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19 February 2012 @ 04:47 pm
Supernatural Podfic: Audio versions of my fanfic  
To get some audiobook voiceover practice and sharpen my recording and editing skills, I've started recording my fan fiction in MP3 format. If I'm doing this right, this post should provide both embedded player and download links for two of my Supernatural stories, the mid-season-three introspective piece Breathing Lessons and the post-season-three 41 Days of Metallicar drabble collection.

If you take a listen, I would really appreciate getting feedback! Since I'm planning on selling my voice into a new career as I retire from the EPA, I need to get really good at this, so constructive criticism would be most welcome.

I hope you enjoy hearing the stories even if you've read them before. On to this brave new audio world ... :)

Here are the links.

Listen to or download 41 Days of Metallicar (38 minutes, 36 MB): (Apologies, but if you're using Firefox, the player/links may not work; they work fine in IE and Chrome. Don't know why Firefox is being balky ...)

The print version is accessible here.

Listen to or download Breathing Lessons (20 minutes, 18 MB): (Apologies, but if you're using Firefox, the player/links may not work; they work fine in IE and Chrome. Don't know why Firefox is being balky ...)

The print version is accessible here.

I hope you enjoy them! Do let me know, okay? :)

Current Mood: nervousnervous
Current Music: My voice, reading my stories ...
sophie_deangirlsophie_deangirl on February 19th, 2012 10:15 pm (UTC)
I'll take a listen and let you know. I haven't read your stories so I'll really enjoy the listen. Doing audiobook voicework sounds awesome!! If you don't mind me asking, how does one do that? I've always wondered. One of my retirement bucket list items are publishing a book and narrating a book. My voice is likely not good enough because I clear my throat due to allergies, but I'm still curious and publishing is still a real dream I want to make come to fruition.
bardicvoice: impalamusic by <lj user=crazypandabear>bardicvoice on February 19th, 2012 10:55 pm (UTC)
Re: COOL!!
The voiceover industry changed dramatically over the last ten years with all the advances in home computer technology. Used to be, you needed to be close to a professional studio; now you can do non-broadcast projects out of your own home without a monster up-front investment in tons of equipment. I'm using my older laptop, now repurposed as my sound recording machine. I invested in a kick-ass microphone, decent pro headphones, and an M-audio interface box to control them, but my recording software is the absolutely free program Audacity, and my "whisper room" recording booth is my master bedroom closet tricked out with padding, carpeting, and heavy blankets for sound baffling.

The other thing you need to do if you want to try voiceover is get training. I've been working with a local coach who operates a full-blown studio in Fairfax, and I've also taken training with the Great Voice Company out of New Jersey. I checked them out online and through some current voiceover artists before I plunked my money down, and I think the training investment is a large part of what will make me successful. My training has been not only in copy interpretation, voice acting (and all voiceover is acting, make no mistake about that!) and microphone technique, but also in how to record and edit, and how to market myself as a voice artist. Once I have my pro demos, I'll start pitching myself as a performer to the producers publishers hire to create audiobooks, and also hit on online forum where producers, authors, publishers, and artists seek each other out. The other niche I intend to hit is elearning - especially online training courses.

Depending on where you live, you might be able to get some free training and mic practice reading textbooks on a volunteer basis for Learning Ally, the organization formerly known as Reading for the Blind and Dyslexic. Check them out at http://www.learningally.org Learning Ally uses special software that connects the recording to the pages of a text, so you have to read in one of their studios; it's not something you could do from your own home studio. But it's one way I'm getting more behind-the-mic practice. :)

Go chase your dreams! I'm finally chasing mine, and while it feels scary, it also feels good!