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How to Get a Job Narrating Talking Books for the RNIB

Updated March 24, 2017

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.

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  1. Create a stellar audiobook demo recording. According to Voices.com, 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Contact the RNIB's career centre at recruitment@rnib.org.uk 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.

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Things You'll Need

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

About the Author

Lisa Basile has been writing for magazines and newspapers since 2003. She has a Master of Fine Arts in writing and has contributed to local news and national magazines such as "Billboard," "Maxim" and "Cosmo!Girl." Basile also edits an online magazine and writes daily content for Alloy Media.

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