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VO4TA: Pet Peeves

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Commercial Feedback Class  New date added - Monday February 27th!  One seat remains!  (Playground rules - no pushing!  You can have a turn later!)  


VO4TA: Pet Peeves


You can tell my class schedule has started up again - because folks are asking me this question again in various forms:  


ACTOR: What bothers you that an actor does….  Well, I guess I’m saying, when an actor comes in to audition for you - are there things you don’t like that they sometimes do?


HPK: You mean - what are my “pet peeves”?


ACTOR: Yes, that’s it!


You know - I’ve never heard the phrase “pet peeves” anywhere except parodies of High School yearbook photo captions…


Quickly here are a few:  


  • Seeing an actor on the phone when they are called to read and were already told they were next.


  • Smelling like too much of anything when you come into the booth (perfume, sweat, cigarettes, Shake Shack Burgers, whatever….)


  • Not having prepared the script because you were talking to your peers (I mean, really? But still, it goes on.)


  • Asking: “Do you have anything before we start, Hugh?”  If there was confusion, something unclear, a strange pronunciation, sure. But a really open ended question like that?  If it were any other kind of audition would you ask that question? Perhaps, but what does it say about you and your work?


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He’s considering writing an etiquette book after the voicevoer book.  “Unless dining in a moving vehicle, the napkin is first placed upon the lap.  But there are exceptions... ”


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