How to Work as an Audiobook Narrator

Working as a voiceover artist can be a hugely dynamic and lucrative career, with more jobs in the sector now than ever before. Have you ever listened to an audiobook and thought “I could do that”? Well, with help from the expert Mandy team, now could be the perfect time for you to harness your creative talents! Let’s answer the question on how you can work as an audiobook narrator.


Do you enjoy reading books?

Considering you are already reading this guide, this may sound like a silly question. But do you really enjoy reading books? A career as a voiceover artist can be incredibly diverse, however working as an audiobook narrator will mean you will be spending hours performing content aloud, as well as reading large amounts of text and preparing beforehand.


You must bring the story to life

Being a confident performer is vital. You must be able to read several pages fluently without making a mistake, as well as mastering accents and characterisation to ensure an engaging delivery. Think of the latest book you read. How many characters were? Chances are, there were dozens featured. Your voice for each character must be consistent throughout. You are the key ingredient in making a story come to life for an audience.


How will you record the audiobook?

Many projects work with production companies that record in-house. However, as the industry evolves, a lot of savvy voiceover artists are setting up home recording studios. Having one is attractive to an employer, mainly because they are a cost-effective option.

You don’t have to spend a fortune to set up a home recording studio, but there are certain things you must consider to ensure your work is of a professional standard. From choosing the perfect microphone and headphones to setting up an effective location to record from, you really do have to invest wisely. For further guidance, check out our guide here on how to set up a home recording studio.


Where can you look for jobs?

For over 15 years, The Mandy Network has been helping creative professionals like yourself find great jobs with reputable employers across the world. There has never been a better time to start working as a voiceover artist, and we host incredible voiceover jobs on our platform!

You can create a Mandy profile for free and browse our Jobs Directory, where you will find great opportunities for emerging and established voiceover artists. Why not visit our Forum? It’s a great space to connect with our talented community of over two million professionals. Here, you can get advice on how to establish yourself in the industry, participate in any collaborative projects and much more.