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Topic Talk - VO Auditions 08-27-2017
August 27, 2017
  • Is it okay to record auditions at a pro studio?
  • Read the whole script?
  • Watermark auditions?
  • What software is good to use for auditions?
  • What's the difference between demos and auditions?
  • What percentage of auditions is typical to win?
  • Should you process auditions with EQ or compression/limiting/normalization?

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Genre Talk - Commercials 08-20-2017
August 20, 2017
  • How do I get commercial voice-over work?
  • Can I make my own commercial demo?
  • The 6-Second Commercial - will demos have these?
  • How much do I charge for commercial voice overs?
  • Should I join the union first, or get a gig first?
  • Which microphone is good for commercial recording? Preferably under $300?

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Tech Talk 07-16-2017
July 16, 2017
  • Is the Focusrite Scarlet 2i2 sufficient for most voiceover usage?
  • Also recommended Yamaha AG03 - as suggested by George Whittam
  • Does anyone have any experience with the iRig interface or brand?
  • I am having problems with some of my recordings. The sound is a bit muddy, breathy and far away. How do I correct it for a more professional sound? =)
  • When submitting auditions, eg voice123, what RMS level do you shoot for in your gain, and do you compress for an audition??
  • Hello! I'm just getting started. Is it okay to have a USB mic, or is it preferable to have a more complex setup with a regular mic, mixer, etc. At this point I have a Samson GoMic and a MacBook Pro.
  • Does anyone know of a piece of software that will trip a relay (i.e. to ring a doorbell)?
  • What's the best position to speak into my microphone when recording. I have heard from a couple other voice talents that they don't speak directly into the front of the mic. Also, does having a deeper toned voice matter for positioning the mic?
  • Any recommendations on a cloud based backup system that will backup automatically?
  • What about using audio interfaces with a iPad and what software would you use with one?

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Special Episode - LIVE from WoVoCon 06.25.2017
June 25, 2017
    Join host Graeme Spicer as he welcomes special guest Dave Courvoisier for a wide-ranging discussion of all things WoVo and VO.

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Open Talk 06-18-2017
June 18, 2017
  • How many segments should be on an elearning demo? How long should it/they be?
  • I’ve been elected to narrate an audiobook. How long should I allocate to record it?
  • I have been told you have a great voice for this profession. Are there any websites ot locations on where I might learn about the business...and the technical end of recording and transmitting my work.
  • Do you have any advice for someone attempting to make a transition from FT radio production to adding or jumping into 100% to freelance VO work. I understand it's not the voice. I need a push over the edge. Your thoughts?
  • What are some solutions for apartment us dwellers who dont have a spare room, basement or walk in closet?
  • Suggestions for user friendly (easy) recording software for someone still learning Mac Book Pro. Paid for studio rental 3X and don't want to waste more money.
  • What USB mics should be avoided? Discussion re starter mics

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Genre Talk - Animation & Video Games 06-11-2017
June 11, 2017
  • When delivering your lines, are you typically alone in a booth, or working with other actors?
  • Can you only get animation or VG in NY or LA?
  • Do you need to join SAG/AFTRA to participate in the video game business?
  • For those of us recording from home, do videogame producers request specific microphones to get either higher or lower end dynamics?
  • Should sound files that are sent to producers be in mp3 format or a less compressed format like wav?
  • How do you go about developing new characters for animation and videogames?
  • What do you feel is the best amount of recorded time for an audition? 30 seconds? a minute?
  • Where can I find information on acquiring accents?

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Open Talk 06-04-2017
June 4, 2017
    This week's TalkTime was not recorded due to technical difficulties. Apologies for the inconvenience
  • How can I get started (marketing myself) without a produced demo?
  • I am going to my first ever VO conference, WOVOCON, and I'm excited, yet anxious. Could you give me your top 2 "Dos and Top 2 "Don'ts" for newbies like me at a VO conference.
  • Well unless the hear you're on fivrr or a newcomer with low funds. :) Then they're going to be not so nice.
  • Are VO conferences for talent only, or are there daytime activities for spouses and others while we are sessions?
  • Talk about Gravy for the Brain. Is it worth signing up?
  • On the subject of demos, when is it appropriate to send one to an agent? I'm a newbie and I don't want to jump the gun by sending my demo to one before I really should.
  • I have professional demos, I speak and sing, but I don't have a home studio. For each audition, I must schedule time, and pay, for my studio to produce my audition email. If I don't get the job, it's money spent. Is there a way to get an audition demo done without going to the studio? My choice is a phone recording, or home computer. Doesn't sound as good... as you can imagine. Eventually, I would like to make a home studio, but I need to make some cash as a voice actor first. Any suggestions?
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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