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Why Do So Many Video Games Have Such Bad Voice Acting?

A friend sent me this YouTube video — "The 50 Worst Moments in Video Game Voice Acting":





Is this supposed to be funny? Watching the clips, I felt gripped with terror that at any moment I'd be hearing one of my own performances.



Mercifully, I didn't make the cut. But it got me thinking about a question I'm often asked. It's not the nicest thing to say to a voice actor, particularly one who does video game VO frequently. But it's a… Continue

Added by Kevin Delaney on August 2, 2010 at 12:41pm — No Comments

Are Alibis Standing in the Way of Your Success?

A great little book I own, Sales: Brief Lessons and Inspiring Stories by Jim Williamson includes an amusing “Alibi Chart for Salespeople.”



These are the reasons salespeople give year-round for why they’re not able to make sales:



JanuaryNeed time to recover from the… Continue

Added by Kevin Delaney on July 25, 2010 at 3:31pm — No Comments

How to Become a Semi-Celebrity (and Use It as Your Springboard to Global Domination)

Attaining full-blown celebrity status is a rare and awesome thing. The person with millions of adoring fans enjoys a range of possibility and opportunity unfathomable to the anonymous commoner on the street.



International superstardom should head the list of everyone’s long-range career goals. But just because the world at large hasn’t yet taken notice of you doesn’t mean you have to suffer in obscurity. You can become a… Continue

Added by Kevin Delaney on September 25, 2009 at 10:45pm — No Comments

New Blog: "The Wealthy Bohemian"



I've started a blog about success, prosperity and happiness — The Wealthy Bohemian.



Here's a sampling from the first post:



"Most of the trappings typically associated with 'wealth' leave me cold. Keep your tacky art, forget the the gaudy furniture. Give me instead the freedom to move about as I please, and an abundance of time to be able to do what… Continue

Added by Kevin Delaney on September 10, 2009 at 11:42pm — No Comments

The Levelator — Free Program Helps Make Your VO Recordings Sound Better

If you aren't "Levelating" your spoken recordings, odds are they don't sound as good as they could.



The Levelator is a free, downloadable program for Mac & PC that enhances spoken-word audio. I'm not an engineer, so I can't tell you exactly all the things that it does, but its basic function is to make the levels of a recording even, so that everything is at an appropriate, equal volume.



I tend to put a lot of… Continue

Added by Kevin Delaney on August 30, 2009 at 1:45pm — 2 Comments

Video: 8/27 Webcast with Alicyn Packard Now Available

If you missed our live Video Voiceover Chat with Alicyn Packard, an archive is now available!



In addition to her credits in Nickelodeon's Olivia, as well as in video games such as World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade and Prince of Persia: Warrior Within, Alicyn is the voice of Little Miss Naughty, Little Miss Sunshine and Little Miss Whoops on Cartoon Network's… Continue

Added by Kevin Delaney on August 29, 2009 at 1:42am — No Comments

KDUX Web Radio Interview - Part 2

Here's the second installment of my interview with Charlie Vann of KDUX Web Radio, in which Charlie asks me about my favorite voiceover roles, and I share some advice for those who want to pursue VO professionally. (6 minutes)





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Added by Kevin Delaney on August 18, 2009 at 3:26pm — No Comments

Video: 8/10/09 VO Chat Now Available

If you missed my live Video Voiceover Chat on Monday, you can watch it on replay!



I talked about some of the ideas put forth in my podcast for VoiceOverXtra.com titled "Reaching the Next Level." (Click here to listen to that podcast.)



I also addressed the issue of video VO demos. Some artists are now combining visuals with their… Continue

Added by Kevin Delaney on August 12, 2009 at 5:42pm — No Comments

Live Video Chat Wednesday 8/5 with Steve Reisberg of TGMD Agency

I'll host a live Video Voiceover Chat on Wednesday, August 5, at 7 p.m. Pacific Time (10 p.m. Eastern).



My special guest will be Steve Reisberg, Booth Director at the TGMD Agency in Los Angeles.



Steve's job — all day, every day — is to direct actors in their auditions for one of the top voiceover agencies in Hollywood. Prior to joining TGMD, Steve was Booth Director at the William Morris… Continue

Added by Kevin Delaney on August 4, 2009 at 6:39pm — 2 Comments

Live Video VO Chat - Saturday 8/1, 10 a.m. PST (1 p.m. EST)

I'll be hosting a live Video Voiceover Chat on Saturday (8/1) at 10 a.m. Pacific Time (1:00 p.m. Eastern).



I'll expand on some of the ideas I discuss in my podcast, "The Business of Voiceover."



In that podcast, I say that the artists who succeed on a high level are the ones who see themselves as independent business professionals. I'll share some new thoughts on this topic, and answer your questions about growing your… Continue

Added by Kevin Delaney on July 31, 2009 at 7:34pm — No Comments

"Art of the Audition" 3-Week Online Course — Sundays in August



I'll be hosting an online edition of my "Art of the Audition" voiceover workshop on Sundays, August 9-23, from 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Pacific Time.



This is a course that I've given at studios in Los Angeles, always with spectacular results.



I've adapted the course for the Web, so now anyone, anywhere in the world can attend!



We'll delve into the experience of auditioning for commercial and character VO. I'll… Continue

Added by Kevin Delaney on July 29, 2009 at 3:28am — No Comments

KDUX Web Radio Interview on VO - Part One

I had the honor of being interviewed by Charlie Vann of KDUX Web Radio, a station that's part of Richland College in Dallas, Texas. We talked about all things voiceover-related.



To listen to Part 1, in which I talk about how I got my start in VO, how I prepare for a role, and some of the special challenges of VO, click the player below.…



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Added by Kevin Delaney on July 24, 2009 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

VO for Video Games Workshop in N. Hollywood, 7/23 & 7/25

I'll be co-leading an in-studio workshop, SCORING BIG IN VIDEO GAME VOICEOVER, held at Purple Alligator Studios in North Hollywood on Thursday, July 23 and on Saturday, July 25.

Joining me will be Rick Zieff, game casting director & voice director.



Rick and I will share all of our insights about the process of getting cast in video game VO. I'll… Continue

Added by Kevin Delaney on July 12, 2009 at 2:46pm — No Comments

Archive: 7/10 VOICEOVER NINJA Video Chat

Thanks to everyone who made today's live Video Voiceover Chat such a smashing success!



I greatly enjoyed your excellent questions. Another chat will be announced soon!



To watch the archive of the chat (51 mins), click the image below.…



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Added by Kevin Delaney on July 10, 2009 at 11:00pm — No Comments

"Full Metal Racket" Looney Tunes Cartoon

Here's an online 'toon I did a while ago. I'm the voice of R. Me Ant, a diminutive drill instructor who puts Sylvester, Tweety & Hector through the paces in basic training.



It was a demanding session, but a ton of fun. I worked in the booth with the incredible Joe Alaskey, who voices Tweety & Sylvester. (He also does the voices of Bugs Bunny, Daffy… Continue

Added by Kevin Delaney on July 7, 2009 at 12:29pm — No Comments

Video: In-Studio Commercial Session Highlights

Here are some clips from a session I did recently for Valley View Casino in San Diego. We did VO for two TV spots, plus a short character intro for an in-house video:

For more info, please check out my blog:… Continue

Added by Kevin Delaney on June 30, 2009 at 6:24pm — 3 Comments

Audio Blog: Big Money vs. Small Money

In this audio blog, I discuss what makes a large income possible, and share my revelation about the "secret ingredient" in any giant-sized success.





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To hear other messages on building a successful career in VO, visit… Continue

Added by Kevin Delaney on June 23, 2009 at 12:30pm — 3 Comments

Audio Clip: Standing Out of the Crowd

Here's a clip recorded at my "Creating a Killer VO Demo" workshop held this past Wednesday in North Hollywood. (At the start of our session, I asked those in attendance to share their biggest questions & concerns about making a demo.)





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Kevin… Continue

Added by Kevin Delaney on June 12, 2009 at 2:17pm — 1 Comment

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