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Narrating Books / Voice Acting [message #93698] Mon, 10 May 2021 19:12 Go to next message
Silver is currently offline  Silver
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Does anyone know if those job descriptors require any special education? Narrating books is always something I wanted to try but felt intimidated by the education I might need to qualify for that work.
Re: Narrating Books / Voice Acting [message #93706 is a reply to message #93698] Tue, 11 May 2021 07:01 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Rusty is currently offline  Rusty
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I think it would be a bit like acting. Learning how to emote the range of emotions realistically, not hamming it up.
Re: Narrating Books / Voice Acting [message #93740 is a reply to message #93698] Wed, 12 May 2021 11:44 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Kingfish is currently offline  Kingfish
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The tone of your voice has to match what they want. From what I understand, there is somewhat of a science to that. Matching voices to the commercial, book, or whatever else needs narrating.
Re: Narrating Books / Voice Acting [message #93763 is a reply to message #93706] Thu, 13 May 2021 18:53 Go to previous messageGo to next message
The Noise is currently offline  The Noise
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Rusty wrote on Tue, 11 May 2021 07:01
I think it would be a bit like acting. Learning how to emote the range of emotions realistically, not hamming it up.

Realistic by who's standards? The narrator or the average listener?

I would like to find the companies that do this and send them samples of me narrating a few paragraphs from books of different genres. Just to see how well I do.
Re: Narrating Books / Voice Acting [message #93767 is a reply to message #93763] Fri, 14 May 2021 06:23 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Rusty is currently offline  Rusty
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Realistic by who's standards? The narrator or the average listener?

I'd imagine it would be a judgement by the source who is marketing the product. Like when an actor reads for a part in a tv or movie production. Or like you sending in your narration reading from a book.
Re: Narrating Books / Voice Acting [message #93864 is a reply to message #93767] Fri, 04 June 2021 16:32 Go to previous messageGo to next message
LCallan is currently offline  LCallan
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You could create some samples and upload them to YouTube. Then make a profile on Fivver or another job platform. It doesn't hurt to try. I know that I could never do it. I tend to mumble, and I have a country twang.
Re: Narrating Books / Voice Acting [message #93866 is a reply to message #93698] Sat, 05 June 2021 22:11 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Zart is currently offline  Zart
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Narrating books require more skills such as acting and knowing how to regulate your voice. It would help to have a few voice lessons so that you can improve your pitch and tone. Other than that, practice all the way to make up for inadequacies.
Re: Narrating Books / Voice Acting [message #93908 is a reply to message #93698] Mon, 14 June 2021 08:49 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Beck is currently offline  Beck
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Acting skills may help since you'll be more knowledgeable about which kind of voice will be suitable for a scene. It may also help to take note of the book's genre that'll better befit your ability.
Re: Narrating Books / Voice Acting [message #94048 is a reply to message #93698] Sat, 17 July 2021 02:08 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Acacia is currently offline  Acacia
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Special education might be required when starting a job in knowledge-based fields. However, I don't think it would be a problem to try and see how things will go first in this area since narrating books is skill-based.
Re: Narrating Books / Voice Acting [message #94094 is a reply to message #93698] Sun, 25 July 2021 00:25 Go to previous message
MRikki is currently offline  MRikki
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I don't think any particular education is required. Maybe a background in radio would be helpful? I think that as long as you have an expressive voice and can read well, you should be able to find some way to get into voice acting!
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