13 episodes

Casting Call is like a Hollywood singing competition, but for people who are pros at audio interviews and non-fiction storytelling. On the show, an esteemed panel of judges will join host Jonathan Goldstein to vet submissions from aspiring podcast hosts across the country, and select three finalists to travel to Gimlet HQ to make a pilot of their show. One talented hopeful will have their pilot turned into a mini-series, produced by Gimlet, and maybe even get a Squarespace sponsorship of their own -- the pinnacle of podcast fame.

All of the glory and the drama of the competition will be documented for listeners to hear. Expect a behind-the-scenes look at the weird and wonderful world of podcasting. You’ll learn what makes a good host and how entertaining shows get made.

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    • 4.6, 336 Ratings

Casting Call is like a Hollywood singing competition, but for people who are pros at audio interviews and non-fiction storytelling. On the show, an esteemed panel of judges will join host Jonathan Goldstein to vet submissions from aspiring podcast hosts across the country, and select three finalists to travel to Gimlet HQ to make a pilot of their show. One talented hopeful will have their pilot turned into a mini-series, produced by Gimlet, and maybe even get a Squarespace sponsorship of their own -- the pinnacle of podcast fame.

All of the glory and the drama of the competition will be documented for listeners to hear. Expect a behind-the-scenes look at the weird and wonderful world of podcasting. You’ll learn what makes a good host and how entertaining shows get made.

    So Help Me: Betraying Your Childhood Dreams

    So Help Me: Betraying Your Childhood Dreams

    When Anna moved from a large apartment in Philadelphia to a small apartment in Queens, she had to get rid of most of her possessions. Throwing stuff out felt good until she got to three large plastic bins in the corner of her apartment. They were filled with all the art she’d made in Art School. For weeks, she couldn’t bring herself to throw the art away. To understand why, she turned to a 4’7 Japanese tidying legend.

    • 22 min
    So Help Me: It’s always too soon to quit

    So Help Me: It’s always too soon to quit

    In 2018 Anna Ladd won Gimlet’s Casting Call competition - a search for the “next great podcast host.” Her prize for winning was that Gimlet would help her make a podcast mini-series. But when she moved to New York and started to make the show she realized the dark secret of reality show success: Just because you win a contest doesn’t mean you know what you’re doing. Making the show was overwhelming until Anna started a self-help program (a couple, actually) and got some advice from Alex and PJ.

    • 25 min
    Introducing So Help Me (from Casting Call Winner Anna Ladd)

    Introducing So Help Me (from Casting Call Winner Anna Ladd)

    Premieres November 8 — So Help Me is a show about self help and what happens when you try to figure yourself out. Profoundly flawed but hopeful host Anna Ladd tries different self help methods to fix everything from her attitude to her apartment, and learns from experts and others who have tried them along the way.

    • 2 min
    Episode 7: And The Winner Is...

    Episode 7: And The Winner Is...

    The moment you've been waiting for. This episode was recorded live, which means you get to listen in on the conversations between host Jonathan Goldstein, the Casting Call finalists and judges. You'll hear what post-podcast pilot life is like for the three finalists, and who wins the Casting Call grand prize: A mini-series produced by Gimlet Media.

    • 34 min
    Episode 6: The Third Pilot

    Episode 6: The Third Pilot

    We’ve made it to the final stage of Casting Call. There are spoilers in this episode. There are even spoilers in this description. Begin at Episode 1.
    If you’re still reading, we trust you have listened to the first five episodes.
    This is “An Exciting Business Opportunity,” the pilot from Anna Ladd. This podcast is all about multilevel marketing companies—or MLMs. MLMs are companies like Amway, LuLaRoe, and Mary Kay. In this pilot, you’ll learn about the dark underbelly of LuLaRoe, a leggings MLM. Plus, you’ll get to take a peek behind the curtain and learn what it’s like to report on one of these companies.
    Casting Call is a reality competition podcast brought to you by Squarespace and Gimlet Creative. We’re on a mission to find America’s next top podcaster, and we need your help. After listening to the series, vote on your favorite pilot at CastingCallShow.com. The winning host will get their very own Gimlet miniseries. The winner will be announced in Casting Call's final episode on October 3rd.
    Learn more about LuLaRoe by reading Claire Suddath’s incredible piece in Bloomberg Businessweek:

    • 45 min
    Episode 5: The Second Pilot

    Episode 5: The Second Pilot

    We’ve made it to the final stage of Casting Call. There are spoilers in this episode. There are even spoilers in this description. Begin at Episode 1.
    If you’re still reading, we trust you have listened to the first four episodes.
    This is “Our Allowance,” the pilot from Natalie Peart. This show is a space for people of color to share how they’ve made money work for them, despite living with an economic system not built for their financial success. Hear what it took to develop this show, and listen to the episode this finalist made. It tracks a centuries-old financial tradition that’s transforming for the modern day.
    Casting Call is a reality competition podcast brought to you by Squarespace and Gimlet Creative. We’re on a mission to find America’s next top podcaster, and we need your help. After listening to the series, vote on your favorite pilot at CastingCallShow.com. The winning host will get their very own Gimlet miniseries. The winner will be announced in Casting Call's final episode on October 3rd. 

    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
336 Ratings

336 Ratings

SaraDom ,

So, where is the winning podcast?

Did she take the money and run?

KimHere925 ,

A little disappointed

I loved the show and always love Jonathan Goldstein, but was disappointed to find out that the actual podcast was not the one they pitched and made the pilot of. What happened to “An Exciting Business Opportunity?” I was really looking forward to that.

phodat ,

Season 2 not worth it

So much potential but the winning host from season 1 completely abandoned the project that won and the 2nd season is a sort of rambling audio diary of mundane, young adult angst. Unfortunately not engaging.

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