February 13, 2022
Tonight's guest is prolific romance narrator and founder of Pink Flamingo Productions Sarah Puckett!
Sarah tells me how being an avid audiobook listener brought about a career as a narrator, and how important coaching was in the early days of that career. She then describes the genesis of Pink Flamingo Productions, the recent acquisition of Fireside Horror (now Fireside Audio), and plans for the future. All this over a cherry vodka soda and a Bramble!
You can find Pink Flamingo Productions at https://www.pinkflamingoproductions.com, on Twitter at @PFPAudiobooks, and on Instagram at @pinkflamingo_productions. You can find Fireside Audio at https://www.firesideaudio.net.
January 30, 2022
Tonight's guest is voice actor, vocal coach, and accent and dialect coach Nic Redman!
Nic tells me about how her acting background eventually led to a voiceover career. She goes on to describe her continuing education in voice studies, and how that led to being able to help voice actors take care of their voices, as well as how to speak with different accents and dialects. All this over a bog standard, builder's brew cup of tea and a two-orange French Mimosa!
You can find Nic online at https://www.nicredmanvoice.com, and on Twitter at @NicRedmanVoice. The brand new course she mentions in the interview can be found at https://nicolaredman.com/voice-coach/vocal-empowerment-programme/.
January 16, 2022
My guest tonight is narrator and medical myofascial therapist Melissa Kay Benson!
Melissa tells me how her work as a myofascial therapist and folding laundry led to a career as an audiobook narrator. She goes on to describe how educational spending eight hours a day for two weeks in a cadaver lab can be, and why slouching is really, really bad, but opening up the body is really, really good -- especially for narrators. All this and more over a Sazerac and a Tootsie Roll!
You can find Melissa at https://mkbenson.com, and on social media by searching for #BoothHealth.
December 26, 2021
My guest tonight is audiobook narrator and life coach Melissa Moran!
Melissa describes how a career in radio morphed into full-time audiobook narration, and how an event that rocked the narrator community in 2020 led her into life coaching. She then tells me about her coaching practice, and how life coaching is a bit like untangling necklaces. All this and more over some Truly strawberry lemonade hard seltzer and a Bitterscotch!
You can find Melissa's acting website at https://www.melissamoran.com, and her coaching website at https://www.melissacoaches.com.
December 12, 2021
My guests tonight are narrators and co-founders of the Narrator Alliance, Will Damron and Reba Buhr!
Will shares his background in acting and audiobook narration, and then Reba and I spend a bit too much time talking about our alma mater, Occidental College, before she explains her introduction into the audiobook world. Then they describe the events that led up to the creation of the Narrator Alliance, and the purpose and structure of the meetings. All this over a Vieux Carré, a Kentucky Corpse Reviver, and some sparkling Gatorade!
You can find the Narrator Alliance at https://narratoralliance.org, Will Damron at @jwdamron, and Reba Buhr at @rebubuhr on Twitter and @reba.buhr on Instagram.
November 28, 2021
Tonight's guest is Canadian (and U.S.!) narrator and narration coach Erin Moon!
Erin tells me about her moves in Canada and the U.S., how she got her start in the audiobook world on the other side of the mic, and how she ended up in British Columbia, concentrating on audiobook narration. Then Erin describes her role at On The Mic Training and how she approaches audiobook narration coaching. All this over some cool, clear, Canadian water and a White Negroni!
You can find Erin at https://www.erinmoonactor.com, and on social media at @mooneybooks.
November 7, 2021
My guest tonight is Will Dages of Findaway Voices!
Will and I discuss the changes that have happened at Findaway Voices since he was last here at the Speakeasy almost four years ago. Will then tells me all about Marketplace, the newest venture at FV, including a walk-through of an audiobook production using Marketplace tools. All this and more over some tea and a Spicy Paloma!
You can find Findaway Voices at https://findawayvoices.com, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/findawayvoices, and on Twitter and Instagram at @FindawayVoices; they also have a club on Clubhouse.
October 24, 2021
My guests tonight are narrators Emily Lawrence and Emily Ellet!
Emily and Emily stopped in to talk about the Professional Audiobook Narrators Association (PANA). They tell me about the roles that they played in creating the organization, how it's structured, and what's required for membership. All this and more over a Paper Plane, Emily Lawrence's favorite beverage (water), and a La Croix!
You can find the Professional Audiobook Narrators Association at https://www.pronarrators.org, and all over social media at @pronarrators.
Tonight's episode is brought to you by Squeaky Cheese Productions: https://squeakycheeseproductions.com.
May 9, 2021
Tonight's guest is prolific narrator (and TikTok phenom!) Natalie Naudus!
Natalie tells me why she suddenly pivoted from being a rising opera star to an audiobook narrator. She also tells me how she was able to narrate in the middle of a construction zone for over a year with some great pre-planning, and describes one of the most unique, natural solutions I've ever heard of to a problem that has plagued many a narrator, including me. (We were interrupted by an internet connection dying, but don't worry, I edited out all but a few seconds of the downtime.) All this and more over a bourbon and soda and a Jenny's Vanilla Cosmo!
To find Natalie online, just search for her by name.
Tonight's Speakeasy chat is brought to you by Squeaky Cheese Productions: https://squeakycheeseproductions.com/.