As a voice acting coach, I’m often asked the following question. How is being an audiobook narrator different from other types of voice over work?
To answer this question, we need to think about the goal of the writer. Depending on the type of job you are doing, as a voice actor, the goal is often to sell a product or service. Or, it can be to train and educate people. However, the craft of being an audiobook narrator is different than either of those. As a book narrator you are helping to shape the STORY being told by the book’s author. Sometimes it may even feel like you are an extension of the writer themselves.
In audiobook voice over narration the voice talent must:
Transform written text into something listeners will not only enjoy, but get lost in.
Be able to bring words to life. Multiple characters, changing story lines, varying moods.
Understand perspectives. Be able to convey the differences between them.
Use breath control! Long stories? Many hours of using the voice can take its toll. Voice acting training can help with this.
Master time management skills. A 30 chapter book can’t be read all in one week! Want to meet the publisher’s deadlines? The voice talent must plan accordingly.
Most importantly! Tell the story as the author intended. After all, you are the messenger of the writer’s point of view.
With 20+ yrs of experience, female voice over talent Rachel Alena is currently an audiobook narrator for Momosa Publishing. She also provides voice over training in her Louisville area Denver voice over studio. For more information, visit /voice-acting-training/. She’ll help you find your voice!
5 Reasons Why 2017 Could Be A Great Year!
Happy 2017! Did you feel it too? Ready for 2016 to be over?
As a little celebration, I’ve comprised a list of my top 5 reasons why 2017 might just be a little kinder to us all.
5. We finally get to meet Ben Affleck’s brother Casey. The Best Actor front-runner for Manchester by the Seahas been living in his brother’s shadow (not to mention, under the thumb of his past sexual harassment controversy). Go get ’em Casey.
3.Disney-Pixar has officially announceda fourth Toy Story film will be released in June 2017. Yep, three just wasn’t enough. Get your Buzz on. To 2017 and beyond!
2. Dubai announced that it will be organizing and hosting the world’s first World Future Sports Games in December 2017. The World Future Sports Games will be featuring innovative and state-of-the-art tech to compete in sports.
The first Games will be hosted by Dubai and will be held over a 3-day period from December 28 – December 30, 2017. The aim is to hold the games every 2 years for a 3-day period, hosted by different participating countries. There will be nine futuristic competitions that employ modern technology and artificial intelligence:
driverless car racing,
robotic running competitions,
robotic table tennis,
drones races and
1. What? The first human head transplantcould occur as early as 2017! Medical News Today reported that Italian scientist Sergio Canavero of the Turin Advanced Neuromodulation Group says his “Gemini” spinal fusion protocol could be used to extend the lives of patients suffering from progressive muscle and nerve diseases and terminal cancer. A 30-year-old Russian man is set to become the first person to undergo the procedure. Hmmmm….this one is hard to wrap your head around, isn’t it?