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VO4TA: An Intern Story


So, an old intern of mine hit me up letting me know she had the chance to interview as an assistant at a talent agency.  She'd learn the names of working actors, the projects they were on and the people that hired them  (producers, etc.)  And she'd be great at the admin job - but it in itself would never lead to acting (which was her ultimate goal).  

VO4TA: Aristotle


I told my thoughts on slating to an actor and later they said it sounded like Aristotle.

VO4TA: Tempo - No. 1


Tempo of a read (faster or slower) is controlled by the pace of the cadence of its syllables and by the length of the spaces between sentences, phrases and words.  It’s an invisible art and so very effective at changing the emotional intent of a read.

VO4TA: The Time Has Come


"The time has come," the Walrus said, "To talk of many things: Of shoes--and ships--and sealing-wax-- Of cabbages--and kings-- And why the sea is boiling hot-- And whether pigs have wings."

VO4TA: What If? - No. 1


What if the work was about the skill, the discipline or the craft of our endeavor?   And what if it wasn’t just based on getting the job, the gig, or whatever you like to call the means to "keep body and soul apart?”  

VO4TA: The Difference


The difference between sounding like an announcer and sounding conversational is point of view.

VO4TA: The Informational Interview


There's great value in talking to someone working in the field of your endeavor. Not to ask them for things ­but to ask them about things.

VO4TA: News from MIT


MIT researchers say they have created the trickiest tongue twister to date. 

Try and say “pad kid poured curd pulled cod” ten times fast.

VO4TA: The Right Thing


Actors are asked if there is anything they are unwilling to lend their talents to support.  Some won't advertise petroleum. Others Scientology. Or Democrats.

A valid question for a business where the service of your visage or speech are sold.

VO4TA: Working


Work consists of three things: the gig, the hang, and the money. 

The gig. That’s the job you do. Digging ditches. Voiceover. Reception. Acting. Rattlesnake milking. Whatever. Hopefully you love it.