My name is Therese Plummer and I started narrating Audiobooks about 9 years ago. I have narrated over two hundred books. Some of my favorites have been The Virgin River and Thunder Point series by Robyn Carr, Tender is The Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Want Not by Jonathan Miles, Faith by Jennifer Haigh, The Family Fang by Kevin Wilson to name a few. I feel so lucky to have narrated so many amazing stories!
So a typical narration day for me starts with a really good nights sleep and plenty of it, 8-9 hours ideally. I will wake up and in the shower I will use a netti pot which clears out the sinus passages and do my vocal warm ups which include a variety of facial exercises, tongue-twisters and diaphragmatic breathing. I drink a liter of water. I will eat a light breakfast of a banana or oatmeal and have an almond milk cappuccino. Once I am at my studio, if it is going to be a six-hour day, I will ask my engineer if he/she will arrange the microphone so I can stand. I find my breath support is better on longer days if I stand. I will usually work an hour or hour and a half before taking a break. After two or three hours we will break for lunch and go back and work another few hours. A normal recording day is from 10am until 4pm. When I am done I usually don’t talk much for the rest of the night. If I have other prepping to do I will do that at home or just relax and get another good night’s sleep for the next days session.
What I enjoy most about the narration process is bringing this entire story and cast of characters alive. It’s like a one woman show every day. It’s amazing when I have been able to narrate with other actors on a story. It really is such a creative process. All of the theatrical experience I have has to come through my voice in the sound booth and it is imperative that I am able to convey that emotion vocally since that is all my audience has to go on. I am in someone’s earbud for hours at a time and as such the volume and intensity of stage acting must be minimized but just as effective to transport them through the story. It is such a creative challenge learning how to do this from book to book. I learn from every book I have recorded.
The other thing I love about my job is the community of actors I get to work with every day. The Audiobook community from the actors, engineers, producers, bloggers and publishers are the nicest group of people I have ever met and worked with. It is a big family and I hope I get to tell stories with all of them for a long time.
Check out more on Therese at her website: http://www.thereseplummer.com/
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