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There's Money Where Your Mouth Is: An Insider's Guide to a Career in Voice-Overs

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Now expanded to include new insider?s tips on making a demo CD, vocal modulation and breath techniques, advanced copy-reading techniques, and a section on how copywriters see the job of the voice artists they write for, the Second Edition of this popular publication is an indispensable guide for anyone interested in a career in voice-overs.

Voice-overs represent a potentially lucrative enterprise for anyone with vocal talent. A well-connected voice actor can make as much in an ...

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Overview

Now expanded to include new insider’s tips on making a demo CD, vocal modulation and breath techniques, advanced copy-reading techniques, and a section on how copywriters see the job of the voice artists they write for, the Second Edition of this popular publication is an indispensable guide for anyone interested in a career in voice-overs.

Voice-overs represent a potentially lucrative enterprise for anyone with vocal talent. A well-connected voice actor can make as much in an hour as a stage actor can make in six weeks, and that’s before the “residuals” are earned. The lucrative voice-over field is one of the best ways to pay the bills while exploring stage and screen work, or it can become a fascinating career in itself.

Whether you’re a seasoned actor or a non-actor with vocal presence, this outstanding handbook offers an expert’s insight into launching a career and finding work in voice-overs. Author Elaine Clark, a prominent voice-over expert, begins by explaining the basics of the industry and demonstrating how prospective voice-over performers can best market themselves through the use of agents, mailings, and demo tapes. Subsequent chapters cover such essential topics as vocal preparation, the basics of reading copy, the distinction between an announcer, a spokesperson, and a character, how to “hide the sell”, how to branch out from commercials to industrial narrations and talking books, and how to work in a recording studio and use a microphone to best effect.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823077021
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/1/2000
  • Edition description: ENLARGED
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Elaine A. Clark is a voice and on-camera actor who has been seen and heard in hundreds of commercials, video games, websites, talking toys and other voiced products, corporate industrials, and voice mail systems. In 1986 she founded Voice One, one of the oldest voice-over and acting schools of its kind. While the primary focus is on commercial, character, and corporate voice-overs, Ms. Clark and her staff of working professionals also teach stage, film, commercial, and corporate on-camera acting. There is a series of voice-over training videos, CDs and cassette tapes for sale through the company website. To find out more, visit www.VoiceOneonline.com.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 9
Introduction 11
Chapter 1 Getting Started 15
Chapter 2 Voice-Over Aerobics 22
Chapter 3 Copy Basics 31
Chapter 4 Hiding "the Sell" 42
Chapter 5 Making it M.I.N.E. 51
Chapter 6 Putting Melody in Your Voice 58
Chapter 7 Copywriter's Intention 63
Chapter 8 Layering Techniques 67
Chapter 9 Believing What You Say 72
Chapter 10 Tags, Donuts, And Promos 75
Chapter 11 Announcer 82
Chapter 12 Spokesperson 92
Chapter 13 Real-Person Spots 101
Chapter 14 Characters 111
Chapter 15 Multiples 122
Chapter 16 Industrial Narrations 135
Chapter 17 Multimedia and Audio Books 148
Chapter 18 The Demo 163
Chapter 19 Getting an Agent 181
Chapter 20 Marketing Your Talent 202
Chapter 21 Staying on Top of the Business 213
Chapter 22 Epilogue: the Pep Talk 222
Glossary 224
Index 229
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