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Voices is Your Source for Audiobook Narrator Jobs

Everywhere you look, the audiobook business is booming! Within this multi-billion dollar business, publishers and companies worldwide are seeking diverse voices to provide audiobook narration in multiple languages. If you enjoy reading aloud and can sustain a consistent read, or even voice multiple characters, this line of work is for you. Land the audiobook narrator job of your dreams. Become an audiobook narrator who delivers top quality audio and you’ll have clients such as authors, book agents and book publishers coming back to you time and time again. Sign up today and start auditioning for audiobook voice over jobs!

Audiobooks are skyrocketing in popularity with the rising interest in audio content, and there’s no shortage of publishers and audiobook production companies looking for high-quality voice actors. Publishers aren’t the only ones looking for talent; authors are also seeking to market their own audiobooks and need to work with voice actors.

Why Is Audiobook Narration Important?

With print and digital books, well-written words are enough to share information or to create magnificent worlds inside the reader’s mind. But with audiobooks, the voice actor can make the difference between an engaging audiobook and a lackluster listening experience. This is what audiobook narration entails: it brings a story to life and can create the mood, making the listener feel like they’re in the story itself.

Audiobook narrator jobs differ depending on the audiobook genre. A captivating thriller might need a chilling yet razor-sharp voice, while a history audiobook may require a voice that’s calm and intellectual.

If you’re on the lookout for audiobook voice acting jobs, Voices is full of projects that offer new opportunities to make your voice a staple in the audiobook business.

Skills a Voice Actor Needs to Land Audiobook Narrator Jobs

A voice actor needs to be able to deliver a consistent performance over a long period of time, while also bringing the narrative and characters to life. That’s right, as a narrator, you can expect long recording sessions. While it might be a half-day or full 8-hour day of recording, you’ll have plenty of breaks in between.

Exceptional acting skills are essential. You may be acting as a protagonist running for your life, delivering your lines in a way that conveys nervousness and being out of breath, or perhaps you will have to perform as the antagonist, delivering a performance that makes the listener’s blood run cold.

To make your talent shine, you should get to know the book in preparation for your recording sessions. Read to understand the plot, the characters, the settings, the themes and what the book is about.

In addition to the performance skills, you’ll need a professional grade studio, one where you’re comfortable sitting and reading from the script that’s either printed and on a stand or on screen such as an iPad. Nowadays, most audiobook narrators choose to have the script in an iPad or other tablet so they can silently scroll and avoid the sound of pages turning and paper crinkling. Those page-turn sounds would need to be edited out of the finished recording, which is another skill needed.

While some productions have the budget for the narrator and a separate audiobook editor, which is ideal, other times self-published authors or other clients on a tighter budget might consolidate these tasks into a single role. In this case, as the audiobook narrator, you’ll also have to do some slight editing that entails removing unwanted breaths, background noises like page turns and split the files into chapters.

Some projects will hire a single voice actor for the entire audiobook, while others will require an entire cast. Projects that include a cast of characters and voice actors are great opportunities to use and develop your character voices.

Where are the Job Opportunities in the Audiobook Industry?

In 2019, the global audiobook market size was $2.67 billion, and it jumped to $3.26 billion in 2020. So yes, there are plenty of audiobook narrator jobs out there. Best of all, you don’t need to spend your time hunting for these jobs. You can find job opportunities right here on Voices and earn money as an audiobook narrator.

You can find many popular publishers searching for the right talent on Voices. Both established and up-and-coming writers require audiobook narration across a variety of genres and the reach of these audiobooks is vast. Everywhere, from the U.S. to Japan, people are enjoying audiobooks while traveling or on the coziness of a couch in their living room.

Why Look for Audiobook Narration Jobs on Voices?

Besides offering a plethora of job opportunities, Voices is a great way to diversify your voice acting income streams. While you’re working on one gig, you can look for another and ensure the wheel keeps rolling.

Everywhere you look, the audiobook business is booming! Within this multi-billion dollar business, publishers and companies worldwide seek diverse voices to provide audiobook narration in multiple languages. If you enjoy reading aloud and can sustain a consistent read or even voice multiple characters, this line of work is for you. Land the voice over job of your dreams. Become an audiobook narrator. Sign up today and start auditioning for audiobook voice over jobs!

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Frequently Asked Questions

A great audiobook narrator will have a lot of experience and good narration habits. Some qualities that make a narrator stand out are the abilities to create numerous distinct voices, speak different accents and dialects, and appropriately portray the characters as they are written. A background in acting is important to do that well. Another thing a good narrator can master is learning when to speak loudly or quietly, when to pause, and when to express emotion in a book. This gives the listener a more immersive feeling and helps the characters sound more genuine. A great narrator will also do background research and properly pronounce names and words, as well as put proper emphasis on words in a sentence. The final thing that makes a great narrator is coaching and practice. Learning where you need to improve and improving in those areas will make you stand out.

Audiobook voice acting jobs can be found on sites like Voices and through publishers, and publishing services like Amazon and Audible. When you find a job that suits your interests, you can audition for it through Voices, through the publishers, or through a service affiliated with them.

The challenges of audiobook narration include mastering the skill of being a narrator, the technical learning curve of editing audio, and the sheer amount of time needed to record the audio. Mastering audiobook narration takes a lot of practice, as a good narrator must always be aware of how they sound and what emotion they are trying to convey. There is a technical learning curve that also poses a challenge, as the audio has to be edited before it is considered finished. Audiobooks also require a lot of work and patience, as they take a long time to record with several hours if not more of finished audio recorded per audiobook.

The length of time it takes to record an audiobook varies, but the general rule is to set aside two hours of editing for each hour of recorded narration. For example, the standard audiobook consists of roughly 11 hours of finished audio. It takes about twice the time to record the narration, so approximately 22 hours should be set aside for the standard audiobook. Be sure to budget in that extra time to properly set expectations.

Audiobooks generally pay $200-$300 per finished hour. The total amount of money you make on a job is dependent on how many hours the job requires you to narrate.

You can find jobs on Voices, through a publisher, or through an affiliate service. Creating a good audition will make you stand out and land you a job. A longer resume will also help establish your name in the world of narration.

Yes, there is an entire industry that revolves around the creation of audiobooks! Narrators are hired to read audiobooks, and you can become a narrator to read audiobooks for publishers who may hire you.

You can be paid to read books aloud by finding jobs through Voices or an audiobook publisher and their affiliates like Amazon or Audible. After you find a job you are suited for, you can submit an audition. Once you are hired, you can begin reading audiobooks and making money.