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
Lisette Alvarez (Creator, Producer, and Voice of Kalila Stormfire)
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 (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.
Whitney Johnson (High Priestess Gabrielle Ravenwood)
Whitney Johnson is a writer and performer who enjoys pushing the boundaries of form and media. She’s currently cultivating her best queer sea witch life in the PNW with her Cat who doesn’t mind the friendship of crows. You can find her on Twitter @EditrixW.
Chris Magilton (High Priest Hector Ivory)
Chris is an Australian high school Drama teacher who fell in love with audio drama during long drives to and from work. He is currently working on writing, producing and performing in Among the Stars and Bones, a sci-fi audio drama about a xenoarchaeology team traveling to distant worlds to investigate the artifacts and ruins left behind by a vanished alien race (Coming in 2019). In addition to Kalila, Chris has upcoming roles in the yet to be released Copperheart. Rest assured that he is also working on at least two secret projects at all times. You can follow him @chrismagilton on Twitter.
Anairis Quinones (Una, Queen of the Fae)
Anairis Q is a voice actress, writer, and singer based in Central Florida. She can be heard as Mai from Asagao Academy, Sutra from Crush Crush, and Caty Velasquez in Within the Wires. You can also hear her on PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch in The Journey Down, Regalia: Of Men and Monarchs, and Ghost Song. If she's not voice acting, she's developing her RPG Ghost, performing as Disney characters for events, or releasing song covers. www.anairisq.com @anairis_q
Jordan Cobb (Dr. Alicia Grand)
Jordan Cobb is a New York City based actress and writer, and a graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. A fan of radio plays and books on tape from the time she could walk and talk, Jordan made her first forays into the world of podcasting by creating and performing in the high seas adventure audio drama Here Be Dragons (as Harper Bennett & Dr. Atlas), and the new sci-fi horror series Janus Descending (Chel). Now, her credits have grown to include popular shows like Marsfall (Erin Donner), We Fix Space Junk (Princess Flora), 1994 (Carrie Bird), Mythos (Gracie Hart) and L I M B O (Rani). On stage, her recent credits include The Other Other Woman; a new French farce, The Merry Widows of Windsor, On This Mountain, Henry VI Parts 1, 2 & 3, Lydia Bennett in Shakespeare and Company's Pride and Prejudice, and Maid Marian in Robin Hood. You can find her on Twitter (@inkphemeral) or visit her website at jordanvcobb.com.
Alex Christian (Finvarra, King of the Fae)
Alex Christian is a Model, Actor and Athlete, born in White Plains, NY, and raised in San Marino, CA. Alex began his athletic career at the age of 6 in the Korean National Sport of Taekwondo. He has also competed internationally as a competitive swimmer, and was an avid Rock Climber in college. Alex began his journey in the fitness industry in October of 2013 and has since been a Fitness, High Fashion, and Runway model. Alex is a 2 time Internationally published model, with a full spread in Center Stage Magazine, and a feature in the UK's SHE Magazine, and is also a 6 time Nationally published model with MKOVAH Magazine. Alex is signed with Revalushion Management Agency and Condra Artista, and has made appearances on Disney XD and the CW. Additionally, he has made several commercial appearances, and has starred in several short films, and has since added voice acting to his repertoire. Outside of his career as a model/actor, Alex enjoys long boarding, surfing, snowboarding, camping, fishing, playing music, and spending time with his family. www.alexchristianfit.com. Twitter: @alexchristian88
Sena Bryer (Heather Lovely)
Sena Bryer is a Los Angeles-based voice actor and writer. Relatively new to the acting world, her current credits include the narrator of the Steam Whistle Alley audiobook and the lead role in the podcast The Pilgrimage Saga. She is also the author of the Dreambound series. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, tabletop RPGs, and petting dogs.
A.J. Beckles (Amad Khan)
A.J. is a 20 year old Boston Massachussetts based professional Voice Actor. After finding his passion for acting at 18 years old he hasn’t looked back. When not in the booth he is often found drawing, or playing basketball with some friends. Also a self proclaimed Anime and Videogame enthusiast. You can follow him on Twitter @ajbecklesvo.
Other Cast Members
Karim Kronfli (Clarence Twinner)
Forenza ASMR (Gloria Sousa)
Sam "Raethr" Nguyen (Sam Argent)
Bree Page (Chen Cixin)
Kira Lattanzi (Journalist #1)
Danny Muchoki (Journalist #2, Passerby)
About the Show
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.
Season 1 released February-August 2018
Season 2 premiered April 1st, 2019. Expected run through October 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: 15-25 minutes per full episode
About the Crew
Writer, Director, Season 1 Sound Designer: Lisette Alvarez
Script Consultants: Idris Grey, Ashley Mitchell, and D. B. Wansel
Sound Designer (Season 2): Sarah Buchynski
Cover Design: Kristina Lakeway
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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