Monthly Newsletter
Number 106

     November 2013  
Upcoming Classes

In The Studio  -  11/1-2

Auditioning For Film  -  11/3    

ADR/Looping I  -  11/5

INTRO: Starting Out  -  11/6    

 Musical Literacy  -  11/9

Stepping Out  -  11/10         

Marketing Wizardry  -  11/10-17   
Small Group Workout  -  11/12

ADR/Looping II  -  11/13
*** Revised Date***

Styles  -  11/16-23    

Comedic Script Writing & Performance  -  11/18-25

Home Recording I -  11/19
*** Added Session ***

Nailing the Audition  -  11/20

Home Recording I (Day)  -  11/25

Long Form II: Audio Books - 12/3-10

Advanced Narration     12/6-7, 13-14

Spontaneity  -  12/8-15    

Small Group Workout (Day)  -  12/9


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Tues. Nov 19 from 7:00-9:30pm. Only 10 seats available.  
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After almost 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 teflon 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
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* Congrats to Don Moffit on signing with MDT Agency.  
* Desiree Bartley recorded 3 announcer spots for Piccadilly Restaurant of Foster City. Dana Morgan voiced a character in one of the spots. Another former student, Jay Styne produced all 3 spots and performed a voice in one of them.  
* Rosemary Griggs used her Teleprompter skills in a corporate film for Cisco. 
* Kristy Duncan recorded a Phone Tree for Eyeneer TV (a great vault of music video archives!) and  a narration for an Art Project/Installation for artists, Gareth Kennedy and Sarah Browne.
* Jennifer Knight narrated a series of drink recipe videos for Dekuyper USA, and voiced in-store/web promotional videos for Lowe's.
* Bella Lisa Teeling recorded a web VO for McAfee, and narrated a promotional fundraising video spot for Embrace, an international non-profit that distributes warming blankets to premature and low birth weight infants.
* Christine Lemor-Drake narrated a short film for artist, George Pfau.
* Jayse O'Brien recorded voices for the game Brainzy for 
Congrats to all who've recently landed agents and jobs. Send us your good news and we'll add it to next month's Newsletter.   
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