This week on the VO School Podcast, we’re looking at vocal health, and how keeping your voice in tip-top condition is one of your highest priorities as a voice actor.
Why is voice health so important? What parts of your body need to be in good condition to perform your best? How can diet affect your performance? How soon should you start building up liquids prior to a session and why is alignment so crucial for developing stamina?
We also walk listeners through a typical preparation routine for a major session, including vocal warm-ups and tips to keep you at peak performance throughout a long or strenuous recording.
Joining us this week is Nic Redman, a voice actor and voice/accent coach hailing from Northern Ireland and based in Manchester, U.K. As a coach, she specializes in accents and dialects, breath, articulation and resonance, voice and text, and character voicing. She has taught at some of the U.K.’s most prestigious institutions including RADA, LIPA, Arts Ed, East 15, ICAT, The Actors’ Guild, and The Actors’ Lab, with her recent accent and character voice coaching work heard on BBC Radio 4.
This week on the VO School podcast, we’re celebrating our 20th episode by honoring Black History Month with a show devoted entirely to diversity.
This episode is guest hosted by Doug Melville, chief diversity officer for the international advertising agency, TBWA. As a vocal proponent for diversity in all its forms both day to day in his role within TBWA and via his personal outreach on social media and public appearances, Doug brings a wealth of knowledge to this episode.
Joining us this week on the podcast are power couple Joan Baker and Rudy Gaskins, founders of SOVAS (the Society of Voice Arts and Sciences), a not-for-profit organization that helps educate and advocate voiceover around the globe. They organize and present workshops and learning opportunities across America and curate That’s Voiceover and The Voice Arts Awards, a voiceover convention and voice awards show, respectively.
In this episode, we learn how Joan and Rudy established themselves in the industry, how they advocate for talent that come from diverse backgrounds, where they believe the industry is heading, the importance of the human voice, and how the collaboration of technology and voiceover presents new and exciting opportunities for voice actors.
This week on the VO School Podcast, we’re doing something a little different. A few weeks ago, I asked listeners to submit a recording of themselves reading a commercial script and then we’d assess the performance on the show.
Jim Kennelly, producer and casting director of Lotas Productions, along with engineer Sam Ufret and myself played through a selection chosen at random. We get a behind-the-scenes peek at how reads are assessed and why some are picked to be forwarded to a client and why others may not be.
We learn the importance of reading and understanding specs, using your imagination when you read, how pace and energy are critical to garnering or losing attention, the importance of audio quality, and some dos and don’ts that will help you to stand out from the crowd.
In episode 11 of the VO School Podcast, we talked to Celia Siegel and Doug Melville about marketing and branding as it relates to voice actors. In today’s episode, we put those theories to the test as we take a peek behind the curtain of a brand audit.
Celia shows us her process for breaking down and distilling a voice actor’s personality, their voice, demo, and aesthetic to create a marketable brand. The subject of Celia’s examination is Marisa Blake, who restarted her voiceover career three years ago and is looking to reinvigorate her brand.
Listen in as Celia illuminates her process, starting with a questionnaire that probes Marisa’s history, her opinion of herself, her ambitions for the future and her opinions of the world.
The process is a mesmerizing stream of consciousness that is at times poetic and others incisive.
This week’s podcast episode is the final part of our Voiceover Guide. We cover such wide-ranging subjects as voiceover conferences, anxiety and motivation, branding and marketing, and the business and legal practices successful voice actors employ.
What will attending a voiceover conference do for your career? How can you perform your best at an audition when you suffer from anxiety? What is the difference between branding and marketing? What does a Madison Avenue advertising executive look for when choosing a voice talent? And how should you structure your business affairs?
Podcast guests this week include voiceover conference directors Gerrald Griffith (VO Atlanta) and Dave Courvoisier (WOVO Con), psychologist Dr. Chloe Carmichael, author, voice actor and comedian Anna Vocino, marketing and advertising gurus Celia Siegel and Doug Melville, and business savvy brainboxes Tom Dheere and Robert Sciglimpaglia.
It’s the tenth episode of the VO School Podcast and this week I wanted to do something a little different so we’re taking a look at the psychology of the voice actor!
How does one deal with disappointment, rejection, and self-doubt? What techniques can you use to combat performance anxiety? How do you deal with a person bringing negativity into a session? We also explore tactics to help you get into character, perform at your best in the audition room and recording studio, and how to unwind after a difficult session.
I’m thrilled to have been joined by two fantastic guests. Dr. Chloe Carmichael holds a doctorate in clinical psychology from Long Island University and her Manhattan-based private practice focuses on stress management, relationship issues, self-esteem, and coaching. She’s worked one-on-one with many stars from stage and screen and contributes to media outlets such as The Huffington Post, Fox News, Cosmopolitan, the New York Post, US News, Refinery29, and Forbes.
Anna Vocino is a voice actor, stand up comedian, and food writer. Her voice credits include promo campaigns for ABC, Nickelodeon, Fox Sports, Cartoon Network, and the Tennis Channel, plus hundreds of TV and radio spots for clients like Subaru, Bud Light, Best Buy, Toys R Us, Target, FedEx, Legoland, and McDonald’s. She can also be heard on TV in “The Office,” “Celebrity Death Match,” “The Young & The Restless,” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” as well as “a bajillion video games".
Is it who you know or what you know? It’s both! So this week we have devoted an entire episode of the VO School Podcast to networking! Skill, a great demo, and perseverance are all crucial for a career in voiceover, but if people don’t know who you are it’s all rather irrelevant.
With the help of three extremely talented voice actors who regularly tear up studios across L.A.—Tim Friedlander, Brad Venable, and Jay Preston—we will explore how you can become a network ninja, both online and in-person.
Does walking into a room full of strangers scare you? Are you bamboozled by the plethora of online groups and social media platforms? We delve into all of this and discover that the secret to effective networking is simpler and less frightening than you’d imagine!
I also put Brad, Tim, and Jay on the spot to see if they can put into practice what they preach!
This week on the VO School Podcast, we examine the intriguing and sometimes treacherous world of coaching!
Who needs coaching? Where do you find reputable teachers? And what can a great coach do for your career? These are some of the questions we delve into.
I’m joined by two well-respected coaches who offer their services to voiceover professionals across the globe. Anne Ganguzza is an L.A.-based voice talent, coach, and business and technology expert. She utilizes her background in technology and education to help students meet the ever-changing demands of the current voiceover marketplace. MaryLynn Wissner is a legend of the voiceover industry. With 30 years as a casting director for some of the worlds biggest corporations, film and TV companies, and video games studios and over 25 as a coach and mentor, MaryLynn is a highly sought after and widely known teacher at the top of her game.
Join us as we take deep dive into the world of coaching, workshops, scams, plans and social media for cats!
Blog and show notes for the VO School Podcast - produced by Jamie Muffett.