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February 20, 2011

Getting Started: Another Take



Wondering what it takes to get started on the right path to a career in voiceovers?

I've gotten a lot of nice feedback on my article about getting one's feet wet in the voiceover biz. Voice actor Smith Harrison has written his own superb piece on the subject of getting started in voiceovers, so I recommend you add it to your reading list if you're interested in laying the groundwork.

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October 28, 2010

FaffCon2: Atlanta 2011!

The success of the first FaffCon event in Portland has led to FaffCon 2, coming to Atlanta in 2011. Early registration begins November 1st!

FaffCon is a voiceover "unconference"; instead of being locked in to seminar or workshop content dictated by others, you get to choose what aspect of voiceover work gets discussed/worked on/et cetera. Congrats to FaffCon's organizer, Amy Snively, on the success of the (un)conference!

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December 07, 2009

Merry Christmas from the VO-BB!

It's here! Several voice actors from the VO-BB forums, including yours truly, got together to read a classic holiday tale for you. Big yuletide props to Jeffrey Kafer for initiating, organizing, and finalizing the whole shebang. Enjoy!

CAST: Philip Banks, Bob Souer, Todd Ellis, Bobbin Beam, David Houston, Peter O'Connell, Bruce Miles, DB Cooper, Donna Postel, Michael Minetree, Mandy Nelson, Dave Courvoisier, Andrew Frame, Jeffrey Kafer, Justin Barrett, Connie Terwilliger, Pam Tierney, and Tony Impieri

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November 10, 2009

Happy Birthday, VO-BB!

 

 
Happy 5th Birthday to the VO-BB forum, from David Houston Voiceovers!
 

 

 

There aren't enough superlatives to describe what a tremendous online forum the VO-BB is (and nobody likes an overwritten script anyway). Therefore, I'll just ask you to join me in a hearty Congrats and Happy Birthday to the site, born five years ago today.

My pal (and creator & manager of the site) DB Cooper also deserves more thanks and salutations than I can adequately express here. Here's to many more!

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September 14, 2009

Hear The (Health-Care) Bill - UPDATE

The HearTheBill.org project is getting more and more media attention, including this segment of The Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC:

 

 

I also added this quote to my download page:

"It's immensely gratifying to be part of a project that takes on an important political issue without taking sides or muddying the waters. In fact, it's my hope that this will help cut through much of the misinformation about health care reform legislation. While some have criticized the project for presenting an audio version of a bill that's likely to undergo changes, to my mind that makes it all the more important to allow people greater access to the political process in real-time."
~David Houston

You can hear my contribution here.

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October 02, 2007

Radio Days

 

 

 

 

Over at Vox Daily, the question was asked: What Attracted You To Radio? While not all voiceover artists necessarily have a background as on-air talent, it's no surprise that many of us do. My response at the site:

 

I'd grown up as a fan of radio itself, not just the music it played. I've always been one of those who liked to look inside and take things apart to see how they worked, and like a lot of radio listeners, I figured "I can do that!" Imagine my pleasant surprise when I found out I actually could.

No doubt like many others here, radio proved not to be a gateway to vast riches. Still, I made a bit more than your average mic jockey (at least in the small market where I worked) once I learned I could write ad copy and produce spots.

Being an independent VO artist is easily the most satisfying and fun job I've ever had, but my radio days rank a close second.

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September 26, 2007

In The Interview Chair

Over at the VO-BB, member Adam Bullock posted a list of interview questions for the more experienced VO talents there. Here are my answers, some serious, some not so much... 

 

1) How did you decide to get into this field of work?

Hawaiian Shirt Day at the office is just not as much fun as TV and the movies make it seem.


2) What’s a typical work day like?

Sometimes a typical work day likes to drag on, sometimes it likes to zip along. Sometimes it does both.


3) What do you like about the job?

The fact that I got hired for it. Credit to a smart boss. (For once in his life, anyway.)


4) What’s the worst part of this job?

Post-production on long narrations.


5) What’s the best part of this job?

The fact that the worst part (see above) still beats the best part of answering phones in a cubicle.


6) What kind of people survive and do well in this field?

To paraphrase PB (Philip Banks): those who take their work seriously, while taking themselves much less so.


7) What kind of training/education do you recommend as the best way to prepare for this career?

Let's see... go to college embarking on a Music Education degree, drop out, work in radio for a while, do some community theatre in the meantime, work in the medical field for a while, pursue a fledgling music career in the meantime, work in tech support for a while, then slap yourself across the face and do what you love.


8 ) What skill and background are needed?

The ability to spell one's name correctly, so that one can insist clients do the same on the paycheck.


9) Do you think this field is expanding, taking any new directions?

See DB Cooper's new animated series The Hyrde, coming soon to a mobile device near you. Hint, hint.

Ask any civil engineer: the more roads you build, the more the traffic increases to fill up the lanes. Wherever your voice can sell an idea, that's where you go.


10) What are the perks of this biz?

Yes.


11) Is there anything else I need to know?

Yes. "Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana." - Groucho Marx

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June 17, 2007

No Frogs were Harmed in the Posting of this Entry.

After reading a recent post* by Philip Banks on the VO-BB forum, I whipped up this graphic using an online logo generator:

 

VO-BB

 

 

To my surprise, several of the members demanded to have this emblem on a t-shirt. VO-BB Board Czar D.B. Cooper informed me that it's a done deal.

I now proudly (?) add "graphic designer" to my many hats.

(Said garment can be purchased here if you're so inclined...) 

 

 

 

*Since that part of the forum is closed to non-members: the phrase on the emblem was uttered by Mr. Banks, without any exlcamation or excitement, during a business phone call upon being prompted by his dog to play fetch with a favorite toy. The other party, according to Philip, laughed hysterically...

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October 05, 2006

That's MR. Moderator to you.

Not really, but I'm now holding that title at the VoiceOver Times forum, a voiceover discussion board run by Voices.com. Head on over and read the archives, and don't be afraid to revive an old thread or even post anew.

That's your Shameless Plug for the day, now back to your regularly scheduled surfing... 

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