Top Voice Actors Share Their Wisdom
In New eBook; Learn From Excerpts ...
By Doug Turkel
Like a lot of voice over talent, not a week goes by that I don’t get a number of emails of the "How do I get into voice overs?” variety.
I answer them all, and provide a long list of resources and information that beginners can use to start on their path to a voice over career. (For what it’s worth I almost never hear back from any of these people, even though I offer to answer any follow-up questions they may have.)
I can only imagine how many of these emails the top-level talent in our industry must receive.
TOP VOICE ACTORS SHARE
But I thought that if I asked some of the top voices in the game about their road to success, and made their answers freely available, it might keep a lot of those questions out of their Inboxes. Plus, those of us who aspire to perform at their level could glean some knowledge and inspiration from their experiences.
So I emailed a dream team of voice over talent, and was completely blown away by how willing they were to share, and by how honest and candid they were with their answers.
Thirty of the industry's best dished on everything from performance advice and marketing tips to best practices in terms of landing an agent. The result is a new, free ebook called Voices of Experience – Pro Voiceover Talent Share the Wisdom of Their Success.
Here are just a few of the powerful things they share in this book:
ON PERFORMANCE & AUDITIONING
Keri Tombazian: "Trust the words of the script more than the specs. The direction, "Not an announcer” is fairly useless. Even "warm and conversational” does not truly tell you anything about the story in the copy. Dedicate yourself to understanding how to animate words to their meaning – to understand the text and bring truth to it.”
Cam Buzz Brainard: "You need to have a strong point of view, you can’t just copy people. You can’t go to websites and listen to peoples’ demos and try to emulate them. You need to have your own point of view, and you need to listen, and be able to take direction.”
Pat Fraley: "In auditions, promoting, and public relations, try not to do what others do. They aren't looking for "The Best." They are looking for what's "Good and Different." There's a reason Christopher Walken has a career. It's always been that way.”
Harlan Hogan: "Focusing on your performance misses the point of voice work. It’s really not what YOU sound like or what words you emphasize in your ‘performance.’ What’s important is how you can make a listener feel. So your focus is not on you and your performance, but on using your skills to communicate to THEM.”
Steve Mackall: "Unabashedly be yourself in the auditioning process. There’s only one you. Don’t try and wear someone else’s hat. Read the buyer’s direction, then run it through your filter. Be confident about it and genuinely have fun!”
ON AGENTS & MARKETING
Wally Wingert: "Once you get an agent, always remember that they're YOUR employee. Don't be afraid to send them suggestions, strategy ideas, and other cooperative efforts to help advance your career. Never EVER just leave it up to them and take a complacent, inactive role in your career.”
Virginia Hamilton: "You are in business for yourself. So be prepared to RUN that business. Your agent, your manager, your coach – they do not run your business – you do! Remember your agent gets 10% (give or take) and you get 90% ... that means you should be doing 90% of the work. And that work isn’t just doing the job. It’s getting the job, doing the job, keeping the job, turning it into other jobs, etc.”
Townsend Coleman: "Don’t be shy about trying to contact someone in the biz you admire and ask them how they got started. Remember, we all started somewhere … you have to go get, it won’t just come to you. It takes not only talent, but energy, patience, and above all, perseverance.”
Marc Cashman: "You have to be an attractive package to an agent, and that means ... sounding and looking like a total pro. Talent also has to be commensurate with a demo. Your demos will make you sound great, but you have to be able to deliver the "goods." And look for smaller talent agencies to start. You don't want to be a tiny fish in an ocean of talent.”
Joe Cipriano: "Finding new business is all about us as talent being very involved in what’s going on out there and knowing what’s happening. So read. Listen.”
TO READ MORE ...
There’s lots more from wonderful talent in voice over genres including Commercial, Promo, Audiobooks, Animation, Trailers and more, who were generous enough to share (at least some of) what they know.
You’ll even learn who is obsessed with having fresh breath, who enjoys having nightmares, and who is scared to death by the Pillsbury Doughboy. (Yes, really.)
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ABOUT DOUG ...
Doug Turkel has more than 20 years of experience as a professional voice talent. Branding himself as the "UNnouncer” - as opposed to the brash "Monster Truck” guy - he has "quietly" become the voice behind more than 10,000 spots and several TV networks. His strong roster of clients includes MasterCard, NBC/Telemundo, McDonald’s, The Travel Channel and The Discovery Channel. He is currently the promo voice of the Home Shopping Network. Working from a home studio, he notes that "voice talent who learn to use the tools that the Internet offers can find work anywhere and everywhere."
Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgWeb: www.UNnouncer.com
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