The Audiobook Speakeasy Podcast
Episode 53: Khristine Hvam

Episode 53: Khristine Hvam

July 14, 2019

My guest tonight is prolific audiobook narrator and VO coach Khristine Hvam!

Khristine describes how she got into animation and later audiobooks, with some great stories that illustrate how important it is to always present yourself professionally. Khristine also tells me all about producing the first full-cast musical audiobook, and her approach to VO and audiobook coaching. All this over a lemon-lime club soda and a Tequila Cocktail!

You can find Khristine at https://hvamaudio.com, on Twitter at @KhristineHvam, and on Instagram at @hvamaudio. 

Episode 52: John Marshall Cheary

Episode 52: John Marshall Cheary

June 30, 2019

My guest this evening is John Marshall Cheary, founder and CEO of John Marshall Media!

After John and I wax a bit poetic about gins and tonics, he tells me about his early years as an aspiring drummer and how his musical roots led him into audio engineering. John goes on to describe the role that John Marshall Media plays in an audiobook production and how a production goes from start to finish, then offers some very good advice for narrators -- and entrepreneurs of any stripe. All this over a Gin Rickey and a Diet Coke!

You can find John at https://www.johnmarshallmedia.com and on Twitter at @johnmarshallmed.

Episode 51: Cory Verner

Episode 51: Cory Verner

June 16, 2019

Tonight's guest is the founder of both Christian Audio and Verity Audio Productions, Cory Verner!

Cory talks about being the driving force behind Christian Audio from its inception in 2003 until very recently, and what role Verity Audio Productions played in his business plan. Cory and I also discuss several aspects of entrepreneurship that affect all entrepreneurs, including narrators. All this over a Tomac Collins and... the hope of a drink after a long work day.

You can find Cory on LinkedIn, and at both cory@verityproductions.com and coryverner@gmail.com.

Episode 50: Brian Krespan

Episode 50: Brian Krespan

May 19, 2019

My guest tonight is book blogger and audiobook power listener Brian Krespan!

Brian describes how he got into blogging about beer and books, and how R. C. Bray's narration of The Martian turned him into an audiobook lover (last year he listened to over 100 audiobooks!). Then Brian shares his thoughts about what works -- and what doesn't -- in the audiobooks he listens to. All this over a Dark 'n' Stormy and some Longbranch bourbon!

You can find Brian at https://briansbookblog.com, and on Twitter at @brians_books.

Episode 49: Paul Stefano and Sean Daeley

Episode 49: Paul Stefano and Sean Daeley

May 5, 2019

My guests tonight are fellow podcasters and voice actors Paul Stefano and Sean Daeley!

Paul and Sean describe how they got into voice acting and other creative endeavors (and I make some good educated guesses about the instruments they played). We also talk about why and how Paul started recording audiobooks, and why Sean chose not to initially but is now interested in doing more audiobook work. All this over a Black-eyed Rye, a Widmer Hefeweizen, and a triple-bitters rum Manhattan!

You can find Paul at https://www.paulstefano.com, on Twitter at @paulstefano, and on Instagram at @paul_stefano.

You can find Sean at http://dailyvo.com, and on Twitter at @SDaeley; you can also find Sean at the Global Voice Acting Academy, https://globalvoiceacademy.com.

Sean and Paul's podcast, The VO Meter, Measuring Your Voice Over Progress, can be found at https://www.vometer.com

Episode 48: Tanya Eby

Episode 48: Tanya Eby

April 21, 2019

My guest tonight is writer, podcaster, and audiobook narrator and producer Tanya Eby!

Tanya discusses starting out and ending up back in Michigan, with some time in Detroit, Miami, and New York -- where she had a dream job at Carnegie Hall -- in between. She also tells me how much she enjoys having lots of irons in lots of fires all the time, and how important professionalism and trust are in this business. All this over some much needed post-wine-tasting water and a Cake Martini!

You can find Tanya at https://www.tanyaeby.comhttps://www.blunderwomanproductions.com, and https://www.storybitespodcast.com, and on Twitter at @blunder_woman.

Episode 47: Marguerite Gavin

Episode 47: Marguerite Gavin

April 7, 2019

My guest tonight is prolific audiobook narrator and acting coach for narrators Marguerite Gavin!

Marguerite describes having "green room kids" and other challenges of being a professional actor for all of her adult life. We also discuss her battle with trigeminal neuralgia last year, and how important tenacity is in this line of work. All this over a filthy martini and a Last Word!

You can find Marguerite online at http://www.margueritegavin.com, and on Twitter at @GavinMarguerite. 

Episode 46: Edoardo Ballerini

Episode 46: Edoardo Ballerini

March 24, 2019

My guest tonight is the winner of the 2019 Audie for Best Male Narrator, Edoardo Ballerini!

Edoardo describes growing up in both New York and Italy, and how he accidentally stumbled into acting, leading to numerous stage, film, and television roles (including a recurring role on the greatest television show of all time, The Sopranos). Edoardo also talks about how his love of language and subsequent acting career have meshed perfectly in the audiobook world, and how, sometimes, you just need to say the words. All this and more over some local hard cider and a Jasmine!

You can find Edoardo online at http://www.edoardoballerini.com, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/edoballerini, and on twitter at @edoballerini.

Episode 45: Susan Purvis

Episode 45: Susan Purvis

March 10, 2019

My guest tonight is author and narrator Susan Purvis!

Susan describes how she ended up on ski patrol and working avalanche search and rescue missions despite working in the Dominican Republic, and how she came to write a book about her experiences. Susan also describes the process of narrating her book for Blackstone Audio, with expert help all along the way from coach and director Jayme Mattler. All this over some very special (and very expensive!) red wine and a Bees Knees!

You can find Susan online at https://susanpurvis.com, on Twitter at @susan_purvis, and on Instagram at @susanpurvisauthor. You can find her book, Go Find, on Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/Go-Find-Journey-Lost-Myself/dp/1538507609/ and on Audible at https://www.audible.com/pd/Go-Find-Audiobook/B07FM9L8NB.

Episode 44: Jim Seybert

Episode 44: Jim Seybert

February 24, 2019

My guest tonight is Earphones award-winning narrator Jim Seybert!

Jim and I reminisce for awhile about L.A. radio stations in the 70s and 80s. Then Jim tells me how he went from the radio world to marketing to audiobook narration, about winning an Earphones award for narrating a book that felt like it was written just for him, and how important it is to have confidence and to pursue excellence as an audiobook narrator. All this over some cask strength Booker's bourbon and a rye flight!

You can find Jim online at http://jimseybert.com, on Facebook at TheJimSeybertCompany, on Twitter at @jimseybert, and on Instagram at @jimseybertnarrator.