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