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 responding to audiobook voice over jobs!