a lot of hard work and requires patience, persistence and doing
the "homework" that will result in you being able to make a living (or
partial living) out of your pursuit. Turn back nowand
put your time and energy into something fun and invigorating like
parachuting. No really, voiceover work is not just like talking. If
it were, everybody would be doing it.
It's very tough to get your
performance up to a competitive level and when you do,
just the beginning. Then you have to compete for jobs and actually DO
job. Then there's filing the paperwork, following up on the billing,
looking for your next job while you continue to market your brains out.
I'm on several widely circulated
compilation CDs and my demos can be
from the web.
Forget about voiceover work. Spend the
money on a big screen TV with Surround
Sound and a DVD player. Still stoked? Don't say I didn't warn you. Read
The Technique Voiceover
Curriculum provides guidance to
whom the attraction is too great. Technique, Inc. ® 1996
I. Learning to listen critically.
You only thought you knew how to listen.
II. The Voice.
It's an instrument. How does it work? How do you work it?
Care and feeding of the voice; keeping it in shape, AM vs PM, noises, water.
Solids, liquids, gasses.
III. Practicing to improve the skill of reading aloud.
Bringing the words to life with full intent. Making them sound like original thoughts
IV. Learning how to score copy for breathing and inflection.
Marking your copy for intonation, emphasis and pacing.
V. Learning microphone technique.
Every mic is different. It's part of your job to know exactly where to be, and where not to be.
VI. Using headphones, or not.
Some like 'em low. Some like 'em hot. Some don't like 'em at all. So why use 'em?
VII. Learning how to take (and understand) direction.
Establishing the right character, attitude, pacing, projection and intent.
VIII. Preparing for the most frequent problems.
Late session, too much copy, copy changes, bad headphones, bad attitudes, regaining your composure.
IX. Professional courtesies.
Making time for a session, asking for copy before the session, arrive early, schedule changes, dubs of your work.
X. Marketing yourself.
The Demo; CD, online.
Commercials, Narrations, Characters, Politicals, Real People.
Information On VO Demos
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