Now that the lockout has ended, the NHL season is underway and hockey fans are once again enjoying on-the-ice action! But, your TV screen is just one place to find ice hockey this season. If you have a teen or tween who loves hockey or sports in general, and you’d like to get that child reading, then you’ve come to the right place. My young adult novel Face-Off is available in paperback, as an e-book, and as a brand new audiobook download available at Amazon, Audible, and iTunes.
Maxwell Glick narrated Face-Off, and boy, did he do a fantastic job bringing to life the characters of feuding twin brothers Brad and T.J. McKendrick, who are forced to captain the same high school hockey team. As the boys battle off and on the ice, their home life is also falling apart. Their parents are on the verge of separation, their kid brother has been getting into trouble, and the hockey coach is none too thrilled with his temperamental twin captains. I wrote the original version of Face-Off when I was 16 years old, and hearing Max bring the characters to life had me sitting on the edge of my seat. He brings such emotion to the characters and his youthful voice is perfect for the book. I feel so fortunate to have met him through the Audiobook Creation Exchange.
If you listen to the book and think he sounds familiar, well, there’s a good chance that you’ve heard Maxwell before. Maxwell has narrated many audiobooks and is a working actor in Los Angeles who has appeared in numerous television shows, plays and commercials. His credits include guest spots on shows such as The Office, Castle, and Mental. Read on for an in-depth interview with Max!
1. Are you from California originally or did you move there to follow your dreams of being an actor?
I am from Long Island, NY originally. I moved out to LA six years ago to follow the dream, and now I’m living it!
2. How did you first catch the acting bug?
I’ve always been acting or singing for as long as I can remember. I was in all of the shows in school, and I knew there was nothing else I would want to do.
3. Can you tell us about the guest starring roles you’ve played on TV? You were also part of a huge national campaign for Taco John’s. What was your role in that?
Being on TV is really wonderful. You get to work with the best people in the business, and I’ve been lucky enough to share the screen with people like Steve Carrel, Nathan Fillion, and Simon Baker. The Office was one of those dream jobs for me since I was such a fan of the show before appearing on it. Taco John’s was a great job for me because it was an ongoing campaign and I got to do over 5 commercials, and many voiceovers for them. That was one of the best jobs I’ve had.
4. How does it feel to watch yourself on television or to hear your voice in a film?
Seeing myself on TV or hearing myself is actually a thrill for me. Getting to see the work you did with all of the elements put together, is quite exciting. I don’t think that will ever change for me, no matter how many shows I’m on!
5. How long have you been narrating audiobooks? Do you specialize in any type of audiobook? What are some of your most recent ones?
I’ve been narrating audiobooks for a year now. Most of the books I’ve done are in the Young Adult genre, but I have done others such as Sci-fi and biographies. I just had a book called “Hokey Pokey” hit Audible, which is a wonderful story about growing up, and I recently finished recording a Thomas Jefferson biography.
6. When you act in a play, a TV show or a film, you can use nonverbal communication, movement and props to enrich the performance. Do you have any tricks or techniques that you use to help your audiobook performances come alive?
To make audiobooks come alive, I really tend to become that character that I’m portraying. I’m often very animated when I’m reading, and very expressive with my hands. I think that really helps and comes through I the performance.
7. What is your process for approaching an audiobook? Do you read the whole book first so you know what’s coming, or do you like to be surprised and just take it one chapter at a time?
Sometimes I read the whole book, other times I skim it. It really depends on my deadline. Always though, I at least skim it so I know where the story is going and if something happens towards the end of the book that I need to know at the beginning involving a character. This could change the way a character is portrayed.
8. Does your voice ever get tired? Do you have to do anything special to take care of your voice?
My voice definitely gets very tired after long audiobook sessions. The key is water, water, water! All day I drink water when I’m recording, and even when I’m not! Tea is wonderful too. A nice 30 minute break after an hour and a half can go a long way as well.
9. Okay, let’s talk hockey. What’s your favorite team and do you have any favorite players?
My favorite team is the Winnipeg Jets. When I was a kid growing up in New York, I was a New York Jets football fan, and thought, hey I can be a fan of two Jets teams, so I became a Winnipeg fan! Of course it saddened me when they left, but last year when they moved back to Winnipeg, I once again was a fan again! I’m really hoping I can go to Winnipeg one day and see them play. My favorite player was always Teemu Selanne.
10. Any new projects in the works?
I’m currently on the hit show The Lizzie Bennet Diaries which is a modern take on “Pride & Prejudice.” I play the role of Mr. Collins. You can find it on YouTube!
Listen to a sample on Audible!