New Level? New Devil.

Hey there, hero!

As we continue our journey towards the future, the rules we rely on for our lives are going to change.

The metrics for success will change and grow as we change and grow.

And…so will the challenges.

Hope this helps!

David

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  1. Mornin’ David, I’m facing a new challenge. Although I have been requested to record a line or more to be submitted to a Client “today”, the majority of my VO work has been recording in professional Recording Studios. Although,

    Volunteer recording for the Braille Institute/Vermont Ave was a work of love averaging 20-25 hours/month for 2.5 years, the tech demands were not challenging. The result: I’m moderately skillful in my Home Studio. I’ve been following your daily videos, considering whether or not to become active on ACX… and if I go ahead, I feel I’d benefit from the Course that you and Dan produce. My concern is learning to efficiently edit, produce, & deliver the finished product to ACX. The thought of spending 3, 4, or more hours cleaning-up each recorded hour is staggering. So,

    From your extensive experience with many students, approximately how many hours do your Students generally spend cleaning-up their Recordings for submission to ACX? What’s possible?

    At this very moment I’m engaged in discovering who is the current Copyright owner/holder as the Author of the book I want to record died about a year ago. I would like this manuscript to be my “Entrance” to ACX. Consequently, I want it to be technically excellent…and fun too.

    Ideas, Comments on any of this is appreciated.

    1. Rather than answering your specific question, I’d first like to encourage you to fully explore the ACX Master Class (The next one is coming up in early February.) I say this because I have taken the class and know that it fully addresses your fears about drowning in the morass of producing, editing and mastering audiobooks.

      It’s difficult to say how others implement the methods taught, but my average for production is under two hours for each hour of audio, well under. Of course there is more to it than that.

      You have to consider auditioning, dealing with clients, pickups and marketing. All of it takes time and is part of successfully making a living at narrating audiobooks.

    2. What Ed says – that’s the answer I would have given. I create the process specifically to reduce the ratio of work hours to finished hours when creating audiobooks, with no impingement on quality at any time. Some get as low as 2 to 1.

  2. I’ll be honest, the biggest things that are challenging me right now are practicing more and auditioning. I haven’t done much of either, outside of the practice in the monthly workouts, which is really fun and rewarding. I created a Gmail calendar called Bias for Action, which mostly just looks pretty, but it has helped a little. It feels like a variety of things have been taking time away from VO lately, like some on camera work, working at a haunted attraction for six weekends and being sick a lot of that time, doing research and building assets for my upcoming podcast, etc. The bottom line is, there is room in my schedule for practice and auditions, but my time management needs improvement.

    P.S. Your t-shirt is cool 🙂