Hey all, I’d like to introduce you to a very special guest today. A few weeks ago, I had a fit of insanity and posted 5 casting calls for narrators for a variety of projects. I’d pretty much settled on a narrator for The Golden City Captives, when at the very last second, I got one more unsolicited audition. Upon hearing that short audition, I absolutely fell in love with this guy’s rich voice. Please welcome Reuben Corbett. He’s a relative newcomer to the audiobook scene, but I’ve no doubt you’ll be hearing more from him in the near future.
Let’s start off easy. Tell me a little about your background:
I grew up in Grand Junction, Colorado. I always liked performing, so I started playing the cello when I was 9 years old. I played all the way through college, where I was a cello performance major. A couple years into college, I realized there wasn’t a lot of money in music, so I became a welder of all things. 5 years and like 12 different jobs later, I still hadn’t found anything I really enjoyed. I had always been told by people that I had a great voice. I also loved reading and listening to audiobooks. I decided that I would be really good at narrating books! I did some research, found acx, and the rest is history!
What do you do for fun?
I narrate audio books!
(Me: I shoulda seen that one coming.)
About this Work:
What brought you to working on this project?
I found it on acx, auditioned for it, and Julie picked me for the part.
(Like I said, squeaked in under the wire. I was sending out proposals as his audition came in.)
What was the hardest part of bringing this story to life?
It really wasn’t too difficult. Julie’s writing does most of the work. The most difficult part is becoming the characters.
Do you have a favorite character voice from the project? Why/ why not?
My favorite voice to do was Lord Ewald. Coming up with his voice was just fun, and it just seemed to really fit the character.
(Me: That it did.)
Do you have a favorite chapter from the project? Why/ why not?
My Favorite chapter is chapter 5. A lot happens in the chapter, lots of action. A very dramatic chapter.
About your other works:
How many other works have you narrated?
I have only narrated one other book, so far.
Can you recommend any of your other titles for us? What about the work is appealing?
My only other title is called Simplify: How to Declutter, Get Organized, and Stay that Way. It is a short self-development book about being organized.
(Sounds like a useful title…less fun than a fantasy one though :-))
Which work are you most proud to have been a part of? Why?
The Golden City Captives, because it is my first fantasy genre book!
What drew you to voice acting?
Well, I have been told all my life that I had a great voice. One day the idea occurred to me, and I decided to try and make it a reality.
Is this the only acting you do? If you do other forms of acting, which is your favorite and why?
I also do YouTube videos. I prefer to do audiobooks, but I still enjoy doing videos.
Do you have a process when you approach a work? Please describe it for us.
First I read the book to try and dive into the story, get to know the characters and so forth. Then I practice voices for the characters, and try to figure out the tone for the overall book. Feedback from the author is definitely a necessity.
If you could only leave 1 lasting impression on the world, what would it be?
I would want people to remember me as an example of being loving and kind.
Do you get to read for fun? Do you have a favorite genre to read for fun?
My favorite genres are science fiction and fantasy.
What kind of movies do you enjoy?
I love movies that are clean and uplifting.
Where can we find out more about you?
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The Golden City Captives will release soon. It’s in the approval stage from ACX. I can’t wait to share this lovely project with everybody. Leave a comment and I might pick somebody at random to win a free copy of the audiobook.
Associate links to follow…
Free Kindle Reading App
Audible – If you buy some of my audiobooks with your first credits, I’ll pay the first month’s bill (beyond the free ones). (Terms and conditions: must have proof of purchasing my books, like a screenshot. Will also have to have paypal.)