Monday, 10 October 2016

I Did an Audiobook. Kinda. Sorta.

Most of you guys are aware that I do writing work by now. I'm actually writing this post at the end of a 12-hour work day. That's three hours volunteering, a two hour podcast (which I count as work), and 7 hours writing articles. Not seven hours solid though. I took two food breaks. All in all I would say I worked about 10-11 hours today and only about five or six of it was paid work. Oh well.

Anyway, I'm also a voice over artist. I just don't get many chances to do voice over work. I know you all love my voice (and who wouldn't?) but unfortunately there's just something about it that turns off potential clients. Personally I think it's because I'm too quiet. I need to be more animated. Still; every so often a voice over job comes by and there was one really nice one I did recently that I wanted to share with you all. I was supposed to post this on Thursday last week but then I just kinda...vented.

I was hired by someone to record the first chapter of their book. They also came back and hired me to voice the second chapter, but I haven't heard from them since then. Perhaps they read my post on Thursday :/ Either way they did something that very few clients have ever done for me before. They provided me with a link to the finished product because they posted it on their Youtube channel. I'm told the second chapter is also on there, so click through and find it if you want. I've not looked because I don't like the sound of my own voice much. It's enough to hear it in editing.

Anyway, enjoy the first chapter of the book I kinda sorta maybe sorta did an audiobook for. If you like it then go leave a comment telling her to hire me for chapter three!
P.S If you'd like to hire me for a voiceover project then check out my Fiverr page.

P.P.S Happy Columbus Day!

9 comments:

  1. Great job Mark, nice to hear your voice!

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  2. I've listened to your stuff over on Fiverr before and I have to be careful, because it's such a distinctive voice that if I listen too often, I'll end up writing in that voice.

    You sound like you naturally ought to be narrating Douglas Adams.

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  3. "Perhaps they read my post on Thursday"
    If you're using your blog in relation to your profession in whatever kind of way (ie link to it somewhere, use it as advertising, etc.) then "marketing yourself" becomes something you might want to do.

    Another thing that may be turning off potential clients is your generally high tone of speaking. I can imagine a higher-tone male voice just doesn't vibe well with a lot of projects. Though that's partially outside of your control, you may want to see if you can try and expand your vocal range
    That said, this audiobook isn't actually half bad. Related to the above, you may want to vary your tone more wildly when doing character voices. Not in any "doing voices" kind of way, but to clearly distinguish speech from narration. (Work on your stern commanding by the way, "open the PTL gates" has room for way more punch. (: )

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  4. You nailed that reading. You've just naturally got a great reading voice and tone for storytelling. We hope you get chapter 3!

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  5. I'm not a fan of audio books mainly because they don't suit my lifestyle. I did have a listen though, mainly because I was curious about your voice. I expect the next time I hear it will be telling me about the Currys sale at Christmas! :)

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  6. Audiobooks are fantastic! Nice job!

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  7. Audiobooks are fantastic! Nice job!

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