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VO4TA: Definitions

 

If you are mispronouncing a word - ask yourself: Do I really understand what the word means in this context?  Can I define this word in my own language?  (Totenkopf? Well, it’s actually the emblem on the German cavalry rider’s hat which then became synonymous with the hat itself).

 

Audition Mic

 

So, before you lay down any cash for gear understand what you are trying to accomplish.  Do you want a mic set up to practice with? Or to audition with? Do you want to work from home?  Do you want to produce deliverable finished audio to a client?  

VO4TA: Headphones

 

I had a friend ask me about a mic for his kid’s podcasting setup.  Kid is 9. (Nine).  As in not in double digits, nine!  (All comments about my “aging rapidly” will be now be ignored.  We all get older one day at a time, pal. Fine. Good.  Going on, now…)

 

VO4TA: RE Singing

 

04/11/17 I wrote: To all my VO folks out there -  have you ever auditioned to sing on a commercial?   

 

VO4TA: Singing

 

Singing isn’t a part of commercial voiceover anymore, is it?  You still hear the occasional jingle - but they’re not auditioned like voiceovers.  

 

I’m trying to remember if I’ve ever directed a singer for a commercial.  I’ve directed them for promos and even for animation theme songs; but never an actual commercial.  

VO4TA: Layout

 

Direction: Warm, inviting, mellow tone.  Inspirational but not over the top.

 

VO: “All across the country, from sea…

to shining sea, we’re switching…   

on a new year.”

VO4TA: Casting is not direction

 

HPK VO Rule No. 33:  Casting is not direction.

 

When I invite classes to bring their own copy to read for critique, I always specify that they need to bring some kind of direction with it as well.

 

VO4TA: Pink Trombone

 

It’s not what you think, philistine…

 

“From BOING BOING: Neil Thapen's Pink Trombone is a voice simulator: instead of telling it what to say, you individually move the soft and fleshy parts of the mouth, tongue and throat. There's a lot of fun to be had moving around the circular purple tongue control and the bottom lip and hearing the machine sing”.

VO4TA: Omit

 

Know you are being put on notice…  

 

If you are called to read a dialogue script of any kind - only submit your read.  Even if you read with someone else - submit only your voice.  Not a helper.  Not your Mom  reading the other role.  Not a coach reading the lines.  Only YOU reading your lines.  

 

VO4TA: Never lie.

 

Years ago a young actor suggested I write about this idea: “Actors are very territorial of the information they have and won't give it away, but actors are equally as territorial of their ignorance. They don't want anyone to know how much they don't know. Thus, they keep their mouths shut and forfeit their opportunity to learn (in order to seem) in-the-know. Silly actors. We're so stubborn sometimes.”

HPK's Upcoming Classes

  • May 8, 2017
    Pomann Sound ,  New York, NY
     
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    Pomann Sound ,  New York,
     

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