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A conscientious work ethic, a driven attitude, and outstanding communication are essential pieces of the puzzle. A history of completing paid narrator jobs is a plus but not essential. Transferrable skills and experience in acting, vlogging, streaming or hosting can be just as valuable indicators of your ability.
Voquent's signature demo search is unmatched in function. Customers can filter for the desired language, accent, tone, age, and more to navigate our immense database of audiobook narrators for the ideal voice. Get heard by preparing your demos in various genres.
Audiobooks are generally recorded and edited in a professional home recording studio. A home studio keeps costs down for customers and means you're ready to record at a moment's notice. Check our buying guide if you need advice about the best gear, acoustic treatment or mic placement.
At its most basic, a narrator is a storyteller that guides audiences through content. This may take the form of recounting historical events, explaining how something works or dramatically narrating a fantasy novel. In film format, narration accompanies imagery. However, the medium that narrator jobs are most suited to is audiobooks. Being a narrator is not as rudimentary as just reading sentences out loud. Tremendous skill is required to match the character voices and genre of the project to keep listeners hooked.
You won't get far if you aren't sufficiently prepared for this line of work. Training your voice to create the perfect sound and building stamina for long recording sessions; are essential skills rarely ever down to natural talent alone. If you are a novice, it's always best to start with singing or voice acting classes.
Our article about choosing a voice coach for voice acting work is equally relevant to narrator jobs. An experienced vocal coach will help you improve your stamina and increase your versatility. With daily practice, you'll be on your way to narrator stardom. After you have done all the hard groundwork, you need to create audio demos to show off your skills—upload material to Voquent to get in front of customers seeking to hire narrators.
Would it be a cliché to say, "if it were easy, everyone would be doing it"? Because that statement rings true for narrator jobs. To find success in this business, you need to be persistent, push yourself every day to improve, and always be ready to record. It is far from easy to match these criteria, which is why so many people aren't doing it.
Narrator jobs are enriching if you put 110% into your craft. Like any career, you must build your reputation first by starting small. Many narrators start with eLearning or business videos, eventually working their way up to narrating epic sci-fi anthologies or documentary films.
Of course, you can! If you couldn't, Voquent and other voice platforms wouldn't exist. You'll need professionally recorded material in various genres and tones to be in with a shout. Upload your Demo Samples to Voquent and tag them to match your specialities. If clients like your Demos, they will shortlist you for their audiobook narration job, and we'll be in touch to check your availability. Easy.
Who said anything about a charge? Joining the Voquent community is 100% free for any professional narrator. There are no hidden charges or subscriptions. We want the best, most open experience on our casting platform for directors and talent. Complete inclusivity means lowering the barrier to entry, especially for economically disadvantaged narrators. This policy always ensures a versatile range of narrators from all around the world. It is entirely free to get paid opportunities.
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Natural vocal stamina and range are vital to success. Many narrators will hone their craft with coaching and regular practice. But it doesn't end there. Providing excellent customer service also means you are ready to knock it out of the park with professionalism and grace. You must be easy to work with so customers make you their go-to narrator and keep coming back for more. A decent home studio is also critical for audiobook narration jobs because there isn't any budget for a separate studio.
A USB microphone won't cut it. If you don't know where to start, we have a tremendous microphone-buying guide to help get you started.