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Tech Talk - 12-10-2017
December 10, 2017
  • iPad – recording software and capatibility.
  • YouTube videos for Audicity training.
  • Lynda.com
  • ProTools First and it’s limitations.
  • Electronic interface by florescent lighting – bad cabling issues.
  • Shure PG42 USB mic gain problems.
  • Humidity effects on a mic.
  • Roxul Safe’n’Sound insulation.
  • Placing a Barringer unit (or something) pre-recording – not a good idea.
  • Normalizing files before submitting them for auditions.
  • Minimal processing for auditions.
  • Waves De-breath plugin.
  • AT2020 USB mic. Best USB mic for the price and quality.

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Genre Talk - Audiobooks 12-03-2017
December 3, 2017

Due to technical difficulties, there is no recording of this week's call. Please accept our sincere apologies.

  • How do you find work in children’s books?
  • Does the voice matter when doing audiobooks?
  • Does the author have the right to direct you? Should they?
  • How to discuss problems of the book with the rights holder?
  • What is WhisperSync? How accurate must you be?
  • Do you read chapter by chapter or does that matter?
  • What is “mastering?”
  • What is Librivox and what is it for?
  • What is Royalty Share and what is Per Finished Hour?
Genre Talk - Animation & Video Games 11-19-2017
November 19, 2017
  • Newbie wants to get into animation: Where to go for getting work?
  • Should a video game demo be separate from the animation or commercial demo?
  • What are storyboards?
  • What is ADR?
  • When looking for work in video games, is it best to go with the small/indie houses or go to the big studios?
  • Can a commercial demo be used before getting an animation demo?
  • How long should a character demo be and how characters on it?
  • Are jobs paid by project or billed hourly?
  • How do you learn to do characters?
  • Are there opportunities for non-US citizens in LA and is a work visa needed?

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Open Talk - 11-12-2017
November 12, 2017
  • Where to find more leads for explainer VO.
  • How do you get an agent? Union vs Non-union.
  • What’s the best vocal booth or to build my own?
  • Should I get a Porta-booth?
  • Is the IVO worth the money? Are they honest in their assessment?
  • Voice Acting - the importance of having some acting skills.

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Topic Talk - Dealing With Tough Clients 11-05-2017
November 5, 2017
  • What to do when a client won’t pay…even after 10 months.
  • Authors who don’t own audiobook rights wants input on the product.
  • Using a form letter to explain to prospective clients how you work and how payment should be made.
  • I got paid twice and told client so, they insisted on paying me again. What to do?
  • Rate cards: Do I have to give one to the clients?

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Genre Talk - Commercials 10-29-2017
October 29, 2017
  • Where to find VO jobs.
  • Where do beginners find vo jobs?
  • How much range should a commercial demo have materially and vocally?
  • 6 second commercials
  • How to get an agent.
  • Should I send demos directly to casting people?
  • Union vs. non-union jobs (percentage-wise).

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Training Talk - VO Training and Demos 10-22-2017
October 22, 2017
  • Training – Live in studio vs Skype
  • The Stemple vocal method – YouTube videos
  • Slating on demo
  • Microphones – USB vs XLR + Interface
  • Do not produce your own demo
  • Where to get scripts for demos
  • o Not Edge Script Library
  • o iSpotTV as one source
  • o Changing existing commercial copy
  • o Writing your own

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Genre Talk - E-Learning 10-15-2017
October 15, 2017
  • What should be the length of eLearning demos?
  • What is the difference between eLearning demos and narration demos?
  • Is begin a teacher helpful?
  • Can an accent mitigate getting eLearning work?
  • Do you need confidence in your voice?

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Tech Talk - 10-08-2017
October 8, 2017
  • Inexpensive studio construction
  • Foam types, green glue, moving blankets
  • Difference sound-absorption and sound-proofing
  • Kaotica eyeball - is it helpful?
  • Processing for auditions - should you?
  • Microphones that don't cost much

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Genre Talk - Audiobooks 10-01-2017
October 1, 2017
  • ACX alternatives
  • Audiobook demos
  • Characters - do you need to be able to voice them?
  • How can you differentiate characters if you don't narrate strong characters?
  • Are acting lessons helpful? What kind?
  • Editing tips and DAWs
  • How do you maintain stamina for long narrations?

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