"By this time next year, I will have narrated more Jules Verne novels than anyone else in the world!" - Noel Gibilaro, Such A Voice graduate
Noel Gibilaro first became interested in voiceovers when he volunteered to emcee the 1995 Special Olympics in New Haven, CT. He took a couple classes with other companies before finding what he needed at Such A Voice. He said it really took Rob Sciglimpaglia's direction and technique to make his voiceover work take off! After the training, he diligently got to work on his marketing strategy and quickly found a niche that let him meld his personality with the industry -- narrating Jules Verne novels!
Already, Noel has done the voiceover narration for Around the World in Eighty Days, using an impressive 38 different character voices. He just completed recording 20,000 Leagues under the Sea, and you can download his highly-acclaimed audio books at www.audible.com. Noel is slated to do the narration for another Jules Verne audio book, which will finish up in production by early 2010. What else is he up to? Oh, you know, not much -- just another 3 novels by Jules Verne!
As Noel puts it, "I'd quit my job, but my wife won't let me!" He manages to work on the audio books and his marketing strategies from his home studio in the early morning, in the evening, and on the weekends. Consistency is key, and he wouldn't have been able to work out these deals or sustain the work relationships without a steady schedule. Noel's marketing plan has been pretty simple, too. He admittedly doesn't do anything more than, "Get on the phone and sell myself."
His advice to new voiceover artists sounds pretty simple: "Stay positive!" Noel continues, "Learn to use your mind to envision and create what you want." He sites positive thinking books, such as Think and Grow Rich and The Traveler's Gift as his inspiration and encouragement during a down economy. Instead of viewing Jules Verne novels as tedious, poorly-translated French-to-English books, Noel saw this as a potential role to fill in the voiceover industry. Not only has he had fun creating characters for these audio book projects, but he has successfully cemented future projects with his happy clients -- which is every voiceover artist's dream!
Congratulations again to Noel! We look forward to hearing more of your successes in 2010!
-By: Catherine Marshall