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Voice Actor Jennifer Hale Speaks: Talks About Acting in Video Games | Rock, Paper, Shotgun

Voice Actor Jennifer Hale Speaks: Talks About Acting in Video Games | Rock, Paper, Shotgun | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it
Jennifer Hale, veteran of over 100 video game roles (and animated series and commercials), talks about how acting for games differs from other forms of voice acting, the combination of anonymity and fame, and some of her most notable roles, including the voice of the female Commander Sheppard in "Mass Effect" and "Bastilla Shan" in Star Wars "Knights Of the Old Republic."

RockPaperShotgun: "...it’s basically the art of cold-reading and acting on the spot. I’ll ask physically where am I, what’s going on, how much ambient noise, how much battle – just standard acting questions. But you’ve got to hold them all in your head, you’ve also got to know your history with the other person you’re talking to and what you want from them, and then drop into that moment, and let it rip."
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Interviews With The Voice Cast Behind "Batman: Arkham City" (Videos) I G4tv.com

Interviews With The Voice Cast Behind "Batman: Arkham City" (Videos) I G4tv.com | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it
Just when I thought we were done with ComicCon voice actor interviews, they keep pulling me back in!

But it's a good one...Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill talk about voicing Batman and the Joker.
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Comic Con 2011: Futurama Panel with Voice Actors & Creatives Live Blog | Cinemablend

Comic Con 2011: Futurama Panel with Voice Actors & Creatives Live Blog | Cinemablend | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it
Here's the Futurama panel live blog.

Cimemablend: "On stage we have Bender, Hermes, Leela, Fry (plus every other possible character since Billy West does them all) and executive producers David X Cohen and Matt Groening "who failed to fulfill his lifelong dream of becoming an underachiever."
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Voice actors talk tips and tricks of their craft at Comic-Con | Gamespot

Voice actors talk tips and tricks of their craft at Comic-Con  | Gamespot | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it
Highlights from one of the many panels at Comic-Con...video game voice-over director Chris Borders and voice actor Dee Bradley Baker, talk about character development, handling direction, and what separates the pros from the wannabes, among other things...

Gamespot: "Takeaway: A great voice actor is a diverse voice actor. Even if the actor isn't a fan, studying and absorbing the latest in pop media is essential to being prepared for whatever the actor is being asked for. Once that knowledge is achieved, it's then necessary to hone one's skills with some live stage performance--not to mention make some money. From there, just keep an open mind and a health reserve of energy, and success is possible."
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Are You Gasping for Air? Learn How To Breathe Silently in 3.5 Minutes! (Video) | OnlineVoiceCoaching.com

Are You Gasping for Air? Learn How To Breathe Silently in 3.5 Minutes! (Video) | OnlineVoiceCoaching.com | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it
I happened to run across this video as I was researching something else, and thought that I should share it with you, because all actors and broadcasters encounter this "gasping" problem from time to time. Dr. Ann Utterback explains it simply and provides sound, practical advice on how to deal with it.

Online Vocal Coaching: "This short video covers audible intakes of air how to get rid of them. In just 3+ minutes you will learn how to breathe silently. Check it out!"
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We Sit In On A 'Handy Manny' Recording Session with Wilbur Valderrama, Tom Kenny and the rest of the Voice Cast | Zap2It.com

We Sit In On A 'Handy Manny' Recording Session with Wilbur Valderrama, Tom Kenny and the rest of the Voice Cast | Zap2It.com | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it
Recently several reporters were invited to sit in on what sounds like a very fun and entertaining "Handy Manny" recording session with Wilbur Valderrama, Tom Kenny and the rest of the cast. For those of you who may not know, the director of "Handy Manny" is none other than a mentor and teacher to many friends and followers of this site, Susan Blue.

Zap2It: "On the show, Manny Garcia (Valderrama) is a handyman who carries his numerous talking tools to help out the folks of Sheet Rock Hills, including stubborn candy store owner Mr. Lopart, played by SpongeBob SquarePants' Tom Kenny...The session is a high-energy whirlwind presided over by voice director Sue Blu...It's difficult to keep from laughing much of the time, considering Kenny's very physical performance and numerous ad-libs. At one point he compares a tripod that has lost a leg to Heather Mills."
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Voiceover For Video Game Producers: Just The Facts, Ma'am (Part 1) | Gamasutra: Alexander Brandon's Blog -

Voiceover For Video Game Producers: Just The Facts, Ma'am (Part 1) | Gamasutra: Alexander Brandon's Blog - | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it
If you're involved on either the producing or acting side of video game voiceover, you'll want to subscribe to Alexander Brandon's blog, where he'll be discussing game dialog recording issues from a game producers perspective and if this post is any indication, dispensing smart advice. Alexander is the co-chair of the Game Audio Network Guild's Voice Acting Coalition.

Gamasutra: "One of the things that often goes unnoticed during the script writing process is loud / yelled voice lines. If such lines are scattered throughout a script you can end up with a mixed bag of overall takes.
Louder voices, particularly exertions and reactions in combat scenarios, can lead to overtaxing of the vocal chords and a hoarse, gravelly, lower pitched tone, and even possible infection and sore throat afterwards. Save these lines until the last part of your sessions to ensure more continuity."
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New Trend? Some Freelance Voice Artists Now Outsourcing Their Audio Editing To Foreign Studios | Voices.com

New Trend? Some Freelance Voice Artists Now Outsourcing Their Audio Editing To Foreign Studios | Voices.com | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it
Interesting...Seems that some VO freelancers are opting to outsource their editing work abroad or hiring their kids to do it for them. Others, however, still prefer to maintain control over the final cut, because as one voice talent explains, "Upon re-listening I think I can use a beat more here and there -- or maybe a breath sounds distractingly loud, et cetera. Those are the kinds of subjective, artistic choices I'd rather not give up to someone else."

By the way, if you do opt to delegate the work, I'd urge you to check with your local studios and engineers first. If you check around, you'll find that many of them are willing to do this kind of work at a reasonable rate, especially if they can do it during their "down time." No matter who you delegate this work to, make sure that they are good and experienced at VO editing. Performances can be made...or ruined during the editing process. (Make sure to Keep a back up copy of your raw tracks, just in case...)

Voices.com: "Are you finding that audio editing is becoming a hindrance to marketing yourself and recording work for your clients?
Many voice talent are outsourcing audio editing to capable audio engineers who can get the job done for a reasonable price and in a timely fashion working half a world away."
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Not really a new trend - I've been handling outsourced post audio production for years now. It just seem to be catching on more, recently.

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Seven Most Common Bilingual Voiceover Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Seven Most Common Bilingual Voiceover Mistakes and How to Avoid Them | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it
As someone who has cast, produced, directed and performed foreign language voiceovers, I found the knowledgeable advice contained in this article about foreign-language voiceover to be right on target. While the authors are experts in Spanish-language voiceover, their smart tips are just as valid when recording talent in any foreign language.

PB Talent Blog: "There's "Bilingual" and There's bilingual...Many people speak two languages. If you’re looking for bilingual voiceover talent, make sure they speak both languages well, enunciate clearly, and speak with a neutral accent. After all, the point of voiceover is to communicate a message, and this works best when the listener is not distracted by the speaker’s accent or lack of fluency."
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Audiobook Q&A with Award-Winning Audiobook Narrator and Voice Actor, Simon Vance | Publishers Weekly (blog)

Audiobook Q&A with Award-Winning Audiobook Narrator and Voice Actor, Simon Vance | Publishers Weekly (blog) | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it
In-depth interview with award-winning audiobook narrator and Bay Area voice actor, Simon Vance, whose recent best-selling recordings include the Audie-award nominated, "The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest" by Stieg Larsson and "Paul is Undead" by Alan Goldsher.

Publishers Weekly (blog)/Audiobook Q&A with Simon Vance: "We sit down with Vance to chat about social media, the perils of bad writing, his latest project, and what he does to prepare before recording an audiobook."
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Promo/Trailer Voiceover Actor George Del Hoyo on Talking for a Living

Famous voiceover artist George Del Hoyo talked to WEBN on March 6, 2010 about his job and what it entails. Del Hoyo is the recognizable voice behind series s...
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The Pirates! Band of Misfits Aardman Animated Film Trailer starring Hugh Grant in his first voice acting role | EverythingAction

The Pirates! Band of Misfits Aardman Animated Film Trailer starring Hugh Grant in his first voice acting role | EverythingAction | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it
Looks very funny, as does the great Aardman Studios animation. While it's hard to beat Hugh Grant's droll delivery, can't seem to shake the feeling that I've seen this before ;-)...Looks like others feel the same way, too...

EverythingAction: "Aardman Animation, the studio behind Wallace & Gromit, are back with a wacky take on Pirates, starring Hugh Grant as The Pirate Captain out to win Pirate of the Year... I get a very “Monkey Island” vibe from this movie and that’s a very good thing, so I’m excited."
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20+ Voiceover Rate Sheets & Resources

20+ Voiceover Rate Sheets & Resources | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it
Blogger/voice actor, Dave Courvosier, put together a very valuable reference for voice actors by gathering a list of voiceover rate sheets from various sources---including Union rates---so that they are all combined in one place. It's very helpful in that it allows you to contrast and compare rates, if you are trying to figure out what to charge for freelance work. In addition to rates, you can also find out how to calculate studio time required to record a finished piece, and what to charge for extra, non-voiceover tasks, like editing and post-production that all actors,and producers should find useful.
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#Voiceover Pick-ups...Why Voice Actors Who Are Able To Read "Cleanly" Still Have A Big Edge | SOUND4VO.COM

#Voiceover Pick-ups...Why Voice Actors Who Are Able To Read "Cleanly" Still Have A Big Edge | SOUND4VO.COM | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it
Excellent recent post by audio engineer, Dan Friedman, on how some actors have become far too reliant on digital editing, and can't seem to make it through a take without stumblling multiple times. He explains why even nowadays, actors with reputations for reading scripts cleanly and clearly---without doing excessive pick-ups---still retain a big edge.

Sound4Vo.Com: "It is frustrating when a voice over "talent” is unable to get through more than a few sentences without multiple pick-ups ... and don’t even get me started on the editing. Editing should be a tool for choosing the perfect nuances, eliminating clicks, noises and other anomalies, removing breaths and trimming a read so that it will fit into time constraints.
It should not be required to simply get a complete read."
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Royal Shakespeare Company's Cicely Berry, voice coach to the stars I Guardian.co.uk

Royal Shakespeare Company's Cicely Berry, voice coach to the stars I Guardian.co.uk | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it
I've run across at least 5-6 articles about "Britain's top voice coach," and they've each been about a different person... However there seems to be no dispute that Cicely Berry was, without question, the first one.

I'd also recommmend checking out the series of YouTube videos mentioned in the article when you have time. Interetsing exercises and fun to see many well-known actors struggling in a workshop, just like all the rest of us do...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9XR0TUYeXWA
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Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception Nolan North and Voice Cast Discuss Working Together As A Team (Video) | Gamespot

Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception Nolan North and Voice Cast Discuss Working Together As A Team (Video) |  Gamespot | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it
Okay. I give up! I was trying to find an article, video or post that wasn't somehow related to ComicCon this weekend, but my efforts were futile. It's pretty much all ComicCon, all the time, on the web today...so why fight it? So get ready for a barrage of ComicCon voiceover stories...

First up, a story on Uncharted 3 and how being able to record and act together (mo-cap) as a team has raised the quality of the acting in the and the game itself...
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Audiobook Spotlight on "great audio version" of Sarah’s Key read by voice actor Polly Stone | Listen Up/PublishersWeekly.com

Audiobook Spotlight on "great audio version" of Sarah’s Key read by voice actor Polly Stone | Listen Up/PublishersWeekly.com | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it
A BIG Congratulations to Polly Stone, friend of InsideVO, who deservedly received many publishing-industry accolaides for her stellar performance on the audiobook for Sarah's Key, and with the movie version opening this week, the folks at Listen Up (PublisherWeekly) figured that now would be a good time to remind everyone to listen or re-listen to Polly's stand-out performance! Très bien fait, madame! It's downloadable through iTunes, so what are you waiting for?
H/T to fellow Scoopiteer, Byron Wagner for this one.

Listen Up/PublishersWeekly.com: This Friday, the film adaptation — staring Kristen Scott Thomas! — of Tatiana de Rosnay’s best-selling novel Sarah’s Key hits theaters. And we — here at Listen Up HQ — thought it would be a good time to remind readers about the great audio version of Sarah’s Key from Macmillan Audio.
The audiobook is read by Polly Stone and received a Starred Review from Publishers Weekly, which praised Stone’s performance and her ability to give a captivating novel even more impact via powerful narration."
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Perfect Your Personal Brand – Without Coming Across Like a Narcissist | TheGlassHammer

Perfect Your Personal Brand – Without Coming Across Like a Narcissist  | TheGlassHammer | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it
I've heard the following excuses for not using social media so often, that the excuses themselves have become cliché: "I don't want to come across like a narcisissist," "Who cares about what I had for breakfast?"and the ever popular, "I'm not about to post on Facebook every time I brush my teeth!"

Here's a good article that discusses how to go about using social media to promote your brand in the right way, so that you won't come off like a self-obsessed jerk. Truth be told, if you're a decent human being who likes to engage with other people, most of these suggestions are just good common sense and will come to you naturally; if you're genuine, dyed-in-the-wool narcissist, all the blog posts in the world aren't going to help...
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First Voiceover-Driven Video Game Gets Rave Reviews:"Bastion’s gruff narrator IS the game." | Wired News

First Voiceover-Driven Video Game Gets Rave Reviews:"Bastion’s gruff narrator IS the game." | Wired News | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it
The argument that inevitably comes up whenever one of the actors' unions tries to negotiate a better video game contract is that "voice acting is not really an integral part of the game and that many gamers actually prefer to play games with the sound turned off."

Well, here comes a game that shoots that argument to hell...A video game that you CANNOT play with the sound turned off, because the what the Narrator says is key to your next move. Whet's even better is that it's getting all the buzz and racking up great review after great review...

MTV.com via Wired News: "Bastion’s gruff narrator is the game. His play-by-play turns what could have been just another hack-and-slash adventure into a haunting, poignant experience. Cunningham’s soothing voice stays with you for the five or six hours you’ll spend beating the main story mode of Bastion, and it might just stay with you for a while after that."
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KBA Voice Productions' Khris Brown on twenty years of voice casting for LucasArts, and beyond | Critical Gamer

KBA Voice Productions' Khris Brown on twenty years of voice casting for LucasArts, and beyond | Critical Gamer | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it
Congratulations to Bay Area Casting Director and InsideVO-follower, Khris Brown on her 20 years of videogame voiceover casting! Khris's genuinely a true pioneer in this field, (despite the fact that she's still a kid) because until LucasArts started using voice actors in the early1990s, voiceover in video games was practically unheard of! Here's a recent interview with Khris where she talks about how she got into videogame casting, how her role has evolved and expanded over the years, the positive long-term emotional impact that video games have in some peoples lives and her future plans.

CriticalGamer:

Award-winning casting director and creative direction consultant Khris Brown is considering a major shift in her career that might just be coming up with a new project she's working on, but sadly can't say anything about just yet.

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5 Ways To Build Your Personal Brand On Google+

5 Ways To Build Your Personal Brand On Google+ | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it
Thanks to fellow Scoop.iteer, curator, Martin Gysler of "Social Media: What We Think About" Good article that lays Google+ out simply with lots of tips, tricks and easy-to-follow suggestions. Now I just need to find the time to put all this good info I post into practice...

Our personal branding strategy may soon include Google+. This new breed of social network has features you won’t find on Facebook, Twitter,YouTube or LinkedIn. The Google+ technology allows you to filter and group your friends into “Circles,” which reflect how we decipher relationships in real life. You treat your family different than your friends, and much different than your co-workers, when it comes to what you say and how you say it.
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How can I determine how much I should charge to record an audiobook? | Karen Commins Blog

How can I determine how much I should charge to record an audiobook? | Karen Commins Blog | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it
Blogger/voiceover talent, Karen Commins, recently posted a very useful article with links to valuable resources you can use to help you calculate how much to charge to record an audiobook.

Karen Commins Blog: "As basic info, you need to know the WORD count, not the page count, of the book you would narrate. You can figure out the finished run-time based on the word count. For instance, Audible uses an average rate of speed of 155 words a minute, or 9300 words per finished hour."
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WHY DID MORGAN FREEMAN WIN THE VOICEOVER AUDITION? Audition Tips (Video) | Richard Horvitz

WHY DID MORGAN FREEMAN WIN THE VOICEOVER AUDITION? Audition Tips (Video) | Richard Horvitz | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it
Ever wonder why you didn't book the job, even though your audition was strong and believable? Voice actor/voice acting coach, Richard Horvitz demonstrates how great voice actors, like Morgan Freeman, take it one step further... Not only do they deliver competent, credible reads, but they make clear, specific acting choices that make the words in the script critically important to them...This can be the difference between getting called back and actually booking the job..

DanO'Day.com/​Richard Horvitz: "Ten voice actors get an audition callback. Only one books the voice acting job. Why did they choose him?"
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Promo Voice for 'Glee,' "American Idol' and 'Sopranos' Voice Actor George DelHoyo narrates as Mariachi Owl in 'Rango' | Examiner.com

Promo Voice for 'Glee,' "American Idol' and 'Sopranos' Voice Actor George DelHoyo narrates as Mariachi Owl in 'Rango' | Examiner.com | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it
Most people know George DelHoyo as the promo voice for Fox and HBO. (Hard to think of 'The Sopranos,' 'Glee' or 'American Idol' without thinking of George's voice.) Since this article doesn't include video of George, we've posted a companion link to a YouTube video of George from 2010 where he discusses his typical day...voicing 10-11 promo/trailer gigs! We think that this is especially impressive when you consider that George's first language wasn't even English...

Examiner.com: "As one of the most sought-out voiceover actors in the TV and film industries, George DelHoyo is using his talent to do something he's never done before – give life to an animated character...In “Rango,” DelHoyo, who has narrated over 500 movie trailers and a number of TV show promotions throughout his career, lends his voice to Señor Flan, an accordion-playing owl who performs music with his mariachi band and also narrates the film."

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AFTRA Approves New Contract For Game Voice Actors | Gamasutra

AFTRA Approves New Contract For Game Voice Actors  | Gamasutra | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it
Best part IMHO: "AFTRA members who do work on games sold and distributed through streaming services will now also be entitled to an additional royalty fee, in addition to a one-time 15 percent session fee paid to principal performers on streaming games."

Gamasutra: "The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists has approved a new, three-and-a-half year contract covering video game voice acting work, including a new fee for games sold on cloud gaming services."
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