Today we have a guest post by Kae Denino, the wonderful narrator who did such a fantastic job with my audiobook. I’ve learned some things I didn’t know about her either! Thank you, Kae!
You can read my posts about my audiobook journey here:
So, I’m a voice actor. I came to this life after many other jobs, because this is the simplest thing I can do—just talk, just be a voice for someone else. I’ve been a cook, a farmer, a teacher, a probation officer and in my heart and my life I have fought for freedom for many years, including starting a business for survivors of sex trafficking, so they can learn to be in the legal workforce.
But the talking is the thing I do now, because I am a single mama raising twins in middle America, and that takes my whole soul to do well. It’s probably not wise to get wildly political here, but America is in a hefty spot of trouble, there’s hate and fear buzzing around, so people who propagate love and kindness have our work laid out for us. So I am raising two shining lights of compassion, humor and acceptance.
Every day I audition for work, and do work on commercials, e-learning videos, video games, voice mail systems and of course audiobooks. I’m just starting to narrate a book called The Loudest Meow that features a dozen cats! I stop working when the children come home or I’m too tired to press correct buttons in my studio.
This is a selfie in my studio.
Dreamland is the best book I ever got to narrate, thus far. I am grateful for my silly romance novels and really love my sweet children’s stories, especially the Pack-n-Go Girls series, which is about little girls having international adventures, the kind of book I loved as a child.
But Dreamland is a different kind of dragon, one that refuses to be funneled into the realm of simplified morality tales or excesses of drama. The characters are smart, thoughtful and focused. They stick to their goals and show great vulnerability, which may be the only real way to stick to one’s goals. When struck or scared they scream. Nobody keeps it in, develops resentments, talks out of both sides of their mouths. They leave their comfort zones, rely on kindness and refuse to give up.
Narrating this book was like having a ticket to Dreamland. I got lost in the carnival, on the dragon’s back, swooping over the villages. I wanted the cavemen to show up at the end—it would have been great to see them vs. Stregona, vs. Fear and Death.
On a very basic level, I had all manner of technical worries when I was narrating it, and in some awful way I found myself working on it with three other books simultaneously and a cat who almost died of cancer and ate up our entire savings account. She is fine, thank you. But I could not concentrate on this book the way I wanted to. I hope I did well by it, and I certainly learned a lot.
Here are a few links to some media about my work. If you want to learn about voiceover work or fighting slavery, please just holler! I sure love both.