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Studio Narrator

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      Picture of a narrator reading an audio book at a microphone in the IDB library audio studioInterested in a volunteer opportunity that helps provide audio books to blind or print disabled persons?  If so, a Studio Narrator might be the volunteer opportunity for you.  Gain satisfaction knowing your narrative skills bring joy and information to those who cannot read print!

      What does a Studio Narrator do?

      • A studio narrator reads books or other printed materials while being recorded.  The audio recording is then put into a digital format that becomes a digital talking book that a blind or print disabled person can use.

      Where does a Studio Narrator narrate?

      • Studio Narrator volunteers narrate in our state of the art recording studio located at the Iowa Department for the Blind.  A recording engineer is present during the recording and monitors equipment while you narrate from a voice-over booth.

      How often should a Studio Narrator narrate?

      • Because you would be volunterring your time, it is really up to you.  Most studio narrators complete 2-hour sessions, once or twice a week.  The recording studio is open 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.  The average adult novel may take 10-15 sessions to complete
      Audition Required
      • Narrators must go through an audition
      • Audition materials will be provided
      • Audition takes place in our studio and last about 45 minutes
      • Evaluation based on voice quality, speech habits, accuracy, interpretation, and ability to follow formatting instructions and recognize reading errors
      Narrator Requirements
      • Must be 18 or older
      • Possess a good vocabulary
      • Be prepared to meet deadlines
      • Accept varied assignments and constructive advice
      • Commit to completing at least one assignment
      • Enjoy working with a recording team
      • Be attentive to detail
      • Be responsible and dependable
      We Provide:
      • training and technical support
      • narration assignments with detailed instructions
      • annual workshop/training event and recognition luncheon
      • the opportunity to expand your own reading interests

      For information, contact Tim West: 515-281-1360 or 800-362-2587

      Tim.West@blind.state.ia.us