Big Hollywood checked in with Twilight’ Audio Book Narrator Ilyana Kadushin to find out more about being the voice of the “Twilight” audio book series ...
Think “Twilight” and you’ll probably conjure thoughts of Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner, the actors who bring the saga’s characters to life on the big screen.
But to readers who prefer the audio book versions of Stephenie Meyer’s “Twilight” novels, lyana Kadushin is as big a star as the aforementioned celebrities.
Toto: What is the most challenging aspect of bringing a book to life with your voice, and how do you see yourself improving as a voice over artist?
Kadushin: Audio book narration is one of the most challenging and rewarding areas of voice performing. It is unique because what other acting job allows you to play every character in a story? This fact also makes it challenging, because you can relate to some characters and some not as well. Every narrator is giving their rendition of that story. The challenge is to always stay true to the author’s intent for their story. With every book I narrate I want to bring the story to life in a way that is entertaining and truthful.
Toto: What drew you to the “Twilight” assignment, and did doing the voice over work for the series give you a unique perspective on why these stories are so passionately embraced by readers?
Kadushin: In 2005, I was called in to audition for the “Twilight” audio book along with many other actresses. This was, of course, before anyone knew about these books at all. They were looking for a woman who could sound like a teenager and understand the character of Bella. It was actually the first audio book I was ever cast for. Since then, I have narrated the entire “Twilight” Saga audio books and it became this giant phenomenon. When I travel to book store signings, readings and events, I always ask the fans themselves what it was they loved so much about these stories. I think the paranormal romantic adventure without too much gratuitous sex and violence was something of a departure from the rest of pop culture that teens have around them.
Toto: When you read now in your leisure time do you find yourself slipping into “work mode” or interpreting the content in a different way than before given the wok you do?
Kadushin: I am a voracious reader. I always have a stack of books that I am reading. I love reading many different genres of books. And I lose myself inside the book the same way I do when I narrate. I look for books that have strong voices in their characters and of course great imagination.
Toto: I imagine you get fan mail/reactions to your “Twilight” work. Any interesting anecdotes to share?
Kadushin: I think it was between the 2nd and 3rd audio book coming out that I started getting fan letters and they came from every country around the globe. Fans wrote from Asia, Eastern Europe, Australia, the Middle East, everywhere … it really blew my mind. I even received letters from soldiers in Afghanistan. I realized then just how widespread this series had become. It always feels great to have fans write you and tell you how you made them feel by telling them a story. I have always loved that I am a story teller and that I am reading to people from many different countries!
Toto: Your production company Lythion Music writes a great deal of music for documentaries and TV productions. Do you see that expanding in the years to come, and how is social media impacting the work you do?‘
Kadushin: Yes, I created LythionMusic with my husband and composer, James Harrell. We write and produce original music for all mediums. Our first job together was writing music for Nickelodeon Television. Since then we have worked on commercials, television pilots, animation and documentary films. This year we will be scoring a feature film and developing a musical. Social Media has allowed me to introduce my music work to my voice fans. It can be a great tool for getting the word out about projects that inspire me and that I want to share with everyone!....
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