Wander & Roam author Anna Kyss interviewed me about my TARDIS booth, my experiences in Australia, and working on Lost. Check it out here!
So much for staying on top of the blogging. It’s almost November. How did that happen?
Well, it happened while producing several back-to-back audiobooks as well as other VO projects from August to now. The End, Take No More and Hannah and the Gods of Olympus all were released during the month of August.
And despite a week break (took a drive down highway 1 to Big Sur) I was back in the booth again with two more audiobooks. Wander & Roam just came out yesterday. It’s a contemporary romance, which I admit, isn’t a genre that usually draws me in, but this particular book about a pair of young people who escape from their emotional turmoil to volunteer at a farm in Australia was beautifully written. plus I do love practising my Australian accent. I have yet another audiobook coming out about the pirate queens Anne Bonny and Mary Read which should be released within the next week or so.
Oh, and on top of that, I went to an audiobook masters workshop with Pat Fraley, which, as with all of Pat’s workshops, was very enlightening. Phew. Busy few weeks.
Things are slowing down at the moment, but with the promise of more things on the horizon come January.
Does this mean I shall actually have some time to blog about voice over without just plugging audiobooks? Hopefully. I have a few ideas of things I want to talk about, especially in the audiobook world, since I often meet authors who have no idea where to start or why narrators charge the rates they do.
In addition to the blogging, I’m hoping to do some site revamping just because, well, I’m bored, and this is what I do when I’m not in front of the mic. I’d also like to take some time out to specifically work on getting a video game demo put together. That is the goal for 2015. Well, that and actually booking work with AAA titles off that demo. That would be the real goal.
I know. All in good time.
Phew, it’s been another hectic few weeks since my last post. I haven’t even gotten around to promoting my last audiobook release, Paranormal Intruder, a spooky British true story, which came out nearly a month ago. Well, aside from this interview I did for the author, Caroline Mitchell. Check it out!
Yes, I do in fact record in a TARDIS. It’s a great little professional recording setup which I have managed to fine tune to where I am pretty happy with the sound. It keeps out most street noise, and is filled with bass traps to keep away the dangerous boominess booths are usually known for. Plus, it cost way less to build than a Whisper Room! However, the unusually warm weather has been quite the challenge. Since doing this interview with Caroline, I recorded not one, not two, but three back-to back audiobooks in this booth, and have only just now come up for air. And the air in the booth is warm, let me tell you. Sometimes getting to the 80s. When I first built the booth, I did it in the winter time and I hadn’t yet started recording audiobooks, so I didn’t really needed to install a ventilation system. Clearly I need to fix that in the future, but in the meantime, my handy portable air conditioner seems to do the trick at cooling off the booth while I take a break.
As I’ve mentioned, I’ve been insanely busy these past few months, particularly in the audiobook department. So much so that it’s taken me this long to post about my first audiobook project, Dark Futures. Dark Futures features a selection of dystopian YA short stories by Meliss Marr, Kami Garcia and Carrie Ryan. I am so excited to have been able to work with these authors. I’m honoured that they chose me to narrate their book, especially since this was a book I probably would have paid to read anyway, being the nerdy girl that I am.
Last Fall I booked a job at local studio Her Interactive, voicing the role of Kiri Nind, a competitor and potential suspect for the newest Nancy Drew video game. Kiri was such a blast to play. A reality TV star. Manipulative. She says hilarious lines like “You best stroll on out, less you want to roll on out.” Kiri is from New Zealand which was a fun accent to try out. It’s tighter lipped than Australian but not as much as South African. I’m not sure that I didn’t sound more Australian as I got more into character, but it was still a fun time. Anyway, Nancy Drew: The Shattered Medallion finally came out May 20th and I decided to make a fun tribute to Queen Kiri.
I admit I’ve been hesitant about adding a blog to this website. I already run two other non-voice related blogs. Do I really want to add a third to the mix? But let’s face it, blogging is an excellent marketing tool, and I have so many new projects to share that it seems silly not to be using this space.
So what can you expect in upcoming posts? I’ll talk a little about my new audiobook projects, of which I am just beginning audiobook #3. I’ll talk about my new video game that just came out! You’ll also get to see my famous TARDIS booth. Not to mention, plenty of links to interesting VO articles as I come across them.
Just don’t expect daily blog posts. Because, really, I’d much rather just be talking…