In almost no time at all, the audio book market has emerged as one of the hottest sources of work for voice actors. Thanks largely to the spread of electronic publishing and the growing popularity of download- and streaming-based content services like iTunes and Spotify, demand for audio books is exploding.
As an actor thinking of taking your first step into voice, the opportunity has never been greater. But audio book projects demand an entirely different approach and skill set compared to other voice projects.
Before saying yes to an audio book gig, soak in these four key takeaways to give you a taste of what you can expect in studio.
1. Understand the commitment. The average book takes about three weeks for a voice talent to record. That may sound like a long time (and it is), but it’s largely because audio books require a great deal of commitment. In some cases, narrators are also expected to edit the recording, which will take more time. As a general rule, it takes two to three times longer to edit a voiceover than it does to record it. The first thing you’ll want to do is get a word count. From there, you’ll be able to determine how long it will take you to read and edit. Bear in mind that audio books vary in length. Some, like children’s books, are relatively short and could get you in and out of the studio in record time. Others are exceptionally long and may singlehandedly take over your calendar for weeks on end…
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