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Careers in voice over

The Art of Voice Acting – NEW Fourth Edition!

The Art of Voice Acting – NEW Fourth Edition! James R. Alberger’s classic book on voice acting just got better! This all-new fourth edition is packed with information ranging from voice exercises and copy samples, solid business advice, guidance on preparing demos, and lots more! Even the CD comes with more audio than the previous third edition (more tips on [Continue Reading…]

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Careers in voice over

Voice acting: What’s your favorite genre?

For many voice-over actors, having a career in voice acting is one of the most enjoyable ways to make a living. I mean, with so many genres to choose from, who could ever get bored? But honestly, some genres are more fun than others. It all depends on what gets you excited and your own personal level of “yeah, I [Continue Reading…]

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Tips & techniques

Learning foreign accents for voice overs

A buddy of mine tipped me off to these four videos on YouTube about how to learn foreign accents for voice overs. While I’m not yet at a level in my voice acting journey to delve into practicing foreign accents (I’m still working on mastering my own accent! 😉 ) these videos are still a great learning tool. If anything, [Continue Reading…]

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Script analysis

Voice-over tip: Are you talking to yourself?

Have you ever had one of those slap-your-hand-to-your-head-and-say-“d’oh!” moments? You know the kind. It’s when all of the facts have been patiently staring you in the face while your brain stubbornly refuses to acknowledge them. Then suddenly “WHAM!” the connection is made and you find the palm of your hand applied firmly to your forehead. You hear words like “Duh!“, [Continue Reading…]

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Tips & techniques

What American Idol taught me about voice acting

I admit it, I love American Idol. Not the first few episodes where the weirdos and freakish fame seekers crawl out from wherever they lurk and attempt to be “unique”, but anytime after the top 12 are chosen. It’s during this time in the show’s progression that one can truly see and hear talented individuals. Having a music background myself, [Continue Reading…]

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Script analysis

The language/emotion connection in voice acting

If you asked a professional voice actor to perform a script like a regular person reading out loud from a book, he or she could do it — and you would immediately recognize the poor performance. If you asked for a natural, conversational read, then you would immediately recognize that one as well (and be much, much happier with the [Continue Reading…]

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Script & copy basics

Voice-acting tip: breathing life into lists

Pretty much all of the books on becoming a voice-over actor will teach you how to perform a list of two or more items. Basically, each item in the list must sound different than the previously spoken item, with each one sounding better than the last. The most common approach is to assign a different vocal pitch to each item. [Continue Reading…]

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Tips & techniques

Do you know how take it? Direction, I mean…

It can be nerve-racking to the beginning voice-over actor: standing there in a small, cramped, sound-proof booth that pokes at the claustrophobic bits of your sub-conscience while your voice-acting coach seemingly bashes your ego time and time again with “That wasn’t quite right. Do it again. But this time with more ABC and not so much XYZ.” You long to [Continue Reading…]

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Messages

The funny side of voice acting

Here’s a little voice-over humor I thought the faithful readers of VAN would enjoy. It’s a comic called Voice Overload and it’s done by voice actor Jeffrey Kafer. Jeffery does a fantastic job of capturing the humorous side of the whole voice over business: the ups and the downs (with the occasional sudden left hooks and right jabs as well.) [Continue Reading…]

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