Mr. Rich Crankshaw, amazing voice actor, will be the voice that reads, narrates, performs the audiobook: Storytellers: In Pursuit of Happiness“.
I know what you are thinking. If I am praising Rich so highly, there must be some justification that I am able to present to support my enthusiasm. Rich is versatile, having performed voice roles ranging from vampires to cowboys, from cowboys to captains, even animation, including cartoon characters. In short, Rich has what it takes to perform the voices that you meet in Storytellers:
1. Solomon – The wise storyteller of the Past
2. Lanisha – Solomon’s wife and storyteller of the Present
3. David – Son of Solomon, and storyteller of the Future
4. Alicia – Storyteller who seeks the Stone of Omnipotent power
5. Morgana – A secret Solomon has kept for over a thousand years
6. Emily – Daughter of Morgana
Seven voices, you will agree, is no easy task for a voice actor, unless the voice actor has a wide range. Rich Crankshaw is an experienced voice actor who has an incredibly wide range.
What is important with an audiobook is this: Choose a great voice actor. After listening to Rich audition, here is what I had to say:
From: Thomas Jerome Baker
Sent: Sat Sep 28 17:51:14 UTC 2013
Dear Mr. Crankshaw,
Thank you for your audition. My wife and I listened to it attentively.
We thoroughly enjoyed the way you read the story. My wife likes the way you did the old man’s part, since it reminded her of her father. I liked the voice you used for the little boy’s part. I think you have captured the relationship between them, where one person, Storyteller, has knowledge of things that are going to happen in the future, and is preparing the unknowing one for these future events.
We would like you to narrate this audiobook, as we are confident your performance will be successful.
As you can see, I am absolutely convinced you will agree with me about how enormously talented Rich Crankshaw is.
In fact, I can hardly wait to listen to his performance. Right now, I can only present his audition, for “Storytellers: In Pursuit of Happiness“, for you to enjoy.
What is, “voice acting?”
According to Wikipedia: “Voice acting is the art of providing voices for animated characters (including those in feature films, television programs, animated short films, and video games) and radio and audio dramas and comedy, as well as doing voice-overs in radio and television commercials, audio dramas, dubbed foreign language films, video games, puppet shows, and amusement rides.”
Do you know any voice actors?
Unless the voice actor is already a famous actor or actress, it’s a safe bet that nobody knows who the voice actor really is. Let’s try an experiment. Who is the voice behind:
1. Mickey Mouse?
2. Minnie Mouse?
3. Bart Simpson?
Don’t feel bad. I didn’t know either, not until I did some research. Here are the surprising answers:
The voices of Mickey and Minnie Mouse are provided by Wayne Allwine and Russi Taylor, a real life husband and wife team.
Next, hold on to your hat.
Guess who does the voice of Bart Simpson?
Answer: Nancy Cartwright.
If you were expecting a man, I admit, so was I. The truth of the matter is, a voice actor has a wide range of voices, both male and female, that they can convincingly “speak” for. Let’s take a brief look at Nancy Cartwright’s story:
“After continuing to search for acting work, in 1987 Cartwright auditioned for a role in a series of animated shorts about a dysfunctional family that was to appear on The Tracey Ullman Show. Cartwright intended to audition for the role of Lisa Simpson, the middle child; when she arrived at the audition, she found the role of Bart — Lisa’s brother— to be more interesting. Matt Groening, the series’ creator, allowed her to audition for Bart and offered her the role on the spot.”
If you will allow me a cliché: The rest is history…
Next, here’s one everybody knows: Who is known as, “The Man of 1000 Voices?”
Answer: Mel Blanc
Again, we ask: What is the reality for most voice actors nowadays?
Wikipedia provides the answer: “Now, Oscar-winning celebrities clamor to guest star on animated television shows and features; however, despite the crushing turnouts at signings for such television series as Animaniacs, The Simpsons, and SpongeBob SquarePants, most voice actors, even in 21st-century animation, continue to work in relative anonymity…”
To prevent that fate from happening to Rich Crankshaw, I would like to share with you a video of Rich, doing what he does best, speaking. He shares with us his views about the topic of Media Trends.
As you watch the video, you get a taste of what you can expect when you have your copy of his performance in Storytellers: In Pursuit of Happiness. It is going to be very enjoyable, maybe causing you to reevaluate your feelings about reading a book versus listening to a talented voice actor narrate a book. I know I already have begun to make a place for audiobooks, something I had not done before.
A great voice actor like Rich Crankshaw is capable of bringing to you the joy of listening to the spoken word, and perhaps, at the same time, bring some long overdue recognition to voice acting.
Today, we celebrate Rich Crankshaw, the voice actor, as he entertains us and informs us of Media Trends…
It is with great anticipation that we wait for him to bring Storytellers: In Pursuit of Happiness, to life. I can hardly wait…