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Dark Rocks

all about annalee

As a kid, when people asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up I never knew what to say. It was daunting to imagine choosing just one thing to do for the rest of my life. However, like many sharp-eyed introverts, I found my way to the performing arts, not out of a love of being in the spotlight, but out of a driving curiosity towards humanity and a profound love of stories . 

As an actor, I received my formal training from Emerson College and spent a dozen years performing professionally in theaters across Los Angeles. When the pandemic shut theater down completely I began voice acting and fell in love with audiobook narration.

Something that prepared me for narration in a unique way was the time I spent doing immersive horror theater. It gave me the courage to take risks and boldly go where I hadn't before as an actor. It stretched my imagination as an artist and taught me to fully embody the characters I played.

The most important thing I took away from that experience, however, was that I got to watch how story impacts people. To observe the audience up-close as they felt and experienced the story firsthand. That kind of impact is always in the back of my mind when I'm narrating and it has made me a better storyteller. 

Some may call it an escape but, for me, stories are an integral part of our humanity, elevating our very existence, and inspiring empathy to make the world a better place. I'm humbled to be a part of that experience for others! Happy reading!


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