Toys - Voices at play

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Toys - Voices at play

A group to discuss doing voice-over for interactive toys.

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Toys Primer

Started by Chuck Wedge. Last reply by Chuck Wedge Jan 12, 2010. 2 Replies

I have been lucky enough to be on the other side of the toy business as a Producer and wanted to provide a place to talk about what makes toys a little bit different than other Voice Over.Where I…Continue

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Comment by Victoria Phelps on June 6, 2011 at 8:48pm

Hi everyone, just checking in,  I really would like to know how to better get into this market. but I am not in CA... so...

anyway hope everyone is good and moving forward. look forward to hearing more about this market. thanks

Comment by Alexis Serrano on October 5, 2010 at 12:51am
Does anyone know if there is there an business association of toy makers or other trade organizations that voice actors might find useful for marketing?
Comment by Alexis Serrano on October 4, 2010 at 10:32pm
Hi, I got my first and so far only toy experience with the Mattel Digitec Diary this summer. I would love to know how to focus on this niche.

Alexis
Comment by Patrick Sweeney on August 31, 2010 at 10:55am
Hi Chuck, we haven't heard from you in awhile. Anything new in the Toy World?
Comment by Victoria Phelps on February 4, 2010 at 2:19pm
thank you are you going to the conference? have a good day
Comment by Chuck Wedge on February 4, 2010 at 11:42am
Hi Jim and Victoria!
Sorry, I have not been on here for a little bit.
Jim, performing voices through your kids toys is an excellent way to practice doing voices, characters and such. You acting through the toy give it one advantage we never can though, you know what they said to you and can respond with something specific. We have to be very general.
Unfortunately, I cannot accept pitch ideas from anyone outside the company. Even if I read them I can get a mountain of trouble. Quite often we have things in the works and people could suggest something similiar. Then there becomes a bunch of legal trouble of who really originated the idea. At this point, we have an internal team that does all the R&D, tests ideas with families, looks at what is on the market etc. The only outside ideas come from ideation companies that come to our R&D dept and then get contracted to come up with new ideas to pitch our way.
Victoria, we send auditions out to the agents in the area with a short character description and a sampling of the lines we want to hear them do. The talent agencies then send us the auditions of people from their agencies who fit the part.
We primarily use the following talent agencies
Stars Agency
http://www.starsagency.com/index.php?action=talentservice&tp=2
Tonry Talent
http://www.tonrytalent.com
Comment by Victoria Phelps on February 1, 2010 at 12:29pm
How do you audition or find auditions for toy voices? It sounds like fun
Comment by Jim Anglo on February 1, 2010 at 11:59am
Hi Chuck,
Great group you have here! I'm a newbie in the VO biz and never considered doing voices for interactive toys (although I'm constantly performing voices for my kids through their toys). As a producer for LeapFrog, do you accept script or pitch ideas from other VO actors?

Thanks for your input!
Jim Anglo
Comment by Chuck Wedge on January 26, 2010 at 1:07am
Welcome Victoria! Toys are very much like children's entertainment. Both have the same audience and the same goals, to make kids happy. With a lot of toys these days being electronic, there are actually quite a few "talking" toys out there.
Comment by Victoria Phelps on January 25, 2010 at 11:32pm
hello, I never thought of toys and voice over humm I to am new to the vocie over world but i have been a children's entertainer for many years and voices for toys seems very interesting. nice to meet ya all
 

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