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VO4TA: DIY

 

I’m gonna go back on my own word here.  

 

If you have work - real honest-to-god “I got paid money to do this thing” work, I think it’s possible to put together your own audiobook demo and not have to pay someone like me to do it for you.  

VO4TA: Never Indicate

 

The fanboy in me really likes the moment captured in this panel discussion…

 

VO4TA: Scratch

 

Here’s the funny thing about scratch tracks.

 

They are usually bad.  

VO4TA: Inflect

 

Friend of mine said once: “The only thing I ever learned in a private VO lesson was when saying a list of three things: say it like this - ‘One, TWO, three…’ ”  

VO4TA: Accent Reduction

 

I don’t teach this - but I like this interview.  (On Lifehacker, no less.)

VO4TA: Sunk Costs

 

In economics and business, a sunk cost is a cost that has been incurred and cannot be recovered.  

 

What are the sunk costs in voiceover?

VO4TA: The Eclipse

 


I hate writing: “I can’t write anything about it, because you had to be there” - but I really don’t have the words. And when I have spoken about it, one friend said: “Seeing you struggle to say what it was like, really says everything.”

VO4TA: Announcers, Narrators and Comment

 

It's a bit of a disservice that the character we cast most often is still called "announcer" or "announcer VO" (AVO).  It's a holdover from a different era of commercial writing.  

VO4TA: Slating

 

ACTOR: I mean I was there! I actually saw a producer just listen “slate, slate, slate, slate...” Nothing else.

 

HPK:  I’ve heard of that, too.

 

VO4TA: Throwing It Away

 

The direction ‘throwing it away’ makes the read casual and relatable by:

1. Making the rhythm of the sound more loose and hence more conversational

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