Audiobook Actress Julia Whelan: “In audiobooks, there is no limitation on what you can play”

gone-girl-audiobookAudiobook actors are often forgotten about when people look at various acting jobs.  But voice actors are once again getting some attention, partly due to the successful adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl.

In an interview with USA Today, actress Julia Whelan noted that audiobooks are a unique medium that often provide actors with great written material to work with.

Whelan, who was a series regular on Once and Again, said that she got into the audiobooks industry ‘by accident.’  “I went to Middlebury College and one of my best college friend’s mothers is a well-respected audiobook director at Brilliance,” she said.  “Knowing my acting background, and that I was getting my degree in English and creative writing, she asked me if I would submit a demo.  I knew nothing about the industry, hadn’t listened to an audiobook in my entire life.  But, when I returned to LA after graduation, the business I left was very different from the business I returned to.  I hadn’t been gone that long, I looked pretty much the same, and I didn’t have a sexy reason for having taken time off.  I think it would have been easier to kick start my career had I gone to rehab instead of college.”  “So, while finding my way back into acting, I decided to make the audiobook demo,” she told the paper. “Shortly thereafter, the audiobooks started snowballing.  After finding this new creative outlet (and enjoying it immensely), I finally poked my head up about a year ago, and gave on-camera acting a try again.  I picked up some great guest spots, did a really fun role in a Hallmark movie called The Confession [airing in January], and am working on some writing projects of my own.  I love acting, but to creatively combine it with doing audiobooks is wonderfully new and exciting.  In audiobooks, there is no limitation on what you can play.  I’ve read an African American Hoodoo-healer grandfather before…I don’t see myself getting to do that on camera anytime soon.”

Leave a Reply

http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Olivia-Wilde-Drinking-Buddies.jpg
Olivia Wilde on Producing ‘Meadowland’ and What She Learned about Casting
"If you can't get an actor to accept that small role, they're not right for that role. Don't change your story to try to beg actors to be a part of it" - Olivia Wilde
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Chiewetel-Ejiofor-12-Years-a-Slave.jpg
Chiwetel Ejiofor Discusses His Acting Journey and Being a “Kid With This Funny Name”
"I was a kid with this funny name. And people were like, ‘It’s going to be quite difficult for you to make any money as an actor" - Chiwetel Ejiofor
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Tatiana-Maslany-orphan-black.jpg
Orphan Black’s Tatiana Maslany Talks About Bringing Her Clones To Life: “I think they’re like any character for me”
"It's such a playful place, and as an actor I approach everything that way" - Tatiana Maslany on Improv
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/lena-headley-game-of-thrones.jpg
Lena Headey Talks ‘Game of Thrones’ And Bringing Humanity to Cersei
"Everything I do with my job, I do because I am intrigued by a character" - Lena Headey
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/ryan-gosling-lost-river.jpg
Ryan Gosling on Using Dreams in Acting and How He Regards Bad Reviews
"That's a style of acting that's pretty popular right now, where actors use their dreams to connect whatever material they're working on." - Ryan Gosling