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The Audiobook Speakeasy Podcast
59 minutes | Jun 20, 2021
Episode 85: Travis Baldree
Tonight's guest is Earphones-award winning narrator Travis Baldree! Travis tells me how he went from programming video games to owning a video game production company, and his transition from that to audiobook narration. We also discuss his prolific work in genre fiction, progression fantasy, and gamelit. All this over some Nikka Coffey Malt Whiskey and a Manhattan Sunset! You can find Travis at https://travisbaldree.com, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TravisBaldreeNarrator, and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/TravisBaldree. Tonight's Speakeasy chat is brought to you by Squeaky Cheese Productions, on the web at https://squeakycheeseproductions.com.
49 minutes | May 9, 2021
Episode 84: Natalie Naudus
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/.
75 minutes | Apr 4, 2021
Episode 83: Guy Oldfield
I'm joined tonight by Guy Oldfield, Senior Director at Macmillan Audio! Guy tells me about his unusual path to audiobooks, which includes stints in various journalism roles and live music production. He also shares with me some challenges in audiobook production, and talks about how important it is to know when to ask for help. All this and more over a PBR and a Henry Hotspur's Hard-pressed for Cider! You can find Macmillan Audio at https://us.macmillan.com/audio, and narrators can reach them at firstname.lastname@example.org. Tonight's Speakeasy chat is brought to you by Squeaky Cheese Productions: https://squeakycheeseproductions.com.
69 minutes | Jan 3, 2021
Episode 82: Lydia Rella
Tonight's guest is the founder of the Aural Fixation romance audiobook fan group on Facebook, Lydia Rella! Lydia tells me about being a voracious young reader, and her introduction into the romance genre at an early age. Then we discuss her motivation for creating a Facebook group for romance audiobook listeners, and what makes a romance audiobook great. All this and more over some coffee spiked with some boozy eggnog and some homemade spiced rum! You can find Lydia at the Aural Fixation Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/auralfixationaudio, and on Twitter and Instagram at @auralfixationfb. Tonight's speakeasy chat is brought to you by David Stever's Raven Rain, narrated by Bill Lord: https://www.audible.com/pd/Raven-Rain-A-Johnny-Delarosa-Thriller-Audiobook/B08NN8SB2B.
74 minutes | Dec 20, 2020
Episode 81: Elishia Merricks
My guest tonight is independent audiobook producer and director Elishia Merricks! Elishia describes how her focus changed from acting to directing during her time at Royal Holloway (the university, not the prison). Elishia then describes how she found her way into the world of audiobooks after a move across the pond. All this and more over an English Garden riff and a French Laundry! You can find Elishia at http://www.englishgirlinnewyork.org, on Twitter at @elishia_e, and on Instagram at @elishiasbooks.n.bobs and @elishia.in.newyork. Tonight's episode is brought to you by Squeaky Cheese Productions: http://www.squeakycheeseproductions.com. Tonight's episode is also brought to you by David Stever's Raven Rain, narrated by Bill Lord: https://www.audible.com/pd/Raven-Rain-A-Johnny-Delarosa-Thriller-Audiobook/B08NN8SB2B.
86 minutes | Dec 6, 2020
Episode 80: Amy Rubinate
My guest tonight is the owner of Mosaic Audio, Amy Rubinate! Amy describes the path she took that led her from being a cabaret singer, to voicing children's toys, to narrating audiobooks. Amy also tells me how the pandemic has changed the way that Mosaic Audio does business, and how important it is to have a generosity of spirit in the audiobook world. All this and much more over some hot water and a rum Negroni! You can find Mosaic Audio at https://www.mosaicaudio.com. This week's Audiobook Speakeasy episode is brought to you by Squeaky Cheese Productions: http://squeakycheeseproductions.com. This week's episode is also brought to you by David Stever's Raven Rain, narrated by Bill Lord: https://www.audible.com/pd/Raven-Rain-A-Johnny-Delarosa-Thriller-Audiobook/B08NN8SB2B.
81 minutes | Nov 22, 2020
Episode 79: Eric Kozlik
My guest tonight is the CEO of Modern Bar Cart, Eric Kozlik! For the first time tonight, I focus on the "speakeasy" aspect of the Audiobook Speakeasy. Eric Kozlik is a writer and a poet who ended up finding his way into the spirits world and founded Modern Bar Cart, a company whose mission is, "...to make great cocktails available to everyone." Eric and I talk about his education in writing and poetry, and how a roommate's "science experiment" turned into a new career. And although we only touch on audiobooks briefly, Eric does have some great advice for any entrepreneur: get comfortable being uncomfortable. All this and more over a Mezcal Negroni and a Ginger & Mary Ann! You can find Eric at https://www.modernbarcart.com and https://www.erickozlik.com, and on Instagram at @modernbarcart.
79 minutes | Oct 18, 2020
Episode 78: Don Baarns
My returning guest tonight is Studio One and RX guru Don Baarns! Don and I talk about how the audiobook world has changed since he was my guest back on episode 20, from the influx of newer narrators since the pandemic hit to improvements in technology. Don also tells me about his Expert Ears service, a free service he provides to evaluate audio, and his Jumpstart programs for both PreSonus's Studio One and Izotope's RX. All this and more over some lemon-ginger echinacea juice and a SpongeBob RumPants! You can find Don online at https://redbaarnsaudio.com, and at his YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/RedBaarnsAudio. His Jumpstart programs are available at https://s1jumpstart.com and https://rxjumpstart.com. Tonight's Speakeasy episode is brought to you by Squeaky Cheese Productions, on the web at http://squeakycheeseproductions.com. Tonight's episode is also brought to you by David Stever's Raven Rain, narrated by Bill Lord and coming to Audible soon!
68 minutes | Sep 27, 2020
Episode 77: Christa Lewis
My guest tonight is audiobook narrator and narration coach Christa Lewis! Christa tells me how a chance phone conversation with audiobook legend Debra Deyan led to a sudden career shift from reading the news in English in Germany to narrating audiobooks in L.A. Christa also describes her approach to narration coaching using some appropriately artistic alliteration. All this and much more over a Blue Moon Belgian White and a Delarosa! You can find Christa online at https://www.christalewis.com and https://www.christalewisaudiobooks.com, and on Twitter and Instagram at @LiquidBelles. Tonight's Speakeasy chat is brought to you by Squeaky Cheese Productions, on the web at http://www.squeakycheeseproductions.com. Tonight's chat is also brought to you by David Stever's Raven Rain, narrated by Bill Lord and coming to Audible in October 2020.
57 minutes | Sep 13, 2020
Episode 76: Tina Dietz
My guest tonight is founder and CEO of Twin Flames Studios Tina Dietz! Tina tells me how everything fell into place for a life-changing move to Costa Rica. And although she realized early on that audiobook narration was not going to be her strong suit, Tina tells me how her love of recording and interviewing starting at a very early age led to the different areas of focus of Twin Flames Studios. All this and much more over a Captain Picard and a Negroni! You can find Twin Flames Studios at https://twinflamesstudios.com, and Tina on Twitter at @TheTinaDietz. The Twin Flames roster that Tina mentions can be found at https://forms.gle/VL4qzdrkrD8Mwha17. Tonight's episode is brought to you by Squeaky Cheese Productions: http://www.squeakycheeseproductions.com. Tonight's episode is also sponsored by David Stever's "Raven Rain," narrated by Bill Lord and coming to Audible in October, 2020. You can find Bill at https://www.nothingrhymeswithorange.us.
63 minutes | Jul 19, 2020
Episode 75: Lauren Blakely
My guest tonight is NYT, WSJ, and Audible #1 best-selling author Lauren Blakely! Lauren tells me how she ended up in a career in journalism after majoring in art history, and how that eventually morphed into being a full-time author. Lauren goes on to describe her experiences getting almost all of her books (over 50 of them!) into audio, and the importance of being able to give a voice to characters who don't share your gender. All this and much more over some green tea and a Blue Moon! You can find Lauren at https://laurenblakely.com, and on Twitter at @LaurenBlakely3. Tonight's Speakeasy chat is brought to you by Squeaky Cheese Productions, on the web at http://www.squeakycheeseproductions.com.
57 minutes | Jul 5, 2020
Episode 74: Kenny Pappaconstantinou
My guest tonight is the founder of Elephant Audiobooks, Kenny Pappaconstantinou! Kenny tells me how an education in music production at Berklee College of Music eventually led him into audiobook production, and how he came to found Elephant Audiobooks. Kenny also describes the importance of getting your home studio set up correctly, and not rushing the audition process. All this and more over A Terrible Idea (that's an IPA, not a poorly constructed cocktail) and a Spiced Rum Coco Martini! You can find Elephant Audiobooks at https://elephantaudiobooks.com, and you can reach Kenny there at email@example.com. He's also on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/kennypmusic. Tonight's Speakeasy chat is being brought to you by Squeaky Cheese Productions: http://www.squeakycheeseproductions.com.
74 minutes | Jun 21, 2020
Episode 73: Ann Richardson
My guest tonight is audiobook narrator and mentor Ann Richardson! Ann describes the culture shock of moving from idyllic farm country in Nebraska to the San Francisco Bay Area, and how the economic crisis of 2008 led to a career re-evaluation and a move into voiceover. Ann also tells me about the classes she teaches at Voice One in San Francisco, the mentoring she does with new narrators, and the importance of investing in training and equipment. All this over some Amarula and a Toronto Cocktail! You can find Ann at https://hersmoothvoice.com, on Twitter at @hersmoothvoice, and on Instagram (with Herbie!) at @ann_richardson_narrator. You can find information about her Voice One classes at https://www.voiceone.com. Tonight's Audiobook Speakeasy episode is brought to you by Squeaky Cheese Productions: http://www.squeakycheeseproductions.com.
70 minutes | Jun 7, 2020
Episode 72: Chrissy Farrell
My guest tonight is audiobook post-production engineer Chrissy Farrell! Chrissy tells me how stage fright may have scuttled her on-air radio career aspirations, but the audio production skills she'd learned while pursuing her goals ended up landing her a job recording an audiobook. Chrissy then describes how that experience helped her land jobs at Audible Studios and then Hachette Book Group, what life is now like as an entrepreneur, and how she feels about some of the more "prickly" aspects of post-production, like breaths and pacing. All this and more over a Tart Deco Mangotango Sour IPA and a Brown Derby! You can find Chrissy on Twitter and Instagram at @nycradiogirl, and by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Tonight's Speakeasy chat is brought to you by Squeaky Cheese Productions: http://www.squeakycheeseproductions.com.
57 minutes | May 24, 2020
Episode 71: Ralph Scott and Kendra Murray
My guests tonight are partners in narration (and life!) Ralph Scott and Kendra Murray! Ralph and Kendra tell me how they both eventually wound up in Petaluma, California, working on radio plays, and how their love of theater led to a very unique wedding experience. We also discuss their approach to dual and duet narration, and how technology has changed the dual/duet/full-cast narration landscape. All this and more over a Hemingway Special and a couple of Buzzers! You can find Ralph and Kendra, the sponsors of tonight's episode, at http://www.squeakycheeseproductions.com, on Twitter at @SQUEAKYCHEESEVO, and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/squeakycheeseproductions.
59 minutes | May 10, 2020
Episode 70: Julie Wilson and Dan Zitt
My guests tonight are Julie Wilson and Dan Zitt from Penguin Random House! Julie and Dan discuss the genesis and evolution of AHAB, one of the tools that PRH audiobook producers use for casting. They also discuss some of the changes to AHAB that were recently implemented, and talk about their vision for AHAB going forward. All this over a virgin Mojito, some Basil Hayden's bourbon, and a Soleil! You can find Julie on Twitter and Instagram at @JuliannaNWilson, and you can find Dan at http://www.danzitt.com and on Twitter at @RealDanZitt. Tonight's Speakeasy chat is brought to you by Squeaky Cheese Productions, on the web at http://www.squeakycheeseproductions.com.
56 minutes | Apr 26, 2020
Episode 69: Jane Love
My guest tonight is Jane Love, one of two chief negotiators of audiobook contracts with SAG-AFTRA! Jane tells me about how she ended up in a long and happy career with SAG-AFTRA instead of the career in journalism she'd planned. We then discuss how the union came to be more active in the audiobook world, and some of the benefits of union membership. All this over a Gold Rush and some water -- that's replaced with a Quarantine Cooler immediately after the interview! You can find information about SAG-AFTRA at https://www.sagaftra.org, and about the union's health insurance plans at https://www.sagaftraplans.org. And you can contact Jane directly at email@example.com. Tonight's episode is brought to you by Squeaky Cheese Productions, on the web at http://www.squeakycheeseproductions.com.
55 minutes | Apr 12, 2020
Episode 68: Emily Lawrence
My guest tonight is audiobook narrator and business coach Emily Lawrence! Emily describes her pivot late in her college career from stage to film/tv acting, followed quickly by a pivot into audiobooks. Emily and I also discuss the changes she's seen on ACX over the years, her audiobook business coaching, and how LARPing resulted in Cardinal Richelieu marrying a ninja assassin. All this and more over a Perfect Martini and some cool, clear water. You can find Emily online at https://www.emilylawrence.com, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/emilylawrence.actor, and on Twitter at @EmilyLawr. Tonight's episode is brought to you by Squeaky Cheese Productions: http://www.squeakycheeseproductions.com.
58 minutes | Mar 1, 2020
Episode 67: Roy Yokelson
My guest tonight is audio producer extraordinaire "Uncle Roy" Yokelson! Uncle Roy tells me how sound has always been a passion of his, and how he made that passion a career when he got into music and other audio production. Roy also talks about what to look for in a good voiceover demo producer, and what his process is for creating a "killer demo." All this and more over an Egg Cream and a Salty Dog! You can find Uncle Roy at http://www.antlandproductions.com and on Twitter at @antland.
70 minutes | Jan 26, 2020
Episode 66: Oliver Wyman
Joining me in the Speakeasy tonight is long-time narrator Oliver Wyman! Oliver tells me about getting into both voice acting in general and audiobooks specifically after meeting Paul Alan Ruben (a guest here in the Speakeasy back on episode 38), and shares some of his favorite books and characters from 20 years of narrating audiobooks. Ollie also talks about how great it is to get completely emotionally attached to the story you're telling, and explains why sometimes it's important to just "let the sentence go." All this and more over a whiskey sour and a caipirinha! You can find Oliver on Twitter at @MrKawfy, and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/mrkawfy. Tonight's Audiobook Speakeasy chat is being brought to you by Squeaky Cheese Productions: http://www.squeakycheeseproductions.com.
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