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

Hey there!

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 →

Pixar’s 22 Rules of Storytelling – Rule 1

Hey there!

You’ve no doubt heard me prattle on about storytelling, and how important it is to your VO career to develop and hone your storytelling skills.

It’s essential.

So, every so often, I like to roll out items from this list from Emma Coats, who used to work at Pixar as a story artist, and who serially tweeted Pixar’s 22 Rules of Storytelling.

I’m going to give you one of these rules every so often as we move through the next several months, along with how you can apply the rule to your VO artistry.

Today, Rule 1… Continue Reading →