Would you like to become a great audiobook narrator? Or take your great narration skills and make them even better? Then here's some good news for you! The good people over at Voice Over Xtra have just announced an online narration workshop with none other than Paul Ruben!
Here's the lowdown:
Paul Ruben, the multi-award winning audiobook director / producer and trainer, has coached many narrators to their next level of audiobook success - through both personal coaching and in sold-out workshops.
In this installment in The making of an audiobook series, I'm going to point out some very important little things you may not have thought about. You see, before you hit that record button, you'd better make sure everything is set up and ready to go (including yourself). Because if you don't, it's only more and more headaches down the road.
Here's a special video (well actually, an audio) treat!
I made a video consisting of snippets of both the major and minor characters from the audiobook that I'm currently recording. There are still a few more minor characters and many "one-shot" characters left. But hey, let's have a little fun now, shall we?
So, you've followed my advice in part one and recieved the proper training along with knowing if you really want to do this. And you took my advice in part two by searching for novels that fit your vocal style and auditioning for them.
Now in part three, you'll learn about some very important things you absolutely must do after landing an audiobook job. Necessary requirements that are vital before even starting up your recording software and charging the phantom power of your mic.
There is nothing worse than recording a few chapters of an audiobook and then finding out that the author wanted something slightly different than your audition.
I like to use ACX.com to find audiobook jobs. But choosing which book you'd like to audition for isn't easy. There are many things you need to take into consideration before warming up your studio and recording your audition.
In part two of the "The making of an audiobook" series, I'd like to talk a little bit about just that -- choosing the right book for you.
About two months ago I was hired through ACX.com to narrate an audiobook. It's a full-fledged, 14-hour, fantasy-fiction novel filled with a multitude of unique characters with varying ages and accents (about 5 main characters, 5 minor characters, and at least 15 or so periodic characters. Oh! And the narrator's voice, too.)
Having reached the half-way point in the production, I thought it might be cool to start a series of articles on narrating an audiobook; what I've been going through, my thoughts, some techniques, etc.
June is audiobook month. And I can't think of a better way to celebrate it then by helping beginners become audiobook narrators themselves! Well, actually I'm not the one who's going to help you. A truly talented audiobook narrator named Barbara Rosenblat will.
Barbara has voiced more than 400 audiobooks! Her extraordinary range and abilities have earned her eight Audie Awards from the Audio Publishers Association — accumulating more Audies than any other single narrator. In the words of one critic, "Barbara is to audiobooks what Meryl Streep is to film." Now THAT is a compliment!
Recently Barbara held an amazing seminar called How To Become An Audiobook Narrator where she explains everything from how to do this special kind of voice acting work to breaking into the business. Voice artist Dan O'Day has gone ahead and made the audio of this seminar available on his website for instant download.