If you’re a regular reader of the ACX blog, you’ve seen our recent posts on the Audible Studios/ACX open casting for Guy Kawasaki’s APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur. While Lloyd Sherr was ultimately cast as the voice for Guy’s book, we heard many great voices among the 350+ auditions we received. We’ll be featuring some of the finalists on the blog this week, so check back for more updates. You just might find the voice of your next title!
Finalist: Janet Borrus
I’m always up for a competition, and as an actor who also writes professionally, I was immediately drawn to the catchy title and the subject matter. And the authors’ tone is very appealing – direct, a bit cheeky, but never superior or pedantic. Bringing humor, drama and clarity to informative text is one of my strengths, so APE felt like it would be a good fit for me.
At what genres/vocal styles do you excel?
In terms of vocal style, I’m probably best described as “versatile storyteller.” My voice has a natural authority but is also warm, and can evoke great vulnerability when needed. I have a strong sense of irony, so comedy comes easily to me. Thanks to many years as a professional actor, I inhabit characters on a deep emotional level and also have a gift for for accents, so interpreting male as well as female characters from many parts of the world is fun for me.
How long have you been in the audiobook industry?
While I’ve acted for many years in film, TV, and theatre, and have several years of experience in commercial voiceover, I’m new to audiobooks. Being selected as a finalist is very encouraging!
How do you produce your voicover work?
My husband Chris and I have a home studio. We use an Audio Technica 4040 mic and Pro Tools and have done full production.
Favorite title you’ve produced?
The most fun I’ve had in the booth was working with Carl Reiner, Ed Asner, Theodore Bikel and Richard Kind on The Dybbuk, the classic Yiddish play, for Dove Audio and NPR. The late Yuri Rasovsky directed. Actually, the green room was as fun as the booth with these guys. Maybe even more.
You can check out Janet’s ACX profile and invite her to audition for your title here!