Narrator Update – Pamela Almand

Eargasms Narrator Spotlight Update Pamela Almand


My year has been crazy…started off wonderfully and fast, with a few more audiobooks and a LOT of commercials, eLearning narrations, infomercials, etc. on the voiceover side of the business. My new clients this year include the United Nations, Publix Supermarkets, Genie Bra’s CamiLeggings infomercials, more phone messaging system recordings for The Hotels and Casinos of Monte Carlo, La Costa Resort and Spa, and various hospitals, banks, manufacturers, and universities all over the country as well as the usual political ads this time of year!
I also had the privilege of studying under the coaching of some amazing narrators and talents including Patrick Fraley, Johnny Heller, Carol Monda, Paul Ruben. And Marc Cashman.  Hope your listeners can hear some results in my recent audiobooks!
This summer was filled, not exactly happily, with numerous trips back and forth from Florida to Colorado, where we got my folks moved from the ranch lands of northeast Colorado where my Dad had spent most of his 86 years of life and my south Georgia-born-and-raised Mom about 60 years of hers- to a condo in Denver in a senior community. During the moving process, 83-year-old Mom had to have a 7 ½ hour spine surgery and was in the hospital for over 3 weeks! She had 3 fusions, bone spurs cut from her esophagus and larynx and had to wear a neck brace for about 4 months.  And was told that her daughters should have MRIs done as her condition (called, in laymen’s terms, “crumbling spine syndrome”) is hereditary, most common in females!
So I ended up with a single spinal fusion and disk replacement in November! Mine was basically a non-event except that I, too, am wearing this !!!???**!!** neck collar and can‘t record very well with it on (so I’ve been cheating and not wearing it when I record…life just can’t stop, can it?)  I get it off December 30, hopefully!  And have been covering it with sequins for holiday parties (see photo!)
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BUT, I’ve wrapped a few new books and starting on a new series by C. Hope Clark, Murder on Edisto, the Edisto Island Mystery series. The books out recently include Peak Season, by Jeffrey Widmer, the first of a series featuring ex-cop Candace (CW) McCall; Come To Me Alive, a contemporary Christian romance by Leah Atwood; Of Angels and Few Lies, contemporary poetry (new genre for me!) by Raminder Bajwa; and just out before Christmas a non-fiction, wonderfully-moving story of a couple who walked the 800-kilometer Way of St. James, the Camino de Santiago. It’s called In Movement There Is Peace. The movie “The Way” with Martin Sheen was filmed on and about this thousand-year-old pilgrimage through the Pyrenees Mountains between Spain and France.
And I’m happy to offer a giveaway of each of these books if your readers are interested! And Edisto should be released the end of January, so I’ll throw that one in, too!
To enter the giveaway you must comment below with a relevant question or heap fan love on the narrator. Don’t be surprised if you get a reply on the day of the posting, most narrators will be checking in throughout their day. You have the whole month to enter, winners will be drawn on New Year’s Day. You can check in on the beginning post to see all the narrator in order. If you want to enter the Grand Prize Giveaway use the Rafflecopter on that page as well. Good luck and happy listening!!!

16 Responses

  1. nrlymrtl says:

    Crumbling spine syndrome sounds exceptionally sucky! Though I do like your use of of sparklies to partyup the neck collar. Peak Season looks interesting. Since it is set in Florida, did you recognize some of the places described in the book?

    • It is a fictional town of Spanish Point, but it sounds a lot like Destin, or maybe Captiva Island. The tourist thing is very familiar, though. I love CW McCall and she has quite the range of prospective love interests, so I’m excited to see what she’s up to in her next novel!

      And yes, crumbling spine syndrome is definitely sucky! But I got the collar off yesterday afternoon so hey, life’s good! 🙂 I’d run out of scarves to hide it with!

  2. Mary C. says:

    Did you have any communications with the poet Raminder Bajwa prior to recording?

    Hope this is the last day you have to wear the collar/

    • Pam Almand says:

      Before the author contacted me I’d never narrated poetry, but we negotiated the contract rate per finished hour without even discussing style! Since Of Angels And Few Lies encompasses such an enormous range of subject matter, I chose a few representative poems and sent him the reads just to make sure we were on the same page before I started.

      And since these were obviously very personal to Raminder, I verified pronunciation of the names of people in some of his poems and hope I didn’t mangle them top badly!

      And thanks. ..I am now collar-less! Happy New Year without a scarf! ! 🙂 Woo-hoo!

  3. I’m so pleased to see how the audiobook market has taken off. I for one, love a good listen. I don’t always have the time to read — only for a couple hours at night, but I’m able to put in 3-4 hours of listening during the day (when my Bluetooth is working properly). I’ve been immersed in historical romance this past year, but would enjoy listening to mysteries and would love to have the opportunity to sample your work. I must admit, to voiceover a novel must be very challenging to change voices, personalities and emotion in less than seconds. I admire that greatly.

    • Thanks for your comment! I’d not listened to very many audiobooks until the last couple of years, because I simply don’t have to listen. But when I do get out of the studio and in my car I usually have an audiobook at the ready! I like to listen to my coaches especially, to see them put into practice the things they’ve taught me!

      You’re welcome to contact me thru my website and let me know which book you’d like to try and if I have it I’ll send it to you in return for an honest review on Audible!

  4. Jeri hogan says:

    Congratulations my over-achieving friend. I always knew you would be successful in this new endeavor. Yes, I surely noticing the results of all your hard work. Sorry re Mom and also you. I think you have had more than your share of skeletal problems. Happy New Year and hope we can get together soon.

    • You and Nancy M. are at the top of my list of people whose opinions I value the most. I’ve used your list of narrators you like and those you don’t and why…and I look back at some of the first books and cringe…thank you for making it thru them, and believing in me! I’m still learning and have really loved the coaching sessions I’ve had with some of MY narrator “heros”. I think it is truly a gift to be able to not only narrate well, but also to teach the nuances and subtleties of voice acting to those of us with no acting background!

  5. julied says:

    Hope you ‘ll be all fit soon. Lucky they did it now for you. I don’t think the collar was fun to wear but, you gotta do what you gotta do. Happy leap year

  6. Such freedom! It was, indeed, a Happy New Year’s celebration (and I wore a slinky little black dress…with no scarf and a respectably-low-cut neckline!) 🙂

  7. Hope you are on the road to recovery! Grats to getting the neck collar off!

  8. Susan T. says:

    Crumbling spine syndrome sounds terrifying and painful. It’s great that you can deal with it so gracefully and with humour too! Putting sequins on your brace is definitely putting a positive spin on it! In Movement There Is Peace sounds really meaningful. Did you find any inspiration in reading it?

    • Thanks, Susan. I AM still a slave to style!

      In Movement There Is Peace was tremendously meaningful to me and in fact, the last few chapters were difficult to narrate because it was emotional for me (hard to edit out sobs) 🙂 as Elaine went from a fearful, anxiety-prone woman to a woman radiating confidence and calm and her discoveries became mine as well. My husband and I have the Camino de Santiago on our bucket list and I can’t wait to do it!

  9. Hi! When you do the audio books, do you get to speak with the authors? Do you ever feel gunshy or star struck? So sorry for you pain. I can’t even imagine what you are going thru. Does this spine problem make sitting and recording harder?

  10. I love getting to know my authors and helping them promote their audiobooks after release. I’ve narrated for some really fascinating people with very diverse backgrounds. Sometimes, though, the contract is with the publishers and I get no contact with the authors at all.

    As for recording, when I do voiceover I like to change up sitting and standing (much more energy standing…so I ALWAYS stand for infomercials and hard-sells! But WAIT…there’s MORE!!! Call NOW! My CamiShaper infomercial has been running for about 5 years now and they keep adding to the offer!) But… those gigs are anywhere from 30 seconds to an hour.

    Narrating audiobooks is a different animal and I always sit. I find I get much more into the story and can still rev up the energy when needed. I do, though, take frequent breaks and stand and move around. Also cheated when I was wearing the collar, and took it off while actually recording! 🙂 I can do 3-4 hours a day before my energy and voice start flagging a little. Endurance is one of the things I’m working on.