Ann M. Richardson was raised in Nebraska, where she was active in drama and singing as she grew up. She studied broadcast journalism and Spanish at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, but took a hiatus from this to get married and move to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1988, where she learned to speak her father’s language, Swedish. Years later, the desire to take up a creative yet productive career lead her to investigate voiceover, and ultimately audiobook narration and production. Working from her home studio has afforded her the opportunity to spend more time with her husband and their two boys, and when she’s not cheering at volleyball tournaments, you might find her fishing, running, or wiping slobber off the walls…two French Mastiffs. Enough said.
Ann’s clients include: Audible, Oasis Audio, Harper Audio, PostHypnotic Press, Crossroad Press, Redwood Audio, and several independent authors. She is devoted to supporting and volunteering for Learning Ally (formerly Recording For the Blind and Dyslexic). Both professionally and though her volunteer efforts she has recorded books in a wide range of genres including memoirs,medical textbooks, history, inspirational, young adult, mystery, and dramatic fiction.
Another of Ann’s passions is working for the good of the voiceover industry. For three years she served on the Executive Board for World-Voices Organization, the industry’s only international trade association. She works to promote the importance of hiring a professional voice talent and adhering to a strong platform of ethics. This organization helps those new to the industry by offering mentoring services, meetup groups, a growing library of reference material, and annual educational conventions. In addition, World-Voices offers technical evaluation of home studio recording quality, and helps identify areas of improvement for the talent’s engineering skills.
Ann also strives to help authors through the often confusing and daunting process of turning their written work into audiobook format. Together with fellow narrator Karen Commins, they formed a partnership called “Narrators Helping Authors“, and write a monthly column for InD’tale Magazine, called InD’ear. Ann and Karen will be co-presenting a workshop October 6-9, 2016 at the InD’scribe Conference in Burbank, CA.