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.
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.
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!
The amazing folks at Intrepid Tapes helped me get a scene on film. It's one I've performed as a showcase piece, capturing a quick and fun interchange between a sharp and smooth-talking lawyer and a difficult client (plus his lovely new intern). I really love the writing by David E. Kelley. Now it's available for your viewing pleasure! Watch here.
Happy to see that the audiobook I recorded this summer (Missing Persons: A Buddy Steel Mystery) is now available, with an endorsement on the cover from none other than Tom Selleck! I really enjoyed narrating this great book written by Michael Brandman - it's a fun mystery, set in California's central coast. Because we all need a good escape once in a while...
Available at Audible and wherever you get your audiobooks.