Audiobooks Going Strong

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Hey folks! With the completion of Angel Flights by Baer Charlton, I’m proud to say that I have just finished production on my 10th audiobook title. In addition to researching and performing these books, I do all the editing and post-production myself. It’s a lot of hours, but I love telling these stories and collaborating with these amazing authors. In celebration of this milestone, here are some stats:

  • Longest Title: Founder by Judy K. Walker (11 hours, 26 minutes)

  • Shortest Title: It Gets Easier by Justine Avery (19 minutes)

  • Average Length: 6.8 hours

  • Most Characters: Stoneheart by Baer Charlton (around 25-30 distinct voices)

  • Most Chapters: Threatened Waters by Kevin Land Patrick (82 chapters)

In other news, I just took a class with VO Legend Bill Ratner, a fellow solo-show alum of the Hollywood Fringe Festival.

AND: I shot 2 short films with talented actor-writer Scotty Shoemaker. We are currently in post-production. Can’t wait to share these with you!

Class with Johnny Gidcomb & new audiobook!

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Just started a 6-week class with ADR/Looping legend Johnny Gidcomb. I love his approach to acting, improv, and the work of a looping actor. He talks about making positive choices in acting, which is a choice that can bleed into real life. Since the class, I've noticed how powerful it is to make the simple decision to "stay positive" in my conversations. It truly keeps things moving forward, which makes for a smooth ADR vocal track AND smooth daily interactions. Surprisingly profound!

In audiobook news, I just completed narrating Founder: Book Two of the Dead Hollow Trilogy by the fantastic Judy K. Walker. I love getting to work with a talented author like Judy. Her characters and scenes are so much fun to perform! Look for the audiobook soon, and in the meantime, listen to Prodigal: Book One of the Dead Hollow Trilogy.

Green Tea That'll Make You Cry

 One sweet potato latte, please.

One sweet potato latte, please.

Recently I got a chance to work with the multi-talented Paget Kagy on her delightful new web series, Kat Loves LA. Paget and I met on the set of a commercial, and then reconnected in an acting class taught by a fellow actor... who was also in that same commercial. Strange, how - in a city with tens of thousands of actors - you cross paths with the same folks. Anyway, my scene comes in at about 6:12 in Episode 7 but I urge you to check out the whole series - it's clever and refreshingly heartfelt.

Old Notes, New Books

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While rummaging through some papers, I found notes I took at an event I attended in 2016 about becoming an Audiobook Narrator. A couple of the notes I scribbled: "Requires stamina - physical and vocal." "You must love books." Now that I've finished five full-length audiobooks, I can say that both of those are true. I can also say that being a narrator nurtures both of those qualities: I have more stamina now, as well as a deeper love of books. Two great books I recently narrated will be available soon: Spirit Hunger by Ella J. Smyth and Stoneheart by Baer Charlton, as well as the short story Almighty by Justine Avery. All are highly recommended. Also recommended: reading old notes you took in class.

Ring out, wild bells!

 In the dressing room, as the Undertaker, before the final performance of A Christmas Carol. 

In the dressing room, as the Undertaker, before the final performance of A Christmas Carol. 

Every year it's the same. My birthday is November 9th. Within a week or so, I start rehearsals for A Christmas Carol at South Coast Repertory (where I've played Young Ebenezer / The Undertaker for the past 4 years). The show closes and then, just in time for the holiday rush, I get in some work at Universal Studios Hollywood (where I perform in the theme park as a British Palace Guard and a Raptor Handler). Sometimes, January is slow. But this year, I'm already plugging away at 2 audiobook projects. My most recent book, Spirit Hunger: Book One of the Spirit Walker Series is now available on Audible, iTunes, etc. Thanks for checking in with me via my site. I hope that wherever you are and whatever you're doing, you're enjoying the journey. Our production of A Christmas Carol ends with the poetry of Tennyson: "Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky. The flying cloud, the frosty light. The year is dying in the night..." Let's let the old year die and move on to the opportunities of this year. I hope it's a great one for you!