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Issue # 73
February 2011
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Copy Intensive  -  2/1-22

INTRO: Starting Out  -  2/5

Small Group Workout  -  2/9

Long Form II: Documentary  -  2/10-24

Stepping Out  -  2/12

Creating Characters  -  2/12

Professional Invitational  -  2/16

Improv for Beginners  -  2/19

Building Your Brand  -  2/23

Bringing Voices to Life  -  2/25-27

Diction & Clarity  -  2/28

Directing Yourself  -  3/1-22 

Behind The Scenes  -  3/2

Basic British  -  3/3-10

Auditioning for Film  -  3/6 

Comfort On-Camera  -  3/9-16

That's NOT All Folks  -  3/11-12

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Fight, Flight, Freeze... or Just Do It


After nearly thirty years of performing and teaching voice-overs, I've come to categorize students and performers into four types:  Fighters, Flighters, Freezers, and Doers.  The first three types react to direction the way animals respond to threats.  Doers feel safe and perform with ease.

So, what kind of performer are you?  

FIGHT:  These are the "hard brained" actors.  Rather than accepting direction, they fight back and defend their choices.  They tend to beat themselves up for not having implemented the directorial choice on their own and try to second-guess the next direction.  This creates a tephelon effect.  Direction is given but it bounces off the performer and doesn't stick because the actor is busy thinking ahead and can't listen and absorb the information. 

FLIGHT:  When starting a job, these actors find excuses to leave the booth to get water or do other things that should have been taken care of prior to entering the recording area.  When direction is given, they often adjust the paper or stand, as if that's the problem.  They also have a tendency to want to finish the job and leave the booth as quickly as possible rather than enjoying the recording experience.  Rather than wanting to be in the booth, they want to be out of it.  Because of that, they often have a tendency to talk too fast.

FREEZE:  Like a deer in the headlights, these performers start with a glazed look on their face, stiff body position, and bewilderment of what to do.  Difficult words or lack of understanding of the script stop them in their tracks. Once the body is warmed up and blood and oxygen start circulating again, they gradually gain trust and confidence in themselves. 

DOERS:  These people feel comfortable in front of a mic.  They enjoy the challenge of each job and the expectation of a new one.  Their brains are "soft" and easy to direct as they embrace each new possibility and performance nuance.

Now, go  figure out what kind of performer you are.  Which type may depend on the type of job.  You may be a Doer in commercials and a Fighter in narration.  Learn to recognize these behaviors so you can deliver the best job in the least amount of time.  Keep your mind and body open and ready for work. 
Look Who's Talking

Mic Small  * Jack Pollard recorded a radio  commercial for CTAP. He also narrated a video about a spinal surgery for Creative Communications.
* Shannon Riley recorded jobs for Yahoo (cast through Voice One) and for the Contemporary Jewish Museum.
* Rick Fisher filmed a marketing video for Launch Squad and a training video for a Bay Area Infinity dealership.
* Tom Zahner recorded an industrial for Thyssen Krupp and another couple of industrials for clients in Germany.
* Mark Wiesner recorded an industrial for Cengage.
* Tim Wilkerson recorded a commercial for Doggiesnap. 
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