Break into the lucrative market of audiobook narration

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 NOTE: This class will held in a live, online format using the Zoom Platform.
Class meets Tuesdays for five sessions, 4:30-7:30pm ET + 1:1 by appt.

This class is for anyone interested in pursuing work as an audiobook narrator, as well as any authors interested in narrating their own work to be sold in audiobook format on Audible/Amazon. Explore and reveal the emotional truth – your emotional truth – that powers the best audiobook narrations.

Production requirements for the major online audiobook platforms will be reviewed, and students will create their own online profiles. Then it’s a deep dive into how to shape winning reads – the ones that persuade authors to hire you to narrate their audiobooks and compel audiences to listen. Discover how to analyze text for cues on tone and genre delivery (fiction and non-fiction), determine POV (and how to handle shifting POVs), and practice delineating characterizations.  Practice narrations on mic, get constructive critique of the work, and record samples to publish on ACX, Findaway Voices and other audiobook platforms.

Image Credit:  Gideon Baeza

Equipment: At a minimum, students will need to be able to record themselves and email or post online their mp3 files.

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Instructor: Vivienne Leheny

Vivienne Leheny has narrated over 200 audiobooks for Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster, Macmillan, and Audible Studio Originals, along with many other publishers. She has rapidly built a successful, self-sustaining audiobook narration business. Her narrations have been nominated for Audie and SOVAS (Society for Voice Arts) awards, and her commercial narrations have also received SOVAS nominations.  

As a voiceover artist, she’s recorded over a thousand promotions for NBC (Saturday Night Live, Nightly News, Days of our Lives, Late Night with Conan O’Brien), including over a decade announcing for The Today Show. She’s also done promotional spots for HBO, Showtime, and Bravo. Vivienne has voiced numerous national commercial campaigns, including Coca-Cola, Fruit of the Loom, Florida Orange Juice, Bristol Meyers Squibb, Maxwell House, and Revlon.