CrossMark Studio is an all-online, independent studio that produces and publishes classic, public domain children's stories as chapter podcasts to Spotify and streaming affiliates.

In more detail, CrossMark Studio is primarily run by Christina Roberts. Her love of children's classics and her desire for her own child to enjoy high-quality, fun stories has caused her to launch this venture.

Production Quality

All stories are published as one chapter per podcast; or, if very short, a whole story as one podcast or multiple chapters as one podcast.

The stories are driven by an engaging narrator, enlivened by a fun cast of voice actors playing the roles.

Right now, our focus are Thornton W. Burgess's animal stories, Beatrix Potter's animal tales, and a scattering of other animal-focused stories. We will be branching out and intermixing other classics focused more on humankind, as well, to give variety to our productions.

Thornton W. Burgess

Thornton W. Burgess's beloved children's classics educate and promote children to be aware of, to appreciate, and to take care of nature and animals. Thornton W. Burgess was an American naturalist that greatly loved animals and nature and sought to raise awareness with children by writing his cherished classics, which include a plethora of beloved characters, including Peter Rabbit, Old Mother West Wind, Grandfather Frog, Sammy Jay, Lightfoot the Deer, and Old Mother Nature.

Beatrix Potter

Helen Beatrix Potter was an English self-taught naturalist, illustrator, and children's "picture book" author. She's most well-known for creating the mischievous Peter Rabbit. Throughout her life, she illustrated and wrote over 20 books for children, many with moralistic undertones of teaching or warning children not to behave badly. She was a lover of nature and sought to preserve the lovely English countryside of more rural living.

Kenneth Grahame

British author and father Kenneth Grahame penned many of the characters and stories he told to his son Alistair into his beloved children's classics. His best known work, The Wind in the Willows, is a story that both charms and instructs people of all ages to this day. Grahame was a lover of ancient literature and lore and wove such themes into his books, with Pan in the The Wind in the Willows one of the best-known cases of such.

A Note Concerning Classics:

As all stories we produce as audio narratives are older, they may contain any of the following content that we do not alter:

  • Phraseology significant to the culture(s) of the time, now outdated
  • Opinions, politics, beliefs, sensitive circumstances relating to race and culture, etc potentially sensitive in nature to today's values
  • Words often used during the time, but no longer used today

CrossMark Studio attempts not to produce pieces from stories that, when published, even then were meant to incite any form of negativity.

Our Voice Talent

CrossMark Studio's voice talent come from anywhere and everywhere, covering any age range of 18+. They are a beautiful sundry ensemble of the newer to the very experienced talent, all self-directing from their independent studios; a chorus of any and all people in the world who enjoy children's stories and want to help create something that will bring a smile and a giggle to the face of a child.

Our talent roster is currently open if you're interested to join us!

Please note ALL voicing is UNPAID at this time.

FAQs

Why are the roles unpaid?
all voicing roles are unpaid at this time, as CrossMark Studio is a very small studio and has no budget. If we have profit in the future, that profit will firstly go to the voice talent.
Why can't I use my same name for this work as I do for NSFW/18+ work?
We think it’s not appropriate for talent participating in children’s stories to have a searchable link back to adult content they voiced in. Parents may find this inappropriate, too. Please use a different attributable name for this work, if you do 18+ voicing. This is not about ‘judging’ anyone. It goes without saying that there’s no issue generally with adult content.
How large/time demanding are these roles?
Roles that are or will be available may be anywhere from one-time extras, one-time minor, ongoing minor, supporting, or one-time main or ongoing main roles. Narrators have the heaviest roles, so we tend to shuffle talent around so eveyone gets to narrate a story, and it also keeps the workload acceptable. Main character roles may have 1 book focused on them (such as The Adventures of Peter Rabbit), and then that character may have sporadic, smaller recurring “screen time” after in other books.
Why do you change narrators book-to-book?
Using one talent for all the narration would be a superbly heavy role. We therefore ask a different talent to narrate one book at a time so everyone gets a ‘chance’ to get in some narrator time, it keeps the narration diverse, and it also gives the person narrating opportunity to voice other roles.
Why public domain?
With public domain books, we don’t have to worry about copyright. These books are ‘safe’ to produce and post.
Why self-directing and not live-directing?
Honestly, this is because CrossMark Studio is primarily only me, and I have a very young child who doesn’t allow me the flexibility to direct anyone.
How are casting calls sent out?
We primarily use Casting Call Club with private, password-protected listings only our talent roster can submit to. All talent must be okay to register or use CCC when auditioning.
Why CastingCall.club?
We use CCC because it’s easy to keep track of everything in one place. It’s free to register an account; and an account is required per the website’s restrictions to see and audition to casting calls. We’re aware this is inconvenient for some. All listings are password-protected, with only talent in our roster provided the password. And all individual auditions are private. No other talent will be able to see or listen to your auditions.
How long does it take for a production to launch to Spotify?
We don’t have a precise schedule, but at least several weeks between each production going up. This primarily has to do with waiting for all talent to submit their lines and then me putting the whole package together.
Why do you use Discord?
Discord is where we keep everything organized and listed. Talent aren’t required to have or use Discord; but if you choose to join us in our production server, you’ll see full transparency of what we’re producing, when, in what sequence; what roles are cast, are open, will be open in the future, etc. The server is not for socializing.

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