Monthly Newsletter

Issue # 75
April 2011  
Upcoming Classes
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Spontaneity  -  4/2-3   


Cartoon Connection  -  4 /4   


Home Recording  -  4/5
*** Added Class *** 


Advanced Narration  -  4-9-10, 16


INTRO - Starting Out  -  4/13 


Teleprompter  -  4/17 


TV Tags & National Reads  -  4/19-26 


Small Group Workout  -  4/20 

Stepping Out   -  4/23 


Creating Characters   -  4/23 


Character Intensive - 4/29-5/1, 5/6-7 


Tips From The Pros  -  5/3-17 


Preparing For A Demo  -  5/4-11 


Marketing Wizardry  -  5/12-26 


Styles  -  5/14-15

Making It M.I.N.E.  -  5/18-6/8 


Classes often sell out. Register early!



Added Class 


Home Recording - Tuesday, Apr. 5 from 11am to 1pm. $80  

Learn how to record auditions from home using Audacity, a free audio program.


Class limited to 10 students.     


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Tips for Voicing Toys  


Over the past twenty years, I've voiced, cast, recorded and/or directed one hundred toys. I've sung in funny voices, barked like a dog, burped like a baby, and directed an actor to sound like an Australian robot. If this creative area of the VO business interests you, here are some tips to help your toy voices be successful:

1. MAKE IT FUN - Your audience is kids. It is imperative that you make it a positive and uplifting experience. Toys are a form of entertainment. If the child doesn't have fun listening to you, there's no point in buying the product. Smile, laugh, and let the kid inside you come out and play. This will take waaaaaay more energy then you ever imagined. Put your whole body into it.

2. DICTION & CLARITY - Most toys are down sampled to an 8k chip. That requires amazingly precise diction and clarity. Talent is often directed to over articulate, using lip and tongue muscles they never knew existed while still keeping it believable. Additionally, some chips alter sounds so the talent may be asked to say a word differently. For example, a "th" sound may need to be read as a "d." Don't forget the educational component, too. Your voice is setting an example and teaching children. And, it needs to cut through music and effects in 8k!

3. STAMINA - You must maintain your energy and character. Sounds simple enough, right? What if you have to read letters and numbers in a goofy high pitched voice for 4 hours. And, you're required to read each word three ways so it can be parsed in at the beginning, middle and end of sentences. You have to KEEP IT UP from the beginning of the session until the end! If you do that, you earned a well deserved nap or walk on the beach.

4. GO FOR IT! - Let it go. Let your freak flag fly! Don't be afraid to be wacky and over the top. Rarely is it too much in a toy recording. Many lines require multiple readings with different attitudes or actions. That gives the editor/programmer choices. You're only limited by your imagination. So, test your limits of creativity. You know you do good voiceover when you want to wash your mouth out with soap.

Good times, right! So what do you do if you want to break into this business? Practice and develop your stable of voices. Go to toy stores and listen to talking products. Imitate. Create. Develop. There's work out there. Be prepared for it.

Look Who's Talking

Mic Small  * Jennifer Knight signed with Stars, The Agency. She's the 3rd student from her Daytime Conservatory class to be signed for representation. She also recorded a web commercial for LightDims.
* Valerie Weak
shot an industrial film for HP and was landed a lead role in the indie film, Stranger in Blood.
* Deborah James
recorded a voicemail system for Linen Outlet.

* Cia Court filmed a commercial for Netflix and recorded a VO for Levi's website.
* Meghan Weimer
played a Graphic Designer in an industrial for  Intel.

* Sara Jane Keskula
shot a compliance video and recorded the voice-over for a county government agency.  * Paul Lux, Jonathan Murphy and Jenny Debevec recorded character voices for Donnerwood Media. Paul also booked a gig for Gastronomica. [Both jobs were cast through Voice One]  
* Joe Peralta
recorded the VO in English and Spanish for the College Bound website. 

Congratulations to all who've recently booked
 jobs. Send us your success stories!

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