Audition Fun With Christian

When Voice Over And Trains Collide..In Buffalo

   When Voiceover And Trains Collide…In Buffalo As many of you know, in addition to loving voiceover, I’m a serious train addict. Marrying the two loves can be a bit of a stretch, from a branding perspective, but I have no trouble devoting equal amounts of time to both. When voiceover and trains collide, I can be seen almost always on the side-lines at stations photographing train life along the Hudson River. Well, this time I put that addiction to test by taking a much anticipated train up to Buffalo NY for the first time. In addition to exploring the historical landmarks, a somewhat chaotic tour of Niagara Falls in the rain, some great bars/restaurants as well as Art Scene, I got the chance to…

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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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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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