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Actors, Are You Setting Smart and SAGE (Specific, Achievable, Genuine, Expansive) Goals for Yourself? | Actorhub

Actors, Are You Setting Smart and SAGE (Specific, Achievable, Genuine, Expansive) Goals for Yourself? | Actorhub | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it
"As a coach, I spend a lot of time talking about goals. I’ve come to recognize that every good goal has four specific elements, so as you clarify your short-term goals be certain they are what I like to call Sage Goals.
A Sage is someone respected for his or her wisdom, practicality, and experience, so a Sage Goal must be specific, achievable, genuine, and expansive."
Sirenetta Leoni's insight:

We are fast-approaching that time of year when most of us start thinking about setting goals for next year. (Some of you are probably way ahead of the curve on this.) 

 

Here's an excellent, thoughtful and timely post written by actors' career coach and advocate, Dallas Travers, about the importance of not only setting goals, but of setting the right kinds of goals. The kind of goals that will help you get closer to your longer term or Big Picture objectives.

 

Setting the wrong kinds of goals---vague goals...unrealistic goals....things you only think you should include on your list of goals because you read it somewhere or it sounds like the right thing to say...goals that conflict with your core values---.is probably worse than setting no goals at all, because they can derrail and distract you from what you actually should be doing. 

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Which Type Of Home Studio Is Best For You?Audition-, Mid-Range- or Broadcast Quality? | Realtime Casting Audition Tips (Videos)

Which Type Of Home Studio Is Best For You?Audition-, Mid-Range- or Broadcast Quality? | Realtime Casting Audition Tips (Videos) | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it

"Realtime Casting...has produced a series of web videos covering different types of home studios, microphones and successful auditioning practices. RTC management, with over 30 years of professional voice over experience, along with SagAftra voice coaches and artists have teamed up to offer advice, insights, and tips to help today’s voice over talents take control of their careers.

View our video: Auditioning Best Practices and the entire series in the RTC Members Lounge or on YouTube.

 

Sirenetta Leoni's insight:

Do you understand the difference between an audition-, mid-range- and broadcast quality home studio?

 

If not, we highly receommend that you watch the first bunch of videos our friends at Realtime Casting have produced and posted on YouTube on Best Auditioning Practices. They feature clear, basic information on making the best choices in setting up your home studio that even the most tech-challenged voice actor will be able to understand. The training videos were produced for members of RTC, but the RTC founders have generously made them available to anyone who wishes to view them on YouTube. 

 

It's great to see videos with genuine voiceover industry professionals who have decades of accumulated experience between them. When they give advice they aren't just guessing or providing information solely based on their own narrow sphere of experience. It's advice that applies in NYC, LA, Chicago, San Francisco, Portland, Minneapolis, Miami or anywhere else that major-market voiceovers are cast and recorded. 

 

Thanks RTC!

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What Agents Do & Don't Do (And What You Need To Do To Get One) | Backstage

What Agents Do & Don't Do (And What You Need To Do To Get One) | Backstage | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it

Getting signed by an agent doesn't mean you're home free, can relax, and wait for them to do all the work. You know the percentages—10 percent commission means they do 10 percent of the work while you do 90 percent and reap 90 percent of the income. It means the race has just begun. You’re now in the fast lane and have to run faster, try harder, and book even more to stay there! It also means commitment and responsibility as in all relationships."

 

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Acting Career Coach, Gwyn Gilliss, provides an excellent and thorough explanation of what a talent agent's responsibilities are and aren't....and more important, what your obligations as a talent are once you get an agent. She does a great job of clearing up many misconceptions many actors have about agents, like, for example that you just can't expect to kick back and wait for the auditions to roll in once you have an agent. By the same token, you can't blame your agent for your lack of success, if you do little or nothing, to help them find you work. "Help me, help you" isn't just a famous line from a movie about an agent. It's actually what you agent expects and needs from you. 


By the way, though this article is primarily geared towards on-camera talent, 90% applies to voice talent as well. 

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Great Quotes Regarding Success, Failure, Creativity & Career from Top Comics | Mashable

Great Quotes Regarding Success, Failure, Creativity & Career from Top Comics | Mashable | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it

"...find the motivation to follow a more rewarding career path....from an unexpected place, like the words of comedians. Funny folks like Amy Poehler and Louis C.K. might seem more likely to tickle your funny bone than inspire your thoughts, but if you stop laughing for a moment, you might learn something."

Sirenetta Leoni's insight:

Kudos to the person who did the research on this article for Mashable. This isn't just a rehash of the same old, same old stuff that's been floating around the web for years; they actually managed to find some great fresh, relevant quotes regarding success, failure, creativity and career from some of the very best & brightest comedic minds,

 

We love the logic and truth behind this one from Steve Martin: "Be so good they can't ignore you." 

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The sign of a real actor is enjoying the audition says director, Alexander Payne, in LA Times interview (video)

The sign of a real actor is enjoying the audition says director, Alexander Payne, in LA Times interview (video) | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it
For actors, auditioning is part of the process, something that comes with the territory. For Will Forte, one of the stars of Alexander Payne's upcoming drama "Nebraska," it's cause for sheer terror.
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Interesting discussion with cast of Alexander Payne's newest film, "Nebraska" on the challenges and joy of auditioning with Will Forte, Bob Odenkirk, June Squibb and the director.

 

We love's Bob Odenkirk's take on it...don't worry about booking the role; just enjoy the audition and have a great time playing the part. 

 

BTW, congratulations to Will Forte. Being in an Alexander Payne film is definitely a step up from "MacGruber."

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The Pros & Cons of Pay-to-Play Voiceover Sites: When Are They Worth Your Time & Effort? | Sound Advice

The Pros & Cons of Pay-to-Play Voiceover Sites: When Are They Worth Your Time & Effort? | Sound Advice | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it

With the introduction of various Pay-to-Play (P2P) sites, such as voices.com and voice123.com, nonunion talent now have greater opportunities than ever before from these casting sites devoted to posting voice-over auditions from across the country and around the world for a broad range of productions.  These sites often offer free introductory opportunities, but are most effective when you register for a yearly subscription...

Sirenetta Leoni's insight:

Overall, we generally agree with Sound Advice's assessment, and encourage students to do the same once they've achieved an intermediate-level of training,  P2P sites are a good place to cut your teeth, get a lot of auditioning and self-directing experience under your belt, earn some income and build your business.

 

It also gives you a chance to make mistakes---which are inevitable in any business, especially when you are starting out---in relative anonymity. This way, by the time you actually land an agent, you'll feel a lot more confident by having actual auditioned for and, (hopefully) booked jobs, and less like a nooB. By the way, if you're getting a respectable return for the time and money you've invested in P2P sites, we'd encourage you to continue auditioning for them, even after you have representation. 

 

One additional note, it's very difficult to find reliable numbers anywhere for audition-to-booking ratios. We don'tknow where the "1 in 200" number mentioned in the article comes from, but we assume that it's from some industry source, and pertains to non-Union work .

 

Years ago, the rule of thumb we heard quoted repeatedly for Union auditions to jobs was 25-to-1. Nowadays, due to increased competition for Union voiceover jobs, we don't doubt it's greater, maybe 30-t0-1 or even 40-t0-1, but 200-to-1 seems like a very high average number of auditions to get one job. In fact, many agencies who represent Union talent in LA and NYC still have talent come into their agencies daily to audition and it wouldn't make any financial sense for them to go to the considerable expense of keeping their booth agents on the payroll if the chances of their talent booking jobs were so few and far between. 

 

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Can You Name the Voice Actor in the new Apple iPad Air TV Ads?

Introducing iPad Air. It's even more capable and powerful, and weighs just one pound. So you can do more than ever, in more places than ever.
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So...can you guess who the voice actor is on these new arresting Apple iPad air spots?

 

Hint: This veteran award-winning actor just happens to be one of the hottest actors in show business at the moment and is starring on Broadway. Okay...one more clue...he gets fan-boy mail from Sir Anthony Hopkins...

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Sherril Stewart's curator insight, November 30, 2013 7:08 PM

Hint, he's English & likes a nice chianti with his Favva beans..  

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Top LA Voiceover Producer/Director Jeff Howell on "Real" reads, TV vs Radio reads, VO trends & more! | VO Buzz Weekly

Top LA Voiceover Producer/Director Jeff Howell on "Real" reads, TV vs Radio reads, VO trends & more! | VO Buzz Weekly | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it

"...Jeff Howell, VP of Production at World Wide Wadio, Producer, Director and VO coach...shares how he went from talent agent and casting director to producing and directing thousands of commercials and promos. Jeff concisely explains the key differences between the reads needed for radio commercials and TV commercials and the trends in the types of scripts we’re hearing in the current marketplace.He discusses what advertising agencies really want when they need a “real” read and how he supports the voice talent so they can deliver a great performance. Jeff shares the way he directs a session for a radio promo versus a TV promo and offers some insights on the trends happening in the business right now..."

Sirenetta Leoni's insight:

Great interview from the folks at VO Buzz Weekly with respected voiceover producer/director/coach, Jeff Howell. It's chockful of timely, relevant information that will be especially helpful to those of you who are pursuing radio advertising and promo work.

 

Whether you're already familiar with Jeff (as many InsideVO followers are) or this is your first exposure, you're in for a treat. As always, Jeff' is tremendously generous with his advice and knowledge. 

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Diana Birdsall VO's curator insight, November 22, 2013 7:58 PM

Jeff Howell takes the prize for most insightful, helpful and honest information on what and what not to do when auditioning.  You can't possibly watch it just once.  He clearly wants to see people succeed in this crazy business and I would be crazy not to get coaching from this genius.

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Can a voice performance garner an Oscar nod? Will Scarlett Johansson be the first to get that award with only her voice acting abilities ?[Video] | Guardian Express

Can a voice performance garner an Oscar nod? Will Scarlett Johansson be the first to get that award with only her voice acting abilities ?[Video] | Guardian Express | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it

"Her (voice) portrayal as the funny, philosophical and wide-eyed Samantha created an emotional connection between her and the viewer that probably many actresses appearing on screen won’t be able to.

With only her voice all through the movie, Johansson voices Samantha in various stages as well as convincing the viewer that this AI program has needs and desires, romantically and sexually speaking. The relationship in the movie is mutual and due to Johansson’s rave performance it is believable and quite sympathetic."

Sirenetta Leoni's insight:

No doubt you will be hearing much more Oscar speculation in the coming months. for Scarlett Johansson's voice-only portrayal of a computer OS in "Her." 

 

We're really excited about this, because just having an actor nominated for a voiceover performance would set a great precedent and establish a whole new level of respect for voice actors and mo-cap actors who've never been given serious consideration for awards in the past. Who knows...it could start a trend or at least revive the talk that the Academy should consider adding a voice acting category, as the Emmy awards have done.  

 

Hmmmmm...maybe it's time to pull out and dust off that old Oscar acceptance speech that we've been saving...

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In Both Acting and Life, Your Greatest Successes Often Spring From Your Biggest Failures | Backstage

In Both Acting and Life, Your Greatest Successes Often Spring From Your Biggest Failures | Backstage | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it

"Steve Jobs was fired from Apple in 1985. It was a very public failure. And as we all know, the man went on to change the world. As he said in his 2005 Stanford address...'I didn’t see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me...Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith. I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did.'


Those last three lines could apply to every successful actor you’ve ever seen perform. So never, ever look down at failure. When you hear someone failed, it means that person took a chance. It means that person was brave. And that’s a good thing. Cowards never fail because they never try."

 

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A well-written, Inspirational article from an LA agent on how failure can lead to success if (and this is a big "IF") you are able to survive your mistake, learn from it and keep moving forward. 

 

You cannot be successful as an actor or voice actor without taking risks regularly, and that also means that you are subject to failing often. While experiencing failure is never "fun" or "easy," over time you can learn how to handle it better by not "wasting" your mistakes; you figure out what didn’t go right, so that you can avoid making the same mistake in the future. 


For more specific steps on how "To Make Failure Your Friend," check back tomorrow. We'll be posting an article on that very topic...

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2 Mistakes Actors Make in Auditions and How To Overcome Them | Anthony Meindl/Backstage

2 Mistakes Actors Make in Auditions and How To Overcome Them | Anthony Meindl/Backstage | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it

"Lean toward the risk. Toward the unknown. In the room. In the work. In relationships. Out there in the world. That’s really why you signed up for acting anyway. It wasn’t to do things perfectly, and be safe and do it like everyone else. It was to inherently take risks in ways that life sometimes doesn’t give us the permission to take them. Or rather, we don’t give ourselves the green light to do it."

Sirenetta Leoni's insight:

Between the cut-to-the-chase advice given in this article by director & acting coach, Anthony Meindl, and the very short video with Bryan Cranston's insightful observations we posted a couple of weeks ago, http://sco.lt/8V9CF7 , you have pretty much everything you ever really need to know about auditioning, BUT ...and this is a big BUT... both of these posts assume that you already have the fundamental skills you need to be a successful actor or voice actor DOWN COLD!  i.e., that  that you can act well, break down and interpret a script, visualize and play a scene, connect to the person you're talking to, engage your listener, use a to your advantage, adeptly perform the character type and/or dialect required, etc.

 

It won't do you any good to go "all out," as Anthony suggests, if your "all" is mediocre at best.  

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5 Ways to get Busy in Voiceovers If You're A Professional Voice Actor! | RealTimeCasting

5 Ways to get Busy in Voiceovers If You're A Professional Voice Actor! | RealTimeCasting | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it
Technology has made it easier for anyone to get into the “voice game.” Like any profession, the pretenders and amateurs eventually fade away or are weeded out. We are experiencing a peak in people pursuing voice work.  In the end, professional and real talent will win out!
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Smart advice from the good folks at online cast site, RTC (RealTimeCasting), one of the few online sites that screens voice "talent" to make sure they are in fact, talented, before they allow them to be on their site. What a novel idea!

 

We concur  with RTC that,  In the end, professional and real talent will win out, especially when it comes to booking jobs of any real significance.


Given the trends of hiring cheaper and cheaper voice talent over the past 6-7 years, if you're a bit skeptical about this claim, we can hardly blame you. We're willing to go out on a limb, however, and predict that over the next few years, the pendulum will swing back the other way; towards hiring trained professional voice actors with talent and away from hiring any guy with a  voice and mic on Fiver. (We have several theories as to why these changes are coming, but we'll save those for future posts. Stay tuned...) 

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Nathan Lang's curator insight, October 9, 2013 5:43 PM

Interesting stuff…

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Rise & Shine: The Daily Routines of History's Most Creative Minds & Why You May Need To Change Yours | TheGuardian.com

Rise & Shine: The Daily Routines of History's Most Creative Minds & Why You May Need To Change Yours | TheGuardian.com | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it

"One morning this summer, I got up at first light...then drank a strong cup of coffee, sat near-naked by an open window for an hour, worked all morning, then had a martini with lunch. I took a long afternoon walk, and for the rest of the week experimented with never working for more than three hours at a stretch.

 

 

This was all in an effort to adopt the rituals of some great artists and thinkers: the rising-at-dawn bit came from Ernest Hemingway, who was up at around 5.30am, even if he'd been drinking the night before; the strong coffee was borrowed from Beethoven, who personally counted out the 60 beans his morning cup required. Benjamin Franklin swore by "air baths", which was his term for sitting around naked in the morning, whatever the weather. .."

 

Sirenetta Leoni's insight:

Fascinating article about the habits and rituals of highly creative people. There is a whole lot of food for thought in this article and you may do well to examine if the way in which you structure your day/life is conducive to stimulating your creativity? 

 

There are many differences between how creative geniuses work, and the author of the new book Daily Rituals: How Great Minds Make Time, Find Inspiration And Get To Work, observes that "the true lesson of the book is that there's no one way to get things done;" however there appear to be six repeating patterns between a majority of creatives. A couple of these may surprise you, because they contradict conventional wisdom about creative people. Interestingly, having MORE focus and structure in your life---not less---is the key to freeing you to become more creative:

 

1. Be a morning person

2. Don't give up the day job

3. Take lots of walks

4. Stick to a schedule

5. Practice strategic substance abuse 

6. Learn to work anywhere

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So you wanna be a professional voice actor, eh? Try this...Pinky and the Brain's greatest tongue-twister of all time | Boingboing

So you wanna be a professional voice actor, eh? Try this...Pinky and the Brain's greatest tongue-twister of all time | Boingboing | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it
A reminder that Animaniacs/Pinky and the Brain were a high-water mark in kids' animation: the greatest English-language tongue-twister of all time!
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We are always in awe of the amazing talent on display  in "Pinky and the Brain. The writing and acting were impeccable and here, the brilliant Rob Paulsen and Maurice LaMarche, demonstrate why they were one of the greatest cartoon duos of all time....

 

The spript for this episode, "You Said a Mouseful," can be found here: http://hvrd.me/9xvHWb

 

Yes,  it's that Harvard University and we double dog dare you to try it! 

 

Extra credit to anyone who guesses the actor who played Hackensack Socko Kicky-Sack Sack Kicker Factory Senior Supervisor, Kurt Sackett. (Hint: An actor best known for starring in an iconic 1980's ad campaign.)

 

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Marc Morrell's curator insight, November 12, 2013 9:53 AM

I think the hardest line in all of this has to be "

The schlick shick sleet schlitter's schleet."
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New "I Know That Voice" Film Reveals the World of Voice Acting (video) | ET

New "I Know That Voice" Film Reveals the World of Voice Acting (video) | ET | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it
Have you ever wondered who voices your favorite animated characters?  The new documentary, I Know That Voice, is bringing audiences closer to the world of voice acting and ETonline was at the film's Hollywood premiere to catch up with some talented, yet unrecognized faces. 
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Great to see real professional voice actors interviewed on the "red carpet" and covered by ET.

 

All voice actors owe John DiMaggio a debt of gratitude for his passion and dedication to producing this documentary which pays homage to the many amazingly talented and creative character voice actors in the industry.

 

While John's documentary features the best of the best and is immensely entertaining, it will also help raise the public's awareness about what voice actors really do: that there's tremendously hard work and an exceptional level of skill involved; and so much more to it than standing in front of a mic and making silly voices.


We've always believed that it's no coincidence that the root of the word "animation" is soul. The most memorable characters are beloved for "who" they are and what they mean to us; not just what they sound like, and the great voice talent interviewed in this film, proves our point. 

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Marc Morrell's curator insight, November 9, 2013 10:33 AM

We just saw "I Know That Voice" at the East Coast Premiere at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. last night. It is a wonderful documentary that will make you laugh out loud many times. It covers every aspect of the world of voice acting. I will have a full review on ToonBarn.com soon.

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Your Voice Is Money: Audiobooks Rake in Billions; Demand for Narrators is On The Rise (Video) | Bloomberg TV

Your Voice Is Money: Audiobooks Rake in Billions; Demand for Narrators is On The Rise (Video) | Bloomberg TV | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it
Bloomberg Television looks at narration jobs in the audio books industry. (Source: Bloomberg)
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"Demand for (audiobook) narrators is on the rise," according to this Bloomberg news video. Audiobook book production increased almost 300% from 2011 to 2012 and that impressive growth trend is expected to continue.

 

With the spate of recent articles on this topic, including this one, the recent Wall Street Journal  http://on.wsj.com/15FNtp8 ; and the New York Times http://nyti.ms/12wfs8N features, expect more narrators, both good and bad, to enter the fray, and the competition for audiobook narration jobs, especially the better-paying ones,  to become much more intense.

 

If you're an excellent voice actor who keeps his or her chops up, we don't think that you have much to worry about. There will be plenty of audiobook projects to go around for well-trained actors for years to come, due to the huge backlog of books that still need to be reorded.

 

What do we mean by "well-trained"? We mean that you have the background, training and acting chops to compete head-to-head against the Julliard and Yale Drama School-trained actors mentioned in the video. If you're training is lacking, all is not lost. You can still seek out  excellent training, but you need to get started immediately. 

 

You'll also find out the answer to the burning question "Whatever happened to Balki Bartokomous?" Turns out that he's alive and well and one of the most in-demand audiobook narrators in the business! 

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Ask A Casting Director: Does Age Matter When Pursuing an Acting Career? | Amy Jo Berman

As an actor, does age matter when pursuing an acting career? Yes AND No. It's complicated ...which is why I answered in a video and not just a word
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Sirenetta Leoni's insight:

This question comes up all the time and the answer with regards to voiceover is the same---yes and no. Interestingly, in voiceover you are not limited by your actual chronological age, but rather by the age you sound like. We know a few women in their 60's who genuinely sound like 30-something moms, and there are a few young men in their 20's who easily sound 20 years older.

 

If you're younger sounding, you may see more commercials and video game scripts coming your way, and more mature-sounding actors will probably audition more for narrative gigs, but there are lots of other factors involved, such as whether you have a smooth announcer sound or more charactery sound, how versatile you are, etc.

 

Bottom line is this: Don't use your age as an excuse. The types of jobs that you get to audition for may change over time, but the hustle required to get any of them does not. If you've "outgrown" your demo, get an updated, age-appropriate demo. If you haven't been trained in the genre of voiceover in which you might be most competitive at this point in your life go get yourself some training NOW. 

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Dealing with rejection as an Actor. Sometimes it is just not your role | ACTORhub

Dealing with rejection as an Actor. Sometimes it is just not your role | ACTORhub | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it
Facing rejection time after time can be soul destroying and really test your confidence. But sometimes it just isn't your time, and sometimes it just isn't your role. Don't waste energy and emotion on dwelling on what wasn't to be.
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Good article on dealing with rejection. It's important to understand that sometimes it really is out of your hands: that you can do everything perfectly and still not get the role. When working on the casting side of things, we witnessed first-hand that it's absolutely true that it's not always the best performer or person most suited for the role that books the part. However, we should also note, that far more often than not, it is.

 

So how can you tell when a job is not "meant" to be yours? The short answer is you can't, so your only choice is to always do your best with every audition. Never, ever "phone it in," because you've decided in advance that you aren't right for the role. Alway act confidently and professionally, give your best performance  and above all, have fun. Embrace each and every audition as an opportunity to act and demonstrate what you would do with the role. You'll never book every role...no one can...but if you are consistently excellent and make a good impression in your auditions, the jobs will come. 

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Marcia Wallace, ‘The Bob Newhart Show’ Actor and Voice of ‘The Simpsons’ Mrs. Krabappel, Dies at 70 | EW.com

Marcia Wallace, ‘The Bob Newhart Show’ Actor and Voice of ‘The Simpsons’ Mrs. Krabappel, Dies at 70 | EW.com | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it

"As Edna Krabappel on The Simpsons, Marcia Wallace may be the only 4th-grade teacher to have the same student for 24 years. Before that, she was beloved as Carol Kester, the lovelorn, wisecracking secretary on The Bob Newhart Show.

Wallace...has died at age 70, according to the showrunner of The Simpsons. “I was tremendously saddened to learn this morning of the passing of the brilliant and gracious Marcia Wallace,” producer Al Jean said in a statement to EW. “She was beloved by all at The Simpsons and we intend to retire her irreplaceable character.”

Sirenetta Leoni's insight:

So very saddened to hear the news of the the funny, tremendously talented, gracious, irreplaceable and much loved, Marcia Wallace's passing yesterday.. Her characters were always smart, funny, relatable and human.

 

Leave it to "Lisa Simpson" to say it best (via Twitter): 

 

"Cheers to the hilarious, kind, fab Marcia Wallace, who has taken her leave of us. Heaven is now a much funnier place b/c of you, Marcia," Yeardley Smith, 

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If You Want To Succeed In This Business Stop Comparing Yourself to Other Actors | Backstage

If You Want To Succeed In This Business Stop Comparing Yourself to Other Actors | Backstage | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it
Although it can be hard not to compare yourself to others, remember that comparing yourself to someone else is an inaccurate measuring stick, and it can erode your self-esteem and send you into depression. When you compare yourself to others—whether in regards to a relationship, a career, or other achievement—you are only comparing yourself to your perception of others. 
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This advice is GOLDEN! Nothing is as soul-crushing and self-defeating to actors as constantly measuring yourself against others' successes. Without a doubt this is the single most common reason people give up on pursuing their own acting careers.


We constantly hear actors lamenting about things like, "John started at the same time I did and is booking constantly!" or "I've been working at this 3 years and don't have an agent, yet Jane showed up just 6 months ago and is already represented!" 

 

As the author points out, everyone has different circumstances and life experiences. It may turn out that the  "nooB" in your scene study class that you've been comparing yourself to has been acting professionally since age 3, an advanced degree from Julliard and Broadway acting experience. You just don't know everything in people's backgrounds, even if you think you do. The only person you should ever be comparing yourself against is you.

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Tips for Minimizing Plosives, Including How to Optimally Place a Pop Screen | Randy Coppinger, Audio Craftsman

Tips for Minimizing Plosives, Including How to Optimally Place a Pop Screen | Randy Coppinger, Audio Craftsman | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it

"Gary Terzza of VO Master Class provides this useful techniques for placing a pop stopper for maximum effectiveness:
“Place your hand (palm facing towards you) between the pop shield and the mic and blow gently. Now move the popper slowly towards you while still blowing. Stop at the point you can no longer feel the breath. This is the optimum point at which the air is diffused, stopping those intrusive Ps and Bs.”

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Great post from self-described "audio craftsman," Randy Coppinger with several suggestions for minimizing plosives while recording. 

 

We're particularly intrigued by the double pop screen idea, but of course, it makes sense to first make sure that our first pop stopper is positioned properly. 

 

Many thanks to Randy and UK-based voice actor & coach, Gary Terza, for these valuable time- and take-saving tips!

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5 steps to make failure your friend | Unstuck

5 steps to make failure your friend | Unstuck | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it

"Abraham Lincoln failed in business twice, lost eight elections, and suffered a nervous breakdown before he became the 16th American president.  Walt Disney went bankrupt with his first animation studio, lost money on three of his first five feature films, and, at his lowest point, didn’t make his rent. Similarly, Stephen King’s first novel Carrie was rejected 30 times before it became the bestselling modern horror classic it is today."

 

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As promised, here are five steps that you can take to "make failure your friend."

 

There's some very smart, useful liberating advice in this article starting with #1: Before you can learn from it, you have to own it! You won't be able to move on with your life until you stop blaming your failure(s) on some one or something else 

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The Complete Guide to Twitter Etiquette: Do's and Don't's | Mashable

The Complete Guide to Twitter Etiquette: Do's and Don't's | Mashable | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it
Self-promotion: Twitter is a social networking tool — a certain amount of shameless self-promotion is to be expected. However, you'll get unfollowed faster than you can say "Check out my blog" if your feed is nothing but links to your own work. Engaging with other users and sharing material that doesn't belong to you is as integral to the experience as the self-adulation. For every link of your own that you share, balance it out with two or three posts that engage with other users or share someone else's content.
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A must-read for new and veteran Twitterers alike---a well thought-out, comprehensive reference of do's & don't's.


After reading about what most annoys other users, those of us who tweet regularly may find that we need to re-think a few of our own practices. When it comes to voice actors and others related to the VO industry, we've observed that the most common transgressions via Twitter seem to be over-sharing, over self-promoting and way, way too many sales pitches. There's nothing worse than reading an interesting headline promising a brilliant nugget of information, then clicking on the link only to find that you have to sign up for a class or seminar to get the information or advice promised. 

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Straight Talk From Veteran Talent Agent On How to Book Voiceover Jobs for Video Games | db Talent via Voicebank

Straight Talk From Veteran Talent Agent On How to Book Voiceover Jobs for Video Games | db Talent via Voicebank | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it
How Can I Get an Agent, or Jobs in Video Games? Here is Some Great Advice from a Great Talent Agent! Debora Duckett Owner, dB Talent
Sirenetta Leoni's insight:

Succinct, excellent advice on what it takes to become a video game voice actor from an outstanding veteran talent agent, Debora Duckett from DB Talent in Austin, TX.

 

She's absolutely correct that there is a big difference between video game characters and animation characters, even though they seemed to get lumped together much of the time. Animation voice acting requires brilliant acting, improvisational skills, versatility and a vivid imagination. Video game voice acting also requires these same skills, but the overall energy level and tempo can be markedly different; plus you need a solid understanding of how various types of games are structured and played. 

 

BTW We've had the pleasure of working with Debora Duckett on vo casting projects in the past and hope that her clients appreciate how lucky they are to have such a knowledgeable, committed rep.

 

 ED. The guy in the picture is Troy Baker, who along with Nolan North, are probably the two most in-demand voice actors working today. If you don't who either of these guys are AND you aspire to work as a video game voice actor, you really need to start reading and learning a LOT more about video games. 

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In the quest to find fulfilling work that doesn’t feel like work, loving what you do is not enough | Explore

In the quest to find fulfilling work that doesn’t feel like work, loving what you do is not enough | Explore | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it

“The misguidance of love is that it’s all about feeling good. But pride is what makes something worthwhile. Pride is what makes you care about the quality and impact of your work...".

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Brilliantly insightful and very true. It's the pride in your craft that keeps you going...striving to get better and helps you survive the rough patches and disappointments that are an inevitable part of every actor's career.  

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