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Professional Audiobook Narrators Association

with Emily Lawrence

Nothing is more human than storytelling. In this bonus Voice & Ai episode, Anne is joined by award-winning voice actor Emily Lawrence, Co-Founder of The Professional Audiobook Narrators’ Association (PANA). They discuss the financial vs. social implications of Ai voices, creating a community for audiobook narrators, and why human-ness is an essential part of storytelling…

In this Voice and Ai Bonus Episode, Anne is joined by Emily Lawrence to discuss the human-ness of storytelling + book narration advocacy…

“People listen to audiobooks and don't give a second thought to the performer who's bringing that story to life for them.” - Emily Lawrence

About Emily Lawrence

Emily is an award-winning actor and writer that's narrated more than 425 audiobooks for publishers such as McMillan, Harper Collins, Penguin, Random House, Simon and Schuster, and many more. She's incredibly proud to be the co-founder and chair of the newly formed Professional Audiobook Narrators Association, or PANA, as everybody has come to know it. Her greatest loves are storytelling and reading of course. So narrating audiobooks is a dream come true for her. And her other passions include traveling, LARPing (live action role play-ing), aerial surf, fostering kittens, and chocolate.

Top 10 Takeaways

Quick-share concepts from today’s episode:

  1. PANA is a member-driven, volunteer-based organization that advocates for the rights of audiobook narrators.

  2. Anyone who has narrated at least one audiobook available on a commercial platform is eligible for PANA membership.

  3. PANA is the first organization dedicated solely to audiobook narrators.

  4. Education, advocacy, & community are at the core of PANA. #VOBOSS

  5. Voice actors can protect themselves by being clear in Ai contracts. #VOBOSS

  6. There is a difference between creating an Ai voice dub and participating in machine learning. #VOBOSS

  7. PANA believes that the industry focuses on the economic value of Ai narrators instead of the human value of storytelling. #VOBOSS

  8. PANA is pro-human narrator #VOBOSS

  9. Knowledge is power. Make sure you know all the details of what you are lending your voice to. #VOBOSS

  10. PANA advocates to keep the art of storytelling in the hands of voice actors. #VOBOSS

“There's always going to be a place for the human voice in voiceover.” - Anne

Referenced in this Episode

Direct links to things we brought up ++

Learn more about PANA >>
Connect with Emily >>
Recorded on ipDTL - get it here >>
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