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Genre Talk - Animation & Video Games 03-26-2017
March 26, 2017
    This week's recording was unfortunately corrupted, so we are missing the audio. Apologies from Edge Studio for the inconvenience.
  • What does it take to develop new characters from scratch?
  • Michael Schwalbe re casting projects
  • I have a tactical question about whether it is OK to submit a demo to a videogame studio that is developing a sequel to a previously successful game. What's the best etiquette to do so?
  • The luckiest you can be is if production has photos / renderings of the characters, in my opinion...as well as if you can track down other stuff the same people put out. There is often a "vocal form" that a studio has in mind, and their initial ideas are what you need to meld with your improvisation skills.
  • What is the status of the SAG-AFTRA strike against the video game producers?
  • In light of the strike, how do you know which game production houses are OK to work for?
  • You mentioned talking to independents at conventions. Do you mean gaming conventions, or comic-com type conventions?
  • How do you set your rates when they ask you for a bid?
Open Talk 03-19-2017
March 19, 2017
  • Thoughts/feedback on VOAtlanta?
  • Are the recording of VOAtlanta 2017 still available to purchase?
  • Is the iRig Mic Studio any good? in comparison to the apogee ofc. I could not find any decent video on youtube in regards to that.
  • Audacity 2,1.3 was just released! Would like to talk about the improvments... and also any problems from folks who have done the upgrade.
  • Just started with Reaper - great teaching you tubes with mike delgaudio.
  • General conversation about DAW training.
  • Update on SAG-AFTRA strike against video game developers.

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Open Talk on VO Conferences - 03.05.2017
March 5, 2017
  • Which genres are the most lucrative?
  • What is the difference between Voicezam and Soundcloud?
  • What is the dress code for VO Atlanta?
  • For industry newbies, which one conference in 2017 would you recommend as most beneficial?
  • Where can I go for further e-learning projects?
  • What other conferences are there other than VOAtlanta?
  • Hi, any Spanish VO conferences suggestions?
  • Any European conferences that might be interesting?
  • Any thoughts on how to get your first agent?
  • Is there any protocol/etiquette for networking at conferences?
  • Is VOAtlanta conference live-streamed for out-of-towners?

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Genre Talk - Audiobooks 02-26-2017
February 26, 2017
  • I am always confused about how it works on ACX; could you explain how we would know how much we earn as books are sold? I'm always confused about this process, thanks!
  • Do you apply for audiobook projects directly on Audible?
  • What are some ways of anticipating if a royalty share title will sell well or if it is just a vanity/junk title?
  • I'd have no problems voicing gay erotica. Is there any potential problems for being a name in gay erotica, AND in more mainstream genres?
  • Are there some genres more popular / profitable than others?
  • Is there a particular accent that is in demand for audio books?
  • What are some of the key things to being a successful audiobook narrator?

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Training Talk - VO Training and Demos 02-19-2017
February 19, 2017
    This week's recording was unfortunately corrupted, so we are missing the audio. Apologies from Edge Studio for the inconvenience.
  • What do you mean when you say “we hire our students”?
  • VOAtlanta is coming up soon … is it a worthwhile event?
  • Should you use a coach that has theater/film experience, but little/no voice-over experience?
  • What's the best way to research coaches?
  • I'm new to this business and have been taking classes at Edge for a few months now. How do I know when I'm ready to see a coach?
  • I have had good experience with Marc Cashman for commercial and game coaching.
  • Dave Fennoy is awesome for games vo and character coaching and getting the best scripts selected and edited down for your demo if you want to go that route.
  • Training question: I completed all the introductory webinars with Edge and am working with Jay to get my first animation demo created. I was wondering if I could continue taking webinars while getting coached. Is that possible? I love the Edge webinars and kind of got addicted and would love to keep my skills very fresh. I take live acting classes, but really want to keep up the focus on VO as well
  • I go to: http://voicebank.net/ and look up names and then Google them and if I like someone's background I go on their website and see if there are testimonials. I also ask my actor/voice actor friends for referrals. ;) For the most part I'm the one who's giving out the advice.
  • How much should coaching cost?
  • I'm new to VO, and in beginning stages of my training thru Edge - I'm overwhelmed in regards to choosing the right practice equipment
  • As a person seriously considering the investigate VO class, I am terribly curious about what factors determine if a person is given the green light? Which factors are also red flags?
  • Could you please comment on the pros and cons of "in person" face-to-face coaching vs. Skype coaching vs. audio only coaching?
  • I've had a long-term interest in becoming a voice over talent. I've been doing a little looking online and your school is touted as being of the best. I live near Minneapolis Minnesota, so I am not near any of your brick-and-mortar schools. I see you offer webinars and Skype instruction, but I'm curious if this offers the same level of education as your brick-and-mortar locations?
  • Could you please comment on the pros and cons of "in person" face-to-face coaching vs. Skype coaching vs. audio only coaching?
  • Are there good books for me to pick up about voice over? Whether it's technical equipment; business, or the performance side of VO?
Genre Talk - E-Learning 02-12-2017
February 12, 2017
  • How do I get started in e-learning?
  • I wonder if we could talk about e-learning performance. Commercials are recorded in "conversational" tones. Can you comment on the tone that is recommended for e-learning?
  • What does the workflow look like for a e-learning course developer?
  • Are there specific organizations to contact to audition for eLearning jobs?
  • So I don't pursue e-learning projects but have done a number of them and the last one was almost an hour and a half and I didn't realize til I started it that I was being underpaid. This client wants to work with me again but the only way I can see that happening is to outsource the editing which takes most of the time. Any thoughts about that and how to go about finding the right editors.
  • How do you know what the right pace might be for a specific project? General rules for slower or faster delivery depending on what type of project you're working on?
  • Do you recommend having a specific e-learning demo, or will a narration demo suffice?
  • Question for Graeme: does your E-learning demo have any background music or FX? I find all my E-learning samples are dry as dust, so I usually submit explainer and/or corporate demos for E-learning projects. It may be a cheat, but I find the addition of music more compelling. Thoughts?
  • I liked what Tom said about having "life in your voice". I find it hard to get energized and lively about some of the more technical scripts. i.e. "The proper use of a grease gun”
  • Do EL customers require that we have special software to play in the EL arena? Like to package modules we've recorded.

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Tech Talk - 02-05-2017
February 5, 2017
  • Which is better: a Micport Pro, Shure X2U
  • Do you use an interface box with a laptop - or only with a desktop computer?
  • Is Yamaha AGO3 the only interface with loop back option?
  • My question is: what type of EQ do most VO actors use? I have a large diaphragm condenser mic and a quiet/sound treated space. But I'd like to know how much compression/EQ should I be adding to my recordings to make them sound the most professional?
  • Can I have a VO recorder software recommendations to use? (DAW)
  • Is there a good comparison video in English between the iRig Studio and Apogee Mic?
  • What is the best way to soundproof for noise that comes from the ceiling (noisy upstairs neighbour - bump-sounds and alike).
  • How do you treat the room acoustically?
  • Is Audacity a non-destructive DAW?
  • This one works best for generell noise, not so much for clicks - http://www.waves.com/plugins/ns1-noise-suppressor#ns1-noise-suppressor-o...
  • Does anyone else use GarageBand?

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Genre Talk - Commercials 01-29-2017
January 29, 2017
  • I’m in Canada - how do I break into commercial work?
  • Which is better, voice123.com or voices.com?
  • What is voicezam?
  • Is a single commercial demo enough, or do I need several different commercial demos?
  • Is there a way to quickly figure out what commercial niche is your sweet spot?
  • Where can I go to find good scripts? Can I use copy from auditions I’ve done in the past?
  • How do I know how much I should charge?
  • I went through training. Had a commercial demo made which was very good. Sent it out to major talent agents. Got no responses back to be added to their roster, and then pretty much gave up trying to get commercial work. Went into audiobooks because I could get gigs. Don't know where to go after your first push of trying to put your commercial demo out.
  • I have a bunch of commercials for products I was hired for, but they are from different times in my life. Is it okay to use them?

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Open Talk - 01-22-2017
January 22, 2017
  • I have started a cold-calling/email campaign; a couple of sentences saying I provide vo services and included my demo(s). My background is hunting for new businesses/sales, so cold calling is 2nd nature to me. But in this industry, is it better to email first or call by phone first?
  • Just one more....Tom mentioned snail mail; do postcards get a good ROI?
  • Should I have a demo before I have a website?
  • I have some auditions that I have gotten jobs from can I put them on a website?
  • Do I need to construct a soundproof room or can I record from a desktop in a quiet location?
  • I'm building my own home studio and I'm having trouble getting acoustical foam to stick on the walls. I've used spray on glue and double sided tape and it doesn't seem to work. Anybody else have any ideas?
  • How much should I charge for a voice over services? What is the average list of prices?
  • I have road sounds the hits about -40 to -48 while recording at times. What can be used to dampen the external sounds (short of a vocal booth)?
  • Has anyone built a mobile studio - such as in a trailer or a box truck?
  • I'm brand new, as in, no equipment, experience, etc. But I'm very interested in this market. What kind of material could I use to make a demo reel. Would I need to make up my own scripts?
  • Hi...wonder if you can tell me what would be a relatively moderately priced audio interface...thanks much!!!

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Genre Talk - Animation & Video Games 01-15-2017
January 15, 2017
  • If you want to do SAG-AFTRA sanctioned animation and videogame work, do you have to live in Los Angeles?
  • SAG-AFTRA videogame strike update?
  • Please talk about formats for demos for animation and videogames?
  • What is the best way to approach voicing an alien?
  • Do you have recommendations for finding copy and scripts for animation/character demos?
  • I am relatively new to voice work, but an experienced actor and would love a little free advice about how to find animation and videogame work when new to the industry.
  • Is "Behind The Voice" a good place to consider?
  • Do you have any good animation classes or coaches that you would recommend for newer talent?
  • On some auditions they ask you to create a character and song in an audition how safe are your rights to your original material submitted when you never hear back from these submissions?

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