I am a full time Brit audiobook narrator – and a classically trained actor. Many years ago I went to drama school – I learned a lot and put it all into practice for the first fifteen years of my career treading the boards in theatres around the UK, playing roles ranging from ‘The Wicked Witch of the West’ to ‘Miss Julie’ and everything in between. Then I moved sideways into television as a presenter and producer and because I wasn’t using my acting skills on a daily basis, I got rusty. I returned to my acting roots a few years ago and began working in audiobooks and all that knowledge started swimming around in the back of my mind, but I wasn’t sure how to translate my training to narration or how relevant it was fifty years on.
Signing up with James for his ‘Fostering Characters’ course has brought all I learned all those years ago up to date and into sharper focus than before. I have learned to use my imagination more productively, to trust my instincts and to have the courage to follow them – to accept and build not only more believable characters, but characters with hidden emotional depth and spontaneous reactions to the situation they are in. All narrators know that often there is only the barest indication of a character as written by the author, but you can’t ‘play’ an indication. What makes audiobook narration more challenging than any acting role on stage could ever be is that as narrator you’re playing every role and every unique creation must be totally believable, emotionally honest, authentic and spontaneous within the imaginary world of that book. James helps narrators to find the way towards this goal so that you can create fully rounded, three dimensional characters even when the author has only given you a cardboard cut out to play with.
I recommend this course to rusty actors everywhere… and to narrators from different backgrounds who have no formal acting training or performance experience for whom it would be invaluable.
James’ techniques to help you take the characters off the page and make them REAL and convincing are some of the best things I’ve ever been taught! Game changer? Nah, James is a game INNOVATOR.
have been life changing, or should I say, career changing as I have come to a whole new appreciation for understanding each character in the books I prepare for audio and how to best bring them and the author’s words to life while narrating.
James Anderson Foster provides the tools toward portraying characters that feel authentic and well-rounded. I appreciated the structure and clarity of these sessions and feel especially lucky to have learned from the kind and incomparable James Anderson Foster–Thank You!
and bringing them to life. It has really changed the way I view and perform characters, and I’ve already used his technique on a 15 hour book I just finished. He’s onto something here… if you’re looking to improve on your performance book a session with him. Plus, he’s one of the nicest guys around. And yes, it was fun too!
His unique style and approach help guide the narrator to a deeper understand of a character’s motivation; the result being a more nuanced and compelling performance.