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Producer Advice from Kevin Pierce

ACX strives to help actors become entrepreneurs, by providing resources that allow voiceover actors to evolve into audiobook producers and marketers. Today we’ve got more advice from one of ACX’s chief entrepreneurs, Kevin Pierce. You may know Kevin as the producer with the most ACX titles available for sale on Audible, Amazon and iTunes. Read on to find out how using ACX between other narration jobs turned into a deluge of audiobook production work.

Taking Care of Business

It was just about a year ago that I discovered ACX as I was looking for a way to “fill in the gap” between audiobook productions for another studio. Today, ACX is the source of most of my audiobook business.

For me, too much of the voiceover and narration business came in fits and starts — a flood and then an ebb. I was looking for a way to develop a steady flow of business.

In January, I jumped into ACX with both feet to find out whether I could make such a business of it — whether ACX was capable of supplying regular work at the volume I desired. Since then, I’ve been producing ACX titles non-stop, two to three finished hours per day, five or more days each week.

My ACX dashboard tells me I’m about to wrap up production on my 117th title through ACX. Roughly half of these were pay per-finished-hour, the other half were royalty-share. And of 300+ finished hours in my royalty-share portfolio, many have had an ACX production stipend. In a matter of just months, my royalty-share books have sold more than 5,000 copies and I’m adding new titles to the list every week. Just like a healthy stock portfolio, I have a few stellar performing titles and a couple handfuls of solid sellers that round things out.

Several things have helped:

  • ACX’s Title Search. Even when a project has my desired per-finished-hour rate or is a royalty share with production stipend, I only audition for those titles that I feel are right for my range and style. I can easily narrow down the 3,000 titles open for audition on ACX using the title search. And when projects are right, I audition for all of them.
  • Regular Communication. While the ACX system does a fine job of notifying rights-holders of next steps required of them the production process, I like to keep my rights-holders up to date on what’s going on in my production workflow.
  • Underpromise and overdeliver. At 2 to 3 finished hours per day, I can get through a project pretty quick. But by building some extra time in the production schedule to ensure nothing throws it off track, I often surprise rights-holders with an earlier-than-expected delivery of their final project.

With the per-finished-hour books and ACX stipends which pay upon a production’s completion, and the royalty and bonus checks which come every month, ACX has become much more than a way to fill in a gap between productions, it has become a full-time flow of audiobook production and a full-time business.

How has ACX allowed you to take  control of your voiceover career?

ACX Vacation Listens For Your Holiday Weekend

For our team, Independence Day means getting backyard bar-b-ques, fireworks, sandy beaches and long drives through the country. Today, we wanted to share a few ACX produced titles we’ll be listening to this independence weekend. Show your fellow rights holders and producers some love by checking out one of the titles below over at Audible, and enjoy the 4th!

One Year Lived _MVOne Year Lived – Written and read by Adam Shepard

At 29, Adam Shepard visited seventeen countries on four continents and lived some amazing adventures, spending just $19,420.68 – less than it would have cost him to stay at home. “It’s interesting to me,” he says, “that in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Europe, it’s normal for people to pack a bag, buy a plane ticket, and get ‘Out There.’ In the U.S., though, we live with this very stiff paradigm: graduate college, work, find a spouse, make babies, work some more, retire, which can be a great existence, but leaves little room to load up a backpack and dip into various cultures, to see places, to really develop our own identity.” Let Adam inspire you to truly experience the world this weekend.

Gettysburg_JVGettysburg: Voices From The Front – Written by Robert Child, read by Joe Pike

Here’s one is for all the history buffs out there: this week is the 150th anniversary of the famous battle, so there’s no better time to listen to this stirring collection of first-hand accounts from Privates on up to the commanding Generals at the Battle of Gettysburg woven into a dramatic and compelling narrative.

Ted_MSHow to Deliver a TED Talk: Secrets of the World’s Most Inspiring Presentations – Written by Jeremy Donovan, read by Kevin Pierce.

Anyone who’s a fan of the often enthralling and informative TED Talks, or any ACXer who has a corporate day job will enjoy this complete guide for creating presentations that inspire others through your story. Based on intensive study of the most popular TED Talks, this step-by-step playbook shows you how to select your topic, craft your narrative, master your delivery, and refine your design. Don’t worry, we won’t tell anyone that you’ve been ‘working’ at the beach!

Spill_DBSpill – Written by J.I. Greco, read by Dan Boice

For those looking for the audio equivalent of the big summer blockbusters, check out Spill, a great sci-fi listen complete with humor, romance, and end-of-the-world alien-hermit-crab occupation!

Game Set_ODBGame, Set, Match – Written by Nana Malone, read by Traci Odom

Finally, tennis star Jason Cartwright’s playboy image is taking a public beating, a knee injury is shutting down his game, and the paparazzi are splashing his love life on every magazine. Single-mom Izzy Connors sees people for who they really are through the lens of her camera, and even without it, she knows Jason isn’t the star he appears to be. His charm and good looks haven’t dimmed since he broke her heart, but can Izzy put the past behind her and help Jason get his game, and his image, back on track? Or will the click of her camera shatter his world as well as his heart?

These titles and more are available for download at Audible. Check ’em out, and tell us what you’ll be listening to this weekend in the comments!