Mobile Mouthings & Configurations

Mobile Mouthings & Configurations Thoughts on the voiceover travel studio set-up from The Everyman Voice. Yes, the time has come to talk about voiceover mobile studio setups (or what I like to call mobile mouthings and configurations).  Have no fear – I’m not about to jump into an in-depth, super knowledgeable post, detailing my years as an audio engineer!  Not at all.  I’m just a regular VO guy who’s been able to produce quality audio from some very basic and simple setups.  I have no expert standing in the audio world, but have been somewhat of an audio enthusiast over the years, and believe that a sense of the creative can lead to excellent sound quality.  A fascination with recording gadgets as a child was inevitable, as I was more or…

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Bruce Kronenberg of Abacus Entertainment: Interview

Interview With Bruce Kronenberg of Abacus Entertainment Bruce Kronenberg Interview Last week Abacus Entertainment celebrated their two year anniversary and the launch of a brand new website. For those of you outside NYC or new to the voice over business, Abacus Entertainment is a media production company that specializes in voice over education, demo production, and on-camera training here in the city.  Well over a year ago I had the opportunity to sit down with my former voice over coach and Abacus co-founder, Bruce Kronenberg, and featured our interview as a piece on my blog.  Abacus has come a long way since then.  And the industry has certainly gone though some changes as well.  Bruce’s story and experience with voiceover though is unique in that he started working in…

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Musings, Mantras, Truths and Questions Within The Creative Quest

Musings, Truths, Mantras and Questions within The Creative Quest or what I’ve learned along the way so far… 1.)  Ask not what your producer can do for you, but what you can do for your producer.  JFK moment of voiceover truth. 2.) Today the landscape of our business trends toward quantity over quality.  Who is working the most.  Doing the most.  Being seen the most.  Instant fame versus years of hard work and talent backing up the ultimate testament of true worth.   How many gigs have you booked? How many followers do you have?  When it comes to voice over work, I can tell you for one that I have not hit the 1000 mark yet.  But who’s counting?  Odd that the quality of select, professional projects seems to resonate less…

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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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A Dream Day for A Voice Over Artist

7am- Wake up 715am- Drink water with lemon to flush the toxins and lube the pipes 730am- Prepare script notes for session, check emails 8am- Source-Connect Session with new client in Germany 830am- Edit and FTP Session 845am- Coffee Break…FINALLY! 9am-11am Auditions, Marketing, Cold Calls, Blogging, Read the News etc 12pm-130pm- Travel to Manhattan to record National TV Campaign 2pm- Lunch 3pm- Auditions at Talent Agency 4pm- Gym 6pm- Home for Dinner, Auditions, Emails, Record Pick-Ups 8pm- Take a stroll around the neighborhood 930pm- Zone out to a movie or funny YouTube videos 11pm- Bed. 7am- Wake up 715am- Drink water with lemon to flush the toxins and lube the pipes 730am- Prepare script notes for session, check emails 8am- Source-Connect Session with new client…

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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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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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Get What You Want….And Get It in Writing!

  Get What You Want..and Get It In Writing. I learned a valuable lesson once again: Failure is growth. Or, at the risk of sounding too dramatic: we learn by mistakes. It was simply a case of careless oversight. It can make a world of difference when you forget to do that one seemingly trivial yet crucial task.  In my case, a client I had acquired earlier this year contacted me again to voice a few radio spots for an on-going campaign.  On the last spot, I had settled for the lower fee by NOT dictating a more reasonable rate for myself, factoring in studio-running costs, editing and finishing, in fear that what I was asking for was a clear cut example of high-balling.  (This is…

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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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