The Inner Game of VoiceOver

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I’ve just registered for a 12-week tele-training and web course entitled, The ABC’s of Analytical Trilogy, sponsored by Susan Berkley and The Great Voice Company.  I’m hoping to discover the “inner workings” of success and get some answers to:  How to stay motivated with my marketing; How to free my voice from nervous glitches and shakiness; How to avoid mysterious acts of self sabotage we see in so many famous people, etc.  Susan writes “the more success you enjoy, the greater the danger!” I’m ready to shake it off and to have as much control over my inner voice as I do of my outer voice. Click here (www.greatvoice.com/abc_of_at/) if you wish to join me.

“Plant yourself, look the other fellow in the eye, and tell the truth.”

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James Cagney is still one of my favorite actors. He defined his method of acting as “plant yourself, look the other fellow in the eye and tell the truth.” His tremendously energetic performances were multidimensional and credible because he practiced what he preached. Also, he had an innate grasp of the subtleties of whatever script he brought to life.  Cagney said what he meant and meant what he said.

Voice actors are not exempt from this acting philosophy.  We must craft the message to be clearly understood. We must plant ourselves (in front of the mic) look the other fellow in (our mind’s eye), and tell the truth.  It sounds so easy, doesn’t it?

What advice would I give to someone starting out?

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I’ve had two previous careers – advertising (Account Executive, Sales Promotion Copywriter, and Talent), and performing arts teacher. Upon changing careers, people asked me what advice would I give to someone starting out. Oddly enough, the advice I shared for both previous careers seems to fit the profession of voice actor as well:  Find an excellent mentor and study, study, study! Prepare beforehand. Meet deadlines; plan and organize faithfully. Respect the working methods of others, but don’t be a doormat. Honor your commitments. Be computer and technologically literate. Expect to work long hard hours, sometimes without recognition or reward, and be okay with that. Expect criticism, some of it constructive. Be kind to yourself. Keep a sense of humor. Don’t sweat the small stuff. Develop a tough skin and a sweet heart. Remember, we’re all just folks.  Communicate!  What would you add to this list?

Hello, World!

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Hello, World.  This is my very first post.  I’m not quite sure what to say yet.  This is all so new to me.  I never considered writing one of my own blogs because I’m usually too busy reading other people’s blogs!  Let’s see … there’s always something new to learn at Susan Berkley’s blog.  She keeps her readers on their toes, even when she’s on vacation in Brazil. Dave Courvoisier, Las Vegas Voice Actor, is one of my favorite bloggers; I’m always learning new things from Dave. He’s very savvy on all the social networking stuff. Bob Souer’s blog is fascinating, too. His site has a comprehensive list of voiceover bloggers. You can spend days there and not even know time has passed. Bonnie Gillespie writes about her views on life in Hollywood. Connie Terwilliger shares her life and voiceover perspectives. Visit these sites – bet you like them as much as I do.