Interview with Steven Osarczuk
Seadog Publishing Presents...Steven Osarczuk
Today we have the honor of interviewing Steven Osarczuk our narractor that does all of Seadog Publishing narration of our novels.
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1. Please tell us about yourself?
Well, I've been an audiobook narrator and voice over artist for a few years now. Prior to that I was self employed as a custom woodworker/ carpenter and ran my own woodshop for about 10 years. Before that, I was a law enforcement officer for 27 years. I started as a communications officer in Dispatch and worked my way through the ranks to Lieutenant, commander of operations. I oversaw day to day operations, training, the Detective Division and the Tactical Officers Division and Internal Affairs. I myself was a Critical Incident and Crisis Manager as well as a Hostage Negotiator on the tactical response team. I am also a fine arts painter with a focus on Photo Realism and Art History - which was my major in college. I'm a father of three adult children and Papa to one very special grandson. My wife Marie has quite successfully run her own legal service for the last 27 years and we live in a bucolic valley along the Hudson River here in upstate NY.
2. Are you an author?
Yes and no. I have no book titles to my credit but I have been writing and editing stories for well over 30 years.
3. What made you decide to narrate fiction books/nonfiction books?
As far back as I can remember in my adult life I always had the notion to become a voice over artist but more along the lines of a radio DJ and not an audiobook narrator. However, I never knew how to go about achieving that. Back then the technology was not within everyday reach like it is now. When my friend of 38 years finished his book and we were able to publish it I quite by accident stumbled across the audiobook platform. In publishing his book the question was asked, "Would you like to make your book into an audiobook?" and I said, "Yes." Then I taught myself how to do that and because I am also a carpenter, I built myself a nice studio and loaded it with all the latest and greatest audio equipment and gadgets.
4. What should an author expect from a narrator?
From a good narrator an author should expect 1. Experience - knowing how to maneuver through the worlds of audiobook creation and the different platforms out there. 2. Should expect advice and counsel regarding industry standards as well as the do's and don'ts of audiobook productions. 3. Should expect the narrator to be an excellent storyteller and not simply narrate the lines but perform them. 4. The narrator should know both sides of the process - writing and what it takes and means and narrating and performing the written word. 5. The narrator should be professional, timely and without ego. 6. Should be in constant communication with the author regarding the elements, characters and plots of the story. 7. The author should expect to be made part of the narrator production team and participate in production as much as possible. It should be the goal of the narrator to make the very best audiobook he/she is capable of.
5. What should a narrator expect from an author?
6. How much advance notice does an author who wants to use your professional narration services need to give you?
7. Did you always have an excellent set of pipes?
8. Your different voices are unique. Is this natural, or do you have to work at it?
9. What are your goals as a narrator?
10. Do you accept all books and authors who want to use your services?
Here is what I have - I've also done voiceover book promotion video trailers and some Youtube voiceover work as well and some video game word building voiceover narration.
An Attended Death Fifteen Tales of Horror and Suspense by Anthony James Mazza
4 hours 30 minutes
In Plain Sight by Edmund Okocha
7 hours 49 minutes
Super Moon Protocol by JT Fluhart
7 hours 10 minutes
Something To Think About by Johnnie Williams III
2 hours 9 minutes
Blackout by Cate McKoy
6 hours 13 minutes
Coins For The Skull by Chad Dingler
6 hours 56 minutes
Orks of Orakian by EMBUgaming
Slug Wiseman by Michael Flowers
7 hours 29 minutes
Take Control of Your Life by J.Paul Nadeau
6 hours 45 minutes
Extracting Elian by Keith A. Roberts
2 hours 55 minutes
Quotes From Famous Men YouTube video by JackFrank698
I Woke Up Without an Ed by Don Harpell
Under 5 minutes
Gunny Mac Private Detective
Trouble in Chinatown by Steven Walker
8 hours 2 minutes
Gunny Mac Private Detective
Trouble in Cleveland by Steven Walker
5 hours 46 minutes
Apologia For The Law and The Sabbath
by Roger Hadad
4 hours 29 minutes
The Heart of Demesne
by James W. Killman
8 hours 30 minutes