A tale of two authors

Just finished a book each for my two favorite authors: To Mary, may many many blessings come to your house at this wondrous time of year. I’m even a little jealous of the snow: To Uvi with whom I most recently collaborated , may rest and peace find you. Mostly rest.

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AFA Letters

A really nicely done video from author Mary Campisi, who understands the power of video as a tool for promoting her work.

I recorded the voice of Charles Blacksworth narrating some lost letters that he had written to other major characters in her series “A Family Affair”. Initially her creative technologist posted these letters as 2D works with my voice-over. Today however they have kicked things up a huge notch by releasing a really nicely produced video. Very very captivating.

 

 

Life on Mars

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I’m more than a little excited. I am, in fact going to live on Mars. I am very pleased to announce that I just signed a contract to produce an amazing audio book. This book is phase one in a unique approach to theatre (at least I’m pretty sure it’s unique). It starts as a song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v–IqqusnNQ transformed into a novel and will be produced as a musical in the UK in mid-2016.

Author Michael J. Dawson http://www.michaeljdawson.co.uk/ has written a novel based on this work of David Bowie. From the webpage for Life on Mars:“Life on Mars brings together so much of the spirit that has defined David Bowie and the world he created for us. Its the story of an ordinary guy who struggles to cope with his own alienation before finally discovering hidden strength is his individuality. Life on Mars is an androgenous love story that spans a thousand years.”

And finally, don’t miss the video promo that Mike has produced introducing this exciting project: http://www.lifeonmarsbook.com/

 

Wait for it…

That’s a running gag with a friend of mine. “Wait for it”…and it describes the feeling you get when reading well written psychological thrillers. Or not. Sometimes you don’t see it coming at all – so much more’s the thrill.

One of my clients is a young author from the UK with a very promising career ahead. My first work with Richard was “The Song of Kings” – an epic tome the sample for this work can be found on my samples page. This is the second book I have voiced for Richard Chance and it kept me up at night for two reasons. 1) Working into the wee hours and 2) Not sleeping because I had just recorded another chapter.

This title will be available on Amazon in a few short weeks, so in the meantime you’ll just have to: Wait for it…

My Life in 5 Minutes

As a self-proclaimed “Technologist” I have spent a great deal of time working in video and video production. This is a sample of what happens when you try to capture your life in 5 minutes, or there-about.

 

I feel unbelievably fortunate to be where I am now. Lots of years, and lots of work as a story teller and thanks to ACX, it’s all coming together. It’s been an amazing career and it literally feels like the train has pulled into the station.

Producing audio books is singularly satisfying for me. It is where all roads converge. So grateful to ACX and my authors.

Postpartum Depression

Postpartum depression
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Postpartum depression (PPD), also called postnatal depression, is a type of clinical depression which can affect both sexes after childbirth. Symptoms may include sadness, low energy, changes in sleeping and eating patterns, reduced desire for sex, crying episodes, anxiety, and irritability.

OK, I checked the symptoms. I got it. Now what do I do?

All creators understand the phenomenon. Your field of artistic endeavor doesn’t really matter. As actors we may suffer from this malady in direct proportion to the degree of engagement we have for the characters we portray. When the final curtain is run down and we retire to the wings, not only have we given birth, but we have also witnessed the passing of the unique characters we have become. And then, the depression sets in.

When you have collaborators, the passing away of the play is smoothed by joyful reminiscing of your fellows, the toasting to a job well done. When you are a voice actor reading long-form in your closet-studio; the boards are empty. Not so much as a janitor or stage manager with whom to share your sorrow.

For us ACX’rs we know the moment. That big button in the upper right hand corner with the ominous words: “I’m done”. We have let our mouse glide over the button a few times, refusing to click in the secret hope that somehow we are not really done. But eventually we square our shoulders to the task, we press the button which knells the ending of the mini-life we have been living. We step away from our browser and busy ourselves with the ton of housework we have been avoiding in the hopes that it will prove a balm to our sorrow. Now matter how clean you get the bathroom sink, it doesn’t help.

So, what’s an actor to do? Here are some hints:

  1. See it coming. Know it’s coming. Be OK with feeling like moldy bread for a day or two. (I know this isn’t good news, but we’ve all tried denial and know how well that works)
  2. Reward yourself. You have just accomplished a feat that few have dared to undertake.  Go to the store. Buy new underwear. Or better yet, go somewhere where there are tons of strangers (an airport works great) and watch the people. For everyone that passes by, say to yourself “I just did what few can do” – and if you’re feeling particularly adventuresome, hand out a few cards with links to your work.
  3. Hydrate. Yea, I know it sounds silly but if you are obsessive-compulsive like me, you have forgotten to take care of your instrument, especially in the final sprint to completion. Take time now.
  4. Finally, know deep down, that for we who sit in studio for insanely long hours, the cycle of birth-life-death is only briefly interrupted. There is always another book. Another family of characters to become. Another story to tell.