Interview with a Narrator: Jax Russell - to repurpose for CLO

Narrator Jax Russell

Jax Russell recently completed End of the Rainbow: An Aggie Underhill St. Patrick's Day Short Story, by Author Michelle Hollstein. It is available now on iTunes, Amazon and Audible.

Hi Jax,

Thank you so much for connecting with us today! We are excited to learn more about the voice behind this book!

First, some particulars:

Your Name:

Jax Russell

Title of the Book You Just Narrated For Us:

End of the Rainbow: An Aggie Underhill St. Patrick's Day Short Story, by Author Michelle Hollstein - who is awesome!

What City do you live in?

Spokane, WA

IHS: What was your favorite part about listening to this book come to life?

Jax: I enjoyed the process of playing the different characters and using different dialects.

IHS: How did you get into narrating audiobooks? Did you fall into it or was it planned? Jax: The Audio Tech from our small production company approached me at the end of last year and thought this would be an enjoyable way to stay artistically connected.

IHS: Do you have a theater background? Is it something you think is necessary to be a success? Jax: Yes, I have a Theater background. No I do not believe it is necessary, although I believe it helps.

IHS: Were you an audiobook listener before you started narrating? Jax: Sadly... No.

IHS: Narrators seem to each have their favorite niche or genre, and things they don’t like to get into. What kinds of books do you stay away from? Jax: I cannot say that I have an opinion about this just yet. I will say that I have completed four books so far and they have all been completely different.

IHS: Has anyone ever recognized you as a narrator from your voice? Jax: Not yet...I'm optimistic though.

IHS: Learning to narrate audiobooks can sometimes feel like going through the school of hard knocks. What was a the most unexpected lesson you got in your early narrating career? Jax: ARTICULATION!!! Words beginning with the same letter or sounds in succession have ways of being rather tricky. Also I have a bad habit of wanting to add words that do not belong.

IHS: Do you research an author and book before taking on a project? If so, what do you most want to see? Jax: Not as of yet. Although I could see myself doing this in the not too distant future. I am beginning to realize that I am comfortable reading action, and I could visualize myself looking for authors who are accomplished at writing it.

IHS: Once a book is finished, then the work of marketing begins. What do you do to spread the word about a new audiobook release? Jax: A little too early for me to give an honest opinion. With that being said I am taking a break from this last completed book to investigate and master some tools that will put me in a better position to publicize myself and get my name and work "out there".