Ahoy one and all! Time for a bit of an update and some news!
Since my last update, I’ve been a busy bunny – not all of my business on the acting side, but a significant chunk. My work within the NHS as a Simulated Patient has been frequent and productive and I’ve been out and about as a storyteller on a few occasions.
My main focus in recent months has been in setting up my own home narration studio.
During an acting gig earlier in the year I got to reading aloud a selection of my One Word One Storys. I was made aware of, and strongly encouraged to join, ACX – Amazon’s audio narration exchange, where authors and audiobook narrators could come together for projects on the Audible platform.
A few years ago I contacted a few audiobook companies to sound them out about lending my voice to their clients’ works. Sadly their interest was almost solely in using “established” (read: famous) names. To be honest, I’d written the notion off as something that would wait until I had risen in stature as a screen performer.
ACX turned out to be something quite different – a place where the only thing that really mattered was the quality of your work. Speaking to a few colleagues assured me that my work was of a standard that would stand out on ACX and so I set about building myself a voiceover booth.
I could’ve approached a local studio but I felt a need for flexibility. I wanted a studio space of my own. And that’s what I created. In the walk-in closet of my home I set to adding sound-deadening insulation. I then purchased a quality condensing microphone, stand, pop-shield and digibox (to turn the analogue signal from the microphone into data for my laptop).
I’ll be writing another blog to properly detail my rig, if you’re curious. I may even include a video. Suffice it to say, however, that the booth has been a tremendous success, with an extremely low noise floor and very creditable sound deadening. In layman’s terms, it produces a good, clean, rich sound.
I’m now busy auditioning for audiobooks and recording a few works of my own – including a full reading of Christmas Tails and The Santa Beneath The Ice – both to be completed and available on Audible in time for Christmas.
If you’d like to hear samples of my work as an audiobook narrator, do check out my ACX profile here. If you’re an author, drop me a line and we can have a chat about working together on your book.
I’ll be writing a series of blogs about my audio work so keep those eyes and ears peeled!
Until next time,
P.S. If you haven’t checked it out already, please take a moment to read my short story blog over at onewordonestory.org. You won’t regret it 🙂