It’s been a while since I’ve written for this page and for good reason. I have stumbled upon an activity that I have always wanted to do but never considered. I haven’t thought much about it because I am homebound mostly so getting out there to look for work is a job in itself. I can do at home customer service if my low vision computer program is compatible with the employer’s software. It usually isn’t.
So what is it that I’ve been doing? Narrating books! I have always loved the idea of acting and bringing a story to life. It’s not something I ever considered much of course due to my ‘wiggly eyes’ and low vision.
But thanks to technology and google, I have discovered a way to do what I love from the comfort of my home. I narrate books for audible, Itunes, and Amazon. To do this, I had to acquire some basic equipment and build a makeshift sound studio. I’ve also had to learn how to work with audio files. Youtube has been an amazing resource for learning the ropes. My knowledge set is quite basic, but I’m learning new things all the time. I edit my own recordings and convert them into MP3 files.
Anyway, enough with the technical talk. As a legally blind person, I’ve had to overcome some obstacles to accomplish this new endeavor. First, I read with the e-reader or book right up to my face. Like an inch away. This means my hands and arms cover my mouth at times. I also only see out of a corner of my eye so I move my head back and forth as I read. Every little thing affects the recording quality. A good microphone, which is necessary, picks up every sound and can detect movement.
I did my first two books reading from my husband’s Iphone. It worked well but because of what I mentioned above, the sound was muffled. I decided to try using my monocular and read from my computer screen. This worked wonderfully! The microphone could be right in front of my mouth and I didn’t move my head back and forth any longer.
The crummy thing is, I’ve lost my monocular so I’m back to reading from the phone until I can get a new one. I have no idea how I lost it. It’s got to be around my house somewhere. I would lose my head if it weren’t attached.
Since starting to narrate in July, I haven’t made a livable wage as of yet, as I am paid a percentage of sales. When there are no sales, there is no pay. I am quite okay with this, as I have so much more to learn and I look forward to the future of doing more books.
Please follow me on Twitter, facebook, and check out my audible link to see what books I’ve done. I appreciate your support! Remember. It doesn’t matter what you struggle with. You can find a way to feed your artistic side and feel pride and happiness in all that you do. Even if all you can do is make someone smile. Thanks for your support and have a great day!