Ask a Casting Director


Ask a Casting Director

I've cast hundreds of computer games and directed thousands of actors. Voice acting is much more demanding than voice overs. Happy to help anyone interested.

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Comment by Sharon Garrison on June 1, 2008 at 7:16pm
Wow! Lani, you tackle the really tough subjects, as I'm finding a lot of the IRTMVO folks are inclined to do! I'm really lovin' these important discussions. Thanks for your kind words about my being a drama teacher and stage actor the other day, too. Yeah! It really helps to have that background. And it will help as I tackle the challenging game and animation industry. Thanks for being there! By the way, your work is just glorious! What a voice! What versatility.
Comment by Lani Minella on May 31, 2008 at 6:34pm
Yeah baby! That's what I'm talkin' about! I always revel when my nuts and bolts super charged instantly effective methods show what should be taught out there. No offense to those who use other techniques. Now don't go giving away ALL my secrets or I can't sell a book. Ha ha. I've already given away so much of my tricks of the trade, I think all I'd ask for is testimonials if I actually had time to come out with a Book/DVD. I could never figure out what to charge for something like that since I always give everything away.

What would anyone pay for a super charged, super useful, book with DVD that not only showed you gestures, techniques which you could use immediately, dialects and accents, copy cheats, and difference between all the genres of voiceovers and how to beat out the competition? Ideas anyone? I would be selling it as more of a favor because I'm always coaching (gratis) but it would help me save some time to audition or make money with my own voice if I wasn't always enjoying hours of phoners with voice talents.
Comment by John Taylor on May 30, 2008 at 7:23pm
You are the M'am!
I used the trick you taught me over the phone in a session today Lani! (the flicking finger to distract the brain while reading copy that's too long.)
For the first time in my life the producer can slow it have time! It was awesome! Thanks for sharing your practical nuts and bolts know how Lani!
Comment by Liz de Nesnera on May 30, 2008 at 1:17pm
Hey Lani!
Great to be a part of the group!
Thanks for the invite!
Looking forward to picking your brain...or voice? ;-)


Comment by Sue Colas on May 30, 2008 at 9:24am
Hi Lani,

Thank you for the invite. There is so much to learn and pros like yourself are always helping us with the tough questions.

I am determined to tap into that 'veritable volcano of stuff waiting to spew from [my] larynx!'

Thanks again!

Comment by Blair Wilson on May 30, 2008 at 8:57am
Hey Lani,
Thanks for the invite to this group. I'm sure to learn a bundle! I also appreciate your comments on my voice range. I love to perform and only want to grow from here. What an awesome industry to be involved in!


Blair Wilson
Comment by Chris Ritchie on May 30, 2008 at 6:26am
Great info here!
Comment by Jon Morss on May 30, 2008 at 1:07am

Thanks for the heads-up on this group. What a very, very cool concept. Its great to get a perspective from someone who is actually in the position to make the casting decisions and who really knows what a VO talent should sound like. I'll be sure to keep a close eye on this group.

Love the info on responding to casting notices and the Sphinx English Language bit. Thanks.
Comment by Jason LeBlanc on May 29, 2008 at 10:28am
I'm glad to be here...and since it's always been about the process...the journey continues...Jason
Comment by Lani Minella on May 29, 2008 at 1:53am
Welcome aboard and if anyone has anything they want personally answered aside from this site, my email is

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