Beruf Hörbuchsprecher
September 23, 2023 Von Christian Gera

Beruf Hörbuchsprecher

In today’s blog article I’ll show you everything in a nutshell. I have now become a professional audio book speaker and can give you some insights. My book Audiobook Speaker Titan is already available on Amazon. Here and today we will first of all deal with the most frequently asked questions that you have written to me, dear community:

The most frequently asked questions from you about the profession of audio book speaker

  1. “How do I become an audiobook speaker?”
  2. “What does an audio book narrator earn?”
  3. “What training do you need to be an audiobook speaker?”
  4. „How can I train my voice for audio books?“
  5. “What skills do you need to be an audio book narrator?”
  6. “How do I apply to be an audio book narrator?”
  7. „Where can I find audio book jobs as a speaker?“
  8. „What equipment do you need as an audio book narrator?“
  9. “How long does it take to become a good audiobook narrator?”
  10. „What tips are there for aspiring audio book speakers?

How do I become an audio book narrator?

If you want to become an audiobook speaker, there are different paths you can take. First, you should check whether you have a pleasant voice and can modulate it well. If you feel like you have a good voice, you can start training your voice to optimize it for audiobooks. There are various options for this, for example you can take part in speaking training or language courses or attend online courses. There are also special audio book workshops where you can learn directly from experienced audio book speakers.

In order to be successful as an audio book speaker, you should also make sure that you have clear pronunciation and can emphasize well. You should also be able to interpret different characters and moods and adapt them to your voice. Another important aspect is reading, because in order to become a good audio book speaker, you should have a good reading speed and be able to read longer texts fluently and understandably.

In order to show your skills as an audio book narrator, you should definitely show your works with voice samples on a good website. Platforms like Audible or BookBeat are regularly looking for new audio book speakers. Once you have gained initial experience and built up a network, you can also work as an audio book narrator on freelance platforms and accept orders.

How much does an audio book narrator earn?

You can work as an audio book narrator either full-time or part-time. The salary varies depending on experience, exposure and scope of the project. As a beginner, you can expect an hourly wage of around 30 to 50 euros. Experienced audio book speakers who have been working in the industry for a long time can also earn significantly more.

The salary as an audio book narrator also depends on whether you are employed by a publisher or work as a freelancer. If you have a permanent position, you can usually expect a higher salary, but as a freelancer you are more flexible and can choose your own assignments.

What training do you need to be an audio book narrator?

There is no special training that you have to complete to become an audio book speaker. However, there are different ways to learn the skills you need. For example, you can attend an acting school or take part in speaking training to improve your voice and speech technique. There are also special courses and training courses that specialize in speaking for audio books or radio plays. Here you will not only learn techniques for using your voice, but also special speaking and interpretation techniques. However, these courses are usually paid for and are not mandatory to be successful as an audio book narrator.

In addition to the classic training options, there are also online courses and webinars that deal with the topic of speaking audio books. These are often cheaper and offer greater flexibility as they can be attended from home. For example, here is mine on Udemy. Also here, of course, is the audio book speaker Titan course in the summer launch offer (CLICK)

The profession of audio book speaker can also be learned with online courses. As a side entrant and career changer.

The profession of audio book speaker can also be learned with online courses. As a side entrant and career changer.

Another way to gain experience as an audio book narrator and improve your skills is to get involved in theater or film productions. Here you not only learn how to use your voice, but also facial expressions and gestures

How can I train my voice for audio books?

There are various ways to train your voice for audio books. A good option is to speak regularly and vary your voice. For example, you can read poems or short texts out loud and pay careful attention to intonation and pronunciation.

Another tip is to focus on your breathing. Deep breathing supports vocal development and ensures a clear and strong voice. You should also be careful not to overtax your voice and to take enough breaks.

There are also specific exercises and techniques that can help you improve your voice. These include, for example, lip and tongue exercises as well as singing scales or melodies.

What skills do you need to be an audio book narrator?

As an audiobook narrator, you need various skills to be successful. This primarily includes a pleasant voice and clear pronunciation. You should be able to read longer texts fluently and understandably and emphasize your voice appropriately.

You should also be able to interpret different characters and moods and adapt them to your voice. It is important that you can empathize with the characters and convey their emotions and thoughts authentically.

As an audio book speaker, you should also read at a good pace and be able to place pauses and emphasis correctly. You should also be able to concentrate on your breathing and modulate your voice accordingly.

How do I apply to be an audio book narrator?

To apply to become an audiobook speaker, you should first create a demo recording that demonstrates your skills as a speaker. You can upload these, for example, to your own website or to online platforms such as Audible or BookBeat. It’s a good idea to create several demo recordings in different genres or styles to demonstrate your versatility.

You should also apply to audio book publishers or audio book production companies and submit your demo recording as well as your experience and references. Another option is to register as a speaker on platforms such as Bodalgo or Voices.com, where clients specifically search for speakers.

In order to stand out from other applicants, you should write a meaningful application with a convincing cover letter and present yourself from your best side. A well-maintained and professional online presence can also help convince potential clients of your skills.

What earning potential are there as an audio book narrator?

The earning potential as an audio book narrator can vary greatly and depends, among other things, on your experience, your reputation and the type of assignment. However, you will typically be billed per hour or per word, although the exact compensation may vary depending on the contract and agreement.

As a beginner, you can expect an hourly wage of around 20-30 euros, while experienced audio book speakers can also earn up to 150 euros per hour. For larger projects such as an audio book series or a radio play, a flat fee can also be agreed.

However, it is important to note that competition in the audiobook speaking space is very high and it can be difficult to get regular work. It may therefore make sense to initially speak audio books as a part-time job and slowly build up a customer base.

What legal aspects need to be taken into account when speaking audio books?

There are various legal aspects to consider when speaking to audio books. For example, the copyright and usage rights to the texts to be read must be clarified. It is important that you only use texts to which you have the necessary rights or which have been expressly released for free use.

You should also make sure that you do not violate any copyrights when using third-party material such as music or sound effects. It is advisable to use license-free or self-created materials or to obtain the necessary permissions.

As an audio book narrator, you should also make sure that you do not violate any personal rights. For example, no defamatory or offensive statements may be made or the personal rights of other people may be violated. Here too, it is important to find out about the legal framework in advance and, if necessary, seek professional support.

Another important legal aspect is data protection. It is important to comply with applicable data protection regulations, particularly when processing personal data, such as when taking customer orders or storing contact details of customers or clients. I will explain to you about an audio book speaker and writer contract in a later blog article.

What skills should you have as an audio book narrator?

As an audio book narrator, you should first and foremost have a clear and understandable voice and good pronunciation. A pleasant way of speaking and a certain amount of emotion can also help to captivate the listener.

It is also important that you can put yourself in the position of the text you are reading and set the appropriate emphasis and intonation. A certain flexibility and ability to adapt to different styles and genres is also important in order to be successful as an audio book narrator.

Furthermore, a good ability to concentrate as well as stamina and stamina are an advantage during longer recording sessions. Technical understanding and experience in dealing with recording technology and software are also an advantage in order to make the recordings professional.

To apply as an audio book speaker, you can first create an application folder that contains your skills and experience as well as any references and work samples. It can also be helpful to create a professional demo recording that showcases your voice and manner of speaking.

You should also maintain your online presence by creating your own website or social media account on which you introduce yourself and your work as an audiobook speaker. Networking with other audiobook speakers or industry experts can also help find potential clients.

Where can I find audio book jobs as a speaker?

There are different ways to find audio book jobs as a narrator. One option is to apply to audio book publishers or audio book production companies or to register as a speaker on appropriate platforms such as ACX or Bookwire.

Networking with other audio book speakers or industry experts can also help you find jobs. It can also be helpful to create your own website or social media account where you present your work as an audio book narrator and draw the attention of potential clients to you.

What equipment do you need as an audio book narrator?

As an audiobook narrator, you first and foremost need a good microphone that delivers clear and natural sound quality. You also need recording software to edit and optimize your recordings.

It can also be helpful to use an acoustically optimized room or speaker booth to minimize disruptive background noise. Headphones and a pop filter can also help improve the quality of your recordings.

How long does it take to become a good audiobook narrator?

The time it takes to become a good audiobook speaker can vary depending on individual requirements and commitment. Training or courses in speech training or acting can help improve your skills and techniques.

However, it is important to practice regularly and work on your technique and expression in order to continually improve. It can also be helpful to get feedback from other audiobook speakers or industry experts to optimize your performance.

What tips are there for aspiring audio book speakers?

As a prospective audio book speaker, you should first train and practice your voice and manner of speaking extensively. You should also familiarize yourself with literature and different genres so that you can adapt flexibly to different texts.

It’s also important to improve your technical skills by learning about audio recording and editing and becoming familiar with the technology. You should also make sure to take good care of your voice by drinking enough, protecting your vocal cords and warming up regularly.

Another tip is to continually work on your expression and intonation to breathe more life into the lyrics and provide listeners with a pleasant listening experience. Feedback from other audiobook speakers or industry experts can also help optimize your performance.

In addition, you should always be on the lookout for new opportunities to present yourself as an audio book speaker and show your work to a larger audience. Creating your own website or social media account can help attract the attention of potential clients and open up new career opportunities for you.

PS: The answers to these questions you asked me here in the blog article were quite general and general. There are deeper insights in my courses, as well as in the Audiobook Speaker Titan specialist book. I would be very happy if you continued to accompany me on this journey of becoming an audio book speaker and continued to ask me as many questions about this very exciting topic and career as an audio book speaker 🙂

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My very personal conclusion? Is becoming an audiobook narrator something for you?

If so, or if you want to consider it for your career choice (even if it’s just out of curiosity and thirst for knowledge) – then just test out the job profile of an audio book narrator in my Udemy course above (by clicking on the image in the text here). All you can do is learn.

The profession of audio book narrator can definitely and explicitly represent an exciting and varied job that can be carried out both part-time and full-time. Also and especially for beginners and audio book career changers .

However, if you have a clear and understandable voice and good pronunciation and are enthusiastic about literature and reading, becoming an audio book narrator could be an interesting option for you. However, it is important that you find out about the requirements and general conditions in advance and, if necessary, complete appropriate training.

It is also advisable to start speaking audio books as a part-time job and slowly build up a customer base. A well-maintained online presence and a meaningful application can help convince potential clients of your skills.

If you take all aspects into account and are passionate and committed, becoming an audio book narrator can be a fulfilling and rewarding job.

You can also find further information on my audio book speaker/writer YouTube channel about the profession of audio book speaker. 

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