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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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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Voice Talent Wisdom: Not Your Typical Advice Column

  Voice Talent Wisdom: Not Your Typical Advice Column 1.) We often hear of most success stories in this industry that involve being in the right place at the right time.  Stories from the fortunate few in this industry who have gone on to make six, even seven figure salaries and achieve a massive amount of recognition for their talents and the story is pretty much all the same.  A top agent just happened to be waiting in line at Starbucks and heard them speak, pulled them aside and now you’re the voice of this channel and that network.  Their long-standing voice was out sick or on vacation with his/her family. It just so happened that they needed an emergency job and hired someone else.  Now they…

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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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