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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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Careers in voice over

“Remarkably unremarkable” — what great voice actors are.

I just finished reading Harlan Hogan’s VO: Tales And Techniques of a Voice-Over Actor for the third time (yes, it’s that good.) In the final few pages he includes a quote from Executive Creative Director of K & R Marc Advertising, Jack Badofsky, that paints the perfect picture of what makes a voice actor a great voice actor:

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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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Tips & techniques

Really nasty “tongue twisters” for voice acting practice

I’m not sure if these could be classified as tongue twisters or not. They’re really not that hard to say from a diction point of view. But they are challenging in a completely different way — and that difference makes them excellent “sort of” tongue twisters to practice your acting. Here’s the first little beastie:

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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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Careers in voice over

More on voice over auditions

In the previous post I talked a little bit about dealing with the stink of audition rejection. Since then, I’ve stumbled across (or have been informed of) some other posts on the topic of auditioning for voice overs. Take a gander at these: Sorry, you’re not ‘it’ – Double Dutch Blog Three Steps to Improving Your VO Audition Technique – [Continue Reading…]

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