Voiceover Is Not About Your Voice Pt 1.

Voiceover Is Not About Your Voice Pt 1.

“Everyone says I have a great voice and I should do voiceovers.” The all too common phrase that sends a cold shiver down the spine of anyone even remotely related to the world of voiceover casting.  And seeing as voiceovers make up the lion’s share of my casting business, I spend a lot of time shivering.  Someone hears what I do for a living, tells me that they have a good voice and the responses start buzzing wildly through my head like a hive of agitated bees.  Do I smile, nod, and let it go?  Or do I go into a lengthy explanation of what voiceover really is; a misunderstood, multi-faceted branch of the entertainment business that goes so far beyond something as genetically arbitrary as a voice quality.  read more

The Four Disagreements

The Four Disagreements

Okay, so you’ve gotten your audition sides.  You’re lucky enough to have 48 hours to read them, research the role and get at least functionally off book.  You’ve worked with coaches and friends, mouthed the words over and over at the coffee shop, on the train, in the cab, at the supermarket and in the waiting room.  You’ve got this puppy nailed.  You take a breath enter the room, smile at the casting director, reader and anyone else present, get a polite-to-warm response, deliver the sides the way you’ve done them literally a million times and you hear … “that was great, but I just want you to bring more of yourself to it, loosen up, have more fun with it,” or some version thereof.  Your brain blasts the music from the shower scene in “Psycho,” and you politely say “Okay!  Got it!”  But in your head you’re thinking, “What do they mean ‘myself?’”  “What did I miss?”  “What should I do differently?”  “I don’t know what they want!”  “I’m sure they didn’t say that to the other actors!”  “What am I gonna do now!?”

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