Monthly Newsletter
Number 99

     April 2013  
Upcoming Classes
All 2013 Classes  


Spontaneity  -  4/6-7  


Tips From The Pros  -  4/9-23


INTRO: Starting Out  -  4/10


The Booking Edge  -  4/13-14


Home Recording I  -  4/16


Small Group workout  -  4/17  


Stepping Out  -  4/20


Creating Characters  -  4/20


Long Form Narration  -  4/21-28


Character Intensive  -  4/26-7, 5/3-5


TV Tags & National Reads - 4/30-5/7


Making It M.I.N.E.  -  5/1-22


Promos That Sell  -  5/2-9


Narration Simple  -  5/10-11


ADR/Looping I  -  5/13


Home Recording  I  - 5/14  


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Body Language


The way you stand and where you look affects the read.


1. Keep your eyes on the script. Only a few seasoned actors are

able to look away from the script, keep their mouths consistently placed on the microphone, and remain in character. For most, looking up at the microphone becomes the equivalent of avoiding eye contact with the listener. It results in a disconnection from the listener as the "need" is changed from the client to yourself. Public speakers look up to make sure people are listening, are engaged, and understand what you're saying. In the recording world, assume that the audience is the paper. It will also minimize timing issues while you find your place on the script again and microphone proximity issues from looking up and down.


2. Avoid crossed or limp arms. When they are crossed tightly

in front of the body, you will sound guarded, defensive, and

unapproachable. Limp arms result in a lazy and lifeless sound.

Putting hands in pockets is also a form of protection. Unless

that is the desired end result, relax the arms and allow them to

gesture and move freely.


3. Ground yourself. If you don't believe what you're saying,

unnecessary movements and tics often develop that detract

from the message. You will sound uncomfortable, nervous, and

unfocused if you fidget, tap your feet, or step back and forth

from the microphone. To sound confident and authoritative,

plant both feet firmly on the ground, bend your knees slightly,

connect emotionally with the listener, and breathe. This posture

will help you sound trustworthy.


4. Don't be afraid to show your teeth. A smiling face with an

open grin creates a confident, eager, and pleasant sound. When

talking about serious topics, the competition, and logical information, you may drop the smile. This positive and neutral attitude requires flexible facial muscles. So, don't be afraid to have a rubber face.


5.Know the size of your character. The more open your stance - legs open and arms outstretched - the bigger, more powerful  

and more confident you'll sound. Standing with feet close

together and keeping arm movements small create a smaller,

more behind-the-scenes type character. Turning the body at an

angle to the microphone results in a mid-size character that has

a cocky, confident attitude.


Excerpted from third edition of "There's Money Where Your Mouth Is," by Elaine Clark. Order your copy at 

Look Who's Talking
Mic Small

* Pete McKean and Abhi Katyal booked an on-camera industrial for EMC World. Abhi also landed a lead role in a SAG Short Film Oksana. 
* Rob Jackson and Lila-Sage Bromley recorded character voices for a couple of animated shorts for G-dcast. 
* Jonathan Murphy
was hired again to record announcements  for rides and shows for California's Great America including "Gold Striker" a new ride opening this season.

* Scott Jackson just wrapped up his 4th year as the court-side announcer for the Sonoma State basketball program. He also just finished his third recording of promotional material for Sledgehammer Games (division of Activision) for the next "Call Of Duty" upcoming game. 
* Margie Nelson recorded a narration for Capella University.
* Owen Baker-Flynn recorded six VO jobs in the past month - clients included ScienceArt Media,, and Elephant Games. 
* Jennifer Knight recorded a TV commercial for Cal Water. 
* Steven Spohn recorded more spots for
* Sara Matsui-Colby booked a translation/ Japanese dubbing job for a client who can't be named :-)
* Rossana Schneider did a telephony job in English and Spanish for Mission National Bank and had an on-camera gig for Launchsquad.  
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