Giving Audiobook Characters Their Voice
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I've been entertaining listeners since 1983 when I began a nearly 20-year career as a professional wiseguy on rock and pop radio. After radio, my love of storytelling drew me into the world of acting and audiobook narration. It was a transition that began my exploration of connecting with an author's truth on a deeply emotional level, while bringing each of their character's reality to life through an authentic voice.
A skillfully narrated book transforms the written word into a multidimensional aural experience that makes a listener lose all sense of time and what is going on around them. I love transporting you to a faraway realm or perhaps across the galaxy, until the world around you is replaced by the flickering movie screen of your own imagination.
In addition to reading books for major publishers, and indie authors and publishers, I'm a former coach of Edge Studio's Investigate Voiceover classes in Washington, D.C. and an occasional cast member with The Lake of the Woods Players. When not on stage or in the booth narrating, I'm often found cruising the lake on our pontoon boat (in Orange County, VA) while enjoying a Manhattan with my lovely wife, Joya.
I'm also an Audible Approved Producer.
What does this mean to you? According to Audible, "An Audible Approved Producer is a master of the craft, the best of the best; they excel in audiobook production, performance, generate positive customer reviews, and provide the Author and Rights Holder with a professional and smooth production experience."
Simply put, it's an assurance for authors and listeners alike that they will receive and enjoy a quality audiobook.
The heart of the Nothing Rhymes with Orange Studio - where the magic is made - is a large isolation booth packed with professionally designed, broadcast quality acoustic treatments. For my fellow equipment geeks, I use a Neumann TLM-103 microphone, paired with the The Grace Design m101 mic pre.