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Backstage University Offers Audiobook Narration Course

Having been in the industry over 25 years, Heller has narrated nearly 500 titles, worked in almost every genre, and has won numerous awards and accolades. Heller is a 2005 and 2009 Audie Award winner (the Oscars of audiobooks), a 2014 nominee for best male narrator, a double nominee in 2012, and was named a best voice of 2008–2011. Additionally, Heller is a Publishers Weekly Listen Up Award winner 2008–2013, a winner of over 20 Earphone Awards, and Audiofile Magazine named Heller one of the top 50 voices of the 20th Century.


Heller says, "Audiobook narration is an organic acting experience where the actor must tell the story and share the author's truth. Unlike commercials or industrial voiceovers, it requires stamina, commitment to choices, and a deep collaboration with an unknown author and an unseen audience."


Actors will be working with Heller and a sound engineer in a professional recording booth each week throughout the course. At the end of each class, actors will receive an mp3 of their work so they can go over it and learn from hearing their own voices.


Heller's class always sells out do to its very limited availability, but this weekend only Backstage University is offering a special $100 discount on the class when you sign up with promo code MICROPHONE.

With media consumption increasingly turning to digital platforms, artists are getting a new lease on life through online audio services.

Broadcasters, comedians and storytellers are seeing their careers revived as they get their voices across the ever growing online audience by tapping podcasts and online radio.

Once a struggling radio host and stand-up comedian, 50-year-old Mark Maron now runs a highly successful podcast interviewing celebrities in his garage in Los Angeles, CBS News reported

"WTF With Marc Maron," which creates spaces for top entertainers to open up about their personal lives, recently aired its 500th episode, and passed the 100-million-download mark.

Audioboo, a spoken word service owned by the London-based Audioboom Group PLC (BOOM.L), allows users to run their own podcast and radio channels, among other spoken-word endeavors.

The audio service now has over 2,000 channels and caters to various topics and audio content from sports news and commentaries to online comedy shows and audiobooks.

It features a variety of broadcasters and podcasters hoping to make it big one day or just seeking their niche audience.

Audioboom is a SaaS based digital social media audio platform enabling the creation, broadcast and consumption of audio across multiple global media outlets. Audioboom works with some of the biggest names in broadcasting across sport, entertainment and current affairs to bring their content to millions of listeners worldwide via Facebook, Twitter and other media platforms.


The technology allows partners to embed playlists onto their sites and apps, use our mobile apps and functionality as listen again players and re- syndicate their content around the web.

Audioboom also allows the monetisation of audio via the dynamic insertion of pre and post roll advertising into content as a user is listening, allowing contemporary advertising selection, depending on content genre and geographic location of the user.


Audioboom has over 1,700 content partners, including the BBC, Telegraph, Guardian, CBS, Sky Sports, Premier League, Southern Cross Austereo, Reuters, CNBC, Universal and Fox.


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