The name’s Geoff.
Not Geoffrey anymore. That was the old me…
Back when I was afraid of power tools, and intimidated by the pros who used them.
OPEN UP THE WALL is the true story of Geoffrey, an award winning actor, and new owner of a run down starter home. The urge to single-handedly renovate the dump consumes him, and ultimately changes his life.The huge sense of accomplishment that comes from working with his hands, and actually doing something useful, is an exhilarating motivator. When he is asked to join a construction crew, Geoff (not Geoffrey anymore) hides his past from his new co-workers, and never looks back on his career as an actor, finding excitement and personal satisfaction as a carpenter, living a life free of soul destroying auditions, and empty backstage praise.
After two decades of heavy lifting, a bloody accident tips the scales in favour of retirement, and by the time Geoff completes physiotherapy, he has made the decision to walk away from the heavy duty career that gave his life real purpose.
The dialogue between characters in this book made the recording of a podcast a no-brainer. BUT – I have spent many hours in expensive studios, recording dozens of radio commercials, and over 100 radio dramas, so I am aware of the impossibly high cost of studio time. My son Will solved the problem with his unique approach to single voice recording. He assured me that the two of us could squeeze into my walk in closet, and pack the closet shelves with pillows, thereby creating a sound proof booth. So we set up amongst jackets, dresses, and shirts, and recorded Episode One. Hearing the playback, I literally could not believe my ears. His tiny $1000.00 microphone, attached to his phone (looking ridiculous mounted on a standard mic stand), was delivering studio quality sound! Two days later, we came out of the closet with an audiobook.