Specialized Knowledge: B.A. Theatre, B.A. Communication, and B.A. Music;
Emphases in Acting, Dramatic Writing, Media Production, and Vocal Performance; Minor in Religious Studies;
Dialects: Arabic, Transatlantic, General Southern, Working Class British
Ethnicities: English, Irish, Welsh, Scandinavian, & Arabian
Recording Setup: 6'x8' Gretch-Ken Isolation Room, PreSonus PD-70 or Neumann TLM 49,
FetHead Preamp, Clarett 2-Pre USB-C, M1 Mac Mini, ATH-M50x
Samples were recorded in home studio.
Brian Telestai is an American actor and musician based in the Pacific Northwest who works in film, television, and theatre. Brian’s career in the entertainment industry started as a musician on The Vans Warped Tours in 2006 & 2007 as a founding member of the post-hardcore band I Am Ghost on Epitaph Records (bass/keys/orchestration). Although he has a gold record on his wall, Brian is equally proud of his ukulele cover of Lil Jon's "Get Low".
Brian's voice has been described as warm, approachable, articulate, engaging, and full of personality. He loves sinking his acting teeth into a compelling villain in a fantasy or a pair of friends with pithy, comedic dialogue. Brian is excited by stories and character arcs that champion the underdog and highlight the struggles of the human condition. He has been cast as the confident jackass, the millennial professor or assistant, the intellectual best-friend, as well as a whole host of non-traditional character roles. He'd love to give voice to YA, New Adult, and Sci-Fi.
When not narrating or acting, Brian can be found writing and producing hard-rock musical screenplays, hiking and rock-climbing throughout the Pacific Northwest, helping his wife of 15 years with her performing arts camps, and taking care of their two tuxedo cats. His dream is to build a mobile production studio/tiny house where he can narrate books on location and explore the national parks of the United States.
Brian was a featured model for dozens of Hot Topic's store-front posters and internet catalogue. As an actor, you can see Brian in horror and sci-fi indie films, with selections at 2020's Boston Sci-Fi Film Festival and Sun Valley Film Festival, as well as season 2 of the Bible-era drama, The Chosen (Peacock/NBC). Brian's theatrical credits include work with Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Migration Theory (Boise), Dramatic Adventure Theatre (NYC/Tanzania), and Alley Repertory Theatre (Boise). Brian has also been featured in a number of national and international publications and tv shows.
To work with Brian Telestai, email him at Brian.Telestai@gmail.com.
Join Brian every Monday Morning in the "Narrators' Workout" room on Clubhouse!
Brian is also the creator and host of the "Narrators' Workout" room in the Audiobooks club, every Monday at 9 AM PT/ 12n ET. This room is a pressure-free zone where narrators “work out” together by reading a 1 minute selection. Constructive peer feedback is provided, featuring a new genre each week!
Co-moderated by Jennifer Aquino, Andy Garcia-Ruse, and Deanna Anthony.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING:
"You captured and absolutely nailed the tone I wanted! I can’t imagine someone else doing a better job with what I wanted said and how I wanted it read."
“I truly love your voice and the way you approach audiobooks. Your voice is warm and constant; and you're articulate.”
“Brian has a wonderful voice! A clear, friendly sound that is versatile, engaging, and full of personality.”