America's Got Talent Demo Brad Dassey Best Radio Voice Talent

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Demo audition for America's Got Talent. Voice talent, Brad Dassey, best radio voice for radio commercial ads

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Comment by Craig Crumpton on January 24, 2011 at 2:25pm

You've got a great voice, Brad. Luck wished.

 

And if you don't mind a bit of constructive criticism: be mindful of nervous energy -- that feet-shifting/swaying in front of the mic -- when you're in the booth. It's a habit I had to break myself of that was pointed out to me in one of the first VO workshops I took. You can be physical with your body in the booth to a certain degree if it helps in your performance, but moving your head around the mic can create logistical problems for your engineer/producer.

 

And on a related note, I auditioned for AGT in Atlanta 3 years ago in the Variety Acts category as a singing impressionist. I knew I'd automatically be compared to Terry Fator who had won the previous season, but I had enough original material that I thought I might still fare well on the show and optimistically thought I might at least make the top 12 finalists and perhaps the exposure would be good for my career as a live performer. I hope that doesn't sound like a brag, but I've been working as a live performer for more than a decade and have been a finalist in a number of talent showcases (and it helps to have a unique, entertaining presentation with a proven track record for success).

 

And even though I'd submitted an audition via email in advance and even had an appointment for an interview, it still turned into an all-day affair where I was but one among a few thousand hopefuls who also auditioned that day.

 

I was selected for callbacks and one of the show's producers interviewed me and offered fair praise for my performance which was worth going through the audition experience just for that alone. But as I was on stand-by for a few months while they completed auditions, I decided against going on the show after consulting with some industry friends and a couple friends who had actually been contestants on similar competitive reality shows. I just didn't want to put my career and exposure in the hands of someone else for the sake of TV entertainment -- not for the type format that AGT is known for. And the legal details involved in the contract also didn't set well with me, particularly where my original material was concerned. The biggest problem for me, though, was that the show didn't pay except for expenses. Without raising some sort of financial support, I would've had no income coming in the entire time I was on the show and that simply wasn't an option. And the odds of winning the million bucks weren't in my favor either, so there would be no chance of compensation for the investment of time and effort, other than perhaps some residual interest in me following my appearance on the show.

 

And without meaning to be a total stick-in-the-mud, I really do wish you the best. I just did what I thought was best for me, and I did gain some useful experience from the audition process. Auditioning for AGT in person is definitely a memorable experience.

Comment by Debbie Irwin on January 23, 2011 at 6:56pm
Bring it on!
Comment by Debbe Hirata on January 22, 2011 at 1:48pm
Go Brad!
Comment by Brad Dassey on January 22, 2011 at 10:44am
Thank you for the great comments!  I am blessed.  I have two mics actually.  One that stands on my computer desk (for short narrative scripts) I just enlarge the words on my screen so I can easily read them.  The other mic is held on a boom, where I can open my diaphragm for those announcery type of VO's.  ;-)  We all have our own ways of doing things.  What does YOUR studio look like?  What is most comfortable for YOU when you record your VO's?  Do you have any special tips and tricks to offer out of your own experiences?  I'm sure myself as well as others would love to hear!
Comment by Lynne Darlington on January 22, 2011 at 10:19am

Hi Brad - you are one smooth talker!  Fabulous!

Comment by Rick Marcil on January 22, 2011 at 9:44am
Great sound!  Most of the stuff we record takes an hour or more and the Talent's arm would get tired, so I put the copy stand pretty high up, just below where it would reflect the sound.  Less opportunity for paper noise too!
Comment by Izaki Shadrack on January 22, 2011 at 1:31am
Well done ! Clean,with the right attitude as well.
Comment by Ted Morgan on January 21, 2011 at 10:54pm
Very Well Done!!
Comment by Brad Dassey on January 21, 2011 at 9:57pm

Mike, I'd be happy to give you some pointers and nuggets of info of what I know if you send me an email.  Or if you have Skype, that might be easier as well.

 

Email: braddassey@gmail.com

Skype: braddasseyvoiceovers

 

Looking forward to talking soon!

 

 

Blessings,

Brad

Comment by Mike Coon on January 21, 2011 at 9:55pm

Dear Brad:  Very nice!  Very smooth read of a compelling and silly script!  I don't consider myself much of a "techie" in the recording aspect of what we do....can you explain in "layman's" how you get that awesome sound for the actual recording portion of this video?  Best wishes for success!

Regards,

Mike

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