Look Ma, I'm Professional Now! (A Little Window into the Evolution of an Amateur)

I'm not sure who reads this.  I'm absolutely terrible at updating the site.  However...

that's slated to change!  

I'm building a new studio!  

And that means more production!  

How, you might ask?  

Well, let me give you a window into my process...

Once upon a 2013 blue moon, I was introduced to the magical realm of audiobook narrating by a friend.  She guided me to ACX which allows amateurs to audition for audiobook contracts.  I don't know if you've noticed a massive flood of audiobooks on Audible through the last few years, but it's most likely largely because of this site!

So i tried my hands at a couple.  Nothing did too well.  Then I did my first book for TJ, Tell Me It's Real and things took off a bit.  Since then, I've done a small handful of books (compared to other narrators who started the same way).  That's largely because I've been working out of makeshift studios the whole time.  And overnight to boot (for the sake of keeping noise down.  ugh.)

My first project was done in a house that had no windows where I was staying with a friend and helping him renovate it from scratch.  That project was a lot of fun, but the book was horrible, as it was my first and I really had no idea what i'm doing (you won't find it.  It was done under a pseudonym! Mwah ha ha!).  You can actually hear birds chirping in the background for some chapters.  Also there were 111 characters.  And it was insane.  That book was insane, from premise to writing to cheesy machismo (NO I'M STILL NOT TELLING)

After I realized that was such a drag for the listener, i started amending the studio.  I put together a little makeshift studio for less than $100 a la this site's example.  I had a Blue Snowball and all.  Tell Me It's Real was actually done with this set-up and while lo-fi, it definitely wasn't absolutely terrible quality (all things considered).  

A few books down the line, I got myself a good compressor mic, an MBox and started using ProTools instead of Garageband and Audacity.  That program made things come together quite well.  ProTools was user-friendly, but mired in all sorts of regulation and definitely had some aspects too it that made it a challenge to work with.  The quality was definitely getting better, but some of the quirks of learning had yet to be done.  

An issue with outfitting my closet as a studio (half sound-foam, half-winter clothes) is that it is the inside of a beast in the Summer.  Maybe you've noticed that I only record in the Winter.  (Well, you probably wouldn't because release dates don't really coincide with the recording schedule.)  Or that I record only at night (this would take a real sleuth to figure out.  But perhaps some of the crazier voices I do you could attribute to an insomnia-hour menace that will take over anyone's 3am soul) But now, things are moving and I need to do recording all year, and all day round.  

I've been a carpenter for a number of years.  I love the work and I do that at the same time as doing audio work.  I'm slowly transforming into a solidly V.O. actor, but it's hard (I don't really like working alone nor working in front of a computer all the live-long day.  ho hum).  Still, the books are phenomenal and there's such fun opportunity to be had...

So....I've been building a box in my basement.  It's very pretty (for a basement box) and will allow me to record year round (and during the day!  I usually record overnight which puts a bit of a strain when I'm splitting my schedule between being a nightowl and an early bird!) 

All this to say, if you so care...I will be doing much more audio work in the future.  I'm greatly looking forward to it.  And for you, dear fan, who reads this sparsely updated blog....I am looking forward to you enjoying my new works as well.  

I will post pictures next blog post.  I'm pretty excited about my weird little basement station.  I don't know what to name it...Any suggestions?