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Do not start before the start: A different take on demos

Do not start before the start: A different take on demos | Voiceover | Scoop.it
Do you start your audition by slating your name? There might be an unpleasant surprise waiting for you because there is chance your auditions don’t get listened to … Over the past eight-plus years of bodalgo, I have probably listened to more than 20.000 voice demos (i.e. the audios you upload to your profile) and … Continue reading "Do not start before the start: A different take on demos"
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Voiceover - Tips and Tricks for Audio Production - SOUND4VO.com

Voiceover - Tips and Tricks for Audio Production - SOUND4VO.com | Voiceover | Scoop.it
Dan Friedman - Producer | Engineer | Voice Talent | Author
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When Hiring Voice-Over Talent Online, Avoid These Hidden Fees

When Hiring Voice-Over Talent Online, Avoid These Hidden Fees | Voiceover | Scoop.it
When hiring voice-over talent online, it's normal for talent agents & casting services to charge a 10-20% commission. But some sites have much higher fees!
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How Do I Get Into Voice Over? - Joe's Dump

How Do I Get Into Voice Over? - Joe's Dump | Voiceover | Scoop.it
How do I get into Voice Over? Seems like a simple question... but answering it is not such a simple matter. Find out why we're all going about this wrong!
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Turning Down Work - Online Voice Over Coach

Turning Down Work - Online Voice Over Coach | Voiceover | Scoop.it
In this business, your reputation will follow you everywhere. So make sure it's a reputation you can live with.
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Acoustic Panels - Joe's Dump

Acoustic Panels - Joe's Dump | Voiceover | Scoop.it
I recently gave my studio an upgrade by installing acoustic panels and bass traps - get the whole story inside!
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Go Ahead And Judge – #202

Go Ahead And Judge – #202 | Voiceover | Scoop.it
The great speaker, author, purveyor of positive thinking and fellow radio man Earl Nightingale once said, “When you judge others, you do not define them, you define
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SAY IT BEST!

SAY IT BEST! | Voiceover | Scoop.it
I had a session with a new client today. I must tell you that I have a man
crush on this guy. Let me explain.

While setting up his intent and ideas for the copy he said, "I know I'm not
a writer for broadcast or voice work. So you need to help me out here. "

Actually, the copy was quite good. Very creative. And as with most creative
copy, there is a lot of room for interpretation. So as I was going through
the copy to analyze it and decide what approach I was going to take I asked
him a few questions about it.

His response was, "Hey you're the professional voice, help me say it the
best way to make this work. "

Now that doesn't often happen in this business. I consider creative writers
to be geniuses. Seriously! Their penchant for weaving words and colors of
thought amaze me. However, sometimes they tend to write for print, not
broadcast. And I'm using broadcast in the very loose sense as anything that
is not print, but requires a voice.

 Print writing generally translates very well into voice. But when there
are time restrictions or intents that require very specific voice
interpretations, the writing has to be a little different. Let’s face it;
print has the advantage of being able to explain the intent.  For example,
“‘Sure,” he said sarcastically.”

 Obviously types of copy will vary.  Commercial copy is very different from
corporate narration. eLearning is quite different from IVR.

 But, when you are dealing with creative writing (generally commercials or
promos, or audiobooks) what do you do when you have little or no direction
on the read?

Look for the directions in the copy.

 Here’s a great trick.  Record the copy with absolutely no interpretation
whatsoever; just a simple, moderate read of the words.

 Then go back and listen to it. What needs to change? And why?

 Here are five considerations to help you discover, define and deliver your
version of the script.

 1. Words are choices.

 Writers usually choose their words carefully. Intentionally. For that
reason alone, it is critical to consider why each word was chosen. Is there
meaning in that word? Why the combination of words? Is there meaning in the
structure of the sentence? Is there a pattern? Is there a choice of words
that would indicate style or character?

 2. Find the turn.

 Usually, every commercial has a turn; a shift in intensity or
interpretation. For example the copy might start with a humorous or silly
bent, and at some point switch to a more serious intent to make a
statement. Follow that lead.

 3. Label the style.

 Words sometimes reflect eras. For example, what is the difference in
something that is “rad” versus something that is “boss?”  The words reflect
different eras; perhaps different attitudes and interpretations.

 4. Focus on the words that modify.

 This is a key element for good interpretation. Most voice talents focus on
what are often referred to as “power words.” Those are the words our eyes
are drawn to when we are reading the copy.

 For example read this line out loud before you read the next paragraph:
“He ran as fast as he could out of the burning house.”

 Most talents will read that line this way: “He RAN as fast as he could out
of the BURNING house.” The problem with that interpretation is that those
words don’t need emphasis. The listener will automatically emphasize those
words in his/her brain.  That interpretation misses the conversational
aspect of that line, as well as the urgency.  By that I mean that in a
normal conversation you would not say it that way.  Picture yourself in a
state of agitation and stress telling a reporter that story while standing
out on the sidewalk while the firefighters continue to battle the fire. 
How would you say it?

 More than likely you would say it as, “He ran AS FAST AS HE COULD out of
the burning house.”

 Focus on adjectives and adverbs. They are what color a sentence. But even
then, don’t over do it.

 5. Quit projecting.

 This is a throwback to the old acting training we got.  Remember when Mrs.
Jones would holler at you in the middle of play practice, “Project! You’ve
got to project to the back of the auditorium!”

 In voiceover work you usually don’t need to project unless it’s part of a
character. You’ve got a microphone. Let the mic do its job. Instead of
trying to tell the story to someone sitting in the back of the room, try
telling it as if you were speaking right into the ear of your best friend
standing next to you.

 Back to my new client.  I used these elements to interpret and deliver his
copy. One take and a safety later, the session was done.  And the client
was thrilled.

 In my journalism classes in college, my professor would often say, “Use an
economy of words.” In VO work we need to learn to use an economy of
expression. It is not your job to create emotion or to interpret the story
for the listener. Let the listeners draw their own conclusions and picture
the story in their head. 
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Commercials Don't Have To Be Annoying • Christian Rosselli

Commercials Don't Have To Be Annoying • Christian Rosselli | Voiceover | Scoop.it
And how to embrace them to their fullest. Commercials can be annoying. Chances are you've read as far as the title and called it quits.  I don't blame you.
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Do You Need a “Change of Pace”? | Voice Over Commercial Auditions Casting and Information

Do You Need a “Change of Pace”? | Voice Over Commercial Auditions Casting and Information | Voiceover | Scoop.it
As a voice actor you have daily exercises that you do to get better and grow your skill set. It’s apparent that including more of them in your repertoire will d
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Working From Your Home Studio - Female Voice Talent Bobbin Beam

Working From Your Home Studio - Female Voice Talent Bobbin Beam | Voiceover | Scoop.it
Working from your home studio…it seems to be the dream. Reality check time, folks. It’s harder than the idealized image many have in their heads. You know, hanging out in your fleece pj’s and bunny slippers, sipping coffee or herbal tea on your porch between recording sessions as you prepare the scripts that are piling into …
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Rick Lance Voice Acting News: Tips for Perfecting Conversational Tone in Voice Over

Rick Lance Voice Acting News: Tips for Perfecting Conversational Tone in Voice Over | Voiceover | Scoop.it
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Gary Terzza's Voice-Over Blog UK: How To Earn £1k Doing Voice Overs (Even If You're A Complete Beginner)

Gary Terzza's Voice-Over Blog UK: How To Earn £1k Doing Voice Overs (Even If You're A Complete Beginner) | Voiceover | Scoop.it
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Why The Online Casting Conversation Needs To Continue

Why The Online Casting Conversation Needs To Continue | Voiceover | Scoop.it
Does the online casting conversation need to continue? I believe it does, and here's why.
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Style is Sound. Not Necessarily Brevity.

Style is Sound. Not Necessarily Brevity. | Voiceover | Scoop.it
Debbie Irwin Voiceovers, Corporate Narrations, Medical, eLearning, radio, audio tours, voice talent, digital media, industry genre demos, voice quality demos, New York City
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Why I don’t worry about Fiverr Anymore

Why I don’t worry about Fiverr Anymore | Voiceover | Scoop.it
One of my friends works in advertising at a large New York-based agency. In a recent chat, the conversation eventually turned to sites like Fiverr. What he said next nearly made me do a spit take w…
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3 Tricks to Turn No into Yes

3 Tricks to Turn No into Yes | Voiceover | Scoop.it
Have you ever been asked to do something but you either couldn’t or wouldn’t but didn’t have the courage to say, “No”? Most people don’t like to be turned down or hear ‘no’ as the response to their request. And I’m going to guess that most people like to come across as positive and flexible.…
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Two Sites, One Job And A Missing 85%

Two Sites, One Job And A Missing 85% | Voiceover | Scoop.it
In order for the unethical practices of voice over casting sites to be stopped, we'll need to stand together and educate!
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