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.

EasyMoney

Twisted Wave Debreathing Tutorial

My friend Christi Bowen is an expert at Twisted Wave (one of the many audio recording software programs voiceover folk use) and has created this little tutorial on how to use presets to “automatically” reduce the amplitude of the breaths in a long recording.

Not remove the breath entirely, but reduce the sound of the breath.

This is NOT a beginner tutorial or for someone who is not very skilled with editing and some basic audio concepts.

A Word About Using Brand Names on Your Demo

There is a slight difference of opinion about what should go on a demo between the US and the UK (Europe too).

The US market has traditionally thought that demos are just that – a demonstration of what you can do – not necessarily what you have done.

Not so across the pond. They feel very strongly that anything you have on your “demo” that mentions brand names should be for work you have actually performed.

http://www.voiceoverxtra.com/article.htm?id=LWLMFPDF

We’ve talked a bit about this in class. It is fairly easy to change up a brand name into something that sounds real. I have mixed feelings about this. If it is for a huge international brand with identifiable voices, then don’t use it on your demo. If it is for a lesser known brand, then it may not be an issue. But use your common sense.

What the producer is listening for is your ability to interpret the copy – whatever it is. They want to hear the story you are telling. Not hear you reading. So, focus on that. Find good scripts. Find a variety of products and subject matter. Find a variety of pacing and attitude and point-of-view. Hear the clips fully produced with sound effects and music. Think a bit like a producer as you find selections. Then take that hat off and bring the words to life.

 

Interested in Audiobooks?

Here is a new article about audiobook written by Jim Moore whose profile says his blog (What If I’m Write) “is a give and take opinion blog devoted to sharing thoughts on the art of writing, audiobook production, books of interest, rants about the demise of the English language, the occasional pause for a great picture, and a general forum for nice, well-mannered people.”

This post if full of information about what it takes to do audiobooks from the point of view of an older retired person looking for something to do. Excellent commentary!

He details opportunities and obstacles…

http://butwhatifimwrite.blogspot.com/2016/09/the-fear-and-loathing-of-audiobook.html

Recording a Commercial Demo with Bob Bergen

In our quest to find our voices and determine what is good and what is not so good, we need to listen to other actor’s demos. You did that for your first assignment of the semester. Don’t stop.

My friend Bob Bergen (the current voice of Porky Pig), also does a lot of commercials and recently visited Chuck Duran’s studio to update his demo.

The entire process was captured and edited down to show you the process. One of the things they discuss is that just because you did a spot for someone, it may not be right for your demo. You need to listen to everything you do with the ears of the producer – someone paying $ to use your voice. Don’t listen with the ears of your mother – she loves everything you do.

So, put on your producer ears and listen to the raw reads and then at the end of the video, the mixed tracks.

Enjoy!