Mobile Recording Adventures

Mobile Recording Adventures Back in June, while visiting my native Connecticut for a doctor’s appointment, I had the rare opportunity to audition from inside a very hot car.  This was my first mobile recording adventure on wheels – my initial experience recording inside a car, as I’m normally in the city and use the subway for transportation.  But after my appointment, a few projects arrived in my inbox with important deadlines.  I figured: why not test out my current set-up.  The video above showcases the recording rig, though not the actual recording in process.  I know – I’m such a tease! While mobile recording for voice over is common in our industry, this particular set-up is different.  I normally record in a closet or somewhere extra cozy and confined.  However, the vehicle…

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The Conversational Complex

The Conversational Complex Reality Vs Voice Over Reality It’s getting to the point where the popular conversational style of voiceover that we all love and know so well, is being perceived as too “announcer-y.” Maybe it’s that the voice seekers in general are getting too comfortable with this style of delivery or are running out of ideas on how to give both creative and effective direction.  Perhaps us talents are just taking it for granted, thinking no effort is required because the direction is straight-forward enough, thus easily missing the connection and the important questions behind each script. I feared this for while but it was only a matter of time before it would catch on.  It’s no one’s fault really. Call it boredom on…

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Conversational, Real, No Voice Over Types Please

* A note to my readers.  The following post is rather lengthy, opinionated and based on one isolating occurrence surrounding my own experiences as a voice talent.  It in no way reflects the voice over industry as a whole.  Please take it with a grain of salt.  The sole intention is to educate and better inform fellow colleagues, talents and various other professionals in this business.   I am always open to debate, disagreement or further discussion so if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email me directly at moc.illessornaitsirhc@naitsirhC  I thank you for reading. Conversational, Real, No Voice Over Types Please The question continues to bug voice talents like myself in major markets all over the country. Why am I not getting opportunities to audition…

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The Three Tiers of The Voice Over Audition

The Three Tiers Of The Voice Over Audition A Wee Bit Of Change No matter how you look at it, the voice over auditioning process has gone through a wee bit of change over the years.  Dramatically.  Well, basically everything went online.  And the sheer volume of work continuing to head in this direction has sent one or two tidal waves throughout the industry. Go ahead. Admit it. There are times when you take auditioning for granted.  We don’t realize the work it requires and the realities setting into place.  ‘Ah, they’ll love me.  All I gotta do is lay down some money reads and it’s a given’  Kudos to you for the confidence!  Were you also aware that there are a few layers to the…

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The Land of Almost

The Land Of Almost As voiceover people, when we’re constantly in the land of almost, almost booking a voiceover job, almost getting signed with a major agent or manager, almost getting on an internet radio service’s roster, almost getting invited to Uncle Roy’s BBQ it can seem like a real headache. Believe it or not, there’s room for optimism in these moments. In voiceover, almost booking or getting short-listed is sometimes better than actually booking.  Why?  Because it can mean any number of things. They really loved us but are going in a different direction.   They’re almost positive they’ll have work for us down the line as we’re now their ‘preferred voice’. They want a more ‘Promotional’ Voice… We handled direction well in the booth, loved our take on…

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You’ve Heard This Before

  You’ve Heard This Before Dear Readers, I’m back to that place again.  That dreaded feeling of being over-whelmed by the vortex of VO talent blogs, posts, groupies, conferences – everyone disclosing their secrets (and all at the same time I might add), sharing endless wisdom they absolutely have to get off their chest, news that someone somewhere is recording a commercial and they had to let us know how “productive’ they were that morning, etc.  More of the same, more or less.   (CUE booing and ‘ugh, Christian, GOD, WTF dude’) Are you also feeling a bit over-whelmed?  Is your head spinning? Well, make the choice to get away and stick with it.  That’s what I did and do often. I went on a…

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Casting Directors. Are they necessary? (in Voice Over) Part One.

  Casting Directors. Are they necessary (In Voice Over)?  Part One. By now I’m sure you’ve probably heard about a remarkable new documentary out on HBO called “Casting By”, which profiles the often misunderstood role of casting directors in the film industry.  In particular it focuses on the career and influence of one woman, the late Marion Dougherty, who hand-picked and helped foster the careers of some of the most legendary actors in Hollywood history.  While this documentary focused solely on the role of the casting community in film, I was touched by this documentary in many ways.  For one, it resonated with me, as I had considered a career in casting years before I became a voice talent, so I understood the process the…

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The Land Of Almost. It’s Better Than You Think.

The Land Of Almost.  It’s Better Than You Think. Believe it or not, I’m an optimist. Almost booking a voiceover job or getting short-listed is sometimes better than booking because, for me,  it means there’s another opportunity around the corner.  Of course one doesn’t know for sure and there’s a good amount of indecisiveness on the client side, but I’ve found the odds are usually in my favor.  Trust me- it’s a good feeling. We can all agree that rejection takes a certain amount of fortitude and bravery.  So much so that it’s caused me grow an impenetrable wall around mind that prevents any toxic thoughts or negative energy from entering.  Well, lately that is. Not to brag but I’ve been doing pretty well.  Lots…

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The Announcer in All of Us

The Announcer In All Of Us It creeps up on us like a bad dream. It lures us into that special comfort zone. It tempts us like the container of Nutella or the cookie jar late at night.   The copy direction warns us NOT to go there and yet we do.  We make the trip to announcer-land.  The habit of over-projecting when it’s really a simple conversation. When it’s really that we’re just talking to someone- A friend, a relative, a family member, or random stranger.   In the back of our minds, we know that some ad executive, producer, or director in that room, is yearning to hear that good ol’ fashioned ‘announcer sound’ we are often told to avoid.  We do it…

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