Hey guys! Welcome to the first article in a new series where we’ll be featuring interviews with various creators mainly but not necessarily limited to the NoSleep community. I’m personally a big fan of a lot of the writers and narrators over there, so I thought this would be a good opportunity not just for me but for everyone to get to know a little bit more about the people behind the works we love so much. This very first spotlight features someone I’ve worked closely with during my time at NoSleep, the lovely owner of Sleepless Nightmare Productions! This interview also features bonus answers from his alter ego/partner in crime, DB Keebler. So without further ado, let’s get right to it!
1. Tell us a bit about yourself. Who are you? What do you do?
Shawn: Hey my name is Shawn K and I run Sleepless Nightmare Productions, which hosts the NoSleep Theater, as well as a new channel debuting later this month called Would You Believe and a network of YouTube channels called What Was That Entertainment.
DB: I am DB Keebler and I am the host of NoSleep Theater. I come from another dimension and read NoSleep stories to absorb the empathic energy associate with it.
2. Why did you start the Sleepless Nightmare Productions channel?
Shawn: I love NoSleep stories and wanted to share them with the world. I’ve watched a lot of other narrator’s videos and they just never seem to do the story justice. I wanted to bring these stories to life using voice actors, music, sound effects and visuals that go along with the story.
DB: I was just trying to hitch a ride into your world.
3. What is it about a story that makes you think, ‘Ah, I want to narrate that on my channel!’?
Shawn: I look for stories that have good flow and description. I personally enjoy stories that are paranormal and really outlandish. I try to stay away from stories that are too realistic and I refuse to do any that involve rape or children being harmed.
DB: I prefer a story in a warm climate so when I visit I’m not freezing my goggles off coughcough Tara coughcough
4. What is your vision for the channel?
Shawn: I just mainly want to have an entertaining channel that people enjoy watching, and if I can help authors, artists or voice actors get more recognition, then all the better.
DB: That’s classified.
5. How did you get into narrating? Why did you choose that path?
Shawn: Since I was a kid I always wanted to be a voice actor. I used to try to entertain my friends and family with impressions (key word there being “try”).
DB: I guess you could say it’s a family business.
6. Have you ever written your own NoSleep story? If not, would you like to?
Shawn: I have written a few, they were pretty well received but didn’t get a ton of views but I still had a lot of fun writing them. Four Strange Little Creatures, A Thanksgiving To Forget and Stay Off The Naughty List are the stories I have posted so far and I do have ideas for more.
DB: I’m more of a reader than a writer.
7. What has been your favourite experience so far whilst running the Sleepless Nightmare Productions channel?
Shawn: I love when a fan or an author messages me telling me how much they enjoyed the video. It makes me so happy to know that people appreciate the hard work I put into the videos. As far as my favorite experience in making a video, during Halloween we had a tribute to authors of classic horror. I did a reading of The Tell Tale Heart by Edgar Alan Poe and had a blast playing the part of the main character. Never thought it would be so much fun playing someone being driven mad.
DB: Mine was getting to come to this world thanks to the assistance of a very talented author *virtually high fives Tara* [Interviewer’s note: This is referring to my story In the Shadows]
8. If you could have anyone feature as a guest narrator or voice over for the show, who would it be and why?
Shawn: I’ve never really thought about it. It would be cool to get to work with a famous voice actor like Billy West or Hank Azaria just to be able to talk to them about the roles they have played and get any advice from them. I am also a big fan of Mike DelGaudio from Booth Junkies, it would be really cool to work with him.
DB: Elvis, I think I have him buried in my collection somewhere.
9. Are there any other content creators that you look up to? Why?
Shawn: Logan Paul… Just joking. I wouldn’t say there are any I look up to, but there are some that have achievements I admire. I really admire what creators like rooster teeth and Matthias have done, taking small YouTube channels and turning them into large businesses.
DB: Yeah, I’m going to go with Logan Paul on this one. I’m just joking too, even I’m not that messed up.
10. What are your goals for 2018?
Shawn: To not make goals I won’t follow through on.
DB: Gain weight and pick up smoking!
11. If you could sit down and have a conversation with any person, living or dead, who would it be and what would you talk about?
DB: I would choose living; dead people are pretty dull to talk to. I guess we would probably talk about pizza or video games or something.
Shawn: Yeah, I’m going to have to go with DB on this one, that’s a pretty solid answer.
12. What would you do if you woke up one day and the internet was no longer around?
Shawn: I would probably get really bored and have to leave the house and talk to people, now that’s horrifying.
DB: Wage war!
13. Freddy vs Jason: who actually wins and why?
Shawn: I’m actually a huge fan of both of these franchises and I’ve been playing a lot of the Friday The 13th game recently, but I would have to give it to Jason. Freddy has to attack through dreams and without that ability he’s just a guy with a knife glove and I think we have all seen how well a knife works against Jason.
DB: Jason, No doubt. Freddy is a wuss!
14. Would you rather take your chances in a zombie apocalypse or a viral apocalypse ala Stephen King’s The Stand? Why?
Shawn: Definitely an interesting question. If you survived the zombie apocalypse you would still have to worry about being turned into a zombie or a zombie attack along with any other survivors with less than savory intentions. While in The Stand, if you survived Captain Trips you are immune and all you have to worry about is the other survivors and staying away from Vegas.
DB: I would have to go with The Stand also, but mainly because I would love to team up with Randall Flagg! “Pleased to meet you Lloyd, hope you guess my name!”
15. Promo time! Let us know about you, your works, where we can find you, anything at all you want to say, here is your space!
Shawn: We want to thank you for inviting us and giving us an opportunity to talk about our work. Like we stated before we currently have the narration channel Sleepless Nightmare Productions, where we narrate NoSleep and other creepy stories in the style of classic radio programming using voice actors, music, and sound effects to help bring the story to life. Coming later this month we will be premiering a new channel called Would You Believe where we tell you weird/unbelievable trivia, some of it is true and some of it is made up and we want the audience to tell us what they think. And finally we are also in works of a network of YouTube channels of all different genres called What Was That Entertainment. This project is just a way of getting YouTubers to help promote other creators. There will be a gaming channel on this network that will be acting as a hub where fans can watch their favorite creators face off against each other on online gaming.