• Russil Tamsen
  • Voice actor with characters and accents, audiobook producer
  • Gender: Male
  • Location: FL, United States
  • Website: QuirkEbooks.com/editing
  • Available for: $50-$100 PFH

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Excerpt from Waves of Loyalty by Susie Harrison

Category : Fiction
Language : English
Gender : Male
Accent : American-General American
Vocal Style : Engaging
Performance Notes
Neutral Californian or regular American accent. kind of Nicholas Cage character from this novel...

From Ch.5 of BOYS, a novel by G A Hauser

Category : Romance
Language : English
Gender : Male
Accent : American-Urban
Vocal Style : Engaging
Performance Notes
Scene is set in a West Hollywood game arcade. Carson and Jag, both pretty competitive, are checking each other out while hanging out with other friends...

Ch. 1 of Engineer Your Perfect Child, a novel by Bett Correa

Category : Fiction
Language : English
Gender : Male
Accent : Chinese
Vocal Style : Engaging
Performance Notes
I created the Audible audiobook of this novel. This opening chapter of Bett Correa's sci-fi thriller takes place in Shanghai. Wu, the young genetic scientist who figures he has been called upstairs for a promotion finds out just how wrong he is. He will become an industrial spy for the big boys - or lose his job. He might even get to meet the brilliant and beautiful Peruvian scientist, Indira Rico, who is at the center of the breakthrough technology. My own American accent is the narrator voice: the three other speaking characters here are all Chinese. It was a delicate line to toe: honoring them without turning them into caricatures.The remaining chapters of this international novel by my friend Bett Correa feature a panoply of characters, including Latino CEOs, Peruvian street gangs, and a few Americans including a smarmy senator...

Sampler of Russil's voices

Category : Fiction
Language : English
Gender : Male,Female
Accent : American-General American
Vocal Style : Range: mid-range
Performance Notes
compilation of latest audiobook and audiobooklets as listed below on this webpage. Lots of international accents.

Anything for Johnny, short story

Category : Fiction
Language : English
Gender : Male
Accent : American-General American
Vocal Style : Authoritative
Performance Notes
Chilly film noir, a monologue written by Eric Boyd that was published in issue nine of The Fourth River. It’s called Anything For Johnny. Today we have serious drama! We follow an inmate through the last bitter moments of his incarceration, his release from jail, and his first disappointing moments of freedom. It’s rough for a guy having to start over with empty pockets in the middle of winter, but he’s got one thing going for him: at least one Jamaican thinks he looks like Johnny Depp. I did the recording of this short story hardcore: forceful and resentful.

Something She Wanted To Tell You, flash fiction

Category : Erotica & Sexuality
Language : English
Gender : Male
Accent : American-General American
Vocal Style : Masculine
Performance Notes
A steamy erotic story by Wonderstruck on Tumblr. A tasteful yet scorching scene where we stumble into a couple having a quickie in a doorway. If that doesn’t sound pulse-quickening to you, scroll down and poke around, there are plenty of pieces to choose from further down the list. Wonderstruck’s poetic cadences made me reach for a spoken word artist’s kind of microphone flow.

Your Cheatin' Heart, a flash fiction

Category : Fiction
Language : English
Gender : Male,Female
Accent : American-Southern
Vocal Style : Deadpan
Performance Notes
This is a dark flash fiction by Nick Desjardins, aka a-new-american-classic. Only 4 mins. Perfect for all you Quentin Tarantino fans! On a slow night, some morbid humor unfolds in a southern pool hall: the bartender’s hot mess of a lesbian roommate stumbles in and casually spills some shocking news… Hitting on her girlfriend proved to be a fatal mistake for one foolish dude. Now a corpse must be disposed of. This was a straightforward narration with a couple of southern-fried character voices, too.

The Questionable Judgment of Paris

Category : Comedy
Language : English
Gender : Male,Female
Accent : American-General American
Vocal Style : Comedic/great comic timing
Performance Notes
This funny yet intellectual piece was a chance for me to display a wide variety of character voices, including a drawling Venus, a long suffering Hera, a butch Athena, a squeaky Eros, and Hermes. Ladies and gentlemen, this is not your staid granddaddy’s voice acting. You might even say it’s one man radio theater! It takes place as the goddesses on Mount Olympus bicker about who's the fairest of them all… Campy comedy meets mythological parody with a gay narrator! Author Erika Price wrote: "Gaddaaamn! Russil killt this shit… And oh [my second piece] sounds fuckin’ awesome. You are a delight. Great delivery and choice of character voices, you really made it sparkle. You absolutely elevated the humor. I don’t know how you do it!"

Leave A Message, monologue

Category : Drama & Poetry
Language : English
Gender : Male
Accent : British-Cockney
Vocal Style : Booming
Performance Notes
Cor Blimey! This is a rollercoaster of a piece written by Tumblr's Laura J. Blake. So much fun in one disaster! A jilted, pent up Londoner struggles to leave a voicemail apology for decking the ex’s new beau, but eventually he loses his self-restraint and goes bloody ballistic - while the answering machine records every stammer and twitch. Somewhere between Simon Pegg and Jason Statham. I could have performed it restrained, flat and deadpan, it's true. However, I decided on a more climactic, soap opera trajectory instead, so the drinker gets to go from sheepish apologies to wild, vindictive accusations and back again. It was more fun that way.

At the Whisky Girl, flash fiction

Category : Fiction
Language : English
Gender : Male
Accent : American-General American
Vocal Style : Announcer
Performance Notes
Short Story of seduction by Scott Syx. An unlikely romantic encounter between a pair of drinkers starts at a noisy night club. The two grapple cautiously on the perilous road to intimacy - their respective emotional baggages casting long shadows along the way… This piece said film noir to me (although updated to the modern era). So I said noir back!

Kathleen's Fairy Tale, a short story

Category : Comedy
Language : English
Gender : Female
Accent :
Vocal Style : Enthusiastic/Excited
Performance Notes
A couple of biddies of a certain age are chatting or maybe knitting over afternoon tea, sharing the latest gossip. Marian has to relay to her friend Maggie the whopper of a story told to her by another crazy neighbor... about being kidnapped by angry fairies of the field! (And every word true, don’t ya know.) Erin go bragh, and let’s have a wee bit o’ fun playing with an Irish accent, shall we? Well now. A real fast moving tongue twister for a narrator, this one! And great fun. A couple of listeners thought it was a female narrator ;-).

The Old Man and The Sparrow, short story

Category : Fiction
Language : English
Gender : Male
Accent : American-General American
Vocal Style : Wistful
Performance Notes
The Old Man and The Sparrow, a touching short story by Sarah Dame (known around Tumblr as flightedd), as narrated by me. Welcome to a warm, timeless fable about a debilitated old feller. He’s rejected by his grown children and burdened with regret, but he is finally able to let it all go in peace. In this case, it’s mostly thanks to a helpful little avian friend who is willing to fly just far enough to bring back news about cherished places and lost friendships. These updates put the old man’s mind to rest - for the last time... A simple story, so I felt drawn to using the kind of fireside narration voice one might associate with children’s books and bedtime stories. If this doesn’t bring a little tear to your eye, you might want to check you pulse to see if you are still alive…

The Future of Poop, flash fiction

Category : Comedy
Language : English
Gender : Male
Accent : American-General American
Vocal Style : Storyteller
Performance Notes
This is a hilarious comedic tale penned by a talented Tumblr friend, Peter Bradley. Its almost a South Park script! In the future, time travel portals start getting used as sewage disposals, much to the dismay of people alive now who have to deal with the future's shit. I do the narrator, the journalists - and see how presidential my Mortified Nixon impression is!

Excerpt from The Cleanup, a thriller

Category : Fiction
Language : English
Gender : Male
Accent : Indian
Vocal Style : Versatile
Performance Notes
The author had lost the spark while writing this novel, The Cleanup. My multicultural reading of Ravi Kotecha's work actually jumpstarted his creative engine, and for that he was quite grateful! A couple of naive but cocky young dudes from India - runaways from an earlier chapter - have inserted themselves into the business of smuggling guns and opium. They are now wandering the rutted back tracks of Afghanistan, haggling, trying to spend as much of their arms trade money as possible, buying up as much drugs as their rickety vehicles can carry. Wow, this was a vocal actor’s challenge. Jumping between several Indian and Arabic voicings, phew! The author told me I was spot on, and I believe that my time in the Middle East and among Indian friends paid off right here! I love picturing these exotic locales… And it’s a nerve-wracking tale too: we’re just waiting for the shoe to drop, for the boys' hubris to catch up with them! That, however, would no doubt come in a later chapter. I initially voiced the narrator as an Indian, but later decided to go with my regular voice. It’s a tough call when the narrator is first person, but it seemed like too much Indian the other way....

Autumn Wing, a short story

Category : Fiction
Language : English
Gender : Male
Accent : American-General American
Vocal Style : Spooky
Performance Notes
I gave this a measured, Orson Welles-ish spin. The result is a bit creepy, at least according to the author. This sad story by blankspage on Tumblr is about a lonely fellow marking time in an insane asylum, and his unrequited love for the lovely girl in the courtyard.

Ch. 5 of Engineer Your Perfect Child, audiobook

Category : Science Fiction & Fantasy
Language : English
Gender : Male,Female
Accent : Spanish
Vocal Style : Rough/edgy
Performance Notes
I created the Audible audiobook of this novel. This fun chapter of Bett Correa's sci-fi thriller takes place in a seedy, futuristic gangster bar in Lima, Peru. The gravelly protagonist Pedro has been a loving father figure to many street kids. Some of his boys have disappeared, however, and now he is desperately trying to locate them. In this scene he finds out that his old frenemy, pimpin' Left Eye, had snatched them and glibly sold them off to sketchy people. My own American accent is the narrator voice: the four other characters here are all Latinos and Latinas. In my research for the book I read that Peruvian was very much like Mexican, so I went for that. Some characters got thicker accents than others if they were not as educated. The remaining chapters of this international novel by my friend Bett Correa feature a panoply of characters, including Chinese CEOs, spies, not to mention a few American voices including a smarmy senator...

My Tumblr blog is audiobooknarrator. My debut into full length audiobooks was ambitious: narrating Bett Correa's novel, "Engineer Your Perfect Child", now available on Audible. I crafted 25 distinct character voices for her work, including young and old, male and female. The scenes in the book hopped from Washington D.C, to Lima, Peru to Shanghai, China. As an acting assignment, such a range of accents was quite a stretch! Not every narrator can pull off that kind of diversity. Moreover, I love doing character voices (I am a admirer of Phil Gigante's tasteful approach to character voicing). Fortunately, the humor in Bett's sci-fi thriller shone through in the audio version. Recently I was asked to do a humorous erotic romance for author G. A. Hauser. I enjoyed the chance to flaunt some voices from the West Hollywood gay underworld, which were easy to nail having lived four years in L.A. myself. On my blog audiobooknarrator.tumblr.com are some thirty audiobooklets, narrations of short stories and flash fictions that were written by up-and-coming authors from the Tumblr Writing Community. It was their rave testimonials that inspired me to get into narrating novels.
Full length audiobook narration: "Engineer Your Perfect Child" by Bett Correa http://www.amazon.com/Engineer-Your-Perfect-Child/dp/B00FXW6U3Q Full length audiobook narration: "Boys" by G A Hauser http://www.amazon.com/Boys/dp/B013Y8PQVM Audiobook narration of novella. "Daddy's Little Girl" by Don Canaan. https://www.amazon.com/Daddys-Girl-Liz-Roberts-Mystery/dp/B01MYR3F7T I narrated over 25 short story audiobooklets for the following Tumblr writers: mslabyrinth, how-to-shoot-a-squid, jayarrarr, a-new-american-classic, blankspage, dylan0toole, irrationalgraceistaken, thethreadofawe, flightedd, monkeyerror, certainwaters, processproduct contrarycate, Ravi Kotecha r4vi, laurajblake, moussemymind, cupcakesandcum, cheshirecatgrins, ericboydblog. Stage Acting Credits: Current Member of Dear Aunt Gertrude comedy improv troupe, Ybor City, 2012-2013 Training in comedy improv at the Box Theater, Ybor, Levels I, II & III. 2011-2012 Billy Lilly and Vampire, in Dinner Murder Mystery Improv shows, Maggione's, Tampa, 2013 Guido O'Flanagan, in Dinner Murder Mystery, They Improv, at St. Pete Museum of Art, May 2013 Reed, in The Complete History of America Abridged, Primo Academy (show folded before opening) Valere, in comic monologue, La Bete by David Hirson, in SAFI Theater show Man, in Talk to Me Like the Rain, a one act by Tennessee Williams, in SAFI Theater show Sean, the Robin Williams monologue from Good Will Hunting, in SAFI Theater show Ryan, in George Clooney monologue from Up In The Air, in SAFI Theater show King's Herald in the Bay Area Renaissance Faire 2005 John Wilkes Booth, in a student one act play, college Arthur in New-Found-Land by Tom Stoppard, high school Horatio in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead by Tom Stoppard (college) A Jet in West Side Story by Leonard Bernstein (high school) Fedotik in The Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov (high school) Peter Quince in Midsummer Night's Dream by Shakespeare (middle school)
TESTIMONIALS: Pages of embarrassing, effusive, unsolicited testimonials from the writers themselves [with links to their audio]: http://pimpmysilence.tumblr.com/testimonials. (I have shared their reactions, verbatim, from our online correspondence.)

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