This week on Yes But Why Podcast, we feature 5 conversations with creatives who attended the Podfest Multimedia Expo 2020: Trenton Bennett, Ann Kimbrough, Merlyne Jean-Louis, Kris Keppeler, and Harry Duran. Listen in as they share stories from their experiences!
Podfest 2020 was an amazing experience for me. I learned so much and I was excited to be a part of it.
I met festival founder, Chris Krimitsos at the Outlier Podcast Festival in Austin. Chris saw me teach an improv workshop to podcasters at that event and asked me to join him at Podfest this year to help the community feel welcomed and loved. It was my honor to come to Orlando to support Chris and his team.
Of course, while I was at Podfest, I snagged a few people to interview. I recorded in the nooks and crannies of the Orlando World Center Marriott during the festival on Thursday March 5th and Friday March 6th. I had so much fun and I am excited to share this episode with you!
TRENTON BENNETT (start )
Trenton Bennett is a graduate of the ACX Master Class and a member Pro Emeritus of VO Heroes. Trenton records and produces a wide variety of voiceover products, including the podcast, Classic Rock Battles: the Limey & the Yank. In this conversation, Trenton talks about how he didn’t start voiceover work until he was in his 40s and how he wishes he had done it sooner. Trenton suggest acting classes as a great way to train for voiceover work and he highly praises David H Lawrence VXII of VO Heroes for being a great mentor. Support Trenton by listening to one of the audiobooks he has narrated and by hiring him to help you with your next voiceover project!
HARRY DURAN (start )
Harry Duran is the founder of FullCast, a full service podcast production and marketing consultancy. As host of the popular Podcast Junkies show, Harry has had conversations with a wide array of interesting podcasters! Harry speaks at podcasting conferences all over the country about engaging with your podcast guests. In this conversation, Harry shares his dream of being a globetrotting DJ. We also discuss the importance of making your guest feel special when you have them on your show. Support Harry by listening to Podcast Junkies!
Ann Kimbrough is a professional writer with a background in film production, marketing, and advertising. She currently works with Shahrook Oomer as a writing/producing team for Media Distribution Partners. In our conversation, Ann shares her excitement for an upcoming project. We talk about the benefit of having a good support system and the strength to keep going even when it gets hard. Support Ann by listening to her newest creation, the audiodrama, Lyric: a Mother of a Faery Tale!
Kris Keppeler is an actor, audiobook narrator, voice over artist and writer. Kris narrates and produces a weekly storytelling podcast called Does This Happen To You and a monthly business podcast, Through A Different Lens. In our chat, we talk about the blind date that got Kris started in musical theater and the media consulting work she does now coaching authors to produce their own audiobooks. Kris also shares a great tip about how her vocal training helps her to do character voices when she narrates an audio book. Support Kris by listening to her podcasts or by hiring her to help you prepare for your audiobook launch! http://www.kriskeppeler.com/
Merlyne Jean-Louis is the founder of Jean-Louis Law, P.C., a New York-based business and entertainment law firm. A former dancer, Merlyne helps transform her clients into CEOS by helping them protect their assets, brand, and content. In this conversation, Merlyne and I discuss what inspires her to represent non-traditional entertainers like podcasters, influencers and bloggers. Merlyne regularly speaks at conferences to advise business owners how to take care of their hard work. Support Merlyne Jean-Louis by visiting her website, jllaw.net/. While you are there, check out her free checklist of legal issues that entertainers need to be aware of!
Thank you for listening! Podfest 2020 was such a good kick in the butt for me to improve this podcast! Look forward to changes and upgrades! If you have a project for which you need a boost, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org – the first listener to email me will get a copy of Chris Krimitsos’s book, Start Ugly!
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