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September 10th, 2012

BEST voice over audio lessons on MP3!

I just wanted to let everyone know about the fully-stocked library of voice over mp3 audio lessons here at VAN. These lessons are by some great coaches such as Nancy Wolfson, Pat Fraley, Harlan Hogan and many others! Voice actor Dan O'Day has taken great pains to compile them and put them up on his website for sale.

Yes, they are for sale. But isn't your voice acting career worth a little educational expense? (And hey! It's tax deductible!)

Be sure to check them out here:
BEST voice over audio lessons on MP3

March 7th, 2011

How to nail voice over copy!

On Tuesday night, March 15th, the good people over at VoiceOverXtra will be presenting another killer webinar called How To Nail That Copy! The webinar will be presented by best-selling author and voice actress, Terri Apple.

During the webinar you'll learn:

  • How to understand FULLY what all specs mean
  • Know the difference between your VOICE and THE SELL
  • How to get out of your EGO and into the writer's perspective
  • When it's OK to improvise
  • What an ALTERNATE read means
  • How to create winning alternate reads
  • How to nail the SELL and re-nail it
  • How to re-create your winning audition in the actual session
  • How to create more "range" in your auditions
  • The 4 Easy Steps to cold reading
  • And more!

To sign up for the event or to learn more, just follow this little blue link!

May 24th, 2010

Voice over scripts for free!

Voice over scriptsAnyone 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 might seem a little daunting. But never fear! Getting your hands on voice over scripts is only a mouse click away...

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May 3rd, 2010

Voice-acting tip: breathing life into lists

Voice-acting listsPretty 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. For example: a low-middle-high or a middle-high-low read for lists of three items. For lists of four or more, alternating your pitch in a low-middle-low-middle fashion is a common practice.

But this approach can often lack the ever-important emotional punch.

In this post, I'd like to share with you a wonderful voice acting technique that will help you to breathe life into the lists that often appear in voice-over scripts.

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October 20th, 2009

Basic voice over script construction

Voice over script constructionThere are a lot of different flavors of commercials out there that voice over artists are expected to interpret and deliver with amazing spot-on accuracy. An important step to making that sparkling performance a reality is to first know how the script is constructed so you can flow from one section to the next with ease — making the necessary vocal adjustments along the way.

If you are a beginner to voice overs, memorize the following list:

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September 26th, 2009

Making the copy your own

Making the copy your ownOne of the most challenging, and in some cases confusing, aspects to the voice over beginner is the concept of "making the copy your own". I had heard this expression many, many times from various sources (books, blogs, voice acting coaches, etc.) and it baffled me to no end for quite a long time. At first I thought it meant I had to create my own 100% original characters — something completely different than who I really am or completely different than my already "set-in-stone" personality. But that really isn't the case...

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