Travel Podcast Narrator

Job #1099

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Job # 1099 Travel Podcast Narrator

Posted Date
Feb 13, 2006 @ 20:50
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Feb 17, 2006
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We are seeking two very talented voice over actors to serve as narrators for a premiere private label podcasting company. We would like voices that are friendly but also sound hip and edgy, like they are from a city. No southern accents please.

We strongly prefer people who have a high quality home studio capable of producing .wav and .mp3.

Please do your best most engaging performance so we can see if you have the voice that will entice people through excitement, professionalism and drama. We look forward to hearing your sample!

Avenue A, Aware. Avenue B, Beware. Avenue C, Caution. Avenue D, Death.

You may not be familiar with Alphabet City, the neighborhood that led to the proverb you just heard. But chances are you’ve seen its reputation up close and personal.

The popular TV show NYPD Blue with its crazed crack heads and burned out buildings was shot there.

The struggling artists and HIV positive homeless portrayed in the Broadway hit Rent roomed in and roamed the neighborhood.

And the famous epic poem by Allen Ginsburg, Howl, which begins nnnnnnnnnnnnn gives a peek into what daily life used to be like in this area comprised of four avenues: a, b, c and d, bounded by the East River, the East Village and the Lower East Side.

The drug dealers, homeless, gang members and struggling artists that made this area off limits to anyone but the most daring or desperate have long since been policed or priced way out of this part of town. The most danger a visitor faces is the criminal price of a chocolatini at one of the chic nightclubs.

Now the area is one of New York’s hottest. Trendy restaurants, jazz clubs, upstart galleries, upscale boutiques and many of the city’s best bars serve the increasingly wealthy residents. Still, the lingering reputation actually works in favor of the hip traveller. Since most guidebooks barely mention the area, only insiders know it’s the next Soho.

The best way to get to know the real Alphabet City is at night. Three local favorites are Le Souk, Assenzio and Nublu. As always you can go to to find the addresses and contact details for all places mentioned in our podcasts.

Le Souk
Some people go to Le Souk for its Mezze and couscous. Most people go to chill out in a spot that’s just about as close as you can get to Morocco while standing on Manhattan soil. With belly dancers, atmospheric brick walls, a hookah, and loud middle eastern music it’s an opium den fantasy world—an ideal spot to transcend time and space and become the vibe.

If you’d like to be wowed in a way that is closer to home, eat at Assenzio. More a place you stumble upon than seek out, this Sardinian restaurant is loved by locals both for its outstanding Italian food as its neighborhood flavor. If there’s a wait, ask for a glass of their ten varieties of legal Absinthe—what the name Assenzio means in Italian. By the time you’re shown to your seat you may just believe the bohemian life is for you.

The best live music in Alphabet city is at NUBLU. It’s the kind of place you only wind up if you intend to be there. Look for the dim blue light bulb hanging over the front door—your only clue to what’s waiting inside. Its owned by tenor saxophonist and composer Ilhan Ersahin and is reminiscent of old school east village music venues… the lack of formality - there’s not even an actual stage - is intended to make the music lover feel like they are actually part of the act. Wax Poetic with their sweet edgy sound is just one of the bands you’re likely to encounter.

While Alphabet city has undergone one of the quickest, most thorough gentrifications in all of Manhattan, it still possesses an enormous amount of character. If Andy Warhol were a fashion designer, the streets of Alphabet City would be his runway. For those who long for the nostalgia of the art and music revolution that swept Greenwich Village in the 60’s, it hasn’t disappeared, it simply moved to a different hood.

And for the straight laced, the neighborhood gives the opportunity to gawk at the flip side, to experience lower-cost fine dining, and to take in the rich cultural happenings such as independent film, live music and poetry… all without having to look over your shoulder.

Toto, we’re not in danger anymore.

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