To date, I have recorded four audiobooks; they are available on Audible.com, Amazon.com, and iTunes. (See below.) I am happy to announce that the third of these, Clifton Webb, has just been reviewed by AudioFile magazine. “Narrator John Boulanger gracefully introduces the multitalented Clifton Webb from the 1940s-50s.” Read the review here.
If you think of the overall field of voice acting as being like track & field, audiobooks are the marathon.
While an audiobook certainly is a long, complicated project, I prefer to think of it in a different way.
Beginning in my freshman year of high school, I have auditioned more times than I can count for roles in plays, and starting the summer after my sophomore year of college, for roles in operas. This means that, like most of my colleagues, I have become accustomed to the disappointment of not being cast, more often than not. When I am cast, I must create the role I’ve been given according to the ideas and direction of the stage director.
When recording an audiobook, I have much more artistic freedom. I get to cast each character/role in the book with the voice I think appropriate. I then get to portray each of these roles throughout what can be a long character arc through the book; it's also up to me to determine the pacing of individual scenes (or chapters) and the overall pace of the book.
There's more to say about this process, but I'll save that for a blog post once I get the site up and running.
In the meantime, if you're interested in listening to one of these titles for free—especially if you might consider writing a review—please send me a private message and I can send you one of a limited number of promo codes to download a free copy!
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What is voice acting?
Have you ever noticed that you use a particular tone of voice when you speak to your mother while living at home, and a somewhat different one when you call her on the phone, especially if you have less-than-good news to relate, or a touchy topic to discuss? You will use a different voice to talk to your boss, both in person and on the phone. When it comes to calling your boss to say you’re too sick to go to work, then you’re really doing some voice acting. I don’t mean to imply that you’re not really sick, just that you want to make sure your boss has no doubt about it.
We all adopt the voice—or tone of voice—that will best convey our message to the intended audience.
That's voice acting in a nutshell.
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What is this?
What is the green squiggly thing in the picture above? It's a screenshot of the sound wave of my recording the words “John A. Boulanger” in Adobe Audition. Maksim Kuznetsov used it as the basis of the logo for this website; hover over it with your mouse and you'll see the logo. I thought the five horizontal lines in the image were suggestive of a musical staff.
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