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VO4TA: Marilyn

 

Marilyn Monroe on sexy: "Sometimes I’m thinking of men. Other times I’m thinking of some man in particular. It’s easier to look sexy when you’re thinking of some man in particular."

VO4TA: The $10,000.00 Thermos

 

Coffee.  I even love the word. "Cawffeee."

VO4TA: Don't Trust Yourself

 

Don't trust yourself.  Take notes before you go.

"What?"

VO4TA: Where Dreams Die

 

Actor:  "So - I was thinking about getting into voice over."

HPK:  "Oh, yeah? Cool!"

VO4TA: The King's Speech

 

Remember the bit at the beginning where the announcer holds up his fingers to the microphone?  

VO4TA: Going All The Way!

 

When actors make a mistake four lines into a sixteen line script, they will often go back to the beginning and start again.  

This is counterproductive.  

VO4TA: Script First

 

When given copy - there are two components.  The direction (we call it spec) and the script (we call it copy).

The spec is usually at the top of the page.  It tells you the way they (a producer, for example) want it to sound.

VO4TA: Pronunciations

 

In copy, we are confronted with language, titles, character names or other words we don't know or we've never said aloud.   I believe it's important to try and find the correct pronunciation ourselves rather than abdicate that responsibility to someone else.  

VO4TA: Your Ex

 

Looking at old copy is like trying to get back together with your ex: You're never going to get everything you want out of it.  Good or bad, right or wrong - it just won't ever be the same.

VO4TA: Bulova Time

 

From Wikipedia:  “The first television advertisement was broadcast in the United States on July 1, 1941. The watchmaker Bulova paid $9 for a placement on New York station WNBT before a baseball game between the Brooklyn Dodgers and Philadelphia Phillies. The 10-second spot displayed a picture of a clock superimposed on a map of the United States, accompanied by the voice-over ‘America runs on Bulova time.’”   

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