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How to become an Audiobook Narrator?

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Michael’s Answer

Here is how to book your first audiobook gig: go to ACX dot com, its audible's open market audition site for narrator and authors to connect. Create a profile for yourself and brows projects that are seeking talent. Find a project, download the audition manuscript, record and edit your audition (usually 5-10 minutes) and submit it. Of course, before doing this you're going to want to grab a usb mic and procure a silent closet area to record in, while also finding some suitable editing software (I recommend audacity for beginners, I think its still free.)

But thats the practical way to get your first paying audiobook gig. Hope this helps. Good luck.
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Sarah’s Answer

Audiobook narrators are essentially voice actors. Begin by receiving coaching in voice acting and creating your own demo. Next, look for an agent who can help you find opportunities. Additionally, consider investing in equipment to set up a studio at home, allowing you to practice and prepare demos for potential jobs.
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George’s Answer

A few things to consider in pursuing this type of work. Variety in the type of voices you can do. Like acting. They may want you to read as different characters in various sections of the book. Practice imitating Narrators and try matching what they can. (Like learning a new song on an instrument.) Timing is essential for editing purposes. As for finding this type of work, you'll need to network and promote yourself to various agencies, producers and talent scouts etc. Demos or samples of your work will be required and be ready to record/audition throughout the process before they make a final decision. These days, having your own recording equipment and location may be a bonus in the hiring process, unlike in the past when you go to a recording facility. Best of luck.
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Charles’s Answer

Hi,

My initial advice would be for you to find a quiet, confined space, such as a closet, and devote an hour or two to reading aloud. Each time you stumble or make an error, start the sentence over. This might seem tedious, and you may not enjoy it, but it's a crucial step.

Once you've accomplished this, it's time to consider acting training if you haven't done so already. A cost-effective method for this is to explore the numerous narration tutorials available on YouTube. However, if you have the financial means, you might want to think about enrolling in classes or hiring a coach.

As Sarah pointed out, you'll need some equipment to practice, and learning how to use it can be challenging. But don't let that discourage you; it's entirely achievable. I would advise against seeking an agent, as most are not interested in audiobook narration due to its lower pay scale and lack of residuals.

While it may seem daunting, you certainly have the capability to succeed in this field. It will require some diligent research, learning, and practice on your part.

Should you require any specific video recommendations or further assistance, feel free to reach out.

Best wishes,

Charles Constant
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