How to Get a Job Narrating Talking Books for the RNIB

Written by lisa basile | 13/05/2017
How to Get a Job Narrating Talking Books for the RNIB
Talking books help visually impaired people enjoy literature. (Books image by lofik from

Reading is an enjoyable and rewarding experience for many people. However, those who are blind or have very limited eyesight may not have the option to read. The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) is a United Kingdom-based charity that provides recorded books for visually-impaired individuals. Attaining a job with the RNIB can be challenging, as they seek experienced readers who are eligible to work in the UK. However, there are some things you can do to start the application process. Since audiobook recording is a competitive field, according to the Audio Publishers Association, it is essential to have a professional demo and experience in the field.

How to Get a Job Narrating Talking Books for the RNIB
Record a professional demo before applying. (cd"s image by Horticulture from

Create a stellar audiobook demo recording. According to, award-winning narrator Scott Brick says that an audiobook demo is essential before applying to narrate books for any organisation. The audiobook demo consists of several different recordings on one CD. Record yourself reading two to six minutes of audio from several different genres of books--this will show your diversity. The demo, according to Brick, should be professionally recorded in a studio. The demo should start with you stating your name and "audiobook demo" as the first track of the CD. The second track should be your first reading.

How to Get a Job Narrating Talking Books for the RNIB
Be eligible to work in the UK to apply for a job with the RNIB. (Microphone image by from

Live in or be eligible to work in the United Kingdom. According to the website, those who want to work with the company should be located in the U.K. Be able to travel to record books if you do not live in the U.K.

How to Get a Job Narrating Talking Books for the RNIB
Send your demo directly to the RNIB. (black headphones isolated on white image by robootb from

Contact the RNIB's career centre at to request information packets about applying for jobs. Visit the RNIB website (see References), and click "About Us," then "Jobs," then "Current Vacancies" to find available positions. If no recording positions are listed, the Audio Publishers Association suggests sending your demo to the organisation anyway. When a position is available, apply directly through the website by following the application instructions beneath the relevant job.

Things you need

  • Recording studio access
  • Text selections from several genres
  • CDs

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