In every book there is a new challenge…in every book there is something new to learn, a technique to employ, a hurdle to surmount…but in every book there is an authors’ joy…find that joy and the rest will follow...over 21 days and through 21 texts and tasks...I will help you find the authors voice...the authors joy...
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What is this course?
Just to start and to be clear…this is not a ‘course’, it is so much more than that…
This is a 21 day CHALLENGE…curated by award winning narrator and producer Matthew Lloyd Davies (MLD).
My philosophy is: Doing precedes understanding.
This challenge is about DOING; By taking up the challenge and by keeping to the rigour of: prep, record, and upload each and every day, by listening to your course cohorts, by getting peer to peer review each and every day…you will grow, you will expand your experience, you will improve and understand in more depth your voice and your place in the audiobook industry.
There are 21 Challenges, each one to be met by the end of each day that the challenge is set. The discipline of meeting ‘each and every’ deadline and listening each day to your cohorts and giving peer to peer review is what this is all about…at the end of each week there will be a group session led by MLD to reflect on the weeks’ exercises; What has worked? What hasn’t? How different is each take on each challenge? And opportunities to discuss the industry with a multi-award winning narrator.
…and so…to the challenge itself…
As audiobook narrators we have only the text.
This challenge will open your eyes and ears to what is behind the text. You will start to understand how the narrator should ‘sit behind’ the author, respond to the author and be led by the author.
By preparing and recording a project each day and listening to your cohorts recordings, you will hear many differing versions of the same exercises. You will be able to hear what works in your voice, you will be able to hear how unique you are, you will learn new techniques, approaches that maybe wouldn’t have occurred to you.
In addition to ending each week receiving feedback from the award-winning narrator and coach Matthew Lloyd Davies there will be a starter zoom prior to day 1 to get everyone on the same page; to ask questions and be ready to springboard into three weeks of preparing, reading, listening and learning.
You have only your voice, your mind, your imagination… this challenge will open your eyes and ears to how to connect your voice with the authors’ intention, and give you experience that will open your mind and inspire your imagination to connect with the book.
In only three weeks you will grow technically, you will be more confident in your unique ability, and you will be ready and prepared for what this ever-expanding industry has to offer you and what you have to offer audiobooks.
This is the start of three weeks of thought, practice and/or preparation for your audiobook narration career...what are the most important elements to good audio? For instance this piece from The Blind Light by Stuart Evers...What does the punctuation tell you about the pace and the emotion? Not a full stop to be found…
Week One...day 1 to 7
By the end of week one you will have recorded seven projects, and listened to many others, you will have had feedback from your course contemporaries and from me...you will have refreshed your technique, maybe questioned your approach and recorded some great texts and you will now understand, YOUR voice is exactly that...YOURS...day seven, Sunday, there will be a group ZOOM, oh how we all love zoom nowadays...for me to give 'in person' feedback and for the group to ask questions...like...for instance...why on earth am I using a Kate Bush song to demonstrate that there are many. voices that can tell the same story...
Week Two...day 8 to 14
Meat and potatoes that what we in the UK call this...the big stuff...points of view and characterisation...the two overarching elements of fiction...this will really challenge you and hopefully open your minds to what you are capable of...
Week Three...day 15 to 21
This week you will have settled into recording everyday...your mind will be finding the place it needs to be, you will have found your voice and where it sits, you will have found the author, you will be off to practice more with confidence and with new friends and colleagues to take on your audiobook journey with you...and consider...if we all hear a different silence then, surely, we all hear a different voice...