Have you Ever Considered Exploring the World of Audiobook Narration?
The SAG-AFTRA San Francisco-Northern California Local Presents…
An Evening with Audiobooks Narrators Simon Vance and Cassandra Campbell
Tom Chantler, Moderator
When: 7 – 9 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Where: La Peña Cultural Center
3105 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley
Description: The growing audiobooks industry offers unique rewards and challenges for performers. SAG-AFTRA has added this new and exciting opportunity for you to learn from top audiobook narrators about what it takes to get started and succeed in the industry. Are you interested in learning about the work opportunities there are in audiobooks? Are you interested in how top narrators develop their craft? Come and learn more about the audiobooks industry from two of the industry’s top voices.
RSVP: To the SAG-AFTRA San Francisco-Northern California office by email to Vicki Balich firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your name, phone number and enter “Audiobooks” in the subject line.
Directions/Parking: Public transportation is available and encouraged Accessible by BART. La Peña is located on Shattuck Avenue in downtown Berkeley, 2 blocks away from the Ashby BART station.
Narrator Simon Vance is the critically acclaimed narrator of over 600 audiobooks, winner of forty-three AudioFile Earphones Awards, and a six-time Audie® Award recipient including the 2012 Audie® Award for Best Solo Male Audiobook (he has an amazing 8 nominations this year). Simon was named a "Golden Voice" by Audiofile Magazine, and Booklist Magazine named him its very first "Voice of Choice." Recently, he has recorded A Hundred Flowers by Gail Tsukiyama, Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel (of which the author herself said: “No author could hope for a more faithful and imaginative audio version”), and Rod, the autobiography of Rod Stewart. Some of his best-selling and most critically acclaimed performances include The King's Speech by Mark Logue and Peter Conradi, Ian Fleming’s Casino Royale, Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray, Patrick O’Brian’s Master and Commander series (all 21 titles), the new productions of Frank Herbert’s original Dune series, Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and Rob Gifford’s China Road (an AudioFile 2007 Book of the Year). In addition to his extensive narration work, Simon also worked for many years as a BBC Radio presenter and newsreader in London. Simon lives in the Bay Area with his wife and two sons.
Narrator Cassandra Campbell has recorded and directed nearly 500 audiobooks. She is a ten time Audie® Award nominee and has won twice, for non-fiction in 2011 for The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, and as one of the readers of The Help, which won both best fiction and best Audiobook in 2010. She has been named a best voice by Audiofile Magazine for the past four years, as a voice of the year for both Publisher’s Weekly and Library Journal in 2009 and 2010, as well as being on Audible’s Best of lists numerous times. Recent projects include Elizabeth Strout's The Burgess Boys, Claire Messud's The Woman Upstairs and Eliot Holt's You Are One Of Them. In addition to her voice over work in audiobooks and commercials, she continues a long standing theatre career and this summer she will direct As You Like It for the Independent Shakespeare Company. She lives in Los Angeles with husband Danny Campbell and their two kids.
Tom Chantler, National Board Member
Tom Chantler has been fortunate enough to make his living mostly as a voiceover guy (On-camera as well) for the last two decades.