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Meet the Narrators: Interviewing Wesleigh Siobhan, Jakobi Diem & Emmanuel Ingram

In June we celebrate audiobooks and what better way than to interview 3 of the hottest narrators in the game.

1. How did you get into audiobook narration?

WS: I coached with a narrator that I knew and practiced/coached with different people in the industry for about 6 months.

JD: I got involved in audiobook narration through my commercial agent, Rachel. She sent me over to an Audiobook Publisher to audition. I did a cold read of a book, and the publisher dug it, and brought me onto their roster.

EI: I got into audiobook narration because I was looking for a way to make some money in a way that used my talents but also allowed me to sit down and not have to be too active. I took some classes and started working on a demo to send out to publishers. During the time I was just beginning to get some traction I also met Wesleigh Siobhan and she helped me get started in Romance by inviting me to work on Equivalent Exchange by CCJ. Once the pandemic got started I planned to build my own studio and work from home which I was able to do eventually and that is how things really got rolling.

2. Describe your recording process. How do you prepare? What do you do once you receive a manuscript from an author? For example: Do you print it out? Highlight the different dialogue so you know whose “voice” to use when you’re reading?

WS: I prep the book (read it, look up pronunciations and make character choices).

JD: Once I receive the manuscript from the author/publisher, I upload it to my favorite app, iAnnotate. I then highlight characters and make notes (accents, description, locale, etc). I write those notes on the script, using the app. So those notes will be there when I begin recording, as guideposts.

EI: I prepare by reading the story, familiarizing myself with the circumstances and doing my best to relate to what the characters in the story are going through. As a narrator I like to have an idea of what the characters want, what they are trying to achieve, what their motivations and fears are. This helps me understand the conflicts in the story so that I can embody what the various characters are going through as a storyteller. I don't print or highlight. I just read it. Maybe I'll say a couple parts out loud but I do most of the creative exploration in front of the microphone. Its when I'm most dialed in and spontaneous, trusting my instincts.

3. Where do you record?

WS: I mostly record at home or in a recording studio with an engineer.

JD: I record mostly at home, these days. Sometimes I record at a professional studio, but mostly in my home studio.

EI: I record in my home studio which I've nicknamed Starlight Studio.