Drew alum Kat Lambrix C’04, Director of Audible Studios in Newark, NJ, gave a workshop at Drew University on Thursday, February 27, 2020 on what it takes to be a successful voice actor for Audible. Kat has been with Audible Studios for 12 years, starting as a Senior Production Manager/Producer and moving to her current role as Director almost 3 years ago. She graduated from Drew with a double major in Art History and Arts Administration and has channeled that artistic appreciation and administrative skill into finding excellent voice actors to narrate both fiction and non-fiction books.
Kat also brought two of her most experienced voice actors to the workshop. Kevin T. Collins and Khristine Hvam have narrated hundreds of books and talked about the ins and outs of narration, including the extensive prep work which starts with reading the entire book.
What is Audible looking for? Good breath control, stamina, the ability to perform multiple characters, a facility with accents and dialects, character development, and both subtlety and clarity.
Just having a strong voice is not enough, you have to be able to bring the book to life and entertain your readers.
If you are interested in this line of work: Create a 2 to 3 minute demo that includes multiple genres with a mix of narration and dialogue. Display character delineation (i.e. multiple voices in a single passage), and demonstrate accents you have mastered.
For more information, please contact Yasmin Acosta, Launch Catalyst, at firstname.lastname@example.org.