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Home Recording News for Voice Actors | New Adobe Audition CS5.5 Has Landed. Now available for Mac-OS

Home Recording News for Voice Actors | New Adobe Audition CS5.5 Has Landed. Now available for Mac-OS | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it
New version of Adobe Audition, CS5.5, is now available. The big news is that for the first time ever, Audition will be available for Mac OS users, too. If you own previous editions 1.5, 2.0 or 3.0 of Audition, you can get the upgrade for $99.

For the purposes of voice actors who use the program primarily to record and edit auditions, is it absolutely necessary to upgrade? Probably not, but there are some cool new features in the new version, plus the product will be fully supported and updated, whereas the older versions of Audition won't .... Your call. (For my .02...I'll probably be investing the extra $99.)
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How does an audio book narrator provide good customer service? Voice actor Lorelei King's blog

How does an audio book narrator provide good customer service? Voice actor Lorelei King's blog | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it
British voice talent, Lorelei King is one of the best known and most successful audiobook narrators in the UK–she has narrated over two hundred audiobooks, and won multiple awards for narration; performing works by such best-selling authors as Margaret Atwood, Patricia Cornwell, Janet Evanovich, and Lynda LaPlante.

Bottom line: When Lorelei generously offers free advice on how to prepare before a session, and how to act–and not act–during a session, we should ALL pay attention....
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Trying to get a (or another) voiceover agent? | Karen Commins' Blog

Trying to get a (or another) voiceover agent?  | Karen Commins' Blog | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it
Good, informative post from Atlanta-based voice actor/blogger Karen Commins. Straightforward, practical advice and some additional links to other helpful articles on getting representation.

Karen Commins: "Suddenly, I am receiving a rash of emails with the question: "can you direct me to some Atlanta voiceover agents?...In order to land a voice-over agent, you have to show that you are a marketable commodity and can offer them something that they don't already have among the people they represent. You should listen to the reels of their talent to determine whether and how you might fit on their roster.
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Voice Actors & Broadcasters: Keep Allergies From Wrecking Your Voice | Online Voice Coaching

Voice Actors & Broadcasters: Keep Allergies From Wrecking Your Voice | Online Voice Coaching | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it
To take antihistamines or not take antihistamines...THAT is the question.

I find that Ann Utterback, PhD's web site, OnlineVoiceCoaching.com is a great resource of information on vocal health and how to maintain it. Here's a recent post on how to best deal with allergies if you're a voiceover or broadcast talent...
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Nickelodeon commits to 450 new cartoon episodes. Will this translate into animation voiceover jobs for more voice actors? |New York Daily News

Nickelodeon commits to 450 new cartoon episodes. Will this translate into animation voiceover jobs for more voice actors? |New York Daily News | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it
Nickelodeon brings back "Saturday morning cartoons" in a big way. Their recently announced jam-packed animation production schedule should translate into lots more opportunities for animation voice actors, too. Contrary to conventional wisdom, most animation directors are open to working with new talent, as long as it's really, really, really good new talent...In other words, why should they take a chance on you when they can hire a proven, reliable talent? You've got to give them a reason to hire you by cutting through with an audition that's strong, compelling and original enough to grab their attention.

NY Daily News: "Nickelodeon will roll out nearly 200 episodes of new animated programming on Saturday mornings in 2012, as part of a larger, three-year commitment to the genre. By the time the three years is up, Nickelodeon will have aired an unprecedented 450 episodes of new animation.
'The stuff that lasts the longest and probably appeals to the broadest audience, really still is animation and always was," says Cyma Zarghami, president of Nickelodeon and the MTVN Kids and Family Group. "Even things like 'Seinfeld' come and go and 'SpongeBob' hangs around.'..."
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Radio Ranch's Voice Director Demonstrates How Smart Text Analysis Can Help You Nail a Voiceover Dialog Audition

Radio Ranch's Voice Director Demonstrates How Smart Text Analysis Can Help You Nail a Voiceover Dialog Audition | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it
In this excellent 8-minute video from a recent voice acting seminar, veteran voice director, Christine Coyle, the Creative Director from Dick Orkin's famous Radio Ranch, walks two participants step-by-step through the process of looking for clues and cues in the commercial dialog copy that lead them to make more interesting and far funnier choices. You really get a good glimpse into the creative process of this experienced and talented voice director; and how it is that she's been able to consistently draw such great, funny performances out of voice actors for years.

Event sponsor, Danoday.com: "Text analysis is the most vital skill for voice overs. Christine Coyle (Radio Ranch) demonstrates how to get the most..."
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Where Do Video Game Bad Guys Come From...And What Does This Mean To Voice Actors? | Kotaku

Where Do Video Game Bad Guys Come From...And What Does This Mean To Voice Actors? | Kotaku | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it
So what does this mean for voice actors? The conclusion---which I've been preaching now tor a very long time---seems inescapable: Eef you fvant to fverk in fvideo gayim, comrade, esspecially ez "bedguy"...you MUS furz mastir diyalek!

Kotaku: "Here's a hint: they don't come from countries where people speak English. Complex sat down with a number of recent shooters and plotted where on the map the game's villains (or at least opposing force) came from..nearly all came from either former communist states, communist states or the developing world."
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How To Think Like a Voice Talent Agent | Voices.com

How To Think Like a Voice Talent Agent | Voices.com | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it
Stephanie Ciccarelli from Voices.com makes some very good points in this short video about how you're more likely to be successful at booking jobs from online casting sites, like hers, if you're able to take a step back and view yourself and your strengths as a voice talent honestly and objectively, as an agent would.
InsideVO Adds: Same good advice applies anytime you're developing and creating materials to promote yourself---from demos to logos to websites.

Voices.com: "Wish you were booking more of your auditions? When auditioning on your own, it's important to think like an agent. During this video, you'll learn how to ge... (RT @bnjackson: Check out this new video from @voicesdotcom. "
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"Five and a Half Acting Tips Not Taught in Drama Class" from Actingbiz & How They Apply to Voice Acting...

"Five and a Half Acting Tips Not Taught in Drama Class" from Actingbiz & How They Apply to Voice Acting... | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it
Interesting. Most of these tips can be applied to voice acting with a couple of notes/clarifications...

>Pauses ARE extremely important in voice acting, but they should never be forced, or inserted artificially. When you pause, to make a point, after communicating a thought, it shouldn't feel forced or unnatural.*

>While physicalizing is critical to voice acting, what they intend to discourage in this article is flailing about and non-speciifc movement. Any physical movement you make in the booth, should be purposeful and speciifc; when you gesture, it should feel natural and done for a reason.

* True, today is "Talk...like...Shatner. Day"..., but do it on your own time, for fun; not in the studio.

"Actingbiz provides free acting information and resources for actors and actresses of all ages. Includes articles about auditions, agents, managers, casting directors, and more. (RT @castingfrontier: DailyTip: Act with your voice, your eyes, and face. Use your energy to enhance, not detract. http://ow.ly/4evwY)"
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Bill Farmer has a "Goofy" voice: Veteran Animation Voice Actor Offers Insights on Voice Acting Craft & Advice | ABC (Australia) Online Podcast

Bill Farmer has a "Goofy" voice: Veteran Animation Voice Actor Offers Insights on Voice Acting Craft & Advice | ABC (Australia) Online Podcast | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it
Voice actor Bill Farmer, best known as the voice of "Goofy"–just one of the many, many characters he voices–was interviewed at the recent "Armageddon Expo," a sci-fi/comics/games/animation convention held in Australia,

During the interview, Bill demonstrates his talents and impressive range; talks about the voiceover profession and how he develops new character voices; but perhaps more important, offers valuable advice to voice actors who would like to follow in his footsteps...

ABC Online (blog): "He was taught some of the craft by the great Daws Butler...He taught Bill that the silly voices were secondary to the acting. So though Bill can do an amazing array of voices, he thinks it's just as important to understand the character and the scene he's in."
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On-camera & Voice Actors — Stop Being Your Own Worst Enemy! 5 Ways To Overcome Self-Sabotage | The Brains of Minerva

On-camera & Voice Actors — Stop Being Your Own Worst Enemy! 5 Ways To Overcome Self-Sabotage | The Brains of Minerva | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it
Some very wise advice every actor should heed, from Chicago-based actor/coach, Wendy Braun.

Pay particular attention to # 4: "STOP COMPARING."The author is absolutely right about this being "actor death" I've seen far too many talented actors on the edge of succeeding, blow themselves up because they were unable to let this one go...

Wendy Braun: "A lot of actors...love to blame their agents, casting directors, traffic, and even celebrities for the lack of work/auditions that are coming their way. It’s definitely the easy way out, but it also makes you the victim of your circumstances and makes you feel powerless...The problem is, it perpetuates negativity. You convince yourself you can’t move forward and then gather more evidence from other actors. All this blaming and complaining just makes it easy to stay stuck and helpless."
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The Voice Coach Academy Award-Winning Actors Entrust Their Voices To...Patsy Rodenburg | The Guardian

The Voice Coach Academy Award-Winning Actors Entrust Their Voices To...Patsy Rodenburg | The Guardian | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it
A MUST READ...Excellent interview with internationally renowned voice coach, Patsy Rodenburg. If you've never heard of her, maybe you're familiar with some of the actors she's coached....Judi Dench, Ian McKellen, Ralph Fiennes, Joseph Fiennes, Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman, Natalie Portman, Daniel Craig, Orlando Bloom, Joseph Fiennes, and Ewan McGregor. Now do we have your attention?

The Guardian: "The voice encompasses so many things," she says. "Everyone comes on to the planet with a fantastic voice, but people lose it. The voice is about communicating, engaging, how you show yourself, how you speak, how you listen...Unless you connect to the text, the audience won't be able to connect with you..."
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Keep Learning, Stay Engaged, Try Something New. Don't Become A "Been There-Done That-Doesn't Work" Cynic |The Actors Voice/Bonnie Gillespie

Keep Learning, Stay Engaged, Try Something New. Don't Become A "Been There-Done That-Doesn't Work" Cynic |The Actors Voice/Bonnie Gillespie | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it
Even when you think you know-it-all...you really don't. Not only CAN you learn from others in the voiceover industry; you MUST learn if you want to stay relevant, fresh and keep your skills up to date.

The Actors Voice: "You know the type. The actor friend who knows EVERYTHING. She's seen it all. He's done it all. She's heard it all. He's experienced it all. Absolutely nothing you tell these folks comes as a surprise because apparently there are no surprises in their lives, since they're experts on all things, ever...How sad."
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Not Booking Narration Work? Maybe You Aren't A "Vivid" Enough Voice Actor?...Storytelling Can Get You the Job | TalentZoo.com

Not Booking Narration Work? Maybe You Aren't A "Vivid" Enough Voice Actor?...Storytelling Can Get You the Job | TalentZoo.com | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it
This eye-opening article from TalentZoo, which while not specifically written for an audience of voiceover professionals, makes a great and very important point which most definitely applies to voice talent...If your storytelling skills aren't finely honed, and you aren't really engaging, and persuasive to your listeners, your chances of getting the job diminish. Even a great set of pipes and top notch recording equipment can't make up for an uninteresting, detached performance...Time to get reading...

Talent Zoo: "Studies regarding bias and decision-making, initiated by the 2002 Nobel Prize winning psychologist, Daniel Kahneman, find that the “vividness bias” is one of the most persuasive tools in the communication toolkit. Indeed, studies find that “vividness” will sell what analytical tools won’t. And what is vividness? It’s colorful, animated, lively, exuberant information—the stuff found in a good story. Dull stuff may be equally or even more valuable, but it won’t get the hearing of a good story..."
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Voice Actors & Broadcasters (and Everyone Else): What You Need To Do To Keep Your Voice Young | Online Voice Coaching

Voice Actors & Broadcasters (and Everyone Else): What You Need To Do To Keep Your Voice Young | Online Voice Coaching | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it
Smart, easy-to-understand advice on what you need to do and what you should avoid doing to keep your voice in top competitive form as you get older.

There are definitely fairly simple things you can do to keep your sound-making apparatus in top shape. The good news is that it DOESN'T require Botox, or other expensive treatments, but like any exercise regimen, it will only work if you commit to doing it regularly.

Ann Utterback, PhD, Online Voice Coaching: "In my last post, I looked at the effects aging has on the voice.  Several of my tweeps have expressed concern about how this ..."
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Finally...Top Voiceover Recording Software, "Adobe Audition for MAC" Available...for real!! Try It For Free During Beta - VU

Finally...Top Voiceover Recording Software, "Adobe Audition for MAC" Available...for real!! Try It For Free During Beta - VU | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it
Attention Audition Aficionados - News from Voiceover Universe founder, Zurek - The long-awaited Beta version of Audition for MAC is now available for FREE through Adobe. Check it out...

Voiceover Universe: "Recently I've entered the world of Apple! Yeah, Yeah.... don't start on me. But, after years of crashing computers, viruses, and waiting for my pc to load... "
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"'How To's' For Voiceover Professionals"—How To Fire a Freelance Client | TalentZoo.com

"'How To's' For Voiceover Professionals"—How To Fire a Freelance Client | TalentZoo.com | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it
You know the ones...they only give you a small percentage of your income, but demand 80% of your time...they constantly ask you to do lots of "extra" work they have no intention of ever paying you for...they keep changing their mind and asking you to do it over...or the worst, they're downright rude or abusive... Sometimes, you have no other choice. Fire them. It may be scary to lose the revenue in the short-term, but you'll be much better off in the long run...

Talent Zoo: "As your freelance or consulting business grows, not all of the clients you have today will stay with you forever. But how do you shake off old clients who still want to use your services, even though you're ready to move on? You need to come right out... (It's time to fire...that freelance client. But how? http://tzoo.bz/fc7)"
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