How a Retired Air Traffic Controller Launched a Thriving New Career as an Audiobook Narrator (Video 1)

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  1. This video relieved a whole lot of anxiety and certainly increased my enthusiasm to learn, apply and have fun! It was wonderful to hear the narrators express what they experienced during the class and how it directly attributed to their surprising accomplishments! Hearing how Dan and Dave ‘broke it down’ in simple, understandable language/instruction with heart, totally spoke to me. Hearing they sincerely care about the student’s success was the icing on the cake. Let’s do this!

  2. My biggest issue is the royalty share option on ACX. I’ve narrated and produced several audiobooks, primarily for one or two authors and have made very little for my time. When I go onto ACX to look for titles, there are very few that are not royalty share or rs plus. I’ve been a voice over actor/spokesperson for over thirty years, but am having a tough time finding audiobooks to narrate/produce that look like they’ll be profitable as well as fun.

    1. And it appears you’ve been told that *all* RS and RS+ jobs are less desirable than and are not as remunerative as PFH jobs. Not all are, and we’ll be addressing this in the videos still to come. Good concern to have!

    2. It’s not really a matter of finding potentially rewarding royalty share titles.

      Rather, you should be following a system (whether it’s the one we teach or one that you create for yourself) designed to help you identify the promising titles and help you recognize those that are unlikely to be worthwhile.

      Looking forward to seeing you in class!

  3. For me, the biggest issue has been not really knowing how to get this as my career, and not feeling like I’m good enough. I’ve always wanted to do this, and having a friend, and an ACX Masterclass alum (Dave Cruse) reach out and suggest I take a look, has given me renewed hope.

    1. By “not good enough,” do you mean at telling stories? If so, here’s the test:

      If you’ve ever successfully read a bedtime story to a child, you should be good enough.

      (“Successfully” = The kid was interested and didn’t keep asking, “What are you talking about??”)

      If you’re questioning if your voice is good enough: It’s not about your voice. It’s about your desire and your ability to tell a story.

      Looking forward to seeing you in class!

      1. I’m excited to join the class! Good enough in my ability. I have low self esteem, even though I’ve been successful in my career as a radio personality. I just don’t see myself as others have said they see me. Still working on that for myself.

        I can’t wait to see where and how far I am able to go.

        1. Been there, done that Chris – it was hard for me to believe when I first started my radio and VO career that I could be as good as I needed to be to get paid to do the work. But, I’m afraid for you that it’s too late – you’ve already shown you’re good enough!!

        2. Chris: Three big differences between radio and audiobooks:

          1) Each listener actively has chosen to listen to you. It wasn’t a matter of dialing around from station to station; they are listening to your audiobook solely because they want to hear the very thing you are offering.

          2) You never get hotlined.

          3) Salespeople never wander in and out of your studio.

  4. I know I’m a good voice over artist, I speak French and English, I’m a singer, I can do many accents, I already have a good studio set up, lots of voice over experience in commercials (both in singing and voice-character)…but I have no idea how to get started putting myself out there as an audio book narrator.

    1. Bridget, we’d be delighted to help – and these videos will make a great start in your journey to putting yourself out there as an audiobook narrator! Looking forward to watching your growth!

    2. Bridget: By a sheer stroke of luck, we happen to have just the class for you!

      In addition to learning the “business” end (aka putting yourself out there), you’ll also need to adapt your VO skills specifically for audiobooks. It shouldn’t be at all difficult for you to make the necessary adjustments, but too many VO pros assume “I can just keep doing what I for commercial work…but longer.”

      That’s a big reason so many VO people try audiobooks and are disappointed; they don’t know to adjust their performances for the audiobook medium.

  5. I would say editing has been the thing that’s kept me from getting started. Also, I don’t really like the space I have to record in.

    1. Teri: By editing do you mean “I hear that editing for audiobooks is a migraine-inducing nightmare,” or do you mean “I’m afraid I won’t be able to learn how to edit”?

      Re: Liking the space you have to record in: If you have a space that allows you to record good-sounding audio, remember: You’ll be using that space only for telling stories. Pick your titles wisely and you’ll discover that all you’re aware of are the stories you’re telling all those listeners, “one set of ears at a time.

  6. I would say I’m afraid I won’t be able to learn how to edit. It seems complicated. I think if I can learn how to do that, I’d be good to go.

    1. It seems complicated — probably impossible — to you only because you’ve never done it and can’t even create a picture in your mind of what it must be like.

      Editing human speech in a linear fashion is not at all difficult. If you’ve learned how to use Microsoft Word, you can learn to edit. (Without all the frustration that comes with using Microsoft Word.)

      Please check out what our graduates say about how easy or difficult it was for them to learn our editing method at https://www.acxmasterclass.com/kudos/ and also at https://www.acxmasterclass.com/how-to-edit-audiobooks/.

  7. Please comment on whether you have received my subscription information, so I can get on board. Also, can you direct me to where I can purchase whatever recording and editing equipment I will need to begin recording and learn everything for me to get started. Looking forward to beginning a new future with you.

    Sincerely,

    Dana Kott
    Henderson, NV

    1. Dana: We are waiting for you to confirm your subscription to our Alert List.

      The confirmation request was sent to the address you used to join the List.

      If you don’t see it in your inbox, please check your spam folder. (The email service provider you use is famous for not delivering email.)

      Looking forward to having you join the class!

    2. Don’t worry about what equipment and tools to get. We’ll walk you through all of that in the class, and you’ll have plenty of time to obtain what you need.

  8. Hi Dan,

    Oops, sorry. For some reason, I haven’t found my subscription alert list, as accepted by you. I did check my spam folder, but nothing. I’ll try to resubmit and hope you get my second attempt.

    Thanks for your following up and I hope to make it in this try.

    Dana

    1. Dana: To be clear: Our system did receive your first subscription attempt.

      As do most Internet marketers, we use a “double opt-in” procedure:

      1) You submit your address via the Alert List form. (You did that.)

      2) Our system receives that submission. (It received yours.)

      3) Our system immediately sends an email to the address you gave us, asking you to “click here” (or words to that effect) to confirm that the request really did come from you. That email was sent to you at 5:39pm Pacific on June 8.

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  9. I’m a writer who’d love to narrate her own paranormal romance books. What’s holding me back is a fairly strong Irish accent. I tried taken lessons to help me adopt a more mid-Atlantic accent, but I slip back into Irish when I get excited… So frustrating…

    1. As a coach, I wouldn’t have you do anything to minimize your Irish accent, or to convert it to something akin to a mid-Atlantic accent. Listeners love UK accents, and you don’t have to do anything. I’ve worked with several authors who could do audiobook narration as a sole practice because of their attention to their voice. I’d be careful not to submerge the advantage that you have with your Irish accent.

  10. Hi Dan & David,

    I can’t tell you how heartbroken I am that I can’t register for class today. A great learning experience I have discovered is that we all should learn to approach our 90th birthday and still have enough funds to provide for a quality of life, doing the very things I had done for the past few 47 years.

    I love audio narration and so wish I could have found you both a few years ago. I will raise the $1995 tuition and, with your permission, contact you again to register and again, use both my voice and my passion for this kind of career

    You both have been so kind. Please keep my initial file active. I shall return!

    Dana
    Henderson, NV

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