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Open Talk - What VO Gift Do You Want From Santa This Year? 12-18-2016
December 18, 2016
  • My early Christmas present to myself - a new recording space!
  • More training sessions!
  • My first demo!
  • My first demo!
  • I want 20 regular (monthly) clients that pay on time :) I also want free ISDN! (Sandra)
  • Can't wish for toys; need paying work. Where might I look that hasn't been mentioned in previous TalkTimes?
  • Trying to decide whether to ask Santa for a Kaotica Eyeball. Have AKG C214 mic. Tiny closets in house and live on noisy street.
  • Asking Santa for advice on how to discipline myself to try out for the numerous auditions I receive via Voice123
  • I want Santa to bring me the following: valuable VO training, editing training, marketing and sales training, and more confidence to push through my nerves when I step to the mic even in my home (closet) studio. I've taken quite a bit of classes within the past 2 years. My second demo is much better than the 1st yet my confidence needs to stronger.
  • An affordable A/D converter with xlr input and usb output.
  • I'd like a Sennheiser 416 from Santa

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Genre Talk - Audiobooks 12-11-2016
December 11, 2016
  • Where can I find material to narrate - both for practice and for my demo?
  • What are the names of some potential sources of audiobook demos?
  • Are there courses that can be taken for learning how to do different voices for audiobooks?
  • In responding to audition requests for audiobooks, it's rarely clear to me how much they want voice differentiation between characters: male, female, juvenile, dog, etc. How much should you try to create wholly different voices for each?
  • For Mac users, what is your favorite editor with punch and roll? For Windows?
  • Should you always slate your name at the beginning when auditioning for audiobooks?
  • Beyond ACX, what are the other publishers of audiobooks and how do you approach them with a demo?
  • How many people have a screen and keyboard in their booth with them? Any problems with sound reflections back into the mic?

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Training Talk - VO Training and Demos 12-04-2016
December 4, 2016
  • How do you know when you’re ready to cut a demo?
  • What should a commercial demo cost?
  • Can I produce my own demo?
  • Is it required for vo to learn to be an audio engineer?
  • How long should a commercial demo be?
  • I find that I can't swing a dead cat without hitting 2 people who want me to pay them for coaching. I'm sure many of them are legit but I struggle to determine who is and isn’t. Just because they are a good even great voice talent doesn't mean they can coach …
  • Facebook groups were mentioned earlier - are there any specific FB or LinkedIn groups you'd recommend?
  • Is it ok to use spots that we were hired for and the business has released to the public on our website?
  • Where do I find material to practice from? Specific to pharma clients specifically?
  • Do you recommend voice123.com over voices.com?

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Genre Talk - E-Learning 11-27-2016
November 27, 2016
  • What are the elements of a good e-learning demo?
  • So how long would David suggest an e-learning demo to be? (vs. the commercial 70 second?)
  • To whom should you submit a elearning demo? Do regular ad agencies handle this kind of work?
  • What types of scripts that would be appropriate for an e-learning demo?
  • Should you put background music on your demo? If so, should it be on all segments, and.a similar rhythm for all segments?
  • How clean does our home studio editing have to be for e-learning? Mouth noise, etc? Is it like audiobooks where breaths are ok if they're not too loud? Or does it depend on the client?
  • Do you get a lot of revisions for long form projects?
  • The big focus now in commercials is to "sound conversational.” Is there a similar focus in long form narration?

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Tech Talk 11-20-2016
November 20, 2016
  • How do I best remove moth clicks and pops using Audacity?
  • Can Punch and Roll be added to Audacity? Program suggestions?
  • What are your thoughts on Presonus Studio One software for the beginner?
  • What do you think about using Adobe Soundbooth CS5 for recording, is this a good program and what would you recommend to use?
  • Whenever the conversation moves in this direction. I have a Twisted Wave question. My question is recording in stereo vs mono.
  • Need some suggestions on how to get my noise floor as low as possible through technology.
  • Is there a "normal" for professional levels of noise floor...like -20, -30, -40 dbls?
  • Can cables or other items significantly increase the sound floor?
  • Any suggestions for USB mics other than the Blue Yeti?

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Genre Talk - Commercials 11-13-2016
November 13, 2016
  • Where can I go to find scripts and other material to get started?
  • What is the transition like from on-camera work to voice-over?
  • What types of commercials should you put on your demo and how many?
  • What if the type of commercial you’re good at isn’t a currently hot style?
  • I am getting ready to do my demo. I have done some para professional theater acting. I am interested in doing narration vo. I am not certain that I've found my voice. Should a vo coach steer you toward what they hear in your voice or encourage you to try commercial and narration voice-over work? Once the demo is complete where other than the such a voice website should my demo be up loaded or heard?
  • Please talk about online casting/pay-to-play sites. The talent I know who are successful are usually experienced, right? Beginners ought not apply?

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Open Talk 11-06-2016
November 6, 2016
  • How do you know what genre is best for you?
  • Went to my first live meetup group workout yesterday with VO Peeps! I highly recommend it! Met some VO actors that have worked with edge also in the past. It was great to meet and learn from those already in the biz.
  • Should I take acting classes to be more successful in the VO business?
  • I recently purchased a monoprice mic isolation shield. Any opinion on these devices and what experience has anyone had. Is it enough to deaden the sound?
  • This is Nameless in NV. How do you know when you're ready to go full time VO? example: After 6 months of consistent work, or after getting a year or two living expenses saved up? I'm a cold-caller with years of mrkting/adv. exp. by trade, and I'd rather start hunting for myself! I just want to know what is the average time it takes to go full time.
  • Are most improv classes comedy oriented? Those are the only ones that I can find in my area of Nashville, TN.
  • Does anyone here use a Studiobricks One booth and how is the performance?

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Genre Talk - Animation & Video Games 10-30-2016
October 30, 2016
  • How do I know that I have the temperament for animation or videogames?
  • What is the best way to create a character voice?
  • It has been suggested that we take an improv class to get more comfortable with character voices and acting. Where is the best place to find a local improv class?
  • I am new to the VO world. Am I too old at 52 to get started in animation and videogames?
  • How will the strike effect us newcomers? Is this a genre worth going for right now?
  • Do you need to be a gamer to voice videogames?
  • I have a fantastic character demo, thanks to Edge. So, how do I get it out there so people can hear it? Is it ok to email agents, etc?
  • Is there a way to start getting into animation/video games with out moving to LA?
  • What is the wisdom of the group concerning voices one chooses to include on a character demo?
  • Does one get into videogame voicing the same way one gets work in any other genre of voiceover - networking, sending demos to videogame companies and following up, etc.?
  • With the rise of custom auditions, is there still a call for having a character/animation demo?
  • What’s up with this SAG-AFTRA strike against the big videogame publishers?

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Topic Talk - Accents and Accent Reduction 10-23-2016
October 23, 2016
  • What is the most in-demand accent?
  • Is it easier to acquire an accent, or to reduce/modify one that the student already has?
  • What are the best ways to learn the different accents other then doing what you hear in movies?
  • I am from the UK living in the USA. Should I audition for jobs that are listed as North American and still do my UK accent?
  • Is it true though that the casting directors are now looking for native accents from other countries in character - Graeme mentioned Irish accents, so they would be looking for VO people from Ireland?
  • Whether you are from N, S, E, W Texas . . I can hear it, other cannot. But they are VASTLY different from Oklahoma, or Louisianna, or Missipy "southern" accent!!!
  • How is it that people in Jersey can have an accent distinct from Brooklyn, only 10 miles away?
  • Do you find there are certain industries and/or regions of the country that request "urban" accents?
  • I struggle with a southern/mid atlantic dipthong, "ow" - as in hour, flower, out, etc that I cannot lose. Any ideas on what I can do?
  • Name two or three actors that in your opinion have done a good job with changing their accent, and why?
  • Sounds like Hillary Clinton had a lot of help. If you see interviews from her in the 90's she had a marked Sourthern drawl. Its gone now, you would never know she had it. fyi
  • I'm from Germany and have serious issues with pronouncing the "th" most of the time :)
  • Are there resources online for learning the key differences that distinguish accents? (like where the tongue is placed when pronouncing words, or how to create a southern twang..)
  • Is there a difference between an impediment and someone who just needs some corrective action?
  • Is it possible to correct/modify a lisp?

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Genre Talk - Audiobooks 10-16-2016
October 16, 2016
  • Should your fiction audiobook demo have non-fiction samples too, or should you have two demos?
  • What is the best way to practice for audiobook reading?
  • What is ACX?
  • is it harder to read the audio book with an actual book then a digital copy of it and what are the benifets of doing a physical book over digital books and vice versa?
  • Are there any others sources for audiobook bookings besides ACX?
  • If the author you contact, says yes, she would like to have you record it. How do you go about making that happen? Contact the publisher, or what?
  • Is it harder to read the audiobook with an actual book then a digital copy of it and what are the benefits of doing a physical book over digital books and vice versa?
  • Is there enough money in reading audiobooks to make it a primary career or is it typically a secondary income?

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Open Talk - What VO Gift Do You Want From Santa This Year? 12-18-2016
December 18, 2016
  • My early Christmas present to myself - a new recording space!
  • More training sessions!
  • My first demo!
  • My first demo!
  • I want 20 regular (monthly) clients that pay on time :) I also want free ISDN! (Sandra)
  • Can't wish for toys; need paying work. Where might I look that hasn't been mentioned in previous TalkTimes?
  • Trying to decide whether to ask Santa for a Kaotica Eyeball. Have AKG C214 mic. Tiny closets in house and live on noisy street.
  • Asking Santa for advice on how to discipline myself to try out for the numerous auditions I receive via Voice123
  • I want Santa to bring me the following: valuable VO training, editing training, marketing and sales training, and more confidence to push through my nerves when I step to the mic even in my home (closet) studio. I've taken quite a bit of classes within the past 2 years. My second demo is much better than the 1st yet my confidence needs to stronger.
  • An affordable A/D converter with xlr input and usb output.
  • I'd like a Sennheiser 416 from Santa

You may need: Adobe Flash Player.

Click here to download. [Right click (PC) or control click (MAC)]
Genre Talk - Audiobooks 12-11-2016
December 11, 2016
  • Where can I find material to narrate - both for practice and for my demo?
  • What are the names of some potential sources of audiobook demos?
  • Are there courses that can be taken for learning how to do different voices for audiobooks?
  • In responding to audition requests for audiobooks, it's rarely clear to me how much they want voice differentiation between characters: male, female, juvenile, dog, etc. How much should you try to create wholly different voices for each?
  • For Mac users, what is your favorite editor with punch and roll? For Windows?
  • Should you always slate your name at the beginning when auditioning for audiobooks?
  • Beyond ACX, what are the other publishers of audiobooks and how do you approach them with a demo?
  • How many people have a screen and keyboard in their booth with them? Any problems with sound reflections back into the mic?

You may need: Adobe Flash Player.

Click here to download. [Right click (PC) or control click (MAC)]
Training Talk - VO Training and Demos 12-04-2016
December 4, 2016
  • How do you know when you’re ready to cut a demo?
  • What should a commercial demo cost?
  • Can I produce my own demo?
  • Is it required for vo to learn to be an audio engineer?
  • How long should a commercial demo be?
  • I find that I can't swing a dead cat without hitting 2 people who want me to pay them for coaching. I'm sure many of them are legit but I struggle to determine who is and isn’t. Just because they are a good even great voice talent doesn't mean they can coach …
  • Facebook groups were mentioned earlier - are there any specific FB or LinkedIn groups you'd recommend?
  • Is it ok to use spots that we were hired for and the business has released to the public on our website?
  • Where do I find material to practice from? Specific to pharma clients specifically?
  • Do you recommend voice123.com over voices.com?

You may need: Adobe Flash Player.

Click here to download. [Right click (PC) or control click (MAC)]
Genre Talk - E-Learning 11-27-2016
November 27, 2016
  • What are the elements of a good e-learning demo?
  • So how long would David suggest an e-learning demo to be? (vs. the commercial 70 second?)
  • To whom should you submit a elearning demo? Do regular ad agencies handle this kind of work?
  • What types of scripts that would be appropriate for an e-learning demo?
  • Should you put background music on your demo? If so, should it be on all segments, and.a similar rhythm for all segments?
  • How clean does our home studio editing have to be for e-learning? Mouth noise, etc? Is it like audiobooks where breaths are ok if they're not too loud? Or does it depend on the client?
  • Do you get a lot of revisions for long form projects?
  • The big focus now in commercials is to "sound conversational.” Is there a similar focus in long form narration?

You may need: Adobe Flash Player.

Click here to download. [Right click (PC) or control click (MAC)]
Tech Talk 11-20-2016
November 20, 2016
  • How do I best remove moth clicks and pops using Audacity?
  • Can Punch and Roll be added to Audacity? Program suggestions?
  • What are your thoughts on Presonus Studio One software for the beginner?
  • What do you think about using Adobe Soundbooth CS5 for recording, is this a good program and what would you recommend to use?
  • Whenever the conversation moves in this direction. I have a Twisted Wave question. My question is recording in stereo vs mono.
  • Need some suggestions on how to get my noise floor as low as possible through technology.
  • Is there a "normal" for professional levels of noise floor...like -20, -30, -40 dbls?
  • Can cables or other items significantly increase the sound floor?
  • Any suggestions for USB mics other than the Blue Yeti?

You may need: Adobe Flash Player.

Click here to download. [Right click (PC) or control click (MAC)]
Genre Talk - Commercials 11-13-2016
November 13, 2016
  • Where can I go to find scripts and other material to get started?
  • What is the transition like from on-camera work to voice-over?
  • What types of commercials should you put on your demo and how many?
  • What if the type of commercial you’re good at isn’t a currently hot style?
  • I am getting ready to do my demo. I have done some para professional theater acting. I am interested in doing narration vo. I am not certain that I've found my voice. Should a vo coach steer you toward what they hear in your voice or encourage you to try commercial and narration voice-over work? Once the demo is complete where other than the such a voice website should my demo be up loaded or heard?
  • Please talk about online casting/pay-to-play sites. The talent I know who are successful are usually experienced, right? Beginners ought not apply?

You may need: Adobe Flash Player.

Click here to download. [Right click (PC) or control click (MAC)]
Open Talk 11-06-2016
November 6, 2016
  • How do you know what genre is best for you?
  • Went to my first live meetup group workout yesterday with VO Peeps! I highly recommend it! Met some VO actors that have worked with edge also in the past. It was great to meet and learn from those already in the biz.
  • Should I take acting classes to be more successful in the VO business?
  • I recently purchased a monoprice mic isolation shield. Any opinion on these devices and what experience has anyone had. Is it enough to deaden the sound?
  • This is Nameless in NV. How do you know when you're ready to go full time VO? example: After 6 months of consistent work, or after getting a year or two living expenses saved up? I'm a cold-caller with years of mrkting/adv. exp. by trade, and I'd rather start hunting for myself! I just want to know what is the average time it takes to go full time.
  • Are most improv classes comedy oriented? Those are the only ones that I can find in my area of Nashville, TN.
  • Does anyone here use a Studiobricks One booth and how is the performance?

You may need: Adobe Flash Player.

Click here to download. [Right click (PC) or control click (MAC)]
Genre Talk - Animation & Video Games 10-30-2016
October 30, 2016
  • How do I know that I have the temperament for animation or videogames?
  • What is the best way to create a character voice?
  • It has been suggested that we take an improv class to get more comfortable with character voices and acting. Where is the best place to find a local improv class?
  • I am new to the VO world. Am I too old at 52 to get started in animation and videogames?
  • How will the strike effect us newcomers? Is this a genre worth going for right now?
  • Do you need to be a gamer to voice videogames?
  • I have a fantastic character demo, thanks to Edge. So, how do I get it out there so people can hear it? Is it ok to email agents, etc?
  • Is there a way to start getting into animation/video games with out moving to LA?
  • What is the wisdom of the group concerning voices one chooses to include on a character demo?
  • Does one get into videogame voicing the same way one gets work in any other genre of voiceover - networking, sending demos to videogame companies and following up, etc.?
  • With the rise of custom auditions, is there still a call for having a character/animation demo?
  • What’s up with this SAG-AFTRA strike against the big videogame publishers?

You may need: Adobe Flash Player.

Click here to download. [Right click (PC) or control click (MAC)]
Topic Talk - Accents and Accent Reduction 10-23-2016
October 23, 2016
  • What is the most in-demand accent?
  • Is it easier to acquire an accent, or to reduce/modify one that the student already has?
  • What are the best ways to learn the different accents other then doing what you hear in movies?
  • I am from the UK living in the USA. Should I audition for jobs that are listed as North American and still do my UK accent?
  • Is it true though that the casting directors are now looking for native accents from other countries in character - Graeme mentioned Irish accents, so they would be looking for VO people from Ireland?
  • Whether you are from N, S, E, W Texas . . I can hear it, other cannot. But they are VASTLY different from Oklahoma, or Louisianna, or Missipy "southern" accent!!!
  • How is it that people in Jersey can have an accent distinct from Brooklyn, only 10 miles away?
  • Do you find there are certain industries and/or regions of the country that request "urban" accents?
  • I struggle with a southern/mid atlantic dipthong, "ow" - as in hour, flower, out, etc that I cannot lose. Any ideas on what I can do?
  • Name two or three actors that in your opinion have done a good job with changing their accent, and why?
  • Sounds like Hillary Clinton had a lot of help. If you see interviews from her in the 90's she had a marked Sourthern drawl. Its gone now, you would never know she had it. fyi
  • I'm from Germany and have serious issues with pronouncing the "th" most of the time :)
  • Are there resources online for learning the key differences that distinguish accents? (like where the tongue is placed when pronouncing words, or how to create a southern twang..)
  • Is there a difference between an impediment and someone who just needs some corrective action?
  • Is it possible to correct/modify a lisp?

You may need: Adobe Flash Player.

Click here to download. [Right click (PC) or control click (MAC)]
Genre Talk - Audiobooks 10-16-2016
October 16, 2016
  • Should your fiction audiobook demo have non-fiction samples too, or should you have two demos?
  • What is the best way to practice for audiobook reading?
  • What is ACX?
  • is it harder to read the audio book with an actual book then a digital copy of it and what are the benifets of doing a physical book over digital books and vice versa?
  • Are there any others sources for audiobook bookings besides ACX?
  • If the author you contact, says yes, she would like to have you record it. How do you go about making that happen? Contact the publisher, or what?
  • Is it harder to read the audiobook with an actual book then a digital copy of it and what are the benefits of doing a physical book over digital books and vice versa?
  • Is there enough money in reading audiobooks to make it a primary career or is it typically a secondary income?

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TalkTime!

What's on your mind?

Open Talk - What VO Gift Do You Want From Santa This Year? 12-18-2016
December 18, 2016
  • My early Christmas present to myself - a new recording space!
  • More training sessions!
  • My first demo!
  • My first demo!
  • I want 20 regular (monthly) clients that pay on time :) I also want free ISDN! (Sandra)
  • Can't wish for toys; need paying work. Where might I look that hasn't been mentioned in previous TalkTimes?
  • Trying to decide whether to ask Santa for a Kaotica Eyeball. Have AKG C214 mic. Tiny closets in house and live on noisy street.
  • Asking Santa for advice on how to discipline myself to try out for the numerous auditions I receive via Voice123
  • I want Santa to bring me the following: valuable VO training, editing training, marketing and sales training, and more confidence to push through my nerves when I step to the mic even in my home (closet) studio. I've taken quite a bit of classes within the past 2 years. My second demo is much better than the 1st yet my confidence needs to stronger.
  • An affordable A/D converter with xlr input and usb output.
  • I'd like a Sennheiser 416 from Santa

You may need: Adobe Flash Player.

Click here to download. [Right click (PC) or control click (MAC)]
Genre Talk - Audiobooks 12-11-2016
December 11, 2016
  • Where can I find material to narrate - both for practice and for my demo?
  • What are the names of some potential sources of audiobook demos?
  • Are there courses that can be taken for learning how to do different voices for audiobooks?
  • In responding to audition requests for audiobooks, it's rarely clear to me how much they want voice differentiation between characters: male, female, juvenile, dog, etc. How much should you try to create wholly different voices for each?
  • For Mac users, what is your favorite editor with punch and roll? For Windows?
  • Should you always slate your name at the beginning when auditioning for audiobooks?
  • Beyond ACX, what are the other publishers of audiobooks and how do you approach them with a demo?
  • How many people have a screen and keyboard in their booth with them? Any problems with sound reflections back into the mic?

You may need: Adobe Flash Player.

Click here to download. [Right click (PC) or control click (MAC)]
Training Talk - VO Training and Demos 12-04-2016
December 4, 2016
  • How do you know when you’re ready to cut a demo?
  • What should a commercial demo cost?
  • Can I produce my own demo?
  • Is it required for vo to learn to be an audio engineer?
  • How long should a commercial demo be?
  • I find that I can't swing a dead cat without hitting 2 people who want me to pay them for coaching. I'm sure many of them are legit but I struggle to determine who is and isn’t. Just because they are a good even great voice talent doesn't mean they can coach …
  • Facebook groups were mentioned earlier - are there any specific FB or LinkedIn groups you'd recommend?
  • Is it ok to use spots that we were hired for and the business has released to the public on our website?
  • Where do I find material to practice from? Specific to pharma clients specifically?
  • Do you recommend voice123.com over voices.com?

You may need: Adobe Flash Player.

Click here to download. [Right click (PC) or control click (MAC)]
Genre Talk - E-Learning 11-27-2016
November 27, 2016
  • What are the elements of a good e-learning demo?
  • So how long would David suggest an e-learning demo to be? (vs. the commercial 70 second?)
  • To whom should you submit a elearning demo? Do regular ad agencies handle this kind of work?
  • What types of scripts that would be appropriate for an e-learning demo?
  • Should you put background music on your demo? If so, should it be on all segments, and.a similar rhythm for all segments?
  • How clean does our home studio editing have to be for e-learning? Mouth noise, etc? Is it like audiobooks where breaths are ok if they're not too loud? Or does it depend on the client?
  • Do you get a lot of revisions for long form projects?
  • The big focus now in commercials is to "sound conversational.” Is there a similar focus in long form narration?

You may need: Adobe Flash Player.

Click here to download. [Right click (PC) or control click (MAC)]
Tech Talk 11-20-2016
November 20, 2016
  • How do I best remove moth clicks and pops using Audacity?
  • Can Punch and Roll be added to Audacity? Program suggestions?
  • What are your thoughts on Presonus Studio One software for the beginner?
  • What do you think about using Adobe Soundbooth CS5 for recording, is this a good program and what would you recommend to use?
  • Whenever the conversation moves in this direction. I have a Twisted Wave question. My question is recording in stereo vs mono.
  • Need some suggestions on how to get my noise floor as low as possible through technology.
  • Is there a "normal" for professional levels of noise floor...like -20, -30, -40 dbls?
  • Can cables or other items significantly increase the sound floor?
  • Any suggestions for USB mics other than the Blue Yeti?

You may need: Adobe Flash Player.

Click here to download. [Right click (PC) or control click (MAC)]
Genre Talk - Commercials 11-13-2016
November 13, 2016
  • Where can I go to find scripts and other material to get started?
  • What is the transition like from on-camera work to voice-over?
  • What types of commercials should you put on your demo and how many?
  • What if the type of commercial you’re good at isn’t a currently hot style?
  • I am getting ready to do my demo. I have done some para professional theater acting. I am interested in doing narration vo. I am not certain that I've found my voice. Should a vo coach steer you toward what they hear in your voice or encourage you to try commercial and narration voice-over work? Once the demo is complete where other than the such a voice website should my demo be up loaded or heard?
  • Please talk about online casting/pay-to-play sites. The talent I know who are successful are usually experienced, right? Beginners ought not apply?

You may need: Adobe Flash Player.

Click here to download. [Right click (PC) or control click (MAC)]
Open Talk 11-06-2016
November 6, 2016
  • How do you know what genre is best for you?
  • Went to my first live meetup group workout yesterday with VO Peeps! I highly recommend it! Met some VO actors that have worked with edge also in the past. It was great to meet and learn from those already in the biz.
  • Should I take acting classes to be more successful in the VO business?
  • I recently purchased a monoprice mic isolation shield. Any opinion on these devices and what experience has anyone had. Is it enough to deaden the sound?
  • This is Nameless in NV. How do you know when you're ready to go full time VO? example: After 6 months of consistent work, or after getting a year or two living expenses saved up? I'm a cold-caller with years of mrkting/adv. exp. by trade, and I'd rather start hunting for myself! I just want to know what is the average time it takes to go full time.
  • Are most improv classes comedy oriented? Those are the only ones that I can find in my area of Nashville, TN.
  • Does anyone here use a Studiobricks One booth and how is the performance?

You may need: Adobe Flash Player.

Click here to download. [Right click (PC) or control click (MAC)]
Genre Talk - Animation & Video Games 10-30-2016
October 30, 2016
  • How do I know that I have the temperament for animation or videogames?
  • What is the best way to create a character voice?
  • It has been suggested that we take an improv class to get more comfortable with character voices and acting. Where is the best place to find a local improv class?
  • I am new to the VO world. Am I too old at 52 to get started in animation and videogames?
  • How will the strike effect us newcomers? Is this a genre worth going for right now?
  • Do you need to be a gamer to voice videogames?
  • I have a fantastic character demo, thanks to Edge. So, how do I get it out there so people can hear it? Is it ok to email agents, etc?
  • Is there a way to start getting into animation/video games with out moving to LA?
  • What is the wisdom of the group concerning voices one chooses to include on a character demo?
  • Does one get into videogame voicing the same way one gets work in any other genre of voiceover - networking, sending demos to videogame companies and following up, etc.?
  • With the rise of custom auditions, is there still a call for having a character/animation demo?
  • What’s up with this SAG-AFTRA strike against the big videogame publishers?

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Topic Talk - Accents and Accent Reduction 10-23-2016
October 23, 2016
  • What is the most in-demand accent?
  • Is it easier to acquire an accent, or to reduce/modify one that the student already has?
  • What are the best ways to learn the different accents other then doing what you hear in movies?
  • I am from the UK living in the USA. Should I audition for jobs that are listed as North American and still do my UK accent?
  • Is it true though that the casting directors are now looking for native accents from other countries in character - Graeme mentioned Irish accents, so they would be looking for VO people from Ireland?
  • Whether you are from N, S, E, W Texas . . I can hear it, other cannot. But they are VASTLY different from Oklahoma, or Louisianna, or Missipy "southern" accent!!!
  • How is it that people in Jersey can have an accent distinct from Brooklyn, only 10 miles away?
  • Do you find there are certain industries and/or regions of the country that request "urban" accents?
  • I struggle with a southern/mid atlantic dipthong, "ow" - as in hour, flower, out, etc that I cannot lose. Any ideas on what I can do?
  • Name two or three actors that in your opinion have done a good job with changing their accent, and why?
  • Sounds like Hillary Clinton had a lot of help. If you see interviews from her in the 90's she had a marked Sourthern drawl. Its gone now, you would never know she had it. fyi
  • I'm from Germany and have serious issues with pronouncing the "th" most of the time :)
  • Are there resources online for learning the key differences that distinguish accents? (like where the tongue is placed when pronouncing words, or how to create a southern twang..)
  • Is there a difference between an impediment and someone who just needs some corrective action?
  • Is it possible to correct/modify a lisp?

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Genre Talk - Audiobooks 10-16-2016
October 16, 2016
  • Should your fiction audiobook demo have non-fiction samples too, or should you have two demos?
  • What is the best way to practice for audiobook reading?
  • What is ACX?
  • is it harder to read the audio book with an actual book then a digital copy of it and what are the benifets of doing a physical book over digital books and vice versa?
  • Are there any others sources for audiobook bookings besides ACX?
  • If the author you contact, says yes, she would like to have you record it. How do you go about making that happen? Contact the publisher, or what?
  • Is it harder to read the audiobook with an actual book then a digital copy of it and what are the benefits of doing a physical book over digital books and vice versa?
  • Is there enough money in reading audiobooks to make it a primary career or is it typically a secondary income?

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TalkTime!

What's on your mind?

Open Talk - What VO Gift Do You Want From Santa This Year? 12-18-2016
December 18, 2016
  • My early Christmas present to myself - a new recording space!
  • More training sessions!
  • My first demo!
  • My first demo!
  • I want 20 regular (monthly) clients that pay on time :) I also want free ISDN! (Sandra)
  • Can't wish for toys; need paying work. Where might I look that hasn't been mentioned in previous TalkTimes?
  • Trying to decide whether to ask Santa for a Kaotica Eyeball. Have AKG C214 mic. Tiny closets in house and live on noisy street.
  • Asking Santa for advice on how to discipline myself to try out for the numerous auditions I receive via Voice123
  • I want Santa to bring me the following: valuable VO training, editing training, marketing and sales training, and more confidence to push through my nerves when I step to the mic even in my home (closet) studio. I've taken quite a bit of classes within the past 2 years. My second demo is much better than the 1st yet my confidence needs to stronger.
  • An affordable A/D converter with xlr input and usb output.
  • I'd like a Sennheiser 416 from Santa

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Genre Talk - Audiobooks 12-11-2016
December 11, 2016
  • Where can I find material to narrate - both for practice and for my demo?
  • What are the names of some potential sources of audiobook demos?
  • Are there courses that can be taken for learning how to do different voices for audiobooks?
  • In responding to audition requests for audiobooks, it's rarely clear to me how much they want voice differentiation between characters: male, female, juvenile, dog, etc. How much should you try to create wholly different voices for each?
  • For Mac users, what is your favorite editor with punch and roll? For Windows?
  • Should you always slate your name at the beginning when auditioning for audiobooks?
  • Beyond ACX, what are the other publishers of audiobooks and how do you approach them with a demo?
  • How many people have a screen and keyboard in their booth with them? Any problems with sound reflections back into the mic?

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Training Talk - VO Training and Demos 12-04-2016
December 4, 2016
  • How do you know when you’re ready to cut a demo?
  • What should a commercial demo cost?
  • Can I produce my own demo?
  • Is it required for vo to learn to be an audio engineer?
  • How long should a commercial demo be?
  • I find that I can't swing a dead cat without hitting 2 people who want me to pay them for coaching. I'm sure many of them are legit but I struggle to determine who is and isn’t. Just because they are a good even great voice talent doesn't mean they can coach …
  • Facebook groups were mentioned earlier - are there any specific FB or LinkedIn groups you'd recommend?
  • Is it ok to use spots that we were hired for and the business has released to the public on our website?
  • Where do I find material to practice from? Specific to pharma clients specifically?
  • Do you recommend voice123.com over voices.com?

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Genre Talk - E-Learning 11-27-2016
November 27, 2016
  • What are the elements of a good e-learning demo?
  • So how long would David suggest an e-learning demo to be? (vs. the commercial 70 second?)
  • To whom should you submit a elearning demo? Do regular ad agencies handle this kind of work?
  • What types of scripts that would be appropriate for an e-learning demo?
  • Should you put background music on your demo? If so, should it be on all segments, and.a similar rhythm for all segments?
  • How clean does our home studio editing have to be for e-learning? Mouth noise, etc? Is it like audiobooks where breaths are ok if they're not too loud? Or does it depend on the client?
  • Do you get a lot of revisions for long form projects?
  • The big focus now in commercials is to "sound conversational.” Is there a similar focus in long form narration?

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Tech Talk 11-20-2016
November 20, 2016
  • How do I best remove moth clicks and pops using Audacity?
  • Can Punch and Roll be added to Audacity? Program suggestions?
  • What are your thoughts on Presonus Studio One software for the beginner?
  • What do you think about using Adobe Soundbooth CS5 for recording, is this a good program and what would you recommend to use?
  • Whenever the conversation moves in this direction. I have a Twisted Wave question. My question is recording in stereo vs mono.
  • Need some suggestions on how to get my noise floor as low as possible through technology.
  • Is there a "normal" for professional levels of noise floor...like -20, -30, -40 dbls?
  • Can cables or other items significantly increase the sound floor?
  • Any suggestions for USB mics other than the Blue Yeti?

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Genre Talk - Commercials 11-13-2016
November 13, 2016
  • Where can I go to find scripts and other material to get started?
  • What is the transition like from on-camera work to voice-over?
  • What types of commercials should you put on your demo and how many?
  • What if the type of commercial you’re good at isn’t a currently hot style?
  • I am getting ready to do my demo. I have done some para professional theater acting. I am interested in doing narration vo. I am not certain that I've found my voice. Should a vo coach steer you toward what they hear in your voice or encourage you to try commercial and narration voice-over work? Once the demo is complete where other than the such a voice website should my demo be up loaded or heard?
  • Please talk about online casting/pay-to-play sites. The talent I know who are successful are usually experienced, right? Beginners ought not apply?

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Open Talk 11-06-2016
November 6, 2016
  • How do you know what genre is best for you?
  • Went to my first live meetup group workout yesterday with VO Peeps! I highly recommend it! Met some VO actors that have worked with edge also in the past. It was great to meet and learn from those already in the biz.
  • Should I take acting classes to be more successful in the VO business?
  • I recently purchased a monoprice mic isolation shield. Any opinion on these devices and what experience has anyone had. Is it enough to deaden the sound?
  • This is Nameless in NV. How do you know when you're ready to go full time VO? example: After 6 months of consistent work, or after getting a year or two living expenses saved up? I'm a cold-caller with years of mrkting/adv. exp. by trade, and I'd rather start hunting for myself! I just want to know what is the average time it takes to go full time.
  • Are most improv classes comedy oriented? Those are the only ones that I can find in my area of Nashville, TN.
  • Does anyone here use a Studiobricks One booth and how is the performance?

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Genre Talk - Animation & Video Games 10-30-2016
October 30, 2016
  • How do I know that I have the temperament for animation or videogames?
  • What is the best way to create a character voice?
  • It has been suggested that we take an improv class to get more comfortable with character voices and acting. Where is the best place to find a local improv class?
  • I am new to the VO world. Am I too old at 52 to get started in animation and videogames?
  • How will the strike effect us newcomers? Is this a genre worth going for right now?
  • Do you need to be a gamer to voice videogames?
  • I have a fantastic character demo, thanks to Edge. So, how do I get it out there so people can hear it? Is it ok to email agents, etc?
  • Is there a way to start getting into animation/video games with out moving to LA?
  • What is the wisdom of the group concerning voices one chooses to include on a character demo?
  • Does one get into videogame voicing the same way one gets work in any other genre of voiceover - networking, sending demos to videogame companies and following up, etc.?
  • With the rise of custom auditions, is there still a call for having a character/animation demo?
  • What’s up with this SAG-AFTRA strike against the big videogame publishers?

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Topic Talk - Accents and Accent Reduction 10-23-2016
October 23, 2016
  • What is the most in-demand accent?
  • Is it easier to acquire an accent, or to reduce/modify one that the student already has?
  • What are the best ways to learn the different accents other then doing what you hear in movies?
  • I am from the UK living in the USA. Should I audition for jobs that are listed as North American and still do my UK accent?
  • Is it true though that the casting directors are now looking for native accents from other countries in character - Graeme mentioned Irish accents, so they would be looking for VO people from Ireland?
  • Whether you are from N, S, E, W Texas . . I can hear it, other cannot. But they are VASTLY different from Oklahoma, or Louisianna, or Missipy "southern" accent!!!
  • How is it that people in Jersey can have an accent distinct from Brooklyn, only 10 miles away?
  • Do you find there are certain industries and/or regions of the country that request "urban" accents?
  • I struggle with a southern/mid atlantic dipthong, "ow" - as in hour, flower, out, etc that I cannot lose. Any ideas on what I can do?
  • Name two or three actors that in your opinion have done a good job with changing their accent, and why?
  • Sounds like Hillary Clinton had a lot of help. If you see interviews from her in the 90's she had a marked Sourthern drawl. Its gone now, you would never know she had it. fyi
  • I'm from Germany and have serious issues with pronouncing the "th" most of the time :)
  • Are there resources online for learning the key differences that distinguish accents? (like where the tongue is placed when pronouncing words, or how to create a southern twang..)
  • Is there a difference between an impediment and someone who just needs some corrective action?
  • Is it possible to correct/modify a lisp?

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Genre Talk - Audiobooks 10-16-2016
October 16, 2016
  • Should your fiction audiobook demo have non-fiction samples too, or should you have two demos?
  • What is the best way to practice for audiobook reading?
  • What is ACX?
  • is it harder to read the audio book with an actual book then a digital copy of it and what are the benifets of doing a physical book over digital books and vice versa?
  • Are there any others sources for audiobook bookings besides ACX?
  • If the author you contact, says yes, she would like to have you record it. How do you go about making that happen? Contact the publisher, or what?
  • Is it harder to read the audiobook with an actual book then a digital copy of it and what are the benefits of doing a physical book over digital books and vice versa?
  • Is there enough money in reading audiobooks to make it a primary career or is it typically a secondary income?

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TalkTime!

What's on your mind?

Open Talk - What VO Gift Do You Want From Santa This Year? 12-18-2016
December 18, 2016
  • My early Christmas present to myself - a new recording space!
  • More training sessions!
  • My first demo!
  • My first demo!
  • I want 20 regular (monthly) clients that pay on time :) I also want free ISDN! (Sandra)
  • Can't wish for toys; need paying work. Where might I look that hasn't been mentioned in previous TalkTimes?
  • Trying to decide whether to ask Santa for a Kaotica Eyeball. Have AKG C214 mic. Tiny closets in house and live on noisy street.
  • Asking Santa for advice on how to discipline myself to try out for the numerous auditions I receive via Voice123
  • I want Santa to bring me the following: valuable VO training, editing training, marketing and sales training, and more confidence to push through my nerves when I step to the mic even in my home (closet) studio. I've taken quite a bit of classes within the past 2 years. My second demo is much better than the 1st yet my confidence needs to stronger.
  • An affordable A/D converter with xlr input and usb output.
  • I'd like a Sennheiser 416 from Santa

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Click here to download. [Right click (PC) or control click (MAC)]
Genre Talk - Audiobooks 12-11-2016
December 11, 2016
  • Where can I find material to narrate - both for practice and for my demo?
  • What are the names of some potential sources of audiobook demos?
  • Are there courses that can be taken for learning how to do different voices for audiobooks?
  • In responding to audition requests for audiobooks, it's rarely clear to me how much they want voice differentiation between characters: male, female, juvenile, dog, etc. How much should you try to create wholly different voices for each?
  • For Mac users, what is your favorite editor with punch and roll? For Windows?
  • Should you always slate your name at the beginning when auditioning for audiobooks?
  • Beyond ACX, what are the other publishers of audiobooks and how do you approach them with a demo?
  • How many people have a screen and keyboard in their booth with them? Any problems with sound reflections back into the mic?

You may need: Adobe Flash Player.

Click here to download. [Right click (PC) or control click (MAC)]
Training Talk - VO Training and Demos 12-04-2016
December 4, 2016
  • How do you know when you’re ready to cut a demo?
  • What should a commercial demo cost?
  • Can I produce my own demo?
  • Is it required for vo to learn to be an audio engineer?
  • How long should a commercial demo be?
  • I find that I can't swing a dead cat without hitting 2 people who want me to pay them for coaching. I'm sure many of them are legit but I struggle to determine who is and isn’t. Just because they are a good even great voice talent doesn't mean they can coach …
  • Facebook groups were mentioned earlier - are there any specific FB or LinkedIn groups you'd recommend?
  • Is it ok to use spots that we were hired for and the business has released to the public on our website?
  • Where do I find material to practice from? Specific to pharma clients specifically?
  • Do you recommend voice123.com over voices.com?

You may need: Adobe Flash Player.

Click here to download. [Right click (PC) or control click (MAC)]
Genre Talk - E-Learning 11-27-2016
November 27, 2016
  • What are the elements of a good e-learning demo?
  • So how long would David suggest an e-learning demo to be? (vs. the commercial 70 second?)
  • To whom should you submit a elearning demo? Do regular ad agencies handle this kind of work?
  • What types of scripts that would be appropriate for an e-learning demo?
  • Should you put background music on your demo? If so, should it be on all segments, and.a similar rhythm for all segments?
  • How clean does our home studio editing have to be for e-learning? Mouth noise, etc? Is it like audiobooks where breaths are ok if they're not too loud? Or does it depend on the client?
  • Do you get a lot of revisions for long form projects?
  • The big focus now in commercials is to "sound conversational.” Is there a similar focus in long form narration?

You may need: Adobe Flash Player.

Click here to download. [Right click (PC) or control click (MAC)]
Tech Talk 11-20-2016
November 20, 2016
  • How do I best remove moth clicks and pops using Audacity?
  • Can Punch and Roll be added to Audacity? Program suggestions?
  • What are your thoughts on Presonus Studio One software for the beginner?
  • What do you think about using Adobe Soundbooth CS5 for recording, is this a good program and what would you recommend to use?
  • Whenever the conversation moves in this direction. I have a Twisted Wave question. My question is recording in stereo vs mono.
  • Need some suggestions on how to get my noise floor as low as possible through technology.
  • Is there a "normal" for professional levels of noise floor...like -20, -30, -40 dbls?
  • Can cables or other items significantly increase the sound floor?
  • Any suggestions for USB mics other than the Blue Yeti?

You may need: Adobe Flash Player.

Click here to download. [Right click (PC) or control click (MAC)]
Genre Talk - Commercials 11-13-2016
November 13, 2016
  • Where can I go to find scripts and other material to get started?
  • What is the transition like from on-camera work to voice-over?
  • What types of commercials should you put on your demo and how many?
  • What if the type of commercial you’re good at isn’t a currently hot style?
  • I am getting ready to do my demo. I have done some para professional theater acting. I am interested in doing narration vo. I am not certain that I've found my voice. Should a vo coach steer you toward what they hear in your voice or encourage you to try commercial and narration voice-over work? Once the demo is complete where other than the such a voice website should my demo be up loaded or heard?
  • Please talk about online casting/pay-to-play sites. The talent I know who are successful are usually experienced, right? Beginners ought not apply?

You may need: Adobe Flash Player.

Click here to download. [Right click (PC) or control click (MAC)]
Open Talk 11-06-2016
November 6, 2016
  • How do you know what genre is best for you?
  • Went to my first live meetup group workout yesterday with VO Peeps! I highly recommend it! Met some VO actors that have worked with edge also in the past. It was great to meet and learn from those already in the biz.
  • Should I take acting classes to be more successful in the VO business?
  • I recently purchased a monoprice mic isolation shield. Any opinion on these devices and what experience has anyone had. Is it enough to deaden the sound?
  • This is Nameless in NV. How do you know when you're ready to go full time VO? example: After 6 months of consistent work, or after getting a year or two living expenses saved up? I'm a cold-caller with years of mrkting/adv. exp. by trade, and I'd rather start hunting for myself! I just want to know what is the average time it takes to go full time.
  • Are most improv classes comedy oriented? Those are the only ones that I can find in my area of Nashville, TN.
  • Does anyone here use a Studiobricks One booth and how is the performance?

You may need: Adobe Flash Player.

Click here to download. [Right click (PC) or control click (MAC)]
Genre Talk - Animation & Video Games 10-30-2016
October 30, 2016
  • How do I know that I have the temperament for animation or videogames?
  • What is the best way to create a character voice?
  • It has been suggested that we take an improv class to get more comfortable with character voices and acting. Where is the best place to find a local improv class?
  • I am new to the VO world. Am I too old at 52 to get started in animation and videogames?
  • How will the strike effect us newcomers? Is this a genre worth going for right now?
  • Do you need to be a gamer to voice videogames?
  • I have a fantastic character demo, thanks to Edge. So, how do I get it out there so people can hear it? Is it ok to email agents, etc?
  • Is there a way to start getting into animation/video games with out moving to LA?
  • What is the wisdom of the group concerning voices one chooses to include on a character demo?
  • Does one get into videogame voicing the same way one gets work in any other genre of voiceover - networking, sending demos to videogame companies and following up, etc.?
  • With the rise of custom auditions, is there still a call for having a character/animation demo?
  • What’s up with this SAG-AFTRA strike against the big videogame publishers?

You may need: Adobe Flash Player.

Click here to download. [Right click (PC) or control click (MAC)]
Topic Talk - Accents and Accent Reduction 10-23-2016
October 23, 2016
  • What is the most in-demand accent?
  • Is it easier to acquire an accent, or to reduce/modify one that the student already has?
  • What are the best ways to learn the different accents other then doing what you hear in movies?
  • I am from the UK living in the USA. Should I audition for jobs that are listed as North American and still do my UK accent?
  • Is it true though that the casting directors are now looking for native accents from other countries in character - Graeme mentioned Irish accents, so they would be looking for VO people from Ireland?
  • Whether you are from N, S, E, W Texas . . I can hear it, other cannot. But they are VASTLY different from Oklahoma, or Louisianna, or Missipy "southern" accent!!!
  • How is it that people in Jersey can have an accent distinct from Brooklyn, only 10 miles away?
  • Do you find there are certain industries and/or regions of the country that request "urban" accents?
  • I struggle with a southern/mid atlantic dipthong, "ow" - as in hour, flower, out, etc that I cannot lose. Any ideas on what I can do?
  • Name two or three actors that in your opinion have done a good job with changing their accent, and why?
  • Sounds like Hillary Clinton had a lot of help. If you see interviews from her in the 90's she had a marked Sourthern drawl. Its gone now, you would never know she had it. fyi
  • I'm from Germany and have serious issues with pronouncing the "th" most of the time :)
  • Are there resources online for learning the key differences that distinguish accents? (like where the tongue is placed when pronouncing words, or how to create a southern twang..)
  • Is there a difference between an impediment and someone who just needs some corrective action?
  • Is it possible to correct/modify a lisp?

You may need: Adobe Flash Player.

Click here to download. [Right click (PC) or control click (MAC)]
Genre Talk - Audiobooks 10-16-2016
October 16, 2016
  • Should your fiction audiobook demo have non-fiction samples too, or should you have two demos?
  • What is the best way to practice for audiobook reading?
  • What is ACX?
  • is it harder to read the audio book with an actual book then a digital copy of it and what are the benifets of doing a physical book over digital books and vice versa?
  • Are there any others sources for audiobook bookings besides ACX?
  • If the author you contact, says yes, she would like to have you record it. How do you go about making that happen? Contact the publisher, or what?
  • Is it harder to read the audiobook with an actual book then a digital copy of it and what are the benefits of doing a physical book over digital books and vice versa?
  • Is there enough money in reading audiobooks to make it a primary career or is it typically a secondary income?

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TalkTime!

What's on your mind?

Open Talk - What VO Gift Do You Want From Santa This Year? 12-18-2016
December 18, 2016
  • My early Christmas present to myself - a new recording space!
  • More training sessions!
  • My first demo!
  • My first demo!
  • I want 20 regular (monthly) clients that pay on time :) I also want free ISDN! (Sandra)
  • Can't wish for toys; need paying work. Where might I look that hasn't been mentioned in previous TalkTimes?
  • Trying to decide whether to ask Santa for a Kaotica Eyeball. Have AKG C214 mic. Tiny closets in house and live on noisy street.
  • Asking Santa for advice on how to discipline myself to try out for the numerous auditions I receive via Voice123
  • I want Santa to bring me the following: valuable VO training, editing training, marketing and sales training, and more confidence to push through my nerves when I step to the mic even in my home (closet) studio. I've taken quite a bit of classes within the past 2 years. My second demo is much better than the 1st yet my confidence needs to stronger.
  • An affordable A/D converter with xlr input and usb output.
  • I'd like a Sennheiser 416 from Santa

You may need: Adobe Flash Player.

Click here to download. [Right click (PC) or control click (MAC)]
Genre Talk - Audiobooks 12-11-2016
December 11, 2016
  • Where can I find material to narrate - both for practice and for my demo?
  • What are the names of some potential sources of audiobook demos?
  • Are there courses that can be taken for learning how to do different voices for audiobooks?
  • In responding to audition requests for audiobooks, it's rarely clear to me how much they want voice differentiation between characters: male, female, juvenile, dog, etc. How much should you try to create wholly different voices for each?
  • For Mac users, what is your favorite editor with punch and roll? For Windows?
  • Should you always slate your name at the beginning when auditioning for audiobooks?
  • Beyond ACX, what are the other publishers of audiobooks and how do you approach them with a demo?
  • How many people have a screen and keyboard in their booth with them? Any problems with sound reflections back into the mic?

You may need: Adobe Flash Player.

Click here to download. [Right click (PC) or control click (MAC)]
Training Talk - VO Training and Demos 12-04-2016
December 4, 2016
  • How do you know when you’re ready to cut a demo?
  • What should a commercial demo cost?
  • Can I produce my own demo?
  • Is it required for vo to learn to be an audio engineer?
  • How long should a commercial demo be?
  • I find that I can't swing a dead cat without hitting 2 people who want me to pay them for coaching. I'm sure many of them are legit but I struggle to determine who is and isn’t. Just because they are a good even great voice talent doesn't mean they can coach …
  • Facebook groups were mentioned earlier - are there any specific FB or LinkedIn groups you'd recommend?
  • Is it ok to use spots that we were hired for and the business has released to the public on our website?
  • Where do I find material to practice from? Specific to pharma clients specifically?
  • Do you recommend voice123.com over voices.com?

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Genre Talk - E-Learning 11-27-2016
November 27, 2016
  • What are the elements of a good e-learning demo?
  • So how long would David suggest an e-learning demo to be? (vs. the commercial 70 second?)
  • To whom should you submit a elearning demo? Do regular ad agencies handle this kind of work?
  • What types of scripts that would be appropriate for an e-learning demo?
  • Should you put background music on your demo? If so, should it be on all segments, and.a similar rhythm for all segments?
  • How clean does our home studio editing have to be for e-learning? Mouth noise, etc? Is it like audiobooks where breaths are ok if they're not too loud? Or does it depend on the client?
  • Do you get a lot of revisions for long form projects?
  • The big focus now in commercials is to "sound conversational.” Is there a similar focus in long form narration?

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Tech Talk 11-20-2016
November 20, 2016
  • How do I best remove moth clicks and pops using Audacity?
  • Can Punch and Roll be added to Audacity? Program suggestions?
  • What are your thoughts on Presonus Studio One software for the beginner?
  • What do you think about using Adobe Soundbooth CS5 for recording, is this a good program and what would you recommend to use?
  • Whenever the conversation moves in this direction. I have a Twisted Wave question. My question is recording in stereo vs mono.
  • Need some suggestions on how to get my noise floor as low as possible through technology.
  • Is there a "normal" for professional levels of noise floor...like -20, -30, -40 dbls?
  • Can cables or other items significantly increase the sound floor?
  • Any suggestions for USB mics other than the Blue Yeti?

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Genre Talk - Commercials 11-13-2016
November 13, 2016
  • Where can I go to find scripts and other material to get started?
  • What is the transition like from on-camera work to voice-over?
  • What types of commercials should you put on your demo and how many?
  • What if the type of commercial you’re good at isn’t a currently hot style?
  • I am getting ready to do my demo. I have done some para professional theater acting. I am interested in doing narration vo. I am not certain that I've found my voice. Should a vo coach steer you toward what they hear in your voice or encourage you to try commercial and narration voice-over work? Once the demo is complete where other than the such a voice website should my demo be up loaded or heard?
  • Please talk about online casting/pay-to-play sites. The talent I know who are successful are usually experienced, right? Beginners ought not apply?

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Open Talk 11-06-2016
November 6, 2016
  • How do you know what genre is best for you?
  • Went to my first live meetup group workout yesterday with VO Peeps! I highly recommend it! Met some VO actors that have worked with edge also in the past. It was great to meet and learn from those already in the biz.
  • Should I take acting classes to be more successful in the VO business?
  • I recently purchased a monoprice mic isolation shield. Any opinion on these devices and what experience has anyone had. Is it enough to deaden the sound?
  • This is Nameless in NV. How do you know when you're ready to go full time VO? example: After 6 months of consistent work, or after getting a year or two living expenses saved up? I'm a cold-caller with years of mrkting/adv. exp. by trade, and I'd rather start hunting for myself! I just want to know what is the average time it takes to go full time.
  • Are most improv classes comedy oriented? Those are the only ones that I can find in my area of Nashville, TN.
  • Does anyone here use a Studiobricks One booth and how is the performance?

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Genre Talk - Animation & Video Games 10-30-2016
October 30, 2016
  • How do I know that I have the temperament for animation or videogames?
  • What is the best way to create a character voice?
  • It has been suggested that we take an improv class to get more comfortable with character voices and acting. Where is the best place to find a local improv class?
  • I am new to the VO world. Am I too old at 52 to get started in animation and videogames?
  • How will the strike effect us newcomers? Is this a genre worth going for right now?
  • Do you need to be a gamer to voice videogames?
  • I have a fantastic character demo, thanks to Edge. So, how do I get it out there so people can hear it? Is it ok to email agents, etc?
  • Is there a way to start getting into animation/video games with out moving to LA?
  • What is the wisdom of the group concerning voices one chooses to include on a character demo?
  • Does one get into videogame voicing the same way one gets work in any other genre of voiceover - networking, sending demos to videogame companies and following up, etc.?
  • With the rise of custom auditions, is there still a call for having a character/animation demo?
  • What’s up with this SAG-AFTRA strike against the big videogame publishers?

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Topic Talk - Accents and Accent Reduction 10-23-2016
October 23, 2016
  • What is the most in-demand accent?
  • Is it easier to acquire an accent, or to reduce/modify one that the student already has?
  • What are the best ways to learn the different accents other then doing what you hear in movies?
  • I am from the UK living in the USA. Should I audition for jobs that are listed as North American and still do my UK accent?
  • Is it true though that the casting directors are now looking for native accents from other countries in character - Graeme mentioned Irish accents, so they would be looking for VO people from Ireland?
  • Whether you are from N, S, E, W Texas . . I can hear it, other cannot. But they are VASTLY different from Oklahoma, or Louisianna, or Missipy "southern" accent!!!
  • How is it that people in Jersey can have an accent distinct from Brooklyn, only 10 miles away?
  • Do you find there are certain industries and/or regions of the country that request "urban" accents?
  • I struggle with a southern/mid atlantic dipthong, "ow" - as in hour, flower, out, etc that I cannot lose. Any ideas on what I can do?
  • Name two or three actors that in your opinion have done a good job with changing their accent, and why?
  • Sounds like Hillary Clinton had a lot of help. If you see interviews from her in the 90's she had a marked Sourthern drawl. Its gone now, you would never know she had it. fyi
  • I'm from Germany and have serious issues with pronouncing the "th" most of the time :)
  • Are there resources online for learning the key differences that distinguish accents? (like where the tongue is placed when pronouncing words, or how to create a southern twang..)
  • Is there a difference between an impediment and someone who just needs some corrective action?
  • Is it possible to correct/modify a lisp?

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Genre Talk - Audiobooks 10-16-2016
October 16, 2016
  • Should your fiction audiobook demo have non-fiction samples too, or should you have two demos?
  • What is the best way to practice for audiobook reading?
  • What is ACX?
  • is it harder to read the audio book with an actual book then a digital copy of it and what are the benifets of doing a physical book over digital books and vice versa?
  • Are there any others sources for audiobook bookings besides ACX?
  • If the author you contact, says yes, she would like to have you record it. How do you go about making that happen? Contact the publisher, or what?
  • Is it harder to read the audiobook with an actual book then a digital copy of it and what are the benefits of doing a physical book over digital books and vice versa?
  • Is there enough money in reading audiobooks to make it a primary career or is it typically a secondary income?

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What's on your mind?

Open Talk - What VO Gift Do You Want From Santa This Year? 12-18-2016
December 18, 2016
  • My early Christmas present to myself - a new recording space!
  • More training sessions!
  • My first demo!
  • My first demo!
  • I want 20 regular (monthly) clients that pay on time :) I also want free ISDN! (Sandra)
  • Can't wish for toys; need paying work. Where might I look that hasn't been mentioned in previous TalkTimes?
  • Trying to decide whether to ask Santa for a Kaotica Eyeball. Have AKG C214 mic. Tiny closets in house and live on noisy street.
  • Asking Santa for advice on how to discipline myself to try out for the numerous auditions I receive via Voice123
  • I want Santa to bring me the following: valuable VO training, editing training, marketing and sales training, and more confidence to push through my nerves when I step to the mic even in my home (closet) studio. I've taken quite a bit of classes within the past 2 years. My second demo is much better than the 1st yet my confidence needs to stronger.
  • An affordable A/D converter with xlr input and usb output.
  • I'd like a Sennheiser 416 from Santa

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Genre Talk - Audiobooks 12-11-2016
December 11, 2016
  • Where can I find material to narrate - both for practice and for my demo?
  • What are the names of some potential sources of audiobook demos?
  • Are there courses that can be taken for learning how to do different voices for audiobooks?
  • In responding to audition requests for audiobooks, it's rarely clear to me how much they want voice differentiation between characters: male, female, juvenile, dog, etc. How much should you try to create wholly different voices for each?
  • For Mac users, what is your favorite editor with punch and roll? For Windows?
  • Should you always slate your name at the beginning when auditioning for audiobooks?
  • Beyond ACX, what are the other publishers of audiobooks and how do you approach them with a demo?
  • How many people have a screen and keyboard in their booth with them? Any problems with sound reflections back into the mic?

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Training Talk - VO Training and Demos 12-04-2016
December 4, 2016
  • How do you know when you’re ready to cut a demo?
  • What should a commercial demo cost?
  • Can I produce my own demo?
  • Is it required for vo to learn to be an audio engineer?
  • How long should a commercial demo be?
  • I find that I can't swing a dead cat without hitting 2 people who want me to pay them for coaching. I'm sure many of them are legit but I struggle to determine who is and isn’t. Just because they are a good even great voice talent doesn't mean they can coach …
  • Facebook groups were mentioned earlier - are there any specific FB or LinkedIn groups you'd recommend?
  • Is it ok to use spots that we were hired for and the business has released to the public on our website?
  • Where do I find material to practice from? Specific to pharma clients specifically?
  • Do you recommend voice123.com over voices.com?

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Genre Talk - E-Learning 11-27-2016
November 27, 2016
  • What are the elements of a good e-learning demo?
  • So how long would David suggest an e-learning demo to be? (vs. the commercial 70 second?)
  • To whom should you submit a elearning demo? Do regular ad agencies handle this kind of work?
  • What types of scripts that would be appropriate for an e-learning demo?
  • Should you put background music on your demo? If so, should it be on all segments, and.a similar rhythm for all segments?
  • How clean does our home studio editing have to be for e-learning? Mouth noise, etc? Is it like audiobooks where breaths are ok if they're not too loud? Or does it depend on the client?
  • Do you get a lot of revisions for long form projects?
  • The big focus now in commercials is to "sound conversational.” Is there a similar focus in long form narration?

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Tech Talk 11-20-2016
November 20, 2016
  • How do I best remove moth clicks and pops using Audacity?
  • Can Punch and Roll be added to Audacity? Program suggestions?
  • What are your thoughts on Presonus Studio One software for the beginner?
  • What do you think about using Adobe Soundbooth CS5 for recording, is this a good program and what would you recommend to use?
  • Whenever the conversation moves in this direction. I have a Twisted Wave question. My question is recording in stereo vs mono.
  • Need some suggestions on how to get my noise floor as low as possible through technology.
  • Is there a "normal" for professional levels of noise floor...like -20, -30, -40 dbls?
  • Can cables or other items significantly increase the sound floor?
  • Any suggestions for USB mics other than the Blue Yeti?

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Genre Talk - Commercials 11-13-2016
November 13, 2016
  • Where can I go to find scripts and other material to get started?
  • What is the transition like from on-camera work to voice-over?
  • What types of commercials should you put on your demo and how many?
  • What if the type of commercial you’re good at isn’t a currently hot style?
  • I am getting ready to do my demo. I have done some para professional theater acting. I am interested in doing narration vo. I am not certain that I've found my voice. Should a vo coach steer you toward what they hear in your voice or encourage you to try commercial and narration voice-over work? Once the demo is complete where other than the such a voice website should my demo be up loaded or heard?
  • Please talk about online casting/pay-to-play sites. The talent I know who are successful are usually experienced, right? Beginners ought not apply?

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Open Talk 11-06-2016
November 6, 2016
  • How do you know what genre is best for you?
  • Went to my first live meetup group workout yesterday with VO Peeps! I highly recommend it! Met some VO actors that have worked with edge also in the past. It was great to meet and learn from those already in the biz.
  • Should I take acting classes to be more successful in the VO business?
  • I recently purchased a monoprice mic isolation shield. Any opinion on these devices and what experience has anyone had. Is it enough to deaden the sound?
  • This is Nameless in NV. How do you know when you're ready to go full time VO? example: After 6 months of consistent work, or after getting a year or two living expenses saved up? I'm a cold-caller with years of mrkting/adv. exp. by trade, and I'd rather start hunting for myself! I just want to know what is the average time it takes to go full time.
  • Are most improv classes comedy oriented? Those are the only ones that I can find in my area of Nashville, TN.
  • Does anyone here use a Studiobricks One booth and how is the performance?

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Genre Talk - Animation & Video Games 10-30-2016
October 30, 2016
  • How do I know that I have the temperament for animation or videogames?
  • What is the best way to create a character voice?
  • It has been suggested that we take an improv class to get more comfortable with character voices and acting. Where is the best place to find a local improv class?
  • I am new to the VO world. Am I too old at 52 to get started in animation and videogames?
  • How will the strike effect us newcomers? Is this a genre worth going for right now?
  • Do you need to be a gamer to voice videogames?
  • I have a fantastic character demo, thanks to Edge. So, how do I get it out there so people can hear it? Is it ok to email agents, etc?
  • Is there a way to start getting into animation/video games with out moving to LA?
  • What is the wisdom of the group concerning voices one chooses to include on a character demo?
  • Does one get into videogame voicing the same way one gets work in any other genre of voiceover - networking, sending demos to videogame companies and following up, etc.?
  • With the rise of custom auditions, is there still a call for having a character/animation demo?
  • What’s up with this SAG-AFTRA strike against the big videogame publishers?

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Topic Talk - Accents and Accent Reduction 10-23-2016
October 23, 2016
  • What is the most in-demand accent?
  • Is it easier to acquire an accent, or to reduce/modify one that the student already has?
  • What are the best ways to learn the different accents other then doing what you hear in movies?
  • I am from the UK living in the USA. Should I audition for jobs that are listed as North American and still do my UK accent?
  • Is it true though that the casting directors are now looking for native accents from other countries in character - Graeme mentioned Irish accents, so they would be looking for VO people from Ireland?
  • Whether you are from N, S, E, W Texas . . I can hear it, other cannot. But they are VASTLY different from Oklahoma, or Louisianna, or Missipy "southern" accent!!!
  • How is it that people in Jersey can have an accent distinct from Brooklyn, only 10 miles away?
  • Do you find there are certain industries and/or regions of the country that request "urban" accents?
  • I struggle with a southern/mid atlantic dipthong, "ow" - as in hour, flower, out, etc that I cannot lose. Any ideas on what I can do?
  • Name two or three actors that in your opinion have done a good job with changing their accent, and why?
  • Sounds like Hillary Clinton had a lot of help. If you see interviews from her in the 90's she had a marked Sourthern drawl. Its gone now, you would never know she had it. fyi
  • I'm from Germany and have serious issues with pronouncing the "th" most of the time :)
  • Are there resources online for learning the key differences that distinguish accents? (like where the tongue is placed when pronouncing words, or how to create a southern twang..)
  • Is there a difference between an impediment and someone who just needs some corrective action?
  • Is it possible to correct/modify a lisp?

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Genre Talk - Audiobooks 10-16-2016
October 16, 2016
  • Should your fiction audiobook demo have non-fiction samples too, or should you have two demos?
  • What is the best way to practice for audiobook reading?
  • What is ACX?
  • is it harder to read the audio book with an actual book then a digital copy of it and what are the benifets of doing a physical book over digital books and vice versa?
  • Are there any others sources for audiobook bookings besides ACX?
  • If the author you contact, says yes, she would like to have you record it. How do you go about making that happen? Contact the publisher, or what?
  • Is it harder to read the audiobook with an actual book then a digital copy of it and what are the benefits of doing a physical book over digital books and vice versa?
  • Is there enough money in reading audiobooks to make it a primary career or is it typically a secondary income?

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Commercials, Corporate, Documentaries & Film, E-learning, Imaging
/sites/default/files/demos/user-141823/demo-101333.mp3

About Temitope Mathew A

Gender: Male
Reading Age: teenager, 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, senior
Languages & Accents:
English Neutral - Can perform American English with an English Neutral accent
Other Skills: singing, I do music also and have my tracks on iTunes and other media platforms
Union Affiliations: Non-union, SAG, AFTRA
Personal Marketing Statement:

First the only experience i have had in voice over was a casting, and when i was called for the job, i got sick, guess was me being nervous at that point, but i have gotten too much comments on my voice. Which has pushed me into music and i have done couple of tracks which can be found on iTunes and most medial platforms.. Mathew is my name, a Nigerian residing in Cape Town, South Africa. I graduated from the American University in Cairo Egypt, where i studied "Information Science".. Thank You

Overview Description Of My Voice:

Am a bit versatile and got that educational feel and also can be sensual as the ladies love how i speak i mean a LOT

Animation, Character, Commercials, Impersonations, Promos
/sites/default/files/demos/user-141819/demo-101331.mp3

About Christopher I

Gender: Male
Reading Age: child, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s
Languages & Accents:
English Neutral - Native speaker
Other Skills: singing, impersonations
Union Affiliations: Non-union
Personal Marketing Statement:
Overview Description Of My Voice:

I am the scholarly sounding guy with the large vocabulary or the open, warm voiced boy next door. I can affect multiple voices to fit your needs

Commercials, Corporate, Documentaries & Film, Internet Audio, Promos
/sites/default/files/demos/user-141779/demo-101324.mp3

About Kelsey W

Gender: Female
Reading Age: 20s, 30s
Languages & Accents:
English Neutral - Native speaker
Other Skills:
Union Affiliations: Non-union
Personal Marketing Statement:
Overview Description Of My Voice:

Oily and orotund, professional and relatable. The unique female voice is perfect for television promotions, telephone applications, and narrating docs

Contest Title:

Yoga Lesson

Director's Notes:

This is a simulated audition for an instructional video about yoga. It’s also an inspirational video, as you see in the script. Please read with a calm yet confident voice, and be relaxed, vocally free. Slate your name or username at the beginning, in your normal street voice.

Script:

Where is your awareness? It’s in your heart. Hold this position for 5 breaths. With each exhalation, say – silently to yourself – “My body is worthy of my love.”

Remember to check Archived Contests the first Monday of each month to learn who won, with explanations of why they won and why others didn’t, and hear some examples of each.

This Month's Prizes

1ST PLACE PRIZE

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Free One-Hour Audition-Workout with David Goldberg

Book your Free One-Hour Audition Workout with David Goldberg valued at $240 now! Contact your Edge Studio Advisor at 888-321-EDGE (3343)

See prize details below.

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2ND PLACE PRIZE

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Pick a prize based on your current skill level and needs!

Appy your $50 credit towards the purchase of any Edge Studio product or service! Contact your Edge Studio Advisor at 888-321-EDGE (3343)

See prize details below.

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3RD PLACE PRIZE

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Pick a prize based on your current skill level and needs!

Appy your $25 credit towards the purchase of any Edge Studio product or service! Contact your Edge Studio Advisor at 888-321-EDGE (3343)

See prize details below.

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PRIZE DETAILS

If you have won any place (1st place, 2nd place...) in the past six months (6 months), you are not eligible to win any place in this week’s contest. Why? To reward other entrants who have improved in that time. But we encourage you to enter nevertheless, for practice and to demonstrate your capability. You are still eligible for the Participation Prize.

AND JUST FOR SUBMITTING AN ENTRY

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All participants are eligible for a free check up with purchase of any one (1) private coaching session valid until May 25, 2018.

This offer cannot be applied toward any services already purchased, nor to any service in which you are already enrolled. Prize is to be used by you only, not transferable.

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Animation, Character
/sites/default/files/demos/user-141712/demo-101311.mp3

About Mikal S

Gender: Male
Reading Age: teenager, 20s, 30s
Languages & Accents:
English - English Neutral
Other Skills: singing, I love to sing and sing all the time. I can rap, sing country, sing rock, and sing about anything else. Besides opera.....
Union Affiliations: Non-union
Personal Marketing Statement:
Overview Description Of My Voice:

I'm a fun loving gamer nerd that is goofy at times and also can sound quite proper when needed.

Another enjoyable session. I jumped in before it even started to ask about microphones.

The presenters and other participants gave some great feedback on this as well as software.

The best advice was to speak to Mr Bill Dexter at B&H for advice on microphones which I did, and I suspect saved myself $1500.00 by doing so. He was very knowledgeable and helpful.

PG

How a radio producer looks at VO talent for radio commercials.


A point we may not make often enough in our Edge-ucation blog is that Edge Studio, in addition to being a leading coaching entity, was originally and still is very much a production studio. From our large multi-booth production facility in Manhattan and in various other locations around the country (along with remote recording), we record for every VO genre. That experience and insight is one of the many reasons we excel at coaching and education, and why we're able to legitimately hire many of our former students.

Like parents thinking of their children, we would hesitate to pick our favorite genre. But if we had to, Radio would surely be on our short list. That means commercials, celebrity interviews, promos, imaging (branding), all that. Some years ago we wrote an article explaining why Radio offers virtually unlimited creative opportunity. It was aimed at various advertisers who bypass the production studio (and producer) to have their spots done by the local radio station. There's a strong case to be made that producing at Edge Studio will make a commercial better, more advertiser-specific, more persuasive and memorable.

But that article is on the Production section of our website, so readers of our Edge-ucation blog might not encounter it. Talent, too, can learn a lot from its perspective. So here it is:

IN VOICE-OVER, RADIO KNOWS NO BOUNDS!

Some people think you can’t do as much with radio voice-overs as you can with visual media such as TV and Internet commercials. They’re wrong. Whereas a visual medium is limited to what you can show, radio is limited to anything you can imagine. And it's helped along by sound effects (SFX) and music.

We love it. Radio is a veritable playground.

Hi Evan,

It was nice working with you and introducing you to the voice over world! Our class was fun. This evaluation contains comprehensive information on your voice, performance, and my thoughts on what's next for you. Please read the content carefully, feel free to take notes for questions, and we’d love for you to call us at anytime at 212-868-3343.

About Your Foundation Voice

You are fluent in English. The vocal age range that I hear you being marketable in is 25 to 35.

About Your Natural Delivery

Your pacing is “normal” (not too fast or too slow), which is great for most types of copy.

You naturally sound like a brother, everyman, news anchor, teacher.

About Your Performance

Evan did a fantastic job in his evaluation session! He's got a terrific, deep timbre to his voice. Evan's sound/vocal style is strong and commands attention. Evan did a really nice job with the Travelers Insurance script. His first read was solid, and on his second read Evan softened the read up a bit. He slowed things down and made it a little warmer and more heartfelt. Nice job taking direction Evan! That's a key trait to possess in the VO world. Evan then read the Century of Change piece. He really hit his stride with this script in his second read. He sounded much more connected/engaged with the piece. Nice adjustments Evan. Very well done today!!

What's Next For You

Based on your performance during the workshop, and knowing what casting professionals are looking for, you displayed many strengths and definitely possess the potential to be a working voice actor! You have a marketable voice, the ability to tackle reads with confidence, and most of the basic techniques come easily to you. We do not “green light” every single person in the class, so congratulations! Hopefully this is something you will choose to pursue, and if you do, we'll always be glad to help you any way we can. So, enjoy your training (and seriously, please take advantage of all the classes that are included so you're completely ready to get into the industry!). We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with you.

We feel your voice is a good match for the following demo categories: General Narration.

I recommend the ABC program with 1 Performance Track (5 Coaching Sessions) and 1 Demo.
This program includes:

Part A: Foundation Studies
Course Help and Books
1. Orientation Video
2. The Career Planner
3. The Technique Guidebook
Performance Classes
1. Technique 101
2. 6 Audition Workout Classes (4 Required)
3. Vocal Health
Business Classes
1. Marketing 101
2. Home Studio 101
3. Business & Money 101
4. Don’t Embarrass Yourself

Part B: Private Training and Performance Tracks
One Pre-Coaching Consultation Call with an Education Advisor
One Performance Track of 5 Private Coaching Sessions with Working Talent
Two Performance Checkups with one of our Selected Specialists
One Home Studio Private Consultation with our Director of Technology

Part C: Demo Production
One Private Demo Preparation Session
One Demo Recording Session, Directed by your Private Coach
The Completion of your Fully Produced Demo
The What Now? Webinar for your Next Steps

The Cost of the ABC Program with 1 Performance Track is $2200.
If you register for the program within the next seven days, we will credit the $99 cost of the class towards your program total.
Can’t pay the total sum upfront? Ask our team about financing options!

If you want to hear what demos sound like, here's a link:

http://www.edgestudio.com/talent-library

Remember, you are welcome to call our office with any question you may have or to sign up at anytime at 212-868-3343.

Best,

* NY studio: 212-868-edge (3343)
* DC studio: 202-398-edge
* CT studio: 203-334-edge
* LA studio: 310-312-edge
* Tele-Training: 888-321-edge

Hi Glenn,

It was nice working with you and introducing you to the voice over world! Our class was fun. This evaluation contains comprehensive information on your voice, performance, and my thoughts on what's next for you. Please read the content carefully, feel free to take notes for questions, and we’d love for you to call us at anytime at 212-868-3343.

About Your Foundation Voice

You are fluent in English. The vocal age range that I hear you being marketable in is 25 to 35.

About Your Natural Delivery

Your pacing is “normal” (not too fast or too slow), which is great for most types of copy.

You naturally sound like a best friend, brother, dad, guy next door, story teller, teacher.

About Your Performance

Glenn did a terrific job during the evaluation session. After we had a comprehensive discussion about the voiceover realm, Glenn delivered some very good reads of a Liberty Mutual script. His performance improved with each read. Glenn takes direction well. This is a key trait to possess in the VO world Glenn. His third take had more smile and a good-natured "attitude"/snarkiness that the script calls for in spots. The key to this was that Glenn was able to balance this attitude with an overall friendly, relatable tone. Further, Glenn is fluent in English and Japanese (virtually) and we discussed how he may want to pursue opportunities which will leverage those skills. Very well done Glenn!

What's Next For You

Based on your performance during the workshop, and knowing what casting professionals are looking for, you displayed many strengths and definitely possess the potential to be a working voice actor! You have a marketable voice, the ability to tackle reads with confidence, and most of the basic techniques come easily to you. We do not “green light” every single person in the class, so congratulations! Hopefully this is something you will choose to pursue, and if you do, we'll always be glad to help you any way we can. So, enjoy your training (and seriously, please take advantage of all the classes that are included so you're completely ready to get into the industry!). We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with you.

We feel your voice is a good match for the following demo categories: General Commercial, General Narration, .

Glenn would be well-suited for either commercial and/or narration demos.

I recommend the ABC program with 1 Performance Track (5 Coaching Sessions) and 1 Demo.
This program includes:

Part A: Foundation Studies
Course Help and Books
1. Orientation Video
2. The Career Planner
3. The Technique Guidebook
Performance Classes
1. Technique 101
2. 6 Audition Workout Classes (4 Required)
3. Vocal Health
Business Classes
1. Marketing 101
2. Home Studio 101
3. Business & Money 101
4. Don’t Embarrass Yourself

Part B: Private Training and Performance Tracks
One Pre-Coaching Consultation Call with an Education Advisor
One Performance Track of 5 Private Coaching Sessions with Working Talent
Two Performance Checkups with one of our Selected Specialists
One Home Studio Private Consultation with our Director of Technology

Part C: Demo Production
One Private Demo Preparation Session
One Demo Recording Session, Directed by your Private Coach
The Completion of your Fully Produced Demo
The What Now? Webinar for your Next Steps

The Cost of the ABC Program with 1 Performance Track is $2200.
If you register for the program within the next seven days, we will credit the $99 cost of the class towards your program total.
Can’t pay the total sum upfront? Ask our team about financing options!

If you want to hear what demos sound like, here's a link:

http://www.edgestudio.com/talent-library

Remember, you are welcome to call our office with any question you may have or to sign up at anytime at 212-868-3343.

Best,

* NY studio: 212-868-edge (3343)
* DC studio: 202-398-edge
* CT studio: 203-334-edge
* LA studio: 310-312-edge
* Tele-Training: 888-321-edge

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Audiobooks, Character
/sites/default/files/demos/user-136824/demo-101295.mp3
Promos
/sites/default/files/demos/user-106695/demo-101292.mp3

About Shereen C

Gender: Female
Reading Age: 20s, 30s
Languages & Accents:
Boston - Can perform American English with a Boston accent
English Neutral - Native speaker
Japanese - Speaks fluently
Japanese - Speaks American English with a Japanese accent
Korean - Speaks fluently
Korean - Speaks American English with a Korean accent
Spanish Neutral (no accent) - Can perform American English with a Spanish Neutral (no accent) accent
Other Skills:
Union Affiliations: Non-union
Personal Marketing Statement:

Hello there. Thank you for listening to me. My humble beginnings were at a church in PA where I read the announcements.
"Is that your voice?" People have asked. "Yes!" I reply with humble excitement. In college, I volunteered to read a script about a humorous fictional product called 'Damitol.' My professor & classmates were quite impressed with my airline stewardess voice. My collegue has hired me several times for her marketing videos for companies in AZ. So here I am.

Overview Description Of My Voice:

I'm the trusted friend and the documentary narrator. You'll buy yogurt, fashions, beauty products and household items from me.

About Randal W

Gender: Male
Reading Age: 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s
Languages & Accents:
African American Neutral - Native speaker
English Neutral - Native speaker
Southern - Can perform American English with a Southern accent
Urban - Native speaker
Other Skills:
Union Affiliations: Non-union
Personal Marketing Statement:
Overview Description Of My Voice:

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    DC IVO - 2018-05-07 - evening

    Date: 
    May 7, 2018
    Class Time: 
    6pm-9pm ET
    Percent Full: 
    20%
    $99.00
    $99.00