September 22, 2019
My guest tonight is heading up the new Audio Division at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Tommy Harron!
After a brief discussion of beer and Lambrusco, Tommy describes how his musical career led him to a job at Talking Books, then Hachette, and finally HMH to lead the newly created Audio Division. Tommy and I then talk about the progress they've made at HMH Audio and how a typical production progresses. All this over a cup of tea and some Writer's Tears Irish Whiskey!
You can find Tommy on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/tommyharron/.
August 25, 2019
My guest tonight is Earphones award-winning narrator James Patrick Cronin!
James tells me about being a child actor and his subsequent education in both acting and philosophy (not to mention his whiskey education, being an Irish citizen and having lived for one year in Edinburgh and seven years in Kentucky). James also talks about his choice to use a pseudonym, why using a pseudonym carries no negative connotations in this industry, and how important it is to make a decision about a pseudonym as early in your career as possible. All this and more over a grapefruit Stiegl Radler and a Gin Sling!
You can find James on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/JamesPatrickCronin/ and on Twitter at @JamesPCronin.
August 11, 2019
My guest tonight is the Studio Services Coordinator at Blackstone Audio, Jesse Bickford!
Jesse and I talk about how she wound up in Southern Oregon and eventually started working at Blackstone Audio. Jesse goes on to describe all of the different responsibilities she's had at Blackstone, including proofing, casting, and... just about everything else! All this and more, over a glass of Druid's Fluid and a Dirty Old Man!
You can find Jesse on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/jesse.bickford.7 and you can reach her via email at email@example.com.
July 28, 2019
Tonight I'm joined by voice actor and audiobook narrator Sean Crisden!
Sean and I discuss his ten years of narrating audiobooks, primarily in the romance genre, and how audiobook narration fits into his voiceover business, which includes commercial, e-learning, and video game work. Sean also has lots of great advice for narrators who may want to branch out into other areas of VO work (spoiler alert: building relationships is important in other VO areas as well!), and describes his SPORTH method for keeping your business on track. All this over an enormous jug of water and a Death In The Gulf Stream!
You can find Sean at http://seancrisden.com, on Twitter at @seancrisden, and by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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.com, https://www.blunderwomanproductions.com, and https://www.storybitespodcast.com, and on Twitter at @blunder_woman.