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Voice actors stepping more into the spotlight; gaining respect | CNN.com

Voice actors stepping more into the spotlight; gaining respect | CNN.com | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it

Maybe the tide is finally turning...It's refreshing to see an article published by a major media outlet on voice acting that has a positiive message---how non-celebrity voice actors are finally getting some long overdue recognition---rather than a negative article with working voice actors complaining about celebrities poaching all their work. To be sure there is some mention of that, but on the whole it's mostly about the growing public respect for what voice actors actually do

 

By the way, Crispin Freeman, who many of our regular readers have studied with, is one of the interviewees for  this article.

 

CNN: "Cullen said, "The respect level (for voice acting) is climbing and climbing faster than it ever did before in the last few years. The studios are recognizing they don't have to hire a big name actor. People don't know the difference in most cases. They're finding they can take a chance with talent and accomplish the same thing."
Welker also noted that the Internet has made a big difference, and made it easier for fans to follow particular voice actors."

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Five Big Mistakes Actors Make That Stop Them From Getting Work | Huffington Post

Five Big Mistakes Actors Make That Stop Them From Getting Work | Huffington Post | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it
They say success is opportunity meets preparation. So here are my top five tips to make sure you are prepared and stop making the mistakes that stop you having the best career you can. Here are five mistakes actors make in their career that stop them being successful.
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Actor/writer Catherine Balavage doesn't mince words, which is exactly what we like about her to-the-point advice to fellow actors . 

 

If your "mistakes" are marketing yourself wrong or not continuously working on your skills, the good news is that both of these can be remedied quickly, if you're willing to put in the time and effort.

 

The other "mistakes'" are not easy fixes. Overcoming these problems requires. introspection, self-awareness and maturity, but it can be done. We have repeatedly witnessed once-arrogant, full of themselves actors becoming far more considerate, appreciative and humble over time. How dioes this transformation occur? It's called living the life of a professional actor. Getting rejected over and over again daily for several years. tends to bring even the most hyper-inflated egos back down to earth .

 

Incidentally, if you gain a reupuation for being a jerk, word gets around quickly because "the film industry is tiny, as is the theatre and TV industry, "  just as Catherine points out. So conisder that the pro-level voiceover world is even smaller and since the mergers of so many of East-West Coast talent agencies, smaller still. If you're impossible to work with in New York, don't think that the agent you're trying to sign with in LA won't find out about it. 


Lastly, make sure you understand and internalize the fact that no one, but no one is "entitled" to an acting career. As the casting director quoted in the article, Daryl Eisenberg , advises aspiring actors, "You are not special. You do not deserve to be a super-successful world famous actor. The world does not owe you anything. A sense of entitlement is not going to do you any favours." If you doubt Mr. Eisenberg, watch any "Where are they now?" reality show and you'll discover that 99 times out of 100, the fastest way to become a has-been is the failure to recognize that there is a huge element of chance involved in your success, and not everyone is as lucky as David Caruso who got a second opportunity after badly blowing his first one. To his great credit, made the most of it, which is proof positive that actors can indeed learn from their past mistakes. 

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A video that will have voice actors & actors wincing in recognition... (Video)

A video that will have voice actors & actors wincing in recognition... (Video) | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it

The reason why professionals deliver great service is no secret. We have invested a lot of time and efforts into perfecting our skills...So, when clients try the bargaining approach because they “didn’t budget for it,” a lot of us feel taken for granted and disrespected.


Via Cendrine Marrouat - www.socialmediaslant.com
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Very funny, only slightly exaggerated, but sadly not all that far off the mark. When put into different context, we can see how absurd and insulting some "proposals" from clients really are. No one who understands the real value of what they do would agree to do a job on "spec," or at a huge discount now with the promise that it will be made up to them on some undefined "future" job.

 

Unfortunately, as we all know this kind of bargaining goes on daily, and actors, voice actors or any artists or other freelancers who are party to this have no right to complain when the client offers them even less the next time or gives the job to someone else who is willing to work even more cheaply.   

 

[Thanks to fellow Scoopiteer, Cendrine Marrouat, for posting this first]

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I'm sure a lot of you will relate to this video. ;-)

Cendrine Marrouat - www.socialmediaslant.com's comment, May 24, 2:52 PM
@Sirenetta Leoni you are welcome! I agree that it is slightly exaggerated, but I come across it on a daily basis with my job.
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From NPH to Judi Dench: Your guide to celebrity voiceovers on Disney attractions

From NPH to Judi Dench: Your guide to celebrity voiceovers on Disney attractions | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it

"...some of the most entertainment-savvy visitors might be caught off guard by the actors that pop up in various spots in the Disneyland and Walt Disney World parks. Who would have guessed that Puddy was preparing you for a California flight or that Claire Huxtable was sending you back to prehistoric times? If you’ve ever watched a pre-show and thought, “Where have I seen (or heard) that guy before?” – allow us to offer some assistance..."

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Fun post that reveals which celebrities are behind some of the familiar voices you hear on various Disneyland attractions.


Still, there is still no one who can touch the late, legendary Paul Frees, who used to be the voice of most of the Disneyland attractions. Even if you don't know the name, the voice is unmistakable:. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6bKOrt5WX0. 


We'd also be remiss if we didn't note that even today there is a group of exceptionally talented non-celebrity voice actors who actually provide most of the voices for the Disney theme parks, such as Dee Bradley Baker, B.J. Ward and Corey Burton.


If you'd like to find out more about these professional voice actors, including who does what and how they got the gigs, you can watch the  "Voices of the Parks" presentation from Disney's D23 Expo 2011: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7XbceE2LTY .

 

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Has Microsoft Found the Holy Grail of Voiceover? ISDN-Quality Audio delivered over the Internet | Richard Heathcote

Has Microsoft Found the Holy Grail of Voiceover? ISDN-Quality Audio delivered over the Internet | Richard Heathcote | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it
Microsoft have today announced Skype's forthcoming introduction of Skype TX, a tool designed for broadcasters to enable use of studio quality audio and video streams into productions. This could be brilliant news for voiceover artists and production houses around the globe, to be able to seamlessly
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UK-based voice actor, Richard Heathcote, posted this tantalizing piece of news today...Microsoft has just announced a product, Skype TX, that would allow clients to record broadcast audio and video remotely via the Internet.

 

Yes, there are already several other companies which have been  working on similar products with varying degress of success, and while some have gotten much closer recently, none has succeeded in equalling the quality of ISDN.

 

Will Microsoft's deep pockets, massive marketing arm and well-known "Skype" brand succeed in delivering a real, moderately-priced ISDN-replacement that professional broadcasters and studios will actually accept and use? And if recording broadcast-quality audio remotely becomes univerally available and affordable to most voice actors, how will that change the competitive landscape? It could definitely get interesting. Stay tuned. 

 

 

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Want to Be A Part TwistedWave's Free Online Beta Test?

Want to Be A Part TwistedWave's Free Online Beta Test? | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it

Run TwistedWave without having to download or install anything. Launch it directly from your web browser, and continue editing your files where you left them.

 

During the beta period, you can create an account for free, and have files up to 20 minutes long and automatically import SoundCloud files with the TwistedWave Online bookmarklet.

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Those of you who use TwistedWave on your Macbook or iPad may want to check out this Beta Test version of their online editor. Looks like it has some very cool, convenient features. And it's free for now (at least it will be until the end of the beta test) and they encourage you  to provide feedback during the testing phase, and suggest improvements to help them develop a better product.

 

 

 


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Si eres usuario de una Mac está disponible gratuitamente en este periodo de prueba (beta).

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Professional Voice Actors Relationship With Online Voiceover Casting? It's Complicated... | Resnick Interactive

Professional Voice Actors Relationship With Online Voiceover Casting? It's Complicated... | Resnick Interactive | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it

In 1998, the voiceover world radically changed its standard of casting forever. Enter Voicebank.net, a master-crafted system that would put Voice Over Casting on-line, eventually linking more than 1600 Talent Agents, Ad Agencies, studios, independent producers and Casting Directors from around the world, to any and all voiceover talent who subscribed.

Sirenetta Leoni's insight:

Veteran LA voice actor, Jessica Gee George, has done a great job summarizing pro voice actors'  love-hate relationship with online voiceover casting and the major industry-wide changes to that have resulted since Voicebank first introduced the concept 16 years ago.

 

As Jessica fairly points out, these changes have been both good and bad for experienced voice talent; largely determined by how that talent has responded to them. Voice actors who got ahead of the curve, and immediately set up home studios, aggressively marketed themselves to agents in other markets, etc.  were able to capitalize on new opportunities that didn't exist before Voicebank came onto the scene, whereas many veteran voice actors who refused (and continue to refuse) to adapt, have seen their careers crater.

 

But Jessica rightly reserves her harshest criticism for the "bottom-feeders" and those who claim to be "professional voice actors" just because they have a mic and the ability to fog a mirror:

 

      "...you don’t have the right to call yourselves Professional Voice        Over Talent until you earn it. We have trained for years at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, we took voice over class after class, have gotten in front of casting directors, been turned down by agents, been let go from agencies, have been on countless in-person auditions, are dedicated to constantly perfecting our craft and updating our demos. We have spent exorbitant amounts of money on building beautiful studios with floating floors and we’ve taken more classes. We market ourselves and we work." 


BRAVO Jessica! We are in 110% complete agreement and couldn't have said it better ourselves. 

 

 

 

 

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Veteran LA Talent Agent answers actors’ three most-asked questions | Backstage

Veteran LA Talent Agent answers actors’ three most-asked questions | Backstage | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it
From dropping a client to the best way to communicate with one, Secret Agent Man answers actors’ top three most-asked questions.
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Backstage's "Secret Agent Man" gives honest, straightforward answers to three top questions that actors would like to hear an agent answer truthfully:  1) "What are some negative traits that make you decide not to sign an actor?”; 2) “What do you find to be most efficient form of communication and why?”; and the biggie that everyone wants to know the REAL answer to: 3) “What are the reasons you would drop a client after signing them?”

 

You may (or may not) be surprised to discover that show business works a lot like any other business...professionalism, courtesy, and competence can carry you a long way, and earn you a lot of goodwill/

 

Even if you don't succeed immediately, if your bosses/agents see that you are doing all the right things...working consistently to improve your skills...marketing yourself...maintaining a positive attitude...it's more likely that they'll be willing to give you a second, third or even a fourth chance. On the other hand, If all you do is moan and groan about not booking and how unfair life is, they won't be able to show you the door fast enough! 

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Don't Think You Have The Skills To Record & Edit An Audiobook for ACX? This Video Demystifies The Process For You

Don't Think You Have The Skills To Record & Edit An Audiobook for ACX? This Video Demystifies The Process For You | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it

In this informative video, he [George Whittam] demystifies the technical process of recording audiobooks and sheds light on everything from what makes an acceptable noise floor, to DAW recommendations, to specific mastering techniques that meet ACX's audio submission requirements.

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By watching this relatively short video with audio engineer and voiceover recording specialist, George Whittam, we learned how to fix a few annoying home recording problems that have been plaguing us for years! 

 

His clear explanation of how to distinguish between "manageable" noise that can easily be fixed in post-production versus noise that can actually ruin a take may save you from hours of unecessary editing and a few sleepless nights...

 

It was definitely worth our 17-minutes and we highly recommend viewing for non-techies and techies alike! We plan to re-watch and take notes next time. 

 
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Why Being an Avid Reader Will Make You a Better Actor & Voice Actor | Backstage

Why Being an Avid Reader Will Make You a Better Actor & Voice Actor | Backstage | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it

"Actors and words are forever linked. Words can be ordinary, powerful, poetic; they are given, as a gift, to actors. Actors return the gift by using their skill and talent to imbue words on the page with spoken meaning and aliveness."

 

 

 

Sirenetta Leoni's insight:

Casting director, Ilene Starger, makes a compelling argument for why it 's crucial for stage and on-camera actors to be well read. We'd make the case that it is equally, if not more important, for voice actors to be avid readers. One extremely critical point that she didn't mention specifically in her article is that there is nothing else like reading to fuel your imagination, which in turn, gives you a better ability to analyze and creatively interpret text.

 

Breakdowns provided in voiceover audition scripts tend to be sparse, generic, and sometimes even confusing or  contradictory. You normally get very little to go by, and it's left entirely up  to you to invent a whole backstory in order to bring the character you're playing.to life. Moreover, you typically get just a very short amount of time to prepare your audition.

 

Being a professional voice actor requires the ability to imagine, and visualize characters and scenes on the fly. Voice actors who are well read have a wide array of scenarios and characters to draw from, along with a well-developed sense of story, that allows them to quickly fill in the blanks and make educated guesses about the character, place or situation.

 

We think it's no coincidence that almost all successful voice actors we know are very literate people. 

 

 

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The 5 Most Common Misconceptions About What It Takes To Become A Voice Actor | Piehole.ie blog

The 5 Most Common Misconceptions About What It Takes To Become A Voice Actor | Piehole.ie blog | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it

1. Getting into voice overs is easy

2. Funny voices and impressions  make a voice actor

3. Voice actors are not real actors

4. It’s all about the inner circle

5. I need to do a ton of voices and accents

Sirenetta Leoni's insight:

Piehole UK does a good job of identifying and busting some widespread myths about what it takes to become a voice actor, though they probably missed the #1 misconception----that you need a resonant, textured, cut-through or otherwise memorable voice to enter the voice acting profession.


We particularly like how they summarize the skill set that any professional voice actor actually needs, however:

 

 "Voice artists have to finely craft their talents. They have        imagination and they need to practice more than a little at all times. The skill of a voiceover artist is so singular that even established actors can struggle. You have to bring the script off the page for an audience who can’t see you."

 

Imagination is an essential and seldom-mentioned aspect of voiceover, and its importance cannot be overstated. Its right up there, along with acting ability and script analysis, as one of the most necessary skills in the voice actor's toolbox, and you should do whatever you can to cultivate and stimulate yours. 

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"Is VO for me?" 10 Traits You Need to Become a Successful Voice Actor |Rachel Fulginiti

"Is VO for me?" 10 Traits You Need to Become a Successful Voice Actor |Rachel Fulginiti | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it
Lots of people dream of getting into voiceover. Here's 10 qualities/realities that will help determine if pursuing voiceover is a good choice for you.
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Astute, honest, on-point assessment of the qualities you need to possess to become a successful VO talent from an established LA-based voice actor, Rachel Fulginiti. (By the way, we concur with Rachel 100% that "voice actor" is the preferred way to refer to oneself.) 

 

As you scroll down Rachel's list, please resist the temptation to gloss over the parts that are "inconvenient" or that make you feel uncomfortable. Please listen to her, as she's giving you the straight scoop. If you're independently wealthy, you can skip #10, otherwise all of these are non-negotiable.

 

We particularly want to direct your attention to Numbers 4 (Do you have acting experience?), 6 (Do you love it enough that you'd do it for free?) and 8 (How's your self confidence?), because while there's an ample amount of discussion and information online about the need for voice  actors to be self-motivated, entrepreneurial, and manage time wisely, there's sadly very little digital ink dedicated to the considerable amount of acting training, passion for craft and self-confidence required.

 

These last three are interrelated. How you ask?...If you have genuine passion for what you do, it's more likely that you will follow through and get whatever training you need to get really, really good at your craft. While "self-confidence" can't be taught per se, the greater knowledge you have of your craft and the better your training and technique, the more confident you are likely  to be about your choices and your ability to execute your choices. (It's now accepted as conventional wisdow that, as Malcom Gladwell has argued, 10,000 hours is the amount of time you need to devote to any endeavor in order to master it. Voiceover is no different.) 

 

H/T to long-time friend of InsideVO, accomplished voice actor and audiobook narrator, Amy Rubinate,  for posting this article first.

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2014 Voiceover Checklist for Professional Voice Actors | Voiceover Coach Australia

2014 Voiceover Checklist for Professional Voice Actors | Voiceover Coach Australia | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it

"Whether you’re a voice over actor who’s getting work and loving it, but would like more, or you’ve just launched a voice demo and are either tentatively testing the water or going at it ‘like a bull at a gate’,  you always need to take stock of what you need to do next.

Making sure you’re packaged correctly and have a plan for your marketing is crucial if you want success."

Sirenetta Leoni's insight:

Excellent, thoughtful, practical advice on steps that professional voice actors should take to make sure that 2014 gets off to a good start from Voiceover Coach Australia, veteran voice actor, Abbe Holmes. 

 

Abbe, whose posts we always find to be smart, well-informed and on-point, makes a very good, and often overlooked, point about the importance of doing research and how unfortunately common it is to run across voice actors who either say that they don't watch TV or fast-forward through the commercials with their DVRs.

 

If you are a professional voice actor a major part of your job, in addition to talking, is listening. You are expected to stay on top of what current voiceover trends are, who your competition is and what is popular NOW, at this very moment in the culture and entertainment.

 

Those of you who audition regularly for voiceover jobs already know how often popular ads, shows, and/or actors in specific roles are referenced as "types" in copy breakdowns. If, for example, someone asks you for a "Ty Burrell-" or "Cat Dennings-type" read (which are not uncommon or obscure requests), how are you going to be able to compete against people who are able to do these reads on auto-pilot?

 

If you don't watch TV regularly or are skipping through commercials, you're putting yourself at a competitive disadvantage, so why voluntarily do that to yourself? 

 

 

 

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Start a Good Things Jar on 1/1/14; add the good things that happen to you during the year | iDoneThis blog

Start a Good Things Jar on 1/1/14; add the good things that happen to you during the year | iDoneThis blog | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it
“ “Start on January 1st with an empty jar. Throughout the year write the good things that happened to you on little pieces of paper. On December 31st, open the jar and read all the amazing things...
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What a great idea! 

 

Most of us have no probems ticking off  the worst things that have happened to us during the past year, but coming up with positive experiences is generally a far more challenging task.

 

Instead of spending next December 31st dwelling on your 2014 coulda's, shoulda's and woulda's, think about how great it would feel to be reviewing all the good things that you accomplished in your work and personal life instead...

 

We wholly endorse this idea and look forward to hearing about your favorite 2014 accomplishments a year from tomorrow....

 

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5 Essential Steps to Get the Acting Career You Want | Acting Coach Scotland

5 Essential Steps to Get the Acting Career You Want | Acting Coach Scotland | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it

Acting Coach Mark Westbrook describes the 5 Steps that actors must take to progress their acting career:

 

Get GOOD

In order to get noticed, you need to get good. 

Get NOTICED

It’s pointless getting good, if you don’t give yourself opportunities to be seen, and seen by the right people. 

Get SIGNED

Having an agent IS very important. Of course, you can work without them, but to have access to the premium job opportunities, you need an agent. 

Get WORKING

Once you get a job, you can’t stop.  

Get BETTER

They say that the best way to learn is through doing. The secret to getting better is to learn FROM doing, not through doing "

 

Sirenetta Leoni's insight:

We can always count on one of our favorites, Mark Westbrook aka "Acting Coach of Scotland" to cut straight to the chase and speak the unvarnished truth,

 

There  are no shortcuts. If you genuinely believe---or someone has talked you into believing---that you can skip step 1, "Get Good" and go straight to "Step 4" Get Working," we have a big ole orange bridge here in San Francisco that we'd like to sell you...

 

We'll be posting more detailed posts from Mark on each of these essential steps in the coming days. Stay tuned...

 

 

 

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Morgan Freeman on Helium. Really. | Mashable

Morgan Freeman on Helium. Really. | Mashable | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it
What happens to Morgan Freeman's voice when he inhales a little helium? You're about to find out.
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The great Mr. Freeman on helium, sounding like the Mayor of Munchkinland, all in the name of science.

 

Word of caution: don't try this at home, kids! In case your mother didn't warn you, inhaling helium is supposed to  do something bad to your brain cells, but we can't remember what exactly, because we inhaled too much helium.  

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If You Take Your Voiceover Career Seriously, Self-Promotion Is A Necessity, Not An Option | Peter K. O'Connell

If You Take Your Voiceover Career Seriously, Self-Promotion Is A Necessity, Not An Option | Peter K. O'Connell | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it

"I am a small business owner who has kids to feed and a mortgage to pay…and that money does NOT come in unless I am out there telling people what I do and how I do it and how what I do will help their business. And I AM the company. Whatever the tag line, no matter the iconography, at the end of the day I, as the professional voice-over talent, am the brand. I am selling myself – just not on a street corner…yet."

Sirenetta Leoni's insight:

Voice actor and coach, Peter K. O'Connell is right about this. If you are a voice actor, you have to understand that you are running a small business, and you need to approach your career with that mindset. Since advertising, promoting and marketing are an integral part of any business plan, that means that you have to do these things, too. You can't expect others (like the agent fairy perhaps?) to do them for you.

 

Like Peter, we too have encountered far too many well-trained and talented voice actors who view self-promotion as distasteful or somehow beneath them. They're waiting for someone else (agents, business managers,publicists)  to do the heavy-lifting for them. but It just doesn't work that way for 97% of voice actors in the real world. Even the really, really talented ones. 

 

It's no coincidence that most successful voice actors we know---especially the ones who have managed to sustain a career over a long period of time---are very good at both voiceover and marketing/networking. Almost all have agents, many hire business managers and publicists, but they understand that they have to work with them in a partnership; not abdicate all responsibility for their careers to them. This is why the most successful actors in the world also have their own production companies. If Brad Pitt and Jennifer Lawrence don't feel like self-marketing is beneath them, why should you?  

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Smart tips that will help you eliminate or fix 95% of PPopping PPlosives PProblems in Voiceover Recordings | Lance Blair

Smart tips that will help you eliminate or fix 95% of PPopping PPlosives PProblems in Voiceover Recordings | Lance Blair | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it
Ways to fix plosives and popped ps in a vocal track or voice over.
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Voice actor and former recording engineer, Lance Blair, has posted a list of excellent tips for minimizing and/or fixing popping-plosives 's when you record. Some you've probably heard before, but all are worth learning and trying.

 

The one the we found particularly helpful in this article , and that was new to us, is his suggestion to: 1) highlight the plosive on the screen; 2) then run a hard cut of all frequencies below 80Hz, just on the "pop". 

 

We tried it with Adobe Audition, by applying the "Parametric Equalizer" that you can find under "Effects"> "Filters and EQ"  to the pop area and found that, with the exception of a few horrific pops that we recorded becuase we were deliberately tryin to pop, this method works well and is much faster and easier than other methods we've tried in the past, like deleting the worst part of the pop, fading the pop, reducing the level of the pop; or usually some combination of all three.  

 

To do it, we simply used the the <Default> option, changed the Frequency to "80" Mhz in the first column where you see "HP"(High-Pass) filter, then clicked on "Apply." The steps may be slightly different depending on which recording software you use, but most of them offer a similar feature which allows you to eliminate frequencies below a certain level. Just remember that when you run it, apply it only to popped section you've identified on your screen.

 

For additional great tips on reducing unwanted recording noises, we refer you to another really useful article from audio engineer, Randy Coppinger, we linked to last year: http://sco.lt/6GK2r3. As Randy advisies, proper pop filter placement and using two pop filters are excellent and cheap ways to ensure that your pops are kept to a minimum so that the instances where you actually need to filter them out are kept to a minimum. 

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Aspiring Voice Actor gets over 2.6 views online performing Frozen's 'Let It Go' as 21 Disney Characters | People

Aspiring Voice Actor gets over 2.6 views online performing Frozen's 'Let It Go' as 21 Disney Characters | People | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it

Just when Frozen fever appeared to be dying down, another rendition of the movie's ultra-hit "Let It Go" has gone viral on YouTube with over 2.6 million views...

In just under four minutes, Dallas Baptist University student Brian Hull delivers 21 different impressions of Disney and Pixar favorites.

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So we're guessing that by now, along with 2.6 million others who have watched it, many of you may have already seen this talented vocal performance major from Dallas, Brian Hull,  perform  "Let It Go" from "Frozen" as 21 different Disney characters. Our question is how many of you professional voice actors out there would have the guts to try something like this?

 

Do we think that this Is this going to be Brian's golden ticket straight to Disney/Pixar studios? Probably not, BUT is this going to get him noticed and give him an opportunity to submit to agents and audition for projects he had no prayer of getting, even just a few days ago? Absolutely!

 

By the way, we read in another article that Brian had second thoughts before posting this on YouTube, because he feared that it wasn't "good enough." 

 

It should go without saying, but we'll say it: you have to have talent, good training and a genuine passion for the work to pulll something like this off successfully. If you don't? Well then you've really got no right to  complain when someone who does like Brian, or others equally talented, committed and even more qualified, beat you out for voiceover gigs, right? 

 

[H/T to follower and friend of InsideVO, Tracie Warren Denga', for letting us know about this one.]

 

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You’ve Already Gotten the Role of Your Lifetime: Embrace It! | Backstage

You’ve Already Gotten the Role of Your Lifetime: Embrace It! | Backstage | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it

"Fail—you’re going to anyway. So just do it with robust passion for that journey which is uniquely yours. And as you do it more often you will be less scared of “how you look” or “what people think” or “if you’re doing it correctly.”

How do you prepare for the role of a lifetime? There is no prep for it because you’re living it, right now.

 

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You need to understand, and ultimately embrace,  as acting coach Anthony Meindl correctly points out, that YOU are all you've got! Yours is the only set of life experiences and emotions that you have to draw upon, so your performances are always going to be limited by that, and your understanding of any role is always going to be filtered through how you reacted and felt in an emotionally analogous situation. To frame it it in a more positive way---there's only one person in the world that argues like you, persuades like you, taunts like you, loves like you, hates like you, feels humiliated like you, flirts like you, triumphs like you, loses like you, is afraid like you, and is courageous like you---and that's you!

 

Ultimately you'll come to realize that the idea of "playing" a character---of putting on a "mask"---is actually a fiction; "you" are the only characer that you are ever going to be able to genuinely inhabit and access. You should rejoice in that.

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The Science of Great Acting & Voice Acting: Deliberate Practice + Time = Talent | Backstage

The Science of Great Acting & Voice Acting: Deliberate Practice + Time = Talent | Backstage | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it

Myelin is a layer of dense fat that wraps around the nerve fibers in your central nervous system. Myelin works the same way that rubber insulation works on a wire, it keeps the signal strong by preventing electrical impulses from leaking out. It allows impulses to transmit quickly and efficiently along your nervous system. 

The more myelination you have, the more talented you are in that skill. The more you practice on your craft, the thicker and stronger myelination becomes in your brain.

 

 

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We've witnessed first-hand how aspiring actors who are willing to work at their craft consistently over time can become good actors.

 

But do we think that an "average" actor who practices a lot can achieve greatness? There are probably some acting prodigys,  like Marlon Brando, Meryl Streep and Mel Blanc, who are born with a gift, and are naturally "wired" to act. However, we believe that most of the rest of us have the potential to become strong, competent actors if we're willing to put in the necessary years of training and practice.

 

Our advice to actors and voice actors who want to improve their acting chops:

1) Keep at it; mastering this craft well takes years

2) Don't get discouraged when you hit a plateau, work through it

3) Avoid comparing yourself to others, because everyone progresses at his or her own pace.

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Get in on the ground floor! Your chance to inve$t in "Audiobooks Read By You" start-up | Thingstarter

Audiobooks Read By You lets you experience audiobooks in your own voice after just 9 quick 12-hour recording sessions. 

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Missed your chance to get in on the Twitter IPO? No worries. You too have a shot at becoming a millionaire overnight and being able to afford a studio apartment rental in San Francisco...

 

Don't miss this great opportunity to get in on a brilliant new start-up: "Audiobooks Read By You." 

 

Who is the target market for this product? Every person in the world who is able to read, of course. Who hasn't heard that vocal track in their head as they were reading and thought "How great it would be to record myself reading this!" Frankly, we're puzzled as to why they are going the crowd-funding route instead of bringing this straight to "Shark Tank."

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Mandy Patinkin's advice on pursuing an acting career? "Don't let anybody tell you 'No'!" (video) | ActorHub

Mandy Patinkin's advice on pursuing an acting career? "Don't let anybody tell you 'No'!" (video) | ActorHub | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it
 "Chaffeur Will Rubio was driving stars around for the Sundance Festival and...asked [Mandy] Patinkin what advice he had for anyone starting out in the industry and here is what he had to say:Don’t let anybody tell you no. Just do it.My advice is if you love it and you wanna do it and it’s your dream don’t let anybody tell you no. Just do it. 
‘If you get knocked down get up again and if you can’t keep getting up when you keep get knocking down don’t be an actor, because that’s the name of the game. You have got to be willing to be disappointed constantly and not let it destroy you..."

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It's not everyday that The Princess Bride's "Inigo Montoya" dispenses valuable advice to actors; especially not from the back seat of a taxicab! The versatile and talented Mr. Patinkin, whose career spans four decades, undoubtedly knows a thing or two about starting, maintaining and sustaining a successful long-term career...Prepare to listen!

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VO Audition Theft: Simple Things You Can Do To Make Sure You Don't Get Ripped Off | PieholeUK Voiceover

VO Audition Theft: Simple Things You Can Do To Make Sure You Don't Get Ripped Off | PieholeUK Voiceover | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it

"Working in the voice over industry via the internet can be risky. Knowing that the internet is full of unsavoury characters, you want to make sure you are protected... You know that when you send an audition to a potential voice seeker...there are ways for that client to simply take your audition and use it without paying you a dime for your services. So how can you protect yourself?"

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The bad news...there are in fact, a few unscrupulous voice-seekers out there who seek to use your voice tracks without paying you for your work.

 

The good news is that there are some very simple things you can do to protect yourself from falling victim to them.

 

The good folks at Piehole UK have posted some excellent and simple tips on ways to safeguard your work from would-be pilferers. 

 

We recommend the selective copy reading method. As Piehole points out, it's less offensive and inobtrusive and less likely to interfere with your performance. Some very legitimate clients get turned off by the "beeps," and they can distract from your performance, no matter how subtle they are. 

 

Unfortunately, it's hard to use selective copy reading on short scripts, like tags, and sometimes you just have to take your chances. If you're ever in doubt, it never hurts to do a little due dilligence. If you're dealing directly with a major client or ad agency, you should be okay. If it's a small company, start-up or independent producer, Google can really be your friend. If the audition is comining from an online-casting site, you can see how many auditions they've submitted in the past and how many they've hired/completed. While they might end up being the best client ever, if there's no track record, no google history, no client reviews, and no news anywhere, caveat vocalis. (Let the  voice actor beware!)

 

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Often you will never know if your audition has been used without permission, so taking precautions is a must.

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A gift to actors & voice actors: 85 free, legal downloadable scripts from great films | Go Into The Story

A gift to actors & voice actors: 85 free, legal downloadable scripts from great films | Go Into The Story | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it

"Here are links to 78 free, legal movie script PDF downloads dating back to about 2007 when the studios pretty much began the practice of making scripts available online For Your Consideration:

Wendy has continued to burrow into what’s available legally online and I am now happy to report we have aggregated 85 free movie script PDF downloads including Argo, Lincoln and The Kids Are All Right. "

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You are going to LOVE, LOVE, LOVE us for this...


An awesome gift to our fellow actors who are always on the lookout for scenes to perform in scene study class: 85 free, legal movie script PDF downloadable copies of many of the best screenplays from the last six years, including recent films like "12 Years a Slave," "August: Osage County," "Dallas Buyers Club," "Gravity," "Nebraska," "Philomena," and "The Wolf of Wall Street."


And there's something in there for voice actors, too...screenplays from animated films such as "Wreck It Ralph," "The Croods," and "Monsters University" and more!


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Questions Actors Should Ask Themselves at Year’s End: Are You Mastering Your Craft, Empowering Yourself, Enjoying the Journey? | Backstage

Questions Actors Should Ask Themselves at Year’s End: Are You Mastering Your Craft, Empowering Yourself, Enjoying the Journey? | Backstage | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it
Take this time to reflect back on your year, and see what you want to change for the year to come!
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Smart, relevant questions from acting coach and career consultant, Denise Simon, that will help you focus in on what's really important in your career. 

 

You cannot succeed without solid training, confidence and loving what you do. All the marketing in the world cannot compensate for a deficit of training, experience, feeling secure in your choices and abilities and being genuinely passionate about and interested in the work.

 

If you are unable to answer all three of these questions in the affirmative, then you already know what you really need to work towards in  the coming year.

 

We wish all of you a very happy, healthy and successful beyond-your-wildest-dreams New Year!

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