“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.
Accents for Primary Characters
- American English
- General British
Accents for Secondary Characters
- Neutral Chinese
- Latin American
- I am a fast learner of new accents
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.
Studiobricks One Acoustic Booth
Neumann TLM 102 Large-Diaphragm Condenser Microphone
PreSonus Studio 26c Audio Interface
Izotope RX Audio Repair Tool
Sean Allen Pratt
Paul Alan Ruben