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June 8, 2010

Take some time to judge your own work

Filed under: general observations — Tags: , , , , — wannabeavoiceactor @ 15:01

I recently uploaded a Fauxdition (that’s a fake audition) to Internet Voice Coach.

I joined that site recently and I must say that it has been a great help for a student Voice Actor! Tons of articles and advice and interviews. You can upload a sound clip for them to critique roughly once a month, and they have an audition contest each month.

The contest is sorta fun for a newbie. First you have to try to record something that sounds vaguely professional, then you have to work over the file, clean it up, turn it into an MP3 and then upload it. Good practice all the way around!

Anyway, I recorded a bunch of different takes on the audition script, and then just saved them on my computer and spent the next several days chasing my kids around the house – completely forgetting all about the recording.

Went back yesterday and listened to the clips — and it was GREAT! I came to the clips completely cold, having forgotten most everything about them (Early Alzheimer’s, I know) and it was almost like listening to a total stranger!

I could easily identify things that sounded amateurish (yeah, most of the clip, I know) and also things that I liked. It was a completely different experience from listening to your recording right after you do it.

So why don’t you practice with some scripts and record your efforts and then let them lie around for a few days before you listen to them? I think you will be surprised.

And yes, I know you can’t do that in real life — but we are learning here! Cut yourself some slack!

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May 16, 2010

The Intellectual Leap

Filed under: general observations — Tags: , , — wannabeavoiceactor @ 03:31

What IS it that a Voice Actor is paid to do?

The copy writer thinks you’re an illiterate mouth breather, the director thinks you’re a prima dona who can’t listen, the engineer thinks you are the luckiest SOB on earth to make what you make for reading out loud, the client thinks you’re a large, needless, debit on his personal compensation, and the target audience out there trudges on regardless, unaware that you even exist!

Just what the heck IS IT that you are DOING?

You, my friend, are performing magic. (more…)

May 13, 2010

Last Class (of my beginner’s course that is)

Filed under: general observations — Tags: , , , — wannabeavoiceactor @ 04:54

Had the last class of the beginner’s course last night. Sort of bittersweet experience.  I am glad that I have learned all this stuff and made it through, but now I have to go scratch around and dig up some cash to start the next one!

We did some character work (hilarious – although mostly unintentionally hilarious) and some script stuff, and then the teacher just asked us a question:  “So one of your good friends comes up to you and says: ‘Hey!  Voice Acting huh?  What the heck is that all about?'” (more…)

May 3, 2010

Online Ad Revenue Jumps in 1st. Quarter

Filed under: general observations, Links to Learn From — Tags: , , , — wannabeavoiceactor @ 22:13

Facebook | Voicebank.net has put up a link on facebook to an article about ad revenue, which jumped in the last quarter almost 15% to 8.8 Billion!

This is really good news for anyone who hopes to make money off the Advertising Industry!

This is also a good time to bring up the fact that many great sites like Voicebank, Voiceactors in the News, Voicetraxsf, Voiceone,  etc. have facebook presences.  You can follow these and receive constant updates on things going on in the voice over world .  Some of them are also quite active on Twitter, so if you really want to stay connected, you should check it out.

You can simply run a search on Voice Actors, Voice Overs, etc. on facebook and bring up a lot of sites.

Social networking sites are great places to meet people, get information, and establish your own presence in the voice over community.  There have been a lot of good articles done on social networking, both for fun AND profit! and we will get a little deeper into that later.

Voice Care and Feeding

Filed under: general observations, Links to Learn From, Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — wannabeavoiceactor @ 17:40

This morning I woke up and said good morning to my 8 year old, and I had the proverbial Voice of God! Actually, more like the Voice of God after a hard night of playing poker and smoking ceegars. I have a fairly deep voice normally, but this morning I sound like Froggy off the Little Rascals.

Looks like the pollen must be kicking into high gear as spring may finally be here. Which brings me to a funny realization about this business. That is — it all hinges on a pretty delicate and only vaguely controllable item. Your Voice! (more…)

April 30, 2010

Writing your own copy

Filed under: general observations — Tags: , , , — wannabeavoiceactor @ 20:58

I mentioned the other day that I talked my way into making my first commercial. Of course it is on the internet, and almost no one will ever hear it — but I think that is probably a plus given my level of expertise at the moment!

The other thing I mentioned though is that I am also creating the copy! Whee!

That is a lot of fun, and gives you a slightly better appreciation for the copywriters that hacked out that stuff you have been slaughtering in class! (more…)

April 29, 2010

Working on a Real Project

Filed under: general observations — Tags: , , , — wannabeavoiceactor @ 16:54

As voice over students, we are all familiar with the feeling of working on copy that is only for our own practice, even if that copy was (or is) real copy for publication in one form or another.

It is interesting, fun, and educational; and I find that there is some copy that I get right away, and then there is some copy that I am never going to get no matter how much I practice it. I’m like Lucy on the Chocolate Factory Assembly line, the harder I try, the more of a mess it becomes. (more…)

April 28, 2010

Found a couple of Voice Over News Sites

Filed under: general observations, Links to Learn From — Tags: , , , , — wannabeavoiceactor @ 18:36

Here are some links to a couple news sites that I found a lot of interesting info on.
VoiceChasers and
Voice Over Times.

These sites along with Voice Actors in the News, give you a great overview of the current events in Voice Acting, and for me, they also make me feel a closer connection to the people and the industry.

Knowledge is Power!

April 27, 2010

Marketing

Filed under: general observations — Tags: , , , , , , — wannabeavoiceactor @ 20:40

Had my 4th class last night. New teacher, and this time we did less script reading and talked a little more about the business of voice acting.

Just in case you didn’t realize it, this career you are embarking upon is a little different from filling out an application and starting to crank out the Crabby Patties!

At some point down the road, we are all going to be possessed of the Magical Golden Pipes (we hope), and we will sally forth into the bright sunshine with our hot little CD clutched in our sweaty hands! — Now What? (more…)

April 26, 2010

Voice Over Practice Copy

Filed under: general observations, Links to Learn From — Tags: , , , , — wannabeavoiceactor @ 20:22

One of the things that you are gonna have to do if you want to get ahead in this business before AARP starts hitting you up for membership, is take it upon yourself to Practice, Practice, PRACTICE!! reading copy.

Unlike my 8 year old, who informed me that he didn’t need to practice guitar, because he gets enough practice during his once-a-week 45 minute lesson (and believe me — he Doesn’t!!) you, me, and everyone else starting out is going to have to practice at home, on the road, in the bathroom, wherever the urge grabs you! (more…)

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