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Genre Talk - Promos & Trailers 07-22-2018
July 22, 2018
  • Book Promos
  • Web trailers
  • TV Programs
  • Where to find auditions (Bodalgo, Voicefinder.com, Craig’s List, LinkedIn)
  • Nick at Nite
  • Disney Channel
  • Do you have to be in the Union?
  • SAG Foundation VO Lab
  • Acting and Improv Classes
  • The trend to be more open to Women
  • The Golden Handcuff

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Genre Talk - Commercials 07-15-2018
July 15, 2018
  • If my audition script doesn’t specify how long the spot will be, what should I do?
  • Should I watermark my auditions to keep them from getting used?
  • What about doing auditions for spots which will run in perpetuity?
  • Any advice for newcomers regarding training?
  • How many jobs do you have to do a week to make a living?
  • Should I do other genres while trying to do commercials?
  • How do you find the best P2P or agents? A good business plan for a beginner?
  • Should I target my auditions and marketing towards specific advertising?

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Open Talk 07-08-2018
July 8, 2018
  • How do I get into VO?
  • Edge Investigate VO class
  • Edge Feedback Forum
  • Training: Choosing a coach – different approaches, One coach or multiple coaches, “You don’t know what you don’t know.”
  • DAWs – free and inexpensive: Audacity, Twisted Wave, Reaper, REAPER
  • VOBS – Voice Over Body Shop
  • Talking Tunes Podcast
  • What should I put on my VO website?
  • GoDaddy, Voiceactorswebsites.com
  • Books: Building a StoryBrand by Donald Miller, The Storyteller’s Secret by Carmine Gallo
  • What are the best microphones?
  • Making the­ transition from broadcast radio to VO
  • Dyslexie font for people with dyslexia – www.dyslexiefont.com

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Genre Talk - Commercials 07-01-2018
July 1, 2018
  • Is commercials such a small part of VO that it’s not worth going after?
  • Does one have to be SAG to work commercials?
  • What are the dues for SAG?
  • Do I have to do any EQ or Editing for Auditions?
  • Is there one P2P to be recommended over others?
  • Should one watermark their commercial auditions?
  • What are pay to play sites?
  • Once you become union, can you no longer take non-union gigs?
  • What are the rates paid for commercials?
  • How would you go to a local business and let them know you’re available for work?
  • Will my training for narration vary from commercial training?
  • What can agents charge you and are they necessary for finding work?
  • What is “too low” for charging for you VO services?

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Tech Talk - 06-24-2018
June 24, 2018
  • What mic should I get? – I have to confess that I started with that one because it ALWAYS gets asked sooner or later.
  • Recommended USB Microphones? audiotechnica AT2020 USB and Rode NT-USB. Others are good for podcasting and such, but not so much for serious VO production.
  • · Rode NT1 and Rode NT1A are different microphones.
  • · VOBS Episode 53 on microphone shootout.
  • · A mic for music vocals is different than a mic for VO.
  • · DAWs and plugins
  • REAPER
  • Audacity – New Alpha version coming out with Punch & Roll.
  • iZotope RX6 Mouth De-click – Not included in Elements. Only included in Standard and Advanced versions
  • Internet speed connection.
  • SourceConnect vs Skype.
  • Mac vs PC.
  • Computer fan noise.
  • What to do about mouth noise.
  • Sound treatment for a closet.
  • What gear ­to take on the road when away from home.
  • Headphones
  • o AKG 240
  • o Senal 1200 - for the thicker ear pads, especially for those who wear glasses.
  • o Sony MDR 7506 - ubiquitous.
  • Edit with monitor speakers or headphones?

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Topic Talk - Audiobooks 06-17-2018
June 17, 2018
  • How hard is it to get into audiobooks?
  • What kind of voice do you need for audiobooks?
  • What is ACX?
  • I have a friend who wants me to read their book…how can I get that done?
  • My friend has books on Amazon, how do I get their books read for ACX?
  • How much should I charge for non-royalty share?
  • What to do about breaths for an audiobook read?
  • Does ACX do any quality control over the books and manuscripts?
  • What are good plug-ins for audiobooks?
  • Where can I find audiobook work for children’s books?
  • How do I handle grammatical errors in a read?
  • Does ACX offer education classes for readers?
  • Is there an expected return one might have for an audiobook?

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Topic Talk - Animation & Video Games w/Special Guest Kara Edwards 06-10-2018
June 10, 2018
  • Should I have a separate Video Game demo if I have an animation demo?
  • Is Los Angeles where I need to be for video games?
  • Can someone with a British accent work in animation or video games?
  • Do you usually get a story board showing what your character looks or is like?
  • Lipsync to anime…important?
  • How would one go about getting into animation or video games?
  • Does talent typically get booked off their demos or their auditions?
  • Is it a good idea to reach out to producers or other VO sources on social media for work?
  • How necessary is it for having an agent and if so, how does one get one?
  • I’m in training…should I wait before I’m done training before seeking work?
  • Is there enough work in Atlanta for animation to make a career?
  • How does one get into being a voice for toys?
  • How does one practice different “physical sounds” like sword thrusts?

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Open Talk 06-03-2018
June 3, 2018
  • How does one go about branding?
  • Am I limited to one coach at Edge for my demo?
  • What do I do now that my demo is done?
  • What do you do to push your career to “the next level?”
  • Has anyone been asked to read for ACX for free?
  • Has anyone had success on VoiceBunny?
  • Should I do some jobs just to get the experience for free?
  • Is there a good solution for cooling the booth when the AC is blasting full time?
  • I’m living in LA and moving to Atlanta…what’s the difference work wise?

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No TalkTime was recorded this week due to the Memorial Day holiday!
May 27, 2018
Topic Talk - Getting International Work w/Special Guests Jason Bermingham and Simone Kliass 05-20-2018
May 20, 2018
  • Do I need to know German to get english work in Germany?
  • What kind of rates can be charged and does the country make a difference?
  • How important is a demo and are they different than in the US?
  • Do most of the latin markets have the over-the-top radio delivery?
  • Is radio imaging done in house as in the US?
  • Is it advantageous to speak multiple languages even when doing English jobs overseas?
  • Is there a market for movie trailers overseas in english?
  • Are there good P2P websites for international english work?
  • Is it necessary to trademark your logo and website for international work?
  • Are major world events like sporting events good sources of work?
  • Do the American companies use english speakers though they advertise in local languages?
  • How do you get paid in these international jobs?

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