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VO4TA: Process


At its worst, process is dogma accepted slavishly as incontrovertible no matter the results. Faith based institutions (government, political parties, religions, business, schools, families and others) often use this rubric to gauge performance. “Do what we say so we can grade the way you do the task - no matter the outcome.”  

VO4TA: The Body


When an actor reads for me in a booth (a class, a demo session, an audition, coaching - whenever) I have a habit.


I don't look.

VO4TA: The Promo - No. 2


In Promo No. 1 I wrote about seeking out the sound of the promo rhythm and delivery and making it your own.  


I'm going to elaborate on that.

VO4TA: The Promo - No. 1


A commercial is not a promo.


ACTOR:  But if I don't naturally have the "promo sound" - if I don't have the "promo read", how can I connect to it?  How can I relate to it?  Is it just not for me?  


And, gentle reader, I was stumped.  

VO4TA: Exclamation!!!


Unlike the ellipsis (which forces us to pause) other punctuation directs us to inflect and change tone.


VO4TA: Ellipsis and Aposiopesis


Ellipsis from Wikipedia - (plural ellipses; from the Ancient Greek: "omission" or "falling short") is a series of dots that usually indicates an intentional omission of a word, sentence, or whole section from a text without altering its original meaning.  Depending on their context and placement in a sentence, ellipses can also indicate an unfinished thought, a slight pause, and nervous or awkward silence.

VO4TA: Narration - No. 1


A narration is not an audiobook.


(I am going break down every adage I put into that post eventually.)


VO4TA: A Reader Question


A question by a reader - and not just any reader.  John Florian runs Voice Over Xtra and has been kind enough to syndicate my column on his site!



I collect quotes.  

Here's one that crossed my mind tonight.  

VO4TA: In Your Own Head


We spend our time hearing our voices through the structure of our skulls - not only in the open air.  

This is why when I was three I was convinced my cousin's tape recording of me was not my voice.  Nothing he said could convince me otherwise.