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

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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 →

Perfection Versus Shipping

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My fellow VO artist Gary Terzza has posted an awesome article on his blog about something I see as a crisis in our business.

And it’s one that can be addressed, but it’s going to take some personal energy.

But if you suffer from it (and you probably do), you can fix it.

Here’s how. Continue Reading →

How To Keep Audacity From Auto-Adjusting Input Levels

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One of my lovely clients wrote me the other day in a panic:

“Hey, all of a sudden, something weird is happening when I record in Audacity.

I’ve always had my input level set at .6 or so, and have never touched it. But now, AS I’M RECORDING, the level is changing on me. I see it moving on the level slider!!! WHAT??”

I wrote her back and said that she shouldn’t worry, it’s nothing she’s done to Audacity, and that we can easily fix it.

Here’s how. Continue Reading →

Fun With Headphone Volume

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I come from a radio background. So I’m comfortable with wearing headphones when I record. And I think it’s an absolute must that you get comfortable with that as well. If you don’t, you can’t monitor your work as you perform it, effectively doubling the amount of time it takes you to get something recorded, then playing it back to make sure you didn’t make any mistakes.

And once you do get used to having headphones on when you record, you can use the volume control for your headphones to your advantage.

Here’s how. Continue Reading →