Lost SOSA Episodes…Found!

Hey, there!

I’ve told the story often about how one bit of training I got made a huge difference in my acting career.

(And although what I’m about to share with you has the words “screen acting” in it, it also applies perfectly to VO.)

And that one bit of training, the Secrets of Screen Acting podcast, just got a fair bit more interesting and helpful.

Why?

Because 22 previously lost episodes were recently found. And you can have them at no extra charge. Continue Reading →

Why Your Inside Game Is So Crucial

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Recently, I had the pleasure of speaking on a panel at a SAG-AFTRA presentation on making the most of your auditions and work, and the panel was organized by Michelle and Robert Colt, creators of a workshop called The Inside Game.

The Inside Game helps you master being seen, overcoming the internal voices that keep you from being the artist you want to be, and to really perfect both your personal and professional lives.

People who were lucky enough to be there, left transformed.

It was awesome, and though you missed it, you can be part of a live re-do coming up in the next few weeks.

And it’s absolutely free. And you don’t have to be a member of the union.

Here’s how. Continue Reading →

4 More Secrets of VO

Hey, there!

I used to write for Backstage about VO (no time any more to do that).

You’ve honored me with a bunch of their Readers’ Choice Awards (plenty of time to do more of that).

So I get a warm feeling when I see an article about VO in Backstage.

And the one I just read, and want to share with you, is a short and sweet one. Continue Reading →

Headphone Recommendations

Hey, there!

My lovely remote client, Denise Fleener, wrote:

Along the lines of headphones…can you recommend a few choices of headphone for the home studio VO artist?
Thanks, as always, for all the info!
Denise

Absolutely, including one which I’ve been using for over 2 decades, and the other I use more and more frequently. Continue Reading →

An Extremely Dangerous Article About Noise Reduction In Audacity

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This one’s going to be long-ish, with a lot of warnings and bolded and capital letters.

I have some trepidation in even writing this article, because the subject matter, noise reduction, is rife with controversial aspects.

Why?

You can completely destroy a high-quality (but, perhaps a bit noisy) voice work session by applying noise reduction in a heavy-handed or incorrect way.

Having said that, noise reduction can be an effective final option for making your audio sound amazingly pristine, and is especially useful in audiobook work that you might be producing for your ACX projects. Here’s how. Continue Reading →

Be Selfish – That Person In The Mirror Is Probably Mistaken

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I spent some time recently in San Francisco with some of my students, and self-perception versus the perception of the casting director came up.

I listened carefully to the students’ answer to this question: “How do you figure out what the producer/writer/casting director wants, so you can give it to them?”

Right off the bat, that sounded like there were no right answers, because it was the wrong question to be asking.

And the answer to that very wrong question is very, very simple. Continue Reading →