We’re back with an all-new season of the VO School Podcast and for our first episode, we’re tackling a very popular voiceover genre: video games!
Working in the video game genre is both challenging and rewarding, and offers an opportunity for talent to become recognized for their work (a rarity for voice actors).
How does a voice actor make their way into this genre? Do they need to have gaming experience to be successful? What skills are needed to compete and where does one go to acquire them?
Joining us this week are three extremely successful video game voice talents, covering the union AAA and indie worlds, as well as gaining perspectives from both sides of the pond.
Dave Fennoy has been an industry heavyweight for over 20 years and has voiced major roles in games such as “The Walking Dead,” “World of Warcraft,” “Lego,” “Final Fantasy,” “Star Wars,” “Batman,” “Transformers,” “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Fallout 4,” “Minecraft,” “Infinity Blade,” “Grand Theft Auto,” “Assasin’s Creed,” “Metal Gear Solid,” “Mass Effect,” and many, many others! He is also an in-demand voiceover coach and travels the world teaching and speaking about the craft.
Amelia Tyler is a prolific voice actor and motion capture artist from the U.K. She has voiced games such as “Divinity Original Sin II,” “The Spectrum Retreat,” and “Elite Dangerous: Horizons.” She’s also voiced multiple characters in “Star Wars Battlefront II,” “Forgotton Anne,” and “Frostpunk,” plus motion-capture work for “Kingsman: The Golden Circle.” This year, she’ll be appearing in “The Occupation” and as several characters in titles including “We Happy Few,” “Du Lac and Fey: Dance of Death,” and “The Bard's Tale IV.”
Jay Britton, also from the U.K., is a Voice Arts Award-winning voice actor and motion capture artist and has appeared in over 50 titles and 285+ roles. You will have heard him in “Divinity: Original Sin II,” “Elite Dangerous: Horizons,” “Total War: Warhammer II,” “Planet Coaster,” “The Turing Test,” and “Augmented Empire,” among many others!
Today’s episode of the VO School Podcast is part two of a master voiceover advice guide. I’ve selected the most awesome highlights and important tidbits of information for the new or working voice actor, covering voiceover coaching in episode 5 and VO demos in episode 6. We discuss networking (on and offline) in episode 7, and find out how you can get your first voiceover job in episode 9.
With the help of nine industry professionals who are all experts in their fields, we get to the truth of these oft-misunderstood subjects.
Joining me this week are voiceover coaches Anne Ganguzza and MaryLynn Wissner, demo producers J. Michael Collins and Terry Daniel, networking gurus Tim Friedlander, Jay Preston, and Brad Venable, and business savvy VO entrepreneurs Rachael Naylor and Armin Hierstetter.
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!
Welcome to the first episode of the VO School Podcast. My name is Jamie, I am a full-time voice actor, audio engineer, and Backstage expert. Each week, with the help of two industry professionals, we will discuss the ins and outs of the constantly-evolving voice industry.
Each episode will build upon the last to give you a comprehensive guide to the art, craft, and business of voiceover.
This week, we take a look at the industry as a whole, looking at the lay of the land from the perspective of a new entrant. Is the industry growing? Contracting? Has it plateaued? And where is it going next? How does a new talent break in? Do you need to be in New York or LA? And is age a barrier to entry?
We also discuss effective ways to reach out to producers and industry professionals, and how social media can not only be fun and personal but a powerful tool to advance your career.
I’m joined by producer, editor, and audio engineer Amanda Rose Smith and Emmy-winning producer, coach, and CEO of the Society of Voice Arts and Sciences, Rudy Gaskins.
Blog and show notes for the VO School Podcast - produced by Jamie Muffett.