The following is the official press kit for Kalila Stormfire's Economical Magick Services.
About Kalila Stormfire's Economical Magick Services
Kalila Stormfire's Economical Magick Services is a modern fantasy audio drama by Lisette Alvarez about a witch who has to juggle complex clients and an anonymous critic hellbent on ruining her magic business. The story centers around Kalila Stormfire, a young woman and business owner working out of her basement studio apartment after a controversial fallout with her coven. While she attempts to get established as friendly neighborhood witch, she begins to hear rumors of someone dissuading clients from seeking her services.
Set in the fictional city of Brushland, this is a world where magick is a little more real than ours. Goddesses, curses, astral projection, werewolves, and changelings are natural features. The setting however, also does not shy away from some of the real world problems of poverty, racism, and healthcare experienced by people of color and queer folks. Most of Kal's clients live in and around her neighborhood; a multicultural working class community.
This podcast was made for people who enjoy tales of meddling love goddesses, witches talking to their familiars, and the limits of magick. This story is about how we deal with failure and how sometimes our shadows don't quite take the shape we expect.
About the Cast & Crew
Lisette Alvarez (Creator, Producer, and Voice of Kalila Stormfire)
Lisette Alvarez Kalila Stormfire's Economical Magick Services was created, written, edited, performed, and marketed by Lisette Alvarez. Lisette is a witch, storyteller, globetrotter, and digital strategist. A third culture kid with 19 countries under their belt, Lisette is also a queer Latinx creator who wanted more stories that reflected their reality.
This story was inspired by the work they do with Reflections Mystery School, an esoteric training school dedicated to teaching people to work with their shadows and find their personal vocation.
Zayn Thiam (Voice of Desiree Onasis)
Zayn Thiam is a West African photographer, writer and performer hailing from the sunny coasts of Senegal, and currently based in D.C. after a lifetime of hopping around the globe. You can find them reading the tarot, making & mending things, or daydreaming with rum and sweet treats.
You can also follow their work on Instagram.
Other Cast Members
- Whitney Johnson (Gabrielle Ravenwood)
- Chris Magilton (Hector Ivory)
- Forenza (Gloria Sousa)
- Sam "Raethr" Nguyen (Sam)
- Kira Lattanzi (Journalist #1)
- Danny Muchoki (Journalist #2, Passerby)
Other Wizards Behind the Curtain
Script Consultants: Idris Grey, Ashley Mitchell, and D. B. Wansel
Cover Design: Kristina Lakeway
Just the Facts
Name of Podcast: Kalila Stormfire's Economical Magick Services
Acronym/Nickname: KSEMS or Kalila Stormfire
Release Schedule: Teasers were released December 2017. Full episodes released bimonthly on the 1st and 15th of every month, starting February 1st. CURRENTLY ON HIATUS UNTIL SEASON 2.
- Season 1 released February-August 2018
- Season 2 premieres Spring 2019
- Season 3 premieres Spring 2020
Bonus Episodes: Bonus episodes, including fan episodes, are released periodically during the season run as well as during the hiatus.
Average Run Time: 20-25 minutes per full episode
Why People Love Kalila Stormfire
"It’s not often that I find a show that I think will sit in the same place in my heart as Welcome to Night Vale, or King Falls Am, or the Bright Sessions. Kalila Stormfire, appropriately enough, just stole my heart away. I’ve fallen head over heels with this show: with its creativity, and its humanity, its humour and its drama. I just can’t wait for more!" — ITUNES LISTENER
"If you're a big fan of Willow and Tara on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, then you'll love this podcast! A "witch for hire" podcast as she talks about her recent cases and gives fun insights into what it's like being a witch in this world." — OSTIUM PODCAST
“I loved the first episode, you really get a feel for Kalila and some of the struggles she is facing. I found the character extremely relatable, Kalila is trying to change and be a better person, different from who she was. It’s a difficult journey, and I think that Lisette captures that extremely well. I’m excited to hear where this is going.” — AUDIODRAMARAMA
"A fun and heartfelt show in which the diverse and detailed world and its characters handle very real and relatable issues. With a combination of episodic magical challenges and long-running mysteries and conflicts, it promises a very entertaining run!" — ITUNES LISTENER
"I fell in love with this show right from the get-go. Each episode has such wonderful depth and earnestness that is only added to by the magical elements included. I am always eagerly awaiting new episodes and am never disappointed by Lisette's storytelling abilities." — ITUNES LISTENER
Through the case files of a young witch, we are shown a truly, scientific and holistic approach to solving the traumas of everyday life. This show also beautifully builds a world outward, creating a specifically designed world around this witch who has been cast out by her coven and is, herself, healing from her own secret traumas. This show is magic- I'm sorry, magick. Highly recommend." — ITUNES LISTENER
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