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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."

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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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Acting Tips: How To Play A Drunk Character Convincingly & Truthfully | ActorsHub

Acting Tips: How To Play A Drunk Character Convincingly & Truthfully | ActorsHub | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it

Playing drunk on stage is very difficult, you might have to appear completely legless one minute and then the very next scene you are stone cold sober. It takes skill and technique...

 

The first piece of advice anyone will tell you is ‘To act drunk you need to pretend not to be drunk’ – there is a lot of truth in this...a drunk is actually trying very hard to ‘act sober’."

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Excellent tips on how to pull off acting drunk believably. 

 

 

It's an absolutely correct observation that most people who are drunk will expend a whole lot of energy trying NOT to appear drunk. You know how true this is  if you've ever tried to argue with a friend who is insistent on driving him- or herself home, when it's obvious to everyone else that he or she has obviously exceeded their limit,



For those of you who are dedicated Method actors and may choose to engage in your own research this holiday season, we urge you to please research responsibly. 

 

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Time To Revisit An Old VO Holiday Classic, "The Santa Sessions" (or "Twas The Session Before Christmas")| Dailey & Associates

It's a wonderful voiceover life!

 

Not that there are that many of them, but this is the best Christmas voiceover video of the ones we've seen, so it's become something of an annual holiday tradition around here.

 

Produced in 2006 for Dailey and Associates a top ad agency in LA, it has been viewed over 200,000. It's very well-written, produced, and cast, and anyone who has ever experienced a session from hell like this one, will be rooting for Kris Kringle to leave a big ole lump of coal in the director's stocking...Ho. Ho. Ho! 

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How To Avoid the 3 Deadly Sins That Can Sabotage Your Acting & Voice Acting Career | Backstage

How To Avoid the 3 Deadly Sins That Can Sabotage Your Acting & Voice Acting Career  | Backstage | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it

"Gwyn Gilliss, the founder of The Actor's Market, says there are three things all actors need to avoid in order to find success:

1. Not being trained for the market for which you are auditioning..

2. Not being up to speed with your marketing tools... I

3. Asking friends, relatives, strangers or non-professionals for advice about your career..."

 

Sirenetta Leoni's insight:

Gwen's examples are geared towards NY-based theater and film actors (where's she located), but her smart observations apply equally to voice actors. 

 

When it comes to voiceover, you not only need to be "trained for the market,"as Gwen advises, but for the genre of voiceover as well. Anyone who works in animation will tell you that it's a very different set of skills,  focus and energy than is required to record an audiobook.

 

A couple of additional notes...your voiceover website should absolutely contain information on where prospective clients can find you and get information on how to cast and hire you, but voice actors can often get away with having a very simple one-page website with their demos, instead of the 5-page site suggested. Resume, headshots, phto gallery, etc. aren't necessary unless you intend to use the same website to promote your on-camera acting, too..


Finally, to Gwen's suggestion to avoid, "Asking friends, relatives, strangers or non-professionals for advice about your career," we’d add, "Also avoid asking advice about your specific market to voiceover professionals who only operate in other markets." Why? Because the "advice" gleaned from professional who are not familiar with your market can be just as wrong and misleading as the ill-informed advice you get from your relatives. We can't tell you how many times we've heard actors repeat as gospel something they’ve been told by an industry expert from LA, which, while on point for the LA, does not apply at all to San Francisco or most other markets.


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Voice Actors: Professionals who provide the voices that bring productions to life | SAG-AFTRA

You've heard their voices in your favorite entertainment. Now meet the SAG-AFTRA professionals who provide the voices that bring productions alive. Top voice actors Kimberly Brooks, Cassandra Campbell, Townsend Coleman, E.G. Daily, Ben Patrick Johnson and Diane Pershing demonstrate their craft and talk about what it takes to do voiceover work.

Just a tiny sampling of the titles on which these talented voice actors have worked includes TV shows "Batman: The Animated Series," "Rugrats," "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," "The Tick," "Curious George" and "Entertainment Tonight"; video games "Halo 4," "Bioshock Infinite," the "Mass Effect" trilogy and "Fallout: New Vegas"; audiobooks "Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison," "The Help" and "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.".
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We thought that you'd enjoy this recent video from SAG-AFTRA featuring some top-tier voice actors talking about their work and how they approach it.

 

Take note of how specific and clear they are about who their characters are and how much love and respect they have for them. This is why we're always emphasizing that voice acting is so much more than "doing a voice."

 

Though the actors in the video are very different types and involved in various areas of voiceover---from promos to animation to audiobooks--- they're all united by their obvious passion and commitment to their craft.

 

 

 

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Soundproofing: It Isn't Just For Voice Actors Anymore | NY TImes

Soundproofing: It Isn't Just For Voice Actors Anymore | NY TImes | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it
In an effort to muffle the throbbing and thundering New York City soundtrack, noise specialists are busier than ever as residents search for quiet.
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If Benjamin Franklin knew any voice actors, he would have added a third thing to his list of life's certainties...In addition to death and taxes, you can be guaranteed that as soon as you start recording, the gardener next door will fire-up his leaf blower.

 

Interestingly though, today's New York times article reminds us that the intrusion of unwanted noise is not limited solely to voice actors and that it appears that being a professional sound-proofer (or technically, a sound-reducer) can be added to the list of fastest-growing professions. 

 

Funny how the opera coach to some of the world's best opera singers had to pay to have his and his neighbor's place sound-proofed. Everyone's a critic...

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The Single Most Important Thing You Can Do To Prepare Kids For School? Read Aloud To Them Daily | 2ReadAloud.org

The Single Most Important Thing You Can Do  To Prepare Kids For School? Read Aloud To Them Daily | 2ReadAloud.org | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it

Perhaps it comes as no surprise that "reading aloud is the single most important thing a parent or caregiver can do to improve a child’s readiness to read and learn" according to this infographic.


Via Beth Dichter
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All voice actors should be reading aloud for 15 minutes daily for practice anyway, so if you're not doing this already with your kids, you really need to make the time to do it. It also happens to be a great way to test out and practice dialects and characters; your kids are usually more forgiving than the reviewers on Audible and Amazon.


If your grandchildren, nieces or nephews live far away, there's no reason why you can't Skype-read to them...or spend 15 minutes daily recording a book that you can send them when it's completed.


And if you don't have kids in your life, your local library or school would probably love to have a professional voice actor come in and read to students. Here are tips from the SAG Foundations BookPals for reading aloud: http://bookpals.net/ten-tips-for-reading-aloud/


...and they all lived happily ever after! 

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ozziegontang's curator insight, November 25, 2013 10:28 PM

The proof is in the reading.  And making it a daily practice.

Lee Hall's curator insight, November 26, 2013 2:42 PM

This is so important. It isn't just important for mothers to read aloud. It is very important that fathers take a turn too.

Jan Watts's curator insight, November 26, 2013 5:09 PM

We know this, but it bears repeating, and repeating and repeating!!!!

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Actors & Voice Actors: 5 Reasons Why You Need To Start Selling Yourself NOW | Backstage

Actors & Voice Actors: 5 Reasons Why You Need To Start Selling Yourself NOW | Backstage | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it

"Most actors are quite capable of selling pots and pans, personal training, martinis, or nutrition supplements, but ask them what they have done to sell their acting services and they don't have much to say. If you can't or won't sell, you are treating your acting career like a hobby rather than a business, and hobbies are tough to live on.

 

How can you communicate the benefit you bring if you don't go out and explain those benefits to the people who can hire you? Who needs to sell actors? The actors themselves."

Sirenetta Leoni's insight:

Bravo Mr. Green! Too true and we cannot recommend this article enough! We can't tell you how many experienced, veteran voice actors we know who have no idea of how to sell themselves, and who would be booking so much more if they did.

 

It's not that these actors lack skill or talent, quite the contrary, In fact, most are much better than many voice actors who are out there working fairly regularly. But what they do lack, that the other actors who work consistently don't, is the confidence, marketing savvy and yes, chutzpah, to get themselves out there, and keep doing it over and over.

 

They fail to view themselves as a business, but as "artists," as the article correctly points out, and instead wait for their agent(s) to do the dirty work of "selling" them. Nowadays, unless you happen to be represented by one of the very top agents in LA or NYC, it ain't gonna happen. Most agents have too many clients to represent and too much other work to do. They'll submit you for a job if you fit the breakdown, but you can't expect them to go looking for work on your behalf. That's your job. The agent is not your fairy godmother. She/he is not going to waive a magic wand and magically get you jobs. Your best bet is to get out there, hustle and make it happen yourself!

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True Words... Market Market Market!

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Voice Actors: Why You Should Always Be Thinking About What's Going To Put You Out of Business | Gary Vaynerchuk

Voice Actors: Why You Should Always Be Thinking About What's Going To Put You Out of Business | Gary Vaynerchuk | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it

"We’re in the business of always trying to put ourselves out of business.It’s not a method, it’s a mindset.. Everybody’s looking for tactics, but it’s more about religion. So the reason my team and I stay ahead is that we’re built to stay ahead. We value the ROI that comes from the time we spend researching and pondering and debating and playing. We view that as a necessity. I don’t think a lot of people consciously VALUE oxygen, but you need it to stay alive. That is how I look at innovation. In my opinion, Staying ahead is a requirement for being a successful business..."

Sirenetta Leoni's insight:

Excellent advice from  the always smart, very savvy, Gary V that applies to all entrepreneurs, but we think voice actors should pay particular attention since we're always verging on "going out of business."

 

Think about it...if you  could be ahead of the curb, expecting the next new "new" thing coming down the road and positioned to take advantage of it, instead of being blindsided and whining about the lost opportunity after it has already passed you by. For instance, the voice actors who saw the audiobook avalanche and explosion in explainer videos coming were ready for it and are cashing in on those opportunities now, while so many others are just now catching on.

 

If you've ever wondered how social media "gurus" like Gary Vaynerchuk, Seth Godin and Guy Kawasaki stay on top of everything, it's because: 1) they're curious by nature; 2) know that the only thing that is constant is change: and 3) are smart enough to build time for exploring and experimentation into their work ethos and schedule. 

 

Even those of us who are perennially busy, if pushed, would admit that there is probably an hour or two in our weekly schedule (Candy...ahem..Crush...) that we could find to make the time to read up and stay on top of innovations. Your small weekly investment could pay off in a very big way down the road...

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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."
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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.

 

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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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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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The #1 Thing To Remember About Being An Actor, Voice Actor or Artist of Any Kind! (video) | Anthony Meindl

The #1 Thing To Remember About Being An Actor, Voice Actor or Artist of Any Kind! (video) | Anthony Meindl | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it

"Your way into acting and the path it takes you on and all you can learn from it is going to be much more expansive – if you let it be – than you could’ve ever imagined when starting out.

 

I think the tricky thing about things working out in “the business” is that it requires you to say a hearty “yes” to a life in the arts while at the same time giving up all expectations moment-to-moment of what you feel it “should” be.

 

But in order for things to work out you have to take the leap into the unknown to begin with. If you’re brave enough to go where your heart leads you and embrace the truth that your trajectory is going to be littered with failures and rejections, victories and “almost’s” – that it’s often going to make you question whether it’s all worth it, you will also find a quiet satisfaction in knowing that you are truly doing what you need to be doing with your life – At. This. Time."

 

 

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Wise advice from acting coach, Anthony Meindl, on why, once you decide to become an actor, voice actor or artist of any kind, it's crucial to "go all in." 

 

He rightly observes, "Your career is never going to look like you thought it would. Ever..."Instead he advises you to be open to following the path to where your passions and talents genuinely lead you. It may be very different than what you initially envisioned your road to "success" would be, but as long as you are true to yourself, work hard and stay fully committed, we agree with Anthony that things have a way of working out... 


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Actors & Voice Actors: Are You Focusing Too Much On Marketing & Not Enough On Your Talent? | Backstage

Actors & Voice Actors: Are You Focusing Too Much On Marketing & Not Enough On Your  Talent? | Backstage | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it

"Just because it’s easier than ever to market yourself doesn’t automatically mean that you should. I see many actors these days putting more time and effort into their marketing and much less time developing and growing their talent. While aggressive marketing may generate some opportunities for you, if you’re not truly ready to take advantage of those opportunities, you won’t deliver when it counts, and your campaign will be seen as just a bunch of empty promises."

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Acting coach, Craig Wallace, absolutely, 100% nails it. And while his focus and comments are directed towards on-camera actors, we'd say that his on-point analysis applies, not just equally, but even more so to voice talent.

 

Think we're being unduly harsh? On any given day. how many articles/posts/tweets/forum discussions about voice acting that you come across focus on some aspect of marketing or the "how to's" of self-recording versus the number of articles/posts/tweets/forum discussions on development of craft, such as acting, script analysis, visualization, scene setting, self-direction, choice-making, improvisation, etc? (If you call yourself a "voice actor" and you don't understand why you need the aforementioned skills, congratulations, you've just proven the point of Craig's post.)

 

Don't get us wrong. We're all for voice actors being entrepreneurial and relentless marketers, but---and this is a big BUT---you need to achieve a basic level of proficency BEFORE you start looking for gigs. Just having a voice and the ability to speak doesn't make you a voice actor; no more that having hands and owning a wrench makes you a plumber.

 

 

Why some think that their ability to fog a mirror automatically makes him/her a voice actor is a puzzlement to us. There seems to be a general understanding that to do any job, including many minimum wage jobs, you need to go through training and possess or develop a specific set of skills. For example, if you want to become a hair stylist, carpenter or an electrician it takes a couple of years of training just to achieve the level of apprentice. To learn public accounting takes 5 years of higher education, lawyering 6 years and a minimum of 8 years to become a medical doctor, not counting internship and residency. So why do so many people believe that they can call themselves "voice artists" and command a few hundred dollars an hour for their time, if the totality of their training is a few weekend seminars or a couple of online courses?

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Veteran ADR Mixer Doc Kane of Walt Disney Studios Explains "Looping" (i.e. Process of Re-recording Dialog) | Soundworks Collection

Veteran ADR Mixer Doc Kane of Walt Disney Studios Explains "Looping" (i.e. Process of Re-recording Dialog)  | Soundworks Collection | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it

"What has three letters, many aliases and is of major significance to the sound community? You guessed it: ADR aka Automated Dialog Replacement aka Additional Dialog Recording aka Dubbing aka Looping. All of these monikers are understood as the process of re-recording dialog that cannot be salvaged from a production. To make one thing clear, there is nothing automated about it. ADR is an art. And here to tell us more about the art is an artist whose name also has only three letters and many aliases but nonetheless has made a significant impact on the sound community.

His name is Doc Kane but most just call him Doc. With over 300 projects under his belt and a slew of awards and nominations, including four Academy Award nominations, Doc has one of the longest and most impressive resumes in the sound business."

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Doc Kane, considered one of the very best in the business, explains some of the technical aspects of recording replacement dialog (ADR), and also offers some very interesting glimpses into the acting processes of top actors such as Meryl Streep, Robin Williams, Billy Crystal, John Goodman, John C. Reilly and others. Some really fascinating stuff! After watching this 11-minute video you too will understand a whole lot more about the process of looping. 

 

By the way, for those of us who engineer for other voice talent, his advice to "ride the faders" was an eye-opener. And if you think about it, it just makes a whole lot of sense. 


[H/T to audio recording  pro, Randy Coppinger for linking to this article first.]

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Whether Child or Adult, Make Sure That You Want to Act for the Right Reasons | Backstage

Whether Child or Adult, Make Sure That You Want to Act for the Right Reasons | Backstage | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it
So your child wants to be an actor? Really? Please think about this long and hard. Let me share my perspective as someone who has worked with children for the last 35 years as a casting director and acting coach.
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It strikes us that this smart assessment process that veteran casting director, Marci Liroff, uses to determine if kids are really cut out to be actors, applies just as much to adults and as you read the article you should be asking yourself these same questions.

 

If your immediate answer to "Why do you want to act," or "voice act?" isn't something along the lines of, "I love acting because it allows me to express myself, brings me great joy and fulfilment, and I'd be doing it, in some form, even if no one paid me, saw me or heard me do it," then you had better rethink your career choice long and hard...

 

Marci hits the nail on the head when she says, "They just want the result (fame), not the career itself (acting);" which sums up why some are in it for the wrong reasons, perfectly. (You can also substitute the words, "money," "adulation," "allure," "glamour," or any of the other perceived perqs of acting as the desired "result," but the point she's making remains the same.)  


With misguided kids, Marci correctly lays much of the blame at the feet of their pushy stage parents, but we've encountered plenty of adults who've rationalized pursuing acting or voice acting for what they thought it would get them; not because they genuinely loved the process of telling stories and playing pretend.  Not surprisingly, these types of "actors" don't tend to last very long in this business. 

 

You've got to be genuinely passionate about this craft to do it.

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Patrick Stewart on His Early Career Struggles; What He Learned About Acting from Working at a Furniture Store | Daily Actor

Patrick Stewart on His Early Career Struggles; What He Learned About Acting from Working at a Furniture Store | Daily Actor | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it

Stewart points out that he learned a lot about acting from even non-acting jobs, even when he was a furniture salesman...They quickly realized I was an asset, because I would station myself near the door. And I would make an instant decision as to what kind of salesman the customer would like to have. Did they look homely, middle-class, aristocratic? Did they look nervous or shy? And then I would pitch my sales. It was a kind of acting exercise. And I loved doing it.”

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It's hard to imagine now that the talented, charismatic Sir Patrick Stewart was ever a struggling actor, but according to Stewart, upon graduating drama school, "I was about the only graduate from my year who hadn’t got a job or an agent or a manager.”


He was convinced that he had "failed," was ready to give up acting professionally and go back to selling furniture, but thankfully, one of his instructors had a brilliant insight and gave him some very valuable advice that helped him get through the lean years. The teacher told him that as a character actor, he'd have to wait at least 20 years before he finally came into his own, and that is in fact, what happened. He was 47 when he was cast as Jean-Luc Piccard.

 

Yet another reason why we always urge you to stop comparing yourself to  others. You never know when you are going to "come into your own" and we suspect that some of Stewart's fellow 20-year-old drama school grads who got agents or managers straight out of drama school are probably the ones selling furniture now. 

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ACX Makes It Easier For Audiobook Narrators To Get Paid: Introducing Direct Deposit

ACX Makes It Easier For Audiobook Narrators To Get Paid: Introducing Direct Deposit | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it

Today’s post has been a long time coming, and we’re thrilled to announce that starting today, you can opt into receiving your audiobook royalties and bounties through direct deposit!"

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We're all for anything that: 1) speeds up the payment process to voice actors; and: 2) helps them save time on managing the business end of their business, so that they can actually spend more time voice acting.

 

We applaud today's news from ACX that they'll now let you sign up to have royalties and bounties deposited directly to bank account, which will enable you to get paid faster and manage your books more efficiently. 

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What Actors Should Tell Themselves Before Walking Onto a Stage, Set or Into a Sound Booth | Backstage

What Actors Should Tell Themselves Before Walking Onto a Stage, Set or Into a Sound Booth | Backstage | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it
Affirmations may seem hokey, but bringing them—the modern-day version of the long-practiced religious mantra—into your craft can have very positive effects.
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We strongly recommend that you try Jackie's simple, but but very effective, quick and confidence-boosting affirmation the next time you audition or are hired to perform. We promise that it will help calm your nerves and turn down the volume on the nagging little voice in the back of your head that keeps telling you that you are somehow "not good enough." Just remind yourself that you have as much right to be doing this work as anyone else does and OWN IT!.

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Being An Actor: An Apology to My Non-Actor Friends and Family | ActorHub

Being An Actor: An Apology to My Non-Actor Friends and Family | ActorHub | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it
From Guest Blogger – actress Sanna Haynes – An apology to those who live with, work with or come into contact with those of us who are actors.
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Choosing to be an actor comes with a built-in set of sacrifices that anyone who is an actor or voice actor has to accept at the outset....uncertain schedules, uncertain income, and spending whatever disposable income you do have on career-advancing necessities like training, demos, reels, studio equipment and headshots. Regularly missing family or friend's events, because you are in a play; have to turn around an audition or are enrolled in a workshop with a casting director or agent from  ______ (LA, NY, London, Sydney, etc) that "only comes to your town once every 5 years," all come with the territory. 

 

Unfortunately, while you willingly accept these sacrifices and more, it inevitably affects other people that care about you, as well, so actor Sanna Haynes has written an apology from actors to everyone else in your lives . Feel free to share with those you love.

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About That Gold Medal? It's Thanks To You–Our "Followers," "Likers," "Friends," "Lurkers," & Passers-by | InsideVoiceover

About That Gold Medal? It's Thanks To You–Our "Followers," "Likers," "Friends," "Lurkers," & Passers-by | InsideVoiceover | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it

"Your topic is being recommended by other users for being the best content curation on your topic of expertise. Think of this like another user vouching for how great your topic is. Enough recommendations from your peers benefits you by increasing your visibility in the Scoop.it search, as a recommended topic to other users, and within the Interest directory...

***Gold: You're a giant among curators and your work is world-class awesome. Thanks for being an incredible role model to the curator community!"

 

 

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If you're a regular follower of InsideVO, you know that we're not big on tooting our own horn around here, but we're making an exception to the rule today, because we have some very good news to share and it's all due to you---our "Followers," "Likers," "Friends," "Lurkers," and even those of you who only pop in now and then....

 

You may have noticed that recently a gold medal has been pasted over our banner image. We didn't put it there ourselves....We're very proud to share with you that Scoop.it's official "Curators Who Curate the Curators" team have ranked us among the very best Media topics and the top voiceover-related site on Scoop.it. Many, many thanks to all of you out there who have cumulatively viewed our topic over 51,000 times and have helped us rank #1. (We're not about to go all Sally Field on you, but are sincerely humbled by your loyalty.)

 

So, going forward, we plan to keep doing what we've been doing for the past 2 3/4 years....posting fresh voiceover- and voice acting-related news and information that we find engaging and entertaining along with our observations and comments, and hope that you continue to return because you find it to be of value, as well.

 

If you have any questions, suggestions or comments, please feel free to post them or send them to: insidevo@comcast.net.

 

With sincere gratitude and appreciation,

 

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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."