Combat Con

What a weekend!
I was in Las Vegas for Combat Con, a large convention encompassing classes in HEMA (Historical European Martial Arts), and classes in stage and film combat. It was amazing, information overload, exhausting, and exhilarating. I even (sort of) won the costume contest at the Ball on Saturday night, which was pretty cool, in my home-made Repunzel gown, with my little Pasqual the chameleon.
I met several of the same authors I’d met at Combat Con last year, and we chatted about books, writing, characters and such. I also attended a panel on editing fight scenes, which was very informative as far as the thinking process and creative tools and ideas that can and should be employed to edit an amazing fight.
I ended the weekend with a fabulous 4-hr long Master class in Bullwhip with Anthony de Longis and Mary de Longis. Anthony is THE GUY to learn Bullwhip from, having taught Harrison Ford and many other actors to be a baddass with the whip on screen. I also purchased their recent DVD set with all that info, plus the horse whip stuff, autographed.
Now, after spending the night at the airport and returning home to care for the animals and farm again, I must retire for the night. I’m exhausted.
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Documentary Workshop

Yesterday I attended a workshop with Pat Fraley on TV and Film documentary voiceover. It was great instruction and I found out how different it is from audiobooks! Rather than continuous, the pace is broken up as the visuals are shown to the viewer. Another difference is that with audiobooks the voice is the sole focus, the only thing the listener has, but in documentary, the voice is secondary, or even tertiary, to the visuals and sound. There is little to no “up-speak” at the end of phrases, allowing the narrator to “own it.”

There was even a special guest, besides the two main teachers, Pat Fraley and Kay Bess, veteran of documentary voiceover. Scott Brick, who is basically the King of audiobooks in America, was in the class, and directed the last round of recordings! It was amazing, and a bit strange, to watch him work as a peer rather than a teacher, doing a style of voiceover so different from his normal field of expertise.

I’ll be getting a new demo from this class from the scripts we read, a documentary demo, which I’ll be posting as soon as Pat sends it. Stay tuned!

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WonderCon 2018!

On Saturday March 24th I attended WonderCon 2018 in Anaheim, CA.  I met with several authors and publishing companies: Mythical Legends, Acorn Publishing, 7CsBooks, Genius Book Publishing, Deen Farrell, Michelle Lowe, Neo Edmund, and more. I also re-connected with authors I’d met before, including Matthew Wolf, Todd McCaffrey and the Winner Twins! I met R.A. Salvatore and discovered he and his family wrote a whole off-shoot campaign of Dungeons n Dragons (D&D), which they’ve been playing for years.  Wow, and I’ve only dipped my toes into the world of D&D, and it’s massive.

I talked with the authors and publishers about getting their books into audio, and several were interested. Some already had audiobooks, some were looking for narrators, and some already had established narrators. I got a free download of Enemy Me from Mythical Legends, as they were giving out cards, and got a potential job prospect.  After a few days, I wrote to each author and publisher I’d met and collected cards from to re-connect so they would remember me, and was rewarded when many of them wrote back!  All in all, a very good day. I even have a new Patron on my Patreon creation site!

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The Jakkattu Vector on Sale!

My audiobook “The Jakkattu Vector” by P.K. Tyler is on Audible now, go grab it here! In another day or so it will be on Amazon and iTunes too!

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Brian’s Review

I got a nice audiobook review of The Thin Wall by Brian in Brian’s Book Blog!

He says: “Anna Castiglioni brought the creepiness of the apartments to life! She captured the atmosphere perfectly and gave me chills. Her tones and voices were really easy to define and she gave each character their own personalities. She portrayed Olivia perfectly too!”

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TheStarfang Interview

Recently I did a Facebook chat interview with gaming enthusiast TheStarfang, and now that interview is up on his Blog!  We chatted about games, modding, Creation Club, and of course, voice acting!

The Starfang Interview Part 2

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Skyrim Mods Arweden Update

A Skyrim mod I’ve done a lot of voicing for, Arweden Companion, is getting an update soon!  Here is a video of a new quest, voicing by me (Arweden), and TheLoreSeeker (Carenen).

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Video Game Voice Acting

Lately I’ve been doing a lot of work on the game content I create for Skyrim.  One character is getting a complete re-voiceover, focusing on better acting, more authentic accent, and uniformity of pitch and volume.  I tell you, being an audiobook narrator has taught me a few things about consistency, both in performance, and in post-production!

This mod update will be available Friday September 1, 2017, on the Nexus!

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Interview with FanGirlNation

Today FanGirlNation runs an interview with me about audiobook narration.  Vicki Mejia-Gewe, a member of the Facebook group Mystery Audiobook Lovers, has been running these interviews, and today features me.  The FB group reviews mystery audiobooks, and I have shared a few of my audiobooks.  Enjoy the read 🙂

FanGirlNation Interview here!

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Dragon Age Voices – Voice Match – Impressions

I finally decided to do this video I’ve been wanting to do for a while.  Since I’m an avid Dragon Age fan, I selected 12 female characters that I can voice match (some better than others) and do a line for each.  The goal of this exercise is to act the character in her voice without using the exact line from the game, just something like it to show their soul.  Several of them have accents.

For those who don’t know the games, you can easily search the names on Youtube for many other videos and see how close I got.  Below are screenshots of the characters, in order of the video.

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