Creating audiobooks changed my life.
(And I bet they can change yours too.)
Well, that sounds pretty dramatic, doesn’t it?
The truth is, my life looked a lot different a few years ago. There was a time when I thought I had it all figured out… Go to college. Go to law school. Get an EXCITING job at a fancy firm. Make LOADS of money. And live happily ever after.
I did all of those things (minus the happily ever after part) and then ended up right here with my own audiobook production and training business dedicated to helping authors and aspiring narrators learn the art of audiobook narration.
If you’re curious how I got here, you can scroll down the page a bit and read my story.
What can I do for you?
For New and Aspiring Voice Actors
If you would like to start working as a narrator I can help you learn the art of audiobook production and show you how to build your own (part-time or full-time) audiobook recording, editing, or full production business.
A great place to start is with my free Audiobook Course and 5-Day Audiobook Audition Challenge. If you’re ready to get serious about this and take your production skills (and earning capacity) to the next level, then my signature online training course, Audiobooks with Audacity, is your next stop.
If you are looking to outsource your next audiobook production to a narrator, I provide a complete turn-key audiobook production service. You can listen to samples of my work here.
If you think I might have the right voice for your book, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to request an audition and a quote.
If you would like to learn how to narrate and produce your own audiobook you can check out my “do-it-yourself” guided online training course – Audiobooks for Authors.
From Big Law to Professional Story Teller and Audio Engineer
Sometimes the path to happiness and success isn’t straight forward. In 2009, with a newly minted law license in hand, I set out to complete my carefully crafted life plan:
- High paying associate job at a big prestigious firm,
- Swanky condo downtown,
- Designer wardrobe,
- Expensive car,
- “Important” friends…
That was THE PLAN.
Reading those words today makes me cringe, mostly because I’ve learned that none of that STUFF is really important. But these are the things I fantasized about when I was a lower-middle class kid growing up on a farm in the Midwest.
I eventually got the job, and the clothes, and the downtown apartment… but I was miserable.
Weren’t all of these things supposed to make me happy?
I was one of THOSE people. You know, the ones who would sacrifice EVERYTHING else just to keep up appearances.
Then, a few days before my 30th birthday life changed pretty dramatically.
I got a call I NEVER expected to get.
Up until THAT day, I thought I was invincible. I thought I’d live forever, or at least another 50-some years.
But THAT day when I heard the words,
“You. Have. Cancer...”
Suddenly, I didn’t care about designer shoes or climbing the ladder at a job that left me unfilled and exhausted. In that moment, what mattered was making the most of whatever time I had. I didn’t know what I was going to do, but I knew things needed to change.
Everyone talks about “finding their passion” as if it is the “end-all, be-all” to supreme happiness. But I think that’s bad advice. We put way too much pressure on ourselves to find THE ONE THING that we are going to do for the rest of our lives. I chose not to do that.
I started looking around until I found something I liked. Then I tried it. If I didn’t like it anymore after a few weeks, I moved on.
That’s how I stumbled upon audiobooks.
While I was searching for answers to my own health crisis and the existential turmoil I was facing, I found listening to audiobooks to be a great source of information, comfort, and entertainment. At some point I think I made the joke that, “I spend so much on audiobooks that I should buy stock in Audible.”
At some point later while thinking in the shower (the place where all great ideas are born) I thought —
“Wouldn’t it be cool if I could get paid to narrate some of these books?”
I started researching how it all worked. At first, I thought I’d need an agent or special training. But to my surprise, all I REALLY needed was a microphone and a computer.
I told him what I was up to and the conversation inspired me to seriously consider turning audiobook production into a “real” business.
I struggled with the idea for several more months.
Would I really be able to pull this off?
It was a big leap. I would mean giving up a job and a title that I had worked for decades to achieve.
There would be no going back. But I knew it was the right move.
Here’s the video I recorded the day I decided to quit my “big law firm” job.
I was so nervous.
That morning I didn’t know if I would actually have the guts to quit or not. I had been trying to muster up the courage for weeks…
Today I have a thriving audio production and training business. I get to wake up every morning and do work that I absolutely love. More importantly, this opportunity has allowed me to be able to live a healthier life and focus more on self-care and personal growth while still helping to support myself, my family and my community.
I also get to spend my days hanging out with the best "co-worker" I could ask for.
This is Mindy.
She's a three year old English Bulldog.
While her snoring is does interfere with my recording sessions from time to time, he sweetness and adorable little personality have brought me more happiness that I ever imagined possible.
Media & Mentions
Krystal Wascher is an audiobook producer, author, and online educator who helps aspiring narrators and self-published authors leverage the power of audio to reach new audiences and enhance their current marketing efforts. In addition to offering full audiobook production services, she is also the creator of “Audiobooks with Audacity,” an online audiobook production training course, and the author of “Narration: A Beginner’s Guide to Creating Audiobooks for Audible & iTunes.”
SAMPLE INTERVIEW TOPICS
- Making the leap from employee to full time entrepreneur.
- How to manage a side gig while working a 9 to 5.
- The nuts and bolts of audiobook production.
- How authors can benefit from transforming their existing books to audio format.
- How online course creators can leverage audio to add value to existing courses and increase enrollments by tapping into a new audience.
- Using audio to create high value opt-in offers to grow your email list.
- How to create better course experiences through beta testing and leveraging Facebook groups.
- How to use Udemy to validate your course concept and get your first paying students.
- How to use high-touch workshops to consistently fill your courses.
Like many online entrepreneurs, Krystal started her career in corporate America but quickly discovered that life as an attorney wasn’t all it was cracked up to be. In an effort to find a creative outlet, she began narrating audiobooks in her free time. She quickly discovered that there was a high demand for freelance audiobook narration and made the leap to starting her own full time audiobook production and training business in 2015.
Since that time Krystal has narrated more than fifty titles under various pen names including many full length novels such as Capturing Forever and Heart of the Pack. She has also taught more than 10,000 students in more than 140 countries around the world with her free and premium online course offerings.
Krystal has been featured as an expert in audiobook creation and marketing in numerous media outlets, podcasts, and online summits such as, Entrepreneur.com, the Book Marketing Summit, and the Podcast Success Summit.
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