Audiobook Narrator,
Actor

DEMOS

FICTION / COMEDY

First Person

FICTION / THRILLER

Third Person

FICTION/YOUNG ADULT

Dystopian-Clones

FICTION/COMEDY

Middle Grade

NON-FICTION

Business – Leadership 

NON-FICTION

Self-Help – Motherhood

FICTION

Cozy Mystery

NON-FICTION

Medical – Gut Microbes

SHORT STORY / CHILDREN

Cajun Accent

LITERARY FICTION

Irish Accent

FICTION

Rom-Com – M/F Dialogue

I AM PUMPED TO NARRATE

Medical & Psychological Thrillers, Women Sleuths, Non-Fiction, Memoirs, Medical, Self-Help

ABOUT

“A psycho thriller heart with a cozy mystery smile.”

Melissa Kay Benson is an audiobook narrator and actor in New Orleans, Louisiana. She has performed in over fifty stage productions in the New Orleans area and was nominated for a Big Easy Award for best actress in a comedy. 
Melissa began using her acting skills in audiobook narration in 2019 and was hooked from the start. She especially loves narrating psychological and medical thrillers, suspense and mystery, detective and crime novels, and memoirs of strong women.

She was a myofascial therapist for fifteen years and she now uses that experience to help other audiobook narrators with improving their posture and health in the booth.

She is a Masters CrossFit athlete and believes that keeping our bodies strong can sustain the surprisingly, physical aspect of narration.

What is #BoothHealth?

I use my 15 years of experience as a medical myofascial therapist to educate fellow narrators on posture, breathing, and easy habits to stay healthy in the booth.

STRENGTHS

Accents for Primary Characters

  • American English
  • Southern
  • Irish
  • General British

 

Accents for Secondary Characters

  • Cajun
  • YAT
  • French
  • Neutral Chinese
  • Australian
  • Latin American
  • I am a fast learner of new accents

Skills

  • Medical
  • Anatomy

TRAINING

Melissa has participated in multiple forms of thespian training through community theatre, workshops, classes, and intensives, from early childhood, through the present.

She is a graduate of Sean Allen Pratt’s Nonfiction Audiobook & Business Coaching Course.

She was trained in professional voice over and audiobook narration by David H. Lawrence, XVII of Los Angeles, CA., completing courses in voicing fiction, non-fiction, digital and internet, documentaries and E-learning, project management, business and more.

Melissa has attended Johnny Heller’s New England Narrator Retreat (2019, 2021, 2022) and his Business Blow-Out workshop in 2019. She has participated in the Deyan Masterclass in (2022), Audio Publisher’s Association Conference-APAC (2022, 2023), the APA’s Professional Ear (2021), and attended narrator workshops both virtually and in person at every opportunity.

Equipment

Studiobricks One Acoustic Booth

Neumann TLM 102 Large-Diaphragm Condenser Microphone

PreSonus Studio 26c Audio Interface

Izotope RX Audio Repair Tool

Coached With

Helen Lloyd

Sean Allen Pratt

Andi Arndt

PJ Ochlan

Don Baarns

Johnny Heller

Scott Brick

Paul Alan Ruben

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