JIAM2012 Behind the Scenes Interview #6
Kat is also someone that I have worked with quite a bit (and have even met in person) but of course loved getting more of a peek into her mind and learning about what she does. And it’s fascinating to see what so many of these young women have done with their liberal arts educations.
KW: What is your job title and what are your responsibilities?
KL: I’m the Production Manager/Producer for Audible.com. I oversee the flow of incoming projects, cast and produce some of them, and get the chance to work with our narrators and director/engineers both in and out of the studio.
KW: Can you describe your work zone for us?
KL: My desk is white, with black and pink accents and fresh flowers (pink peonies this week!), which sounds silly and over-thought, but I spend a lot of time here, so it’s important to me that it’s inspiring. The back wall of my cube is covered with photos and mementos from industry events and my family. My work zone is a bit of a home-away-from-home, since I spend so much time at Audible.
KW: How did you end up working in the audiobook industry?
KL: I started my professional career producing audio tours for museums, most enjoyably the new installation at MoMA in 2004 (in 8 languages!). From there, I moved on to manage CDM Sound Studios in NYC, where I got a crash course in the technical and creative aspects of the recording industry. I left CDM (one of the hardest professional days I ever had, as the studio was like a family to me) to come work for Audible.com when they had an opening for a production coordinator.
KW: What was your major in college?
KL: I was an art history major in college, with a minor in museum studies at Drew University in lovely Madison, NJ. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with an art history degree, and wound up doing what most art majors do, which is go into another industry altogether! I did get a great liberal arts education, and am still involved with Drew – last week, I took the plunge and signed up for the alumni team that runs the Tough Mudder every year.
KL: The absolute best thing about my job is the breadth of people I get to work with. Not only do I get to be around the brilliant Audible staff, I also get to collaborate with fantastic actors every single day.
KW: Do you have a pet peeve?
KL: My pet peeve is grammatical errors – especially “there” vs. “the”
re. I have a well-worn copy of the New York Times Manual of Style and Usage (which was a gift from my grandfather) that gets pulled out on a regular basis.
KW: Do you have a favorite literary genre or author or narrator?
KL: My favorite genre is definitely young adult fiction. I find the stories to be creative and not afraid to stray into new territory. Young adult writers seem to create whole new worlds, and the amazingly talented narrators in our industry have such wonderful abilities to inhabit these characters and their worlds (see: The Hunger Games trilogy, The Iron Fey series, and – I’ll admit it – the Twilight series).
Can I answer two questions here? Because I can’t leave out author Douglas Coupland; his Microserfs is my favorite book of all time. Coupland’s work is tough to tackle in audio because of his stream-of-consciousness writing, but his books are still a dream of mine to work on.