already a very popular genre, and everyone has their favorite show, so finding listeners interested in giving a brand new show a try has been difficult. We have been lucky to connect with other new and growing podcasts through Instagram, which has become a great support system since we all understand the struggles of starting up a podcast and are eager to support each other’s shows.

We are working on expanding our reach and ability to connect with potential listeners by starting up a website (you can come to visit us at slayersgonnaslaypodcast.wordpress.com!) and doing media outreach, like this!

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
Slayer’s Gonna Slay is a new Memphis-based true-crime podcast, hosted by us (2 teenage girls), and we aim to educate and interest our audience with crazy-but-true stories of serial killers, murders, cults, and more. We release a new episode every other week, and each episode takes on a conversational tone to make the stories accessible and understandable for all audience members.

Within the wide range of true crime pods, ours is unique because we run the show completely on our own. We do our own research, editing, social media, and even created our own website.

This gives Slayer’s Gonna Slay a personalized feel and helps listeners to get to know us since all of our stories, episodes, and posts are told through our own voice. Since we are 2 high schoolers running this podcast together, we also hope that we can show other young people that they don’t have to wait for “someday” to be able to create something amazing!

We had always listened to and admired our favorite podcast hosts, so podcasting seemed like a faraway or unattainable goal. However, we learned that it is possible to make space for yourself in any field that you care about!

We hope that our self-written, edited, and marketed podcast will demonstrate to other young people that even though there may not be a place readily offered to you in any given field, you have the capability and creativity to forge your own path and hold your own.

Can you talk to us a bit about happiness and what makes you happy?
Both of us are involved in and very passionate about musical theatre, and we have grown much closer from being involved with our school’s theatre department together. Theatre makes us happy because of the space it allows people to express themselves and bring their whole selves to the table.

We also have a tradition of seeing almost every touring show that comes to the Orpheum together (Madeline has season tickets!), and the environment of joy, emotion, and connection in the theatre at each show has been overwhelming. (We can’t speak to the first two songs of Mean Girls, though, we missed them… because we were late. It’s kind of our thing).

Another thing that makes us happy is music. We both enjoy singing and Madeline plays violin as well, but we especially love listening and Taylor Swift is our favorite artist. We’re both proud Swifties, as you can tell from our many Taylor Swift references on the podcast and our desperate Instagram posts begging for a new album.

Taylor is a big inspiration to us as we grow our platform because of how she uses her voice to give light to important issues in our world.

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