ACX MASTER CLASS: 2021 Curriculum

Week One

How to Profit from the ACX Marketplace

What Is ACX?

How ACX Differs from Other “Get Voiceover Work” Sites

Why You Want to Be on Audible.com

Getting Paid

How You Make Money

SAG-AFTRA (aka “The Union”)

How ACX Promotes You

Five Common Misconceptions About ACX

20 Ways ACX Is Better Than Voice123 (And All Other P2P Sites)

How to Join ACX

Adding Your Basic Information

Creating a Profile That Attracts Jobs

Most Important Element of Your Profile (most people miss this)

6 Competitive Advantages Your Profile Should Have

3 Key Elements of Your Professional Summary

“About You”: What to Include

“About You”: What Not to Include

How to Use “Awards & Recognition” if You Haven’t Won Any Awards Yet

“Your Website”: What You Should Link To

“Your Website”: Four Sites You Never Should Include

Uploading Your Samples

Format

Length

How Many You Should Upload

What if You Don’t Have Any?

Whether to Choose “Royalty Share,” “Royalty Share +” or “Pay for Production”

How Much to Charge

Assignments

Narrowing Your Field of Genres

Evaluating the Competition

Evaluating Profiles

Evaluating Demos

What’s Ahead for Week One

Additional Resources and Training

Video Training and Resources

Audio Training and Resources

PDF Reference Resources

Q & A Session

Questions/Clarifications About How to Profit from The ACX Marketplace

Questions/Clarifications About How to Join ACX

Questions/Clarifications About This Week’s Assignments


Week Two

Student Accountability Reports

Your ACX Demo Portfolio

Meeting ACX Standards

Preferred Demo Length

How Many Demos Should You Have?

Where to Find Demo Material if You’re Just Beginning

How Often You Should Update Your Demo Portfolio

Your Equipment and Software

Computer Equipment

Mac or Windows?

Microphone

Accessories

Recording/Editing Software

Where to Record in Your Home

Recording on the Road

Your Opportunities in the Nonfiction Market

Nine Niches for You to Explore

How to Voice Nonfiction Audiobooks

Your Most Important Goal

What to Narrate and What Not to Narrate

Handling Visual References

Two Things to Know About Your Audience

Three Presentation Requirements

Nonfiction Vocal Delivery

Three Requirements for the Listener to Be Happy

Nonfiction Enunciation Calibration

Voicing Steps, Lists and Processes

Identifying With & Connecting to Your Audience

Creating Related PDF Content

Non-Fiction Coaching Session with Attendees

Assignments

Installing Software

Exploring Non-Fiction Opportunities on ACX

What’s Ahead for Week Two

Additional Resources and Training

Video Training and Resources

Audio Training and Resources

PDF Reference Resources

Q & A Session

Questions/Clarifications About Your ACX Demo Portfolio

Questions/Clarifications About Your Equipment and Software

Questions/Clarifications About Your Opportunities in the Nonfiction Market

Questions/Clarifications About How to Voice Nonfiction Audiobooks

Questions/Clarifications About This Week’s Assignments


Week Three

Student Accountability Reports

How to Record for ACX with Audacity

Gathering Your Assets, Software and Hardware

ACX Recording Standards

ACX Mastering Standards

Efficient Script Viewing

Auditioning and Performance: Step by Step

The “Stairstep” Method of Recording, Editing and Mastering

Editing Raw Tracks

How Pozotron Makes You Look Like a Genius to Your RH

Mastering Like a Pro

Audio Silence Standards

Building Room Tone into Your Read

5 Common Time Wasters Among Audiobook Narrators

How to Voice Fiction Audiobooks

Choosing Fiction Auditions Wisely

How to Identify Your Audience

How to Create Your Characters

Voicing the Neutral Narrator

Voicing Male Characters

Voicing Female Characters

Voicing Child/Teen Characters

When and How to Use Accents and Dialects

What if You’re No Good at Accents and Dialects?

Seven Vital Fiction Presentation Tips

Fiction Enunciation

Fiction Coaching Session with Attendees

Assignments

Installing “Secret Weapon” Mastering Software

Working with Pozotron to Proof Your Work

Exploring Fiction Opportunities on ACX

What’s Ahead for Week Three

Additional Resources and Training

Video Training and Resources

Audio Training and Resources

PDF Reference Resources

Q & A Session

Questions/Clarifications About How to Record for ACX with Audacity

Questions/Clarifications About How to Voice Fiction Audiobooks

Questions/Clarifications About This Week’s Assignments


Week Four

Student Accountability Reports

How and When to Audition for ACX

Selecting the Best Auditions for You

10 Reasons to Consider Auditioning for a Particular Title

5 Reasons to Decline an Audition for a Particular Title

About That Offer Pending Banner

Preparing for Your Audition

Choosing the Best Passage for Your Audition

How to Slate Your Audition

How to Submit Your Audition

REVIEW: How to Produce the Audiobook

How to Manage Your Clients

Three Key Metrics to Help You Identify the Most Profitable Titles

Moving from Auditioning to Booking

Managing Client Expectations

Setting Expectations When You Audition

Planning for Success

Booking the Client, Not the Work

Project Payment Clarity

Step-by-Step Client Folder Creation

How to Handle Complex Change Requests

How to Establish a Clear Paper Trail

Using Pre-Written Messages for Each Step

How to “Hand Hold” the Client

Dealing with Client Feedback

Assuring Client Approval

How to Handle Slow-to-Respond Clients

Setting Yourself Up as the RH’s “Narrator of Choice”

Things You Should Do to Make the Rights Holder Want to Work Only with You (that very few of your competitors do)

How to Manage Your Projects

Securing Your Assets

Setting Your Production Schedule

Scheduling Your Delivery Date

When Not to Begin Working

Scheduling for Disaster

Special Research Before You Begin Recording

How to Avoid the Narrator’s Worst Nightmare

Which Files to Save, and for How Long

Responding to Revision Requests

When and How to Invoice the Client

How to Create the Retail Sample of an Audiobook

How & When to “Sanitize” Your Retail Sample

How to Earn More from Every Sale (Even without Royalty Share)

Beyond ACX

Other Publishers and Producers You May Partner With

Assignments

12 Next Steps As You Begin Your Narrator Journey

What’s Ahead for Week Four

Additional Resources and Training

Video Training and Resources

Audio Training and Resources

PDF Reference Resources

Q & A Session

Questions/Clarifications About How and When to Audition for ACX

Questions/Clarifications About How to Produce the Audiobook

Questions/Clarifications About How to Manage Your Clients

Questions/Clarifications About How to Manage Your Projects


Open to U.S., UK, Canada and Ireland Residents

At present, ACX is open only to

  • U.S. citizens with a Social Security number.
  • U.S. residents (not necessarily citizens) of the United States who have a valid U.S. Taxpayer Identification Number and are able to submit Form W9.
  • Canadian citizens and residents who have a Canadian Tax I.D., a Canadian bank account, and a Canadian address.
  • UK citizens and residents who have a UK Tax I.D. (your National Insurance I.D. will suffice), a UK bank account, and a UK address.
  • Irish citizens and residents who have an Irish Tax I.D., an Irish bank account and an Irish address.

If you don’t meet any of the requirements above, we do not recommend that you join this exclusive Master Class.