Irish American Mid Atlantic Children's Books

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Irish American Mid Atlantic Children's Books 
My audio book company has been approached by a publisher with a very specific requirement. They have 64 children's books (averaging anywhere between a few hundred and 2000 words per book) that they need recording. They are a mix of third person and first person and encompass 3 specific series.

The challenge is the voice we need for these:

We are looking for a mid-Atlantic accent. The near perfect recipe is someone native Irish who's lived in the US for a number of years. We want a voice that will work natively in both the American and Irish markets (and ESL countries as well). I DON'T want a put-on 'Oirish' accent! If you're not Irish or haven't spent time there please do not put on an Irish accent thinking that will get you the work - it won't. We're more likely to hire someone with a clear native accent (American, Irish or British) than someone who attempts faux Irish. Mid-Atlantic British/American is the next best thing (but a slight regional British flavour is much better than Home Counties for this project).

A full-on RP or plummy English voice is no good to us.

Bear in mind that these are children's books aimed at children 4 to 10 in age. The voice needs to reflect this. A kindly, friendly reading without being condescending.

Pay for this is still being negotiated but we are aiming for around $100 per 10 to 15 minute book (the average size). It will probably scale a little bit for longer or shorter books.

We are looking for no more than 4 narrators across all the books and it's probable that one person could well end up with the bulk of the works. 
2010-02-12 09:12:03 GMT
2010-02-19 20:00:00 (GMT -05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada) 
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Project Parameters

The Voice Actor should be located in:
Student or Non-for-profit student project - USD 100
5-15 minutes each x 64
English - British OR English - USA and Canada OR English - Other
Mid Atlantic
Teenage Girl OR Teenage Boy OR Young Adult Female OR Young Adult Male OR Middle Age Female OR Middle Age Male
• Audio files must be delivered via email OR
• Audio files must be delivered via FTP/Dropbox/Google Drive/cloud
• Deliver edited and finished voice tracks
Not defined
The voice seeker is willing to hire either union or non-union talents for this project

Script Details

Two mini-scripts are included - one is in first person and the other in third person. I'd appreciate it if you could submit reads for both in one file.
Third person script:

Dara lived near a railway bridge.
He loved to watch trains speed over the bridge.

He listened to the sound:
chicka-chicka, chicka-chicka.

Dara had toy trains and tracks.

He pushed his trains over the bridge.




Uncle Joe told Dara all about the trains from long ago.
They were called steam trains.

First person script:

It was the middle of the holidays, and I was going over to Grandad’s house to help him paint his living-room.

When I got there, the room was already cleared out and there were sheets over the furniture. There was a bunch of old tins and tubes of paint sitting on the floor. ‘Where did you get those, Grandad?’ I asked.

‘They’ve been in the shed for ages, Lenny,’ Grandad said. ‘I bought some of this paint in the nineteen-sixties!’ The nineteen-sixties was years ago, and Grandad talked about that time a lot. I think it’s because he wasn’t bald back then. 
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