Janina Edwards is a native of Chicago, IL, and a graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, Acting Program. She lived in New York City for 11 years, soaking in the language and rhythms of African and West Indian people in Bed-Stuy. She has lived in Atlanta for the past 20 years, swimming in the swagger and sway of the south. As a result, she excels at portraying authentic characters and voices of African Americans and other people of the African Diaspora, plus other English speaking cultures (for example, West Indian, or Yoruba). Janina’s 2016 performance of Voice of Freedom (Dreamscape) was a ... n Audie Finalist. The Wedding Date (Penguin Random House) was and Audie Finalist and an Earphones recipient. Her stellar performances have been noted in AudioFile Magazine many times. You can find a full list of her audiobooks at www.janinaspeaksvolumes.biz. "I love to narrate audiobooks of all kinds, but my mission is to give a voice to stories, messages, and writers that reflect authentic stories of people of color, and/or humanist and yogic principles. Through my work, I want to give voice to the change I want to see in the world." Detailed in her CV, Janina has recorded for respected publishers such as Brilliance Audio, Simon & Schuster, Deyan Audio, Beacon Press, Audible Studios, Dreamscape, Hachette and others. When called upon Janina records from her home recording studio. Time permitting, she does her own QC and editing. She maintains a good recording ratio, general 1 pfh = 2 hrs recording time. Her recording/editing set up includes: Mac Book Pro laptop, Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 interface, Bluebird condenser microphone, home recording studio uses Auralex foam treatment, Adobe Audition audio editor and DAW. Beyond her audiobook work, Janina shines in elearning and explainer voiceovers, and industrial narration. (Separate resume available upon request.) She is also a professional grant proposal writer working with arts non-profits in Atlanta. Janina’s eclectic background includes 5 years in the New York and Chicago Santeria communities where she was initiated. She is a former dancer (African Folkloric, Modern, Belly Dance) and former amateur long distance runner, having completed the Chicago Marathon twice and the Georgia Half Marathon 3 times. Janina was the Props Manager for the Tony Award winning Alliance Theatre, the southeast’s largest regional theatre, for 5 years. She left that job to start her own company (JustWrite! Communications & Proposals) and give time and attention to her then 12-year old daughter. Presently, Janina is a member of Kashi Atlanta urban yoga ashram. She is a certified yoga instructor (300 hours), specializing in Restorative Yoga. At Kashi she teaches yoga and meditation, and she volunteers as a yoga teacher in the local jail, and teaches at an addiction recovery center. She also sings ‘kirtan’ and plays the violin.