This group is BUSINESS...where are the jobs today that pay narrators? Who has these jobs? What are the sources we might contact with a demo to get narration jobs? Sure, we can talk about narration techniques too...
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A thought from Bettye.... You are entering the PUBLISHING INDUSTRY. Learn about it!

You must have a killer audio book demo to get paying work in this field especially from PUBLISHERS. You also must separate jobs you do on your own in your home studio from voicing for publishers, often in their studios. When you read for publishers, the pay is better and you often don't do the audio engineering. Mostly, they prefer readers in their own studios. The audio book jobs advertised on the online pay to play sites are usually from vanity publishers or the authors themselves or for other reasons...not publishing house jobs. Know the difference. And get used to the fact that audio books usually pay for THE FINISHED AUDIO HOUR. How long will it take you to get one finished audio hour that is perfect? That depends....could be two studio hours could be twenty studio hours with you engineering and voicing it too! Be very cautious on your price bidding.
Bettye Zoller

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  • I will be sharing the things of interest from my Audio Book Weekend here in Dallas. There are lots of good people attending, people already narrating! It's going to be a wonderful weekend and as I always say, I learn as much from my students as they learn from me--sometimes more! So I'll be reporting here everything you might be interested in and use to your advantages. And thanks, members, for joining this group and keep telling others about it. All the best. Bettye
  • Thanks for comments! Hope we get more members. Let me answer your two questions here: Bruce, it's fab that you're reading longer scripts now of all kinds. Build up your stamina daily. Go on and read BOOKS outloud. Start practicing that. But don't hurt your voice. Be sure you know what vocal fatigue feels like when it STARTS cause after you damage the tender vocal organs, your vocal folds and larynx etc it's too late. Then the damage has been done and must heal...slowly...or nodules or nodes result. I have a series of vocal podcasts on vocal health coming soon on that will be downloadable from that site. But back to the point books. Yes, everyone needs an audio book demo if interested in getting work. This demo is much different, longer, than other types of demos and very specific in content. More on that later. Hello to Ron and Dave here too. Thanks for joining and we'll keep on this group and I'll try to help you all.
  • This is an interesting area. I've grown up reading 30secs at a time. Of late I've started to read on-hold messages and adapting to reading for over an hour has been a challenge. Is most of this kind of work done under the direction of a producer/director?
  • Hea, that's my next goal - seeking if I have real talent to do audio books; and get a demo at some point. Knowing how to get the gigs once I feel confident that I am performing well and delivering a GREAT product sure is a knowledge base I am interested in
  • Something is wrong on the site right now...this new group doesn't come up when you search for it to join so hey everyone, tell your friends about it. And thanks DAVE for being MEMBER NUMBER ONE!!
  • Bettye,

    Fantastic group idea! This is something I have A LOT of interest in!
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