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Stanford Researchers Try to Define the California Accent, Dude (Audio) | KQED

Stanford Researchers Try to Define the California Accent, Dude (Audio) | KQED | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it

So...do we native Californians really have an identifiable accent? Most of us don't think we really do, but Stanford linguists are trying to setlle that question once and for all... Interesting and fun segment from KQED's The California Report.

 

By the way, if you are looking for the real California accent, try taking Sepulveda north to Slauson east, then La Cienega north...


[Thanks to voice actor, Tracie Warden Denga', for calling this article to our attention.]

 

KQED: "The Stanford team says Californians are changing the way certain vowel sounds are pronounced. Take the word "boot," for instance.  Eckert says speakers here have turned the "oo" sound into a diphthong by adding the vowel sound in "bit" to the beginning. The result sounds more like "bi-oot."   

She says these pronunciations are so innovative, they're worthy of their own title: "the California Vowel Shift." Linguists attribute the change to the Bay Area, L.A. and other coastal cities.

"If you try to think about what you think a surfer or a skater or a valley girl talks like, and do it, you can feel your mouth feels different," D'Onofrio says. "And I think that has to do a lot with the way that the vowels are shifting."

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Robert De Niro gives amazing, brutally honest graduation speech to NYU Tisch School of the Arts grads | NY Daily News

Robert De Niro gives amazing, brutally honest graduation speech to NYU Tisch School of the Arts grads | NY Daily News | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it
Double Oscar-winning actor Robert De Niro told NYU’s art school grads Friday congratulations and then quickly added, “And you’re f-----.”
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Funny, honest and inspiring all at the same time, Robert De Niro schools graduating Tisch school students on the harsh realities of choosing a career in the arts, while at the same time providing them with some reassurance that they made the right choice if they believe in their gut that the arts are truly their calling. (We don't know how reassuring it was for parents , however, who dropped serious coin to send their kids to Tisch where tuition is $50,000/year.) 

 

There is a lot of practical advice for actors, including a valuable insight that the arts are collaborative, and you're part of a team of people assigned to accomplishing specific tasks in service of fulfillng a director's artistic vision; it's your job as a professional actor ito do your utmost to help the director fulfill his or her vision, even when your concept of how your character should be played is at odds with theirs. He makes the important point that this is no less true for artists of his caliber and experience, than for those just starting out. Well worth your watch.

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Gary Owens, Announcer of 'Laugh-In' Fame, Dies at 80 | Variety

Gary Owens, Announcer of 'Laugh-In' Fame, Dies at 80 | Variety | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it

Radio, TV and voiceover performer Gary Owens died on Feb. 12 at his home in the Encino neighborhood of Los Angeles. Owens, who was 80, had been a diabetic since the age of 8.

Owens was probably best known as the announcer on NBC’s “Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In” (1968-73), with his trademark hand-over-the-ear announcing style. .The phrase Gary created on his KMPC radio show, “Beautiful downtown Burbank,” later became a nightly catchphrase on Johnny Carson’s “Tonight Show.”

Owens also lent his voice to more than 3,000 cartoons, providing the voice of “Space Ghost” as well as Blue Falcon, Roger Ramjet, Powdered Toast Man and even Batman...Owens had a mellifluous baritone voice with impeccable nuanced timing, and was equally adept at comedy or deadpan delivery."

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We are  so sorry to hear the sad news of Gary Owen's passing. A true original, Mr. Owens was an exceptionally gifted voice actor, writer and class act. His instantly recognizable baritone and delivery were often imitated, but never duplicated. He was truly one of a kind. We cup our hand over our ear in tribute to the irreplaceable Mr. O.

 

(Thanks to friend of InsideVO, Thom Pinto, for posting first.)

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Voice of "Babe", Dexter on "Dexter's Laboratory, "Chuckie" on Rugrats - Christine Cavanaugh (1963-2014) R.I.P.

Voice of "Babe", Dexter on "Dexter's Laboratory, "Chuckie" on Rugrats - Christine Cavanaugh (1963-2014) R.I.P. | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it
Sad news to report - voice actress Christine Cavanaugh passed away last Monday, December 22nd, as reported in a notice published in today's L.A. Times. Cav
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Much, much too soon...Our heartfelt condolences to Christine's family, friends and those of you who worked with her or knew her personally. Though this talented voice actor had retired some years ago, her memorable characters and touching performances, including "Babe the Pig,' and the original  "Chuckie Finster" in "RugRats," will live on forever. May you rest in peace, Christine.

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Pixar is Back! The Impossibly Wonderful Trailer For Pixar's "Inside Out" Drops | Fast Company

Pixar is Back! The Impossibly Wonderful Trailer For Pixar's "Inside Out" Drops | Fast Company | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it
The studio's next feature stars the competing voices inside a tween's head, and it looks like it's going to be magic.
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Wonderful, fresh, inventive, unexpected. This new Pixar film reminds us of why we fell in love with Pixar in the first place. The voice acting, as always, is top notch. (Seriously...could it get any better than casting Lewis Black as "Anger"?)

 

By the way, the main charater, a pre-teen named Riley is the FIRST young female human Disney lead character who is not a princess. With the immensely talented Pete Docter at the helm, director of "Toy Story," "Wall-E," and "Up," who respects the intelligence of his audience and refuses to "dumb it down," we're really looking forward to this one! 

 

The announced voice cast  includes Amy Poehler, Mindy Kailing, Lewis Black, Bill Hader and Phyllis Smith playing Riley's emotions and Diane Lane and Kyle MacLachlan as Riley's parents, 

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How Voice Actor R.C. Bray Went From Hating Books To Narrating Them for a Living

How Voice Actor R.C. Bray Went From Hating Books To Narrating Them for a Living | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it
R.C. Bray Success Story
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If you need a kick in the rear to get started auditioning for audiobooks, take inspiration from the story of how R.C. Bray went from doing over-amped, hard-sell car ads for a local car dealer to narrating audiobooks for a living.

 

R.C. still can't believe his good fortune. He gets to do work he loves on his own terms:  "I get to work from home. I get to bring my kids to school, get them off the bus. I’m here for dinner. I’m here during the day if the kids are sick. I can work as much as I want during the day or as little as I want. So long as I make the deadline, it’s freedom and fun. And I’m exactly where I want to be. I’m so fulfilled with this it’s not even funny.”


We'd be remiss if we didn't point out that R.C. was already a trained actor before he started auditioning for audiobooks, and by "trained," we don't mean an occasional voiceover workshop here and there. Becoming a trained actor is a process that you need to experience, learn and grow from and unfortunately for those of you looking for shortcuts, that process takes years. 

 

Don't believe us? It's no coincidence that almost all the top audiobook readers are trained actors. You can bet that anyone who tries to convince you otherwise, probably has a ve$ted interest in doing so. 

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Ten Habits You Need To Develop to Become a Confident Actor | ActorHub UK

Ten Habits You Need To Develop to Become a Confident Actor | ActorHub UK | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it

"We have to learn to kind of embrace what makes us unique, and embrace our strength and then if people don’t like it, f**k it.

- Idina Menzel 

 

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We cannot stress the importance of having confidence as an actor or voice actor enough, but as this article from ActorHub UK correctly points out, "there is no quick fix to becoming confident, it takes time." Some very good advice on the behaviors you need to develop and reinforce to boost your confidence over time.

 

By the way, if you're an aspiring actor, you should start working on developing habit  #8, " Stop comparing" as early in your career as possible. There is no worse career- or momentum-killer than constantly weighing your progress and performances against everyone else's, because you can't ever know what everyone else's experience and backgrounds are. For all you know, that  "new guy" in your acting class that you've been comparing yourself to unfavorably, has an MFA in Dramatic Arts from Yale. That doesn't necessarily make him intrinsically more talented than you; just a lot more experienced and confident...but that doesn't mean that you can't get there eventually with time, practice and good coaching.

 

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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."

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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.

Sirenetta Leoni's insight:

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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Good article despite misleading title and we know why..."5 Reasons Voiceover Actors Should Get Into Gaming | Backstage

Good article despite misleading title and we know why..."5 Reasons Voiceover Actors Should Get Into Gaming | Backstage | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it
With video games growing in scope, actors with voiceover experience are taking on the challenge and leveling up!
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Good, solid advice on the best way for voice actors to get cast in video games: work on developing great acting chops! To that we'd add, be extremely versatile, proficient at doing accents and have a ready-to-go arsenal of various character types to draw upon.

We also appreciate that the article mentions the sizeable output of work that is expected from an actor daily and the fact that is ZERO time to prepare ahead. You are expected to show up and be ready to start immediately.

Be aware, however, that the title of the article is misleading. They don't actually provide "5 Reasons," for anything, but we get why they gave it that title. If they actually called it what it should be titled-- "Why You Need To Have Great Acting Skills & Discipline To Work on Video Games"---fewer people would read it, because it's less catchy and sounds really difficult. If you're not already an accomplished actor, but are determined to work in games, it's certainly doable, but not easy. Be prepared to work long and hard to develop the necessary skill set.

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Coming soon! Pro Tools | First—It’s Pro Tools and it’s Free!

Coming soon! Pro Tools | First—It’s Pro Tools and it’s Free! | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it
Creating with Pro Tools | First.
Pro Tools | First is a very powerful media creation tool and is a perfect way for beginners to learn the basics of recording and to produce pro quality music and audio tracks. Although it is the perfect tool for music creation, Pro Tools | First can also be used for audio edit applications such as the spoken word, voice over editing, sound effects design and for mastering tracks from video editors.
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Free ProTools? Thee must be a catch, right? Some add-ons will cost extra, but from the looks of it, this free version will come already equipped with all he tools voice actors need to record , edit and master basic audio files. If you want to view a head-to-head comparison with the full version of ProTools: http://www.avid.com/US/products/pro-tools-software-comparison-table.

 

The only concern we have is regarding file storage. The comparison chart states,"Three; projects stored in the cloud; additional projects may be purchased from the Avid Store in the near future;" however the accompanying article would seem to imply that you'll be able to export the files to your local computer once you've finished mixing: "Pro Tools | First only saves projects to the cloud in your Avid Master Account and three are included free...You can also complete a project and export the final stereo mix and then delete that project to give you back the space needed to start a new project."


If completed projects can be saved locally, we don't foresee any problems for voice actors. However, if there is a cost associated with exporting files, as they've already announced there will be for additional cloud storage, then we'll have to see what the costs are before determing whether it's worth making the switch to ProTools | First.. 


If you want to be notified as soon as it becomes availble for download, you can sign up at: http://connect.avid.com/ProToolsFirst-Register.html


[Many thanks to Denver-based, voice actor, Toby Sheets, for posting the link first.]

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In Germany, audiobooks are insanely popular and the voice actors are more popular than Hasselhoff | CBC.ca

In Germany, audiobooks are insanely popular and the voice actors are more popular than Hasselhoff | CBC.ca | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it

"Each year, Germans buy more audiobooks than e-books, and the voice actors are as big as rock stars. This past summer, 20,000 Germans filled a Berlin stadium just to listen to the most popular audiobook series. Tomas Urbina gets inside the audiobook craze. 

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Sprechen sie Deutsche? If so you might want to consider moving to Germany where voice actors are treated like rock stars!

 

In this Canadian Broadcasting Company podcast, reporter Tomas Urbina explores the reasons why Germans can't get enough of audiobooks. Last year Germans bought a record 14 million audiobooks and that number is expected to explode next year when the tax on audiobooks is cut in half. The most popular book narrators have legions of rabid fans who turn out by the thousands to hear them perform! (Podcast audio controls are under first image on the right.)

 

Make sure to view the slideshow to see what an audience of 20,000 people in an auditorium listening with rapt attention to a bunch of voice actors looks like. Pretty impressive.

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'Exodus': How Ridley Scott Chose His 11-Year-Old Voice of God - Hollywood Reporter

'Exodus': How Ridley Scott Chose His 11-Year-Old Voice of God - Hollywood Reporter | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it

In Exodus, director Ridley Scott has chosen various ways to convey God's communication with Moses, played by Christian Bale. When God speaks directly to Moses, it is through a young boy, Malak, played by 11-year-old Brit Isaac Andrews. 


Sacred texts give no specific depiction of God, so for centuries artists and filmmakers have had to choose their own visual depiction," Scott tellsTHR. "Malak exudes innocence and purity, and those two qualities are extremely powerful."

Sirenetta Leoni's insight:

Well, this puts a whole new spin on "Voice-of-God" delivery doesn't it? An interesting, creative and adorable choice, Mr. Scott, however we still doubt that Morgan Freeman is losing sleep over the prospect of being replaced by 11-year-old boys. 

 

By the way, we also noticed in the trailer that Christian Bale still seems to be using his gravelly, "downed a quart of Jack" Batman voice. Uh...Dude, you're playing Moses, not the Caped Crusader!

 

In case you've forgotten what Christain Bale really sounds like, it's nothing like Batman or Moses: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-FN91RaSN2I&nbsp;

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A salute to actor & voice actor, Robin Williams (1951-2014): "I do voices" from "Mrs. Doubtfire"

Daniel Hillard (Robin Williams) is no ordinary father, so when he learns his ex-wife (Sally Field) needs a housekeeper, he applies for the job.
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We honor and celebrate the genius of actor, comic, improvisor, voice talent and fellow Bay Area resident, Robin Williams. Everyone knows that, as a voice actor, Robin set the bar impossibly high for all (celebrity and non-) voice actors who came after him with his inspired performance as the "Genie" in "Aladdin, but do you remember that he played a semi-employed voice actor in his role in Mrs. Doubtfire? Perhaps there are even some of you who became aware that there was such a thing as voice acting because of that performance.

 

RIP, Mr. Williams. Thanks for all the many great, touching performances, belly laughs and sharing your gifts and most of all, your humanity with us.

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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 - 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 - SocialMediaSlant.com's comment, May 24, 2014 5:52 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.&nbsp;


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&nbsp;.

 

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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.

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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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