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?
When you make your living talking, you’re bound to run into words you’ve never seen before. And then there are those words you just learned how to say, not realizing that most people don’t even say it the way you do.
Of course, that second group of words will bring nothing but endless surprises when you see people react and you wonder what’s going on. [Read more…] about Jacked Up: When in doubt, ask or look it up!
You cannot be courageous and confident without risking vulnerability first. It’s a three-legged stool. Ironically, taking risks and failing grows your confidence. If you choose to learn from the challenge, it can make you feel bolder moving forward. [Read more…] about Courage, Confidence & Vulnerability by Geoff Riddle
We all know and adore Abby Elvidge. She is one of our outstanding coaches at TVAS who shares her expertise in Audiobooks, Narration and Character genres. Abby has been acting since she was a little girl, beginning with performing Shakespearian theater in high school. In graduate school, she changed direction and delved into the environmental sciences by becoming a Paleobotanist. [Read more…] about Joy’s Talent Spotlight: Abby Elvidge
N-D-who? Non Disclosure Agreements were in the news a year ago with the stories about the fall of Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein.
NDA’s are common in VO. You may be asked to sign one before starting in on a project. The NDA can prohibit ANY conversation, emails or writings, photos, and other disclosures about a project. The NDA may apply only to social media—no posts, no selfies, no way, no how, and forever.
Hello to all my talented friends and lovers of TVAS! Today I want to write about a man we all know and respect as being an extremely knowledgeable recording engineer, sound designer and voice over actor, John McClain. Most of us have benefited from John’s vast experience through either taking one of his engineering courses, sitting in on his On-Going coaching sessions, his Home Studio Set Up class or just benefitting from his willingness to answer all our questions. Many of us have been lucky to have John live, in our home, helping set up our home studio. [Read more…] about Joy’s Talent Spotlight: John McClain
Hi all my fellow voicers! I recently had the opportunity to speak with our fellow student and coach, Shelley Avellino. Shelley has many talents including singing and performing in musical theater in Asia and the United Kingdom. She also plays several instruments including piano, violin, saxophone and guitar which Shelley feels helps her immensely in rhythm when performing voice over jobs. Shelley has been a full-time voice over actor for 6 years. She began her voice over career in 2012 when she started coaching sessions with Melissa, our Mama VO. [Read more…] about Joy’s Talent Spotlight: Shelley Avellino