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Under-Represented Voices Project

This project works to ensure that the narrators voicing our audiobook productions are representative of the protagonists and/or authors identities. We offer training, resources and wages to experienced and amateur narrators that identify as BIPOC +/or LGBTQ2S+ and/or Disabled. To express your interest in narrating as part of the Under-Represented Voices Project, please email our Audiobook Project Coordinator (pamela.hart@bc.libraries.coop). Please also communicate what identity/ies you feel you can represent. 

The Experience You Need:

Experience in acting, reading aloud, performance and singing are all assets. Experience with recording is also an asset. Neither of these sets of experiences are mandatory but an ease of vocal articulation and enunciation alongside a general comfort with technology and software is necessary. 

The Equipment You Need:

  • A quiet space with 'good' acoustics to work in. 
  • A device to record into
  • Recording software
  • Headphones
  • Microphone and soundcard

For more detailed equipment information please follow this link: A Basic Home Recording Set-Up

The Training Available:

  • Links to our training videos in narration and recording techniques
  • Digital guidelines in accessible audiobook production
  • Links to external software training resources
  • One-on-one video call with the Audiobook Recording Projects Coordinator
  • Support and guidance from our team along the recording process

The Wages:

We offer $100 per finished audio hour, or 40$ per hour for childrens picture books with image descriptions (childrens books would include a financial cap).  Please note that the goal is for narrators to walk away with between 30-50$ per hour. The more experience and comfort you have, the faster the process will be.  

Some of the Titles We have Published:

  • Learning to Fly by Paul Yee. Narrated by Matthew Lee
  • Black Writers Matter, Editor Whitney French. Narrated by Espoir Segbeaya
  • The Return by Dany Laferrière. Narrated by Laurie Torres
  • A Place Called No Homeland by Kai Cheng Thom. Narrated by Prakash Krishnan
  • Divided Loyalties, Nilofar Shidmehr

Current Titles in Production:

  • High Rider by Bill Gallaher
  • The Heartbeat of Iran 
  • Intolerable, Kamal Al-Solaylee
  • My Journey, Olivia Chow
  • The Mighty River, Ginalina
  • Theory, Dionne Brand
  • Dear Black Girls, Shanice Nicole
  • Small Beauty, Jia qing Wilson-Yang

Titles we are Looking for Narrators for:

Please note, there are not many Indigenous titles on this list as we are running a specific project for Indigenous voices called the First Nations, Métis and Inuit voices project. If you are an author, publisher or narrator interested in participating in this project, please contact our Audiobooks project coordinator directly here

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