One of my agents – Erik Sheppard – just started a YouTube channel with free information about what is happening in the voiceover biz. Check it out.
Just found out that Voice123.com is having a sale on their membership through April 21st.
So, if you have been thinking about it. If you have a good clean acoustically treated space. If you have a decent mic. If you have the ability to capture, edit and send files. If you know where you fit. Then you might want to take advantage of this $100 off opportunity.
Looking for a VO Workout in San Diego?
I decided to offer one – perhaps even once a month. First one is set for Tuesday April 25th, 2017 with more planned for the 4th Tuesday of the month. (No May due to travel.)
Read a variety of commercial and non-commercial copy with a small group of voice actors. Emphasis on helping hone your self-directing skills. Limit 8 people. $25. In studio.
The class is for those who have more than a basic understanding of voiceover and where they might fit. This is not for beginners. If you have any questions, please drop me a note.
In preparation for the class, I want you to think about what you do best. What kind of voice work is your bread and butter? Think about your recent auditions. Bring some of that copy if you have it. Did you land the gig? We need to make sure we are auditioning for the right things. And doing those auditions well enough to grab the producer’s attention.
The link above is a Facebook Event link. If you are not on Facebook, then you can click this button to access the Payment Page. $25.
Voiceover work is not Easy Money and even if you have some talent for the work it takes some time to break in.
It doesn’t have to break the bank to figure out if you fit and where, but even once you figure that out, it takes time to develop your contacts and reputation.
If you have a demo and are struggling with winning auditions, come join a new Workout group I am starting up. This is not for beginners.
First one is April 25, 2017. On Facebook? Click this link for the Information. Not on Facebook? Drop me a note and I’ll give you the details.
If you have been wanting additional instruction beyond the Introductory class I have been teaching at City College, then let’s talk.
As my schedule permits, I am going to start offering private coaching, demo critique and demo prep.
At the moment the rate is $80 per hour. Either in person or using Skype, depending on location. Please contact me for more information.
Plans are in work for regular workout sessions with small groups, as well as a newly revamped 8-week Introductory course in a studio. Stay tuned for more information about that.
The regular Acting for Radio/Voiceover class at City College has been cancelled for the Fall and we are discussing what the future of the class might be.
Original Scripts written by San Diego City College students, directed by City faculty.
Attend one of the performance and write a couple of paragraphs about which play you liked the best and why. What actors stood out and why. It could be for their excellent performance, or something where you felt they could have done better. It could also be a comment about the casting if you felt someone was great for the part or miscast. Just think about what you saw.
Performances are March 10, 11, 17, and 18 at 8:00; March 12 and 19 at 2:00.
Get tickets here >>>
Questions? Matt Thompson, email@example.com.
One of the most frequent comments you hear during class is that the reads sounds like reading. That to grab a producer by the ears and make them pick you for the project, you have to sound like you are NOT reading. Hard to do when the copy is bad, but still a concept that you need to think about.
Here is another article by Paul Strikwerda to help you figure it out for yourself.
Here is a bit of the article – read the whole thing to get inspired for your next recording.
The relationship between a narrator and a listener is delicate, and intimate. Rarely will you be closer to a human being than when you’re whispering into his or her ear, even though both of you are invisible to the other.
At that moment of connection, you breathe life into the lines, creating a world with your words. It is your job to make that experience as truthful and natural as possible. When you manage to do that, a few things will happen:
1. The listener will be able to focus on the content, without being distracted by an over-the-top delivery.
2. The listener will become more receptive to your message, because you sound more real.
3. By treating your voice gently, you’ll be able to go on longer, because you’re not putting so much stress on your vocal folds.