What are we looking for?
We are looking for mothers, specifically of children under 1-year-old, who are native speakers of one of our seven featured languages to take part in a recording session with their baby. You will be recording nursery rhymes, poems, songs, and lullabies. Your voice will be a part of our smallTalk library and will be used to introduce babies to languages from around the world!
You must be a native speaker of one of these languages: English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin.
Bring baby along
One of the key requirements of the smallTalk library is that all content is recorded in infant-directed speech, commonly referred to as baby talk. This form of speech uses simplified grammar, higher pitch, repetition, shorter phrases, and positive emotional tone. Infant-directed speech is something adults naturally do when speaking to babies, however, we will have a coach present to help you nail it!
Also, to truly be infant-directed speech, you need to be talking or singing directly to your baby. To achieve this, we ask that you please bring your baby along to the studio! We will provide a baby-safe and comfortable space for the day including nursing, changing, and play areas.
Dates: We will work with you to schedule a time slot that fits your schedule in late June or early July.
Location: In-person recording will happen in Northeast Ohio. But we’re open to working with remote mothers as well!
Time Requirement: 2 hours in the studio with a goal of recording 30 minutes of content.
Demographics: Woman, mother of an infant (under 1), native speaker of one of the seven languages mentioned above.
Mommy and Me: You must be able to bring your child with you to your recording session.
Photography/Videography: We will be taking photos and videos throughout the day for use in our marketing materials and social media. You must be willing to sign a release form for you and your child.
Interview: As part of your 2-hour session, we would like to do a short interview with you. The intent is to feature the stories of the mothers who are the voices in our library.
Compensation: $250 for a full session (If baby isn’t having their best day and we need to cut it short, no worries. We get it! And we’ll still compensate you for the time that you did share with us.)
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