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Inside Your Agent’s Office: Advice from an Actor | Brains of Minerva

Inside Your Agent’s Office: Advice from an Actor | Brains of Minerva | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it
Smart, practical advice from an industry 'insider' on how to interact successfully with your talent agency courtesy of the savvy team at Brainsofminerva.com, "a career and lifestyle guide for the enterprising LA actor."

Though this article is directed more toward the on-camera actor, most of the tips and suggestions apply equally to voice actors: furnish your agent with up-to-date marketing materials; follow instructions carefully; be considerate of others and their time; be well-prepared for auditions and jobs; don't embarrass your agency; use common sense and common courtesy.

Any of you who work at talent agencies out there, are welcome to chime in...

BrainsofMinerva.com: "S.M. is an actress who regularly works in television and voice over and interns for a boutique agency in Los Angeles. She requested that this piece be published anonymously."
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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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"'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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Acclaimed "StarCraft" series lead, Robert Clotworthy, shares Insights on voice acting in video games

Acclaimed "StarCraft" series lead, Robert Clotworthy, shares Insights on voice acting in video games | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it
An interview with veteran voice and video game actor, Rob Clotworthy. Rob, who's been working steadily as a voice actor since he was 15, shares his insights into the process of preparing for and acting in video games. As far as fan interviews go, it's one of the better ones.

DIALOGUE JUNKIE: "We had the privilege of interviewing Robert Clotworthy, the man behind the voice of Captain Jim Raynor in StarCraft and StarCraft II. He answered questions about his life, career, and state of dialogue in the industry. "
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Voice Actors: What You Don't Know CAN Hurt You...Is Coughing Sabotaging Your Voice? Online Voice Coaching

Voice Actors: What You Don't Know CAN Hurt You...Is Coughing Sabotaging Your Voice?  Online Voice Coaching | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it
This will make you think twice before you cough...time to stock up on lozenges at Costco...

More great vocal health/maintenance tips from Dr. Ann Utterback, PhD from her Online Voice Coaching blog...
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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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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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"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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Voice Actors: Reject the tyranny of being picked by talent agents or clients ─ pick yourself! │Seth's Blog

Voice Actors: Reject the tyranny of being picked by talent agents or clients ─ pick yourself! │Seth's Blog | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it
Seth Goodin puts into words what many of us have been wondering: "Are the "gatekeepers─the pickers─indeed fading away?"

If so, what are the implications for voice actors?

Those of us who have been around the voiceover industry for more than ten years have already witnessed significant shifts in "gatekeepers," as more and more clients have turned to online data bases (e.g., Voicebank, Voice123) to find talent for their projects; often bypassing traditional voice talent agencies altogether. And with constantly improving, cheaper, and more portable technology, the landscape ten years out may look totally different, yet again...We may have a totally new set of "gatekeepers;" either human, or possibly even digital ones.

At any rate, I think that voice actors would do well to take Seth's advice that you shouldn't just be waiting around for someone to "pick" or "annoint" you to heart, because way too many of us, use this excuse as a justification for doing little or nothing while we wait (present company included). Ultimately there is only one person who is responsible for advancing your career and you don't have to wait around for him or her to pick you. Tag─you're it!

From Seth's Blog: "...It's a cultural instinct to wait to get picked. To seek out the permission and authority that comes from a publisher or talk show host or even a blogger saying, "I pick you." Once you reject that impulse and realize that no one is going to select you--that Prince Charming has chosen another house--then you can actually get to work."
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