Thank you Mr. Banks... I appreciate the good wishes for my upcoming event and it was indeed an equal pleasure to meet you as well at Voice '08. I trust all is well with you. In the meantime, my nearly 5yr old twin boys have found other wiley ways of outsmarting dear ol' dad. Best to you in life and career!
Thank you, thank you, Philip. New at this...the VU website, not voiceover. As an American Scotsman who was bowled over with emotion by a 2-week visit to my ancestors and your area (Ballater/Braemar/Banchory-area) in 2001, and setting up my home studio here in the SF Bay area in the US, I thought I'd attempt to open a dialogue with you to share ideas and make another friend in Scotland. My friend's parents grew up in Buckie. Don't know how all this works and don't want to do it over a website the whole world reads. Suggestions? Jay.
Thanks for getting back to me Philip. I guess I'm a wee bit accent obsessed because I now live in America and if I had $10 for every comment I've heard on my accent in the 12 years I've lived here, I'd never have to work again. I get enthuses about the Voice Over Industry then I leave it alone for a while. Maybe I should be more insistent and consistent. I'll be heading over the water in December for 20 days. London, and North Wales where my Dad now lives. Don't think I'll have time for Scotland this trip unfortunately.
I'm a fellow Scot originally from just outside of Glasgow. Despite being away from the old country for many years, my accent is still intact thank goodness. Do you seem to get more work because you have an accent????? I've been broadcasting a great Celtic Music show called "Celtic & Beyond" for Ktaos Radio Station over 10 years but really want to expand on my Voice Career. Any thoughts, suggestions, ideas you could send my way ????
YOU ARE KILLING ME with your VO tips on YouTube. LOL. I love 'em.... and wholeheartedly agree with Tip No. 2. That is the very same thing I have implored new talent to consider. You delivered the message with humor and style! LOL.... and thanks again for making me chuckle! ~ James
If you don't mind, I'll belabor this topic with one last post (and I promise to let you get back to your life!): One thing I've found to be true about 90% of the time, is that if I record an entire script once without stopping, there are sure to be issues (like mouth noises, unwanted breaths, not getting "just the right tone" here and there, etc.). But when I go back and pick up lines, the inflection--again about 90% of the time--is never as good as the first take. Although the mouth noises might have been corrected; unwanted breathing removed; good tone achieved...it's difficult to match the delivery of the first take.
So, in light of this, I feel I have at least two things to work on. (1) Nailing everything in a single take--even if it's not the first run-through. (2) Nailing inflections, dynamics, and tone with the pick up lines.
Thank you very much for your kind words! And what a great voice you have!
In your videos, I noticed you are able to deliver the entire monologue in a single sitting without fumbling anything! This is incredible to me. I only hope to be able to do this one day.
Sometimes I wonder if we new guys (and gals) aren't really training the way we ought to since many problems are so easily "fixed" in post. In other words, perhaps the idea that we might have to learn to "get it all" in one take is lost on us. Or am I wrong about this?
As a musician, I always practiced my instrument with the idea that I might one day have to perform live--i.e. no going back and doing another take. And this worked well for me, as I did eventually find myself performing live! But nowadays, with ProTools and other such software, nearly anyone can jump into a studio and record themselves--all the while knowing that mistakes can be corrected with a mouse click. Because they know this, no real effort is made to perfect the craft of a solid performance.
But you are able to perform from start to finish. Bravo!