Natural Breathing – Audiobook Tip

A couple of years ago, I took an audiobook class taught by Pat Fraley and Scott Brick. Lots of great information and time on mic. If you decide that you might have what it takes to do the marathon that is an audiobook, you might want to take this class the next time it comes to your town.

Here is a clip from Pat that talks specifically about how to reduce “slash” breathing. Those quick loud little gasps of air that happen because we are not breathing naturally.

Interested in Audiobooks?

Here is a new article about audiobook written by Jim Moore whose profile says his blog (What If I’m Write) “is a give and take opinion blog devoted to sharing thoughts on the art of writing, audiobook production, books of interest, rants about the demise of the English language, the occasional pause for a great picture, and a general forum for nice, well-mannered people.”

This post if full of information about what it takes to do audiobooks from the point of view of an older retired person looking for something to do. Excellent commentary!

He details opportunities and obstacles…

Using Your Hands to Direct Your Read

The last post here was a behind the scenes with Joe Cipriano as he did a network promo. He uses his hands to punctuate – to drive his energy.

Now, here is a short interview with Dustin Hoffman as he talks about narrating the audiobook of “Being There,” by Jerzy Kosinski.

Very different energy here, but watch him use his hands to direct himself. In the interview he talks about “seeing” the story like a film.

Audiobooks: Behind the Scenes

We just finished up the audiobook section in class, but I found a couple of videos that might be helpful for those of you who found that you were interested in exploring the idea of recording audiobooks a bit further.

These videos feature Grammy Award winner, Bill Harley, as he talks about narrating his latest audiobook – Charlie Bumpers – The Squeaking Skull. There are three videos on the page – check ’em all out. The first is a tour of the studio. This one is Bill talking about audiobook philosophy – and the last one has him doing some of his characters. (The background music gets a little tedious, but the content is super.)

To Continue our Audiobook Discussion…

We’ll spend more time on audiobooks a bit later on in the semester, but this came across my eyeballs today.

One of the things we’ll talk about in class is how to decide if you have the stamina and will power to record audiobooks. Even if you decide that you do, there are other decisions to make. There is relatively new site – ACX – that matches up people who have the rights to books (authors and publishers) and people who want to perform as the voice for these books.

We talked a little bit about the rates that people can get to record audiobooks – per finished hour rates, royalty share, or a combination of the two. We talked about the fact that some voice talent will execute the entire production of the audiobook – from voicing, to editing, to proofing, to finish editing, to final processing for delivery. And that others may be part of a team of people producing the audiobook – in which case they will be working on a flat per finished hour fee.

This is a new way of doing business – the Internet once again changes the paradigm. And while you may still be figuring out what all this means from a voiceover talent’s perspective, it also is new ground for many of the authors who would never have had the chance to have someone record their book.

Even if you have decided that you have the ability to record a 10 hour book, you still need to figure out what to audition for. Is it right for your voice? Is the pay enough? Is the deadline reasonable. And many times the answer is a resounding NO!

Brian Rollins, voice talent and writer, just posted something on his blog that might help someone who is seeking talent to record their book and is wondering why no one is auditioning. “Why Nobody is Auditioning for Your Book on ACX.”