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VO4TA: Calling


“What in your life is calling you?

When all the noise is silenced..."

VO4TA: Research


What can you research for a commercial read?   


Current headlines about a corporation.  Volkswagen and diesel?  Or Apple’s seeming “lack of innovation”?  How will the audition you have today burnish their image?

VO4TA: Pick Up


I’m going to go out on a limb here…

If someone teaches you that saying the words “pick up” when you make a mistake in an audition is “the thing to do”; they are just wrong. 

VO4TA: Some of the Best Things


Some of the best things about voiceover...

Your audition scripts are often small.

You don't have to memorize them.

VO4TA: Guess


I've got 300 blog posts, 11 years of casting and 7 years of teaching and I won't give you an absolute.   


An educated guess is still just that; a guess.  

VO4TA: Noises


Take off any outerwear before you get in the booth.  


Also, lose your jangly bracelets.  And your loud mechanical watches.  While you’re at it, drop your phone outside the door. Make sure your iPad is silenced.   


VO4TA: British Pathé


“Pathé News was a producer of news reels and documentaries from 1910 until 1970 in the United Kingdom. Its founder, Charles Pathé, was a pioneer of moving pictures in the silent era. The Pathé News archive is known today as British Pathé. Its collection of news film and movies is fully digitised and available online.”

VO4TA: Writing Copy


Bit of a lightbulb moment here, Gentle Reader.  


I’m surprised I’ve never considered learning about writing copy. Not actually writing it myself. I don’t believe you or I need to write it or even should.  But there is nothing lost and maybe much to be gained from reading a few articles targeted to writers to learn the thinking about how copy is put down on paper.


VO4TA: Walla


Wikipedia: “In American radio, film, television, and video games, ‘walla’ is a sound effect imitating the murmur of a crowd in the background..."

VO4TA: I just want to...


Bit of frustration on my part - but more puzzled or perhaps bewildered…     


If I wanted to produce “low cost voiceover demos” for a living - I probably could.  Why?  Seems like there’s a market.  I have had many actors who study with me talk about their friends who want to “try voiceover” and “just make a demo” to “see what happens”.  And if I was of the type to take advantage - I probably could clean up.