By Stephanie Ciccarelli
August 7, 2009
Brian Price joins us again with some insight for those who'd love to become part of an audio theater production.
Acting is at the very heart of it all, and if you've been thinking about entering into the theater of the mind, this article is up your alley!
Find out who to contact as well as how to research audio theater.
By Brian Price
I've been writing, directing and producing independent audio theater productions for more than twenty years and in all that time audio theater has remained an art form that falls "between the cracks" -- it's not quite a part of books-on-tape publishing, or radio broadcast, or the recording industry. It's just a lot of fun.
However, how audio theater is presented is changing by leaps and bounds.
Once upon a time (not so long ago) a radio station program manager had to agree to put one's work on the air, or an "Indie" record label had to press and release a CD. It was complicated and very hard to get heard.
Now, there's podcasting.
Suddenly (in the last four or five years) dozens and dozens of independent producers are writing, directing, and acting in their own stories. They are free of the constraints of large budgets, traditional distribution problems and time (they aren't worried about how long or how many podcasts they produce - it's refreshing).
Podcasters just put their work up on the web and listening subscribers download what they want to hear. It's like the Wild West.
Why am I telling professional voice talents this?
Because, all good actors want work and this is new territory.
Most independent audio theater podcasters are small operations.
A core group of college friends or fantasy fans or community theater enthusiasts get together and put up a show. Some get a little more serious and start producing elaborate series, putting up more shows and using voices of friends and fans recorded remotely from around the world.
Usually the acting talent is amateur and I think that hurts a lot of these podcast productions more than they know.
They need you. They might not think it, but they need you.
Finding the productions and shows you want to work with will turn the usual auditioning process on its head.
Like writers, who need to read the magazine before they submit, you'll need to become familiar with the podcasts out there.
Do a little Internet googling and a lot of listening (most theater podcasts often free sample downloads) and find the shows that might match your talents and interests, and then contact the producers.
Tell them you've been listening and you've got the perfect voice for their arch bad guy. You might have to do a piece on spec, but once the producer and their audience have heard a pro, they are going to have a hard time going back.
There are a lot of stories out there waiting to be told and you guys are their potential voices.
Certainly, audio theater podcasting will probably never be your only source of income, but you'll be exercising your voice and character acting abilities, you'll be helping writers see their dreams become realities, and you might just be seeing the future of theater.
Great Northern Audio Theatre
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