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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  • OK Bettye...I'll just throw this out there blatantly! How do new narrators working outside the main publishing areas of NYC and LA actually get publishers to listen to our demos and respond? I have a professional demo (8 tracks now!), have been sending out email inquiries and CDs, trying to follow up on contacts from APAC and the how do we get from 'here' to 'there'? That's awesome that several students have secured audiobook contracts! How did they do it - how did they get the publisher to even listen to their demos as new narrators?
  • Several students have recently secured audiobook contracts to read for publishing houses. Hooray! I'm so pleased when I hear success stories. Hey everybody, tell us WHAT YOU'RE DOING and WHAT YOU'RE RECORDING and all sorts of job information having to do with our topic.
  • Do you all subscribe to or visit the website often of the magazine AUDIOFILE? It's a goldmine of information for us all and you can click on and hear narrators, award winners!
  • I hope everyone joins Robin Whitten's new website on Audio Books. It's the same type of site as this one only devoted to audiobooks. You'll love it!!
  • The EQ discussion probably is relevant to this board...but have you joined the Recording and Tech group on this website? That's where you'd really get so many experts giving advice on recording etc. Take a look at that group.
  • Hey everybody, while the "mouth noise" topic is being discussed a lot here, how about getting back to our topic which is AUDIOBOOKS and PAYING JOBS. Let's put mouth noise on another group if possible. Suffice it to say that members are complaining so lets move on to audiobook stuff. Thanks.
  • Hey VO's in the Oklahoma City area. Bettye is doing a seminar July 17 and 18 in Oklahoma City. You can enroll through her wibsite.
  • Jonah: thanks for that tip! Gonna try it! Alexis: this is beyond my expertise and, I think, beyond the bounds of what you could get from a forum. Your EQ in different ranges would depend the individual voice (and the room, and the mic, and . . . and . . . ). Maybe Joe or another engineer has a magic formula, but I think you need an engineer in the booth helping you set that as you record.
  • Try smiling when you come across a p that is works everytime.
  • Dear Ms Henderson,
    In your last post you said, "Finally, I tweak EQ on the front end"

    Can you tell me what exact setting you use?

    On my Mackie mixer the top and bottom settings are -15 at the far left and +15 at the far right.

    Right now all my EQ settings are at the 1200 o' clock potion which has a U symbol.

    I am not very knowledgeable about the technical stuff, so if you would tell me what exact setting you use that would give me a place to start tweeking.

    Thanks very much for your help.
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