I remember seven years ago. With a little tinny microphone and Windows Movie Maker as my editing tool, I performed my first two short stories for Librivox.org and a whole new world was opened to me. Immediately I knew what I had been searching for for years: I wanted to be an audiobook narrator/voice artist! A counselor suggested I read up on all I could find on the subject so that I knew what it took to get there.
I started my research on youtube, of course! And I learned about professional studios, home studios, how audiobooks were made. This was just as the audiobook boom hit and was growing in leaps and bounds. I learned about big names in the industry: Simon Vance, Scott Brick, Jim Daly… and Katherine Kellgren. Each one had their own unique voice, but Kellgren’s was a voice that contained culture, beautiful diction, and soul. I enjoyed watching any video I could find with her in it because I found her to be inspiring. I learned her background story of how she became an audiobook narrator (reading to her father who had a fatal illness). Every year when the Audie Awards were announced, her name was nominated for at least one– usually several– and she was a winner.
I was sad to hear that Katherine Kellgren passed away just a few weeks ago. She will leave such a big void within the audio world. Her beautiful, classical voice will be missed by her captive audience, as I’m sure will her person by the people who knew her.
(For the record, I’m really loving her bookshelves behind her as well!)