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I've noticed there are two kinds of audiobook readers.  Those that read
professionally and probably got started before audio books got so big.  And
actors.  Actors are chosen for one or both of 2 reasons:  name recognition
or their acting talents make them good readers.

Since your stepdaughter is young, she could start on volunteer work.  There
is an organization that has people who read everything for audio for the
blind, including newspapers.  I could get the name from my sister if she
wants.  She could also volunteer at the library to do a childrens' reading
circle or some other recording service they might need.  Whatever she does,
I think she should start building a portfolio, just like any artist would.
Select books to read and record passages, save to tape or cd.

The fact that she can do many types of voices is excellent.  She should work
on accents, both foreign and domestic, male and female voices.  Practice
quick changes from one to the other.  She should listen to audio books
herself and judge for herself what makes for an interesting reader.  It's
not just voices, of course.  It's tempo, technique, inflection, and feeling
the part.

I really know nothing about what goes into it.  But, just like looking at
artwork in a museum, I know what I like when I see/hear it.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Jesse Bell" <jesserenebell@hotmail.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Sunday, December 07, 2003 3:00 PM

> Since we were on the topic of audio books the other day...and how the
> reading makes all the difference in the world...I thought I would ask if
> of you know how person would go about auditioning for such a job.  I have
> 15 year old stepdaughter who is in competive speech right now...and loves
> drama.  She is my "book worm".  The funny thing is...she does not interact
> well with people at ALL...and is one of those kids who gets made fun of
> because of it.  This irks me because she is really a sweet kid.  Anyway,
> yesterday she had a competive speech district competition and she was
> rehearsing her lines.  I was blown away.  She is actually very good at
> changing voices and personalities.  She was thinking of going into library
> science in college...but I told her yesterday that she should really
> consider reading books/novels for a living.  She could be THAT good.  Any
> ideas?
> Jesse Rene' Bell
> Claremore, OK
> Zone 6
> "People are like stained glass windows.  They sparkle and shine when the
> is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only
> there is a light from within. - Elisabeth Keble-Ross-"
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