Saturday, December 31, 2016

It Can Be Done in 2017

Competition is a constant in life no matter what field a person is in. It should never be a reason to not do something you love. Developing ones skills should be the main focus, not worrying about how much competition there is. The competition gets less and less as one gets better and better.
As I look back on my career I think about the people who were supportive and the people who said it's all too competitive to be successful. For heavens sake, everything is competitive. That has nothing to do with anything.
There are always these different influences around all of us. I want to say to everyone as we enter the new year that the only voice you should listen to regarding what you want to do in life, is your own.
Your own voice will lead you if you plan, if you work, if you pay attention. So here's to your voice...
The one in your head... and the one that comes out your mouth. May you all have a successful 2017:)

Monday, December 26, 2016

Free Voiceover Seminar/Workshop Saturday January 7th 10am

Curious about voiceovers? Interested, but not quite sure about your potential? No problem! We offer one free Seminar/Workshop on the first Saturday of the month in Santa Clarita. There's never been a better time to start your voiceover career.
We have created AzzurraMedia Ranch on five scenic acres in Santa Clarita, CA to accommodate our expanding voiceover services,  and professional voiceover training classes. Come in for one free voiceover class on the first Saturday of the month from 10am to 11:30am and one free class in the  Wednesday evening class 7:30 to 10pm.
 Call to register as a guest 310-827-3500, or email.

Discover for yourself what it actually takes to break in and become a successful voiceover talent. Moreover, we invite you to get up and get some hands-on experience reading copy, getting direction and making corrections in a friendly, supportive setting. Classes are ongoing, so you can sign up and join at any time. Go ahead—take your voice on a test drive and hear what the two of you can do together.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

The Life Changing Importance of Voice Development

Voiceover artists, actors and all professionals have many skills to learn. Perhaps one area that is overlooked or doesn’t get enough focus is voice development.


Our Voice is the Engine that carries all of our ideas, thoughts, and  plans to everyone we come in contact with. Voice development benefits not just voiceover artists and actors, but everyone. People with superior speaking skills have an enormous advantage over others who are less polished. All great athletes have workouts and its not because they don’t know what they are doing. It is because in this competitive world communication skills need to be honed to the highest levels. A trained voice is more responsive to a persons intent in a conversation. Having control over ones tone of voice and breathing is not only an asset in voiceover work, but also critical in communications both professional and personal.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Free Voiceover Seminar/Workshop Saturday December 3rd 10am

Curious about voiceovers? Interested, but not quite sure about your potential? No problem! We offer one free Seminar/Workshop on the first Saturday of the month in Santa Clarita. There's never been a better time to start your voiceover career.
We have created AzzurraMedia Ranch on five scenic acres in Santa Clarita, CA to accommodate our expanding voiceover services,  and professional voiceover training classes. Come in for one free voiceover class on the first Saturday of the month from 10am to 11:30am and one free class in the  Wednesday evening class 7:30 to 10pm.
 Call to register as a guest 310-827-3500, or email.

Discover for yourself what it actually takes to break in and become a successful voiceover talent. Moreover, we invite you to get up and get some hands-on experience reading copy, getting direction and making corrections in a friendly, supportive setting. Classes are ongoing, so you can sign up and join at any time. Go ahead—take your voice on a test drive and hear what the two of you can do together.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Voiceover Artists Have To Know The Difference Between Screaming and Yelling - To Survive

There has been a lot of discussion about voice actors standing up for themselves when doing extreme voices for video games and other media. All those points are well taken.
Having said that, It is my opinion there should also be much more discussion about how to develop a well produced voice that just doesn't rely on "making hamburger" out of ones self to create a theatrical vocal effect.
A persons voice is the engine that does all the work. Developing it and fine tuning technique is very important. I have actually had some agents tell me that they don't want their actors learning voice development because it will make them loose their"naturalness" Well of course it does if you do it incorrectly and don't understand vocal production. They are reacting to some classes where actors do "voice exercises" that involve screaming until they're hoarse to "build up the muscle".
Yes there's a lot of stupid out there, it just takes some common sense to avoid it.
Voice development and breathing exercises give the voice greater range, sustainability, nuance and yes improved naturalness and believability.  The more control a person has over their voice, the more creative freedom they have because they aren't fighting vocal exhaustion. A voice is a powerful instrument that deserves to be developed and the best of care.