How to Make Money Performing Audiobook Narration

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James Patrick Cronin and Julie McKay

Webinar hosted by: James Patrick Cronin and Julie McKay

Audiobook Narrators

James and Julie have narrated over 300 audiobooks in the space of just over 4 years. They have worked together and individually with most of the major publishers in the field, in addition to having collaborated with numerous independent publishers and authors. Their work spans a wide array of genres, from Children’s Lit to Sci-Fi, Memoir to Historical Non-Fiction, and they have voiced numerous New York Times and USA Today Best-Selling authors and one National Book Award finalist. James holds an MFA in Performance from the University of Louisville and has over 10 years experience in the comedy world. Julie graduated with a Bachelor of Music from Baldwin-Wallace University and has performed Off-Broadway and Regionally. They are both members of AEA and SAG-AFTRA. Full Bio »

Webinar Summary

For the last 5 years, audiobooks have outpaced print media in sales. As traditional publishing becomes harder to crack, and less lucrative for that matter, more and more writers are turning to audiobooks to get their work out to as big an audience as possible. Audible alone has over 250,000 titles and that number is expected to rise tremendously over the next few years. And the number of people downloading audiobooks continues to soar. Of course, with rising demand comes a rising need. And the biggest need in the audiobook space at the moment is for distinctive, engaging  and professional voice actors and narrators.

Audiobook narration has become a goldmine for many. If you have worked as an actor, done voice over work, been told you have a great voice or believe you have a fantastic one yourself, you owe it to yourself to learn about the space. This is a job where you can often apply by home or simply by submitting a homemade demo. In fact, in many cases, you can narrate the book from home by setting up an inexpensive, yet professional sounding home studio. In fact, getting yourself set up and ready to audition is much simpler than you think.

James Patrick Cronin and Julie McKay have narrated more than 300 audiobooks in the space of just over 4 years. They have worked together and individually with most of the major publishers in the field, in addition to having collaborated with numerous independent publishers and authors. Their work spans a wide array of genres, from Children’s Lit to Sci-Fi, Memoir to Historical Non-Fiction, and they have voiced numerous New York Times and USA Today Best-Selling authors and one National Book Award finalist.

James and Julie will give you the blueprint and the building blocks toward making money narrating audiobooks. They will teach you how to set up an affordable home studio, discussing in detail what you truly need and what can be left out of the shopping cart. They will dive into performance, the narrator's prerogative, how to maintain vocal health, and how to fully prepare so you deliver your best performance. You will learn how to set your rate (and not undersell yourself), explain time management and give you clear instructions on how to act as your own agent. Most importantly, they will teach you how to find available jobs and put yourself in a position to get hired again and again.

 

"I found the content, insight and knowledge from this webinar to be absolutely fascinating."

- Ebs A.

 

"Great primer toward getting into this particular type of VO work."

- J. Nissel

 

"Many thanks to Stage 32 for getting talented working professionals like this to give us insights to their professions."

- Shaun S.

 

"Voice over work is something that has always intrigued me. I've always been told I had a voice for this kind of thing. Now I'm ready to take the leap! So easy to understand and apply. Thank you!"

Rashida C.

 

"Ordering my equipment and getting started tomorrow!"

- Angela R.

 

What You'll Learn

  • Introductions
    • Personal/Professional Backgrounds
    • How We Found Audiobooks
  • Voicing the Book
    • Author’s perspective
    • Vocal Characterization
    • Subject Knowledge
  • Script Preparation
    • Devices/Programs
    • Annotating Guidelines
    • Narrator’s Prerogative
  • In The Booth
    • Clothing
    • Vocal Health
    • Record Ratios
  • Home Studio Basics
    • When to take the leap
    • USB vs. XLR
    • Soundproofing/Sound Deadening
    • Audio Recording Programs
    • Punch and Roll
  • Business Basics
    • Pay Rates
    • Time Management
    • Being Your Own Agent
  • Reaching Out
    • Company Websites/Emails
    • ACX
    • Social Media/Collaborative Promotion
  • Is This The Right Fit For You?
    • Stamina
    • Cold Reading Skills/Habits
    • Library Test
  • Q&A with James and Julie

About Your Instructor

James and Julie have narrated over 300 audiobooks in the space of just over 4 years. They have worked together and individually with most of the major publishers in the field, in addition to having collaborated with numerous independent publishers and authors. Their work spans a wide array of genres, from Children’s Lit to Sci-Fi, Memoir to Historical Non-Fiction, and they have voiced numerous New York Times and USA Today Best-Selling authors and one National Book Award finalist.

James holds an MFA in Performance from the University of Louisville and has over 10 years experience in the comedy world. Julie graduated with a Bachelor of Music from Baldwin-Wallace University and has performed Off-Broadway and Regionally. They are both members of AEA and SAG-AFTRA.

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Testimonials

"Very informative." - Jhon W.

"They were kind and knowledgeable about the craft." - Mindy G.

"I found the content, insight and knowledge from this webinar to be absolutely fascinating." - Ebs A.

"Great primer for getting into this particular type of VO work." - J. Nissel

"Many thanks to Stage 32 for getting talented working professionals like this to give us insights to their professions." - Shaun S.

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