On November 1st 2018 I bought a microphone, interface, pop screen and earphones. The walk-in closet in our master bedroom had already been volunteered as home base for operations. The clothes make excellent buffer material.
There was and is so much to learn! I took Krysal Wascher’s course and bought her book on Audiobook narration for ACX. I listened to ACX university videos on mastering and marketing. I found out that talent agencies will represent me after I take their course, which costs thousands of dollars, which I don’t have.
I still have the screen shot of the first time I passed the ACX qualifications. I am not technically minded. Jumping through the hoops to riddle the numbers into position stretched me waaaay out of my comfort zone, but I persevered and won that golden message.
I needed a book to practice on, and I knew I was going away for the month of December and could not commit to any professional venture before January.
Ella Rose Carlos had posted A Long Lost Fantasy on Wattpad and I had fallen in love with her profound story of love and war the summer before. When I asked her if I could practice by recording it, she graciously agreed, and encouraged me by loving every chapter I sent to her. In six weeks I had recorded my first book! Then I went away.
In January I began auditioning on ACX. On the very same day Maggie Jeffrey and Kaya Quincey hired me! Sunshine Rodgers, Molly Britten and the folks at Majestic Publishing have kept me busy all year! I feel deep gratitude for each and every author who hires me to narrate their precious story.