- Arabic Dialect - As Seen on "The Chosen" Se 02 Ep 04 -
B.A. Theatre, B.A. Communication, and B.A. Music; Emphases in Acting, Dramatic Writing,
Media Production, and Vocal Performance; Minor in Religious Studies;
Professional Musician (Epitaph Records), Played the Vans Warped Tour 2006 & 2007;
Worked in a SF Tech Start-Up for 2 years; Certified Barista;
Certified Rock Climber; Soccer Goalie for 20 Years; Survivor of a Near-Death Experience
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
All samples recorded using this home studio setup.
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, and the intellectual best-friend. He'd love to give voice to YA, New Adult, Sci-Fi, and Adventure/Survival.
Over Thanksgiving of 2021, Brian was involved in a near-death experience on Bandon Beach, Oregon. After stepping into a sinkhole while running, he shattered the radial head in his right arm and dislocated his elbow. Blacking out from the pain, Brian came to while being hit by waves. He managed to climb out of the water and save his own life by scaling the side of a cliff. Since this incident, he has been healing physically and mentally, with a reassured confidence that he was put on this earth to tell stories and create art that will outlive himself.
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 snuggling with their two tuxedo cats.
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. Brian's theatrical credits include work with the 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/ 12 PM ET / 5 PM UK.
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 with Jennifer Aquino and Deanna Anthony.
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