Who would've thought that the kid who attended remedial reading classes would end up reading books for a living?
It's true, as a child his teacher sent him to a remedial reading program - but given time, he became the kid constantly getting in trouble for reading in class, instead of listening to his teacher.
Joel is an audiobook narrator born and raised in the Pacific Northwest by his Mom’s (yes, lesbian parents) surrounded by - and often drenched in – water. He has a deep affinity for Colorado, where he spent much time tromping through mountains with his dad and brother. Because of this he’s always had one foot in the mountains and the other in the sea. Throw into the mix his step-mom’s Kentucky heritage, and you get a guy with a good handle on accents from across the U.S.! Joel gets much inspiration and support from his cherished wife and kid (soon to be kids! What!?), whom he loves to drive around in their bright green 1978 VW bus. Yes, that’s his bus in the pictures.
Combining a history of stage/radio/and musical performance with a degree in Audio Production from The Art Institute of Seattle in 2011, Joel eventually realized that audiobook narration was his calling. He is also a professionally certified ballroom dance instructor, has travelled the US in his VW bus, and has a propensity for picking up hobbies like no other. Playing drums and ukulele? Check. Bonsai tree cultivation? Check. Rock climbing and bouldering? Check check. Reading? Huh heh heh, yeah check. Skateboarding? Oh yeah for sure. Baking sourdough bread? Heck. Yes. Cooking in general? You know it. Someday he will bake the most perfect homemade pizza...
Despite his goofy spirit, he takes his craft and career very seriously, and is constantly seeking out top coaches in the field such as Sean Pratt, Carol Monda, Shannon Parks, PJ Ochlan, and Andi Arndt, to help with growing his skills and techniques as a narrator. Joel works from his top-notch purpose built recording studio – which he affectionately calls his Audio Hovel, or occasionally the Voice-a-torium. His double-wall Diamond-shaped vocal booth allows him to record professional recordings at any time he pleases.
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