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HPK'S BLOG

VO4TA: No, it's not.

 

A commercial is not a promo. 

A narration is not an audiobook.

An animation is not a video game.

And an actor is not necessarily a voice actor.

VO4TA: The Demo - No. 1

 

So - you wanna make a demo?  Cool.

VO4TA: Understand The Way They Want It Done

 

Acting is a service.  And your audition (if that’s a demo, a headshot, a go see, a reel, voice over, monologue, song, on camera etc.) shows what you are capable of bringing at that moment specifically to the project.  

VO4TA: Acting Alone

 

Isn't that what you're really doing in the audition?  

No guarantee of a guide.  No one to reassure you.  To keep you on point.  In focus.  On the ball.  

All the more reason to understand what you are going to do when you pull that trigger.

VO4TA: The General Rules

 

 

These are the General Rules for recording an MP3 outside of a casting office.  These rules presume you already read and record well.

Follow them unless told otherwise.

 

VO4TA: I Let Them Go First

 

My job is to help the actor do what they do better. Not for them to do what I tell them to.  So I listen and work from there.

I let the actor go first...

VO4TA: Read Every Damn Word On The Page

 

 

I could just stop there and it would cover an entire post.

But I'll elaborate...

 

VO4TA: The Competition

 

Before my first audition for anything, I was told this by my private teacher.

It was maybe two minutes filled with more truth than a fifteen year old could hear, but I never forgot it...

VO4TA: Decide Who You Are Talking To

 

One of the very first directions given in the booth is "talk to one person." 

I clarify it by saying:  For example, there is a big difference, for me, between talking to my father and talking to my brother...

VO4TA: Commercial Copy is Everywhere

 

The world of commercial copy is broad and limited at the same time.  It's always written in an astonishingly similar style.  Now it just talks to us in different places. It's all about paying attention...

HPK's Upcoming Classes

  • May 25, 2017
    EIF Voiceover Lab of the SAG Foundation ,  New York, NY
     
  • June 12, 2017
    Pomann Sound ,  New York,
     
  • June 19, 2017
    Pomann Sound ,  New York, NY
     
  • June 24, 2017
    Pomann Sound ,  New York,
     

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