Helping A Bona Fide Genius With His Audiobook Narration Skills

Hey, there!

Recently, I appeared on The Self-Publishing Podcast, a show about self-publishing for writers, and I had the opportunity to come face to face with a bona fide genius.

And here he was, in need of some help with his AT2020 USB Plus microphone. So I helped him.

He also had some issues around his performance skills in narrating his own work. So we did a little session to help him. And here’s the video of that.

His name is Sean Platt, and, along with being an amazing writer, publisher and marketer, he also just killed it on Kickstarter with a campaign called Fiction Unboxed that raised a gazillion percent more than they intended.

Sean was interested in narrating his own books. And once we got his mic squared away, we tackled the skills he needed to do world class narration of his own books.

He was going along just fine, actually, but a couple of basic tweaks, and he’s gangbusters.

And hopefully, the Skype session we recorded will be helpful to you when you need to nip or tuck your toolkit of skills in audiobook narration (and feel free to click/tap on the square box at the right end of the control bar at the bottom of the video to make it full screen):

So, a couple of takeaways…own it (don’t be shy) and slow. the. eff. down.

Before we talked about his performance, we balanced his microphone, and I adjusted him there as well.

That conversation is available here.

Thoughts? Let me know in the comments below.

Hope this helps!


10 Responses to 6 Steps to a Perfect VO Demo

  1. Kelli August 18, 2011 at 2:58 am #

    I feel really good about my demo. It is a quick and fun process, even for someone like me who gets very self concious. :)

  2. David Britz September 5, 2011 at 11:25 pm #

    The demos are great. Superb quality. Why go anywhere else?

  3. David Britz October 20, 2011 at 3:51 pm #

    Can’t wait to record my Narration VO Demo!! :))

  4. Mike Brang December 31, 2013 at 9:44 am #

    Having a well-produced demo is one of the most important things in the VO business. I had a number of demos made from other producers in the past and they all had one thing in common — that manufactured, cookie cutter sound!
    What sets David apart from the rest, besides his affordable price and tremendously fast turn around time, is that all of the clips you record with him sound unique. Each spot sounds like an actual commercial you recorded for a job.
    My agent loved the quality and even asked who produced it to refer his other talent there!

    Thanks again, David for producing such a great, high quality demo for me. You made the process relaxing and enjoyable. I urge anyone reading this unsolicited reply to listen to David’s student demos to hear the difference for yourself. Anyone would be lucky to work with him

  5. Kristy Liles February 9, 2017 at 7:04 pm #

    I can not thank you enough. I worked so hard on 15 page IVR project, one day I cryed, look for answers, pull my hear (not really) but I was about until another VO send me this great tool. Thanks!

  6. Frank June 11, 2017 at 9:51 pm #


    When v123 indicates the audition is for a student/ nonprofit are we to assume it is for $0. If so, why does the audition ask for an amount to be entered?

  7. shirley jordan June 12, 2017 at 5:58 pm #

    I did get this scam through Voice 123. In our discourse, they offered me the gig and they gave me the name of a legit local place to record and the same runaround with the money. I didn’t send anything, but instead, I called the studio to make sure the booking was for the day we set up, and lo and behold, the people there had no idea what I was talking about. I then tried to call back my “contact person” who was setting this up and there was a fax machine beep on the other end. I immediately contacted Voice 123 and told them what had happened. You know what they say…if it sounds togaed to be true, it probably is. Thanks for the reminder!

  8. shirley jordan June 12, 2017 at 5:59 pm #

    …too good…not togaed.
    The one time spell check didn’t work!

  9. Bernard Prame July 1, 2017 at 9:44 pm #

    extremely helpful demo. Thank you!

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