AUDIOBOOK CLASS ASSIGNMENTS

by Dan O'Day on January 29, 2015

How do you teach voice actors to succeed recording audiobooks for ACX?

Six students of the ACX Master Class discuss their weekly assignments.

Registration for the ACX Master Class closes tonight.

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ACX Audiobook NarratorsTomorrow we close registration for the ACX Master Class for audiobook narrators.

We asked several of last year’s graduates what they found most surprising about learning to record audiobooks.

Their answers included the editing process, cost of equipment needed to get started…

Well, let’s let them tell you.

We also asked them how their lives have changed since embarking on their audiobook narration careers. Jannie Meisberger’s answer was my favorite:

Click here for ACX Master Class details & registration info.

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RECORDING MY FIRST AUDIOBOOK – WHAT IT WAS LIKE

by Dan O'Day on January 28, 2015

One day you’re dreaming about getting paid to record audiobooks.

The next day, you’re doing it.

What’s it like when you’re offered your very first book?

In this video, half a dozen ACX Master Class graduates tell their personal stories, including:

“How my mother-in-law reacted…”

“They sought ME out.”

“When the first one went out for sale, I couldn’t believe it…”

“It takes your breath away!”

“A pretty incredible moment…”

Registration for the ACX Master Class closes Friday evening, January 30.

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1930s Newsreel: “Audiobooks and You!”

by Dan O'Day on January 21, 2015

Narrating audiobooks for ACXWhile we’re waiting to open registration for the 2015 ACX Audiobook Master Class, I thought I’d share this long-lost educational film with you.

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I don’t want to say much about this radio commercial until after you’ve listened to it.

I’m sharing it with you as a contrast to this radio commercial I critiqued last week.

Here’s the spot.


That’s an example of radio ad that delivers a somber message…believably.

Unlike this radio commercial that I critiqued last week:

  • The message is clear.
  • The message is compelling.
  • The message doesn’t require interpretation or decoding by the the listener.
  • The situations depicted are realistic.
  • The spot doesn’t try to be “serious.” The story it tells is serious, which frees up the announcer to…just talk to the listener.

The announcer on the other commercial didn’t overdue it, either. But the woman’s delivery strained to declare, “What I’m saying is TRAGIC. Just listen to all this tragedy!”

You’ll find a more detailed analysis of exactly how & why this radio commercial works in Hypnotic Advertising by Dan O’Day.

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