Meet the Producer of Freedom in His Love: Tasha’s Story
The process started with a prayer – “Lord, bring the right person to produce Tasha’s Story.” The moment I heard Laura Cable’s audition, I knew she was the one to bring this inspirational love story to life.
After experiencing brain trauma almost two years ago, I realized how important good audiobooks can be. It was my desire to have Tasha’s Story made into audiobook so that those who can’t read for whatever reason (failing vision, too busy, illness), could be inspired and ministered to by the story. As I entered into this month of thanksgiving, I was reminded of how thankful I am that Laura took her time and used her expertise to bring the characters in Tasha’s Story to life. I’ve enjoyed getting to know her on Facebook and wanted her to share with you. I know you will be inspired by her life and faith. Make sure to leave a comment at the end of the blog for a chance to win a FREE download of Tasha’s Story!
Tell us a little about yourself. What do you do when not producing audio books?
I was born and raised in Troy, Michigan to a loving family of colorful characters. The Cable household was always full of family, food, music, and storytelling. I moved to New York City at the age of 18 to study Drama at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. I graduated with a Bachelors of Fine Arts, and have been singing, dancing, acting, and storytelling ever since! A life in the theater has its uncertainty, for sure. But God is so faithful and has provided me with adventure on four continents, three contracts with Disney Cruise Line, four National Tours, and dozens of regional shows all over the US. Performing also introduced me to my incredible husband Mark. Together we love to travel, make music, play board games, run, cook, and explore our fun little town, New York City.
What is the most challenging part of making an audio book? What do you feel is the most rewarding?
I find vocal consistency to be the hardest part of recording a multi-hour book. In the editing process, I’m constantly listening to new paragraphs and comparing them to the first chapter to make sure I have the same vocal energy. Vocal fatigue is a real thing. (Anyone who has read a child ten books before bedtime knows what I mean. That tenth ‘Goodnight Moon’ doesn’t have the same gusto as the first.) As audiobook narrators, we may set a goal for ourselves to read three chapters in one session. But if our voices, our instruments, do not hold up, there is no pushing forward. There is only hydration and rest.
As a lifetime avid reader, I find character development to be the most rewarding part of this job. I have voices in my head for every character in a book (we all do, right?), but speaking aloud in those voices, making them specific, and bringing each character to life is where the fun really begins! While it’s incredibly structured and technical, it’s also a return to childhood-to playing with Barbies in the basement when no one is around. There are a dozen different voices, but just one imaginative narrator orchestrating each one at the proper time.
Tasha is drawn to Mike because “He’s sweet and low-key, like his music…I didn’t feel preached at.” What are some ways do you feel your life is a witness to others?
We do not need to make grand gestures and proclamations to let our friends and co-workers know our beliefs. I find that small actions- making time for church every week, refraining from swearing, smiling at strangers, listening to a friend who is having a bad day, volunteering- let people see Christ’s light THROUGH me. There are not an overwhelming number of Christians in show business, so I feel an added responsibility to let my actions do the talking. When word gets out that I’m a Christian, I find people hold me to a higher standard- and they should! If my friends only know one Christian, and she is known for her kindness, mercy, acceptance, and joy, that speaks well for Jesus followers everywhere.
When Tasha meets Mike’s parents for the first time, she ends up eating asparagus even though she hates it because his mom offers it to her. What’s the craziest thing you have ever done out of love?
I believe I’m doing it right now, actually! My husband and I both have amazing performance opportunities with different shows- mine on a cruise ship sailing all over the world, and his on a great tour around North America. It is out of a deep love for each other that we said yes to these opportunities, even though it means living apart for months on end. It’s a crazy thing to do. And we miss each other every day. But God knows our hearts and our dreams better than we do. And we weren’t about to say no to this chapter in God’s plan just because it’s a little unconventional.
What was your favorite scene in the book? (without giving anything away!)
I loved the scene where Tasha and Mike explore San Francisco together! As a fellow traveler, I can relate to the excitement that comes from seeing a new place. And when you get to share that with someone special, all of your senses are heightened, and each small gesture is implanted in your memory forever!
Thank you, Laura, for sharing a little bit about yourself with my readers. You truly are an inspiration! I pray God’s blessings over you, your family, and your career. Continue to shine your light for Him!
If you would like the chance to win a FREE download of Tasha’s Story, leave a comment below. I will choose two winners on Wednesday, November 23th.
To learn more about Freedom in His Love: Tasha’s Story and to purchase the audio, kindle, or paperback version, click here.
For more about Laura, her career, and other audiobooks, visit her website.