[The 4th post on VO basics from johnmatthew.com/blog, originally posted 9/23/10]
So, you can read out loud without making too many mistakes;
you’ve warmed it up with a genuine smile; and added some attitude for flavor. Now, the final step
is to make your voiceover performance realistic by connecting with an audience
. If you’re speaking to someone – rather than just reading words off a page – your voiceovers will have an authentic,… Continue
Added by John Matthew on September 26, 2010 at 4:32pm —
If you've been at the VO game for any length of time, you will come across a gig you do that gets rave reviews. Yet, when the new season rolls around, or the next wave of spots is created, they decide to change the VO for one reason or another. It could be they put a new producer on the project who wants to put his own stamp on it, or perhaps they've decided to change the target demo, or they may just like to change the voice as often as they change their underwear. Whatever the reason, you are… Continue
Added by Mark Avery on September 21, 2010 at 4:46pm —
Not to be too dramatic about it, but it’s about damn time.
Almost every group, organization and/or species has a week or month named in honor of them. Often times it sounds like a joke when you hear some of their names and so too may the impression here now for some, but it’s not.
My friend and fellow Voice Over Talent Dave Courvoisier
kinda mentioned the idea in… Continue
Added by Peter K. O'Connell audio'connell on September 1, 2010 at 3:00pm —
[originally posted at johnmatthew.com/blog August 27, 2010]
[apologies for the vid not being embedded, YouTube had embeds turned off for this one]
OK, the analogy may be a little stretched here
, but this Seinfeld clip
reminded me of a basic voice over technique
that I hit on years ago that you may find helpful. And it’s simply this: if you’re having trouble summoning the right feeling or… Continue
Added by John Matthew on August 30, 2010 at 1:06am —
Hi guys. Voices of Vision
is a voice over instruction conference coming up September 23-25th
of this year in Toronto Canada
(by the airport, for those of you considering coming in from out of town - so easy access!). I'll be presenting on the topic of search engine optimization and website promotion for voice actors on Saturday at the luncheon (lunches on Friday and Saturday are paid for as *part of your… Continue
Added by Jodi Krangle on July 21, 2010 at 9:30am —
Ever get stuck in one reading tone? It happens to us all, even (especially?) in our home studios with no one to challenge us to break out. When I coach Voice Over students, usually at Edge Studio, this is one sure sign they are not ready to record their demo: there is no variety, even subtle variety, to their reads. You can't have a VO demo where every single thing sounds the same. You want clients to keep listening!
My article on this will come out next week in VoiceoverXtra, but… Continue
Added by Randye Kaye on July 8, 2010 at 9:53am —
Well if ever I thought Detroit had a small VO market...here I am in the Dayton, Ohio area and it seems even smaller! Where there's a will, there's a way. I'm determined to make positive connections and be able to coach and host workshops just as I did in Detroit, even be able to mentor younger folks at the colleges and universities and schools around here. Planting seeds. Planting seeds.
Added by Teri Clark Linden on June 28, 2010 at 3:23pm —
VOICE ARTISTS GO APE! 6/9/2010 Helene Weinberg www.outtolunchevents.com
In the afterglow of VOICE 2010 I am inspired to write and post my first VU blog.
A big THANK YOU to Turek, who has made this forum possible. I look forward to posting and reading future blogs and hope we all can continue to share our written vocal conversations.
First, I can’t thank Penny and Jim enough for the opportunity to showcase at VOICE 2010.… Continue
Added by Helene Weinberg on June 9, 2010 at 8:35pm —
Six months ago I started working as a volunteer voice-talent and producer for AIRS-LATINO, the Spanish version of AIRS-LA, an organization for which many voice-over artists record information otherwise not available to the visually impaired.
Last week, I was appointed Director of Programming for AIRS-LATINO, a position that is certainly challenging. A position that entails much more responsibilty, work and above all...SATISFACTION! Yes, SATISFACTION! Why? Because AIRS-LATINO is going… Continue
Added by Pablo Hernandez-Pagan on May 10, 2010 at 5:39pm —
A Perfect Match
by Kate McClanaghan, www.voiceoverinfo.com
Here’s a little snack food for thought that you may not know about…
matching—The term used when you are trying to recreate the timbre, emotion, inflection, phrasing, volume and/or tempo of a delivery to make a change to the read or to correct a minor error in the initial read.
Also, if at a session the client preferred a specific take and simply wants… Continue
Added by Sound Advice on April 26, 2010 at 2:00pm —
Happy Spring!!! It has finally sprung and I hope everyone enjoyed last
week's beautiful weather. Oh, and look out for this afternoon's Flood
For those of you who aren't aware, when I'm not
pursuing voiceovers I have a side project called "Project: T.E.R.R.A.".
It's a computer animated sci-fi drama which I and my fellow 3ative
Productions members (David Martin, Angelo Panetta) have been working on
for the past three years. Like most side… Continue
Added by Tom Dheere on March 22, 2010 at 10:58am —
Happy post I-Saw-A-Dumpster-Floating-Down-The-Street Day! I hope
everyone is safe and dry.
So last week I narrated the short film,
"Last Man of Idaho". This is a fascinating piece shot entirely with
stills. It was conceived by the brilliant Ascot Smith, a Kansas City
artist. This film is about a man from the future who travels back in
time to find someone who is uncertain about life. When he travels back
in time he accidentally gets stuck in, are you ready for… Continue
Added by Tom Dheere on March 15, 2010 at 11:30am —
Happy post-Oscar thank-God-Cablevision-got-its-act-together Day! I have
a few awards to hand out, too. Let's call them the Roggies. You know,
like Rognog Productions?
For Best Performance by a Networker and
a Darling Friend, the Roggie goes to...Lisa DeSimone!!! It was great
seeing you at that recording session last week and thanks for the
For Best New Client, the Roggie goes to...Cynthia
Kay!!! I had a blast at our recording session last week… Continue
Added by Tom Dheere on March 8, 2010 at 11:43am —
Happy March! (man, how many fake holidays can I come up with?)
I hope everyone has finally dug out of the snow and are looking forward to Spring, which is just a few weeks away.
is going to be a fun one! I have a VO audition for Qdoba (the greatest
burritos EVER!!!) this afternoon in Chelsea and then I have a recording
session for Oxford University Press at Full House Productions right
Actually, I don't have time write much more since… Continue
Added by Tom Dheere on March 1, 2010 at 11:01am —
Well, it's that time of year: TAX TIME!!!
I'm going to see my
accountant this afternoon to get my taxes done. So, for those of you
who've never filed your taxes as a performance artist, let's cover the
Most of the time, actors and voiceover talents don't
have their taxes taken out from their paychecks. They issue W-9 forms
to their clients and get 1099 forms at the end of the year. You should
get one from every client who paid you more than $600… Continue
Added by Tom Dheere on February 22, 2010 at 11:59am —
I hope everyone had a wonderful time and got all of the chocolate, flowers, and adoration they deserve.
last week I sent out my quarterly newsletter, "The Rognog". It was
well-received and thanks to those of you who wrote those kind replies.
I had some trouble sending it out, though. My number of contacts have
grown so much that Outlook/ACT! can't seem to handle it anymore. ACT!
kept crashing and Outlook only allows you to send out 50 emails at a
Added by Tom Dheere on February 15, 2010 at 11:23am —
Happy Post-Super Bowl Day! Did you have a good time last night? I was rooting for the Colts. Alas...
week was pretty great. For the first time, every voiceover gig I booked
I recorded from home. I know that's commonplace for many of my peers,
but it's a big deal for me. One of my goals this year is to book more
sessions from home instead of traveling to remote studios. No, it's not
because I'm a lazy bum (I am, but that's beside the point). It's
because it… Continue
Added by Tom Dheere on February 8, 2010 at 11:06am —
And a happy post-Grammy, post-Pro Bowl day to you! I hope everybody picked a winner...
So, the grand experiment of tracking my networking & auditions is over. Here is the grand total: I reached out to exactly 120 potential and existing clients in January. That included cold calls, query emails, auditions, callbacks, and follow-ups. That's six reach-outs a day. Is that a good number? I'm not sure. I guess the important question is: did I get work? The answer is yes. Enough work to… Continue
Added by Tom Dheere on February 1, 2010 at 11:43am —
It's a gray, freezing cold day, just like the day I was born, I'm told. I've been a performer more than fifty years now. Started at age five at MGM studios in Hollywood. That was my mother's doing but I thank her for it, although I did not have a "normal" childhood (whatever that is...) she started me on the path that became my life as an actor and singer. Oh yes...I also danced, responsible for my one bad knee but I'm ok with it so far...and was a child and teen model with income sufficient to… Continue
Added by Bettye Zoller on January 30, 2010 at 12:30pm —
Hello, my soggy friends! A bit dampish today, ain't it?
I just trudged through the rain to get to a recording session in NYC. It's the one I can't talk about. BUT I can tell you it's for a upcoming video game for Rockstar Games. That's all I got. I'll give you more info when I can!
TIP OF THE WEEK: I've done a few video games but I had no idea how important keeping their content a secret is! Go to Patent Arcade to see what I'm talking about. Yikes! These guys aren't… Continue
Added by Tom Dheere on January 25, 2010 at 3:22pm —