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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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Audiobook narration

The making of an audiobook – part 5

In this latest (and I am sorry it’s so late in coming) installment of The making of an audiobook series, I’m going to talk about the pros and cons of the two most common ways to record an audiobook: punch record and straight record. Let’s dig in…

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Tips & techniques

A few voice over tips…

Here are a few quick tips from voice over legend Bob Bergen (the amazing voice of Porky Pig plus many many more.) Don’t do a demo until you are ready! When it comes to cartoons, every character has a voice but not all voices have character. If you physically play the character the voice will follow. It’s never slow in [Continue Reading…]

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Audiobook narration

The making of an audiobook – part 4

In this installment in The making of an audiobook series, I’m going to point out some very important little things you may not have thought about. You see, before you hit that record button, you’d better make sure everything is set up and ready to go (including yourself). Because if you don’t, it’s only more and more headaches down the [Continue Reading…]

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Audiobook narration

The making of an audiobook – part 3

So, you’ve followed my advice in part one and recieved the proper training along with knowing if you really want to do this. And you took my advice in part two by searching for novels that fit your vocal style and auditioning for them. Now in part three, you’ll learn about some very important things you absolutely must do after [Continue Reading…]

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Audiobook narration

The making of an audiobook – part 2

I like to use ACX.com to find audiobook jobs. But choosing which book you’d like to audition for isn’t easy. There are many things you need to take into consideration before warming up your studio and recording your audition. In part two of the “The making of an audiobook” series, I’d like to talk a little bit about just that [Continue Reading…]

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Audiobook narration

The making of an audiobook – part 1

About two months ago I was hired through ACX.com to narrate an audiobook. It’s a full-fledged, 14-hour, fantasy-fiction novel filled with a multitude of unique characters with varying ages and accents (about 5 main characters, 5 minor characters, and at least 15 or so periodic characters. Oh! And the narrator’s voice, too.) Having reached the half-way point in the production, [Continue Reading…]

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Careers in voice over

10 hard rules of life

I’m not sure where this originated, but it arrived in my inbox the other day. I usually don’t pass along these “forward-this-to-the-whole-world” kind of emails, but after a quick read-through I knew this was something worth sharing. It’s mainly aimed at young students who haven’t graduated yet, but I found many of its points very applicable to those of us [Continue Reading…]

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