Non-Daily Projects

Non-Daily News articles

These articles will come in on a weekly to bi-weekly basis and will usually have a finished run time less than 60 min. The rate is $75 per finished hour with an hour minimum.  

Requirements for position:

  • A quality home studio or recording studio access (see guidelines).
  • High-speed Internet connection (25+ mbps).
  • Due to time constraints, you must be able to do a punch record. Learn about punch record.
  • Experience with Pro-Tools is preferable.

 

Science:

  • Tone- the tone of voice we are looking for should be along the lines of these examples: Kevin Stillwell || Brian Troxell
  • Type of Performance- The voice should make the content being read sound interesting. No character voices for quotes.
  • Male and Female audition requested.
  • General Note- we need voices that carry the proper gravitas for magazines similar to Science News, Scientific American, etc.

 

News Magazine:

  • Tone- the tone of voice we are looking for should be along the lines of these examples: Kevin Stillwell || Brian Troxell
  • Type of Performance- The voice should make the content being read sound interesting. No character voices for quotes.
  • Male and Female audition requested.
  • General Note- we need voices that carry the proper gravitas for magazines like Times, The New Yorker, etc.

 

Business and Business Tech:

  • Tone- the tone of voice we are looking for should be along the lines of these examples: Kevin Stillwell || Brian Troxell
  • Type of Performance- The voice should make the content being read sound interesting. No character voices for quotes.
  • Male and Female audition requested.
  • General Note- we need voices that carry the proper gravitas for magazines similar to Forbes, MIT Technology, etc

 

Entertainment:

  • Tone- The tone of voice we are looking for should be along the lines of shows like Entertainment Tonight and Access Hollywood.
  • Type of Performance- The voice should make the content being read sound interesting. No character voices for quotes.
  • Male and Female audition requested.
  • General Note- The tone of voice does not need to be as weighty as the Business/New magazine sound. These voices can be a younger/hip sound.

 

OVERALL PROJECT NOTES:

  • Conversational/engaging with a fresh sound.
  • We are looking for a sound that is fresh, energetic, with a conversational delivery.
  • We are not looking for a news reporter/sports caster sound or a straightforward read. We are not looking for a formal or dramatic audiobook read.
  • Dialogue/Quotes in Text – Please no character voices. A different emphasis/intensity on dialogue/quotes is acceptable. Please do not change pitch or create a character voice for the content. We are not looking for a traditional performance/dramatic read.
  • The generic INTROS, i.e. [“Article Name”, by [Author], From [Source]] should not be read in the traditional sense of “chapter headers/section headers” etc. They need to be a part of the conversation going on in the main text. Please be sure to read these generic intros with just as much interest and enthusiasm as the articles. It is the first thing customers hear and we want the generic intros to draw the listener into the content. This goes for all projects content. Newspapers, magazines, etc.
  • Narration should not be formal for this content. We want the content to sound natural; as if you are sitting down to have a conversation with the listener. Precise/perfect enunciation is not the aim, we are looking for a relaxed, engaging tone with conversational pacing.
  • What to Watch Out For
  • Rushing narration/pacing that is too quick.
  • Auditions must be read at a pace that is not too quick. Pacing and narration must sound natural to the listener’s ear.
  • Ideas and information given in the text should not be read as one long sentence. Appropriate pacing is necessary to let the listener digest and enjoy the content.
  • Auditions where narration is rushed and/or pacing is too quick, making the text sound like one long run on sentence will be removed from consideration.
  • Pronunciations.
  • Please be sure pronunciations for names, places, terms are researched and pronounced correctly.
  • Auditions where names, places, and terms are pronounced incorrectly will be removed from consideration.

 

To apply, submit an audition to auditions@listenupaudiobooks.com. Make sure to include which publication you are auditioning for. If you are in the Atlanta area and would like to come into the studio to audition, please send us an email with your availability and which publication you are auditioning for.

Use the following scripts for your audition:

Make sure to include a top slate (at the very beginning) in your audition saying the publication and your name. Example: "Newspaper read by Joe Smith".