Start Your New Voice-Over Year With Two
More Patrick Fraley Exercise Challenges
January 3, 2019
By Patrick FraleyVoice Actor & Trainer
The 'Series of Three' Exercise
practice different techniques for giving "A Series of Three" of the same line
to a director or producer.
Materials: A recording device and a partner if you have one.
- Look over the five Series of Three Performance Lines below. Choose one, and with it in mind,
perform it using one of the six Series
of Three Techniques.
- Play back for your partner or alone,
and listen for a difference.
- Continue to match up and perform Series of Three Performance Lines with
the Series of Three Techniques.
Series of Three Performance Lines
- Your ancestors are pleased. You have
brought great honor to the house of Krondu.
- Best-case scenario? You're dead and
I'm havin' a smoke.
- I was not always a traveler. Once I
ruled a kingdom, but that's another story.
- When I want an opinion, I'll give it
to you. Now get back to your station!
- As the sun set, it's
brilliance shone like liquid fire against the ruined castle walls.
Note: You're going to find
one technique works best for you.
Series of Three Techniques
- The Goldilocks Series.
Perform the line, Too Hot, Too Cold, and then Just Right.
- The Circle Back Series.
Deliver the Right Choice, Contrasting Choice, Right Choice Again.
- The Sally Fields Series.
Perform the line as if you Like the
Person You Are Speaking To, Dislike
Them, and are Indifferent to Them.
- The Hide and Seek Series.
Perform as if three People Can Hear You,
Only One Can Hear You in Secret, then,
One Person Hears You Not In Secret.
- The Sandbagging Series.
Never give them your best choice first. Save it for your last performance. Do
anything on the first two, and then hit them with your best shot.
The 'Good-Bad Mindset' Exercise
It doesn't get simpler. If the
commercial has a story (possessing conflict or implied conflict) there is a problem (Bad) and a solution (Good). With commercials, the solution
is often the product or service.
- Record the script below the way you think others not using the Good Bad Mindset
- Then, following The Good Bad Mindset, perform
it following the notes at the beginning of each passage.
1st Read, "Stroke" TV
Like most people, you tackle
a to-do list. Every day. And maybe you find the time to relax and just take it
all in. Your life is pretty much normal.
Until it's not.
When a stroke happens, it
comes out of nowhere.
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our board-certified doctors specialize in stroke treatment.
So you can get back
on your feet.
When the unthinkable
happens, think Regional Medical Center.
Read, "Stroke" TV
Like most people, you tackle a to-do list. Every day. And maybe you find the
time to relax and just take it all in. Your life is pretty much normal.
Until it's not.
a stroke happens, it comes out of nowhere.
Regional Medical Center, our board-certified doctors specialize in stroke
treatment. So you can get back on your feet.
the unthinkable happens,
think Regional Medical Center.
actor and voice-over trainer Patrick Fraley holds an MFA from Cornell
University in Pro Acting, and is the author of 16 books on voice-over,
including Patrick Fraley's Complete Book of Voice Over Exercises.
He has supplied voices to more than 5,000 cartoon characters, placing
him in the top 10 to be cast in animated TV programs. And he trains
voice actors in workshops nationwide and in online Home Study Courses
that include personal coaching.
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