Ask Bob: Advice For The Voice Lorne!


Ask Bob: Advice For The Voice Lorne!

Hey gang! Got a VO related question? Need a demo critiqued?? Just need an ear to eh-buh-beh-eh-bend? Ask away!!! Glad to help out!

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Comment by Darla Middlebrook on June 27, 2010 at 9:04pm
Trying to hone my audio book narrative skills. This afternoon, I've been working on several dialogues (man + woman). It just dawned on me that all of the sections that I have chosen have a narrator who at the end of the of the book turns out to be another character. So, I guess I am really working on 3-way conversations. Right? That's just a thought. You must bear with me...I am new at this.
Comment by Cindy Swanson on June 25, 2010 at 7:51pm
I can't for the life of me remember which forum I read this on, but I remember reading about a website that lists companies who are a poor risk to record for--i.e, never pay you, etc. Can anyone help me with that?

I have done e-learning courses for an Indian company for several years, and although they stress me out sometimes, they always pay me. Now I've been contacted by another Indian company called Cognizant Solutions, and I don't want to commit to anything without first checking them out.

If someone could point me in the right direction, I'd really appreciate it!
Comment by Scott Stackhouse on June 25, 2010 at 12:20pm
Hey Bob! I'm working towards getting to your Advanced Workshop in Chicago this fall! I can't remember if we discussed this, but do you think it's a good/bad idea to have a headshot on our website as VO artists?
Comment by Christine Ivy on June 11, 2010 at 11:55pm
Bob I will catch you on VO forum. Blessings:)
Comment by Christine Ivy on June 11, 2010 at 10:47pm
Hey Bob, I am working toward creating a character demo at the end of July I will be working with Dave DeAndrea. Any advice above and beyond all that I learned from you and others. Blessings:)
Comment by Steven Bone on May 31, 2010 at 3:57am
Hi Bob! Am a newbie to the site and came across your page. Would you be so kind as to give me some feedback on my demos? i just embarked on doing voiceovers less than a year ago and would appreciate it if you could give me some pointers. Thanks!
Comment by Bob Bergen on April 30, 2010 at 9:01am
Hey Ernie!

Let me start with, you are pretty good!! ;-)

The first demo (imaging) is nice. You don't come in until after almost 5 seconds. In this day and age when most listeners have little to no attention span, you rarely get much more than a 4-10 second listen/opportunity to "wow" em. You take up half of that with production. Start your reads at the top.

The other demo wants to be commercial, but it's too "radio" sounding. Too announcery. You need a more mainstream/conversational commercial demo. Check out this page:

Listen to demos from some of the top VO actors from SBV, CESD, TGMD, WME, AAA, Atlas, etc. You'll get a good idea of what's "in" when it comes to commercial demos. You need to lose that imaging feel with yours. The "whooshes" and imaging type production need to go. You also need more variety in your reads. You have the same "announcer" sound from spot to spot. At the end of the demo I have no idea who Ernie is. I hear Ernie can read announcer/radio copy, but you need to present a better variety of radio and especially TV commercial reads.

Hope this helps!

Comment by Ernie Hernandez on April 26, 2010 at 8:06pm
Hello, i'm new to this site. I would like some feedback on my demos. I've been working as a prouction assistant for a group of 6 radio stations for the past 5 years. But now i would like to do more voiceover work. I would appreciate any pointers you might have. Thanks in advance.

Comment by Darla Middlebrook on April 9, 2010 at 9:20am
I am new to voice over, but really think that i have the "stuff" to do it. My goal is to develop as a narrative voicer (audio books, e-learning, documentary etc). I can do a few voices that are really variations of my own voice. Looking forward to touching base with experienced voicers at VOICE 2010!
Comment by Bob Bergen on March 12, 2010 at 7:27pm
VERY cool, Scott!! Congrats!!!!!!


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