Welcome to the Audiobook Speakeasy!
The Audiobook Speakeasy is my podcast, where I chat with audiobook professionals and listeners about all things related to audiobooks. You'll hear from narrators, narration coaches, engineers, editors, audiobook publishing company representatives, casting directors, and power listeners.
So come on in, pull up a chair, and share a cocktail with us as we delve into audiobook narration, production, casting, and all aspects of audiobook creation.
You can find the Audiobook Speakeasy on iTunes here, and on Stitcher here. You can also search in your favorite podcast app that pulls from iTunes.
If you find the podcast educational, enlightening, enjoyable, or entertaining, and you can spare a few bucks each month, please consider supporting the podcast at the Audiobook Speakeasy Patreon page. If you'd like to support the podcast but funds are tight or you'd rather not commit to a recurring charge, one-time donations are welcome as well at paypal.me/AudiobookSpeakeasy. All financial support is greatly appreciated, and will help keep the lights on here in the Speakeasy.
Episode 39: Robin Miles
My guest tonight in the Speakeasy is Audie and Earphone award-winning producer, director, and narrator Robin Miles!
Robin and I talk about her theatrical training at Yale, and how she got into audiobook narration. Robin also describes the frustrating experience of contracting an autoimmune disease that went undiagnosed for over two years, and that changed the direction of her career. All this over some French hard cider and some 18-year-old single malt Scotch!
You can find Robin online at http://www.voxpertise.com, and on Twitter at @rmilesvox.
Episode 38: Paul Alan Ruben
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!
Episode 37: Robin Whitten
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.
Episode 36: Dori Scholer
My guest tonight is Dori Scholer, a Clinical Instructor in the University of Arizona Speech, Language, and Hearing Clinics!
Dori describes her shift from a career as a music scholar and performer to a career helping people with vocal problems (and helping to prevent those problems from occurring!). Dori shares helpful information for warming up the vocal apparatus, how to care for it when illness strikes, and proper breathing technique. All this over some herbal tea and a rusty nail!
You can find the University of Arizona Speech, Language, and Hearing Clinics at http://slhs.arizona.edu/speech-and-language-clinics; Dori's page can be found at http://slhs.arizona.edu/people/dori-scholer-dma-ms-cf-slp.
You can also find Dori on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Dori-M-Scholer-Soprano-358150814931/. If you'd like to contact Dori about vocal issues or performance coaching, you can send her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Episode 35: Caitlin Garing
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/.
Episode 34: James Anderson Foster
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!
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Episode 33: Jackie Rosenfeld
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!
Episode 32: Andrea Emmes Cenna
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.
Episode 31: Marnye Young
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.