This group class will take a deep dive into text analysis skills for audiobook narration. In this course, we’ll cover: why text analysis is the number one most important skill for audiobook narration (and yet it’s hardly ever spoken about), how to mine the text for clues in order to build a performance, what to look for when reading or prepping a text, the difference between an objective and subjective understanding of a text and why you need both, how each genre should affect your text analysis and narration style, how to find a deeper understanding of who your characters are in order to make them real fully fledged humans, how to use syntax and punctuation to create characters, and much more.
At the end of the course, each participant will have the opportunity to submit a recording sample up to five minutes in length for a performance evaluation which will give detailed notes and pointers on ways to improve your performance, with a particular focus on applying the text analysis skills learned in the course.
This class is suitable for narrators of all levels; even the most experienced narrators may not be aware of how to actively use some of these skills (or if you’re subconsciously doing it, being more purposeful about it can take your narration to new heights). Registration for part two of the full performance course (which will cover more traditional performance topics like character voices, style, flow, self-direction, etc) will be announced at the end of February. Students who took the Interpreting The Text course will get first dibs on sign ups for that course. This group class will be recorded via zoom. By signing up for the class, you’re agreeing to being recorded.