I’m naming names…

First of all I must apologize to anyone who has been expecting me to update this blog regularly. I was keeping a pretty good pace until this last week or so, and then a break in Maine and a couple of rather difficult books (or, at least, ones that required more prep work than others) and suddenly I find it’s been somewhat over a week since I exposed myself on this site.

This has nothing whatsoever to do with the fact that the last blog contained a blatant advertisement for books from which I might profit. The fact that that blog was left in a prominent position for longer than any other was pure coincidence.

I’m so glad that is cleared up, now on to today’s business:

I recently heard that the librarian to whom I and several other narrators wished a happy birthday (including in our wishes all other librarians who had birthdays this year – just to be fair) was going to try to name all the narrators lined up behind me in the video (the one posted on July 27th from Maine).  Now, she’s already having too much fun for a birthday girl, so I’m putting a stop to all that and naming them myself – just so we’re clear on who the guilty ones were.  I shall also reveal the evil genius (!) who shouted a rather offensive comment to me as I was speaking (he can be heard in the video asking me to… no, why don’t you go listen to it yourself).

So here’s a picture taken at the time of filming:

And here are the names, from left to right (not including me, as I’m already making myself rather obvious – practicing my Broadway number):

Richard Ferrone, Ellen Grafton, Kymberly Dakin, Davina Porter, behind Davina (not quite visible in this photo) is Julia Whelan, Bill Dufris (aka the Mailman), Tavia Gilbert, Dion Graham, Hilary Huber, Grover Gardner, Ralph Cosham, Anne Flosnik and Wanda McCaddon.

The gentleman whose voice came down from above and insulted me (with friendly intentions I’m sure) was a man who knows a thing or two about audio drama: the Irascible Yuri Rasovsky – winner of two Peabody Awards, a Grammy Award, eight Audie Awards, two Corporation for Public Broadcasting Awards … I could go on (I said he was a genius).

That’s it for now – I have to get back to work.
Take Care
Simon

About Simon

Simon is an actor who found his way into audiobook narrating as a side-gig and seems to have made a success of it.
With some training as an actor as a child (just a couple of hours a week, but it stuck) and 15 years working inside the BBC (ending up as one of the presenters/newsreaders on BBC Radio 4 in London) he found the ideal combination for an audiobook narrator.
Found his way to California two decades ago and never left.

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5 Responses to I’m naming names…

  1. Paul Johnson August 5, 2010 at 2:21 am #

    Just don’t follow in the hoof steps of Boxer – Orwell’s example of a Stakhanovite.

    • Simon August 5, 2010 at 7:43 am #

      Seriously… no chance of that! I actually value my leisure time, and with a new house there’s so much to do at home (in a leisurely manner) that just don’t feel the need to seek my pleasures further afield right now…

  2. Paul Johnson August 3, 2010 at 11:06 pm #

    What? Simon Vance takes holidays? (That sounds like the name of a good book – “Simon Vance Takes a Holiday”). I recognized about half of the people in the photo on sight, especially Anne Flosnik as we’ve been chatting a bit lately.

    • Simon August 4, 2010 at 7:40 am #

      More of a busman’s holiday (is that a UK phrase – is there a US equivalent?). A weekend entirely surrounded by narrators/publishers/producers is a definite tax deduction… so I call it a working break rather than an out and out vacation… 🙂 – Got to keep up my Stakhanovian work ethic!

      • Paul Johnson August 5, 2010 at 2:27 am #

        Yes. Busman is a British word, but I know what you mean. My mother is British and was raised in Holland Park (London). I lived in Wandsworth for some time. I have relatives all over the UK, with whom I visit and write to on a somewhat regular basis, so I know most Englishisms….

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