Voice Over has changed in the last few years. Once you were “the Talent”. Now you’re the talent, the casting director, the engineer and the VO director. Oh, and the marketing expert.
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Well, in most voice over jobs you work as a private contractor.
So unlike in a job job, you may have several different employers each week. And several different bosses.
A steady stream of these jobs is the life blood of a voice over career. So jobs is a good thing, right?
But if you are just chasing jobs, you need to change your focus.
Here’s what wrong with jobs.
Besides doing the actual voice over performance, each job has a certain amount of overhead. You have to communicate with the client, determine their direction, file formats, delivery requirements, input their company in your accounting, invoice them and keep track of payments.
Oh, and did I mention 20, 30 40 auditions you did to land that job? Then the next gig comes along and it’s the same routine. So how do you improve on this situation? Continue reading →
There’s a myth about speech that has been around since the Egyptians invented hieroglyphics. And that myth is that somehow you can take all of speech and condense it down to written words on a piece of paper.
Actually I think that 70% of speech is what I call nonverbal. What I mean by that is it’s not the words that you’re saying but how you say them that conveys most of the information.
So to be good at voiceovers you need to understand and control your nonverbal toolkit. This video explains what it is and how to use it to produce winning voice over auditions and jobs.
What techniques do you think contribute to a winning voice over? Leave a comment below.
You’ve worked on your voice over performance skills and technique. Yeah, you can always get better but you feel you’re competitive and can give the clients a read they’ll be proud to exhibit.
Your voice has interesting variety and you have an authentic sincerity that will even warm the hearts of dishwasher soap consumers.
I always say, to be in the voice over business, you need to enjoy the process. Auditioning should be fun, engaging your performing skills. Recording and editing should challenge your left brain. And the business aspects should give you pride of accomplishment.
Your demo is your calling card in the voice over world. It is used by you, casting services, agents and clients to evaluate and market your skills.
With the availability of high quality recording equipment there is a tendency to attempt to create your own demo. But recording is only one aspect of a top-notch demo. And a “home-brewed” demo could restrict your opportunities for the best work.
Here are six aspects of a quality voice over demo. And some reasons why working with a demo producer will give you the best results.
Yes you need the ability to record at home to be a voice over talent. But if you’re just beginning, keep it simple. Here are the four things you need to create broadcast quality recordings. Any other tips? Let me know in the comments.
Ever since the “Talkies” were invented, film has been a combination of the visual element – the film – and audio elements – dialog, ambiance, sound effects, “foley” and music. The first problem they had to solve was “synching” the sound with the video. A primitive way to do that was the slate clapperboard. When they clapped the top of the board together it provide a visual cue and an audio cue which they could align when they married the sound and picture together. Later techniques involved time code that connected the camera to the sound recording equipment. Continue reading →
Don’t wait for them to come… promote your voice over skills
We all remember the line from Field of Dreams. Kevin Costner kept hearing a voice in his head that said “build it, he will come”. If you’re interested in being a voice over artist you have to, indeed, build it. Establishing a firm base in voice over includes getting solid instruction. Learn what you’ve mastered and what you need to work on. Always keep improving.
It also means getting the technical equipment and knowledge necessary to compete in this 21st century cyberworld. Learn to record at home and ship your audio files to anyone in the world in any format.
But unlike the figure in Field of Dreams, you can build this correct foundation–but they WON’T come. The missing ingredient is PROMOTION. Here are five steps to follow to promote your skills. Continue reading →
I was talking to one of my students. He had invested in taking my commercial class and showed good potential. He had also purchased the bare equipment needed to record at home. He sent me a MP3 of a test recording and it sounded fine: quiet recording, good levels, and good performance.
Then he said: do I really need a professionally produced demo? I can’t afford it. This surprised me because he is also an on-camera actor. He has the required professional headshots and a resume. And I know he’s taken several acting classes to fill that resume.
So I asked: Why are you interested in doing voice over? His answer: Because I want to earn money doing what I love.
I’m usually not so abrupt, but I said: Then you can’t afford NOT to have a professionally produced demo! Continue reading →
To record voiceovers you need four things: A computer, a microphone, headphones and a recording application. You can get fancier if you want, but these four items will get you where you want to go. I recommend Audacity as a effective and simple program to record your voice over demos. It’s easy to use, it produces high quality audio and it’s FREE. You can’t beat that. But Audacity has some “idiosyncrasies” that drive me crazy. Here are the top three annoying oddities and how to work around them. Continue reading →