It’s Not Easy Money!

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.


Another post on how to sound natural

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.

Reading Ahead as You Read Copy

Another great article by Edge Studio!

If you find that you are not connecting with the copy, or you stumble a lot as you read, try using your peripheral vision.

This skill comes in very handy when you have to cold read anything. It will help increase your fluency. It will help you see what is going to happen next so that your brain can find the right words to emphasize.

Here are some practical exercises to help develop this skill.

What is a Casting Director?

Another great blog post from Kate McClanaghan at Sound Advice.

This time she spills the beans on what a Casting Director does. We talked about this in class, but read how Kate explains the difference between a Talent Agent and a Casting Director.

Also included in this blog post is insight on auditioning and how your own acting skills trump everything. You need to bring it to the table without a lot of prompting. A reminder to know yourself. Find the meaning of the words in front of you and bring them to life. Believe what you are saying about that toilet cleaning product. It really is amazing. <smile>

Sound Advice Podcasts – Listen!

There are so many resources (free resources) available to help you start thinking and performing as a voiceover professional. At some point, you should take some classes or get some coaching in order to help focus your efforts and reach your potential, but if you are just dabbling and want to see what makes sense – what rings true – what works for you as a performer, then watch, listen and read everything you can get your hands on.

Kate McClanaghan has the Sound Advice Podcasts –

Well worth the time to listen to them! The top one (at the moment) delves into the “3-in-a-row” concept.

Susan Bennett – “Siri” – Talks About Voiceovers

Here is yet another great interview (on – a news channel) about what it take to do voiceover work. Susan Bennett, the original voice of “Siri” is a working voice talent and in this interview covers some of the voice styles we need to do as we audition for and work for projects.

This video includes some fake spots in different attitudes. While she might not have gotten hired to do these spots if these were auditions, it effectively illustrates the point.

As you practice, try reading the same piece of copy with these different attitudes. Then, after holding those attitudes through the whole script, you should be able to hone in on the “right” attitude for the copy. Reading it with different attitudes is similar to reading it with different characters – because your characters should have a strong point of view – or “attitude.” And once you let them loose on the copy, you understand it better and it can be easier to find the “right” approach.