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On-Camera presentation skills -- for the occasional job that requires you to be on camera. How to use the Tele-Promp-ter. Where to look? How to look? Memorizing. Interviewing skills. Dress. Make-up. Dealing with HD. Preparing for your session.

Website: http://www.courvo.com
Location: Las Vegas, NV
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Latest Activity: Jul 7, 2012

My Face is My Passport

You can become familiar with doing on-camera work just like you (at one time) got used to hearing your recorded voice. So set up your home video cam on a tripod at home, and practice looking into the camera and saying whatever comes to mind. You might feel stupid doing it, but when you look back at what you've recorded...you'll begin to see what works for your "look" and what doesn't.

Most on-camera performers are their own worst critic. So record some on-cam stuff, and tear it apart. Then change something and try again. The idea is to become comfortable doing it. Just like listeners can hear a disingenuous quality in your voice, viewers can detect a false persona on-camera in a NY minute.

One of my first reactions to working in voice-acting was...What? I get to do more than one take??!!

Local TV News is unique among TV programs today, in that it really IS live. You get one chance to get it right. Thankfully, when you show up for on-camera jobs in the freelance world, you usually have as many takes as you want (or as they want) to get it right.

But you can really impress the producer if you can "nail it" on the first or second take. That saves them time and money, and makes you look like a professional.

On-camera work is not intimidating. Public speaking IS...but that's another topic.

I plan to lead some discussions here, and will pose questions for those of you who would like to pursue more on-camera work. But in the meantime, feel free to fire away with questions, issues, quandaries, or general discussions of your own.

I'm game for taking this group in any direction.

Thanks for joining, and let me know how I can help.

Dave Courvoisier
(aka CourVO)

Discussion Forum

More on Whether to Use a Head Shot

Started by Dave Courvoisier Sep 10, 2008. 0 Replies

....this time from V123. Worth a look!-----------------------------------------------------------Voice123 knows that many talented professionals in the voice-over industry are also models, actors,…Continue

Tags: shots, head

Head Shots

Started by Dave Courvoisier Sep 8, 2008. 0 Replies

Hate to hafta admit I promised an article here on the value of head shots several days ago, and am just now following through. Sorry 'bout that.During that interim, acting coach Bob Fraser posted…Continue

Tags: acting, voice-over, actor, actors, voice-actors

Make-Up

Started by Dave Courvoisier. Last reply by Dave Courvoisier Jul 31, 2008. 4 Replies

There, I said it.Guys on camera MUST wear make-up (as in cosmetics)You know what?...it's really no big deal, and what women don't want you to know, is that it really covers up a lot…Continue

Tags: make-up, on-camera, cosmetics

How Many On-Cam Jobs Have You Not Even TRIED for?

Started by Dave Courvoisier. Last reply by Claire Dodin Jul 11, 2008. 5 Replies

Believe it or not, the old "I have a face for radio" joke is about as wrong as "you have to have a deep voice to be a voice-actor".Casting agents, producers, agents, and clients are looking for…Continue

Tags: camera, teleprompter, on-camera, prompter, video

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Comment by Bonnie Engel Lee on December 20, 2009 at 9:49pm
Glad to know that you started this topic. It's one that I've been interested in for a while as I have some voice actor friends who also do on-camera work. Thanks
Comment by The Voice-Robert Kelleher on December 13, 2009 at 12:15pm
Thanks Dave for the great group. I know there's much to learn. Especially from a pro-as yourself.
Comment by Daniel Wallace on September 12, 2008 at 2:38am
Hi Courvo. Nice group you have here. Hope to see you in Feb.
Dan
Comment by Dave Courvoisier on July 12, 2008 at 3:25pm
Eric.... Luckily, I don't have to do a lot of that thanks to the prompter... but repetition works for me... saying it over and over, then testing it -- finding where the "hang-up" word is, and doing it again.

Sorry I can't be more help.

Dave C
Comment by Eric H Hollaway Sr on June 30, 2008 at 3:44am
Curious, I'm always looking for a better way to memorize text. What techniques do you use?


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Comment by Jai on May 29, 2008 at 7:14am
I am looking forward to this group! It'll be great to pick your brain... a wonderful addition to the skills of those often unseen

Jai
Comment by Stefania on May 29, 2008 at 4:23am
Hi Dave! Thanks for the invite. Look forward to being part of the gang. This area of v-o is quite new to me!
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Comment by Caryn Clark on May 28, 2008 at 2:38pm
Hi Dave... great group idea!!! I'm actually interested in learning about on camera work and am thinking about getting headshots done. If nothing else, it'll be a fun experience. I look forward to learning from you!
Comment by Penny Abshire on May 25, 2008 at 3:34pm
Hi Dave! I know I'll never be a news anchor....But I'll enjoy reading your advice anyway. And besides, it's just nice to be in a group with you! Hey! Check out my group, "Positive Thinkers UNITE". You'd be a perfect person to be there. See you in LA in August!
 

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