Watch ‘The Wanderer’, my three-part narrated story on IGTV

I’ve always had a fascination with storytelling and the many ways in which you can do it. Particularly with the marriage of audio books, in bringing together voice acting and music to create a compelling story that offers a different experience to a traditional written piece.

The dilemma is that I’ve been practicing voices and doing impersonations since I was a child, yet it was always for little more than amusement, of either myself or others. These days I spend a lot of time amusing my two-year-old son with them. But until I started using Instagram TV (IGTV) last year, I’ve never actually had a creative outlet for any it.

It began about a year ago with my Instagram writer friends finding a lot to enjoy with my variety of voices, particularly my ‘Joker’ impressions that I used to send through voice notes. I’m sure you’re all familiar with Batman’s arch-nemesis, the Clown Prince of Crime. That guy. After performing a reading of one of the writers’ poems in various dramatic voices and recording a satire of Heath Ledger’s Joker dialogue, I was encouraged to actually put my voices to some kind of creative use.

That led me to write and narrate my first original IGTV video, ‘Peg Leg‘, which was a horror story told in the voice of the Joker. The very positive and humbling response led me to run this series for five episodes, each with different variations and takes on the Joker’s voice and character.

I was then enormously excited by the prospect of expanding my range and doing what I’ve always wanted to do, which is narrate a compelling story with nothing but my voice and some music. And so I began writing ‘The Wanderer’, a three-part fantasy story which captured my tendency to write dark and morally ambiguous tales.

After writing the story outline, I recorded, created and uploaded the three-part narrative over nine days. I am quite proud of how it turned out, given that I had no professional equipment at all, and created the entire saga with nothing other than my phone and my voice.

Below you will find the links to each of the three episodes together with their story synopsis.

The Wanderer – Part 1: The Eclipse

The Wanderer travels across the ethereal plane with the bones of his child, in search of The Gatekeeper, guardian of the planes and the keyholder to the realm of the dead.

Watch (or listen) to the first episode on my IGTV by clicking here.

The Wanderer – Part 2: The Soul Collector

The Wanderer faces the demon of the end, The Soul Collector, to bargain for the life of his son.

Watch (or listen) to the first episode on my IGTV by clicking here.

The Wanderer – Part 3: The Debt

The Wanderer is reunited with his son, and must face the consequences of his debt to the Soul Collector.

Watch (or listen) to the first episode on my IGTV by clicking here.

This is definitely the beginning for me experimenting with more voice-over work in storytelling, and with the way that I wrote ‘The Wanderer’ I just couldn’t visualise it having the same impact if it had been purely a written story. There’s no doubt that a version of this story exists where it could be a traditional piece, and the possibility is always there to expand it into one. For now, I’m happy with narrating it.

After all, my primary goal at this point is to entertain and get people engrossed into stories in a variety of ways, and I hope that this medium does the trick.

*To sidebar for a second, following the conclusion of this story I managed to pick up a microphone which should actually allow me to record clearer sound with better quality, not hindered by the distortion found in cell phone microphones. That is to say that I’m looking at re-recording my IGTV series’ potentially for YouTube.

Published by Azhar Amien

Azhar Amien is a South African writer who has been honing his craft since age ten. Formerly a blogger and editor of a gaming and technology website, he has also self-published a novel that he wrote as a student. This year Azhar feels ready to pursue professional outlets for his writing. Whilst working on a new novel Azhar delved into poetry, finding a creative spark that spawned a whole collection. Azhar creates with one motto in mind: writing is madness finding its escape hatch. You can read more of his poetry and writings on Instagram @storiesbyazhar and interact with him on Twitter @azhar_amien

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