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Tips & techniques

List of acting emotions for practice

(Note: Due to the popularity of this post, I’ve moved it from the archives to the home page.) Voice over acting is just that — acting. Which means that you must have the ability to express a myriad of emotions through only the sound of your voice. And it must be done in a completely believable way. How can you [Continue Reading…]

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Script & copy basics

Voice over scripts for free!

(Note: Due to the popularity of this post, I’ve moved it from the archives to the home page.) Anyone looking to become a voice over actor needs scripts to practice with. And since you can’t just walk into any bookstore and pick up a collection of scripts complete with radio, television, telephony, narration, video game, multi-person dialogue and more, it [Continue Reading…]

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Careers in voice over

This is AWESOME!

I just saw this posting on a job website and had to share it before it was taken down. Finally someone is speaking out! I did a quick edit on 1-2 things (plus removed the website’s name) but other than that it’s pretty much 100% as seen on the job website. Please check it out!

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Videos

HISHE – Superhero edition (video)

It’s been a while since I posted videos here on VAN. And since my last post was “heavy on the deep-side” I thought it might be fun to put up a video or two (or three or four or…) The following videos are from one of my favorite sites called “How It Should Have Ended”. The Dark Knight Here are [Continue Reading…]

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Careers in voice over

Ignorance isn’t bliss – it’s insulting

I’m getting annoyed. Very, very annoyed. I’m getting annoyed at how some voice seekers have become almost condescending towards voice actors. The tone with which they write their job descriptions and the budgets that they post are down right insulting. Yes, I understand that many voice seekers are ignorant of the voice-over world, its rates, and what voice talent have [Continue Reading…]

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Careers in voice over

Wanna be big? Then start small

Ok. So you wanna be the next Sponge Bob or Porky Pig or Joker or even just a smaller character in an animated series. It’s a good goal. Goals are good. But if you are just starting out as a beginning voice actor, then you’d better stop packing your suitcase for your big move to Hollywood. There are so many [Continue Reading…]

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Careers in voice over

The new voice over job

After briefly mentioning the new voice over job that I got back in August I’ve received quite a few emails asking me to talk about some of the juicy details. Since I aim to please, this post will be all about what exactly the job is, how I landed the job, what the job entails, how much time I spend [Continue Reading…]

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Careers in voice over

Working for peanuts – not prime rib

This isn’t a detailed scientific study. This isn’t even a controlled experiment. It’s just an observation of a single occurrence. And yet every voice actor in the industry has seen something similar. They know this is going on and they know it’s causing the slow decline of the voice actor’s salary and the cheapening of our image as highly-trained professionals. [Continue Reading…]

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Script analysis

Your cool ain’t necessarily that cool

Recently I was hired to voice as a young “cool and hip” 25 to 30 year old guy for an in-house video. I got the script along with the storyboard a few hours before the recording session. I then dutifully analyzed and practiced the script a few times. I was ready, willing, and feeling like a “cool and hip” 25 [Continue Reading…]

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Careers in voice over

Choosing a voice coach – part 2

In Choosing a voice coach – part 1, we looked at some of the different types of lessons out there and how to find the best match to your learning style. Now in part 2, we’re going to talk a little bit about what kind of person you want as your coach. Should he or she be a full-time voice [Continue Reading…]

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