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January 28, 2009

Breaking Into Audiobook VO

Scott Brick is arguably the audiobook industry's greatest voice talent working today, making his How to Break Into Narration blog post an absolute treasure. Having all of Scott's insights put into text is reason enough to dive in, but he's gone the extra mile and narrated an audio version of the lesson --- as only he can.

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January 26, 2009

Press Release: Voiceover Artist David Houston Launches 'Do That Voice!' Podcast




Austin, TX, United States, 01/26/2009 - The first episode of a new podcast from David Houston Voiceovers is now available.
David Houston, actor, voiceover artist and producer, has launched the Do That Voice! podcast. He has appeared as a featured guest on podcasts by voiceover artists Terry Daniel and Peter O'Connell. Sharing the same name as his voiceover blog, the Do That Voice! podcast's first episode opens with several character voices performed by Houston; however, as he makes clear later on, the podcast focuses more on the broad world of voiceover than on "funny character voices".

Episode 1 also features the voice actor reporting on presidential inauguration parade announcer Charlie Brotman --- far from a household name, but decades-long holder of one the world's most prestigious voice announcing jobs --- and also covers Podcamp Toronto 2009, a free conference for all those interested in all things podcasting, blogging and new media. Future episodes will feature more news about voiceover and the entertainment/media industries, as well as interviews with prominent voiceover artists. Suggestions, comments, and other inquiries regarding the podcast can be sent to podcast [at] davidhoustonvoice.com.

The podcast is available on iTunes, as well as the Do That Voice! blog.

David Houston (davidhoustonvoice.com) is a voiceover artist, actor, and audio producer based in Austin, TX. He has been heard on numerous national TV and radio commercials, and also performs industrial narration. Houston was originally cast as the voice of James Bond in Activision's "Quantum of Solace" videogame. He has appeared on-camera in episodes of TV's "Friday Night Lights", and will appear in the upcoming HBO film "Temple Grandin".

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January 23, 2009

The Mugs on the Bus, Part 2

I somehow missed it last week, but Cap Metro's blog has a better shot of the Carla & Dave-mobile:

Carla Houston is pictured with her husband, Austin actor and voiceover artist David Houston, on a Capital Metro bus. Carla is among the winners of Cap Metro's I-Ride contest.

Full post here.
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January 22, 2009

Do That Voice! Podcast Episode 1

Inaugural episode! Introduction, notes on Presidential Inauguration parade announcer Charlie Brotman, and Podcamp Toronto 2009.

(If the Flash player doesn't work, you can download the mp3 here.)

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January 19, 2009

The President's Announcer





It becomes available every four years. It offers no pay. It's one of the most exclusive and prestigious voiceover gigs in the world.

For 52 years, Charlie Brotman has served as the president's announcer for the inaugural parade. tomorrow --- Tuesday, January 20th, 2009 ---  Barack Obama will be sworn in as the 44th President of the United States, at which point Charlie will extend his streak to 10 presidents and 14 parades.

He's had the job long enough to be a little fuzzy on the details of landing it, but even Charlie has to "audition" each time the gig comes up:


Brotman isn't sure how he got the announcing gig in the first place, although he believes Eisenhower remembered him as the announcer at Griffith Stadium when the president threw out the first pitch for the old Washington Senators in 1956.

By now, one would think that Brotman's selection for the job every four years would be automatic, but he has to break through layers of bureaucracy to make his pitch anew whenever there's a change in administration. Once he had persuaded Obama's workers that he was for real — "I'm sure they Googled me and asked references and that type of thing," Brotman said — they invited him on board and even started asking him for help with the parade script.


Here's a salute not only to our new Chief Executive, but to the voice of experience that will help usher him in tomorrow.

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January 17, 2009

Who's That Voice?





Even if you're a fan of both fast food and videogames, you've probably never spent much time wondering just what connection exists between Spyro the Dragon and the Taco Bell Chihuahua. For those of you who have, this article will put your mind at ease.

The piece takes popular characters from games and other media, and reveals the voices --- sometimes with surprising results. 

(Hat-tip to voice talent Doug Turkel for mentioning this via Twitter. Thanks!)

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January 14, 2009

Commercial Technique




Backstage.com hosts an excellent article on Honing Your Commercial Technique. Authored by actor and VO artist Heidi Schooler, and featuring advice from top voice actor MJ Lallo, the article highlights four specific skills an actor should take into every audition. 

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January 09, 2009

Pre-Announcement Announcement




To be launched soon: Do That Voice! The David Houston Voiceovers Podcast.

It'll be available here and on iTunes. Keep watching!

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January 06, 2009

The Mugs on the Bus

...are downtown-bound. (And elsewhere, perhaps.)



Actor and voiceover artist David Houston is pictured with wife Carla on Austin's Capitol Metro bus system.



Here's a bit of background on how we ended up there in the first place. The judges liked her story, which has the benefit of being 100% true.

I just hope it goes for at least a few days before someone spray-paints a mustache and gap teeth on me.

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