Interview with a Narrator: Jeremy Muñoz

Narrator Jeremy Muñoz
Narrator Jeremy Muñoz

Jeremy Muñoz narrated Crossing the Plains of Jordan by J.M. Zale and it is available now on iTunes, Amazon and Audible.

Hi Jeremy,

Thank you so much for connecting with us today! We are excited to learn more about the voice behind this book!

First, some particulars:

Your Name?

Jeremy Muñoz

Title of the Book You Just Narrated For Us:

Crossing the Plains of Jordan

What City do you live in?

Ozona, TX

Now for the cool stuff.  Here goes!

IHS: What was your favorite part about narrating this particular book?

Jeremy: I loved that I got to learn a new accent for a few of the characters I played. I’m always looking to grow my arsenal of voices and accents so this was a great opportunity to do so.

IHS: How did you get into narrating audiobooks?  Did you fall into it or was it planned?

Jeremy: I definitely just fell into this line of work. In 6th grade, my voice dropped and my classmates kept saying my voice was deeper than some of the teacher’s voices and as I got older, they would say I should do sports commentary. In high school I decided to try my hand at impressions, then in my 2nd year at Texas Tech University, I found out about Fiverr and decided to create a gig for “Radio and Announcer” voice overs to see if anyone would place an order. 3 years later, I am now about to be a Level 2 seller on Fiverr and have completed over 100 orders.

IHS: Wow! What an achievement. Do you have a theater background?  Is it something you think is necessary to be a success as a narrator?

Jeremy: I don’t have a theater background but I do perform live and practice monologues in my spare time. I find theatre warm ups and exercises to be helpful since with voice overs, you have to get into character and make sure your voice and articulation are at their peak when the mic goes hot.

IHS: Thanks for the tip. Were you an audiobook listener before you started narrating?

Jeremy: I've only listened to a few audiobooks but I do like to listen to narration podcasts and short stories on YouTube. I find audiobooks to be a good alternative for those like me who have difficulties reading and focusing on regular books.

IHS: Narrators seem to each have their favorite niche or genre, and things they don’t like to get into.  What kinds of books do you stay away from?

Jeremy: I’ve never turned down a script so far and am comfortable with reading everything from gross descriptive horror stories to romantic fanfictions with love making scenes and dirty talk.

IHS: So... authors are kind of unique breed of humans. Any funny stories about working with authors?

Jeremy: I haven’t met any eccentric or unusual authors yet, but then again I am quite strange myself so it would go unnoticed if they did or said anything out of the ordinary.

IHS: Has anyone ever recognized you as a narrator from your voice?

Jeremy: I get asked all the time if I work for a radio station because of my voice. I get told regularly I should do voice overs and always find it funny to keep it a secret that I get paid to do it and just respond with “nah that's too hard”.

IHS: That's funny! Ok, so learning to narrate audiobooks can sometimes feel like going through the school of hard knocks. What was the most unexpected lesson you got in your early narrating career?

Jeremy: The amount of work spent in post editing was something I never expected to be involved so heavily in. The voices themselves are great and easy to record, but the editing process with audio books and long short stories are what really tested me when I started getting paid to narrate.

IHS: Yes, editing can be a challenge. Now, let’s talk reviews.  Do you read your reviews and listener comments?

Jeremy: I love reading reviews and comments whether they are good or bad, everyone’s opinion helps me to check myself on my performance and produce better work.

IHS: Great outlook! Do you research an author and book before taking on a project?  If so, what do you most want to see?

Jeremy: I don’t care whether an author is a best seller or a novice, whether they have written 100 books or are on their first one. The only thing I look for in an author is a positive attitude, a passion for writing, and the willingness to describe to me the kind of story and emotion they want the narration and character voices to be.

IHS: Once a book is finished, then the work of marketing begins.  What do you do to spread the word about a new audiobook release?

Jeremy: I usually will post the cover art of the book on social media with a short caption for my friends to see or will talk about my experience on my vlog YouTube channel.

IHS: Any audiobook haters in your friends or family?  People who are avid “page-turners” or those who think listening to audiobooks is not really reading?  What do you say to them?

Jeremy: My friends arent big time readers nor listen to audiobooks, and most of my family can barely work a computer so I usually just show them short clips of my narrations to impress them.

IHS: What were you most worried about when starting out as a narrator?  Did the worry happen or was it unjustified?

Jeremy: I was worried that clients wouldn’t like the work I produced and was hesitant about telling people about what I do for fear of being made fun of. As I grew as a performer and narrator, I learned to just relax, do my best, and not listen to the ridicule. Everyone will have an opinion but if I just try my best in every way I can, people will like my work because they can tell it’s genuine and that I care about what I’m doing.

IHS: And, as a follow up, what should you ACTUALLY have been most worried about instead??

Jeremy: The time spent editing and the need for specific equipment and software necessary to be able to become a voice actor on the go and the ability to adapt to record in any environment.

IHS: So now, what advice would you give those who are thinking about becoming a narrator?

Jeremy: First off, if you are in it for only the money, best to move on to a job in a cubicle with stable hours and pay with benefits. If you like making your own hours, staying up late meeting tight turn around deadlines after procrastinating all day, and always have the feeling of never knowing when your next gig or paycheck will come from, then welcome to the dreamer’s club and proceed to the next step.

Pick up any book or search for movie/tv dialogue and read it aloud. Try reading at different speeds and at different pitches. Then try impersonating a celebrity or cartoon character’s voice and mannerisms while you read it. You can be great or be horrible at first but if you have fun and enjoy the read through, then maybe voice acting is for you.

IHS: Great advice! Finally, what advice would you give authors who are thinking about doing an audiobook?

Jeremy: Look at the book as a movie/tv script and think about if the narration/character dialogue spoken aloud would make sense and be appealing to readers and listeners alike. If you can picture an actual conversation or scenario taking place just as you did writing out the book, then it has a potential for translating well into an audiobook.

Thank you so much for your input!  

Jeremy's Top 10 Craziest Accomplishments! 1. High School Talent Show winner as a freshman 2. Qualifying for State for Robotics in High School 3. Having photos classified in the top ranked pieces in a High School art competition 4. Graduating High School as Salutatorian 5. 1st Guinness World Record for “Most Neckties Worn at Once” (287) 6. 2nd Guinness World Record for “Most Neckties Worn at Once” (316) 7. Being featured in the Official 2020 Guinness Book of World Records (page 87) 8. Having my hometown museum create a display in honor of my world records 9. Becoming a Level 2 Seller on Fiverr 10. Stretching my Septum Nose Piercing to a 7/16 in. Every achievement, big or small, shows growth as a person. Jeremy's Top 10 Reasons to Be An Audiobook Narrator! 1. You get to play pretend as a career. 2. Every script is different. 3. You get to work with people all around the world. 4. You get to impress friends, family, and potential spouses with your voices. 5. You can visually see your success through client reviews and repeat buyers. 6. You can climb the ranks of voice over every year while establishing your status in the community. 7. You can help client’s visions become a reality by providing the vocal element to their work. 8. You get to learn various other A/V skills with each new voice over gig. 9. You get to record in your pajamas, or even naked if you choose, since the work only concerns your ability to manipulate your voice. 10. You can work from home on your own schedule and have the time and energy for other activities/side hustles.

Jobs like these are unstructured, but very fun and rewarding.

IHS: Social Media links for you that we can share with our fans so they can find out more about you:

Facebook EP.ET Organization (@epetorganization) Instagram @bigjmunoz @limeballrecords (my record label) Twitter @bigjmunoz YouTube BigJMunoz100 (main channel) BigJMunoz102 (vlog channel) TAE Munoz (channel w/ sister) LinkedIn Jeremy Muñoz SnapChat @bigjmunoz Podcast (created through available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, etc.): The Pathogen Podcast Etsy (art pieces and music):

Los Munoz Redbubble (merchandise): BigJermzMunoz

Narrator Bio:

My name is Jeremy Muñoz, known professionally as Big J.erm7 Muñoz. I am from a small town in West Texas of around 3,000 people called Ozona. I am a voice actor and impressionist, House/Drum’n’Bass/Rap music producer and DJ, extreme performance artist, magician, freakshow performer and two-time Guinness World Record Holder.

I had my first live performance at the age of 5 and now at 24 years old, I have been dedicating more of my time to the world of voice-overs and producing mixed-genre albums.

There you go folks, Jeremy Muñoz - an amazing narrator and great performer.

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