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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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Character demo for games, cartoons etc

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Comment by Don Jewell on December 18, 2009 at 12:04pm
As a beginner I have a question about putting out work with background tracks. Is this required or necessary? If so... where is the best place to obtain such material. Thank you in advance....
Comment by Curt Palmer on November 29, 2009 at 9:50pm
Thanks so much for your response, Lani, and for the "call-out" to others! I really appreciate it and hope to hear from anyone that can offer any insight or suggestion about getting documentary gigs! Thanks again.
Comment by Lani Minella on November 29, 2009 at 9:43pm
Hello Curt,
Actually I have seen very few auditions for documentaries myself. Many years ago I tried making myself available to National Geographic via a trade show with no luck. Peter Coyote and Sir David Attenborough seem to land a lot of PBS docs as well as of course Sigourney Weaver's wonderful job on the Planet Earth series. If anyone reading this has suggestions for Curt, please let us know.
Best of luck!
Comment by Curt Palmer on November 19, 2009 at 3:08pm
Hi Lani! The info you provide is great. My thing is documentaries. Is there necessarily a different process that's followed to cast voice talent for documentaries vs., say, straight commercial/promo spots?
Comment by Lani Minella on October 24, 2009 at 4:58pm
Hi Tim and all. If you scroll down to Aug 27th you can still find two zip files with a huge range of characters and lines that exemplify what kinds of range are needed for computer games and animation. Hope that helps. If I need to repost I will.
Happy Haunting!
Comment by Tim Van Dyk on October 15, 2009 at 1:39pm
Hey All! I'm new to VO work and this site! I do VO for local commercials, as I'm a radio producer, but I'm very much wanting to get into something more creative! Games? Cartoons? Whatever! I want in! Any good idea where to start?
Here is a demo of a little show I do for my station (No worries, no IDs or adverts!):
http://dl.getdropbox.com/u/1545125/Viewer%20Mail%20-%202009%2010%2008%20-%20Show.mp3
I do all the writing and production, but I only voice the cab driver. Any thoughts? Critiques? I'm all ears!
Comment by M J Lallo on October 9, 2009 at 4:17pm
How much time to respond to a casting director---NOW
Its' to competitive to wait!
Comment by Lani Minella on October 8, 2009 at 11:22pm
Happy October everyone! I hope we can all somehow cross paths soon if you're interested in voicing games since we may be entering the slow down period soon. I'm looking into retiring from that aspect of VO---casting.....but so far the world isn't letting up on me yet. Good news for all of you!
Hugs to everyone!
Comment by Don Jewell on October 7, 2009 at 9:40am
Great stuff on here. I was having a blast with the Male Character sampler doc.
Comment by Chip Joel on October 2, 2009 at 7:44am
Lani,
Thank you, it's funny how when you think you are giving people what they want, it's not what they need. All those voices that you said to include are natural voices to me. Growing up in NYC, you hear and imitate almost every accent and mannerism. Being half Italian (don't let the last name fool you) a mafia voice is easy; in fact I have a demo reel of "Wise Guys". Thanks again for the advice.
Chip
 

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