The fifth and final audio promo of The Starriest Summer, with Steven Kelly as Jayse, and Elissa Park as the little girl!
Jayse was surprisingly really easy to cast, once I heard Steven’s audition. I was worried he’d be the toughest to cast, but as soon as I heard Steven’s audition, boom, I knew it had to be him. It surprised me, too, because I’m used to hearing him voice more mature characters. In fact, I had wanted to ask him to play King Oresonn. But huzzah! Things turn out funny, don’t they?
A note I wanted to make about his accent. If you couldn’t tell from the way Gediyon speaks, Arriscyleans speak with English accents, because it’s Michelle’s understanding of their language that everyone speaks more regally, and as an American, she would find the English accent more regal.
Jayse, having grown up in Arriscyal, would have an English accent. However, not wanting to be crown prince, he disguises it most of the time and puts on the more “common” American accent. That’s why he comes in the scene with an American accent and slips into an English accent by the end. It was a director’s choice, not Steven being weird with his delivery 😛
I think he did a fabulous job, don’t you? :3 Can’t wait to hear more from him.
As for casting Elissa as the little girl(s), well, I couldn’t really do them all myself 😛 She was the only other female I had cast for book one’s promos. She was concerned that she couldn’t do little kid voices well, but I think she sounds cute 🙂
I chose this scene because it’s Michelle’s biggest breakdown of book one. She’s been pretty happy, optimistic, and resilient for most of it, but talking about her home life and how useless and overshadowed she feels makes her lose it. Totally not written from my own experience. Totally. *sarcasm*
Anyway, today is the unofficial release date! 😀 If you bought your e-books from Amazon or Smashwords, it should be on your devices today.
Check out some of their stuff in the video description, and don’t forget to pick up your signed copy of The Starriest Summer! ❤