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Script analysis

The voice-over, script-analysis river

When I prepare a script, I always begin by analyzing each and every sentence. I look for clues as to the emotional tone of the script. I dig into the “meat” of every word and phrase to see how they relate to each other. And then finally step back in order to take in the script as a whole. It [Continue Reading…]

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Tips & techniques

The intention behind the words

In a previous post about acting emotions, I gave a list of the most common emotions that any actor worth his or her proverbial salt should be able to produce at the drop of the proverbial hat. But being able to authentically act out emotions is only the tip of a very proverbial iceberg. Yes. There is much, much more. [Continue Reading…]

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Tips & techniques

Don’t sweat audition rejection (it ain’t worth it)

There’s nothing more exciting than sitting in a room full of anxious actors awaiting the call to come in and audition. No, really. There’s nothing more exciting. Well, maybe watching the dust settle into little piles in the room’s corners might rank a little higher on my excitement scale (but that’s just my opinion.) Recently for the sake of my [Continue Reading…]

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Tips & techniques

Believability AND clarity in voice overs

The word was “draperies”, and it was part of a simple 15 second spot for a furniture store. As I diligently listened back to my most recent practice session I heard a major fumble. The pacing of the other words was fine. But when I said the word “draperies” I kinda flew through it, just like I normally say it [Continue Reading…]

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Messages

New list of voice over books

Here’s just a quick announcement to let you know that I just finished putting the “beginning” touches on my list of the best books on voice acting and doing voice overs. I say “beginning” because this list is by no means complete at the time of this writing. How can I make it more complete? Well, I gotta read more [Continue Reading…]

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Tips & techniques

Divide and conquer:
a voice acting practice method

Voice acting is an art, there’s no doubt about that. And being an art form, we can apply some very cool practice methods of other art forms — namely music — to this craft. Back in college I majored in music (composition and audio production). Now obviously, in order to get any degree related to music, you have to become [Continue Reading…]

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Tips & techniques

Give the gift of your voice

Christmas is almost here. And as you look around you can see many hapless souls scrambling about trying to get those last minute gifts. Hey, maybe you’re one of them… or maybe you’re not. Well, wherever you fall on the gift-giving spectrum, there’s one gift that you might want to consider: your voice. It doesn’t matter if you’re a pro [Continue Reading…]

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Tips & techniques

Voice acting “practise” and a “practice” idea

I know. I know. The word ‘practice’ in the title “Voice acting practise” is spelled wrong. I did it on purpose, so please, no e-mails about my poor spelling — my iMac’s spell checker already hates me. 😉 I did so because recently some people found my blog by using misspelled words such as “practise”, “voise”, and “copie” in the [Continue Reading…]

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Tips & techniques

Tongue twisters with a voice acting twist

It doesn’t matter if you’re a budding beginner to voice acting or a seasoned veteran, I’m sure you’ve heard how great tongue twisters are to the profession — and they are. I, myself, have been doing them for quite some time as warm ups and as general “mouth calisthenics” to improve my reading and pronunciation. But to voice over actors [Continue Reading…]

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Careers in voice over

Voice over opportunities abound!

When most non-voice actors hear the term “voice overs”, they think of the funny voices found in cartoons and in animation. A few might make the leap to radio and TV imaging, promos, and commercials. And a few more might even realize that the voices floating over the scenes in a documentary are not necessarily the voices of the researchers [Continue Reading…]

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