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Come on in and get to know your favorite audiobook professionals over a couple of cocktails!

The Audiobook Speakeasy Podcast Rich Voice Productions

    • Performing Arts
    • 4.8 • 31 Ratings

Come on in and get to know your favorite audiobook professionals over a couple of cocktails!

    Episode 79: Eric Kozlik

    Episode 79: Eric Kozlik

    My guest tonight is the CEO of Modern Bar Cart, Eric Kozlik!
    For the first time tonight, I focus on the "speakeasy" aspect of the Audiobook Speakeasy. Eric Kozlik is a writer and a poet who ended up finding his way into the spirits world and founded Modern Bar Cart, a company whose mission is, "...to make great cocktails available to everyone." Eric and I talk about his education in writing and poetry, and how a roommate's "science experiment" turned into a new career. And although we only touch on audiobooks briefly, Eric does have some great advice for any entrepreneur: get comfortable being uncomfortable. All this and more over a Mezcal Negroni and a Ginger & Mary Ann!
    You can find Eric at https://www.modernbarcart.com and https://www.erickozlik.com, and on Instagram at @modernbarcart.

    • 1 hr 21 min
    Episode 78: Don Baarns

    Episode 78: Don Baarns

    My returning guest tonight is Studio One and RX guru Don Baarns!
    Don and I talk about how the audiobook world has changed since he was my guest back on episode 20, from the influx of newer narrators since the pandemic hit to improvements in technology. Don also tells me about his Expert Ears service, a free service he provides to evaluate audio, and his Jumpstart programs for both PreSonus's Studio One and Izotope's RX. All this and more over some lemon-ginger echinacea juice and a SpongeBob RumPants!
    You can find Don online at https://redbaarnsaudio.com, and at his YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/RedBaarnsAudio. His Jumpstart programs are available at https://s1jumpstart.com and https://rxjumpstart.com.
    Tonight's Speakeasy episode is brought to you by Squeaky Cheese Productions, on the web at http://squeakycheeseproductions.com.
    Tonight's episode is also brought to you by David Stever's Raven Rain, narrated by Bill Lord and coming to Audible soon!

    • 1 hr 18 min
    Episode 77: Christa Lewis

    Episode 77: Christa Lewis

    My guest tonight is audiobook narrator and narration coach Christa Lewis!
    Christa tells me how a chance phone conversation with audiobook legend Debra Deyan led to a sudden career shift from reading the news in English in Germany to narrating audiobooks in L.A. Christa also describes her approach to narration coaching using some appropriately artistic alliteration. All this and much more over a Blue Moon Belgian White and a Delarosa!
    You can find Christa online at https://www.christalewis.com and https://www.christalewisaudiobooks.com, and on Twitter and Instagram at @LiquidBelles.
    Tonight's Speakeasy chat is brought to you by Squeaky Cheese Productions, on the web at http://www.squeakycheeseproductions.com.
    Tonight's chat is also brought to you by David Stever's Raven Rain, narrated by Bill Lord and coming to Audible in October 2020.

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Episode 76: Tina Dietz

    Episode 76: Tina Dietz

    My guest tonight is founder and CEO of Twin Flames Studios Tina Dietz!
    Tina tells me how everything fell into place for a life-changing move to Costa Rica. And although she realized early on that audiobook narration was not going to be her strong suit, Tina tells me how her love of recording and interviewing starting at a very early age led to the different areas of focus of Twin Flames Studios. All this and much more over a Captain Picard and a Negroni!
    You can find Twin Flames Studios at https://twinflamesstudios.com, and Tina on Twitter at @TheTinaDietz. The Twin Flames roster that Tina mentions can be found at https://forms.gle/VL4qzdrkrD8Mwha17.
    Tonight's episode is brought to you by Squeaky Cheese Productions: http://www.squeakycheeseproductions.com.
    Tonight's episode is also sponsored by David Stever's "Raven Rain," narrated by Bill Lord and coming to Audible in October, 2020. You can find Bill at https://www.nothingrhymeswithorange.us.

    • 56 min
    Episode 75: Lauren Blakely

    Episode 75: Lauren Blakely

    My guest tonight is NYT, WSJ, and Audible #1 best-selling author Lauren Blakely!
    Lauren tells me how she ended up in a career in journalism after majoring in art history, and how that eventually morphed into being a full-time author. Lauren goes on to describe her experiences getting almost all of her books (over 50 of them!) into audio, and the importance of being able to give a voice to characters who don't share your gender. All this and much more over some green tea and a Blue Moon!
    You can find Lauren at https://laurenblakely.com, and on Twitter at @LaurenBlakely3.
    Tonight's Speakeasy chat is brought to you by Squeaky Cheese Productions, on the web at http://www.squeakycheeseproductions.com.  

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Episode 74: Kenny Pappaconstantinou

    Episode 74: Kenny Pappaconstantinou

    My guest tonight is the founder of Elephant Audiobooks, Kenny Pappaconstantinou!
    Kenny tells me how an education in music production at Berklee College of Music eventually led him into audiobook production, and how he came to found Elephant Audiobooks. Kenny also describes the importance of getting your home studio set up correctly, and not rushing the audition process. All this and more over A Terrible Idea (that's an IPA, not a poorly constructed cocktail) and a Spiced Rum Coco Martini!
    You can find Elephant Audiobooks at https://elephantaudiobooks.com, and you can reach Kenny there at info@elephantaudiobooks.com. He's also on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/kennypmusic.
    Tonight's Speakeasy chat is being brought to you by Squeaky Cheese Productions: http://www.squeakycheeseproductions.com.  

    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
31 Ratings

31 Ratings

LenDVO ,

Well Rounded VO Podcast

Have been listening on my way to work and on long trips. It is a wonderfully diverse PC. Different from all others. A cocktail, a lil bio convo and then the main topic. Just like a regular conversation. Love it. Rich obviously knows his topics cocktails and VO. Up my ally. Thanks for adding value to the community and my process! Cheers!

StefKB ,

Must-Listen for Anyone in Audio!

I can’t express the value I get from listening to this podcast and how much I love it!! A) Rich simply does a fantastic job of finding great guests, learning about them as a person, and delving into their audiobook-related career with precision and grace. B) The guests are top-notch full of experience, fun stories, and infinite wisdom. C) Because I feel like there needs to be a “C”, there are always fun and interesting facts about alcohol :)

Earl Sewell ,

Thank you for creating this podcast

I love listening to this podcast. I have learned a great deal from the show and look forward to more awesome shows.

Earl Sewell

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