I have been doing voiceover work for about 30 years now but had not done an audio book until a couple of years ago when I was unemployed and having no luck at finding a full time job in my chosen field of Radio Broadcasting.
I was a radio broadcaster for over 20 years and got disillusioned with where the industry had gone. Between voice tracking and consolidation I started to not have fun going to work anymore. I decided to start my own voiceover biz in 2006 and immediately began narrating EBooks and corporate videos. I thought I would be producing radio and TV commercials but found that there were more opportunities for me in narrations.
I have narrated over 500 audio books, I am a staff narrator for Potomac Talking Books in Bethesda, Maryland which sub-contracts (along with several other studios) to narrate books for the blind and physically handicapped program through The Library of Congress. I also work as the Director of Narrator development there.
I have narrated as a volunteer for Reading for the Blind and Dyslexic in Cambridge, MA and, more recently, the Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown, MA for a number of years. I started getting paid for voiceover work in 2009 and began narrating audiobooks professionally earlier this year.
I have narrated several public domain classics, such as White Fang and The Island of Dr Moreau. Late last year, I began working with ACX on more mainstream commercial projects, and have since completed three works: Double Exposure and Burnt Offerings, both by fiction author Michael Lister, and then a playful but education non-fiction title called Badass: The Birth of a Legend by Ben Thompson.
I listened to audiobooks while doing so. “I could do that” I said to myself. So, when I retired in 2009 (after 30 years as an SLP) I took the plunge (and several classes).