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(Some Narrator)   Today at noon PT/3 PM ET, professional audiobook narrator and Farker Cyclometh will be reading a short story live that you're welcome to join in to hear. Today's story is "Sabrina & Corina" by Kali Fajardo-Anstine. More DIT   (events.trl.org) divider line
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2022-10-07 1:25:21 PM  
Hello friends! Your friendly neighboorhood audiobook narrator and TFarker Cyclometh here.

Starting nearly ten years ago I began volunteering at my local library, reading short stories and essays during the lunch hour every first Friday of the month. The target audience was mostly people who worked in the area around the downtown library branch, and people would come by to eat their lunch and hears some stories.  It's billed as "storytime for adults". No, not that kind of adult story, although sometimes there is sex, violence, etc.

The pandemic kind of put a kink in the works and for the last several months it's been done by Zoom with anyone is welcome to join in to listen. I'm super happy that we're going back to live, in-person readings, but they're keeping the Zoom meeting so anyone can join even if they don't live in the area.

All you have to do is visit the link, fill out some basic details and the library will send you a Zoom link to join up and catch a live reading.

It lasts about 30 to 45 minutes, with the actual reading starting about ten minutes after the hour and in theory ending at 10 minutes before the hour. The Zoom meeting will open around that time.

Today we're doing the title story from Kali Fajardo-Anstine's collection of short stories called Sabrina & Corina.

Visit the link at the top of the thread or click here:
https://events.trl.org/event/listen-here-lunch-break-story-time-adults-6
 
2022-10-07 2:50:58 PM  
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2022-10-07 3:02:25 PM  
Hope you don't mind a question! My 11 year old daughter really wants to be an audiobook narrator. She constantly reads out loud around the house. (It may or may not be driving me crazy.) We're trying to find a venue where she can actually read to other people and I want to encourage her interest.

Can I ask if you have any words of wisdom for my daughter? Does it pay a living wage? Is there anything you've learned about narrating that you wish you'd known when you started? Any knowledge or advice you could pass to us would be greatly appreciated! Thank you!!!

/ I'll put an email for me in my account page.
// I apologize for the thread jack!
/// Three's!
 
2022-10-07 3:13:11 PM  

I just lurk here: Hope you don't mind a question! My 11 year old daughter really wants to be an audiobook narrator. She constantly reads out loud around the house. (It may or may not be driving me crazy.) We're trying to find a venue where she can actually read to other people and I want to encourage her interest.

Can I ask if you have any words of wisdom for my daughter? Does it pay a living wage? Is there anything you've learned about narrating that you wish you'd known when you started? Any knowledge or advice you could pass to us would be greatly appreciated! Thank you!!!

/ I'll put an email for me in my account page.
// I apologize for the thread jack!
/// Three's!


Volunteer at the library - that's what my dad did.
 
2022-10-07 3:47:45 PM  
Great story.
Great reading.  You did it well.  Thanks.
 
2022-10-07 4:09:53 PM  

I just lurk here: Hope you don't mind a question! My 11 year old daughter really wants to be an audiobook narrator. She constantly reads out loud around the house. (It may or may not be driving me crazy.) We're trying to find a venue where she can actually read to other people and I want to encourage her interest.

Can I ask if you have any words of wisdom for my daughter? Does it pay a living wage? Is there anything you've learned about narrating that you wish you'd known when you started? Any knowledge or advice you could pass to us would be greatly appreciated! Thank you!!!

/ I'll put an email for me in my account page.
// I apologize for the thread jack!
/// Three's!


I don't have very much specific advice, but here's some general ideas:

* Get acting and performance lessons. Improv classes are great too. Voice acting and narration are about performance and being able to act is critical.

* Read out loud. I read stories to my family every night for close to ten years before I narrated my first professional production. Record yourself, listen to it, accept criticism.

* Seek coaching from professionals, and not from people who will sell you a short seminar, or a weekend class that ends with producing a demo. Get real coaching that is charged per session, budget for it and work with a good coach.

* Good (read: professional and expensive) gear, software and a studio space are the last part of the process. You want good recording gear and a good space to record in, but you don't need it to get good enough to need it. You'll know when you do.

It can pay a good wage, but it's not for everyone- and it's hard, hard work. Much more than people think. But very rewarding if you find you can handle it. In the VO world, audiobooks are a marathon, where commercials are a sprint, and most other stuff is in-between. It takes different skills to do each one well.
 
2022-10-07 4:10:09 PM  

Markus5: Great story.
Great reading.  You did it well.  Thanks.


Thank you! Glad you enjoyed it.
 
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