If you were on stage playing say, Napoleon inevitably you’d need to strike his classic portrait pose; hand on the abdomen with fingertips just inside the buttons. Costumed correctly, the coat and everything about the uniform, (hat, breeches, etc.) would be there.
When was the first time you were asked for a demo? By whom? Why? What is the relationship between demos and auditions?
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.
(Please let me know, Gentle Reader, if I miss anything…)
In voiceover you make money doing…
Commercials, Promos, Affiliates, Imaging, Politicals, Narration, Audiobooks, Animation, Video Games, Movie and DVD Trailers, E learning and Training, Industrials, Messages On Hold, Interactive Voice Response, ADR / Dubbing, Looping and Live Announce.
I’ve been thinking about the last ten years I’ve been doing this strange day gig. Not many people get to be a voice casting director for “a leading bi-coastal talent agency” for as long as I have. Not in this day and age. Go listen to my interview here for more. It’s halfway down the page.
HPK VO Rule No. 23: “Never sacrifice clarity for character”.
Direction will screw you up, if you let it. And direction that requests extremes in the performance of the read will distract you from putting an idea over clearly.
Hugh MacLeod (great first name), cartoonist and author of Evil Plans (great title) wrote in one of his cartoons:
“If you talked to people the way advertising talked to people, they’d punch you in the face”.