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Audiobooks are more popular than ever thanks to the ease at which you can download a book onto your mp3 player or computer. They help make long commutes and treadmill time more enjoyable and are fantastic for those with visual impairments. Recording voice over for an audiobook can be pretty tricky, and the narrator must be able to have the stamina, breath control and variety to keep a listener interested from the first paragraph to the last. Learn from the best audiobook narrator instructors in the industry, and the next time someone purchases an audiobook it might be you narrating it!
Animation, Audiobook, Cartoon, Character, Dubbing, Promos, Video Games
Jay Snyder is a classically trained actor who has performed leading roles on and off Broadway, television, and film. His expertise is bringing characters to life. For more than 10 years he has also done nearly every type of voice over work, including commercials (recent clients include Verizon, Coke, Six Flags, Cisco, and Absolut), audio books, documentaries, tours, industrials, video games, animated films and cartoons. Since he is happiest diving into characters and stories, it's no surprise that so much of his work has been in animation and audiobooks. Best known as the voice for the two lead characters of Yu-Gi-Oh!, and central characters in Pokemon, Sonic X, Kirby, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, G.I. Joe, Chaotic, and Huntik, Jay feels fortunate to have worked on well over 100 different movies and series and literally thousands of episodes and hours of entertainment. As a self professed geek, he's also psyched to have worked on the current Batman: the Dark Knight Rises video game as well as the critically acclaimed All Saints Row 2.
Even though not a week goes by without doing something in animation, as an actor his focus has shifted to audiobooks in the last few years. In that time he's performed on over a hundred titles in various genres. Some of his favorites include Kurt Vonnegut's wry Sci-Fi "The Sirens of Titan", "Zoo" and "NYPD Red" two new titles from the prolific New York Times best selling regular James Patterson, and the CIA action/intrigue "The Gray Man" series which is currently in development for a film franchise starring Brad Pitt.
He has also directed VO for years, on many anime series, audio books, and video games. More recently he has become an Audio Producer, working for Marvel on their Marvel Knights Animation line. His first project for them was the “Astonishing X-Men”, a series written by Joss Whedon who also made the record breaking blockbuster film "The Avengers". Next was “Iron Man: Extremis", a story which has been confirmed as the basis of the next Iron Man film. After that came the best reviewed series from Marvel Knights, "Thor vs. Loki: Blood Brothers". But perhaps more relevantly, Jay also audio produced an educational series for Disney/ABC News about World War 2 called “They Spoke Out." Working with comic book legend Neal Adams, Jay helped to tell the tales you never knew about an era you thought you had learned everything about. As Audio Producer, he’s responsible for casting, directing, sound design, scoring, and the final mix. He does the casting and directing personally, and works side by side with a wonderful team of talented professionals who always do an outstanding job, providing clients with the best results.
Jay has also written for hundreds of shows, and is currently developing various animated series and films from adaptations to original concepts. Storytelling is his passion, and he loves every element of it, not just being the performer. Jay's perspective is unique because he has experience with all aspects of capturing a performance. From the acting, to directing, casting, writing, and even the recording of a character.
So why does he teach if he's so busy? Jay comes from a family of educators and says that teaching at Edge is wonderful because he genuinely enjoys providing people with whatever benefit his experience has to offer and he always learns something new from everyone he works with....
Audiobook, Audition, Commercial, Documentary, Narration, Promos
Carol is an actor, voiceover talent and Audie Award-winning audiobook narrator. She has read for Recorded Books, Harper Audio, Audible.Com, Hachette, HighBridge, Clipper Audio, Edge Studio, Books on Tape, Academic Merit, and Redwood Audio's listentogenius.com. She has been a featured narrator in Audiofile magazine, Voiceover Xtra, and the Recorded Books Catalog. In addition to narrating several documentaries, Carol has been "the voice" of the Turner Classic Movies Film Festival since 2010 and has voiced tributes to such luminaries as Jean Paul Belmondo, the Houstons, Luise Rainer, and Eli Wallach. Her commercial voiceover clients have included HSBC, USDA, Seton Hall, AFL-CIO, Bell Atlantic, Sag-Aftra, Amazon and McDonald's, among others. She regularly voices promos for TCM & TNT. In addition to coaching at Edge Studio, she is an adjunct professor of narration and commercial voiceover at NYU's Digital Design and Film School and has taught Voice and Speech III at NYU’s Tisch School for the Arts. She has led classes for over 20 years in voice, acting, scene study, and auditioning at such schools as Theatre Lab School of the Dramatic Arts, Roundhouse Theatre, Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, Bethesda Arts Center, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, and Belvoir Terrace. Carol has also worked as a theatre director and voice and acting teacher at New York City’s Professional Performing Arts School. At Edge, Carol focuses on students' goals and explores the nuances of oral interpretation, vocal technique, point of view and text analysis. She aims to cultivate in each of her students the most effective and evocative delivery possible....
Johnny Heller is praised for his adult, personal development, history, comedy and children's book narrations. He is a 2008, 2009, and 2011 "Best Audio Book" winner, a Publishers Weekly Listen Up Award winner from 2008-2013, a 2005 and 2009 "Audie Award" winner, a double Audie nominee in 2012, selected as one of the Top 50 Narrators of the 20th Century by AudioFile Magazine, and a multiple Audiophile Earphone Award winner. In 2014, Johnny was awarded two Listen Up Awards for his work on Polly Shulman’s "The Wells Bequest” for Penguin Audio and “In a Glass Grimmly” by Adam Gidwitz. A cum laude honors graduate of Loyola University of Chicago, Johnny worked as a reporter for the Chicago SunTimes before pursuing a career in acting. Heller studied theater in Chicago, New York and Los Angeles and appeared for a number of years in the long running hit Shear Madness. He also worked at the Northlight Repertory and the Goodman Theater. Heller’s plays have been performed in New York and Chicago theaters and he is currently writing a book for young adults. After studying comedy improvisation and performing in a traveling company, Heller found success as a stand up comic working at clubs across the country. He still does stand up on occasion but his major focus continues to be in the world of voice-over and narration. Heller’s distinctive voice has always kept him in demand in the commercial voice over industry and audio book narration. He has recorded nearly 500 titles touching on almost every genre. The Library Journal says Heller has “the voice of a master storyteller.” AudioFile Magazine calls him "the best narrator for children's books around”. His narration skills led the School Library Journal to say, "Listening to Heller is so much fun it's difficult to imagine simply reading the book.” And AudioFile says “Heller makes nonfiction as thrilling as any action-adventure.” ...
When it comes to contributing industry perspective, L.A.-based Arthur G. Insana has that covered. He’s participated in and led (and literally covered) just about every part of the audio business. Arthur (his nieces and nephew call him “Uncle Artie”) is a multi-award-winning pioneer in the resurgence of audio theatre, having produced and directed some of the highest-grossing and most elaborate sound-design-intensive audiodramas ever – including the full-cast, full-production Star Wars: Dark Empire series for Time Warner/Lucasfilm, and The Historian, a multi-cast bestseller for Time Warner. Of audiodrama, he notes what voice actors add to the storytelling process: “One of the true joys about coaching aspiring narrators is witnessing how they come to embrace Theatre of the Mind… using the power of voice to bring a writer’s words to life.” All in all (and counting), Arthur is credited with ... • 1,000+ audio productions for most of the major publishing companies • 40+ best-selling audiodramas, audiobooks, and audio documentaries (N.Y. Times, Publishers Weekly) • 10 Audie nominations • 3 Audie wins • 9 audio productions named “Best of Year” Wait, wait, there’s more ... Arthur has extensive experience in reporting, editing and managing a wide variety of magazine and editorial operations on a national level, including the managing editor position at On Location Magazine and Shape (a women's health and fitness publication), and U.S. features/film editor for Media Press International. In addition, he has covered business, advertising, media, entertainment and technology for Film & Video Magazine, Screen Magazine, Millimeter Magazine, Post Magazine, Location Update, Advertising Age, TVIndustry.com, Kabang.com, iMediaConnection.com, and others. Insana has edited 10 books on screen and television writing and film/digital movie production, as well as two college-level science textbooks for California Sate University, Long Beach. He is also widely experienced as a graphic designer and is developing original content for TV, Internet TV, film and the Web. This includes documentary, informational, live-action and animation projects. In addition to coaching at Edge Studio, Arthur is president of InsanaMedia.com, a full-service creative media company providing audio/video production, writing/editing services, Web/print graphic design, corporate communications, and radio/TV advertising. He recently launched TheMillenniusGroup, a creative networking group for writers, producers, directors, actors, artists and entrepreneurial thinkers. He’s also in the process of re-launching www.the-future.com, aiming to make it the premier portal for chronicling new achievements in all areas of human endeavor. Speaking of bringing things to life, he also brings a number of other activities into his own life, including creating digital art, writing fiction, blues guitar, and tennis. ...
Audiobook, Character, Commercial, eLearning, Kids, Marketing, Narration
Joe is the award-winning author and producer of dozens of audiobooks. He has produced and engineered more than thirty-thousand soundtracks for radio and TV commercials, and is often the talent for many of these productions. Also, Joe is the award-winning author of more than twenty children’s books for home-schooling. In his high school and college years, he studied acting at the Pasadena Playhouse, coached by Agnes Moorehead. Later he was an audio engineer for The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Firefall and Air Supply in his Denver recording studio. (Denver was his home base in the ‘70s.) Recording Robert Redford for a documentary about mountain climbing led Joe to pursue voice acting. Joe has taught voice over since the late ‘80s. A 15-year-old Reese Witherspoon was his first student. By now, with 25+ years in VO, Joe has voiced national ads, cartoons, numerous audiobooks and eLearning projects. He has performed character voices for Disney Channel and PBS KIDS. Joe performs all character voices and storytelling for Dave Ramsey’s Junior’s Adventures. His award-winning audiobooks can be found on Amazon.com, Audible.com, Findaway World, Oasis Audio, Topics Entertainment and NewWayToRead.com. With Edge Studio, Joe is a private coach, as well as the instructor for our traveling Voice Over Booth Camp. Hardly the stereotypical order-barking drill sergeant, Joe provides gentle guidance for tomorrow's voice-actors. He carved out a fun, fruitful industry niche for himself, and loves to show people how they can do the same. Joe adds humor and understanding to make the process pleasant and fun for the client. He greets each new actor as he would an old friend, to put them at ease and get them into a learning mindset quickly. But his musical roots are not forgotten. Being based in Nashville, Joe still enjoys singing and playing with his band, The Road Crew, aka “America’s Route 66 Band.” The Road Crew regularly takes its rockabilly beat on tours across America. ...
His first audiobook project, Scifi Motherlode by Robert Jeschonek, was a collection of 18 short stories, which required Bill to create more than 100 unique characters. To meet this challenge, Bill drew from his wealth of experiences and the people he met while living in Chicago, Boston, Detroit, Virginia Beach, Washington, D.C., and on Cape Cod, MA. This ambitious beginning quickly established Bill's abilities as a narrator. He has gone on to provide the voice for Stephen Besecker’s The Samaritan, Ken Morris’ The Deadly Trade, and two more books for Jeschonek. He also narrates audiobooks for Deyan Audio and Learning Ally. Bill is married to his high school sweetheart, Joya, whom he has known since third grade. And there’s yet another “character” in their life – the amazing orange wonder-cat, Thomas J. “Tigger” Schmiggens....
Having been on stage since he was 13 (his mom still has the bellhop costume she made), Jeffrey Kafer is a full-time SAG-AFTRA narrator with experience in all facets of audiobooks. He has narrated over 325 titles, including such authors as NY Times bestsellers Clive Barker, Bob Mayer, Maya Banks, and Gregg Olsen. Jeffery has voiced for all sorts of books from major publishers to indie authors, and was a founding user of ACX, for which he has completed over 150 titles. He has broad experience in pay-for-production, royalty-share and hybrid deals. Jeffrey can also be heard on Pandora Internet radio doing spots for Dunkin' Donuts and Buffalo Wild Wings. He lives in Los Angeles with his family and two dogs. ...
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