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What's on your mind?

Genre Talk - Animation & Video Games 08-21-2016
August 21, 2016
  • I’m interested in animation, but should I start in commercial first?
  • Where do you find legit auditions for cartoons and video games?
  • How many characters should be on on your animation demo, and what kinds of characters?
  • What is a "fan dub”?
  • Is an animation demo as costly as a commercial demo? Should you do it in you home studio?
  • For new talent, unknown talent, how hard is it to get your demo heard and to be considered for work? Is there less work in this area than in other areas of voiceover?
  • Where is most of animation being produced? Is it LA or Texas or some other state?
  • What is the recommended length for animation demo, and can you submit animation demos for videogame projects?
  • I read somewhere about being able to sing in various character voices. How would this be added to a demo?
  • How do you go about finding an animation performance coach?
  • Is it recommended to take acting classes prior to diving into animation/videogame work?

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Topic Talk - Preparing for Auditions 08-14-2016
August 14, 2016
  • In what situations do you slate? What is a slate? What is “tail slating”?
  • When do you make the decision to provide two takes for an audition?
  • How do you get over initial jitters for the audition?
  • Are most auditions recorded at home and sent via email, or how much live auditioning is done?
  • Do people prepare for live auditions differently than recorded?
  • Do you always get the copy in advance of an in person read or do you get it when you show for the read?
  • Is there much Skype auditioning going on?
  • How much post processing do you do on auditions? Is it okay to submit an audition with little on no post processing?
  • In regards to P2P sites like Voices.com, wondering how much (and what kind of) content people are putting into the intro letter that accompanies the MP3?

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Genre Talk - Audiobooks 08-07-2016
August 7, 2016
  • How do you keep your voice relaxed over a longer read?
  • Is there an alternative to ACX for people from countries not yet supported by ACX?
  • For someone starting audio books, is ACX the only avenue, the best avenue...? If ACX is a good place to start, what is the best way to use it?
  • I've done a dozen audio books through ACX over the past year as ROYALTY SHARE. How do I start getting "straight pay" or a fee per finished hour? How do I make the transition to actually getting paid?
  • What's the usual procedure to record such long form narration, is there time to read the passages before recording them or is cold reading more usual?
  • If you are a male narrator, is it okay to use a female voice for the female characters?
  • I do not use profanity. Will that effect my possibility of acquiring audiobook narration?
  • What's the best way to approach training for audiobooks?
  • Where does audio book work fall into the scheme of VO work? In other words income.
  • While we all know - and have drilled into us - that we should not produce our own demos for commercial, animation, etc. - my understanding regarding audiobook demos is that it consists simply of a slate, followed by perhaps three samples of three different types of narration. Is there a reason we couldn't create THIS sort of demo ourselves?
  • For audiobook demos, is it ok to use snippets from well-known books? Can you use material from any book for a demo or are there copyright issues?
  • A colleague recorded a book for ACX and they want her to master and produce it. I know how to record and edit but what does it mean to also master and produce?

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Genre Talk - E-learning 07-10-2016
July 10, 2016
  • How is narrating e-learning projects different from narrating audiobooks?
  • Where can you find good e-learning scripts?
  • Where can you find e-learning projects?
  • Are there any changes happening out there in the style of delivery of e-learning narration?
  • How much or how little inflection is needed for e-learning? I tend to use what I think is too much inflection. When I listen to others they have a flatter speech type.
  • Is narrating e-learning much different than narrating an explainer video or do you consider them one and the same? To me the pace is a little different….
  • Does anyone know of a master directory of e-learning companies for marketing purposes?
  • Any marketing advice for those trying to get into e-learning?
  • About what percentage of e-learning is done in a home studio versus maybe in a company studio, etc?

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Tech Talk 06-26-2016
June 26, 2016
  • I need a microphone that I can use from a couple of feet away - I’m going to be on-camera and don’t want my mic in picture.
  • Does anyone have any experience with Word2Wave or Read2Record?
  • I built my own studio in my garage, but when listening to my files in Audacity I hear the heating and A/C - is there a setting I can use to help?
  • Where can we find resources for training on the use of Audacity and Reaper?
  • Best ad hoc home studio setup - closet? attic? storage room?
  • Does a library (lots of books) make for a good recording environment?
  • After recording and editing your voice-over for wording, pacing, etc. what final effects do you apply before releasing to the customer, e.g. noise removal, eq, de-essing, compression, normalization, etc. Thanks for your help!
  • Looking for some suggestions for appropriate processing chains for use in Audacity.

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Genre Talk - Commercials 06-19-2016
June 19, 2016
  • I'm a new voice talent doing my first 30 second TV/Radio spot for the Buffalo, NY market. It is in the genre of the well known Direct TV adds that describe a series of events that end in disaster to be cured by ordering Direct TV. Any advice for a newbie?
  • As a newbie, how do I know how much I should reasonably charge for commercial projects?
  • How much of the work is union vs non-union?
  • Celebrity impressions vs referencing celebrity reads vs parody
  • If you don't have an agent, how does someone go about getting commercial auditions? When should you begin looking around for an agent and how many agents should you be looking for?
  • Do you recommend working with agents over P2P sites or working with both agents and P2P.And do agents specialize in certain genre?
  • Isn't it true once you are a union member you can not do non-union work? Or, is there loop holes?
  • How does one go about finding the production houses and then approaching them?
  • Is it possible to do voice-over part-time while working a corporate job and transition into full-time?

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Open Talk 06-12-2016
June 12, 2016
  • Steven Blair information re: San Fernando Valley workout group.
  • Do you have information if there are such workout groups in Ireland?
  • I live in the Maryland area. Is anyone aware of a voice over workout group in Maryland?
  • How do you know when you should make a demo? At what level of your skill can you start without looking too new?
  • I’m brand new - how do I get started?
  • Has anyone had any experience with the VO Mastery Conference in Ft Myers, FL by Randy Thomas?
  • To be successful as a voice over artist, do you have to have a home studio?
  • I'm interested in finding out how to ventilate or cool a home studio. I'm about 90% complete with the studio but can't find out how to quietly cool the studio.

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Genre Talk - Animation & Video Games 06-05-2016
June 5, 2016
  • Is it possible to have some success in animation & video games without being located in LA or New York?
  • How do you best discover character voices?
  • I heard there's a company called Greenlight that casts a lot of video game and animation work. Is it better to approach these businesses and try to read for them or is it better to try and get an agent?
  • Is there any difference in the making of video games, animation and dubbing?
  • Is the audition process for animation or video games the same as or similar to commercial work? Or is it different? If so, how?
  • So for the audition of characters would you submit that audition as a dry read or with special effects on it if that fits the character?
  • What if you're completely new to animation and don't have any voices? How do you start developing them?
  • How much computer voice alteration is there in the final recording in animation and video games?
  • Do you recommend we go to video game conferences and let the companies know you are talent for video games? Is that a way to get into the business?
  • What archetypes are important for new actors to develop for video game opportunities? Soldier/drill sergeant/wise wizard/storyteller, etc

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Topic Talk - The Value of Voice-Over Conferences 05-22-2016
May 22, 2016
  • What VO conferences do you recommend?
  • Any conferences you think might be a good entry point for newbies?
  • Any conferences west coast Seattle?
  • Has anyone been to the VOX Conference in the UK?
  • How do you measure ROI as a conference attendee?
  • Are there any Canadian conferences on the horizon?
  • Is there a website with a comprehensive list of all of the voice-over conferences?

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Genre Talk - Audiobooks 05-15-2016
May 15, 2016
  • I have a question about editing -- selecting an editor. How do you find QC/editing assistance?
  • It's kinda of a weird question but I've listened to some audio books to kinda get a feel for then and was kinda wondering why some of them have more then one voice expert reading.
  • Are you expected to have all three of these processes (editing, QC, mastering) done for an audio book job?
  • Wondering about the average price for outsourcing/mastering an audiobookPFH.
  • I fully concur with using a proofreader / q.c. person. As a teacher too, I was working with 6th graders reading a young adults novel and they followed also on the audio book. The narrator did a good job but occasionally missed a word, meaning saying a completely different word than what was in the text, and it changed the entire meaning of the sentence.
  • I've had several authors ask me what my hourly rate is to produce an audiobook. How do I gauge the quote to submit?
  • How do you break from the ACX teat?
  • I seen a bunch of packages offering various services on Fivrr for narration. What is the opinion on this because I'm getting a lot of mixed signals about this site.
  • If a site, say, Voices.com has a flat rate of $4,000 per audiobook, would the artist just receive the flat rate? Would it be out of the ordinary to ask for residuals?
  • Are there better places to go or look for audiobook work when you are just starting out?

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What's on your mind?

Genre Talk - Animation & Video Games 08-21-2016
August 21, 2016
  • I’m interested in animation, but should I start in commercial first?
  • Where do you find legit auditions for cartoons and video games?
  • How many characters should be on on your animation demo, and what kinds of characters?
  • What is a "fan dub”?
  • Is an animation demo as costly as a commercial demo? Should you do it in you home studio?
  • For new talent, unknown talent, how hard is it to get your demo heard and to be considered for work? Is there less work in this area than in other areas of voiceover?
  • Where is most of animation being produced? Is it LA or Texas or some other state?
  • What is the recommended length for animation demo, and can you submit animation demos for videogame projects?
  • I read somewhere about being able to sing in various character voices. How would this be added to a demo?
  • How do you go about finding an animation performance coach?
  • Is it recommended to take acting classes prior to diving into animation/videogame work?

You may need: Adobe Flash Player.

Click here to download. [Right click (PC) or control click (MAC)]
Topic Talk - Preparing for Auditions 08-14-2016
August 14, 2016
  • In what situations do you slate? What is a slate? What is “tail slating”?
  • When do you make the decision to provide two takes for an audition?
  • How do you get over initial jitters for the audition?
  • Are most auditions recorded at home and sent via email, or how much live auditioning is done?
  • Do people prepare for live auditions differently than recorded?
  • Do you always get the copy in advance of an in person read or do you get it when you show for the read?
  • Is there much Skype auditioning going on?
  • How much post processing do you do on auditions? Is it okay to submit an audition with little on no post processing?
  • In regards to P2P sites like Voices.com, wondering how much (and what kind of) content people are putting into the intro letter that accompanies the MP3?

You may need: Adobe Flash Player.

Click here to download. [Right click (PC) or control click (MAC)]
Genre Talk - Audiobooks 08-07-2016
August 7, 2016
  • How do you keep your voice relaxed over a longer read?
  • Is there an alternative to ACX for people from countries not yet supported by ACX?
  • For someone starting audio books, is ACX the only avenue, the best avenue...? If ACX is a good place to start, what is the best way to use it?
  • I've done a dozen audio books through ACX over the past year as ROYALTY SHARE. How do I start getting "straight pay" or a fee per finished hour? How do I make the transition to actually getting paid?
  • What's the usual procedure to record such long form narration, is there time to read the passages before recording them or is cold reading more usual?
  • If you are a male narrator, is it okay to use a female voice for the female characters?
  • I do not use profanity. Will that effect my possibility of acquiring audiobook narration?
  • What's the best way to approach training for audiobooks?
  • Where does audio book work fall into the scheme of VO work? In other words income.
  • While we all know - and have drilled into us - that we should not produce our own demos for commercial, animation, etc. - my understanding regarding audiobook demos is that it consists simply of a slate, followed by perhaps three samples of three different types of narration. Is there a reason we couldn't create THIS sort of demo ourselves?
  • For audiobook demos, is it ok to use snippets from well-known books? Can you use material from any book for a demo or are there copyright issues?
  • A colleague recorded a book for ACX and they want her to master and produce it. I know how to record and edit but what does it mean to also master and produce?

You may need: Adobe Flash Player.

Click here to download. [Right click (PC) or control click (MAC)]
Genre Talk - E-learning 07-10-2016
July 10, 2016
  • How is narrating e-learning projects different from narrating audiobooks?
  • Where can you find good e-learning scripts?
  • Where can you find e-learning projects?
  • Are there any changes happening out there in the style of delivery of e-learning narration?
  • How much or how little inflection is needed for e-learning? I tend to use what I think is too much inflection. When I listen to others they have a flatter speech type.
  • Is narrating e-learning much different than narrating an explainer video or do you consider them one and the same? To me the pace is a little different….
  • Does anyone know of a master directory of e-learning companies for marketing purposes?
  • Any marketing advice for those trying to get into e-learning?
  • About what percentage of e-learning is done in a home studio versus maybe in a company studio, etc?

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Click here to download. [Right click (PC) or control click (MAC)]
Tech Talk 06-26-2016
June 26, 2016
  • I need a microphone that I can use from a couple of feet away - I’m going to be on-camera and don’t want my mic in picture.
  • Does anyone have any experience with Word2Wave or Read2Record?
  • I built my own studio in my garage, but when listening to my files in Audacity I hear the heating and A/C - is there a setting I can use to help?
  • Where can we find resources for training on the use of Audacity and Reaper?
  • Best ad hoc home studio setup - closet? attic? storage room?
  • Does a library (lots of books) make for a good recording environment?
  • After recording and editing your voice-over for wording, pacing, etc. what final effects do you apply before releasing to the customer, e.g. noise removal, eq, de-essing, compression, normalization, etc. Thanks for your help!
  • Looking for some suggestions for appropriate processing chains for use in Audacity.

You may need: Adobe Flash Player.

Click here to download. [Right click (PC) or control click (MAC)]
Genre Talk - Commercials 06-19-2016
June 19, 2016
  • I'm a new voice talent doing my first 30 second TV/Radio spot for the Buffalo, NY market. It is in the genre of the well known Direct TV adds that describe a series of events that end in disaster to be cured by ordering Direct TV. Any advice for a newbie?
  • As a newbie, how do I know how much I should reasonably charge for commercial projects?
  • How much of the work is union vs non-union?
  • Celebrity impressions vs referencing celebrity reads vs parody
  • If you don't have an agent, how does someone go about getting commercial auditions? When should you begin looking around for an agent and how many agents should you be looking for?
  • Do you recommend working with agents over P2P sites or working with both agents and P2P.And do agents specialize in certain genre?
  • Isn't it true once you are a union member you can not do non-union work? Or, is there loop holes?
  • How does one go about finding the production houses and then approaching them?
  • Is it possible to do voice-over part-time while working a corporate job and transition into full-time?

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Open Talk 06-12-2016
June 12, 2016
  • Steven Blair information re: San Fernando Valley workout group.
  • Do you have information if there are such workout groups in Ireland?
  • I live in the Maryland area. Is anyone aware of a voice over workout group in Maryland?
  • How do you know when you should make a demo? At what level of your skill can you start without looking too new?
  • I’m brand new - how do I get started?
  • Has anyone had any experience with the VO Mastery Conference in Ft Myers, FL by Randy Thomas?
  • To be successful as a voice over artist, do you have to have a home studio?
  • I'm interested in finding out how to ventilate or cool a home studio. I'm about 90% complete with the studio but can't find out how to quietly cool the studio.

You may need: Adobe Flash Player.

Click here to download. [Right click (PC) or control click (MAC)]
Genre Talk - Animation & Video Games 06-05-2016
June 5, 2016
  • Is it possible to have some success in animation & video games without being located in LA or New York?
  • How do you best discover character voices?
  • I heard there's a company called Greenlight that casts a lot of video game and animation work. Is it better to approach these businesses and try to read for them or is it better to try and get an agent?
  • Is there any difference in the making of video games, animation and dubbing?
  • Is the audition process for animation or video games the same as or similar to commercial work? Or is it different? If so, how?
  • So for the audition of characters would you submit that audition as a dry read or with special effects on it if that fits the character?
  • What if you're completely new to animation and don't have any voices? How do you start developing them?
  • How much computer voice alteration is there in the final recording in animation and video games?
  • Do you recommend we go to video game conferences and let the companies know you are talent for video games? Is that a way to get into the business?
  • What archetypes are important for new actors to develop for video game opportunities? Soldier/drill sergeant/wise wizard/storyteller, etc

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Topic Talk - The Value of Voice-Over Conferences 05-22-2016
May 22, 2016
  • What VO conferences do you recommend?
  • Any conferences you think might be a good entry point for newbies?
  • Any conferences west coast Seattle?
  • Has anyone been to the VOX Conference in the UK?
  • How do you measure ROI as a conference attendee?
  • Are there any Canadian conferences on the horizon?
  • Is there a website with a comprehensive list of all of the voice-over conferences?

You may need: Adobe Flash Player.

Click here to download. [Right click (PC) or control click (MAC)]
Genre Talk - Audiobooks 05-15-2016
May 15, 2016
  • I have a question about editing -- selecting an editor. How do you find QC/editing assistance?
  • It's kinda of a weird question but I've listened to some audio books to kinda get a feel for then and was kinda wondering why some of them have more then one voice expert reading.
  • Are you expected to have all three of these processes (editing, QC, mastering) done for an audio book job?
  • Wondering about the average price for outsourcing/mastering an audiobookPFH.
  • I fully concur with using a proofreader / q.c. person. As a teacher too, I was working with 6th graders reading a young adults novel and they followed also on the audio book. The narrator did a good job but occasionally missed a word, meaning saying a completely different word than what was in the text, and it changed the entire meaning of the sentence.
  • I've had several authors ask me what my hourly rate is to produce an audiobook. How do I gauge the quote to submit?
  • How do you break from the ACX teat?
  • I seen a bunch of packages offering various services on Fivrr for narration. What is the opinion on this because I'm getting a lot of mixed signals about this site.
  • If a site, say, Voices.com has a flat rate of $4,000 per audiobook, would the artist just receive the flat rate? Would it be out of the ordinary to ask for residuals?
  • Are there better places to go or look for audiobook work when you are just starting out?

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TalkTime!

What's on your mind?

Genre Talk - Animation & Video Games 08-21-2016
August 21, 2016
  • I’m interested in animation, but should I start in commercial first?
  • Where do you find legit auditions for cartoons and video games?
  • How many characters should be on on your animation demo, and what kinds of characters?
  • What is a "fan dub”?
  • Is an animation demo as costly as a commercial demo? Should you do it in you home studio?
  • For new talent, unknown talent, how hard is it to get your demo heard and to be considered for work? Is there less work in this area than in other areas of voiceover?
  • Where is most of animation being produced? Is it LA or Texas or some other state?
  • What is the recommended length for animation demo, and can you submit animation demos for videogame projects?
  • I read somewhere about being able to sing in various character voices. How would this be added to a demo?
  • How do you go about finding an animation performance coach?
  • Is it recommended to take acting classes prior to diving into animation/videogame work?

You may need: Adobe Flash Player.

Click here to download. [Right click (PC) or control click (MAC)]
Topic Talk - Preparing for Auditions 08-14-2016
August 14, 2016
  • In what situations do you slate? What is a slate? What is “tail slating”?
  • When do you make the decision to provide two takes for an audition?
  • How do you get over initial jitters for the audition?
  • Are most auditions recorded at home and sent via email, or how much live auditioning is done?
  • Do people prepare for live auditions differently than recorded?
  • Do you always get the copy in advance of an in person read or do you get it when you show for the read?
  • Is there much Skype auditioning going on?
  • How much post processing do you do on auditions? Is it okay to submit an audition with little on no post processing?
  • In regards to P2P sites like Voices.com, wondering how much (and what kind of) content people are putting into the intro letter that accompanies the MP3?

You may need: Adobe Flash Player.

Click here to download. [Right click (PC) or control click (MAC)]
Genre Talk - Audiobooks 08-07-2016
August 7, 2016
  • How do you keep your voice relaxed over a longer read?
  • Is there an alternative to ACX for people from countries not yet supported by ACX?
  • For someone starting audio books, is ACX the only avenue, the best avenue...? If ACX is a good place to start, what is the best way to use it?
  • I've done a dozen audio books through ACX over the past year as ROYALTY SHARE. How do I start getting "straight pay" or a fee per finished hour? How do I make the transition to actually getting paid?
  • What's the usual procedure to record such long form narration, is there time to read the passages before recording them or is cold reading more usual?
  • If you are a male narrator, is it okay to use a female voice for the female characters?
  • I do not use profanity. Will that effect my possibility of acquiring audiobook narration?
  • What's the best way to approach training for audiobooks?
  • Where does audio book work fall into the scheme of VO work? In other words income.
  • While we all know - and have drilled into us - that we should not produce our own demos for commercial, animation, etc. - my understanding regarding audiobook demos is that it consists simply of a slate, followed by perhaps three samples of three different types of narration. Is there a reason we couldn't create THIS sort of demo ourselves?
  • For audiobook demos, is it ok to use snippets from well-known books? Can you use material from any book for a demo or are there copyright issues?
  • A colleague recorded a book for ACX and they want her to master and produce it. I know how to record and edit but what does it mean to also master and produce?

You may need: Adobe Flash Player.

Click here to download. [Right click (PC) or control click (MAC)]
Genre Talk - E-learning 07-10-2016
July 10, 2016
  • How is narrating e-learning projects different from narrating audiobooks?
  • Where can you find good e-learning scripts?
  • Where can you find e-learning projects?
  • Are there any changes happening out there in the style of delivery of e-learning narration?
  • How much or how little inflection is needed for e-learning? I tend to use what I think is too much inflection. When I listen to others they have a flatter speech type.
  • Is narrating e-learning much different than narrating an explainer video or do you consider them one and the same? To me the pace is a little different….
  • Does anyone know of a master directory of e-learning companies for marketing purposes?
  • Any marketing advice for those trying to get into e-learning?
  • About what percentage of e-learning is done in a home studio versus maybe in a company studio, etc?

You may need: Adobe Flash Player.

Click here to download. [Right click (PC) or control click (MAC)]
Tech Talk 06-26-2016
June 26, 2016
  • I need a microphone that I can use from a couple of feet away - I’m going to be on-camera and don’t want my mic in picture.
  • Does anyone have any experience with Word2Wave or Read2Record?
  • I built my own studio in my garage, but when listening to my files in Audacity I hear the heating and A/C - is there a setting I can use to help?
  • Where can we find resources for training on the use of Audacity and Reaper?
  • Best ad hoc home studio setup - closet? attic? storage room?
  • Does a library (lots of books) make for a good recording environment?
  • After recording and editing your voice-over for wording, pacing, etc. what final effects do you apply before releasing to the customer, e.g. noise removal, eq, de-essing, compression, normalization, etc. Thanks for your help!
  • Looking for some suggestions for appropriate processing chains for use in Audacity.

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Genre Talk - Commercials 06-19-2016
June 19, 2016
  • I'm a new voice talent doing my first 30 second TV/Radio spot for the Buffalo, NY market. It is in the genre of the well known Direct TV adds that describe a series of events that end in disaster to be cured by ordering Direct TV. Any advice for a newbie?
  • As a newbie, how do I know how much I should reasonably charge for commercial projects?
  • How much of the work is union vs non-union?
  • Celebrity impressions vs referencing celebrity reads vs parody
  • If you don't have an agent, how does someone go about getting commercial auditions? When should you begin looking around for an agent and how many agents should you be looking for?
  • Do you recommend working with agents over P2P sites or working with both agents and P2P.And do agents specialize in certain genre?
  • Isn't it true once you are a union member you can not do non-union work? Or, is there loop holes?
  • How does one go about finding the production houses and then approaching them?
  • Is it possible to do voice-over part-time while working a corporate job and transition into full-time?

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Open Talk 06-12-2016
June 12, 2016
  • Steven Blair information re: San Fernando Valley workout group.
  • Do you have information if there are such workout groups in Ireland?
  • I live in the Maryland area. Is anyone aware of a voice over workout group in Maryland?
  • How do you know when you should make a demo? At what level of your skill can you start without looking too new?
  • I’m brand new - how do I get started?
  • Has anyone had any experience with the VO Mastery Conference in Ft Myers, FL by Randy Thomas?
  • To be successful as a voice over artist, do you have to have a home studio?
  • I'm interested in finding out how to ventilate or cool a home studio. I'm about 90% complete with the studio but can't find out how to quietly cool the studio.

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Genre Talk - Animation & Video Games 06-05-2016
June 5, 2016
  • Is it possible to have some success in animation & video games without being located in LA or New York?
  • How do you best discover character voices?
  • I heard there's a company called Greenlight that casts a lot of video game and animation work. Is it better to approach these businesses and try to read for them or is it better to try and get an agent?
  • Is there any difference in the making of video games, animation and dubbing?
  • Is the audition process for animation or video games the same as or similar to commercial work? Or is it different? If so, how?
  • So for the audition of characters would you submit that audition as a dry read or with special effects on it if that fits the character?
  • What if you're completely new to animation and don't have any voices? How do you start developing them?
  • How much computer voice alteration is there in the final recording in animation and video games?
  • Do you recommend we go to video game conferences and let the companies know you are talent for video games? Is that a way to get into the business?
  • What archetypes are important for new actors to develop for video game opportunities? Soldier/drill sergeant/wise wizard/storyteller, etc

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Topic Talk - The Value of Voice-Over Conferences 05-22-2016
May 22, 2016
  • What VO conferences do you recommend?
  • Any conferences you think might be a good entry point for newbies?
  • Any conferences west coast Seattle?
  • Has anyone been to the VOX Conference in the UK?
  • How do you measure ROI as a conference attendee?
  • Are there any Canadian conferences on the horizon?
  • Is there a website with a comprehensive list of all of the voice-over conferences?

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Genre Talk - Audiobooks 05-15-2016
May 15, 2016
  • I have a question about editing -- selecting an editor. How do you find QC/editing assistance?
  • It's kinda of a weird question but I've listened to some audio books to kinda get a feel for then and was kinda wondering why some of them have more then one voice expert reading.
  • Are you expected to have all three of these processes (editing, QC, mastering) done for an audio book job?
  • Wondering about the average price for outsourcing/mastering an audiobookPFH.
  • I fully concur with using a proofreader / q.c. person. As a teacher too, I was working with 6th graders reading a young adults novel and they followed also on the audio book. The narrator did a good job but occasionally missed a word, meaning saying a completely different word than what was in the text, and it changed the entire meaning of the sentence.
  • I've had several authors ask me what my hourly rate is to produce an audiobook. How do I gauge the quote to submit?
  • How do you break from the ACX teat?
  • I seen a bunch of packages offering various services on Fivrr for narration. What is the opinion on this because I'm getting a lot of mixed signals about this site.
  • If a site, say, Voices.com has a flat rate of $4,000 per audiobook, would the artist just receive the flat rate? Would it be out of the ordinary to ask for residuals?
  • Are there better places to go or look for audiobook work when you are just starting out?

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About Justin A

Gender: Male
Reading Age: teenager, 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, senior
Languages & Accents:
Arabic - Speaks American English with an Arabic accent
South American (Northern) - Can perform American English with a South American (Northern) accent
Spanish Neutral (no accent) - Can perform American English with a Spanish Neutral (no accent) accent
Other Skills: impersonations, I can do a relatively spot on Don LaFontaine impersonation. With that, I am able to translate that into villain, insect/animals that speak, aliens, etc.
Union Affiliations: Non-union
Personal Marketing Statement:

I've gotten my start doing a plethora of characters for Cyanide & Happiness (Over 10). From their Youtube shorts, to all 3 seasons of "The Cyanide & Happiness Show". I've also done some creative spoof commercials as well.

Overview Description Of My Voice:

I'm anywhere from the "guy next door", to the warm & articulate car commercial V/O. My favorite is my deep & raw "Don Lafontaine"-type voice.