November 4, 2018
Tonight's guest in the Speakeasy is author, audiobook director, and narration coach Paul Alan Ruben!
Fresh from his recent appearance as a presenter at Johnny Heller's New England Narrator Retreat, Paul and I discuss his theatrical roots and how he went from performer to director and on to audiobook director, as well as his latest creative endeavor, his new book "Terms Of Engagement." Paul also talks about how a "nice voice" can work against a narrator, and shares a wealth of information about connecting with listeners. All this over a tiny glass of wine and a Tom Collins!
You can find Paul online at http://www.tribecaaudio.com and http://www.paulalanruben.com, and you can find him on Twitter at @paul_alan_ruben.
Tonight's episode of The Audiobook Speakeasy is brought to you by https://audiobookreviewer.com and https://audiobookwormpromotions.com.
October 28, 2018
My guest in the Speakeasy tonight is the founder and editor of Audiofile Magazine, Robin Whitten!
Robin describes how she started Audiofile Magazine back in 1992 as a newsletter sent to library patrons with 25 audiobook reviews a month, and how it's grown into a magazine with 80,000 subscribers and 50 reviews a week. Robin and I also discuss how the audiobook industry has changed over the past 26 years, how to submit an audiobook to Audiofile for review, and the new Audiofile Magazine podcast, Behind The Mic. All this and more over some Dewar's Scotch and a rum margarita!
You can find Audiofile Magazine online at https://www.audiofilemagazine.com, and on Twitter at @AudioFileMag.
October 11, 2018
My guest in the Speakeasy tonight is Caitlin Garing, Executive Producer at Harper Audio!
Caitlin and I talk about how her education in journalism accidentally led to a career in audiobooks instead, and the different roles she's had at Harper Audio. Caitlin also talks about the production process at Harper, and shares some words of wisdom for narrators from her years dealing with us. All this over a virgin Sriracha Mule and a Thanksgiving Manhattan!
You can find Caitlin on Twitter at @CaitlinGaring. And you can find Harper Audio at http://www.harperaudio.com/.
September 16, 2018
My guest tonight is narrator, narration coach, and fellow podcast host James Anderson Foster!
James talks about the various jobs that he's had over the years (he was a monk!) and how he got his narration business off the ground quickly through a combination of talent and luck. James and I also discuss his podcast, Sorcerous, and his approach to coaching narrators in the art of creating characters. All this and more over a Bloody Mary and an Italian-Indian Martini!
You can find James online at https://jamesnarrates.com and on Twitter and Instagram at @jamesnarrates. For James's coaching, visit https://fosteringcharacters.com.
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September 9, 2018
My guest tonight is former Bee Audio casting director Jackie Rosenfeld!
Jackie and I discuss her unusual childhood as a military brat that didn't have to move every two years, and her drama education on a 10-year plan. Jackie also talks about how she became the casting director at one of the largest audiobook production companies in the world, Bee Audio, and how important it is to know your strengths -- and weaknesses -- when communicating with casting directors. All this over a whiskey and ginger (an Irish mule!) and a Tom Collins!
You can find Jackie online at https://jackierosenfeld.com, and you can contact her at email@example.com.
September 2, 2018
My guest tonight is award-winning audiobook narrator, game designer, and website designer Andrea Emmes Cenna!
Andrea and I talk about how her successful career as a stage performer and vocalist was cut short by an injury sustained during a stunt show. Andrea describes her journey through songwriting, game design, and, finally, audiobook narration after that life-changing event, and how she came to be a website designer specializing in sites for audiobook narrators. All this and much more over an Aviation and a Smirnoff Ice!
You can find Andrea online at https://www.andreaemmes.com, on Twitter at @aemmes, and on Instagram at @aemmesnarrator. And you can find Andrea's website design work at http://www.andreaemmesdesigns.com.
Please visit our show sponsor, The Audiobook Reviewer, at https://audiobookreviewer.com.
August 26, 2018
My guest tonight is fellow narrator AND podcast host, Marnye Young!
Marnye talks about her theatrical training -- including an entire year spent studying the works of The Bard -- and the natural progression from stage craft to audiobook narration with the arrival of twins. Marnye and I also discuss how she came to host the Silverton Audio Presents podcast, and the importance of persistence and remembering your successes on a journey that has many ups and downs. All this over a Café Bustelo and a glass of Arizona Stronghold Nachise!
You can find Marnye online at http://www.marnyeyoung.com, on Twitter at @AudioSorceress, and on Instagram at @marnyeyoung.
August 19, 2018
My guest this week is founder and president of Spoke Media, Inc., Keith Reynolds!
Keith discusses being lured away from a career in music composition by the thrill of performing in front of thousands of people (many of whom were young, attractive women), his transition from being an itinerant studio engineer to an engineer and director at Audible Studios, and his decision to start a company dedicated to audiobook production. Keith and I also talk about his move into podcast production, and his recommendations for home studio setups (including which mic NOT to buy). All this over a coke and a whiskey sour!
You can find Keith at https://spokemedia.io, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/spokemedia/, and on Twitter and Instagram at @spoke_media.
August 12, 2018
My guest tonight in the Speakeasy is author Dawn Chapman!
Dawn talks about growing up in the country north of Liverpool, and continuing to pursue her writing passion despite a lack of support from some educators. Dawn and I also discuss her experiences getting her books produced as audiobooks, and what makes that process go smoothly. All this over some Jura 10-year Scotch whisky and a classic (London dry!) gin and tonic!
You can find Dawn online at https://dawnchapmanauthor.com, on Twitter at @kanundra, and on Instagram at @kanundra_.