Whoo hoo! You’ve booked your first live session with a client! Or maybe this ain’t your first rodeo and you’re no stranger to live sessions. Whatever the case, it’s important to keep a few things in mind—and in your booth—when you get on the line with your client. [Read more…] about Top 5 Tips for Acing Your Live Recording Sessions
Auditioning. The big, scary “A” word. Let’s dig a little deeper into that, shall we?
Over the years, I’ve heard a lot of newer voice actors say things like, “I was so perfect for that job. I’m definitely gonna book it. I think I’ll email the producer and see if he’s heard anything yet.” [Read more…] about Auditions: Submit and Forget
You know what’s really important to pay attention to as a voice actor?
Okay, okay, it’s easier said than done. We only have so much energy in a day, ya know?
So, when do you feel your best? Morning? Maybe you’re a night owl. Or does mid-day feel great for you? I ask this because that’s the ideal time to be auditioning/voicing your booked projects! If you’re tired, groggy, or not warmed up properly, you won’t be able to give 110% to your performances. And I know you want to give your best. [Read more…] about How’s Your Energy?
I’ve got 4 words for you: Do. What. You. Love.
Are you having fun? That’s the most important part of this whole thing! If you’re doing what you love, you should be having fun! We have to remind ourselves as we build our skills and learn the VO biz that we started this journey because it spoke to our hearts. The creative kid inside of us was like, “Hey! I want to play! I wanna tell stories and bring kooky characters to life!” Heck yeah, baby! You were born to do this. [Read more…] about Are You Having Fun Yet?
Maybe you’ve been a part of V-amily for awhile (our voice over family, that is)! Or maybe you’re a new kid on the block. Either way, I’d like to remind you of what The Voice Actors Studio, or TVAS 2.0, is all about. [Read more…] about Melissa Moats – Mama VO!
A question I often get asked is: How long should it take me to complete and submit a single audition?
Well, first let me say… If you’re brand spanking new at the auditioning process – it isn’t gonna be quick! First you’re reading/interpreting the script, then voicing it several times. Is your mic on? Is it set at a proper level? Did you shut the AC off?! After recording you’re listening back, selecting your keepers, cleaning them up, and lastly submitting… Yeah. It’s easy to get caught up in overthinking the direction. It’s also easy to obsess and overanalyze your performance. And when no one is there to stop you – you may end up reading any given audition script dozens of times! [Read more…] about Auditioning Advice from Melissa Moats
On Saturday, I enjoyed leading an On-Going Workshop where we talked a lot about getting out of our own way, and how sometimes when we’re caught up in the daily grind of life it’s difficult to get into a creative, playful mindset… while standing alone in our padded closets! The struggle is real! When you have the energy of your coach or fellow Voicers with you, it seems so much easier to tap into a more spirited performance mindset!
Here are a few tips for shaking off a bad day or going from your corporate day job vibe into revving up your Voice Over Mojo! [Read more…] about Hey Voicer, Feeling creative? Inspired?
I hope you know I think of you often. As a mentor and friend to the VO industry, as I go through my day as a full-time voice actor, I often catch myself thinking… This would be a great thing to share with up-and-coming talent!And ‘marketing’ – aka self promotion – is on that list! [Read more…] about Marketing Moats-ivation!
Uh, yeah. Auditioning can totally mess with our minds. We’re so determined to get those bookings! One crucial thing to remember… The voice over business is about selection not rejection. You won’t be right for every project that lands in your inbox. But you will be perfect for MANY!
[Read more…] about Keep Calm and Audition On
I’m just a gal on a journey of her own. I love every minute of voicing, mentoring and sharing. Another thing I love to do is write. I have something special I created, blending all of my passions together. I wrote and narrated a guided meditation specifically for the voice over actor. It’s meant to inspire.
I believe in the power of visualization. I’ve applied it to all areas of my life, and feel that it’s been instrumental in my success as a voice over actor. As a mentor to many, and your friend in the voice over industry, I wrote this guided meditation out of love. I hope to help you see what you’re asking for more clearly. The more detailed and focused we are with our goals the better. I hope you find this to be a relaxing, thoughtful resource, and a helpful tool on your unique voice over journey. Wishing you much success. Namaste!