The end of the week bring us to the end of our Featured Finalist series. We’ve spent the past week highlighting the 5 finalists in the Audible Studios/ACX APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur open casting. The final ACX producer in our series is Leslie Ellis. Enjoy her interview below, and make sure to check out her samples on her ACX profile!
Name: Leslie Ellis
Number of titles currently on Audible: 4
What drew you to audition for APE?
When I saw that ACX was having open casting for “APE”, I thought it might be a good way to get heard by the folks at Audible, and that it might lead to more work even if I wasn’t right for “APE”. Then I read the audition piece and thought it was really fun and lighthearted. I loved how it encouraged writers instead of the all-too-often discouraging words artists are forced to hear/read throughout their careers. Being an artist myself, I could really relate.
At what genre’s or vocal styles do you excel?
I think I’m fairy versatile but my voice is particularly compatible with strong female characters who have a sense of humor or a sense of irony and a strong sense of self. I think that can be anything from detective type genres to Romance. And I absolutely LOVE being able to be witty or funny, or tell people off the way I WISH I could in real life!
How do you produce audiobooks?
I have a home studio. I do all the recording/editing/mastering myself. I typically record then edit one chapter at a time. I do a thorough editing pass for noises/pacing and “mistakes editing” (punching in occasionally). I do a pass for QC after mastering, then sometimes I listen to a little on a CD in my car to make sure it’s good sonically. I use all the standard mastering settings for ACX.
Favorite title you’ve produced/voiced?
It would have to be “Here, Home, Hope” by Kaira Rouda. I loved all the characters and the variety of characters I was able to bring to life. The main character was a woman in somewhat of a mid-life crisis whose sense of humor carried her through most of her difficult times. I also got to play a driven real estate success and a teen age girl who goes from completely rude and angry to vulnerable and emotional. The book was really well written and I was able to explore a lot of emotion and real life scenarios, which is very satisfying as an actor.