If you narrate audiobooks or aspire to, this is a must-read post from award-winning audiobook director, Paul Alan Ruben. In it, he gives an overview of how to prepare and perform an audiobook from an ACTING perspective. Paul notes that while the opportunities for good audiobook narrrators are rapidly increasing, many newly-minted audiobook "narrators" entering the market lack the necessary training and acting chops required to successfully perform an audiobook.
Please note that this post is lengthy, detailed and requires your full attention; you won't be able to absorb it all in a single pass. Considering that Paul is generously sharing advice and knowledge he doesn't normally share outside of his sold-out workshops that cost many hundreds of dollars to attend, we cannot stress enough how important it is for you to read and retain this information.
Paul Alan Ruben: "For me, the quality of performance isn’t keeping pace with the increased solicitations. Sometimes, after briefly listening to a voice-overish demo, I’ll think: Hmmm, not in the ballpark. And I’ll wonder: Who directed this narrator? The lingering impression is that no one did."
[Many thanks to Byron Wagner for finding this article.]
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