Mahalo for Giving Me a Chance to Follow My Dream
To start out this post, I want to give a giant MAHALO to my friend Cameron C. Taylor for meeting with me a year ago based solely on an email I sent him after my wife read the first book in his Hawai'ian series. I had never met him, but my wife had taken a class from him several years before that changed her life. I had begun reading The Way of Aloha: Lana'i and I felt like it could use an audiobook. I emailed Cameron, met & had lunch with him. I had recorded chapter 3 from Lana'i to give him an idea of my style & voicing. I left that meeting with a stack of 6 of his books and a plan to start working with him. He was very patient through the production process & helped me through my haole pronuciation issues and I learned a lot in the process, not only about audio production, but about how I view my fellow man. Cameron, like me, is just a white guy (haole) from Idaho. But he's committed to spreading the things he learned in Hawai'i and how they can make anyone's - and everyone's - lives better. He's also committed to giving the Hawai'ian way of life a legitimate rendition.
The first book was made available on July 27, 2018. I've since done some editing on some of his previously recorded books, and also produced 8 Attributes of Great Achievers V. II (another good life changer).
Today he sent me the manuscript for The Way of Aloha: Moloka'i. I just started reviewing it and I'm excited to produce it. The book is set to hit the shelves in Mid June, and I'm planning on having the audio available the same time.
In preparation to begin production of it, I started reviewing my recording of Lana'i. It's not bad, but I think that's a lot less because of me & much more because of the Spirit of the book. To be perfectly honest, I've improved in the last year. A lot I hope. So, Mahalo, Cameron for giving me a chance to begin with & mahalo for letting me produce this one too. And mahalo to anyone who has listened to it. I hope for Moloka'i to give you a better performance. I hope this one it sounds less like I'm reading & more like I'm storytelling. Because that's what I love. Cameron has a gift for teaching principles in his writing, I like to think I have a gift for bringing stories to life.
If you want to hear The Way of Aloha: Lana'i, you can click here: