The Art of Voice Acting  by James R. Alburger
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If you're considering getting into voiceover, you must see this video BEFORE you spend any money on workshops or demo production. Paul Strikwerda "tells it like it is" by dispelling common voiceover myths and explaining exactly what it takes to work as a voice talent.



 

A down and out actor gets the audition of a lifetime, where every word counts.

 

MARCEL THE SHELL WITH SHOES ON from Dean Fleischer-Camp on Vimeo.

Directed by Dean Fleischer-Camp
Marcel is voiced (untreated & unenhanced) by a genius named Jenny Slate
Written by Jenny Slate + Dean Fleischer-Camp
www.deanfleischercamp.com

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FREE CONFERENCE CALLS FROM VOICEACTING.COM:

From time to time we offer a free conference call with information about working in voiceover. Click on the link to play the call on-line.

  • Is Voice Acting Right for Me? October 18, 2008 - 1 hour 20 minutes:
    We discuss many of the important aspects of the voiceover business and our Seven Core Elements of Performance, among other things. Each month the VoiceActing Academy hosts a FREE conference call with a notable voice talent or related industry professional. Our monthly calls are available for download to subscribers for about a week after the call. The complete archive of conference calls is available with GOLD level membership in the VoiceActing Academy Conductor’s Club. Right Click HERE to “save as” to your computer.

ARTICLES BY MARC EVANIER:

If you’re in a hurry to break into voiceover—especially for cartoons—you absolutely MUST read the following two articles by Marc Evanier before you do anything else. You’ll also find tons of other valuable information on Marc’s website at www.povonline.com.

Voice Work—Frequently Asked Questions

POV (Point of View) - Starting in voiceover

FREE OFFICE SOFTWARE:

Open Office Suite - http://openoffice.org
Note: This software can also create PDF files.

[From the website - their emphasis] OpenOffice.org 2 is the leading open-source office software suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more. It is available in many languages and works on all common computers. It stores all your data in an international open standard format and can also read and write files from other common office software packages. It can be downloaded and used completely free of charge for any purpose.

Primo PDF: - www.primopdf.com

Free software allows you to create a PDF file from any program simply by using the “print” command from the application.

PDF 995: - www.pdf995.com

Free software for creating PDF files. Works great for creating PDF files of invoices, contracts, and other important documents.

FREE AUDIO RECORDING SOFTWARE:

Audacity — free recording software for PC and MAC. Be sure you also download the L.A.M.E. encoder in order to make MP3 files.

Studio Buddy — free glossary of recording tips and suggestions

FREE LESSONS FROM PAT FRALEY:

Pat Fraley is one of the most generous VO coaches we know. Here’s a link to a page on his site where he gives FREE tips and VO lessons:

www.patfraley.com/FreeLessons.htm

PODCASTS FROM MICHAEL MINETREE:

We figure “why re-invent the wheel,” so when we discovered Michael Minetree and his Voiceover Podcasts, we immediately obtained his permission to include a link to his site. Michael is a voiceover professional and coach in Virginia. His coaching philosophy is the same as ours here at VoiceActing.com. He really “tells it like it is” and doesn’t pull any punches when he talks about breaking into the voiceover business. Michael’s goal, like ours, is to give you the truth about this business so the money you spend for training, equipment, demo production, and marketing, is invested wisely. Even though Michael does plug his coaching services, that’s OK with us because we encourage you to learn this craft from several sources and Michael will give you the “real deal.” You’ll find his catalog of Podcasts at the link below. You don’t need an IPOD to listen or download the programs.

Michael Minetree Podcast catalog on the craft and business of voiceover

PODCASTS FROM VOICEOVERXTRA.COM:

www.voiceoverxtra.com

AUDIO & VIDEO PLAYBACKS:

Audio out-takes and other playbacks - you won’t believe some of these!

NEWSLETTERS & EZINES:

Lots of newsletters & ezines here

VOICEOVER DISCUSSION BOARDS:

Lots of discussion boards here

DICTIONARY, TEXT-TO-SPEECH, AND PRONOUNCIATION:

www.forvo.com

Here’s an ambitious site! All the words in the world pronounced in their native language.

Merriam-Webster on-line dictionary

Most words are provided with a verbal pronunciation

IDEA—International Dialects of English Archive

Need an English dialect? Here’s an incredibly comprehensive archive of English dialects from around the world.

Regional dialect pronounciations

Need to duplicate a specific regional accent? Here’s the place to find out what it really sounds like.

INTERVIEWS & MEDIA:

RAP Magazine & Other Interviews with James R. Alburger and Penny Abshire - In March, 2002, Radio And Production magazine published a 7-page cover-story interview with James Alburger. The entire article is re-printed here as well as other print articles and radio interviews.

SENDING LARGE FILES:

Send large files to anyone at anytime! If you don’t have your own FTP web site and need to send large files via e-mail, the sites below can be a viable alternative to an FTP upload. Basic service is free with subscription - upgraded services are available for a fee.

www.wetransfer.com - This is our favorite! Transfer up to 2GB - very easy to use. .
www.transferbigfiles.com - send up to 1GB file for free.
www.yousendit.com - send up to 100MB for free. file available for 7 days
www.sendthisfile.com - file available for 3 days and 3 downloads
www.cutesendit.com - file available for 3 days and 5 downloads

TONGUE TWISTERS FOR WARM-UP:

The World's Largest Collection of Tongue Twisters - Just for fun, try some of the foreign language tongue twisters.

ARTICLES ON VOICE ACTING & PERFORMING:

Voice Acting 101 - lots of free articles and tips for the voiceover artist ready for you to copy and print

The Best Kept Secrets for Voiceover by Lani Minella - Lani is an experienced director, producer and voice talent for the video game industry. This article is mainly intended for the video game producer, but contains valuable information for voice actors who want to work in this field.

Animation World Magazine - Joshua Seth’s 10 Steps to Voiceover Success

Animation World Magazine - Getting That First Voiceover Role - compiled by Heather Kenyon. ANIMATION WORLD MAGAZINE - ISSUE 4.6 - SEPTEMBER 1999

Joe Bevilacqua’s excellent article on voiceover

How to Choose a Voiceover Workshop by Laura Schiff

The Actor's Checklist - The Actor's Vocal Gift & The Voiceover Industry

International Voice Actor Meet-up Day - monthly meetings of voice actors in your community (see website for cities and details about this free service).

Voice Acting From the Inside - by Deborah Sale Butler

ARTICLES AND RESOURCES REGARDING “FINANCIAL CORE”:

Questions and Answers about Financial Core

The Financial Core Handbook (provided for your information only)

For more links about Fi Core, enter “fi core” in your browser’s search

BUILDING YOUR HOME STUDIO:

How to Build Your Home Studio—E-Book and equipment ideas

Home Recording and How to set up a Home Studio

WEBSITE LINKS - (Not necessarily free):

www.k-bay106.com/mics.htm - An on-line collection of vintage microphones.

www.earth.prohosting.com/radshows - This web site categorizes over 2,700 freely downloadable old time radio shows online.  Also includes many old time radio show collections that are available for purchase.

www.laugh.com - mostly comedy from classic comedians—some charges may apply for downloads or purchases from this site.

www.drdemento.com - if you don’t know who Dr. Demento is, you probably have no business visiting this website

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