What do you get when you take some real dialogue from website comment sections, have them voiced by killer voice actors, and then have the whole thing performed with sock puppets? Simple: You get Sock Puppet Theatre!
And when I say killer voice actors I mean some of the top voice actors in the industry! People like Rob Paulsen, April Whinchell, Pamela Adlon, Billy West, Fred Tatasciore, Kari Wahlgren, and Bob Joles.
But you wanna see some videos, right?
So... here they are:
What do Yakko Warner (from the Animaniacs), Pinky (from Pinky and the Brain), Raphael and soon Donatello (from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), Hadji (from Jonny Quest), and about another billion animated characters have in common?
The answer: ONE incredibly talented voice actor!
His name is Rob Paulsen
No, I'm not talking about a quote from a popular 1999 movie. (Actually, the quote was "His name was Robert Paulsen" but without Googling it can you name the movie?)
I'm talking about one of the most gifted voice actors in the business: Rob Paulsen — a man who has a list of voice acting credits that make the phrase "a mile long" seem tiny. (You can check them out at Rob Paulsen on IMDb.)
A major influence
I grew up listening to the man perform in many cartoons. And yet from TV show to TV show I never suspected it was the same guy doing the voices. All I knew is that whichever character he happened to be performing, I gravitated toward it.
Here's just a tiny sampling of some of his work along with a 3-part series on voice acting!
I realize that I haven't written in about a month, but there is a very good reason.
Well, actually two good reasons.
A new job
The first is that around the middle of August I landed a new voice acting job, and it's the kind of job that voice actors salivate over: a full-year-contracted-guaranteed-pay kind of job! So I was busy going over the contract and getting acquainted with my new job. I'll write more about it in a later post.
The second reason is that I "contracted" pneumonia — ouch! Luckily though, it hasn't affected my voice, just my lung capacity. I know I know, I shouldn't push myself. But don't worry, I'm still resting and taking it easy... in-between VO jobs.
Call me late to the party, but just recently I saw Disney's Tangled and WOW was that a great movie! And so, for your viewing pleasure, here are two "behind the scenes" videos of the movie.
Tangled's two stars, Mandy Moore & Zachary Levi, getting directed and singing the movie's love theme.
Interviews with the stars and crew:
(Listen to what Mandy Moore & Zachary Levi say: the two actors were NEVER in the same room together when performing their lines. It was all made seamless by through the directing!)
Here's a great video by voice actor Jonathan Tilley about what are you worth as a voice actor. After the video, check out some of my additions to his list.
In addition to Jonathan's list of what clients say to justify paying a lower fee, here are a few more I've heard (with my comments in parentheses.)
"Any voice actor who knows his craft can get this done in no time." (True, a trained voice actor can get a quality recording out faster because we have the training and experience. But should we accept a lower payment just because we are good at our craft? NO! That training and experience demand a higher fee, not lower.)
"We can only pay a small fee for this project, but we have more work that we can send your way in the future." (Really? More work? Great! Before you get too excited, keep in mind that this is a COMMON ploy in many freelancing fields. I hear it quite a bit in the website design biz I dabble in. Remember to charge for ONE job at a time. "Future" work is just that, in the future. It should have no influence on the present.)
"It's only a few lines." (Yes, it might only be a little ten-second blurb, but it takes a voice actor longer than 10 seconds to record it, clean up the audio, and correspond with the client. In addition, we get paid for having and maintaining a home studio, having professional equipment, and some ROI (return on investment) for the money we put into our training and education — just like any other profession.)
Ira Glass of This American Life is no stranger to the trials and tribulations of being a person driven by creative ambitions. In this video, Ira shares some extremely profound advice for beginners to any creative field. It doesn't matter if you're an up-and-coming writer, designer, musician, actor, or voice actor, these words will hit home.