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Script Genres > English Adult > Narration > Inspiration, Relaxation

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    53 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear Lukky Salas's recording

    Please critique both aspects - recording quality and performance. Thanks! Lukky

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/INTRO-BRIEF HISTORTY OF TIME_0.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    Performance: Nice flow to the read but a smidge slower would be appropriate. Good energy - it continued through the entire piece. Almost every sentence ends on a down note. Variety would be nice.

    Room Quality: This needs work. There is a hiss and you sound far from the mic. Are you maybe recording through the mic in your computer?

    I'd listen to an audio book read by you. ;o)

    ~Melanie

    Peer Feedback:

    I liked hearing your enunciation on this read as well as your energy. I, too, heard the hissing and humming in the background, though. You made me want to read that book.

    Peer Feedback:

    Your read of the script was good. It sounds as if you might have run out out of breath on that last sentence. The recording quality had some opportunity. Consistent hiss as well as background noise.

    Peer Feedback:

    your voice is educational sounding...try documentaries

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    Be the Voice of our App

    Script:

    "You're going to be guided through a meditation exercise now. Research shows that simple breathing meditations, like the one you're about to go through, can make you feel calm and relaxed.

    Start by sitting in a comfortable position with your back straight. Relax your body while sitting upright with your feet planted firmly on the ground, or on a cushion if they don’t reach the ground.

    You may notice that your thoughts drift to something else. That's fine, just take note that you were having a thought, and then turn your attention back to the feeling of your lungs and the air entering and leaving. If you notice that you are bored, uncomfortable, anxious, fidgety, or experiencing any distracting sensations, make any necessary adjustments to make yourself more comfortable and return to being still."

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear Elayne Azevedo's recording

    Hi, Looking for comments about sound performance with mic and background quality. I had acoustic issues with whisper room and/or possible mic. Since my last Sound Check with you, I have talked to Whisper Room folks and made adjustment to mic (Shure PG42-USB) by turning OFF the low frequency roll off which was accidentally on and hope that helps sound! I am very concerned about mic performance and want to be competitive with my technical aspect. I took pictures to show and hope you can access this for extra details t help. https://photos.app.goo.gl/rIo07iKneAQ2dts93 I have used Twisted Wave as my software. Comments about my editing as I have to clean up my breaths are also appreciated. This was a different genre for me...they wanted a calm, articulate voice for obvious reasons. I look forward to your comments, advice and suggestions. Thank you very much!

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-131200/script-recording-98990.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    MyMyMy,I saw your set up,Very Nice, I'am Listening On two 1000 watt Bose.Beautiful!!!!!

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    Cancer Free Anniversary

    Script:

    Today, my friends are throwing me a party. They do it every year on this date. it's not my birthday, but it is the fifth anniversary of the day I was told my cancer was in remission. And it's a day I thought I would never see.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear Jeff Hoffman's recording

    Forgive background noise!!!! Thanks! Jeff

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/Caner Free Anniversary.L.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    I don't hear any connection to the script. You should sound very personal, very humble and thankful that you've survived a terrible fate of cancer. You sound like you're reading a script. Also: don't slate your name on the forum, please. Just read the script.

    Peer Feedback:

    I agree with Tom. You also transposed the words "would never." But being that you're really new, you're doing quite well. Keep going.

    Peer Feedback:

    You have a very warm and friendly voice. I agree that a more conversational approach would work well for this script--as if you are speaking with the cashier at the store where you're buying ice for that party your friends are giving you.

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    Conversational Read

    Script:

    We all dreaded it.
    We made excuses to avoid it.
    Hid sometimes even.
    But once we were there,
    It's like wow food, family, I'm glad you asked, “my day was fine”
    You know this isn’t so bad
    This is actually pretty great
    And then when it was all over ask “may I be excused” to act like I was tough.
    It feels a little bit like a club
    Or governing body like the UN
    Except just for the people in your family
    We the Millers, over mom’s meatloaf, decree that…
    Curfew is one hour later
    How say thee?
    I mean, there’s no family bulletin board
    That’s what dinner was for.
    The Coke side of family

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear Michael King's recording

    Working on script analysis, sounded natural. Need feedback on recording quality as well. Any feedback appreciated.

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    Peer Feedback:

    Hi Michael-

    Sounds good! The recording quality sounds good to me, but I'm playing it through tiny speakers.

    You've got a clear, friendly speaking voice. The reading was well-paced and varied.

    The copy is a little confusing. I liked the way you pulled out "the Millers." I didn't feel that How say thee? was a question. You could bring the inflection up more.

    Good work!

    Peer Feedback:

    Sound quality wasn't bad at all. You urbanized some of the read though (axed instead of asked, escused instead of excused) It's OK to sound urban if that's the venue or director/writer's intent...but for what's written, it's not pronounced in such a way.

    Peer Feedback:

    Michael -
    nice read. great voice, and recording quality was really good.
    I liked the "urbanized" accent within the quotes -- you're just quoting what a real family member said, and it sounds authentic. the narration part was pretty neutral, and sounded great.
    This read kinda reminded me of a snippet from "Malcolm in the Middle" where the kid narrates the show about his life, but then the scene cuts to real dialog.

    nice,
    DS.

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    David Winograd Engineering Demo

    Script:

    Where the Wild Things Are

    And when he came to the place where the wild things are, they roared their terrible roars and gnashed their terrible teeth and showed their terrible claws - till Max said:
    “BE STILL!”

    And tamed them with the magic trick of staring into their yellow eyes without blinking once. And they were frightened.

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    George Ade

    Ade’s life was of a sort that will never again occur in America.

    He was born in Kentland Indiana in 1866.
    Back then it was as isolated from the rest of the world as Antarctica.

    Even though Chicago was only 80 miles away, it might as well have been in Europe as far as Kentland was concerned.
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    Relaxation

    Find yourself a quiet place to sit. - This is your time. A time for total relaxation and inner stillness.

    Rest your hands loosely in your lap. Now close your eyes.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear David_Winograd@mac.com's recording

    I need feedback as to the sound of the space I'm using. Equipment: Neumann TLM 102, Apogee Duet 2, Macbook Pro 2.93GHz Intel Core Duo 2, Twisted Wave Software, AKG K240 headphones in a closet damped by a a room of blankets and foam. Demo is not normalized. I would like to where to set normalization and what number on the duet to set the mic input.

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/demo1winograd_0.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    Sounds to me like you are too close to the mic and have the gain/input on the mic set too high. Technique wise, do not vary your volume so much. Use inflection instead. That's some nice gear.

    Professional Feedback:

    Hi David,

    Definitely hearing some distortion. The equipment you have is quite good, so something is not right with your gain structure. If you are going "into the red" in any part of your audio chain, you will get distortion. I do not notice any obvious room issues that would concern me. It is a little dull, but that is better than too reflective. There are a couple of really rough edits in the submission.

    You should be recording with levels at around -12 and above, peaking at -3. Also try out several different mic positions to determine which sounds best overall. Talk past the mic, not directly into it.

    Thanks for asking for my feedback. I hope this helps.

    Dan Friedman

    Professional Feedback by Edge Studio Coach March 15, 2013 at 10:22AM
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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear Chris Coulter's recording

    Someone mentioned on my last recording that my voice sounded thin. I've placed the mic at face level instead of slightly below my face. Let me know if that helps. As always, thanks for all comments.

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/don't sweat the small stuff.MP3

    Peer Feedback:

    When you say, "life is a test, it is only a test." try "life is a test pause it is "ONLY" a test." Emphasize on only. I am not a pro at this I just felt something was missing on that part.

    I like your voice it's different :-)

    Peer Feedback:

    Relax. For something like this you need to slow your pace and keep a very natural tone; you want to present to the listener the attitude that you want them to reflect.

    Peer Feedback:

    Considering the content,, the vocal sounds way to serious... You'll want to be relax, connected , and ( the big word on here ) conversatioanl to do this convincingly. If a friend called you , and said they wanted to have an important personal conversation with you , and then talked like this... would you ask them to check their meds? I would. It started off nice, "One of my favorite posters says, "Life is a test. It is only a test" came across like we were talking.. but from there it was not. By the time you get to " Whenever I think of this humorous bit of wisdom" it sounds strangly disconnected, and planned.

    Peer Feedback:

    Your voice has a lot of dimension and natural authority. I agree with the idea that more of a sense of playfulness would add a lot to your read. Towards the end you seemed more relaxed and conversational--sparkly is the word that comes to mind--and that tone seemed best suited to the content of the script. Nice work!

    Peer Feedback:

    I fell into the trap of seeing myself in front of a TV camera instead of talking to one person. The TV host read jumped right out at me for some reason. :) Thank you all for your comments.

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    DOn't Sweat The Small Stuff

    Script:

    One of my favorite posters says, "Life is a test. It is only a test. Had this been a real life, you would have been instructed where to go and what to do." Whenever I think of this humorous bit of wisdom, it reminds me to not take my life so seriously. And in the next hour, I'll help you learn how to not take your life so seriously as well.

    38 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear Jeff Hoffman's recording

    1st try with the inspiration category! Thanks for your help!!!!! (as always!) Jeff

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/Don't Sweat The Small Stuff.L.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    Hi Jeff! I liked your pacing, and really appreciated hearing you smile when you said the word "humorous." Your recording quality sounded pretty good to my ears. My only suggestion is maybe to carry the smile you gave in the middle of the script throughout the end. Inspire me!

    Peer Feedback:

    Hi Jeff,

    I thought it sounded great. I definitely felt a positive vibe in your voice. Well done.

    Peer Feedback:

    Very professional voice. However, I felt that there could have been more emphasis and emotion here and there.

    Otherwise, your voice is very good for radio or t.v.

    Peer Feedback:

    You have a very warm and calming voice. It is well-suited to this copy because it is inviting. Overall it comes across. Try giving yourself a slightly different feeling or tone when you say the words in quotes. It would make your own persona different from the poster, make you stand out more, and bolster your point. For instance, you begin with an inviting tone when you say "life is a test..". This confirms that you like the poster. But the punch line ("you would have been instructed...") needs an inflection, such as mock seriousness. This would add variety and show versatility.

    Peer Feedback:

    not feeling your intention...in meditation or inspirational copy.... delivery has no bearing...energy creates delivery and I need to feel it....look at guided meditations on youtube and check out guys like paul santisi and Michael Sealey....Also women like Lilian Eden or Ana Thompson to get some inspiration...there deliveries are usually not very VO like haha but you can sense what they are trying to accomplish.

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    Don't Sweat The Small Stuff

    Script:

    One of my favorite posters says, "Life is a test. It is only a test. Had this been a real life, you would have been instructed where to go and what to do." Whenever I think of this humorous bit of wisdom, it reminds me to not take my life so seriously. And in the next hour, I'll help you learn how to not take your life so seriously as well.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear linnyayh's recording

    Hello all:) Seems like I had a bit of trouble with mouth clicks on this one. I'm told there is software that can eliminate mouth clicks without compromising voice quality. I need to find that software! Please provide feedback on recording quality and performance. Thanks!

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    Peer Feedback:

    Hey, linyayh

    I really like the quality of your voice very soft and sweet.

    For this read I found it to be too slow, drawn out, through the quote mostly, the tone was almost rhythmically up and down, very soothing as the "next hour" will be but I found I couldn't take what you were saying seriously near the end where you said " i'll help you learn" I think that needed a bit more of a authoritative tone.

    The words were very carefully enunciated which I think added to slowing it down.

    Hope this helps a bit

    Peer Feedback:

    Nice vocal quality, but to my ears it was slow and almost sleep-inducing. If you were talking to someone at this pace and tone, I'd have to wonder if you were trying to help them fall asleep after a strenuous day. Some of that is part of the goal of this type of read, but it falls out of the norm of 'conversational' in tempo and timbre.

    Peer Feedback:

    Thanks so much zeroam and TxTom:) I had been listening to a lot of meditative type of reads lately and I think I took too much of it into my psyche. LOL I actually was going for the "now your eyes are getting really heavy" type of read:) But I agree, it was the wrong pacing. LOL Hey, what do you think of the sound quality? Did you hear the mouth clicks?

    Peer Feedback:

    I heard a few clicks and maybe a tongue slap as well. It's not that bad. As for software that removes that? I haven't tried anything that does that really well. I think Waves has one that's supposed to work pretty well, but I can't vouch for it. I think your proximity to the mic probably emphasized that since you were doing such a whisper-y type of delivery. Backing away a little might improve the mouth noises. Overall, the sound quality was quite nice. PS: I had to put on headphones to hear the mouth noises.

    Peer Feedback:

    Thanks so much for your feedback:) It helps a lot.

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    Maybe this is where some confusion may lie. I am not so sure that this is so much a "meditative" type script as it is a "motovational" type script. To my mind this is more Tony Robbins than Hari Krishna.

    Peer Feedback:

    I agree with everyone's comments about the tone not being the best choice for the copy. But I think if someone had said, make it pleasant and soothing, it would be great. A very nice performance. Love your voice.

    I heard the mouth stuff, too, and mic placement can make a huge difference. It's comical what my recordings sound like if my mic is directly in front of my mouth. I put my mic up around my right eyebrow, and then I don't have too many clicks to contend with. I use Presonus Studio One for a DAW, and unfortunately I can't redraw the waveform to get out clicks like with some software. I can't remember which DAWs have that capability, but I've seen the topic discussed on forums before and know there are some programs out there. Mic placement's the first consideration, though.

    Peer Feedback:

    Thanks so much Tonia for your encouraging comments:) I will definitely try moving my mic around . . . great idea!

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear redhedgentry@msn.com's recording

    The good, the bad, and the ugly -- lay it on me. Thank-you!

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-5791/script-recording-24902.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    Glows:
    * Liked how you imitated the read of the Emergency Broadcast System message we all have heard.
    * The laugh was unscripted but appropriate. Human sounds like that increase the connection with the audience.
    * Good pacing and emotion.

    Grows:
    * Somewhat unnatural. Sounds like you are reciting a script.
    * Didn't seem like you were speaking with a specific person in mind. Sounded more like you were imagining yourself talking in front of a camera rather than to someone one on one.

    Peer Feedback:

    Nice feedback! Thank-you for the help: )

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    FISH

    Script:

    It is fashionable today to believe that we should not settle for anything less than doing what we love. Write poetry, travel the world on a sailboard, paint---do whatever you love, and the money will follow. We tell ourselves that life is too short to spend our working hours doing anything less than the ideal, and we continue our search for the perfect workplace. The danger is that if our quest for ideal work focuses us on the future, we will miss the amazingly wonderful life that is available today, in this moment. FISH is a parable, an invented story about finding the deep source of energy, creativity and passion that exists inside each of us by learning to love what we do, even if at the moment we may not be doing exactly what we love.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear CRS's recording

    Hello, I am working on reducing/eliminating an accent and this is my first recording from my recording space. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-76029/script-recording-65269.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    I thought your read was very good; I can hear your accent but it did not interfere with my ability to understand you. Your enunciation and diction are very clear.

    To my ears, I heard very little room noise, a bit more mouth noise than you might want though. All in all, good job.

    Peer Feedback:

    Great work on eliminating the accent, I hear it but I can tell you're getting there. A little mouth noise to fix, either careful recording or editing.
    What I liked most was the expression in your read. Excellent job of engaging with the script.

    Peer Feedback:

    Accents are ok on this type of read instead of trying to fade it do the opposite embrace who you are and go with the accent full bore and don't hold it back yo have a great relaxing voice for this but your intentions are not coming through I want to feel the energy in your words.

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    Friends

    Script:

    One of the best things about life is friends. You find them wherever you go. Friends are essential because they help bring out the best in you. When they see your worst, they still care. They just accept. Friends are the stars in your happy memories. In your sad memories, they are the shoulders you leaned on and the hearts that listened. They just care. Friends help you in your times of need. When things are going smoothly, they are content to be your friend. They just know. Friends help create all your fun times, always there to spread laughter and joy. When you need tears, friends provide these too. They just understand.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear eliehershfield's recording

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/friends.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    Hi! This is my first time offering feedback so I hope it is helpful.

    First, you have a wonderful voice. Deep and resonant, warm and personal. A terrific voice for this script.

    Copy Interpretation: Your read sounded like a motivational recording or a recorded Hallmark card, which is fine. We don't know the purpose for the recording. I think this script could also be read upbeat, like the introduction to an infomercial (I have no idea what the product would be. Verizon friend and family?)

    Vocal Performance - Your read was a bit slow for my taste. The pacing was what made it sound like a motivational recording. Your voice communicated emotion in a way that sounded natural.

    Recording Quality - I thought you were in a professional recording studio. The music was just the right volume to be heard but not overwhelm your voice. Great clarity. I didn't hear any background noise, just pure sound. Nice!

    I

    Peer Feedback:

    I guess I kinda believed you... way too robotic like you were just reading a bunch of words no intention or energy....I wana feel goosebumps!!!!!

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    Get on the Good Book

    Script:

    When Herod found out that the astrologers had tricked him, he flew into a rage. He sent and put to death all the boys in Bethlehem and the whole of that region, who were two years old or under.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear lisabeanvo.com's recording

    Ok guys, I really need some feedback on narration, and this is the only thing I've got that's even close to postable, seeing as I've already posted it :) Congratulations to the winners! (esp Laura!) I was hoping for some comments on the weekly script contest that just passed. I believe I have a good understanding of why I didn't win, so I'm looking for general notes on just the nature of my read, eg: vocal tension, enunciation, pacing. If you want to throw in your two cents about why I didn't win, that's fine too. I know it's short for a narration critique maybe, but, until I get some sound issues taken care of, I'm using what I can! Thanks everyone

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-91563/script-recording-76842.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    There was no inflection, it all sounded kind of flat. Your voice is clear but you need that emotion in your read! Also unless a slate is asked try not to do it.

    Peer Feedback:

    Thanks for the feedback. There was a call to slate.

    Maybe someone who knows about the contest could comment?

    Peer Feedback:

    Greetings Bean! had some time before our Christmas Eve gets under way. And was catching up on the feedback forum. I haven't been able to open the archived contest page for this particular contest. But have entered them in the past. I'm fairly new and still learning what to listen for and communicate that, but here is my two cents or my one cent as I have said to someone before :)
    You have a really warm voice and clear as well, It did seem it could have used a little more emotion in spots, " had tricked him " in the first sentence needed a little more emphasis on the word tricked. Also on the word rage and the words " All the boys" just needed a little extra emphasis. All the boys also sounded to me like All da boys
    "whole of that region" sounded like whole la or whole a. I thought the pacing was perfect and I really didn't hear any tension in your voice at all. Hope some of this helps, especially coming from a rookie :0

    Have a good Holiday!

    Terry

    Peer Feedback:

    Thanks Terry, I do appreciate it!

    Step by step....everyone's comments help.

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    Getting Motivated

    Script:

    Getting Motivated and Staying Motivated
    I am motivated. I choose to be in motion right now. I have goals. I have dreams. I have plans. When I see a problem, I study it, I determine the solution, I see a clear picture of my goal and I put myself into action.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear MicMan12's recording

    I have a serious clicking problem! I have been delving into VO for a while now and I can't seem to get this mouth noise worked out. I end up spending hours to edit them all out by hand... I even tried a green apple right before recording this and it didn't help in the slightest. Is it a technique thing? Mic distance? Naturally repulsive sounding mouth?... Thank you for your help!

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-84817/script-recording-81296.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    Sounds like tongue click problems, like it's slapping at the bottom of your mouth.

    Two things you might try:

    One of my coaches told me about placing just a touch of instant coffee under my tongue. I suppose any kind will do. I used Starbucks French Roast because I like it. It kind of worked.

    Here's a link to a Johathan Tilley video on the dreaded "Smack Monster".

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ihx8XgB7jE

    Peer Feedback:

    Really i am getting disgusted , as james told u the same tongue clicks with ur mouth bottom and teeth .

    Try to take a sip of water then with ur tongue moist ur whole mouth with it , and try not to breath from ur mouth for a long time.

    Peer Feedback:

    That video is great. It helps a LOT with my problem, not smacking so much as slurping. That puddle forms, and my next lengual is all slurpy. Thanks for posting James! I think you posted it before too... but I wasn't ready for it til now!

    Peer Feedback:

    Thank you all for your help! Experimenting with stuff from the video now!

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    Highpoint Video

    Script:

    Humanity… We… need… a Savior…

    Jesus the image of the invisible God,
    the firstborn of all creation.
    For by him all things were created,
    in heaven and on earth,
    visible and invisible,
    whether thrones or dominions
    or rulers or authorities
    all things were created through him and for him.
    And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.

    More than 1,800 years before the first coming of Christ, there were hundreds of specific details written all throughout the old testament.

    He will be more than a prophet, more than a doer of good deeds. He will be capable of feeding, healing and freeing. A promise. The savior is coming.

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    Audition Recording:

    Click to hear callaway1's recording

    Would like some feedback on the emotion, feel of the audition. Thanks.

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    Peer Feedback:

    Great Copy! Your voice is very well suited for this. I could hear you speaking truth and sincere about all the words yet educated in every phrase. Honestly you sound a bit like the narrator from the 1980's cartoon Charlotte's Webb....a little southern, gentile, rich, smooth, and yet firm and honest. Excellent fit for your sound! You kept it interesting through the majority of the piece.

    Your sound quality was amazing! I didn't hear anything I didn't like about he quality. It was very well done. I wish I knew as much about EQing as you do!

    Some arias to improve:
    That first bit - while dramatic, was a bit dry. If you are going to have such long pauses, give us a hint that there is something more to come...something more powerful with the next word. I am unfortunately not sure how to accomplish this, but I felt that each word was the "final" part of the phrase. As a listener I felt awkward at the "over-dramatization". If you are going to be dramatic, maybe add some voice of God to it...? If there was a video to go with it then what you did would make sense. Something to think about.

    Great vocal color throughout a very very very serious and compelling copy. I appreciate the depth and effort you put into it. Well done!! Keep up the great practice I'd like to hear more!

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    Inspiration - Take Two

    Script:

    On one’s journey of spiritual growth, one must often take new, unfamiliar actions, in consonance with one’s new world view. Behaving differently than one has behaved before may represent an extraordinary personal risk. The passive young man for the first time asks a girl for a date. The person who has never trusted anyone lies down for the first time on the analyst’s couch, allowing the analyst to be hidden from view. The previously dependent housewife announces to her controlling husband that she is obtaining a job. The emotionally distant, seemingly self-sufficient strongman first allows himself to weep in public.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear Aaron_Shipp's recording

    A slightly different interpretation of the same copy I submitted earlier today

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-7465/script-recording-27676.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    There are some good inflections in there. The pauses are nice, but I think they may be unnecessary given the context, but to add your own interpretation of the story with your ability is always welcome.

    That said, I would like to see what you can do (if not already) by really emoting what the story is bring to say. Tell it as it speaks to you (which you did do in some areas, but even more-so)

    Keep posting.

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    Invictus by William Ernest Henley

    Script:

    Out of the night that covers me,
    Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
    I thank whatever gods may be
    For my unconquerable soul.

    In the fell clutch of circumstance
    I have not winced nor cried aloud.
    Under the bludgeonings of chance
    My head is bloody, but unbowed.

    Beyond this place of wrath and tears
    Looms but the Horror of the shade,
    And yet the menace of the years
    Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.

    It matters not how strait the gate,
    How charged with punishments the scroll,
    I am the master of my fate:
    I am the captain of my soul.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear psjones's recording

    One of my favorite poems.

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-91843/script-recording-81866.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    P.S.

    Very dramatic! Pacing is good also. The only thing I may have noticed is the infliction is the exact same for every line. The read may have lacked conversational tone, who is this person talking to?

    Peer Feedback:

    Wow! Nice! I would suggest playing with the EQ to try to take out some of the boominess. Your voice is great for the feel of this, but with just a bit of the boom removed, it would be perfect. Nice musical touch, too.

    Peer Feedback:

    Good suggestion marysboy, I could have started off less intense and increased the intensity towards the end. Thanks Brian, I am still trying to find the "perfect" processing chain. I will definitely try what you suggested.

    Peer Feedback:

    too much emphasis on delivery like you were contrived trying to sound a certain way and tone in your voice sounded forced... relax take deep breaths and go with whatever comes to mind....energy creates delivery with a clear intention....especially in meditation you must have a clear mind...I need to feel what you were feeling when you voiced it....good, bad, happy, sad etc.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear TJS's recording

    Merry Christmas my Edge Studio Family! Hope all of you feel Hope, Joy, and Peace this Christmas! Not my normal read style but wanted to Read something from the greatest Love Letter ever written. Not really looking for Feedback but will take any. :P Appreciate and Love all of you guys!

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-74154/script-recording-76965.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    Thanks for sharing about the greatest Christmas present ever.

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    Joy

    Script:

    The idea is JOY. When was the last time you felt real joy--that down-to-your-toes tingle of pure delight? Bigger than contentment, more intense than happiness, it's a feeling so vast it almost overwhelms you. And however fleeting, joy is the ultimate expression of gratitude and appreciation. It's what fills you up and fills you out, connecting you to something larger than yourself and leaving you staggering with wonder.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear jrandy's recording

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-117268/script-recording-93918.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    Performance was well done, but I would like to see more passion in the message. You dropped off at the end of the message.

    Peer Feedback:

    I listened and felt like you had an idea of what you wanted to sound like, but honestly...It didn't grab me at all. It's a little rushed in spots but lacking in connection to the vibe or emotion the script calls for. If this were your audition for this spot, I wouldn't listen past about 8 seconds, though I did for this feedback. It is really not connecting with the emotive factor which the script calls for. More "up" feel is needed.

    Peer Feedback:

    A bit "actory" as opposed to honest.

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    Managing Pain with Meditation

    Script:

    Managing physical pain is a process requiring a series of steps. First, you will focus on observing and accepting the pain. Then, you will transform your pain through meditation, providing the physical and mental relaxation necessary to alleviate its effects. To start, sit down in a comfortable chair. Make sure that your back is fully supported. As you settle into the chair, observe your body and mind at this moment. Ask yourself, where is most of my tension stored? Where is the pain located? What part of my body is most relaxed? And now, take a deep breath in… and exhale. Continue to do this. In… and out.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear deerhawk9's recording

    I'm considering using this script on my narration demo - would like feedback on how it sounds. Thanks!

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-23942/script-recording-47785.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    Hello Deerhawk9!

    I'm totally new to this site, so this is my first time commenting on anything at all. I thought your narration was just "okay." As I followed along with your script, I noticed that you paused after the words "process" and "necessary," even though there are no commas there. I also noticed that you said something like "inda" instead of "into" in sentence number six. That's my "two cents!"

    Peer Feedback:

    You weren't connected to this copy. It's very even-toned as a meditation styled read should be, but you've stated you want this to be part of a narration demo. I have a very strong feeling that you're nowhere near ready for producing a demo for any style. BrianPoole called a couple of new forum submitters on the very same thing. Get your individual reads down to a very strong submission and then consider doing a demo. You're not ready for that.

    Peer Feedback:

    I have to agree with TX... you need work, deerhawk. There is much room for improvement across the board here - pacing, breath control, emphasis...the whole 9.

    Practice every day, and if you are serious about VO work, invest in a coach. He/she will work with you in all of the above areas.

    Mike F.

    Peer Feedback:

    Hi deerhawk9
    I like your voice, I just think you need more practice..I think maybe the pace could be picked up a little, I know this piece calls for slow pacing but I think it might be a little too slow..Good luck and hang in there.
    Wishing you all the best
    Eye Hear Voices

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    Meditation

    Script:

    Make yourself comfortable, sitting upright, with a straight spine. With your eyes closed, look at the point midway between the eyebrows on your forehead. Inhale slowly, counting to eight. Hold the breath for the same eight counts while concentrating your attention at the point between the eyebrows. Now exhale slowly to the same count of eight. Repeat three to six times.

    Be as attentive as possible. If you have difficulty feeling the breath, you can concentrate on the breathing process itself, feeling your diaphragm and chest expanding and contracting.

    Gradually as you become more calm, try to feel the breath higher and higher in the nose. Be sure that your gaze is kept steady at the point between the eyebrows throughout your practice. Don't allow your eyes to follow the movement of the breath. If you find that your mind has wandered, simply bring it back to an awareness of the breath and the mantra.

    By concentration on the breath, the breath actually diminishes; its gradual refinement leads naturally to an interiorized meditative state.

    58 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear Jackie Marie's recording

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-115714/script-recording-90341.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    My first note would be that it sounds like you should do some work in terms of treating the space and equipment. There's definitely people on this forum that are wiser than I that can give you better advice but I would look into where you're doing recording and also equipment. Where you're recording sounds a bit echoey to me. The bigger thing would be equipment. I'm not sure what you recorded this on but if it wasn't a mic I'd look into getting one. If this was done on a mic, get a pop filter. You get a lot of plosives on your words like 'point,' or really most of your words with a 'p.'

    Performance wise your voice shows promise for a piece like this but could use some fine-tuning. Try to relax a little more, it sounds a bit like you're just reading it and adding your 'soft tone voice' as opposed to truly being relaxed and guiding the listener to be just as relaxed as you are. I think you can also worry a little less about diction. I sometimes do this a lot, where you're trying to say every word perfectly and it sounds like you're trying to be a very good student which can sometimes hurt a piece like this. You still want to be able to be understood but you can relax the words a little more. Words like "Repeat" "attentive" and "gradually" kind of made that thought come to mind for me. That being said, you do have a nice sounding voice so I think there's definitely a lot of promise there! Keep up the good work!

    Peer Feedback:

    I'm also hearing popping on the plosives which suggests that you're a bit too close to the mic. Sometimes you can speak a bit off-axis on the mic and that helps (but I went too far and got "muffled" the other day, so it takes some experimenting). Do you have any acoustic treatment in your space? (Curtains etc?) It sounds to me as though you would benefit from more. There's a great video somewhere on youtube of a VO demonstrating different setups and how they improve things - one was a closet, the other was a tent he made of cushions on a table!

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    Motivational Speech

    Script:

    Motivational Speech

    Script:

    Whether or not you win this thing
    You got to decide how you’re going to walk out of here when it’s all said and done.
    Cause the game is going to go on.
    And there’s only one rule you’re going to need to know about.
    There are no second chances.
    There’s only this moment
    and the next moment.
    Everyone of those moments is
    a test.
    That you get to take one time.
    And only one time.
    So if you see an opening,
    Tear into it.
    If you get a shot at victory
    Make damn sure you take it.
    Seize that moment.
    That moment is a crossroads
    Where everything you want
    will collide with everything standing in your way.
    You got momentum at your back.
    Fear and doubt are like a freight train
    Thundering straight at you.
    And all you got
    The only difference from making history and being history
    The only thing, the only thing
    You can count on in any given moment
    Is you.
    It’s you verses them.
    You verses No.
    You verses Can’t.
    You verses Next Year, Last Year, Statistics, Excuses.
    You verses History.
    You verses the Odds.
    It’s you verses Second Place.
    The clock is ticking.
    Let’s see what you’ve got.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear Jim Babbitt's recording

    I was inspired by this and took an odd stab at it with a little music and effects. I know I could have found better music but this was a quick attempt.

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-6137/script-recording-33121.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    Pretty damn good. I did it like a barking dog. Bill was a little more rational.

    Peer Feedback:

    Jim, I'm gonna be very honest here. I thought you did a fine job with this for an announcer type of motivational speech. I just thought it sounded too controlled and perfect, almost rehearsed, and just didn't get goosebumps like I would with a more natural, spontaneous speech. The sound effects were cool, but in my opinion, only made it sound more announcer-like.

    Peer Feedback:

    Thanks for the listen Javier,. I interpreted this script as a coach talking to a team in a locker room, so that's why I tried a forceful approach. I did it in one take and flubbed 2 lines and immediately repeated them to edit later. I think the controlled aspects to this come from the music I quickly chose and the delay effects I used in the gaps. I'm thinking the right music might might improve the goosebump factor. I'll look into that.

    Peer Feedback:

    I liked it Jim! Pictured a locker room pep talk....the music was good...maybe a little less reverb....

    Peer Feedback:

    Thanks Marianna, the reverb was something I was playing with for dramatic effect. I already have new ideas for this.

    Peer Feedback:

    Jim, you would do great with the Gillette and Gym equipment commercials.. Just have that cool sound!

    Peer Feedback:

    Jim, I really enjoyed that! Not really a locker room type of delivery, but would make Tony Robbins(leading motivational speaker) proud as his type of delivery.

    Peer Feedback:

    Jim,
    Your precise enunciation probably wouldn't be heard in to many locker rooms but it's perfect for an executive event. Don't get me wrong, I love it! I also liked Bill's version. I listened to this a couple times- your on to something. Love the reverb! Your pace, tone are consistant. If you made a series of these I would defenately pull out the credit card...I would start every morning listening to this while shaving...
    Motivating!

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    Quote by John Muir

    Script:

    "Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine into flowers. The winds will blow their freshness into you and the storms their energy, and cares will drop off like autumn leaves."

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear psjones's recording

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-91843/script-recording-87227.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    Hi PS,

    What type of gear do you use and what processing is applied to this? There is a boxy sound that I would like to help you to correct. The read was good, I enjoyed it quite a bit. Remember to keep your distance from the mic a bit more I think. It sounded like you were almost right on it.

    Peer Feedback:

    Hi TotalMix. I have a Rode NT1-A mic, Scarlett 2i2 pre amp and as little as possible processing - NR, normalize and EQ and that's it most of the time (Audacity). Been getting the "boxy sound" lately and I think you got it right. I may be to close to the mic to avoid room reverb. I need a tad more sound proofing in my room (small den), as well as standing a bit further away from the mic. If you can think of anything else that would be great. I believe you are one of the "best" sound guys on here along with James and TxTom. Any help in this area is greatly appreciated. Sometimes when "conditions" are right my sound is pretty good, but I think I'm subconsciously moving closer to the mic on some recordings. (BTW the mic is situated in an area between a sound proofed wall and bookcase. About a 2' x 2' area). Thanks!

    Peer Feedback:

    Simply getting closer to the mic isn't necessarily going to cut down or eliminate "slap back" room reverberation from any hard, reflective surfaces like a bare wall (even if it's soundproofed from the interior) or a bookshelf. You might consider draping something like a comforter or moving blankets over the wall bookshelf to further deaden your recording space.

    Just a small point, but something to think about. I've done a lot of hiking in most of the National Parks (including Yosemite NP and Muir Woods in CA) and I am very familiar with John Muir. He was not a young man when he began his lobbying efforts for his wilderness preservation agenda, continued those efforts to the end of his life, and lived to a very ripe old age. Knowing that, my preference would have been to give this read a less "youthful" sound and some awe-inspiring gravitas.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Muir

    Peer Feedback:

    Thank you for the compliment. This is my 5th year into this. It takes a while to get adjusted and get everything together in this business, especially clientele and a marketing plan.

    The problem is that you have the mic wedged into a 2x2 space. A mic (although mechanical) is a reproduction of your voice. It captures your sound waves and converts them to electronic impulses. The preamp converts that energy from digital to analog so that you can listen to it in your computer. That's why "converters" are important. The capsule in the mic likes to record everything around it as well. If its stuffed in a box, funny thing, it will sound like its stuffed in a box! If you give the mic an area to "breath" and can isolate it as James mentioned with blankets and pillows or something with heavier material then you will start to get different results. Don't run out and start to buy all kinds of stuff or build a booth. It's really a waste of money. I record in my office right now and I don't even use my booth personally. I also use some higher end gear which helps in eliminating noise (Senn 416 mkh shotgun mic).

    Focus on the techniques right now, even buying new gear or sound treatments aren't going to make your technique any better without giggin and bringin in some cash to buy them. I know its a catch 22, but the gear you have already is working for a ton of ppl I know in this business. They just found ways to position their mic and treatments found around the house (pillow forts, closets). To help with finding a location in your room, walk around clapping and look for a spot with the least reflection. Aim your mic towards it. Hope this helps ya!

    Peer Feedback:

    It's all good! I've had enough gigs at this point to be encouraged. Some days my recordings are spot on. I just have to be precise in everything you and James mentioned, and also be consistent. Thanks for the in depth suggestions. I actually have a suggestion folder when you guys give advice, all those great suggestions go into the folder. I just have to refer to them more often.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear David_K's recording

    I built a home made vocal booth how's the sound quality?

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/Right In Front of Me.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    Dave, I think the booth sounds great. I didn't hear any reflections and the vocal was front and center. The read could use some work in the delivery. I know that the perception of relaxation is to take the sombre approach, but I think this is more of an uplifting piece and needs to come across that way. There was a bit of muddiness in the mids which can come from the booth, but can easily be taken out with some eq in the 2-5K range to help with bringing some more life to the read. then add a bit of "air" in the 6-10K range. I think this was good, but there is room to improve. Good job on the booth.

    Peer Feedback:

    Also you said "your" instead of "our" in the following line. "When our strength is truly tested, sometimes failure is our only fear."

    Peer Feedback:

    Thanks Dan, I appreciate your comments. I was actually messing around with the eq in Audacity but I'm not yet familiar with the settings. I did want to brighten up the sound a little. I changed "our" to "your" and forgot to change it on the script, not sure which sounds better. I do also think making it more uplifting would help. Thanks again, Voice On!

    Peer Feedback:

    I agree on the uplifting part. You do a great job setting a mood in this read, but then you stick to that same mood/tone the entire time :) Play with the script and find the levels of emotion in the text. Not just somber, but reassured, fulfilled, lonely, etc.. Good work!

    Peer Feedback:

    I'm trying to place where you are from. Chicago? Cleveland? There is just a hint of a regionalism. I hear it in "defines" and "shadows" and "answers". You also swallowed the work "can" all three times, it sounded like "cn".

    Peer Feedback:

    Right on James, Chicago, South Sider. Yea, trying to smooth out some Chicago accent issues. Thanks for comments all.

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    Script:

    Sammy Girl
    By David Knize

    You are my best friend, my buddy and my pal.
    You’ll follow me wherever I go, with no explanation and
    in any direction without fail.
    You are kind and caring and will protect me unwillingly whenever you can.
    Your will is strong, your heart is sincere and your drive to please is unparalleled.
    You understand and obey my words and are comforted by my soft tone.
    Your joy and excitement expressed when you greet me, is the highlight of my day.
    You make me laugh, you make me smile and I feel alone when we are apart for a while.
    Sometimes you seem almost human by your stance and the look in your eyes.
    You are my best friend, my buddy, and my pal.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear David_K's recording

    Messing around with eq and compression in the new vocal booth. Comments on performance and quality appreciated. Thanks

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/Sammy Girl.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    This should happen way faster, it seems really slow, and should sound a bit more conversational.

    Peer Feedback:

    Nice, smooth voice. I also agree that the read is a bit too slow, and choppy. Disregard the punctuation. I assume you're talking to a doggie? See the dog and talk to him or her. We tend to talk to dogs like we do to babies or small children. Watch the pronunciation of "you'll". Yours sounded like "yul" instead of "yoo-el". "Your" also sounded kilike "yur" instead of "yore". The first time you said "best friend" there was a glottle stop between the words, but in the last line you elided them (bestfriend) nearly making them almost one word, which I think is preferable. The first and last lines are exactly the same, so vary one from the other in some way. They were nearly exactly the same. There are a lot of words that you can "color", make them sound what they are - like "soft tone" and "joy and excitement", "laugh" and "smile". It's a big piece of copy with a lot of possibilities.

    Peer Feedback:

    Thanks so much, very helpful. Voice On!

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    Script submitted by Kate

    Script:

    Make yourself comfortable, sitting upright, with a straight spine. With your eyes closed, look at the point midway between the eyebrows on your forehead. Inhale slowly, counting to eight. Hold the breath for the same eight counts while concentrating your attention at the point between the eyebrows. Now exhale slowly to the same count of eight. Repeat three to six times.

    Be as attentive as possible. If you have difficulty feeling the breath, you can concentrate on the breathing process itself, feeling your diaphragm and chest expanding and contracting.

    Gradually as you become more calm, try to feel the breath higher and higher in the nose. Be sure that your gaze is kept steady at the point between the eyebrows throughout your practice. Don't allow your eyes to follow the movement of the breath. If you find that your mind has wandered, simply bring it back to an awareness of the breath and the mantra.

    By concentration on the breath, the breath actually diminishes; its gradual refinement leads naturally to an interiorized meditative state.

    30 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear Kate's recording

    Hi - I would really appreciate your feedback. I hope this recoding sounds relaxed and easy to listen to. What would make it better? I know the recording quality is not perfect but would love your feedback on that too and any suggestions on how to improve. Thanks so much.

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-7330/script-recording-32082.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    Hi Kate,
    Your voice is perfect for this genre--it has a very smooth, calming and relaxed quality to it. In the beginning of the recording there are a few noises, what I think are mouth clicks, but those went away after the first couple of sentences. You seemed to pick the tempo up, but then slowed it back down--I think this read calls for a slower tempo--not to speak the words slower, only to slow the tempo.

    There was an awkward edit near the end and some background noise and hum throughout the recording.

    Larry

    Peer Feedback:

    S L O W D O W N. I closed my eyes to see if I could follow along with your guidance and found myself frustrated. If it were slower and more genteel the delivery would be more listenable. You have a nice voice.

    Your mic is picking up a tremendous amount of ambient room noise. The break before the last sentence is very noticeable with absent background noise.

    Peer Feedback:

    Thanks so much to you both for the feedback. Totally agree that I need to slow it down and sorry for making you frustrated - I think frustration is the complete opposite of calm and relaxed which this read is aiming to achieve!! Yes, a lot of background noise. Need to figure out how to use the equipment that I have to greater effect. Thanks so much for the helpful feedback. Kate

    Peer Feedback:

    Hi Kate,
    I've taken the liberty to download your script and repost it after some editing. You might want to check the recent recordings.

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    Socrates Quote - Nature of Honor

    Script:

    "The shortest and surest way to live with honour in the world, is to be in reality what we would appear to be; and if we observe, we shall find, that all human virtues increase and strengthen themselves by the practice of them."

    24 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear RTKline's recording

    This is my second take on this script. Based on a lot of feedback I received from the first attempt I've attempted to change the read to sound more conversational.

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-5623/script-recording-31238.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    This is a rare critique, but I actually think you went too slowly on this read. Your words sound very staccato here, and it takes away from the natural flow. Going slowly is good, but don't overdo it!

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    Tai Chi

    Script:

    An ancient art for today’s world…. Tai Chi imparts the experience of stability, a deep connection both to oneself and to others, and a wonderful lightness born of the awakened spirit. Affecting us in all realms: body, heart, mind and spirit, Tai Chi lets us relax into our true being and enjoy life fully. Tai Chi practice helps us to both slow down and wake up; to become stronger and softer at the same time; to relax profoundly while awakening our vitality; to focus and clarify the mind while letting go of preoccupations. A full round takes between 7 and 10 minutes to practice and requires only a small flat space.

    79 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear Metri1970's recording

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-78691/script-recording-83276.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    Hi Metri,

    You have a distinctive sound. Your pacing a little slow with the music, made me feel you were doing Tai Chi? I think you were suppose to describe it for those who wanted to know about the "art" of Tai Chi. Always know your audience and to whom you are talking to.'

    Peer Feedback:

    Sounds like Morgan Freeman.

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    The Real Traveler

    Script:

    The Real Traveler

    There is a distinction between the “traveler” and the “tourist”. The Real Traveler travels off the clock. Schedules shift from the routine and expected to the new and surprising. The heart opens. Differences dissolve. Friendship and discovery are the most prized commodities on the traveler’s road, and cost only the time it takes to listen, to explore, to step from one well-worn trail to a fresh cut path through new terrain. Become a real traveler and discover an earth that gives generously to the gracious guest.

    27 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear Larry Oliver's recording

    Been off my practice schedules and it shows--practice, practice practice-- it is my mantra. Will do at least one feedback forum per day. Any suggestions are welcomed! Larry

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-5808/script-recording-29839.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    Hi Larry! Fun take on this script! I felt like you really settled into yourself after "Differences dissolve." Prior to that you tone was a little snarky, which I personally enjoy but the later section felt more natural. I'd love to hear the guy from the first half tell a joke, but I would get a drink with the guy at the end. The quality was great, no comments there. Take care!

    Peer Feedback:

    Hi Wiseash,

    Hope I got that spelling correct ;-))>. Thanks for the comments. Yeah, I need to learn how to get there from the first word rather than the last few words! Be careful what you ask for--you may just end up hearing one of my more "feedback forum appropriate" stories. I'll buy the drinks!

    Larry

    Peer Feedback:

    Hi Larry,

    I'd have to agree and I know how it is to get 3 paragraphs into a read before it starts sounding good.

    What I've done in the past and to make those start phrases sound a little more natural is develop a phrase, a catch phrase for me. something like this... "Do you know that they EVEN have..." "low, continuing and acid vapor etching facilities" . by adding that little bit of "friendly banter" the second part comes out a little friendlier. or whatever tone I want it to be based on the preamble. Anyways... that may help! Keep at it! Nodo420

    Peer Feedback:

    Hi Nodo420,

    Thanks for the tip and technique--it certainly works for you. Your projects and contest entries are always at the top of the list, so it works Your comments are appreciated--and I will keep at it!

    Larry

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    The Station

    Script:

    Tucked away in our subconscious is an idyllic vision. We see ourselves on a long trip that spans the continent. We are traveling by train. Out the windows, we drink in the passing scene of cars on nearby highways, of children waving at a crossing, of cattle grazing on a distant hillside, of city skylines and village hills. But uppermost in our minds is the final destination. On a certain day, at a certain hour, we will pull into the station. Bands will be playing and flags waving. Once we get there, so many wonderful dreams will come true and the pieces of our lives will fit together like a completed jigsaw puzzle. How restlessly we pace the aisles, damning the minutes for loitering – waiting, waiting, waiting for the station.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear sabrinasvoice's recording

    Thank you everyone.

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-4472/script-recording-28732.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    Copy interpretation:
    Nicely interpreted. The read drew me into the scene.

    Vocal performance (pacing, clarity, emotion, inflection . . . ):
    Your pace was very good. The word "loitering" was not very clear. It sounded like "lottering".

    Recording quality:
    Recording quality was ok.

    Peer Feedback:

    Hi, again, Sabrina -

    Once again, strong performance, so-so recording quality. I think the issue with "loitering," mentioned by "Lynsvoice," is the slight hint of a Southern Accent creeping in, every now and then. It can also be heard on "highways," "hillsides" and "aisles." You might want to address that, if you hope to be doing national spots at some point.

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    This is my voice

    Script:

    This is my voice. There is no music, and there are no sound effects, only the pure clear sound recorded for your ears.
    I am a voice over artist, a voice actor, a voice talent and I can convey my message in many ways, and in many tones and with many emotions. I can speak in a very light whisper, to share an intimate message with you, or my voice can boom deeply demanding respect from those who are listening. My voice can express sympathy to someone who has just experienced a great loss or it can reflect the happiness one feels after accomplished something GREAT!
    I sit or stand before this tube constructed of metals, of plastics, of wires and of silicone which listens patiently to me as if I were alive, like a mistress, hour after hour, day after day, night after night. It never judges me, however it is a reflection of me, one which neither vengeful nor forgiving. I am a voice actor and this is my voice.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear lynnmosquera's recording

    Newbie!! Trying to create a well thought out portfolio of demos in the near future. Any suggestions on diction, annunciation or recommendations on equip. Right not I am using my mac and smartphone.

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-100700/script-recording-78887.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    Oh what a great script, makes me want to try it myself!

    Regarding your read, I felt no connection to you. It felt like you were reading, rather then wanting to tell me about who you are. I could tell you tried a whisper and tried to bring out some emotions here and there but they were really small changes.

    I'm also an amateur but for me, it helps when I imagine the 5 w's before I start a read: Who, What, Where, When, Why.

    Peer Feedback:

    This is one heck of a script to tackle right out of the box, there's so much going on.

    I agree with John, there was little personal connection to the script. I heard words spoken softly and loudly, with hesitancy and aggressively. But your personalty did not emerge. Do you have any acting training? Because this script requires a voice "actor", not just someone who can read words into a mic.

    There is a lot of "clicking" and other strange noises in the recording, but that may be your equipment issue.

    I would suggest shorter scripts for now. A big part of VO is breaking down and understanding the text - the intentions, inflections, attitudes, etc. The 'Who, What, When, Where, How and Why" of a piece of copy. And realize that not all of those questions will necessarily be answered in every piece of copy.

    You have some diction issues. The first occurrence was "artist" which sounded like "ardiss". You started out with a more "Neutral American" accent, but toward the end (as your concentration slipped), there was a regionalism (or an urban-ism) the crept into your delivery. Nothing at all wrong with the "urban" thing, in fact there is a niche for that. But the Neutral American is what most voice artists strive for. Mixing them up in a single piece of copy (unless required) might not be beneficial.

    There are also a number of typos in this particular version of the script which should have sent up some "red flags" For instance, the line:

    "it can reflect the happiness one feels after accomplished something GREAT!"

    has the wrong tense. "accomplished" should be "accomplishing". That's also part of script breakdown. Another example was the word "silicone". It should be "silicon". Silicone (pronounced si-li-kone) is a jell or a lubricant or an adhesive. Silicon (pronounced si-li-kn) is the nonmetallic mineral substance that is used in some microphone production.

    The demo is probably a ways off yet. Keep practicing and get some coaching.

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    This is a nice script. It looks like it allows a talent to really showcase their range and abilities. I have to agree with the comments above in that I really didn't sense of a change of emotions. I closed my eyes on the second listen and I heard your voice getting louder and softer, but I did't get the feel of the different tones it solicited.

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    Found this interesting....took a different interpretation from the others...hoping for a natural, conversational delivery...please share thoughts.

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    Sorry Ron.....I omitte your credits
    A Voice Actor's Voice
    Script:

    Notes: I wrote this script kind of as a tribute to voice actors, but also to allow the person reading it to use some different intonation in his read. ** Please note: This script is meant to be read 'dry' with no music or sound effects... just use your voice, and speak naturally with a somewhat relaxed pace. :)

    - Ron Jaffe (Muddyshoes)d your credits....great script...thanks.

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    Great read! Very Nice.

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    Marianna, please, I am knocked over. You made my week. This one piece could be a
    lecture on voice-over technique. Of course, I am more impressed with a woman reading
    than a man. I have heard hundreds of male voices; but few women who captivate me.

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    I'll admit I'm new at all this, but I thought your version of this script sounded excellent! However there is one thing I noticed, and I also make this "mistake" in my recording as well..

    Someone can feel free to correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe the intention for the script is for it to be one minute long, since if you needed to do a 60 second spot for an ad, everything would have to be tighter in order to fit in the time slot.

    In any event, that was a great sounding read!

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    Thanks for your thoughts MegaHarv....after I had finished my recording, I noticed the :60 suggestion....I never noticed that before. I was curious to see if I had been cut off....but it clearly wasn't. There are other posts that are longer than this one....so not sure what that is about....anyhow, thanks for the feedback and for your kind words.

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    Excellent recording quality and I thought you did an amazing job of conveying emotion on this. Just superb! :)

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    Marianna, I will listen to anything you do. I was particularly impressed by your
    remark about covering the phrase instead of the words. That's what phrasing means.
    We communicate in phrases. If each word is treated separately, it becomes choppy.
    I am a former classical and character actor and singer. I would let you teach me.

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    So true Henry....most people read words....not thoughts....makes a huge difference. Anxious to hear some of your work!

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    Marianna, listen to my read on "Voice Actor."

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    just a pleasure to listen too!!!!!!!!!!
    great work

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    This Journey

    Script:

    I awoke from a dream and grabbed at those faded images and sensations before they disappeared like waves of smoke. I held them up to the light and watched them shimmer with promises of past, present and future.
    Looking back I traced a path through various memories and began seeing patterns and how these memories were to be woven together.
    What you will hear is a story that has gathered in my soul since the first moment I opened my eyes,
    This journey, i share with you.

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    There's a "pattern" to this delivery. Listen to the end of some words and phrases. They all end on nearly the same downward inflection and the same note (pitch), making it sound rather monotonous - kinda like the gentle rocking of the ocean that puts you to sleep.

    awoke
    dream
    grabbed
    images
    sensations
    disappeared
    light
    shimmer
    promises
    future
    back
    path
    memories
    together
    hear
    story
    gathered
    soul
    journey

    The recording quality is very good.

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    Ulysses (Excerpt 2) - Alfred Lord Tennyson

    Script:

    Note: In this famous Victorian-era poem, Tennyson imagines the Greek hero Ulysses (aka Odysseus), now an elderly man, bored with his tedious life and wife, rousing his crew to join him for one more adventure. This is the final stanza of the poem. For a shorter version, omit the section within brackets.

    Come, my friends.
    'Tis not too late to seek a newer world.
    [Push off, and sitting well in order smite
    the sounding furrows; for my purpose holds
    To sail beyond the sunset, and the baths
    Of all the western stars, until I die.
    It may be that the gulfs will wash us down;
    It may be that we shall touch the Happy Isles,
    And see the great Achilles, whom we knew.
    Though much is taken, much abides; and] though
    We are not now that strength which in old days
    Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are---
    One equal temper of heroic hearts,
    Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
    To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.

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    Bill Anciaux inspired me to give this a go. It's not something I would normally do. It may be a bit dramatic or over the top, but there you are. One take. I only edited out one mouth click, added a little noise reduction, EQ and normalized. Don't have any appropriate mood music, so it's just the naked voice.

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    Wow, James. That was terrific. Honestly, I can't say anything critical about it! It was really, really good, You note that it's not something that you would typically do . . . perhaps it should be! Marianne

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    I think you captured the heroic, larger-than-life character of Odysseus in this performance, James, without overdoing it. Enjoyed it very much!

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    Thanks for the kind words. I've never done period pieces or classic drama on stage. I'm a Musical Comedy Actor. As with Shakespeare, there's always that danger of "singing the lines" as Sir Ralph Richardson said of Sir Lawrence Olivier.

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    Nice read James I enjoyed it
    Regards
    Balazs

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    Hi James! Well done for taking on this classic poem and completing it in one take! I felt your performance paid homage to those actors of the Victorian era as it revelled in that melodramatic and declamatory style. I would love to now hear you make it more contemporary: making the words your own, connecting to the emotions and giving it a more natural (not conversational!) delivery. I felt at times it was quite indulgent (again pertaining to the acting style of that era) and sometimes the intentions behind the words were lost e.g. you tended to dwell on the negative aspects such as "made weak by time and fate", but in reality, when trying to rouse your crew to accompany you on another, possibly dangerous, adventure, wouldn't you address this swiftly and then focus on the positive points? Also, you delivered "It may be that" the same way both times, but the second time you are putting a positive spin on the fact they could die so I feel it should have a different inflection. Anyway, these are just my humble thoughts to do with as you wish! Here is an interview with Patrick Stewart regarding making classical texts relevant to today that you might find interesting: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DUere7WYnqg Shakespeare in front of a camera is like a classical text spoken into a mic - the subtleties are picked up. Niki :-)

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    This script seems to shift from one mood at the beginning to another mood at the end. I'm concerned about how I'm handling that.

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    Hi Chris. What an odd piece of copy. I had to listen to it a few times and read a few more. I still didn't get the point of it. I mean I get it in the close its the beer she's thinking of and that the beer does the things she describes.

    I think the transition could be better with the use of the ellipsis. The (...) means the sentence isn't complete yet. Its unfinished. Allow that extra moment for the listener to catch up. It builds up to the next line.

    A good deal of hiss in the background too. I have the same issue. All in all though. Good read for an odd piece of copy.

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    Unfortunately, in the subjective area of casting actors (voice actors included), it is an acceptable practice to have age, gender and ethnic discrimination, as well as some other kinds.

    This is a case in point. This copy is meant for a male chauvinist pig. Unless it's a nightmarishly bad dream sequence, it doesn't make any sense being read by a woman.

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    James, you may have cracked the code here. I tried to do it as a woman trying to motivate other women and then realized it was the beer and not the nobility of the female that did the trick. It didn't quite come off right, though. Are there any men here brave enough to try it? :)

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    Oh, there have been in the past. Don't know how to search for that though.

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    One can search for previous performances by going to the FF main page and then searching by "script genre" on the left hand menu. Once you open up the category you want, click "control F" so open a search menu. Enter a search term for the title and you should get right to it. Under the script you'll see previously recorded performances for that script. It's a great way to check your work against the work of others and learn from their successes and mistakes.

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    Chris,
    That's a tough piece! I can see why you want the feedback on that last sudden switch in mood. I would think it should be played kinda over the top, but believable in the first part and then somehow you'd have to get that "Wait…that's beer" part to come off as surprising and funny. I think the listening has to have some clue from your voice at the outset (or at least as you progress through that first part) that you're gonna switch moods on them. Your interpretation was a little "sappy" I think and needed to move a bit quicker. Then maybe slow down a bit for the punch line.???? Just an idea.
    Recording could be a little quieter I think…. good effort on such a hard script. I'd never tackle that one!

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    I intentionally leaned a little bit toward the sappy end of things at the beginning because I saw the whole thing as a parody of motivational seminars for women. I didn't know how tough that script would be until I waded into it.

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    Personally I continually find that wading into a tough script (and not realizing just how tough it is is) is the greatest reminder that this stuff really isn't easy. What it will do for you is enhance your repect for those who can pull it off.

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    What A Real Woman Does

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    A real woman is a man's best friend. She will never stand him up and never let him down. She will reassure him when he feels insecure and comfort him after a bad day.

    She will inspire him to do things he never thought he could do; to live without fear and forget regret. She will enable him to express his deepest emotions and give in to his most intimate desires.

    She will make sure he always feels as though he's the most handsome man in the room and will enable him to be the most confident, sexy,seductive, and invincible. . .

    No wait... Sorry... I'm thinking of beer.

    That's what beer does...

    Never mind.

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    How is my performance, do I sound sexy, does it work?

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    Hi, Sabrina - This is a comedy piece, not a "sexy" piece; hence, you probably don't want to sound sexy. It's really all about the set-up and build (from "A real woman is..." to "invincible--" and then the punch-line, or pay-off, about beer. Your timing needs to be very specific and dead-on.

    Meanwhile, good job! Keep up the good work!

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    Love your voice...but you almost ran to the punchline. I agree with Jimbo when he says it needs dead on timing. i think for this read you might need to hear the screeching halt (in your head) before you drop the "no wait..." keep up the good work though!

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    Wings

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    I have come to accept the feeling of not knowing where I am going. And I have trained myself to love it. Because it is only when we are suspended in mid-air with no landing in sight, that we force our wings to unravel and at last being our flight. And as we fly, we still may not know where we are going. But the miracle is in the unfolding of the wings. You may not know where you're going, but you know that so long as you spread your wings, the winds will carry you.
    by C. JoyBell C.

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    Trying to find an inspirational/feel good script to include in my demo. What do you guys think? ~Laura

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    I think it's a nice piece for a narration demo, Laura, but I don't care for this read. There's some technical problems with: mouth noise, it's a bit quiet and there're some elisions that should be better enunciated, but it's mostly that the read is a little flat, too. Especially the end; I think you can really close that up. I just didn't hear the acceptance that it's talking about, the confidence that comes with it... I guess the connection to the script really. Might just be me though... :)

    Keep at it! I think it will be a really nice bit when you're done with it.

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    Thanks for your feedback, Bean. I'll go to work on it. I always appreciate your insights! ~Laura

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    Very welcome, and the same to you and yours!

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    For what it's worth, this is an old recording from a feminist tract, badly recorded, to show a big, resonant voice going soft. Of no market value.

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    Henry, I thought you did a good job. It reminded me a lot of a great piece of literature a College Professor would be reciting to his or her class. You expressed in one of your comments, that you enjoy and listen to old radio programs. Look into Pub d Hub. I have a Roku player which is a streaming device that allows you to watch movies from Netflix or other applicants onto your television. With the Roku player it has Pub d Hub in their Channel Store and it is a free application. Pub d Hub offers a lot of nostalgic, classic movies, programs and radio shows. Go onto the internet and have a look at their website. Also are you working with any coaches yet? I enjoy scripts and best of luck. LCW.

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    I am in touch with Linda Jones. We're both from the Boston area. I was able to lose my regional accents years ago to perform classical theatre. Go with the old-time
    radio. These were the best. Thank you for your response. The piece is so far off the beaten track, I just threw it out for a change of pace. My voice is professorial.
    I'm working to sound more like a person.

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    1 Corinthians 13

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    If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

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    A Brief History Of Time

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    We go about our daily lives, understanding almost nothing of the world. We give little thought to the machinery that generates sunlight that makes life possible, to the gravity that glues us to an Earth that would otherwise send us spinning off into space, or to the atoms of which we’re made, and on whose stability we fundamentally depend. Except for children, who don’t know enough not to ask the important questions, few of us spend much time wondering why nature is the way it is, where the Cosmos came from, or whether it was always there, if time will one day flow backward, and effects precede causes, or whether there are...

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    A Brief History of Time - Extended Version

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    “We go about our daily lives understanding almost
    nothing of the world. We give little thought to the
    machinery that generates the sunlight that makes life
    possible, to the gravity that glues us to an Earth that
    would otherwise send us spinning off into space, or to
    the atoms of which we are made and on whose stability
    we fundamentally depend. Except for children (who
    don’t know enough not to ask the important questions),
    few of us spend much time wondering why nature is the
    way it is; where the cosmos came from, or whether it is
    always here; if time will one day flow backward and
    effects precede causes; or whether there are ultimate
    limits to what humans can know.”

    -Carl Sagan
    From an introduction to A Brief History of Time
    By Stephen Hawking

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    A Philosophy of Life

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    A man with one watch knows what time it is;
    a man with two watches is never quite sure.

    Don't look where you fall,
    but where you slipped.

    Look at life through the windshield,
    not the rear view mirror.

    Nothing brings you peace but yourself.

    People may doubt what you say
    but they will believe what you do.

    Bee nice to people on your way up
    because you'll need them on your way down.

    The time you enjoyed wasting
    was not wasted.

    Never explain.
    Your friends do not need it
    and your enemies will not believe it.

    While seeking revenge,
    dig two graves – one for yourself.

    Courage is not the lack of fear,
    but the ability to act while facing fear.

    You've got to do your own growing
    no matter how tall your father was.

    The best way to predict your future
    is to create it.

    It is better to be hated for what you are
    than to be loved for what you are not.

    Don't worry about the people in your past
    there's a reason they didn't make it to your future.

    Happiness has one advantage over wealth;
    no one can borrow it.

    Everything happens for a reason.

    Forgiveness is not something we do for other people
    We do it for ourselves-to get well and move on.

    What's different in you makes you beautiful.

    Contributed by Richurd

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    A Voice Actor's Voice

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    This... is my voice.

    There is no music, and there are no sound effects... only the pure, clear sound, recorded for your ears.

    I am a voice over artist, a voice actor, a voice talent, and I can convey my message in many ways, in many tones and with many emotions.

    I can speak in a very light whisper, to share an intimate message with you. Or my voice can boom deeply, demanding respect from those who are listening. My voice can express sympathy to someone who has just experienced a great loss, or it can reflect the happiness one feels after having accomplished something great!

    I sit (or stand) before this tube constructed of metals, of plastics, of wires and of silicon, which listens patiently to me, as if it were alive, like a mistress, hour after hour, day after day, and night after night. It never judges me, however it is a reflection of me... one which is neither vengeful, nor forgiving.

    I am a voice actor...and this is my voice.

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    Age Range Vocal Exercise

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    Today I'm 100. I don't feel older...I mean, mentally. Physically, I am tired. I walk with a cane and have fallen a couple times lately. Been trying to eat right still, and watch my blood sugar. Have to be fit and nimble for the ladies.. Heh, heh.. *cough*. I try not to spend too much time thinking about the old times. The memories and all. Everyone I knew in school has passed on. Two of my children are gone. It's just not fair for parents to bury their children. *sniffle*. Well, I suppose that's all I want to talk about today. Not much of a birthday when the ones you love and miss the most aren't around to share it with you. It's tough getting old...it really is.

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    Anthem

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    Everyday the separation grows.
    Technology meant to bring us together has pushed us apart.
    Despite our best efforts, our relationships have gotten worse.
    When they should be getting better.

    This is our chance.
    To rebuild and reset.
    To be intuitive, thoughtful and real.
    To show that people run companies, and not the other way around.

    This is our chance.
    To do better.
    To stay human, even as we grow and scale.
    And surprise our customers in the simplest moments that often matter most.

    This is about relationships.
    And it defines who we are as companies, as people.

    This is business. This is personal.

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    Awaken Mental Freedom

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    Sit still with a straight spine. Cover up your fidgety eyeballs with the sheets of your eyelids. Hold them still. Then loosen your mind from the consciousness of body-weight. Relax the nerve strings that are attached to the heavy muscles and bones of your body. Forget the consciousness of carrying a heavy bundle of bones tied in the thick cloth of flesh. Rest. Free your mind from the consciousness of a beast of burden. Do not think of your body-load, but feel your soul untied from the constant material quality of heaviness. Feel and meditate on this, your mental freedom from your body.

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    Begin A Meditation

    Script:

    Lock the eyelid-doors and shut out the wild dance of tempting scenes. Drop your mind into the bottomless well of your heart. Hold the mind on your heart that is bubbling with life-giving blood. Keep your attention tied to the heart, until you feel its rhythmic beat. With every heartbeat, feel the pulse of almighty Life. Picture the same all-pervading Life knocking at the heart-door of millions of human beings and of billions of other creatures. The heart-throb constantly, meekly announces the presence of Infinite Power behind the doors of your awareness. The gentle beat of all-pervading Life says to you silently, “Do not receive only a little flow of My life, but expand the opening of thy feeling powers.”

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    Bus 9 To Paradise

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    It’s not easy to give up the idea of a perfect world. We want to think of our parents as being perfect, we search for perfect relationships, and perfect solutions to our problems. It is indeed a constant struggle to separate the real from the ideal, to see in our imperfection an essential element of our humanness. We can all remember the most beloved children’s stories that always seemed to end with the prince, in all his perfection and heroic, romantic splendor, galloping off with the heroine with her virtually flawless characteristics, united for all time in their perfect love. A currently popular theory holds that from these fantasies, an indelible impression is formed of true love and happily-ever-aftering ... one that persists into the realities of the adult world.

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    Chakra Balancing

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    Chakra Balancing

    Welcome to the Journey! The Chakra System is a map for the journey through life. Its seven rainbow colors represent the full spectrum of human possibility that stretches from the ordinary to the extraordinary, from Earth to heaven, forming a bridge and describing the steps between them. This map is an archetypal formula for wholeness that addresses the full spectrum of human possibility. To navigate its territory is to take an exciting journey of awakening - in body, mind, and spirit.

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    Don't Sweat the Small Stuff

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    The most important element we are looking for is a natural, conversational, and believable tone. Like a friend who can empathize with you, and bring you to a happier place.

    SCRIPT: One of my favorite posters says, "Life is a test. It is only a test. Had this been a real life, you would have been instructed where to go and what to do." Whenever I think of this humorous bit of wisdom, it reminds me to not take my life so seriously. And in the next hour, I'll help you learn how to not take your life so seriously as well.

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    Hello! I'd love to get closure on my submission for the March 11 contest, in which I felt I'd conveyed what was required, "the most important element we are looking for is a natural, conversational, and believable tone. Like a friend who can empathize with you, and bring you to a happier place". My questions include, how could I have done this better? If a natural read is required, surely one shouldn't remove the breaths? I'd love to get your frank appraisal, so I can learn from the experience and strength my delivery. Thanks a lot, Fiona

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    I believe that your performance was very clear....i enjoyed it

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    Meditation Podcast

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    Director's Notes:

    We're producing a weekly meditation podcast and we're looking for a home-based voice-actor who (a) has just the right voice that can convey relaxation and storytelling, and (b) can produce a finished product including music and an edited, cleaned voice track (no breaths, mouth clicks...). Each week, you'll take your listeners on a journey. Keep in mind your audience is mostly adults and please avoid too much of a whimsical tone. No slate. Include a short musical introduction that plays for a few seconds before the voice over begins, and fades out a few seconds into the voice over. Do not read the text in brackets. Thanks.

    Script Title:

    Meditation Podcast

    Script:

    Welcome to this week's Meditation Journey, sponsored by placeholder [sponsor's name will go here]. Let's begin. Make yourself comfortable, sitting upright, with a straight spine. With your eyes closed, inhale slowly, counting to eight.

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    Hi Vanessa. I haven't received a review from you before but I would like to know what you think of this week's weekly contest submission. I'm a couple of weeks away from having my 1st demo produced. Please tell me what you think. Thanks. Elton

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    Elton you have a lovely, soothing tone for this type of read. I think the quality of the recording is wonderful overall. The only thing I noticed was your tempo. It felt a little bit fast towards the end which didn't feel like the best match for a relaxation instructional. Besides that, I could easily follow your read into a deep relaxed state. I hope your demo went well!

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    Lines:We meet not as we parted

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    We meet not as we parted,
    We feel more than all may see;
    My bosom is heavy-hearted,
    And thine full of doubt for me:—
    One moment has bound the free.

    That moment is gone for ever,
    Like lightning that flashed and died—
    Like a snowflake upon the river—
    Like a sunbeam upon the tide,
    Which the dark shadows hide.

    That moment from time was singled
    As the first of a life of pain;
    The cup of its joy was mingled
    —Delusion too sweet though vain!
    Too sweet to be mine again.

    Sweet lips, could my heart have hidden
    That its life was crushed by you,
    Ye would not have then forbidden
    The death which a heart so true
    Sought in your briny dew.




    Methinks too little cost
    For a moment so found, so lost!

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    My set up is a laptop with a SHURE SM85 microphone. The microphone is not plugged into the USB port, but to the mic in 1/8 inch jack. I find that the recording as always with a low volume. I am VERY close to the mic to help increase the volume and I also amplify the file. I use audacity. I was told the there was a constant hiss to the recording so I did noise reduction. This is the feedback I got from the amplified/noise reduced recording that you hear on this file: Linda, what microphone are you using? the background noise is not the issue I think, but the quality of the voice recording itself, it seems to break up slightly at times. I'd like suggestion on how to improve the quality of my recordings, including any suggestions fro microphones, if that is what is needed to improve. Thanks!

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    You can work on the sound issues separately from the delivery issues.

    The performance was quite choppy whereas poetry should have a flow. I didn't feel this at all.

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    Corinthians Reading

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    1 Corinthians 13New International Version (NIV)

    13 If I speak in the tongues[a] of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,[b] but do not have love, I gain nothing.

    4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

    8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

    13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

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    Desiderata

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    Go placidly amid the noise and haste,and remember what peace there may be in silence.

    As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
    and listen to others, even the dull and the ignorant;
    they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexatious to the spirit.

    If you compare yourself with others,you may become vain or bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

    Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time. Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals; and everywhere life is full of heroism.

    Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection.Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass.

    Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

    Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.
    You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

    Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.

    With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

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    Deteriorata

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    Deteriorata

    Go placidly amid the noise and waste,
    And remember what comfort there may be in owning a piece thereof.
    Avoid quiet and passive persons unless you are in need of sleep.
    Rotate your tires.
    Speak glowingly of those greater than yourself,
    And heed well their advice, even though they be turkeys.
    Know what to kiss and when.
    Consider that two wrongs never make a right,
    But that three do.
    Wherever possible put people on "HOLD".
    Be comforted that in the face of all aridity and disillusionment,
    And despite the changing fortunes of time,
    There is always a big future in computer maintenance.
    Remember the Pueblo.
    Strive at all times to bend, fold, spindle and mutilate.
    Know yourself. If you need help, call the FBI.
    Exercise caution in your daily affairs,
    Especially with those persons closest to you;
    That lemon on your left for instance.
    Be assured that a walk through the ocean of most souls
    Would scarcely get your feet wet.
    Fall not in love therefore; it will stick to your face.
    Gracefully surrender the things of youth: birds, clean air, tuna, Taiwan,
    And let not the sands of time get in your lunch.
    Hire people with hooks.
    For a good time, call 606-4311. Ask for "Ken".
    Take heart amid the deepening gloom that your dog
    Is finally getting enough cheese;
    And reflect that whatever misfortune may be your lot,
    It could only be worse in Milwaukee.
    You are a fluke of the Universe.
    You have no right to be here, and whether you can hear it or not,
    The Universe is laughing behind your back.
    Therefore make peace with your God whatever you conceive him to be,
    Hairy Thunderer or Cosmic Muffin.
    With all its hopes, dreams, promises, and urban renewal,
    The world continues to deteriorate.
    Give up.
    --From the National Lampoon Radio Dinner album.

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    Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night

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    Do not go gentle into that good night,
    Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
    Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

    Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
    Because their words had forked no lightning they
    Do not go gentle into that good night.

    Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
    Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
    Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

    Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
    And learn, too late, they grieve it on its way,
    Do not go gentle into that good night.

    Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
    Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
    Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

    And you, my father, there on the sad height,
    Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
    Do not go gentle into that good night.
    Rage, rage against the dying of the light

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    Don't Sweat The Small Stuff

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    One of my favorite posters says, "Life is a test. It is only a test. Had this been a real life, you would have been instructed where to go and what to do." Whenever I think of this humorous bit of wisdom, it reminds me to not take my life so seriously. And in the next hour, I'll help you learn how to not take your life so seriously as well.

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    Dream To Fly

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    Dream To Fly by David Knize
    Since the beginning of time, mankind
    has had the dream to fly.
    To climb high above the trees into
    the deep blue skies.
    To hover and gaze across the countryside.
    Beyond the vast mountain tops to
    the oceans tides.
    Far, far above the ground
    to have a chance to touch a star.
    To dare to see the unknown and witness
    the secrets it may withhold.
    To peer into the wide open spaces
    and view this planets ever changing faces.
    To soar amongst the eagles and all
    of God's winged creatures.
    To experience the beauty of a natural wonder.
    Is it just a dream to fly?
    Perhaps we are destined to hope and ponder.

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    Excerpt from St John's Gospel of Our Lord's Passion

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    Now since it was preparation day,
    in order that the bodies might not remain on the cross on the sabbath,
    for the sabbath day of that week was a solemn one,
    the Jews asked Pilate that their legs be broken
    and that they be taken down.
    So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first
    and then of the other one who was crucified with Jesus.
    But when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead,
    they did not break his legs,
    but one soldier thrust his lance into his side,
    and immediately blood and water flowed out.
    An eyewitness has testified, and his testimony is true;
    he knows that he is speaking the truth,
    so that you also may come to believe.
    For this happened so that the Scripture passage might be fulfilled:
    Not a bone of it will be broken.
    And again another passage says:
    They will look upon him whom they have pierced.

    After this, Joseph of Arimathea,
    secretly a disciple of Jesus for fear of the Jews,
    asked Pilate if he could remove the body of Jesus.
    And Pilate permitted it.
    So he came and took his body.
    Nicodemus, the one who had first come to him at night,
    also came bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes
    weighing about one hundred pounds.
    They took the body of Jesus
    and bound it with burial cloths along with the spices,
    according to the Jewish burial custom.
    Now in the place where he had been crucified there was a garden,
    and in the garden a new tomb, in which no one had yet been buried.
    So they laid Jesus there because of the Jewish preparation day;
    for the tomb was close by.

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    Finding the Literal in Moments of Madness

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    The painted sky tumultuous, curling up under the weight of memory,
    Splashes of unconnected paint littering the canvas of life
    but things weren’t getting much clearer..

    Soaring eagles perched up and then they stared right down at me while I lay there,
    And then I felt the tide crawl in, felt the flicker of Bourbon slip through my brain cells

    Croaking myself awake with a yawn, finding myself alone

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    Fish

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    It is fashionable today to believe that we should not settle for anything less than doing what we love. Write poetry, travel the world on a sailboard, paint---do whatever you love, and the money will follow. We tell ourselves that life is too short to spend our working hours doing anything less than the ideal, and we continue our search for the perfect workplace. The danger is that if our quest for ideal work focuses us on the future, we will miss the amazingly wonderful life that is available today, in this moment. FISH is a parable, an invented story about finding the deep source of energy, creativity and passion that exists inside each of us by learning to love what we do, even if at the moment we may not be doing exactly what we love.

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    Friends

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    One of the best things about life is friends. You find them wherever you go. Friends are essential because they help bring out the best in you. When they see your worst, they still care. They just accept. Friends are the stars in your happy memories. In your sad memories, they are the shoulders you leaned on and the hearts that listened. They just care. Friends help you in your times of need. When things are going smoothly, they are content to be your friend. They just know. Friends help create all your fun times, always there to spread laughter and joy. When you need tears, friends provide these too. They just understand.

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    Gentle Vase Breath

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    (7) GENTLE VASE BREATH

    Relax into your base posture. Place your hands palm-down
    on your knees. Relax your chest. The upper chest is not directly involved
    in this practice.

    First let the breath be as it is. Breathe through the nose.

    Then take a slightly deeper inhalation into the belly.
    When you exhale the first three times, each time extend the
    fingers of your hands. With the first breath, imagine that that all your
    illnesses and physical impurities leave your body through your fingers
    and dissolve out into the space around you. During the second breath,
    imagine that your inner demons or obstacles such as nervousness or
    depression or anxiety are purified and dispelled into space. During the
    third breath, imagine that all of your ignorance and hatred and grasping
    are dispelled and dissolve into space.

    Now when you breathe in, breathe in to your lower abdomen
    or belly. Attend to the breath as you inhale and fill into the lower belly
    area. Keep the upper chest relaxed. Feel a slight pushing downwards
    from above as you complete the breath and a simultaneous pulling
    upwards from below, as if containing the breath in a center about four
    finger-widths below the navel center Hold the breath gently in this
    location and attend to it. As soon as you feel the need to exhale, exhale
    gently through the nose. Continue with breathing in this way.

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    Glitter in the Air

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    Have you ever fed a lover with just your hands?
    Closed your eyes and trusted, just trusted?
    Have you ever thrown a fistful of glitter in the air?
    Have you ever looked fear in the face and said, "I just don't care."?

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    God Whispers

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    The man whispered "God, speak to me"
    And a meadowlark sang.
    But the man did not hear.

    So the man yelled "God speak to me!"
    And the thunder rolled across the sky.
    But the man did not listen.
    .
    The man looked around and said "God let me see you."
    And a star shone brightly.
    But the man did not notice.

    And the man shouted "God show me a miracle"
    And a life was born.
    But the man did not know.
    .
    So, the man cried out in despair.
    "Touch me God and let me know that you are here!"
    Whereupon God reached down and touched the man.
    But the man brushed the butterfly away and walked on.

    Moral of the story;
    don't miss out on a blessing
    because it isn't packaged the way you expect.
    .

    ~Author Unknown~

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    Gods love

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    There is such power in Gods presence. He is almighty, and yet His might is perfectly balanced by His overwhelming love. He loved the world so much that from the very beginning He made a plan for our redemption, and he created every place and every thing that would make it happen.

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    Home

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    Where is the home of your heart?
    The machinations of man covets
    and squanders our time as though it
    were of some significant value.
    Our hearts become preoccupied
    with issues and perplexities
    that never seem to go away.
    So debilitating are it's affects we
    long for solace.
    The heart longs for a place of respite.
    Invariably we are drawn back to the land.
    The earths constancy and tranquil
    endurance washes over us, cleansing us.
    A vast array of landscapes
    that all have the same effect.
    They take back the space that is stolen by man
    and fills your heart with a calm and pleasant reward.
    You can travel the world of man with your heart
    but it is the land that you will come home to.
    This grand earth in all it's splendor,
    is the place we call home.
    Our fondest memories are
    bound up in the land on which we stand.
    Memories of times that are now lost to
    the machinations of man.
    A new generation can never know
    nor recover all that has been lost
    and that is now preserved only in our memory.
    A day will come that is not so far away
    when even that treasure trove will fade and disappear.
    Yet from this land we can draw strength that all will not be lost.
    For within it's soil are the seeds of renewal.
    Therein lies the hope that mellows our souls,
    the hope that all that man has wrought
    the earth will erase.
    The earth will once again be a place
    we can call home.

    Written and contributed by Richurd
    Music Bed : Susan Boyle – Mull of Kintyre – Windsor 2012

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    I Can!

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    We can lift ourselves out of ignorance. We can find ourselves as creatures of excellence and intelligence and skill. We can be free. We can fly! Each of us is, in truth, an idea – an unlimited idea of freedom. Everything that limits us, we have to put aside. The most important thing in living is to reach out – reach out and touch perfection. As Jonathon Livingston Seagull learned, the gull sees farthest who flies highest. I will! I have! I can!

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    I Have Only to Look - James Dillet Freeman

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    I have only to look, I have only to reach,
    I have only to taste, I have only to feel,
    I have only to live - to know that the world is a work
    more wonderful than anything I can imagine it to be,
    anything I do imagine it to be!
    The wildest wonderment of all poets, dreamers, inventors, speculators
    that have ever lived is as nothing
    compared to the wonderment that is the world.
    by James Dillet FreemanI'

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    If We Learn To Taste The Life When It Is Bitter

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    In life,
    so often you meet a corner
    which seems more dark,
    more life threatening,
    more painful to pass through
    and a path with hard, rugged and
    unforgiving surface...

    The journey gets worse
    when the path is split into two,
    each with the same nightmare of
    all those undesirable things...

    But it is hard for people to understand
    that every path should always lead to a place
    where there are traces of light,
    and then a place which is lit with the beauties of life,
    and then ultimately to a place
    where it is finally sunrise..

    Failures, difficult times and painful moments
    are not trap holes;
    they are not even your speed breakers;
    they are just small thorns on the way
    which bring your head down
    so that you'd pull them off
    and throw them away...

    And to make things better,
    difficulties and failures in life
    come with a useful lesson for life...

    If no one went through such hard times,
    If no one had failed in this world,
    if no one had made small mistakes in their lives,
    history would have been an easy subject,
    with only a few names to remember
    and a few legendary lives to learn from;
    There would have been a few biographies and autobiographies;
    And we would be living a life
    with a fewer scientific inventions!

    But the truth is,
    there are countless names in history,
    countless biographies in the library
    and every artificial thing I look at
    is pretty much a symbol of the
    scientific progress of the mankind...

    If we learn to taste the life when it is bitter,
    tasting it when it is sweet is more beautiful!

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    Inspirational copy

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    On one’s journey of spiritual growth, one must often take new, unfamiliar actions, in consonance with one’s new world view. Behaving differently than one has behaved before may represent an extraordinary personal risk. The passive young man for the first time asks a girl for a date. The person who has never trusted anyone lies down for the first time on the analyst’s couch, allowing the analyst to be hidden from view. The previously dependent housewife announces to her controlling husband that she is obtaining a job. The emotionally distant, seemingly self-sufficient strongman first allows himself to weep in public.

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    Isn't it Amazing? - author unknown

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    Isn't it amazing
    That He cares about our needs,

    that He knows our deepest feelings, That He guides and intercedes?

    Isn't it amazing , That He helps us when we fall, That He treats us with compassion, That He truly loves us all. With a love so deep and perfect, That He died for you and me? Isn't it amazing?

    We are His eternally!

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    Jesus Is Lord

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    I completed my research and began writing this book several years ago. One morning in the middle of my writing session the telephone rang. Our son Brent called to give us bad news about our eighteen-month old granddaughter Marley. While having a routine well-baby visit at the doctor’s office, something abnormal surfaced. Brent and Nikki, his wife, immediately took Marley to the children’s hospital. The first test revealed a malignant brain tumor.
    Sue and I dropped everything and quickly drove to Kansas City to support our kids. This book went into a box under my desk for three years. Our journey with Marley during that time was filled with both high and low times emotionally. We learned to cherish every minute of every day with her. She taught us a lifetime of lessons about the meaning of life and faith in Christ. Every family member grew in remarkable ways from that blessed but difficult journey we walked together.
    A few weeks after we returned from the cemetery, I got the box of random thoughts of this book out from under my desk. I decided it was time to write again. I realized as I started writing that Marley cast her impression on every page. You see, the Lordship of Christ has taken on an entirely different meaning for me as a result of Marley’s life. Now I don’t just think of Jesus being Lord over all of the areas you are going to read about in this book. I also think of Jesus as the One who now has the care of my precious granddaughter.

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    Joy

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    The idea is JOY. When was the last time you felt real joy--that down-to-your-toes tingle of pure delight? Bigger than contentment, more intense than happiness, it's a feeling so vast it almost overwhelms you. And however fleeting, joy is the ultimate expression of gratitude and appreciation. It's what fills you up and fills you out, connecting you to something larger than yourself and leaving you staggering with wonder.

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    Kate's Script

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    Make yourself comfortable, sitting upright, with a straight spine. With your eyes closed, look at the point midway between the eyebrows on your forehead. Inhale slowly, counting to eight. Hold the breath for the same eight counts while concentrating your attention at the point between the eyebrows. Now exhale slowly to the same count of eight. Repeat three to six times.

    Be as attentive as possible. If you have difficulty feeling the breath, you can concentrate on the breathing process itself, feeling your diaphragm and chest expanding and contracting.

    Gradually as you become more calm, try to feel the breath higher and higher in the nose. Be sure that your gaze is kept steady at the point between the eyebrows throughout your practice. Don't allow your eyes to follow the movement of the breath. If you find that your mind has wandered, simply bring it back to an awareness of the breath and the mantra.

    By concentration on the breath, the breath actually diminishes; its gradual refinement leads naturally to an interiorized meditative state.

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    Life

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    Life isn't just about passing on your genes. We can leave behind much more than just DNA. Through speech, music, literature and movies...what we've seen, heard, felt...anger, joy and sorrow...these are the things I will pass on. That's what I live for.

    We need to pass the torch, and let our children read our messy and sad history by its light. We have all the magic of the digital age to do that with. The human race will probably come to an end some time, and new species may rule over this planet. Earth may not be forever, but we still have the responsibility to leave what traces of life we can. Building the future and keeping the past alive are one and the same thing.

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    Loving Kindness Meditation

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    May all beings be happy.
    May they be joyous and live in safety.
    All living beings, whether weak or strong,
    In high or middle or low realms of existence, Small or great, visible or invisible,
    Near or far, born or to be born,
    May all beings be happy.
    Let no one deceive another nor despise any being in any state. Let none by anger or hatred wish harm to another.
    Even as a mother at the risk of her life
    Watches over and protects her only child,
    So with a boundless mind should one cherish all living things. Suffusing love over the entire world,
    Above, below, and all around, without limit,
    So let one cultivate an infinite good will toward the whole world.

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    Meditate On God’s Light

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    Close your eyes. Forget the darkness around you and watch the bright red color within your eyelids. Look intently into that violet-red color. Meditate on it, and imagine it is becoming bigger and bigger. Behold around you a dimly shining sea of violet light. You are a wave of light, a ripple of peace floating on the surface of the sea. Now watch carefully. You, the little wave, are tossing on an ocean of light. Your tiny life is part of the all-pervading Life. As your meditation deepens, you, a little shallow wave of peace, are becoming the deep, wide ocean of peace. Meditate on the thought, “I am a wave of peace.” Feel the vastness just beneath your consciousness. The wave should feel the sustaining life of the vast ocean beneath it.

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    Meditation

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    Make yourself comfortable, sitting upright, with a straight spine. With your eyes closed, look at the point midway between the eyebrows on your forehead. Inhale slowly, counting to eight. Hold the breath for the same eight counts while concentrating your attention at the point between the eyebrows. Now exhale slowly to the same count of eight. Repeat three to six times.

    Be as attentive as possible. If you have difficulty feeling the breath, you can concentrate on the breathing process itself, feeling your diaphragm and chest expanding and contracting.

    Gradually as you become more calm, try to feel the breath higher and higher in the nose. Be sure that your gaze is kept steady at the point between the eyebrows throughout your practice. Don't allow your eyes to follow the movement of the breath. If you find that your mind has wandered, simply bring it back to an awareness of the breath and the mantra.

    By concentration on the breath, the breath actually diminishes; its gradual refinement leads naturally to an interiorized meditative state.

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    Mother Theresa Prayer Breakfast 1995

    Script:

    It hurt Jesus to love us. We have been created in His image for greater things, to love and to be loved. We must "put on Christ" as Scripture tells us. And so, we have been created to love and to be loved, and God has become man to make it possible for us to love as He loved us. Jesus makes Himself the hungry one, the naked one, the homeless one, the unwanted one, and He says, "You did it to Me." On the last day He will say to those on His right, "Whatever you did to the least of these, you did to Me," and He will also say to those on His left, "Whatever you neglected to do for the least of these you neglected to do it for Me."

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    Motivational Piece

    Script:

    There’s a battle on this earth...
    and we are the soldiers…
    Fighting the darkness,
    bringing hope to the world.
    Our Future,
    It isn’t handed to us.
    Our past,
    our ancestors,
    count on us to win.
    We wonder if we’re alone
    and then we’re reminded...
    reminded what we fight for,
    reminded where we come from.
    It’s our fuel,
    our motivation.
    We are your soldiers
    And only with you
    can we all win

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    Motivational Speech

    Script:

    Whether or not you win this thing
    You got to decide how you’re going to walk out of here when it’s all said and done.
    Cause the game is going to go on.
    And there’s only one rule you’re going to need to know about.
    There are no second chances.
    There’s only this moment
    and the next moment.
    Everyone of those moments is
    a test.
    That you get to take one time.
    And only one time.
    So if you see an opening,
    Tear into it.
    If you get a shot at victory
    Make damn sure you take it.
    Seize that moment.
    That moment is a crossroads
    Where everything you want
    will collide with everything standing in your way.
    You got momentum at your back.
    Fear and doubt are like a freight train
    Thundering straight at you.
    And all you got
    The only difference from making history and being history
    The only thing, the only thing
    You can count on in any given moment
    Is you.
    It’s you verses them.
    You verses No.
    You verses Can’t.
    You verses Next Year, Last Year, Statistics, Excuses.
    You verses History.
    You verses the Odds.
    It’s you verses Second Place.
    The clock is ticking.
    Let’s see what you’ve got.

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    Open Your Mind

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    Since your thoughts create your reality, you can create an even better life for yourself by learning to think in bigger and unlimited ways. Unlimited thinking increases creativity, expands your possibilities, draws opportunities to you, and allows you to have more. Unlimited thinking lets you experience, in advance, the feelings you will have when you have received the abundance you want, and these feelings are the vehicle that brings abundance to you. Use these visions to open your mind to greater possibilities.

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    Power Yoga Workout for the Out of Shape!

    Script:

    Looking to stay fit and move faster? Want to tone up and slim down? Then join me as we go through the Power Yoga Workout video! You’ll see that this is not your Grandma's yoga tape. This program is designed for those of us who are just slightly out of shape and want quick and healthy results.

    By following this workout, you’ll also learn how to relax more easily, something we all need. Plus we’ll stretch out those places that no longer seem to stretch so well. You can do this, and we can help.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear Joe Bonomo's recording

    Hello, I would like to ask you to please evaluate the sound of my home studio. The attached MP3 has the processed version of my voice first and the unprocessed version second. I am also an audio engineer and can understand any technical feedback you can provide. Please let me know if my home studio sounds quiet enough and if my Rode NT1-A mic sounds good enough for professional voiceover use (beyond auditions). Also, I would appreciate any processing tips. I'm using iZotope Ozone for mastering in Pro Tools. Any particularly good EQ settings for my voice? It also sounds to me like the compression might be distorting my voice in a couple places. Perhaps I need a slightly lower output level? Any other tips? Thanks in advance! - Joe -

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    Peer Feedback:

    First of all, are you related to Joe Bonomo, famous stunt and strong man?

    You really need to put a pop filter on your mic, a lot of plosives, P's and B's. The home studio sounds fine. The mic seems to favor the upper range. Noticed some sibilance issues as well. I would run your recording through a DE-ESSING plug in.

    I liked the nice pleasant smile your voice has, I would work on a smoother delivery of the sentences. Your voice quality is also good. You just need practice.

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    Think Different (Rev)

    Script:

    Here's to the crazy ones.
    The misfits.
    The rebels.
    The troublemakers.
    The round pegs in the square holes.
    The ones who see things differently.
    They're not fond of rules.
    They have no respect for the status quo.
    You can quote them.
    Disagree with them.
    Glorify or vilify them.
    About the only thing you can't do is ignore them.
    Because they change things.
    They push the human race forward.
    And while some may see them as the crazy ones.
    We see genius.
    The people who are crazy enough
    to think they can change the world.
    Are the ones who do.

    Contributed by Richurd

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear lisabeanvo.com's recording

    Well, mic's still plugged in, so why not keep posting? I always liked this script, except for the double verbage at the end, so I revised it a bit. Going for a personal, Nike-ish type feel, where you journey along with the crazy ones, so going for more narrative, but still casual. I know there could be some pick-ups but I was also trying to get a good take quickly; this is my raw second take. Good enough to maybe get a call back? :) I thought so, so I'm looking to see how my instincts are. Thanks in advance everyone! Recording sound still meh so, please ignore quality for now.

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    Peer Feedback:

    Have you ever seen the original? It's a Richard Dreyfuss Apple commercial from 1997.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmwXdGm89Tk

    Notice how he gives each "catagory" of "crazy ones' their own flavor - misfits, rebels, troublemakers, etc. - as almost a sub-entity all their own. It's subtle, but it's there. Yours list gave me little distinction, except for inflection.

    What I'm hearing is "technique" sans a certain honesty. I'm not sure that I totally get how you feel. There's a lightness in spots and an edginess in others which seem at odds with themselves. IMHO, it requires a certain "celebration" of the crazy ones throughout - the "through line" of the spot, if you will.

    The energy kind of dropped out in the line "They're not fond of rules." Picked back up again. But drops again on "We see genius." Don't mistake softness (of volume) for lack of energy. Even a whisper can have energy.

    A callback? Not sure, because of the energy fluctuation. And even though the you requested to ignore the sound quality, there are mouth noise and plosive issues that might dissuade a casting person from bringing you back for a second go-round, although sometimes that is overlooked if the read really clicks.

    Peer Feedback:

    Thanks for commenting James. I have seen the original, but it was 18 years ago, and I was going for something more modern, like the commercials I'm seeing on TV.

    I appreciate your feedback, but I'm still not worried about the noise, even with popping -this is not my regular mic.

    I hear I need at least one more take out of this, so I'll keep that in mind!

    Peer Feedback:

    "I have seen the original, but it was 18 years ago, and I was going for something more modern, like the commercials I'm seeing on TV."

    It's a classic. Even though it was done in 1997, it's still taught as an example of what "works" as far as commercial VO delivery is concerned. There are commercials being produced today that are modeled on this basic format and style. Dismissing it because of its age? I dunno.

    Peer Feedback:

    James, you heard it that way, and I heard it a different way. All I was doing was telling you my thought process.

    Commercials I'm seeing aren't like that one. They aren't. So, my delivery in trying to be more modern wasn't writing it off as being obsolete.

    I'm staying focused on what I was doing. There's no need to look at every original, when I'm trying to find MY voice.

    Peer Feedback:

    Which brings up another point. Familiarity.

    Rightly or wrongly, almost anybody over the age of 40 or 45 may remember this ad with Dreyfuss's classic delivery (or the movie with Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs recording the same spot in a studio), it's difficult to hear it done without, at least subconsciously, making the comparison. It's too identifiable. Just like Sam Elliot with Coors and Dodge Ram, Denis Leary with Ford F150, Jon Hamm with Mercedes, Morgan Freeman with Visa, and on and on and on. It's not that someone shouldn't even take a stab at those things, but do so with the knowledge that there are some pretty big shoes (voices) to walk (talk) in. Which is why a good coach or producer/director will steer someone clear of laying those particular spots down on a demo.

    And I'm not implying that someone merely "mimic" Dreyfuss's read. (Although, as an actor, in my book there ain't nothin' wrong with steeling from the best.) Why else would casting people say in the spec, "Think Alac Baldwin, Richard Attenborough, Boris Karloff (in the Grinch)..." and the like? They are not necessarily looking for an imitation, but the style (pacing, inflection, emphasis, tone, etc). But I'm not telling you anything that you don't already know.

    Discounting all of that and in an attempt to hear this in YOUR voice, the message misses the mark (for me). It's not uplifting or inspiring. It's just sort of laid back and mellow, (There was even a certain "sexiness" at one point and some vocal fry.) And some of that has to do with those drops in energy first mentioned.

    There's no product mentioned here. So, we're left to wonder what it's all about, what it's for, even with the visuals. (In the original ad, the Apple logo and slogan only appears in the last second or two.) And to fill that void, it needs drive, humor, pride, inspiration. purpose, pathos and a lesson. It's like a parable or fable or a tale of victory for the underdog. Lots to cram into 60 seconds.

    Peer Feedback:

    I'm curious. You say this is your "raw second take", yet it sounds as though there's an edit connecting "Glorify or vilify them." and "About the only thing you can't do is ignore them." If not, I wonder about how the two sentences came out unnaturally close together. If so, be aware that editing multiple takes should carefully include natural pauses.
    By the way, in listening to the original Dreyfus version, I hear the last lines as starting with "Because....", not "It's". I think that would address the "double-verbiage" issue:
    Because the people who are crazy enough
    to think they can change the world,
    are the ones who do.

    Peer Feedback:

    laid back and mellow? That's what I was going for; a 'millenial' feel, which can be a bit disconnected :) Not that I don't think there wasn't room for improvement, or I totally hit the mark, or that it's even a preferred style, just that I hear it everywhere! And taking an iconic piece and making it yours is probably the hardest to do. If they had asked for Dreyfus, that would have been different. Thanks,like always, for your comments James. They are appreciated.

    JT, It is raw, and I have no problem speaking quickly, in fact slowing down is a regular direction for me. I chose to speed that part up in my delivery for a change of pace, to switch it up a bit. Beauty is in the ear of the beholder :) I guess I was imagining a bunch of faces of iconic people who have influenced the world, both good and bad, flashing in front of me as the visual.

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    Click to hear diamondr67's recording

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    Peer Feedback:

    Hey Di,

    You have a great voice for narration. Keep up the good work.

    Ric

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    Gen. 1 of the Bible Just practicing, my voice without music. I want to see what feedback I get now that I have slowed down a bit . I'm still getting a feel for what category I fit best for VO. Thanks for your help everyone. Inobe

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    Peer Feedback:

    You have a really pleasant speaking voice. I think your pacing and inflection are mostly on point. You don't sound overly dramatic... But warm. My two cents:
    1. Try decreasing the pause between "face" and "of the deep."
    2. Try the same thing between "face" and "of the waters."
    Both of those points sound slightly halting.

    Overall, it's a really nice read!

    Peer Feedback:

    Thank you for the great feedback. I will definitely practice more to see if I make it more fluent and better. I appreciate it.

    Peer Feedback:

    As a reader of liturgy at Sunday Mass, I agree - you have a beautiful tone and I would place you on our Roster with no hesitation. Best.

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    Tai Chi

    Script:

    Tai Chi An ancient art for today’s world…. Tai Chi imparts the experience of stability, a deep connection both to oneself and to others, and a wonderful lightness born of the awakened spirit. Affecting us in all realms: body, heart, mind and spirit, Tai Chi lets us relax into our true being and enjoy life fully. Tai Chi practice helps us to both slow down and wake up; to become stronger and softer at the same time; to relax profoundly while awakening our vitality; to focus and clarify the mind while letting go of preoccupations. A full round takes between 7 and 10 minutes to practice and requires only a small flat space.

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    Click to hear M-Theory's recording

    As a complete newbie, I thought I was supposed to use one of the scripts listed on the Feedback Forum page, so I grabbed the one called "Tai Chi" to begin with. This is by first recording, ever. I am grateful for this forum. Thank you!

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    Peer Feedback:

    Hi @M-Theory,

    I loved this - I enjoyed the background music and it was very relaxing to listen to this. I thought your voice was very calm and peaceful - very fitting for anything Tai chi related! - Susi

    Peer Feedback:

    i like how calm your voice was and the pacing was great.

    Peer Feedback:

    Very nice, especially for a first recording. I think I hear mouth noise at various places: some clicking here and there. I found the section starting with "Tai Chi practice helps us..." a little bit rushed; I think I would have left more space after each semicolon.

    Peer Feedback:

    Very well done for a first timer! I agree with psunderwood, I heard the mouth noise too.

    Here's what Peter Drew recommends for mouth noise issues.

    " Do you suffer from “smackies,” those irritating clicks your mouth makes when it gets dry? Many a voice over talent totes along a green apple to a session or keeps them on hand in the home studio. Something in the apple juice lubricates the mouth. Just make sure you swallow it all. Pieces of apple peel stuck in your teeth and the corners of your mouth can be very distracting."

    Peer Feedback:

    Thanks for the feedback! Minimizing mouth noise will be what I focus on, as I try to improve my recordings. And I totally hear it too, thanks to you guys bringing it to my attention. Green apples are going on my grocery list.

    Peer Feedback:

    The ending was strong. The beginning pace was off and felt uneasy. Try to slow down the opening half, and use more vocal intonation. Altering the pitch will make sound more rich. You have a great voice, giving it more range will make this piece sing.

    Peer Feedback:

    You sound very polished, and your recording quality is very good. If this is truly your first recording (and I have no reason to doubt you), well then you just leaped forward about 3 or more years in the process!! congratulations.

    I even noticed a tiny bit of stereo micro-shifting on the output to make it wetter.
    Did you produce this spot yourself?

    bravo,
    DS

    PS: to remedy mouth noise, I drink coffee...works like a charm.

    Peer Feedback:

    Coffee... who knew? Good to know about that one! I did produce it myself and thanks for the feedback about that. If there was stereo micro-shifting, I'll have to plead ignorance on that one. :-0 Thanks again to all of you, my colleagues. I have been working on my vocal intonation and the mouth noise thing, and just booked my first audiobook gig on my very first audition.

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    Inspirational Video

    Script:

    You know… It’s not rocket science. Some of us actually choose right away that we’re going to be the best.

    We're that special breed of people: that run faster when our opponent is breathing down our neck, that push harder when obstacles are stacked against us, that thrive in adversity.

    We unite as a unstoppable force and take on the world as it expects us to merely fit in to their mediocracy. The thing is… This world can’t hold us down. - in our eyes good enough is an epic failure.

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    I've been playing around with some compression, and wondered if it's too much. What do you think?

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    Peer Feedback:

    Clearly spoken and starts out compelling enough, but it seems to run a bit low on enthusiasm in the last sentence. I think a good finish is just as important as a good start. The compression seems fine to me.

    Peer Feedback:

    Hi Samuel! (it's Lisa) I think the compression is great. Are you running it as part of an effects chain?

    Performance-wise, I felt that you should have been more driven, more determined and to really feel that confidence and passion that second place is first loser, especially by the end. Your voice is so bright and cheery, but I know you got the acting chops to pull it off! A specific note would be to pause before you start "that" list, at the colon. Oh, and mediocracy is pronounced "me-dee-ah-crah-see" that "o" gets shortened to an "a" lol

    Good to see ya on here! :D

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    Great voice, and really nice read.
    Yeah, there's the "mediocrity" thing. ok, pickup on that line...

    really nice sound quality, and I like the pace and performance.
    you got skills.
    cheers!
    DS.

    Peer Feedback:

    Hi
    Interesting voice. So you mispronounced a word...no big deal...a way to learn. If you have a question about pronunciation plenty of resources on the web to find out. As Dave said: "you got skills".
    Good luck!
    BillH

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    Greetings to all! My name is Terry Speck. I'm new to Edge Studios and just starting out. At this point just looking for some performance critiques of any kind to give me some guidance. Thanks!!

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    Peer Feedback:

    Lots to like. The energy is a little low in the second half of the beginning (which I think was an accidental side-effect of being in the "downer" tone you chose for that section) and a bit rhythmic/metronomic in parts (i.e. "despite our best efforts"). I thought there was some subtle movement of emotion through the piece, and you warmed into it as the emotion grew warmer. A few spots of mouth noise. Pretty good! Welcome!!

    P.S.
    It's always great to post some without music beds when just starting out, too (makes it easier to really dig into the performance side), but I liked how the music matched the words.

    Peer Feedback:

    Tonia thanks so much for the feedback! Its great to get the perspective of what others hear, helps immensely. I will keep practicing :)

    Peer Feedback:

    I think your voice sounded warm and engaging in this read. I wonder what would happen if you emphasize just slightly the words "people" and "companies" in the sentence "People run companies, not the other way around". To me, there was a slight suggestion that you hadn't quite looked ahead to how the words "not the other way around" would affect that sentence. Otherwise, as I said, I liked it.

    Peer Feedback:

    Much appreciated Chris! Your absolutely right about how that sentence came off.

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    Trying to get my home studio set up. Recording quality comments are very welcome.

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    Peer Feedback:

    I liked this. I thought it was understated in terms of emotion, and that worked for me. Clear, "real" sounding, nice pacing, nice volume, good dry sound to the read to my newbie ears. Heard some mouth clicks after "party" and "see".

    Peer Feedback:

    Thank you for that catch, Tonia. I didn't notice those at all! I'll have to do some practice recordings to see if it's the "ee" vowel or the ends of phrases (or both) that are doing it.

    Peer Feedback:

    :) I'm just setting up my home studio, figuring out the right mouth-mic distance, et cetera. My mouth is apparently a swampy bog, so mouth noise is really on my radar just now.

    Peer Feedback:

    Good rule of thumb is thumb to pinky extended around 9" or so, but also examine where you place the mic. Mine is eye level, 45 degrees angled down. I can't go right at the thing, my voice loses nuance if I have to lower the tone or volume. so I talk to a broad area and the mic picks up the voice, not the mouth sounds. Hydrate really well too. Gotta do that. Not too bad on this one I thought, but I heard a noise at .12 seconds that you at least minimised, but that would have dq'd you from the job.
    Go watch Dan Leonard vids on youtube about mic positioning. Lot of info out there. Good luck!

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    A little :15 spot. I intentionally left the breaths in to indicate the sigh of relief.

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    Hey James
    Hmmm I don't know James
    I think the subject is a bit more serious than the feel of the read, maybe a bit more serious tone at the beginning and then go into the relived sentence at the end.
    Regards
    Balazs

    Peer Feedback:

    I beg to differ. I thought your tone reflected exactly how you felt: Happy to be alive and yet pensive and grateful. Best.

    Peer Feedback:

    When you're telling a story, you don't necessarily always select a single emotion or point of view to deliver the message. Whether it's done in only 15 seconds or in novel form, there are ups and downs, gladness and sadness, anxiety and relief.

    I chose this script for exactly those reasons - to capture contrasting emotions in a very short period of time. Yes, cancer is a very serious subject not to be taken lightly. But the joy of being in remission, the possibility of being cancer-free and the loving support of friends throwing an anniversary party to celebrate someone being alive rather than dead from this dread disease is uplifting, not a downer.

    I've heard a lot of people read this script. They see the word "cancer", which they immediately equate with "death", and it drags them down into a very gloomy place. That forces the opening to sound melancholy, as if they're p!##ed-off that their friends are throwing them a party, reminding them that they have cancer. Setting that tone from the beginning makes it more difficult to shift gears and become more positive and heartwarming at the end. (A basic principal of improv - don't start with a negative.)

    That's why I chose a light and breezy attitude rather than a morbid tone. It was a deliberate "acting" choice. Glad you "got it," Arlen.

    Peer Feedback:

    I thought the transition from upbeat to reflective was great. And I liked how the transition was mid-sentence. The slowed pace on the last sentence causes the listener to absorb the meaning, I think. Made it relateable.

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    Click to hear kelleywyskiel's recording

    trying a new arrangement between mic and soundproofing in my studio~I gladly welcome any critiquing however. ~thanks~ KW

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    Peer Feedback:

    Its possible, that with the content, New Age, this overly drawn out and slow read might be ok, if your intending to talking to people in a half meditative state,, other wise, I dont see it working well for you. As far as equipment set up, there is still a hiss. Are you useing Audacity? You can run the noise removal , and get rid of it.. If you dont know how, email me, and I'll explain

    Peer Feedback:

    thank you so much~ I really appreciate that~ i did record both on the same day and equipment.Im pretty sure I had the studio shut, which makes me frustrated with the hiss. I may need to change mic placement. or headphones, or sigh~
    yes i did use the audacity for this, its easier than my ProTools when Im listening to raw audio. I didnt compress or edit so I could hear what everyone else hears when its not tweeked so thanks~ i have things to work on~
    I appreciate you~

    Peer Feedback:

    To run noise removal on Audacity, fInd a few seconds of dead air,, on yout take. Highlight it . Go into effects, then go to noise removal. hit the gegt noise profile button. It is getting the "profile of the area you have highlighted. now highlight the entire area you want to remove the hiss from. Hit ok. take a listen... This cant be done in pause, like most other commands, you have to have stopped the play back.

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    Click to hear Rango's recording

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-3074/script-recording-13157.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    You picked a great music track for this, although I'm afraid your pacing was way too fast and worked against what was supposed to be a calming...relaxing, meditative read. Also, the voice effect you used was distracting and sounded like an androgynous alien. I think your natural voice would work for this without any enhancements, and if it was slowed down a bit.

    Peer Feedback:

    Thanks for the comment. I recorded it for a demo reel so I didn't want to draw it out too much but I see what you mean. I'll probably take another stab at it.
    Again, thank you so much for taking the time to give me some feedback.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear Mark R. Doering - d.b.a. Intervex Digital's recording

    Here's a little motivational speaking. I tried to go for friendly, light, and conversational without being overly dramatic in the delivery. As always feedback positive and negative is greatly appreciated, I'm still trying to find my way...

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-15487/script-recording-35098.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    Mark you did a commendable job here. I thought you were friendly, light, and conversational without being overly dramatic in the delivery. Where did I hear that before? Needless to say you set a criteria to meet and achieved your goal. Good work.

    Peer Feedback:

    I loved the natural smoothness of your read, friendly, sounded real!
    Your voice, reminds me of someone familiar.....is there any special effect in your recording?? Good job Mark! Look forward to some more! All the best, Eva :)

    Peer Feedback:

    Thank you both for your feedback. I'm glad you think I hit the mark on what I was shooting for... a lot of times that's half the battle!

    Eva, not sure why I would sound familiar outside of this site, I've never done voice work before. As for special effects, not really, I have an AKG C4000 B large diaphragm condenser running through an Aphex Channel (the 230 replacement) which I feed via SPDIF into a Focusrite Saffire Pro 40 audio interface to my mac running Audition 5 (CS6). The settings on the Aphex are roughly: Noise gate to get rid of laptop fans, a bit of de-essing, a touch of the "Big Bottom"at about 150Hz, and I have the "Aural Exciter" set to about 50% around 1.2kHz. It's a fairly decent setup and admittedly, I had most of it already before following this path so it may be a little "over the top" for a beginners setup.

    Peer Feedback:

    Hi Mark, there is something in your voice that reminds me of West2011 (i.e. Amstel Light or his latest read Cancer related), if you get the chance to check on some of his reads, you might notice the similarity - there is something "fresh" about your voice - I love that!
    About the technical stuff....I see you'd be someone I could ask for advice! I haven't introduced myself to the technical world of VO yet, but the moment I'm ready for it, I hope you'd not mind if I ask you for some beginner's technical advice. Baby steps!
    All the best, Eva

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    Eva,
    Thank you for the kind words! I took a listen to the two West2011 recordings you mentioned. I do notice a bit of similarity on the Cancer-Free Anniversary recording.

    Feel free to get in touch any time regarding the technical aspects of recording. I'd be more than happy to share some of my knowledge in that area. I used to own a recording studio in LA, so I've got quite a bit of equipment and knowledge from that.

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    I really liked this, Mark, and think you came across like the author himself. Very natural and relaxed. My only critique would be to slow down slightly.

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    Bill, I was thinking the same thing when I listened back to it again... It seems rushed...

    Thank you for the supportive comments!

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    Hi Mark,

    I agree with all the comments, as your voice does have a nice, conversational and friendly tone and I wish you would have done a longer version of this, as I had a stressful day today and listening to this, is really relaxing!

    All the best,
    Lenny

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    Your definitely a natural Mark. I think the read was very nice, smooth and conversational in the flow. I feel it was a bit quick as well, but that's easy to fix, the read itself is the key and you got that one! Great job.

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    Thanks Daniel!

    Wow, I never expected I'd get this kind of response... maybe I've found my niche?

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    Mark, here is something extremely important for you to know, something that my friend Lenny has timidly mentioned, and I want to stress on it (I'm sure she'll agree with me):
    YOU :"And in the next hour, I'll help you learn how to not take your life so seriously as well."
    US....YOU left us waiting for more<---THIS my friend, is GOLD!
    Now,... you better come up with some GOOD ideas as to how not to take our life too seriously!! LOL.....(teasing here now!)
    EXCELLENT work Mark!
    Look forward to more from you!
    All the best, Eva

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    Oh, I forgot to say thank you! I will take your word for that technical advice :)!
    Thanks again! Eva

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    Just starting to play around with my home studio! Let me know what you guys think.

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    I really like this. You sound really friendly and approachable, and with a "twinkle" in your voice which would make me want to listen to the rest of what you had to say!

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    You sounded very likeable and believable--like you believed in what you were saying. Good quality recording too.

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    You do sound friendly but I think your pacing is just a little fast. Remember that the people don't have the words in front of them so they have to process what they are hearing. I would definitely put a longer pause after you say the words from the poster. Let them sink in a little before proceeding. Remember that you should sound more like you are talking to someone than reading. If you just adjust your pace a little this will be an excellent spot.

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    I've been working to record smoother recordings (less choppy), and I've wanted to soften my regional accent. What do you think? I appreciate your feedback.

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    I'm not sure what kind of regional accent that you have, but I can definitely still tell one is there. It is subtle though, and not enough to distract. The recording though is still pretty choppy, and I can distinctly hear what sound like edit points. Overall a decent job, but could definitely be a bit smoother.

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    Relaxing, soothing and paced very well. The music and ocean background is at a proper level not taking away from the narration. I would buy this talent for any project that requires a soft calming delivery.

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    Wow! This is gooood! My heart rate dropped down to 50 BPM while listening to this. Where can I purchase the entire CD collection??? Good technical and vocal performance.

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    Thanks very much for your input Greg. Your positive comments delighted TracieB. Didn't she do an outstanding job? She and I are just now entering into a partnership for voice overs and appreciate any and all input. As you know, networking plays an important role in finding jobs and establishing a client base. What ever you can tell us about your personal experiences in the voice over industry would be greatly appreciated as well. Thanks again. Barry aka kingbump

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    Hi Tracib,

    Great choice of music, your tone and flow are great! The only critique I have it it sounds like you need to come across with a bit more confidence, not force or power, but confidence, like you've been teaching this for 20 years.

    Great job overall!

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    This is my first shot at recording a script, so please be nice! Don't have fancy equipment...yet, but I'd be happy to receive comments on my technique, delivery, tone, etc. Thank you for listening!

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    Kellygirl523,
    You're a good reader and articulate but what's lacking is enthusiasm for the service your offering. I need to know that what you're telling me is something I should get exited about.

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    Richurd, you're right on. I was going for a calming tone but instead sounded dead! Thank you for your feedback.

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    Relaxation

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    To begin, make yourself comfortable, it’s best to lie on your back. Put your arms by your sides not touching your body. Put your feet slightly apart. With each exhalation let all the tension out of your body. Let the tension just dissolve and flow out.

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    Relaxation 2

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    Concentrate on the breathing as you would ride the in breath then ride the out breath.

    Breathe in through your nose and breathe out through your mouth.

    Accept and open to the in breath. Release and let go the out breath.

    You hold the breath in for a tiny moment, letting everything dissolve. Everything is resolved in the spacious clear awareness of luminous Bodhi chita.

    Then exhale it all as bright shining light. You are exhaling luminosity like sun light and cool fresh spring breezes.

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    Sacred Well Yoga Studio

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    Hatha Yoga practice will help you reduce anxiety, fear and stress. In a Yoga class geared toward stress reduction we start with a warm-up and continue with standing poses that strengthen our bodies and build stamina.
    This section of class allows us to create a focused level of physical activity that matches the intensity of our inner circular mental activity, which is the chief cause of stress in our lives.
    We then continue with floor work to calm and center ourselves as we work on our physical and mental flexibility. This section of class allows us to slow down the rhythm of the breath and movement so that our minds can slow down as well. Our breathing then deepens as stress breaks up like a wave on a beach. One way you can do this on your own is take a brisk walk and then come back and take 10-15 minutes to breathe slowly and rhythmically.
    Here’s a calming breath pattern:
    1) Sit in a position that allows you to relax and yet maintain a lengthened spine.
    2) As you slowly inhale through your nose, with mouth closed, soften your belly and let the breath slowly fill you. Try to stream the breath in at an even pace. If you can, try making a soft ocean like sound in the back of your throat as you are inhaling. This is called Ujjayi breathing.
    3) Exhaling again make that ocean sound as you breathe out of your nose.
    4) Continue pattern and to pace your breath you can try mentally repeating:
    5) “Breathing in I am filled with peace”
    6) “Breathing out I fill my world with peace.”

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    Scripture

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    The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; upon those who dwell in the land of gloom, a light has shone. You have brought them abundant joy and great rejoicing, as they rejoice before you as at the harvest, as men make merry when dividing spoils. For the yoke that burdened them, the pole on their shoulder, and the rod of their taskmaster you have smashed, as on the day of Midian. For every boot that tramped in battle, every cloak rolled in blood, will be burned as fuel for flames. For a child is born to us, a son is given us; upon his shoulder dominion rests. You shall name him Wonderful-Counselor, God-Hero, Father-Forever, Prince of Peace.

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    Seeking The Spiritual Life

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    Have you been wondering what your special vocation is? You might be called to the
    married life to raise children… perhaps you will be called to the single life to serve your
    neighbor… or, perhaps God is calling you to serve as a Priest! Take some time to listen
    to the Lord during “A Come and See” weekend at St. Peter’s Seminary. This weekend
    of spiritual reflection is open to men seventeen years of age and older. Pickup your
    registration forms at your parish welcome desk or meet with your priest to fill out the
    registration forms. As Jesus said to Peter, “Feed my sheep.”… Are you being called to
    shepherd God’s flock? Come and see.

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    Self-Esteem

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    If you have a self-esteem problem, you’re not alone. Everyone has some difficulties associated with a lack of self-esteem—feelings of inadequacy, insecurity, depression and behavior that reflect their lack of self-confidence. This audio series will help you gain your confidence, and help you boost the quality of your life.

    We begin with you. Focusing on yourself is a wonderful way to relax, clear your mind, and see yourself as others see you. You see, we are all inhibited by the way we “think” other people see us. Ironically, this mistaken impression creates most of our life-obstacles. Therefore by learning how others see us, we have a chance to see our real self – a self that is probably more ambitious and confident than we had believed.

    From the time we are young, most of us, for one reason or another, begin creating false impressions of ourselves. Eventually, we believe those made-up stories and unintentionally exaggerate them each time we repeat the story to ourselves. Eventually, we no longer know who we really are and only believe our own lies. It is this mentally exhaustive and negative cycle that mentally gets us “down.”

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    Serenity Prayer

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    God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference. Living one day at a time; enjoying one moment at a time; accepting hardship as the pathway to peace. Taking, as He did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it. Trusting that He will make all things right if I surrender to His will. That I may be reasonably happy in this life, and supremely happy with Him forever in the next.

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    Socrates Quote - Nature of Honor

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    "The shortest and surest way to live with honour in the world, is to be in reality what we would appear to be; and if we observe, we shall find, that all human virtues increase and strengthen themselves by the practice of them." - Socrates

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    Success Is A Journey -- Not A Destination

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    Success is a journey, not a destination. Hung on the shower that fronts the Golden West, the rainbow bursts like magic ... frail in its date, eternal in its meaning. There are rules and laws for the success of any venture or adventure. And the first one is: Success depends on beginnings, so start now with what you are, where you are, and with what you can do in the next 60 seconds. Success is the power with which to acquire whatever one demands of life without violating the rights of others. Getting to know and like people, and getting people to know and like you are the two trump cards in the game of success.

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    Tai Chi

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    Tai Chi

    An ancient art for today’s world…. Tai Chi imparts the experience of stability, a deep connection both to oneself and to others, and a wonderful lightness born of the awakened spirit. Affecting us in all realms: body, heart, mind and spirit, Tai Chi lets us relax into our true being and enjoy life fully. Tai Chi practice helps us to both slow down and wake up; to become stronger and softer at the same time; to relax profoundly while awakening our vitality; to focus and clarify the mind while letting go of preoccupations. A full round takes between 7 and 10 minutes to practice and requires only a small flat space.

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    Tai Chi

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    An ancient art for today’s world…. Tai Chi imparts the experience of stability, a deep connection both to oneself and to others, and a wonderful lightness born of the awakened spirit. Affecting us in all realms: body, heart, mind and spirit, Tai Chi lets us relax into our true being and enjoy life fully. Tai Chi practice helps us to both slow down and wake up; to become stronger and softer at the same time; to relax profoundly while awakening our vitality; to focus and clarify the mind while letting go of preoccupations. A full round takes between 7 and 10 minutes to practice and requires only a small flat space.

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    The Autumn Wind

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    "The Autumn Wind is a pirate
    Blustering in from sea
    With a rollicking song he sweeps along
    Swaggering boisterously
    His face is weather beaten
    He wears a hooded sash
    With his silver hat about his head
    And a bristling black mustache
    He growls as he storms the country
    A villain big and bold
    And the trees all shake and quiver and quake
    As he robs them of their gold
    The Autumn wind is a Raider
    Pillaging just for fun
    He'll knock you around and upside down
    And laugh when he's conquered and won."

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    The Difference -- Poem

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    I got up early one morning and rushed right into the day. I had so much to accomplish that I didn’t have time to pray. Problems just tumbled about me, and heavier came each task. “Why doesn’t God help me?” I wondered. He answered, “You didn’t ask.” I wanted to see joy and beauty, but the day toiled gray and bleak; I wondered why God didn’t show me. He said, “But you didn’t seek.” I tried to come into God’s presence; I used all my keys at the lock. God gently and lovingly chided, “My child, you didn’t knock.” I woke early this morning, and paused before entering the day; I had so much to accomplish that I had to take time to pray.

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    The Farming Brothers

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    In days gone by, two brothers, Raul and Johan, who lived on adjoining farms fell into conflict. It was the first serious rift in 35 years of farming side by side in central Germany, sharing machinery, and trading labour and goods as needed without a single problem occurring.
    However, one autumn, the long collaboration fell apart. It began with a small misunderstanding and it grew into a major difference, and finally it exploded into an exchange of bitter words followed by weeks of silence between the two brothers.
    One morning there was a knock on Raul's door. He opened it to find a man holding a carpenter's toolbox. 'I'm looking for a few days work,' Angelis said. 'Perhaps you would have a few small jobs here and there I could help with? Could I help you?'
    'Yes,' answered Raul, extremely pleased to see Angelis the carpenter, 'I do have a job for you. Look across the creek at that farm. That's my neighbour, in fact, it's my younger brother, Johan's farm. Last week there was a meadow between us and he took his bulldozer to the river levee and now there is a creek between us. Well, he may have done this to spite me, but I'll go him one better. See that pile of lumber by the barn? I want you to build me a fence; an 8-foot fence, so I won't need to see Johan's place nor his face anymore.'
    Angelis the carpenter said thoughtfully, 'I think I understand the situation. Show me the nails and the post hole digger and I'll be able to do a job that pleases you.'
    Raul then left for the nearby town, Erfurt, so he helped the carpenter get the materials ready and then he was off for the day. The carpenter worked hard all that day measuring, sawing, nailing, and hammering.
    About sunset when Raul returned, the carpenter had just finished his job. The farmer's eyes opened wide, his jaw dropped. There was no fence there at all.
    It was a bridge: a bridge stretching from one side of the creek to the other. A fine piece of work handrails and all, and the neighbour, his younger brother Johan, was coming across, his hand outstretched. 'You are quite a fellow to build this bridge after all I've said and done, 'Johan smiled.
    The two brothers stood at each end of the bridge, and then they met in the middle, taking each other's hand. They turned to see the carpenter hoist his toolbox on his shoulder. 'No, wait. Stay a few days. I've a lot of other projects for you,' called Raul.
    'I'd love to stay on,' Angelis murmured quietly, 'but, I have many more bridges to build.'

    Contributed by: Richurd

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    The Magnificat

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    The Magnificat
    My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for He has looked with favor on His lowly servant.

    From this day all generations will call me blessed: the Almighty has done great things for me, and holy is His Name.

    He has mercy on those who fear Him in every generation.

    He has shown the strength of His arm, He has scattered the proud in their conceit.

    He has cast down the mighty from their thrones, and has lifted up the lowly.

    He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich He has sent away empty.

    He has come to the help of His servant Israel, for He has remembered His promise of mercy, the promise He made to our fathers, to Abraham and his children for ever. Amen

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    The Road Less Traveled

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    On one’s journey of spiritual growth, one must often take new, unfamiliar actions, in consonance with one’s new world view. Behaving differently than one has behaved before may represent an extraordinary personal risk. The passive young man for the first time asks a girl for a date. The person who has never trusted anyone lies down for the first time on the analyst’s couch, allowing the analyst to be hidden from view. The previously dependent housewife announces to her controlling husband that she is obtaining a job. The emotionally distant, seemingly self-sufficient strongman first allows himself to weep in public.

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    The Station

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    Tucked away in our subconscious is an idyllic vision. We see ourselves on a long trip that spans the continent. We are traveling by train. Out the windows, we drink in the passing scene of cars on nearby highways, of children waving at a crossing, of cattle grazing on a distant hillside, of city skylines and village hills. But uppermost in our minds is the final destination. On a certain day, at a certain hour, we will pull into the station. Bands will be playing and flags waving. Once we get there, so many wonderful dreams will come true and the pieces of our lives will fit together like a completed jigsaw puzzle. How restlessly we pace the aisles, damning the minutes for loitering – waiting, waiting, waiting for the station.

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    The Wolves Within

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    As the story goes, an elderly man, said to his grandson, who came to him with anger at a friend who had done him an injustice, "Let me tell you a story, the grandfather began..

    I too, at times, have felt a great hate for those that have taken so much, with no sorrow for what they do.

    But hate wears you down, and does not hurt your enemy. It is like taking poison and wishing your enemy would die. I have struggled with these feelings many times." He continued, "It is as if there are two wolves inside me. One is good and does no harm. He lives in harmony with all around him, and does not take offense when no offense was intended. He will only fight when it is right to do so, and in the right way.

    But the other wolf, ah! He is full of anger. The littlest thing will set him into a fit of temper. He fights everyone, all the time, for no reason. He cannot think because his anger and hate are so great. It is helpless anger. Sometimes, it is hard to live with these two wolves inside me, for both of them try to dominate my spirit."

    The boy looked intently into his Grandfather's eyes and asked, "Which one wins, Grandfather?" The Grandfather smiled and quietly said, "The one I feed, my son, the one I feed!".

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    This Game Matters

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    People follow a sport like hockey, and they look for symbolism
    They want the game to mean something
    They want the game to matter
    So, to them a fresh sheet of ice just after the Zamboni’s laid it's final spray of water
    Presents the purest vision of possibility they could imagine.

    Skates being sharpened over and over and over again are a mediation on perfection
    And the routines and rituals that surround the rink are a language of dedication in need of no translation
    To them, games aren't meant to be seen, they're meant to be felt.

    Blood points a path directly to the heart
    Sweat, a trail to the soul
    And tears, a connection to a conviction that people search for their entire lives

    The ones who look for something more, who believe in something more
    Are the ones who turn close games into unforgettable nights
    Who transform great players into heros for all time

    And who, no matter what, maintain unwavering faith in the incredible

    There are people out there who look at something like hockey and they want the game to matter

    So it does.

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    Ulysses (Excerpt 1) - Alfred Lord Tennyson

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    Note: In this famous Victorian-era poem, Tennyson imagines the Greek hero Ulysses (aka Odysseus), now an elderly man, bored with his tedious life and wife, rousing his crew to join him for one more adventure. For a shorter version, omit the sections within brackets.

    [I cannot rest from travel; I will drink
    life to the lees. All times I have enjoyed
    Greatly, have suffered greatly, both with those
    that loved me, and alone; on shore, and when
    Through scudding drifts the rainy Hyades
    Vexed the dim sea.] I am become a name;
    For always roaming with a hungry heart.
    [Much have I seen and known---cities of men
    And manners, climates, councils, governments,
    Myself not least, but honored of them all---
    And drunk delight of battle with my peers,
    Far on the ringing plains of windy Troy.]
    I am part of all that I have met;
    Yet all experience is an arch wherethrough
    Gleams that untraveled world whose margin fades
    Forever and forever when I move.
    How dull it is to pause, to make an end.
    To rust unburnished, not to shine in use!

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    Ulysses (Excerpt 2) - Alfred Lord Tennyson

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    Note: In this famous Victorian-era poem, Tennyson imagines the Greek hero Ulysses (aka Odysseus), now an elderly man, bored with his tedious life and wife, rousing his crew to join him for one more adventure. This is the final stanza of the poem. For a shorter version, omit the section within brackets.

    Come, my friends.
    'Tis not too late to seek a newer world.
    [Push off, and sitting well in order smite
    the sounding furrows; for my purpose holds
    To sail beyond the sunset, and the baths
    Of all the western stars, until I die.
    It may be that the gulfs will wash us down;
    It may be that we shall touch the Happy Isles,
    And see the great Achilles, whom we knew.
    Though much is taken, much abides; and] though
    We are not now that strength which in old days
    Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are---
    One equal temper of heroic hearts,
    Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
    To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.

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    'Unstuck Audiition' in the Script library Adult narration e-learning

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    Life is good. You’re sailing along. And then it happens.
    You hit a glitch.

    Maybe it’s a critical life moment—
    like deciding to change your job,
    or rekindling a relationship.

    Or maybe you’re stalled about something you want:
    trying to eat healthier,
    kickstarting a project,
    balancing home and work,
    finally dealing with that room in your home
    (you know the one).

    And there you are. Stuck.

    When you’re in the middle of being stuck it can feel alienating, confusing, and even a little scary.

    It’s okay. Really. (We find that people who want to live full lives are the ones who get stuck the most often.)

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    trying out new mic, pre-amp channel strip--however, this is a dry recording no processing at all. I think the gain is a bit low and I will need to ut my external hard drive outside my recording "booth"--what else. Thanks! Larry

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    Larry,
    You might want to go the extra step and copy and paste the script so your listeners can better critique your delivery. The sound is good. It is picking up the timber of your voice and sound clear on this end. I'd say you made a good purchase. Ciao

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    Richurd,

    You are so correct. Not only was I being a lazy, well you know what, but also I did not even give the proper location of the script! As my Grandmother would say . . . "Oy" Thanks for the comments and your suggestion, I appreciate it!

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    I'm curious what channel strip did you decide on? I recently bought a Voice Channel off Ebay but, you guessed it it's defective. I'm getting white noise and haven't been able to figure out it's source. Getting that job done makes me lazy.

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    Richurd,

    I am really happy with the channel strip, pre-amp, de-esser, enhancer,expander/gate. I purchased a dbx286s--still trying to figure out the best settings for the best sounds. Thought I would go this way, so that if I want effects--I will do them with production, rather than adding them at post production.

    One thing to try re: white noise, especially if it is a hum/hiss, (which may indicate a ground loop issue), or interference sometimes from a bluetooth connection or even a cell phone--get a line/power conditioner and make sure all of your audio chain is plugged into that, and that you do onot have any CLC or even incandescent lamps on the circuit to which you plug the line/power conditioner into I am not a sound engineer--but my guy at Sam Ash suggested to try those things--the whole combination worked for me--My house is old and I know there are wiring issues that need to be corrected.

    Good luck with that noise!

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    I've looked at a couple of DBX products but have avoided getting them since most of the time I thought engineers would want raw unprocessed vocals delivered to them, no?

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    Hi Tom,

    You know more than I do on voice over things--and what I am learning and continue to learn is yes--usually a raw/dry read is what is wanted for a project. I went the dbx route as it was touted by my guy--albeit, GM at Sam Ash, (but a well known regional VT here in AZ) as a really good, clean pre-amp. He suggested and in fact most of the time I push the process bypass system--thereby avoiding all processors. I have been messing with them to get a better understanding as to what they do and how they effect my sound.

    So I go mic into dbx 286s pre-amp out to m-audio fast track pro, usb to my computer. Do you think that is a good way to go?

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    Learning the process is important...no question! If you get a shot at a gig that requires you to produce your own voice and deliver a product, you'll be ahead of the curve.

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    Unstuck Audition

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    Life is good. You’re sailing along. And then it happens.
    You hit a glitch.

    Maybe it’s a critical life moment—
    like deciding to change your job,
    or rekindling a relationship.

    Or maybe you’re stalled about something you want:
    trying to eat healthier,
    kickstarting a project,
    balancing home and work,
    finally dealing with that room in your home
    (you know the one).

    And there you are. Stuck.

    When you’re in the middle of being stuck it can feel alienating, confusing, and even a little scary.

    It’s okay. Really. (We find that people who want to live full lives are the ones who get stuck the most often.)

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    What A Real Woman Does

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    A real woman is a man's best friend. She will never stand him up and never let him down. She will reassure him when he feels insecure and comfort him after a bad day.

    She will inspire him to do things he never thought he could do; to live without fear and forget regret. She will enable him to express his deepest emotions and give in to his most intimate desires.

    She will make sure he always feels as though he's the most handsome man in the room and will enable him to be the most confident, sexy,seductive, and invincible. . .

    No wait... Sorry... I'm thinking of beer.

    That's what beer does...

    Never mind.

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    What Makes You Happy?

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    What makes you happier? A pay rise? Your dream house? According to happiness experts, we now know more than ever about what can make us happier and what can't. "Most of us think that having millions or a sports car would make us happy", says Dr Nick Powdathavee, author of The Happiness Equation, "but we've found the things that brought people the most happiness wer those they had already, such as friends and famly".

    Some of us are born with personality traits that keep us on a natural high. Psychologists hae now identified over 130 traits that corelate to being naturally happy opr glum. Not naturally joyful? Try and work on these: You're naturally happy if you are: Extroverted, understanding, self-confident, creative, asertive and practical. You're naturally unhappy, if you anger easily, are self-conscious, anxious and almost always feel stressed. So, what is it, that makes you happy or glum?

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    What Will Your Verse Be (From Dead Poets Society)

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    We don't read and write poetry because it's cute. We read and write poetry, because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. Medicine, law, business, engineering. These are noble pursuits, necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for. To quote from Whitman. "O me, O life, of the questions of these recurring. Of the endless trains of the faithless. Of cities filled with the foolish. What good, amid these, O me, O Life? Answer: That you are here. That life exists an identity. That the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse," That the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?

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    What's Next

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    Tomorrow won’t wait.

    What’s next won’t rest on its laurels.

    Because what’s next makes things more valuable than money. It puts food in stomachs, flags on moons, and heads in the clouds.

    What’s next changes minds and cultures, bends attitudes and opinions, and is the starter pistol that launches movements.

    But, …it will never come easy. What’s next wakes you up at 3 in the morning with a shiver of doubt. It is often moody, and rarely satisfied - definitely lonely and happy to ruin weekends.

    What’s next stares at a blank sheet of paper and creates something that’s never been done before.

    What’s next finds a better way.

    What’s next is happening in cities like Hong-Kong, New York, London…. and, yes, Richmond, Virginia.

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    Yoga Practice

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    Start by focusing solely on your breathing. Take in a big, deep breath... and then release it. Put both hands on your abdomen, close your eyes and relax. Breathe in for two seconds, and breathe out for two seconds.

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    Yoga Video

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    Let yoga be your secret weapon for toning and firming the upper body. Hands, arms and shoulders are potent instruments of expression and action. It is through them we reach out and participate in life. Yoga can shape, sculpt and firm your upper body, while also calming your mind and soothing your soul.

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    Yoga Video 2

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    As we go through this video, you’ll see that this is not your typical yoga program. This program is designed for those of us who are slightly out of shape, very out of shape, old, middle aged or young. Or perhaps recovering from an illness or injury.

    By doing this video, you’ll be able to relax more easily, something we all need. And we’ll stretch out those places that no longer seem to stretch so well You can do this, and we can help.

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