If you’re reading this blog post, chances are sometime in your adult life friends, family or coworkers have commented on how nice your voice sounds. Or maybe like us, you go around using animated and wacky voices to entertain friends and family. If this double life sounds familiar, you’ve already inadvertently taken the first step to becoming a professional voice actor. Continue reading
The essence of a great voice actor is the ability to speak the written word as if it was spontaneous. This may seem challenging, but with the fun and exhilarating exercises of Improvisation, not only will you become a better voice actor, but you’ll have fun and meet exciting people like yourself.
Voice acting is a mix of both the critical script analyzing left brain and the fun spontaneous, intuitive and artistic right brain. The techniques learned in fundamentals classes such as analyzing script and knowing what keywords to put emphasis on, are necessary skills in voice over acting. However, you need that artistic, method acting approach of being in the moment to really make the script come alive-And this is where Improvisation plays a key role. Continue reading
Congratulations to those who participated in the first Improvisation for Voice Actors work out class. The folks that acted as our improv guenea pigs were the most creative and fearless group I’ve worked with and were able to very quickly grasp the creativity and spontaneity of improvisation. And then the group turned around and immediately applied it to their voice acting.
We used all sorts of fun and interesting improv games to work on acting skills such as scene visualization, spontaneous character development and then jumped into the booth for commercial reads as well as animation and group reads. Continue reading
Right Brain... meet Left Brain!
Standing in a booth and talking to a microphone all day long is fun but it can get lonesome. How do you break out of that rut? With Improvisation!
Improvisation games are fun and active exercises that get you up on your feet and keep you on your toes. This is how it works! The improvisation game format is established up front such as “we will conduct an interview with two people” and the class decides who their characters will be. Then the scene work that is created is ad-libbed on the spot by the actors. Continue reading
Wav files longer than a minute should be delivered using
Well, it happened again. I got a small job for a video narration about a hotel. No big deal. Two and half pages. A few words that were tricky to pronounce but overall an easy job. Then I got the email from the client. “Please email me the finished files in WAV format.” These clients are out there, and you are going to run into them sooner or later. The ones that are familiar with the digital terms but don’t really know what they signify. I’ve always said, you don’t have to be Bill Gates to do this stuff but you DO need to know a bit more than the client. The bottom line: anything longer than about a minute in WAV format is going to be too large to email. Usually WAY to large. So what is Plan B? Continue reading
The Clock Is Ticking! Nail that audition and move on!
If you are performing online auditions, eventually you’re going to need to speed up the process. Nowadays we voice pros wear a variety of hats. When you’re auditioning you’re the talent, the booth director and the engineer. Well, now throw in efficiency expert for good measure. So what do I mean? I’ve had conversations with budding VO talent that take hours to hone one audition. Let’s say it takes you an hour and a half to record, edit, export a file and upload it…
With Magic Jack Plus you can have a phone line anywhere you have high speed internet
New technology has proven to be extremely beneficial in the emergence of voice-over home recording studios. So it is not surprising that the industry has jumped on the use of voice over IP gadgets.
The name may be a bit misleading as VOIP’s don’t really have anything to do with voice overs. VOIP is technology that allows users to send voice and data files over broadband internet. For our purposes in the voice acting industry, VOIP technology mated with a phone patch is perfect for communicating when performing a job with a director many miles away. So then, how can a voice talent take advantage of this technology? Continue reading
Use the Amazon Kindle or a tablet to read copy for auditions and jobs
While the demand for voice-over talent has grown dramatically in the past few years, so has the increase in competition. That is why in today’s VO industry, whatever you can do to cut down on the time it takes to work through auditions will increase your chances of striking gold and booking the job. One way to increase your audition efficiency is by using digital tablets such as the Apple iPad or book readers like the Kindle to transfer, store and then read copy for auditions. Continue reading
KRK Rokit RP5 Monitors are one example or near field monitors
You can record and evaluate your voice over performances with a good set of headphones but at some point you might want to add a set of monitor speakers. Monitor speakers allow you to hear the audio in the natural room environment that it is likely to eventually be played. So, how do these monitors differ from the run-of-the-mill speakers you’d find in your buddies surround sound set up? And how do you sift through all the technical jargon to find a quality, yet affordable, set of home studio monitors? Here are four qualities and a tip to keep in mind when looking for a home studio monitors. Continue reading
Quality studio headphones are important to check your recording and performance quality
When it comes to listening back to your home-recorded voice over auditions and hearing every nuance of the recording and performance, one tool to use is a pair of high quality headphones. However, as you start looking into purchasing a set, the search can start to get pretty dizzying with the long laundry list of features and pro’s and con’s. Studio quality headphones, while serving the same purpose as those headphones you would use to listen to music, have a few more unique characteristics you will want to look out for when looking into purchasing a set. Here are the top four qualities to look for when investigating home studio headphones. Continue reading