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    About Quick Turn Around Female Narrator Needed For Science Fiction Short Story "Day Without Sunshine"

    NOTE: Genuine English accent preferred, but not mandatory. Do not affect an accent that's not your normal speaking voice.

    Female narrator needed for a short story on our weekly sci-fi story podcast, Escape Pod. It's kind of a maudlin, tragic relationship story set in a future where people can just kind of choose to check out and hibernate for whatever period of time they like.

    This role is unpaid, but it will get you into our narrator pool and we are working on budgeting to pay narrators something in the near future. For this project, your payment is experience, a work credit, and promotion on our website.

    Your audio does not need to be top quality, but it should be pretty good and it does need to be recorded in quiet surroundings. You also need to be able to edit out your own long silences and re-dos. The remaining requirements are below.

    This project will be cast 9/16/15, and I will need your finished file returned to me before or by midnight on 9/20. If you cannot handle the short turn-around on this, please do not audition.

    STORY LENGTH: about 2,550 words



    Escape Pod Narrator Guidelines

    We prefer uncompressed mono WAV or AIFF format files, FLAC, or Apple Lossless (m4a).

    A sample rate of 44.1 kHz is best. 

    Your file will be too big to email; we have a web tool you can use to upload it.  Just go to https://www.hightail.com/u/EscapeArtists

    Please edit the file yourself to remove long pauses and multiple takes. We will do a final screening as part of producing the episode, but it is a great help to us if you can minimize the editing on our side. While we do want you to edit your mistakes, please do not run a noise filter on your file, we'll do that.

    We reserve the right not to use recordings we deem unsuitable.


    Make sure your reading starts with the title and author. 

    Escape Pod prefers a clean, 'audiobook' style of reading (NO sound effects), but with some energy and personality to it. 

    Pacing is the most important thing.  In particular, don't read too fast -- that's hard on the listener. Wherever there is a break in the text (several empty lines and/or something like ### or * * * *) please leave a silent pause about 3-4 seconds long.

    Please avoid extra noise- gesturing, fiddling with pens, etc, - these can thump the mic or make background noise.

    Keep your face in front of the mic. Otherwise you will get fades.

    About the Creator: matweller

    I have done a ton of amateur voice acting all over the web with a couple of paid commercials, short form narrations and audiobooks mixed in.

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