We all know the saying that “you don’t have to reinvent the wheel”. Advice I’ve taken to heart most of my life. Though, when it comes to your voice over career, you truly must reinvent yourself on a regular basis. The industry, and the trends within it, are constantly in flux … always looking for… More Coach’s Tip #6: Forget The Wheel … Reinvent Yourself
“Okay … Quiet On The Set!” We’ve all heard that classic phrase, customarily uttered as a movie scene is about to be shot. Of course, any voice actor that has been to a professional recording studio is familiar with the glowing “RECORDING” light outside of the booth, informing passersby to remain mute. Obviously, the reason… More Coach’s Tip #5: Quiet On The Set!
About 20 years ago, when I was first starting out in voice over, I was in a guest director promo/trailer workshop at Voice Trax West. The prodigious Beau Weaver was the featured speaker on one of the five 3-hour night sessions. He spent the last hour of his allotted time to talk about “a subject… More Coach’s Tip #4: Promote! Promote!! Promote!!!
If you’ve been at the VO game for any length of time, you will come across a gig you do that gets rave reviews. Yet, when the new season rolls around, or the next wave of spots is created, they decide to change the VO for one reason or another. It could be they put… More They All Come Back … Sometimes!
The slate. Your introduction to the producer, director, or casting agent listening to your audition. Recently, we discussed whether or not you should slate yourself. Today, let’s talk about the slate itself and how you should approach it. First, remember that most of the people listening to your submission are on a time crunch. Since… More Coach’s Tip #3: What’s In A Slate?
That is the question. Of course, as voice actors, we want to give voice to everything in sight. However, when it comes to our own promotion, whether it be the slate on an audition or the greeting on our voicemail, should we use our own voice or that of one of our colleagues? Both have… More To Voice, Or Not To Voice
The yearly gathering of promo producers, editors, designers, executives, and anyone remotely connected to the craft of content promotion, known as PromaxBDA – The Conference, took place this week in the newly renovated section of downtown Los Angeles. The beautiful 54-story J.W. Marriott at L.A. Live was the host venue for what was undoubtedly the… More PromaxBDA 2015
In my first Coach’s Tip I discussed the importance of training in order to have your game ready to deliver a winning performance. This time, it’s all about preparing your facial and vocal muscles to perform at their peak. Though, rather than trying to explain it with written words, I thought it would just be… More Coach’s Tip #2 – Warm-up Like A Pro Athlete
I’m not saying you need to be able to run a sub-5 second 40 yard dash, or bench press 225 pounds for 20+ reps (though, those are worthy accomplishments). But, a professional athlete, whether a starter or a bench player, has to constantly train at their craft and be ready to perform at a high… More Coach’s Tip #1 – Train Like A Pro Athlete