The Art of Voice Acting: The Craft and Business of Performing Voiceover / Edition 4

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Overview

Are you just starting in Voiceover? Do you have some experience, but aren't getting booked? Are you a working pro who wants to expand to new areas of VO work?

The Art of Voice Acting is a must read if you are serious about a profession in voice over and looking to maximize your efforts for success in the business.
Packed with basic acting techniques in The Art of Voice Acting, you will discover
* All new scripts
* 20 more pages of new and updated information
* A completely new chapter of studio stories and 'tricks-of-the-trade' from professional voiceover talent around the world
* Updated information for voiceover demos and marketing
* A comprehensive index that makes it easy to find what you're looking for
* More voice and acting techniques
* Contributions from some of the top voice talent in the world
* An all new audio CD with the actual audio for every script in the book,
* PLUS: exercises, demos and more!
Written in an accessible and engaging style Alburger shares his experience as a performer, producer, director and performance coach to give you a clear no nonsense introduction to the business and art of voice acting.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This is a really terrific little book packed with information ranging from voice exercises and copy samples, to business advice, guidance on preparing an audition tape, and lots of contact information. Jim Alburger is something of a legend in west coast voice-over circles, with his vast experience as an audio engineer and trainer. If you have ever considered a career in voice-overs, this book is a must have."—John Beaupre, Broadcastvoice.com
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780240812113
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/15/2010
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 253,006
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

James R Alburger, has worked with hundreds of voice- over artists. After a 25 year career in television as an audio producer and director (and recipient of 11 Emmy Awards), he opened his production company, The Commercial Clinic. James now produces award- winning radio and television commercials featuring his voice- acting talents along with those of many of his students. He also conducts workshops, seminars, and private coaching for voice acting and effective business communication

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Table of Contents

Foreword Beau Weaver Weaver, Beau

Preface

Acknowledgments

Introduction

THE BUSINESS OF VOICEOVER: PART I

1 What is Voice Acting? 1

The Many Roles of the Voice Actor 1

Types of Voiceover Work 2

The Difference between "Voiceover" and "Voice Acting" 5

Breaking into the Business of Voiceover 7

2 The Best-Kept Secret 9

The Realities of Voice Acting 9

Full-Time or Part-Time 10

7 Things You Must Know about Voiceover Work 12

3 Where to Start: Voiceover Basics 13

The Voiceover Performer as Actor and Salesperson 13

"Slip and Fall Accidents" (CD/11) 14

Getting the Skills You Need 17

4 The Business of Voiceover: Getting Paid to Play 21

It's Show-biz, Folks! 21

Making Money Doing Voiceover Work 22

Talent Agencies, Casting Agencies, Personal Managers, and Advertising Agencies 27

ACTING FOR VOICEOVER

5 Using Your Instrument 31

Where Do You Sit in the Voiceover Orchestra? 31

All about Breathing 33

20 Facts About Your Voice (CD/2) 34

"Come in Today" Script for Breath Control (CD/3) 36

Be Easy on Yourself 38

Exercising Your Voice 40

Correcting Speech Problems and Habits 40

Voice and Body Exercises (CD/4, CD/5) 45

Tips for Maintaining Your Voice and Improving Performance 51

6 The Seven Core Elements of an Effective Performance (CD/6) 61

It Starts with Pretending 62

Audience: Core Element #1 62

Back Story: Core Element #2 64

Character: Core Element #3 66

Desires: Core Element #4 67

Energy: Core Element #5 68

Forget Who You Are and Focus: Core Element #6 71

Gamble: Core Element #7 72

7 Developing Style & Technique 75

Style 76

The Road to Proficiency 76

Three Steps to Creating an Effective Performance 78

The Elements of a Voice Acting Performance (CD/7) 80

Shortcuts that Trick Your Brain (CD/8) 95

Advanced Techniques 97

Microphone Technique 100

Using Headphones 104

Your Signature Voice 106

8 Voice Acting 101 107

It's Not about Your Voice 107

Commit to Your Choices...and Adjust 107

Physical Attitudes to Help Delivery 120

Your Clothes Make a Difference 124

The Magic of Your Mind: If You Believe It, They Will! 125

Trends 126

9 Woodshedding and Script Analysis 127

The Director in the Front Row of Your Mind 127

"Woodshed" Your Copy 128

Creating a Performance Road Map 130

Woodshed Your Script to Be More Believable 134

Tips for Woodshedding 144

10 The Character in the Copy 145

How Will You Play the Role? 145

Your Best Tool is your Own Personality 147

Socio-cultural Awareness and RISC 3-D 150

The RISC Ten Socio-cultural Cells & Your Character 152

Cell 1---Enthusiasts 154

Cell 2F---Pathfinders 154

Cell 2S---Connoisseurs 155

Cell 3F---Surfers 155

Cell 3S---Daredevils 156

Cell 4F---Caretakers 156

Cell 4S---Guardians 157

Cell 5F---Jugglers 157

Cell 5S---Wannabes 158

Cell 6---Contenteds 158

Theater of the Mind 159

An Exercise for Creating Real Characters (CD/9) 160

Making Your Characters Believable 161

Tips for Performing All Types of Copy 164

11 Single-Voice Copy 165

Tips for Performing Single-Voice Copy 166

Single-Voice Scripts 167

Public Awareness Campaign---"Expectations" (CD/12) 167

"My Open House" (CD/13) 168

"East Cambridge Savings Bank" (CD/14) 169

"Small Business Success" (CD/15) 170

12 Dialogue Copy: Doubles and Multiples 171

Types of Dialogue Copy 171

Tips for Performing Comedic Dialogue Copy 172

Dialogue and Multiple-Voice Scripts 173

"Donate Life" (CD/16) 173

"Towne Center Plaza" (CD/17) 174

"Holiday Magic" (CD/18) 175

13 Industrials: Long-Form and Narrative Copy 177

Tips for Performing Corporate and Narrative Copy 178

Corporate and Narrative Scripts 178

"The Art of Risk" (CD/19) 179

"The Power of Your Thoughts" (CD/20) 180

14 Character Copy 183

Vocalizing Characters 183

Pat Fraley's Six Critical Elements of a Character Voice 185

Finding Your Voice 186

The Character Voice Worksheet 187

Documenting Your Characters (CD/10) 188

Tips for Character and Animation Copy 189

Character and Animation Scripts 189

Character Voice Examples (CD/21) 189

"Game Pilots" (CD/22) 192

15 Imaging, Promo, and Trailer 193

Radio Imaging, Branding, Signature Voice 193

Radio Imaging (CD/27) Gabrielle Nistico Nistico, Gabrielle 193

Promo & Trailer 195

Tips for Imaging, Promo, and Trailer Copy 196

16 Other Types of Voiceover Work 197

Audio Books 197

A Bit about Audio Books Hilary Huber Huber, Hilary 198

Video Games 200

The Truth About Video Game VO Zach Hanks Hanks, Zach 200

Telephony 202

Concatenation (CD/23) Connie Terwilliger Terwilliger, Connie 203

ADR/Looping 204

Automatic Dialog Replacement James Phillips Phillips, James 205

Anime 208

Inside Anime Debbie Munro Munro, Debbie 208

THE BUSINESS OF VOICEOVER: PART 2

17 The Brave New World of New Media Joe Klein Klein, Joe 209

A Revolution in Media Content & Delivery 210

Social Networking & New Media 213

The Present & Future of New Media 216

The Voice Actor's Place in New Media 218

18 Your Voiceover Demo 221

Your Professional Calling Card 221

Demo Rule #1 Don't Produce Your Demo Until You are Ready 221

Demo Rule #2 Your Demo Must Accurately Represent Your Abilities 224

Versatility is Your Selling Tool 226

Demo Basics 226

Types of Voiceover Demos 227

Producing Your Demo 232

Your Demo Recording Session 244

Demo Tips, Tricks, Dos, & Don'ts 246

An Alphabetical Review of Voiceover Demo Categories 248

19 Your Demo is Done, Now What? 249

Present Yourself as a Professional 249

Setting Up Shop 252

Print Materials 255

Getting Your Demo Out There: To Duplicate or Not to Duplicate 257

Your Website 259

20 How to Work in the Business of Voiceover 261

Promoting and Marketing Your Voiceover Talent 261

Finding and Working with an Agent 262

A Business Plan for Voice Actor You, Inc. 269

21 Setting Your Fees and Managing Your Business 279

Setting Your Talent Fee 279

Negotiating Your Fee 287

Getting Paid for Your Work 290

How to Guarantee You'll Be Paid 289

Union Compensation 295

Documenting Your Session 297

Keeping Records 301

Banking and Your Business 302

22 Shedding Light on the Dark Side of Voiceover (Sciglimpaglia) 303

Legal and Business Issues in the Voiceover Industry 304

To Incorporate...or Not 305

Potential Liability Issues Specific to the Voiceover Industry 307

Contractual Issues and Considerations Relating to the Voiceover Industry 309

Intellectual Property Issues: Copyright and Trademarks 310

A Few Words on Business Insurance: Is it Really Necessary 322

Tax Tips and Considerations 314

Are You a Business? Or Just a Hobby? 315

Final Thoughts 316

23 Your Home Studio 317

A Million Dollar Studio in the Corner of a Room 317

The Challenge of Recording at Home 318

Home Studio Equipment 319

Understanding Room Acoustics 323

Advanced Home Studio Technology 325

Managing Your Computer 327

Wearing the Hat of the Audio Engineer 328

24 Auditions 329

The Audition Process 329

Auditioning from Your Home Studio 333

Preparing for Your Audition 336

What to Expect at a Live Audition 338

After the Audition 343

Agency Demos 344

The Voiceover Survival Kit 344

25 You're Hired! The Session 345

A Journey through the Creative Process 345

Types of Sessions, Setups, and Script Formats 349

The Session: Step-by-Step 351

Common Direction Terms 352

Wrap it Up 357

26 Tips, Tricks, and Studio Stories 359

The Beginner's Mind Beau Weaver Weaver, Beau 359

It Ain't Just Talking Mike Harrison Harrison, Mike 362

Do It Like You Talk Bill Ratner Ratner, Bill 364

Leads From Biz Journals Work! Janet Ault Ault, Janet 365

The 10 Top Traps Voice Overists Love to Put their Feet in...and the Real-world Truth You Need to Know Philip Banks Banks, Philip 367

What's the Big Deal? Sylvia Aimerto Aimerto, Sylvia 369

It Used to Be So Easy: Wearing two Hats Bettye Zoller Zoller, Bettye 370

Caring Makes a Difference! Paul M. Diaz Diaz, Paul M. 374

Coloring Our Words Marc Cashman Cashman, Marc 374

On Getting Paid David Kersten Kersten, David 377

Do Your Voiceover Clients Know What Kind of Salsa They Want? Jeffrey Kafer Kafer, Jeffrey 378

The Announcer Vortex Amy Taylor Taylor, Amy 379

SHUT UP, Already!!! Dan Hurst Hurst, Dan 381

Timing is Everything! Michael Minetree Minetree, Michael 382

The Importance of Marketing Materials Maxine Dunne Dunne, Maxine 385

Auditioning in the 2000s Connie Terwilliger Terwilliger, Connie 387

Helping Hands Beverly Bremers Bremers, Beverly 389

If You Think You Can...or You Can't...You're Right! Penny Abshire Abshire, Penny 390

Index 393

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