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“One kind word can warm three winter months.”
Japanese Proverb
This week's NEW RELEASes
Narrated by Emma Wilder & Lance Greenfield
Narrated by Ryan Lee Dunlap & Aubrey Vincent
This week's FEATURED box set
This week's FEATURED saleS
This week's interview:
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SFN: What gave you the idea to add narrating audiobooks to your life and career?
RLD: Well, I've always been an avid audiobook listener. I even had books on tape when I was a kid, eons ago (the ADHD in me has always preferred them to paper books). But honestly, it was Covid that got me into it. I was a former musician living in Brooklyn, bartending, doing a little acting here and there and then poof! I was stuck at home with lots of free time on my hands. I already had a good working knowledge of recording software and some acting training, so I signed up for a bunch of Zoom classes and went from there.
SFN: What's your pre-recording ritual?
RLD: A good solid vocal warmup where I sound like a pigeon.
SFN: Could you please tell us how you prepare to voice a character that is written with a dialect or accent that is new to you?
RLD: Lots of research on YouTube. But a cool trick I learned is to pick ONE person with that accent. Any one person, famous or not. And keep that one person and the way THEY do the accent in your mind. That way you pick up their particular way of speaking, maybe their quirks and lilts too, thereby making it more specific and more real. Also, don't act around the accent. Character first, then accent added on top.
SFN: Do you have to schedule fresh air breaks into your workday to get out of the booth?
RLD: My wife has to take me out on walks when she gets home from work.
SFN: What's your favorite part of the process?
RLD: Dialogue is the most fun. That's where you really get in to the acting side of it and let the characters run wild. Sometimes even I'm surprised with the way a certain character's dialogue might come out in the heat of the moment. Like, it's unplanned, but it makes sense because of the circumstances.
SFN: What's the oddest object inside your booth?
RLD: Maybe not odd, but life changing? Especially during the sweltering summer months? Speakers in the booth y'all. Like a pair of small monitors for listening back. Nothing is worse than having a sweaty pair of headphones on your head when your booth is 300 degrees in August.
Don't miss our new release featured above with Ryan's narration, No Touch Zone by GK Brady, from her Playmakers series.
This week's giveaway:
Congrats to last week's winners: Cassandra D, Jennifer P, Terri C, Claire C, and Elizabeth E.
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