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Archive for June, 2011


Thanks, Dog-eared copy!


Late summer listening

I’ve just finished narrating a powerful historical novel for Oasis Audio called, The Resurrection of Nat Turner, Part 1: The Witnesses.  The book, written by Sharon Ewell Foster, is the story of conspiracy – truth buried for almost 200 years.  After extensive research, Foster uncovered a fascinating story that she admits she didn’t expect – a story of lies, cruelty, deceit, and the power of courage and faith.

It’s available from Oasis Audio in August.  I’m honored to have been selected to put a voice to Foster’s outstanding work.

A special week

I spent years in radio broadcasting, and the week of June 13-17, I’m heading to Dallas! For many years, I served as the morning host at KCBI Dallas, and with their host Jim Wilson taking a vacation, I’m going back to fill in.

Wonderful to see everyone again!  You can listen online if you’d like, from 6am – 8:30am Central time.  Just click here!

The value of a Partner

In the voiceover business, we often refer to our customers as “clients.”  That’s a totally acceptable term shared by many industries.  In my view, though, I prefer to think of my clients more as partners.  Why?

Two main reasons, as I see it.  First, and frankly, we are both in business to make money.  When someone hires me to do a voiceover for them, they are going to ultimately use my product to increase their revenues (or those of their client.)  So, we are partners in business – both helping each other to, well, earn a living.
Second, and more important I think, I view myself as a partner on their project team.  When I’m hired for a job, I take ownership of that job – just as if I was in the office or studio with them, accountable to the same standards, deadlines, bosses, and the like.  It’s important to me that my client knows that I’m on their team, and can be depended upon to see the project though.  I never want to become one more thing that they have to manage!  It’s an attitude that I think they appreciate.  They tell me so.
On the other hand, I came across this interesting blog by voice actor J. Christopher Dunn which contains a warning on what happens when you take these relationships for granted!

June is Audiobook Month!

As a narrator, it’s so exciting to see all the buzz about the world of audiobooks!  I just returned from New York and the Audio Publisher’s Association Conference, and it was clear that the world of audiobooks is growing at a break-neck pace!

Seems everywhere you look, you see them.  Not long ago, I was at a Love’s Country Store in the middle of nowhere, and right there by the register was a well-stocked rack of some terrific titles.  The clerk said that even way out there, they are a big seller.  It seems that Sam’s Club is carrying more and more titles, and none of this even counts the many ways consumers can purchase audiobook content online!
If you’ve never listened to an audiobook, June is a great time to do it!  Take it to the pool, on a plane, to the gym, or wherever you like to just get away.  And let’s celebrate June – Audiobook Month!