The Audiobook Speakeasy Podcast
Episode 97: Leon Nixon

Episode 97: Leon Nixon

September 4, 2022

My guest tonight is director, filmmaker, playwright, and award-winning audiobook narrator Leon Nixon!

After a chat about whiskey, gin, and growing in up in Southern California, Leon tells me about his 30-year career as a law enforcement officer in Los Angeles and how he transitioned from that to narrating audiobooks. Then we discuss authentic casting, calligraphy, how important it is to be kind (in business and in general), and more. All this over some Uncle Nearest Tennessee Whiskey and a Pink Lady!

You can find Leon online at https://www.leonnixonvo.com.

Episode 96: David Rapkin

Episode 96: David Rapkin

July 31, 2022

My guest tonight is legendary audiobook producer and director David Rapkin!

David tells me a great story about meeting a music legend on the streets of New York many decades ago and starting a career in audio engineering shortly after. He then goes on to discuss some of the many high-profile audiobooks he's worked on over the years, and offers up some great advice for narrators of all levels. All this and much more over an Agua Libre and a Tuxedo No. 2!

You can contact David at drapco@aol.com

Episode 95: Stephanie Cicatiello

Episode 95: Stephanie Cicatiello

June 26, 2022

Tonight's guest is Podium Audio casting director Stephanie Cicatiello!

Stephanie tells me how she got into the audiobook world shortly after studying about various aspects of the entertainment industry at Drexel University. We then talk about her experiences at Common Mode, Hachette, and Podium Audio. All this over some Caravella Limoncello and a Naked And Famous!

You can find Stephanie on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/audiobooksteph/. You can find Podium Audio at https://podiumaudio.com.  

Episode 94: Jeff Guillot

Episode 94: Jeff Guillot

June 5, 2022

My guest tonight is Head of Audiobooks at Scribe Media, Jeff Guillot!

Jeff tells me how a single plane flight convinced him to move from the East Coast to the West Coast, and how an education in psychology led him to a career in audiobook production. Jeff then tells me about his experiences at Deyan Audio and Scribe Media, and the importance of a good recording space. All this and more over a LaCroix Passionfruit Sparkling Water and a Good Cork!

You can find Jeff on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/jguillot81 and on Instagram at @jeff_thevegan. You can find Scribe Media at https://scribemedia.com

Episode 93: Sarah Puckett

Episode 93: Sarah Puckett

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

Episode 92: Nic Redman

Episode 92: Nic Redman

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/

Episode 91: Melissa Kay Benson

Episode 91: Melissa Kay Benson

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.

Episode 90: Melissa Moran

Episode 90: Melissa Moran

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.  

 

Episode 89: Will Damron and Reba Buhr

Episode 89: Will Damron and Reba Buhr

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.

Episode 88: Erin Moon

Episode 88: Erin Moon

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.

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