Friday, 30 September 2011

Pet Peeves

I’ve got loads of audio book recording on at the moment – ‘Love in a Nutshell’ (by Janet Evanovich and Dorien Kelly), ‘Explosive Eighteen’ (also by Janet Evanovich) and ‘Red Mist’ (by Patricia Cornwell) - so thought this might be a good time to revisit my top peeves when narrating. Today I’m concentrating on producer/directors!

Before I start, I have to say that most audio producer/directors (like my CC partner Ali Muirden) are fantastic – prepared, helpful, encouraging, supportive and constructive. But just occasionally you get one who lets the side down a little...

My top 10:

1. Producers who don’t prepare because they say they like to come to it ‘fresh.’ This is laziness wearing spontaneity’s hat and hoping to get away with it!

2. Producers who over-prepare and have fixed ideas about how, for example, a character should sound.

3. Producers who are tense hear noises that aren’t there.

4. Producers who stop me a lot and break my flow.

5. Producers who give me line readings (when I produce, I’m guilty of this! *hangs head in shame*).

6. Producers who want me to read hour after hour without stopping. Narrators aren’t machines!

7. Producers who don’t give positive feedback occasionally.

And city by city:

8. London producers who insist I'm wrong when I pronounce 'shone' as 'shown' or 'suggest' as 'suggjest' (even when I prove my point by showing them the relevant entry in the Merriam Webster dictionary).

9. Los Angeles producers whose idea of direction is not 'a bit slower' or 'I think we had a bit of a tummy rumble there, darling' but rather 'I'm sorry, Lorelei... but like... I just don't feel like... you know ... that it's like... resonating from the core....' (Huh?)

10. New York producers who insist on ordering lunch from a vegan sushi bar instead of Cajun extra-hot burgers medium rare with blue cheese from Island Burger. (Okay, we're not exactly working on the oil rigs, but narrators need sustenance!) - LK

We'd love to know: If you’re a narrator, what are your pet peeves about producers? Or (fair’s fair) if you’re a producer, what are your pet peeves about narrators?

photo by TheStaceys1

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