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Interview with a Narrator: Jen Carmody

Updated: Jul 18, 2019


Narrator Jen Carmody

Jen Carmody recently completed A Good Kind of Crazy, by Author Majken Selinder Nilsson. It is available now on iTunes, Amazon and Audible.

Hi Jen,


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:

Jen Carmody.


Title of the Book You Just Narrated For Us:

A Good Kind of Crazy by Author Majken Selinder Nilsson.


What City do you live in?

Los Angeles, California


IHS: What was your favorite part about narrating this particular book?


Jen: This was a very fun book to narrate overall, but my favorite part was figuring out idiosyncrasies for each character.

IHS: How did you get into narrating audiobooks? Did you fall into it or was it planned?

Jen: Every voice instructor or vocal coach I've ever known had pushed me towards audiobook narration with subtle and not too subtle suggestions.


IHS: I love it!! Do you have a theater background? Is it something you think is necessary to be a success as a narrator?

Jen: I have an extensive theater background. My parents put me into theater program when I was about ten or eleven years old because I performed in a small summer camp production of "The Wizard of Oz" as the Wicked Witch of the West, and I could not believe how fun it was. I wanted more. I wanted to keep performing. Ever since that summer, so many years ago, I continued to pursue acting in any form. Is it necessary to be a success? Not really, but it sure helps if you have the training and discipline from which to pull when reading.

IHS: Interesting! 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?

Jen: I don't really shy away from any genre. But my least favorite are books with a lot of technical jargon.


IHS: Has anyone ever recognized you as a narrator from your voice?

Jen: Not as of yet..


IHS: Learning to narrate audiobooks can sometimes feel like going through the school of hard knocks. What was the most unexpected lesson you got in your early narrating career?


Jen: Not to assume anything. The way I interpret a sentence may not be the same way the author hears it in their head. Ask loads of questions. No question is unimportant.


IHS: Do you research an author and book before taking on a project? If so, what do you most want to see?

Jen: Yes. I look at what their sales ranking is for the hard or digital copy, how represented they are on social media. etc.


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?

Jen: I plug it on my website and social media.


IHS: So now, what advice would you give those who are thinking about becoming a narrator?


Jen: It's a lot of work. Be prepared and ask the author loads of questions.


IHS: Finally, what advice would you give authors who are thinking about doing an audiobook?


Jen: Remember that narrators don't know what the book sounds like in your head. So, be as detailed as possible when giving feedback or instruction.


Okay, now. We'd like to know your Top 10 Reasons to Be an Audiobook Narrator (or NOT).  And in 10 words or less, Why?

Reasons to be an audiobook narrator:

1. It's fun

2. It's a challenge.

3. It's like performing a one person show.

4. It's creative.

5. The feeling of accomplishment.

6. Researching dialect/regions and bringing characters to life.


Reasons not to be an audiobook narrator:

1. It's really hard work.

2. It's extremely time-consuming.

3. You think about the project 24/7 until it's complete.

4. I can be challenging to work with uncommunicative authors.


Narrator Bio:


Jen was born on a humid day in May in Honolulu, Hawaii, and grew up in Southern California. She always loved performing, drawing, painting, sewing, sculpting and just plain old creating fun thing from her imagination. Jen has extensive theater and vocal training. Having graduated from The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, she is well-versed in different theater styles from Shakespearean and Restoration, to contemporary and musical theater. Jen spent years performing with different theater companies throughout Southern California and even began dipping her toes, into film. She is also an accomplished visual artist having sold many paintings and sculptures via gallery showings as JPN Laux. Jen lives in Southern California with her husband and cats.


IHS: Thank you! And how can our followers learn more about you?


Website    - www.jencarmody.com

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/JenCarmodyVO

Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/jencarmodyvo/

Twitter - https://www.twitter.com/JenCarmody

YouTube - https://youtube.com/channel/UCbFJ7cA5kKOFfpXjTKn2ESQ

LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/jen-carmody-20418515a/


IHS: Perfect! Thank you so much for your time today, Jen!


Folks, we give you: Jen Carmody, an amazing storyteller - and so easy to listen to!


Cheers!


Kimberly


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