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Send your demo disc (narration only, please, no commercial or voiceover work) to the address below. If you would like to send your demo via email, click on the "contact us" link at the top of the page. Select "narrator" from the drop down menu, click the last (or bottom) contact link, and fill out the form. Someone will reach out to you with information on where to send your demo.
For narration consideration, you may submit a sample demo of yourself reading books out loud for our review. Please record several fiction selections (3-5 minutes each) that offer at least one example of a straight read (no voice characterization) and three with full voice characterization and dialogue. Be sure to include at least one dialogue sample between male and female characters to show how you would handle that, as well as any dialects at which you are proficient. In addition, include one sample of nonfiction, i.e., history, self-help, or business. Of course we would like the clearest sound possible, but do not worry if your samples are not studio quality. We are interested in your performance, not your recording abilities.
If you are completely new to narration work, we suggest you begin by spending an entire 6-7 hour day reading a book out loud before attempting any of the above. We would recommend that you record yourself doing so. When you are finished reading, play it back and listen critically to your performance. We don't mean to be discouraging, but you have to able to prove to yourself that you have the chops to read out loud for several hours a day and that your voice performance shows acting talent, professional delivery, clear diction, positive energy, and consistency from beginning to end. In short, you have to be able to tell a good story and draw listeners into the story without allowing any attributes of your own voice to interfere with their engagement. Distractions for listeners can be: impeding speech (excessive sibilance, poor enunciation), nasal speech, sing-song cadence, and incorrect inflection. Ask a friend whose opinion you trust to review your performance as well.
Please be aware that we record audiobooks during the work week, from 8:00AM to 5:00 PM. An average audiobook takes three to five days to record, so your schedule must be able to accommodate ours.
Lastly, after you submit a demo to us, do not expect a response unless we are interested in pursuing your talent. Due to the high volume of narrator inquiries and submissions we receive, we are unable to offer further help or instruction about the art and work of narrating audiobooks.
You may send demo discs to the address below. Make sure your name and contact information are directly on the disc and not limited to accompanying material. If you would like to send your demo via email, click on the "contact us" link at the top of the page. Select "narrator" from the drop down menu, click the last (or bottom) contact link, and fill out the form. Someone will reach out to you with information on where to send your demo.
1704 Eaton Drive
Grand Haven, Michigan 49417