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Jeffrey Kafer is an award-winning voiceover talent and narrator of audiobooks, commercials and characters. He won Best New Voice in the 2008 Voicey Awards and is represented by agents across the US. I am always trying to improve my podcasts, and also love audiobooks, so I asked Jeffrey on the show after we connected on Twitter.
In this podcast, you will learn:
- How Jeffrey was affected by the global financial crisis but has turned it into a new career as a voice talent
- How voice talent is more about acting and performance – make the words come alive!
- Top tip for authors reading their own work – Slow Down. Silence and pauses tell a story too.
- How your characters define how your voice should sound – keeping small audio files to remind you
- Take off the headphones and tell your story
- Forget about how your voice sounds – tell your story and people will listen to that
- Jeffrey's “voice-idol” is Scott Brick who you can find more about here
- Why Jeffrey loves reading audiobooks – his own one-man play!
- The 4:1 ratio – it takes about 4 hours work to produce 1 audiobook hour; so a 10 hour audiobook takes a full 40 hour week
- Software – Adobe Audition 2 or ProTools – but for podcasting Audacity is fine (which is what I use for editing this podcast)
- You can watch Jeffrey read from (perform) an audiobook here – check out the facial expressions!
- If you want to find someone to read your book, then check people's demo reels to make sure their voice is what you want for your book – you can just google ‘voice talent'. The voice is usually the gender of the protagonist.
- Audiobook costing can vary – Jeffrey charges 2c per word for Podiobook authors (which is a great opportunity for authors)
- Using Podiobooks/podcasting as part of building your author brand and marketing campaign
- Why good voice talents don't get in the way of the story, but create a professional product for an author
- Why outsourcing your audiobook recording could be a good idea for many people!
- How using Twitter, blogging and other social networks is a good idea for freelancers
You can find more information and Jeffrey's demo reels at JeffreyKafer.com
Jeffrey is also on Twitter @JeffreyKafer