In the spirit of Don's giving attitude, I would like to share some of the e-mails that Don sent to me over the past few years. In return, I ask that you offer a hand up to others trying to rise in our business.

Do you still work to picture?/Vacations

I rarely work to picture any more, but it's a
great talent to develop. Once you master it, you
can work only to track, which I do all the time.
As for vacations, I don't work. That's why
they're called vacations. I have friends who do
arrange for ISDN lines to be installed at their
hotels, but I just go and vegetate.
Incidentally, I'll be on the CBS Early Show this Monday, the 25th.



Bill -

Virtually all of my sessions are ISDN. I
occasionally send a session off in an MP3, but to
this point, I haven't used FTP technology, so I
can't advise you on it. I do have protools attached to my
Mac G5. It's a lifesaver.


Who casts trailer voices?

Bill -

Usually it is the trailer company who suggests
(or simply submits) the VO talent. In some
cases, a particular VO talent might be requested
by the studio or the films producer or director,
but usually it's left to the Trailer House.
The number of spots that are recorded for each
film can vary, but usually it's a lot.
Many times multiple companies are submitting
material, and they are all creating spots in the
hope that the studio will buy some of them. I
have not seen as many revisions as there used to
be, but they certainly can run into the dozens,
if the project is important enough.That's what you pray
for. Session fee after session fee...


Should I buy a fancy preamp?

Bill -

If the preamp will maximize the quality of the
sound you produce, sure. I've found that a good
quality mic should be plenty. On the second
point, save yourself the trouble. Always send
out a flat, uncompressed, un-equalized track.
Let them do all that on their end. If you do use
equalization, set it and forget it. Do not
change it from job to job.


Critiquing a Trailer I booked

Bill -

Very nice work. You could have read it just a
shade softer for my taste. A couple of phrases
were a tad flat, but overall, it was fine. It
wouldn't be out of place in comparison with most
action films. Nice cutting job, too.
You'll only improve with more projects. It was
about a twenty year process for me.
Keep up the good work.


Critiquing a commercial I booked

Good, Bill.

But I would have liked to hear it a bit more
Angry. More in keeping with the "Mission
Impossible" type score. But you know me...picky, picky...

Advice for rehearsal material

Edgar Allen Poe, Rudyard Kipling, Edmond Rostand (Cyrano de Bergerac - the Brian Hooker Translation)

That should keep you busy...


Advice for working when sick (His last e-mail to me)

One does the best one can, Bill. But I just prefer to sit it out, if I can't bring the A game.


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Comment by David Marc on September 11, 2008 at 1:31am

Nice meeting you last night at the memorial!


David Marc (Remember, Kevin Spacey's brother!)
Comment by James Clamp on September 10, 2008 at 6:43pm
Thanks for sharing this Bill, James
Comment by Jay Lerner on September 10, 2008 at 4:29pm

Nice to see you paying it forward by sharing in the process of what we all love doing!
Comment by Caryn Clark on September 10, 2008 at 2:24pm
Bill, thank you for sharing these emails with us. I'm awed at DLF's generous spirit.

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