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Topic Talk - Online Casting Sites 05-21-2017
May 21, 2017
  • I’m currently booking at a rate of about 6% (auditions to projects ratio). Is that a good rate?
  • I've joined Voices.com. What's the difference between them and Voice123?
  • Are most jobs on pay-to-play sites dependent on us being able to produce a studio quality product? I can record a decent quality audition, but would need to get help mastering the final product.
  • I appreciate the opportunity to submit on the online sites-wish there was a way to gain some meaningful feedback...maybe a system that indicates rating based on things like quality of editing not good, voice not right and so on…
  • Voice123 penalizes people with less invitation if they audition too much. that is a big minus.
  • Is it necessary when registering with an online casting site to upload professionally produced demos OR can mp3 files of previous V/O recordings suffice?
  • Are the Pay-to-Play sites a good place for new talent to start?
  • How much do the two online casting sites charge?

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Genre Talk - Audiobooks 05-14-2017
May 14, 2017
  • Audiobook Demos: Approximately how long should they be and how many segments in the demo? Does 2:00-3:00 minutes sound about right?
  • What have been people's experiences with ACX? Positive? Negative?
  • Is it necessary to have a demo before auditioning through ACX?
  • I've done about a dozen titles through ACX. How can I find other audiobook producers?
  • I often see on ACX the whole book or several pages of a book are there for audition, how much of a script should you read for a audition?
  • My weakness with long-form narration is editing. I am a perfectionist and take WAY to long! The finished quality is good but, I would love advice on how to be faster.
  • What is a noise gate?
  • What is the most common DAW used for audiobook narration? Does anyone use Adobe Audition?
  • You’ve said it's a 4:1 hour ratio of work to finished hour. Does that include the initial reading through the book or just the narrating and editing?
  • How about profanity on a demo? My personal standard is 'no', but just wondering what others say.
  • Do we need to contact authors for copyright approval to use their passages for our samples? Especially if we don't have a demo?
  • How do you handle quotes in non-fiction audio books? Do you change pitch, tone, etc. like you do in fiction books?

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Training Talk - VO Training and Demos 05-07-2017
May 7, 2017
  • Where can I go to get good scripts for my demo?
  • How important is it on a demo reel to include things like prices, times and figures, bearing in mind the short duration of the reel?
  • How targeted or how diverse should demos be?
  • Should a demo be composed of individual audio files? My old demo is a montage of genres and I've been told that's outdated?
  • Do you subscribe to the concept that one should utilize name brands, since for the most part, as a novice one obviously has not been hired for those parts?
  • How long should a audiobook demo be? And how long should each segment be?
  • If I were interested in narrating documentaries, is there a particular style of training that would be more focused than general narration? How would a person find the right coach for that?
  • Regarding selection of a coach: do I search for someone who specializes in the genre(s) in which I am most proficient? For instance, most of what I have done is e-learning.
  • Gravy For The Brain - anyone with any experience with this product?
  • I’m in need of a career reassessment … where do I go?

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Genre Talk - eLearning/Long-Form Narration 04.30.2017
April 30, 2017
  • I teach at medical school - how do I transfer my experience as a teacher to e-learning narration?
  • When you get the name of an e-learning company, how do you find out who to speak to within the company?
  • For e-learning demos should we add music or would it be better to not have it?
  • Within big firms like Coca-Cola, which departments do you approach to pick up e-learning work?
  • How do I find e-learning work in order to transcript snippets for an e-learning demo?
  • What should we charge per finished hour?
  • What is the name of the software Connie Terwilliger uses for e-learning production?
  • Is it possible to work on a residual basis with eLearning, asking for a percentage each time the course is purchased?

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Tech Talk - 04-23-2017
April 23, 2017
  • Hackintosh challenges.
  • Setting up a mix-minus.
  • Any thoughts on removing breaths using Twisted Wave?
  • Please ask if the Christy Bowen video is "Only for Twisted Wave" or can it be used for Audacity and others DAWS?
  • Getting my "travel gear" together, and before I spend the money, I'd like to know if I can get away with an 8 gig Macbook Air, or is it best to go 8 or 16 gig MacBook Pro?
  • I'm looking for a reasonably priced reflection filter. Do you have any recommendations?
  • Could I do mix-minus using Focusrite 2i2 going into a Mackie 402 VLZ3 mixer and the Shure x2u interface?
  • Does anyone use mass loaded vinyl in their space? How does it work?
  • For those of us newbies who have never done video sync, what software do we need to get started? How do we practice in case we're asked?
  • Suggestions re: plosives/de-essing?

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Genre Talk - Commercials 04-09-2017
April 9, 2017
  • If selected for a national union commercial, how many can a non-union actor do before having to join the union?
  • Discussion re SAG-AFTRA, merger, etc.
  • For starters, where can I get scripts for a usable commercial demo. probably also youtube. For what kind of commercials do I look? what range of years? is too recent (2016/7) bad?
  • I've been told I have a very cartoony voice but commercial work tends to push your "normal speaking voice"...what types of commercials should you fill your reel with? should you show off a more "normal tone" instead?
  • How do you find local VO commercial work?
  • Do you know of anyone who have had a level of success in commercial work using a demo they have done on there own?
  • How can I avoid whistles? Probably 10 percent of my S's sound as a whistle. Or is a whistle detrimental? Best de-essers?

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Open Talk 04-02-2017
April 2, 2017
  • Discussion of radio dramas/recent SAG-AFTRA radio drama event.
  • How can we tell if our home studios are too "dead" or "lively”?
  • With so many great voices out there, how does a squeaky-new new-comer get jobs?
  • Hey, so yesterday someone recommended me to a marketing director at a news station and I haven't recorded a demo yet. Would it be best to send over anything that utilizes my natural speaking voice (i.e. commercial, narration)?
  • Where are great places to look for jobs and what's the process once you find a job you're interested in?
  • Someone I know is interested in doing editing only for voice overs, any suggestions on how they could go about finding that type of work?
  • Is there any duplication of posting between Voice123 & Voices.com?
  • I just joined WOVO; going to the conference in June, and not sure how to network at these conferences?
  • Had a mild stroke a few months ago. Cancelled my Voice123 & Bodalgo Premium memberships, but since then, I've had a couple of personal invites from voice seekers from my website. Question is...Should I take my website down or just the VoiceZam player? My voice is not back to normal yet & nowhere close to my demo, which I'm getting work from. I can't reproduce the sound I have on my demo right now.

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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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