The market for audiobooks has been steadily expanding in recent years. Consequently, this has translated to more audiobook voiceover recording projects for voice actors. If you’re raring to try this kind of voiceover work, outlined below are some essential tips on how to do it right.
- The audiobook material or script should be in place.
The way the audiobook material is written and spaced on the page matters a lot to the voice actor. Compared to the printed or digital version of the text, the audiobook script should be written for speaking purposes. Checking the material beforehand will allow for a more seamless recording session once it begins.
- Practice on varied and distinct character voices.
This is especially useful if you will be asked to read fiction and even some creative non-fiction works. While the audiobook text may provide direct descriptions of the characters, it is your voice that will characterize them best. Make practice a regular habit so you will have a stash of voice styles ready for when you need them.
- Learn the art of short breaks and day-to-day spacing.
Given the length of recording audiobooks, you need to see the value of enough breaks. After an hour or two of recording, you may start getting thirsty, distracted, or vocally worn-out. When this happens, don’t hesitate to take some time away to rehydrate, breathe easy, or even take a short walk. Surround yourself with water and easy-to-reach snacks. Also, if payment or deadline is not an issue, read only one audiobook per day or have enough space between projects. This will allow you to re-focus and adjust your vocal styles to fit the next project.
- Equip yourself with the tools of the trade.
You cannot achieve exceptional audiobook recording if you don’t do it in a professional studio. If you have a well-equipped home studio where you can easily maneuver all the controls, then well and good. Otherwise, you will need to look for a studio where you can start recording. One important thing to remember, especially if you’re just starting out, are the rates of these studios. You will be recording for long hours, so be prepared to shell out the needed amount. A voice actor must never compromise quality voiceover results for short-term savings.
Audiobooks take long hours or days to record, but they are among the most creative projects for voice actors. These audiobook voiceover recording tips are meant to help you navigate through your next storytelling project easily and effectively.