Monday, April 28, 2014

- Print models can make big money doing voiceovers

Many people make great money with a modeling career, but they often aren’t aware that they can make a lot of money doing voiceovers as well. I have noticed that people who model are often very socially adept and communicate really well with people. These are skills that translate beautifully to the world of voiceovers. They are, in fact, the exact skills that are required to have a successful voiceover career. Doing voiceovers for the fashion industry, being a spokesmodel, and other related industries is a natural use of the communication and social skills that models seem to acquire naturally.

Friday, April 25, 2014

- Going from good reads to Great Reads

Reading a sentence and getting it worked out so it sounds idea driven is fairly straight forward work.
VoiceOver artists from pros to beginners learn to do this pretty well. The real work begins after a person can do this.
Multiple takes in a studio are done to find different shades of meaning and nuance. They are not done to figure out the meaning of the copy, all of that should be done before the session.
Time is money in a studio or anywhere else for that matter.
It's relatively easy to do a good read, it's much harder to learn to do great reads. Repetition is the main ingredient. Once it's a good read, repetition will reveal nuances and other possibilities that make the read naturally persuasive. Many times a client isn't sure what they want, so it's up to us VO artists to keep giving them variations until they jump up and say "That's great, do it like that again".
Our ability to hear nuance and variations will develop as we learn to rehearse over and over. Record and play back, record and play back. Greater awareness and artistic control are a direct result of how much flying time we log.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

- Vocal change ups and deceptive cadences will help get you work

I hear a lot of reads that are very well spoken that really don't sound convincing. They don't really sound conversational at all. They are articulate but not "idea driven". I've heard casting agents on large project auditions describe it like this. "Nice voice, but doesn't mean it"
Advertisers tend to pick voiceover artists who can meet all the stylistic demands of the copy and still sound like they're just talking to one of their best friends. This ability to "personalize" copy isn't magic, it has certain musical characteristics.
When we are talking to people in our "Day Voice" we naturally use a lot of vocal change ups, "beat Changes" and deceptive cadences. It's part of the harmonic geography of how we communicate in daily life. When we read copy these characteristics are often left out, making the copy sound merely like a person just reading copy. It's important to study and retain these variations in our best natural speech and not loose that spontaneous expression when we are doing voiceover work.

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