More comedy! I got to do the audiobook Three-Year-Olds are Assholes by author Sarah Fader. It's really short but it's also really funny, and it's based on the popular Huffington Post Blog of the same name that went viral.
Matt Haynes and I have started doing a series about some of the ABCs of audiobooks, and for September we started with Audiobook prep work. Check out these really short and simple videos from us:How Some Characters Harm Your Health
Classic Rock Battles: the Limey & the Yank spent August doing a Facebook livestream called "United We Stand (We Didn't Start the Fire)". When things have seemed crazy in our world, it's important to remember that it's been this way before, we got through it, and we'll do the same again. Just like the Billy Joel song that reminded us that the 'good old days' weren't actually so rosy as we may think they were.
Facebook has repeatedly removed our episode and won't tell us why--actually they won't even talk to us at all, so we can't link to it here. Audio episodes for the show are now here:
June was not good. On June 1 I tested positive for Covid-19 after some people who weren't feeling well came to PodFestExpo, didn't mask or distance, and didn't tell anybody they were sick until after the show. It really sucks. I quarantined for 5 days, isolated for 5 more, and spent a lot of time worried that I might never get my breath back (but thankfully I did get some help with that).
The Winnie-the-Pooh project at Imagination Videobooks started its Winnie-the-Pooh Kickstarter: this was to raise funds for production as most narrators volunteered their time but this non-profit still needs to raise money for production, promotion, and release
The Pulp Stage now has Patreon page! I'm proud to support this amazing and important community theatre organization.
Amazing help from leading coaches this month as I attended the Johnny Heller Audiobook Narrator Orlando Workshop. Johnny, Jo Anna Perrin, Sean Pratt and Joel Froomkin provided coaching on fiction, nonfiction, and character acting.
Classic Rock Battles: the Limey & the Yank spent April doing a Facebook livestream interviewing the incredibly talented Circle the Wolves singer Shimmer Johnson. Audio episodes for the show are now here:
Robert Williscroft and I had fun when prepping for The Ooort Federation, making sure all the names and other words were pronounced correctly. Watch a bit of the audiobook narrator's prep process in this YouTube video:
Amazing! I landed a role in the Imagination Videobooks production of Winnie the Pooh! I'll get to be the voice of Piglet alongside an all-star cast of voices. And the most beautiful thing about it is, the video will have closed-captioning, descriptive audio and even ASL. What a wonderful way to help disabled children experience the joy of an audiobook.
I'm also working on the sequel to Icicle: a Tensor Matrix. I'm often asked how audiobook projects work, so this time, since there are a lot of complicated words, including names of aliens, I got together with author Robert G. Williscroft and we had a fun time working through our pronunciations:
I'm getting to do the sequel to Icicle: a Tensor Matrix! I'll be recording in January/February and can't wait to do another installment of this fascinating outer-space Cyberpunk story about digital life after death
We also closed out the year with a special Holiday Episode:
Based on some advice I got from the Publishers' Panel at the New England Narrator Retreat, I put together this 360-degree video tour of my studio, which was fun to do.
Fresh Ink Group likes to do their audiobook trailers old-school so I got to do voiceover for an upcoming audiobook from them (details later!)
I attended John Florian's Voice Over Xtra training/coaching presentation "Narrating Fully Human" to hone the acting skills a bit. The host was Anne Ganguzza, mighty maven of VO Peeps and it was a very interesting examination of what Voice Talent needs in order to differentiate themselves from AI and bring "real-human" value to your clients.
I attended the New England Audiobook Narrator Retreat, four days of coaching and learning, spending time with fellow narrators, and even getting to hear great advice straight from publisher representatives, and many, MANY thanks to them for all they brought to the table for us and all the time they spent answering our questions. I got coaching from Johnny Heller, Jo Anna Perrin, and Sean Pratt.
It was a privilege to be able to help Imagination Videobooks bring descriptive audio to 'I Wish You Happiness' so blind children would be able to enjoy this delightful and sweet audiobook.
I had the good fortune to hang out with Roy Yokelson at his annual VO get-together, and it was great! A bunch of voice, sound, and music people just visiting and getting to know each other. Like many of the best people in this industry, Roy is one of the very kindest and most generous.
I'm redoing my branding and positioning based on what's been most successful for me. I'm focusing on audiobooks, aiming at a few genres, and redoing this website. I got some amazing new headshots from Esquire Photos. The session went deep, lasted about 4 hours, and resembled an acting workshop. The photographer Vadim Davydov is a student of Peter Hurley, one of the top headshot photographers in the world.
Operation Arctic Sting is released! This third Mac McDowell mission has now been released on Audible
I've truly nailed a perfect sound in my studio! Using a Fredenstein pre-amp and a Steinberg UR-22c, the best part has been the Neumman TLM-103 microphone. It's much easier to perform all kinds of sounds without plosives or over-driving. I got a seal of approval from George the Tech after sending him some test files for review.
I got to do a set of short stories for Mark Sean Orr, photographer and historian, and I loved them. The first is the urban myth "The Legend of Monkey Jack":
And then "The Revival", based on a true story from the late 1800s in Henry County, Indiana, USA:
I was interviewed by the Voice of Indie Podcast for the Fresh Ink Group! We had a great time talking about audiobooks and voiceover.
I'm now working on the audiobook to Operation Arctic Sting, third in the Mac McDowell Mission series, and my favorite so far. I can't wait to see this out there on Audible and iTunes!
Author Robert Williscroft talks about the very real and amazing experiences he had that the Mac McDowell mission series is based on when it's interviewed live from the Los Angeles Adventurer's Club, of which he is a member:
Classic Rock Battles: the Limey & the Yank did a Facebook livestream with a lot to say about the history of Country Music. Unfortunately, technical problems prevented some of our content from getting through, but we have the episodes reconstructed and uploaded to the Podcast
I'm asked to give a presentation on Audiobooks again! PodFest is holding their Global Summit 2021 and I'm presenting my Audiobook talk for Podcasters. It's amazing how well these tribes overlap!
I can now say work is started on the audiobook for Operation: Icebreaker, the sequel to Operation Ivy Bells and an amazing military adventure story involving submarines in the Arctic.
I'm officially working on the next volume of a series that's the sequel to Operation Ivy Bells, an amazing story based on real events about US & Russian spy intrigue in the Arctic circle.
I landed a great military adventure audiobook that's a sequel to one a colleague of mine did that I'm fond of. Big shoes to fill and details to come!
Classic Rock Battles: the Limey & the Yank took time to say THANK YOU to the 29 countries where the show is now being downloaded with a LiveStream of "Our World Comes Together", where we looked at the top hits in the top 10 countries our listeners hail from in a Facebook livestream
An audiobook narrators' workshop with publishers: The "Splendiferous Holiday Special" led by Johnny Heller
Working on a science fiction audiobook with cyberpunk aspects that remind me of William Gibson - can't wait for it to hit the stores!
The audiobook for Call to Love, the debut novel by author Mary A. Felkins was nominated for an award! The inaugural run of the Sound Advice Book Awards included audiobooks and we made the short list for the category of Audiobook Narration.
I'm interviewed on Voiceover by Gary Paul Williams with "Top Tips on Creating Authentic Accents"
Animation and Videogame character voice coaching from a major name in the industry: Marc Silk
Classic Rock Battles - the Limey & the Yank bring on the nostalgia with Saturday Morning Cartoon Theme Songs:
We did it! PodFest Global 2020 achieved a Guinness World Record, and I was part of it. I'll be getting an official certificate in October for being part of a massive global marathon with over 5,000 people.Classic Rock Battles: the Limey & the Yank return with "Quaran-tunes", a series about all those songs you can listen to and keep your sanity during lockdown:
I put together a version of my Audiobook Tips for Podcasters presentation at PodFest Global Summit 2020 to help other Podcasters interested in audiobooks and narration
I've been asked to speak at a massive global event aimed at achieving a Guinness World Record: PodFest Global 2020! I'll be giving a talk on Audiobook Narration for authors and podcasters who want to get into narrating audiobooks. This was my interview:
Audiobook coaching and delightful praise from the amazing Johnny Heller
Classic Rock Battles - the Limey & the Yank help our friend Tawny Platis in the Podcast-a-thon to Benefit Tawny Platis on GetVokl. Tawny and her husband George were the minds behind The Dirty Bits podcast. When Goerge died suddenly in November 2019, it left Tawny alone and struggling to pay over $100,000 in medical bills in addition to having health problems of her own. Then COVID-19 hit. We put together a promotional video and agreed to do a show, which you can watch here.
Finally! The audiobook The Daedalus Files: SEAL Winged Insertion Command (SWIC) made it through Audible's production slowdowns and is available on Audible & iTunes
Peer-led workout with Bonnie Marie Williams
Classic Rock Battles - the Limey & the Yank takes a chance at making everyone feel okay with the challenges the world is facing, and we do it using our first livestream:
Romance workout with Dianna Conley
A special thanks to Juergen Berkessel and Polymash for a tremendous amount of extremely useful advice on marketing and promotion. I'll be working tirelessly throughout the summer to completely retool The Limey & the Yank Podcast and this site for even greater success.
I highly recommend the Polymash page on How to Promote a Podcast
I've been working on a new audiobook that's due to come out in June!
Things have gotten difficult around the world, so the bundled collection of The Daedalus Files is stuck in production at ACX
April 2020The Limey & the Yank is taking a summer break to completely re-work the show and the website from the ground up. We're also re-christening ourselves "Classic Rock Battles - The Limey & the Yank"
PodFestExpo 2020 was downright amazing...and then the world fell apart. I hope everyone can stay healthy and safe.
I was interviewed on the Yes, But Why Podcast. Host Amy Jordan is a fantastic and positive person and her show truly inspires.For the month of March, The Limey & the Yank looked back 20 years to give us Y2K: Songs from the Year 2000:
Really excited about getting to go to PodFest 2020!. I've been meeting TONS of people on the app Whova - if you ever attend an event that uses the Whova app, definitely jump on board! I'll be giving a presentation on audiobook narration. Come join me!
Lots of business tuning! Tax time, getting used to the new equipment, building some more acoustic panels, and even getting some bonus content that Tim Tippets added to his Audition Ready Online course. February will be a return to landing new gigs.
And speaking of new gigs, I've been asked to speak at PodFest 2020! I'll be giving a presentation in their VO track (March 7th) that's all about Audiobooks. I'm also giving a presentation on Podcasting at the Riverview Public Library in March, with my buddy Steve Atkins.
Time to prep for 2020! This month will be dedicated to skill-building and business improvements.
I'll be studying the Bestseller Blueprint by Cara Stein. This program focuses on book publishers and will help me learn more about how my authors and Rights Holders ply their trade.
I've got new equipment and will be reviewing Tim Tippets' Audition Ready Online course to apply some of the sound engineering principles to my new setup.
The Table to Stage Podcast interview is out! Listen to some great conversation about writing and narrating as host Jordan Werme interviews Benjamin R. Smith and myself about "June Cleaver: Sexual Deviant" at https://www.podbean.com/ea/pb-nxzg6-c8be35
An unprecedented six audiobook projects overlapped each other for me from October through November, and my last one will be going to market in December:
And coming in December is Call to Love, the debut novel by author Mary A. Felkins. Exciting!In November, The Limey & the Yank celebrated the 50th Anniversary of Woodstock with a special pair of episodes all about the history and the amazing performances of one of music's greatest events.
October 2019June Cleaver: Sexual Deviant is out! The author and I just did an interview for the Table to Stage Podcast, which will likely air in November.
Speaking of November - it's National Novel Writing Month, or "NaNoWriMo". To support local authors, I will be giving a Library Reading at the Riverview branch of the Hillsborough County Public Library. This will be on Saturday, November 9, at 10:30 AM. If you're in the area, stop by!
I'm also hard at work on the next three novels in the Daedalus series, adventurous sequels to Daedalus SWIC.
In October, The Limey & the Yank take on Songs we Landed on the Moon: a celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing
My comedy audiobook is off to market! June Cleaver: Sexual Deviant, available on Audible/Amazon and iTunes. This one was interesting - it's written in the form of a play script. I had to create a combination of stage-like comedic timing and audiobook entertainment, a very different kind of pacing.
Daedalus is the first of a four-part series. Volume 2 is in production and Volumes 3 and 4 will be recorded in advance of the series' release. Fun stuff going on! We get more fascinating high-flying adventure.
Also got training from Larry Hudson: Six Key Elements of Recording & Mastering
In September, The Limey & the Yank take on songs about Money:
The first of a series of short stories about base-jumping is off to market! Check out Daedalus: SWIC basejump from Fred Noonan Skyport, available on Amazon, Audible, and iTunes!
My first-ever comedy audiobook is in progress - details to come!
I signed up for Tim Tippet's Audition Ready Audio course, to learn more about the mechanics of audio production, Digital Audio Workstations (DAWs), EQ, and software.
In August, The Limey & the Yank share some fun Missed Meanings in music:
Just got a project to do a short-story collection audiobook project for a favorite author! Details to come.
Inspired by the nVidia GeForce Garage build of a custom water-cooled video editing machine, I converted my video editing workstation into a water-cooled, quiet, and blazing-fast production machine in a soundproofed case. More details (and a how-to video) are in the works.
In July, The Limey & the Yank talk about Dirty Bits in music:
Completed a video for the Studio build - a couple of adjustments to the equipment and my production chain will be a lot smoother
Had a fantastic workout and coaching session with one of the biggest names in audiobooks, Johnny Heller. He love my narration pacing and gave me great tips on character voices.
In June, The Limey & the Yank talk about great Solo Artists from music history:
We also came up with a pretty catchy theme song:The Limey & the Yank Theme Song
Finished the studio space just at the very end of the month! It sounds fantastic, and now it's back on the VO train. I've put together a slideshow of all the work (with an explanation of the steps) on Facebook and I'll be releasing a video too.
Speaking of videos, some helpful tips on how Google Drive and attachments work with Gmail:
In May, The Limey & the Yank dared our listeners to discard the dreary and be happy! A two-part series about music that's guaranteed to make you smile:
Building a new studio with help from George "the Tech" Whittam. I'll be doing lots of DIY and my VO work will have to go on hold for a bit.
The Starchild Trilogy is now out on Audible! Stop by here to check it out and get a great deal on three books in one go. Robert G. Williscroft and I put a lot of effort into making all three books the same consistent experience: making it easier to navigate, combining all the free downloadable goodies into one supplemental PDF, and more.
Flowers from Afghanistan is now out on Audible too! This touching story of loss and closure by Suzy Parish is a wonderful read, and you can check it out at Audible today.
The Limey & the Yank saw the release of two episodes - a look back at 1959, SIXTY years ago. Hard to believe. I think these two are our funniest and best to date:
While bundling The Starchild Trilogy for ACX, I had to touch multiple spots of every chapter of the saga, over 100 separate chapter files. I quickly had to come up with a workflow to make this process efficient, and in the end, I even made a video on how I did it to help other people who need to produce an audiobook bundle.
Another great badge from VO2GoGo - this time for helping others. Very thoughtful of them!
The Limey & the Yank saw the release of two episodes - "Odd Couples", where we talk about some of music's strangest pair-ups:
Big news! Moving to a new home in March, building out a studio with the help of George the Tech Whittam, and by the end of April I'll have quite the home studio. :)
The Limey & the Yank Podcast now has a Sponsorship page! Check out our Sponsorship program at our Sponsorship page
Working on The Starchild Trilogy and producing a huge downloadable supplement for the product--it's fun to be able to add illustrations, diagrams, and other supporting information to an audiobook. This bundle and its supplement will be huge!
The Limey & the Yank Podcast has gained a sponsor! Seven Seas International has kicked off a sponsorship campaign that includes fun audio and video content that features The Limey & the Yank alongside their character of Sven the Fisherman.
The Starchild Trilogy is available in book form on Amazon! And coming in 2019 it will also be available as an audiobook trilogy too.
The Iapetus Federation is coming this month to Amazon, Audible, and iTunes!
My Animation & Videogame Demo is complete - check it out!
The award-winning Starchild Trilogy has on official commercial for its release--and it's narrated by yours truly!
I'm thrilled to announce that I'm now Featured Talent at VO2GoGo.com. Check out my profile at https://www.vo2gogo.com/trentonbennett/
The trailer for Rust: A Novel by Corbin Bernsen is out - and it uses footage from the Netflix original movie! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9nRMlKze7UU
Work on the audiobook for The Iapetus Federation has begun! This sequel to Slingshot and The Starchild Compact will be coming soon to Amazon, Audible, and iTunes.
I'm an official member of Voice123: check out my talent profile at http://trentonbennett.voice123.com
I'm working on the audiobook for a novel that was also a Netflix Original Movie, now available on Amazon Video! Rust: the Novel by Corbin Bernsen will be an audiobook narrated by yours truly, coming to Amazon/Audible in June!
My podcast has a sponsor! The Limey & the Yank is a rock-talk podcast that tackles the great debate: from the UK to the USA, who really knows how to rock?
More details as the agreement gets hammered out...
I've also got an exciting new project coming up in audiobooks very soon!
I've also just started work on Ransom in Rio by Theresa Lynn Hall and White Rose Publishing. Tremendous fun!
I'm now an official member of Voices.com - you can check out my profile at https://www.voices.com/actors/tbbennett
I've also just started work on the audiobook for Christmas Couragement by LoRee Peery and White Rose Publishing. Exciting!
Pleased to be working with Pelican Books Press on the audiobook for First Noelle: a Second-Chance Christmas Romance by Delia Latham
December 2017In addition to completing 37 training courses at VO2GoGo and 2 at other places, I'm also pleased to announce that I am officially a VO2GoGo.com affiliate
November 2017A year of professional training at VO2GoGo is almost complete! I'm excited to be in some of the deeper-dive classes as I enter the home stretch. 2018 will be my "year of doing", where I try a bit of everything and see what works best!
Produced videos with author Robert G. Williscroft--interviews about writing, Slingshot, The Starchild Compact, and a sneak-peek at the coming sequel The Iapetus Federation...plus a bonus interview all about audiobooks! You can check them out on the Media page.
On Saturday, Septebmer 30th I will be performing a library reading from 1:00-3:00 PM at the Saint Petersburg North Library branch - learn more about audiobooks and audiobook narrators!
Recording a demo for Interactive Voice Response (IVR) with David H. Lawrence XVII - exciting, a bit nerve-wracking, and fun!
I just got my first IVR gig! An outbound recording for a staffing company. Really easy to do thanks to my training at VO2GoGo.com.
Recording demos for documentary narration, working in tandem with the Tampa Bay Community Network at tbcn.org
The Limey & the Yank Podcast is now live! Rock talk and the great debate: from the UK to the USA, who really knows how to rock?
Coming June 30th! My very first Podcast: a nostalgia chat about classic rock & roll, from the UK to the USA. My partner Steve Atkins is the living encyclopedia of Brit Rock & Roll. Our show is The Limey & the Yank live on June 30th!
Audiobook auditioning! Here's one of my favorite audition recordings, for a book called The Blue Spong & the Flight from Mediocrity: at Soundcloud
Training time! Professional member of VO2GoGo.com: http://www.vo2gogo.com. I've been building my skills on documentaries, training films, IVR, animation and more.
I'm also working on my very first Podcast - more details to come!
I'm also a participant in Dan O'Day's Aikido Self Promotion for Audiobook Narrators, a highly focused class about building your brand.
Currently taking training at VO2GoGo.com - thrilled!