Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, September 5, 2019
Did you know that most high school students graduate aware of, and able to name, only about 100 careers? And that, by the age of 17 or 18, they already have the capacity to pursue thousands listed in the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook? AudioFile asked the audiobook narrating community to tell us about some of the work they do, or have done, outside the booth and the responses are featured all this month on our own Instagram account (@audiobooksync) and both AudioFile's Twitter (@audiofilemag) and Facebook (@audiofilemagazine).
Aven Shore, featured above, works as a beekeeper when she's outside the booth. Almarie Guerra, whose name you might recognize from her narrating work on young adult novels like Nina Moreno's new DON'T DATE ROSA SANTOS (Dreamscape), also works as a medical clown. We're hearing from woodworkers, stage actors, Disneyland staff, bus drivers, weather forecasters, and more. None of the jobs is one anyone can step into with no training and many require advanced degrees. However, a lot of them represent areas of work with which you may be unfamiliar--even while the voices they bring you in their audiobook work is.
What about audiobook narration itself as a potential career? If your library has a makerspace, think about adding recording equipment that is voice-specific as well as the usual video. And consider finding expert help in the areas of training tomorrow's sound engineers, casting directors, and producers, as well as the voice actors themselves.