Homework for Mon, Feb 4, 2013

OK, for those of you who have not dropped the class, here is a recap of what we discussed today in class.

You must LISTEN LISTEN LISTEN to other voice talent and truly start to hear the difference between what is good and what is not-so-good. We listened to a couple of commercial demos in class today – remember – we are focusing on commercials at this point in the semester.

Listen to Working Voice Talent

Your first graded assignment is a listening exercise. Listening to other talent is an essential part of learning. Listen to commercial demos. They are readily available online. Use one of the resources listed here or find other places to listen to demos – for example – do a search for Talent Agent and you will find demos on most Talent Agent websites these days. Listen to both genders, but for the grid, please use the same gender.

www.voicebank.net  (Voice Over Talent Agency – then select Union or Non-Union)

www.voice123.com (Look for “Performs voices for:” Select Commercials

Listen for several things and fill in the answers stated in the grid below for at least 5 demos – I would not suggest printing this page and using this particular grid – as it may end up too small (and in looking at it on one of my computers, I don’t see the grid lines anyway). Either use the grid from the workbook, or draw a grid on a piece of paper.

  1. The Name and Gender.
  2. The overall technical quality of the demo. Is it good, great, or not so good? Does the demo sound “real?” Like the samples on the demo have actually been produced for a paying client?
  3. The kind of voice on the demo – young, old, deep, rich, quirky
  4. What is the pitch of the voice – high, medium, low
  5. The acting ability and range – does the demo show variety? Does the voice artist sound like they can act or are they simply reading the words.

Name of Talent
and Gender

Pitch

Kind of Voice

Acting Ability Range

Quality of Demo

Not Good, Good, Great

 
 
 
 
 


 

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