VO: Tales and Techniques of a Voice-Over Actor

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One of the country’s top voice-over talents shares his secrets of success in an insider’s guide to the industry. Actors, broadcasters, and anyone who has longed to earn a living by speaking into a microphone will cherish this insightful and often hilarious glimpse at the business. Coverage includes:

• Identifying natural talent • Training a voice to make it commercially viable • Gaining experience in smaller markets • Making a demo CD • Auditioning effectively • Locating and signing with an agent • Joining the ...

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Overview


One of the country’s top voice-over talents shares his secrets of success in an insider’s guide to the industry. Actors, broadcasters, and anyone who has longed to earn a living by speaking into a microphone will cherish this insightful and often hilarious glimpse at the business. Coverage includes:

• Identifying natural talent • Training a voice to make it commercially viable • Gaining experience in smaller markets • Making a demo CD • Auditioning effectively • Locating and signing with an agent • Joining the appropriate unions • Negotiating contracts • Self-promoting to maximize exposure

This indispensable guide also addresses finding work in venues outside film and television, such as games, automated telephone systems, and Web sites. Aspiring and established voice-over actors will savor the behind-the-scenes details that show what actually happens during a voice-over recording session. Through it all, the author offers a personal account of the crazed clients, practical jokes, and coincidences encountered on the long journey to success.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781621534051
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/5/2014
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 502,756
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2006

    'Sound' Advice

    I originally bought this book to learn more about becoming a voice-over performer. After reading, I realized I already know a great deal about it. Although Hogan's journey to success began long before I ever entered the voice-over, broadcast, and advertising worlds, his stories and advice ring as true today in the digital world as they did in analog times. Hogan paints a very realistic picture of what goes on in this business from every angle. I highly recommend this book to any beginner considering a career in either voice-over, broadcasting, advertising, or marketing, as well as any seasoned professional on either side of the microphone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2004

    Making Your Voice into a Career

    A must-read for anyone considering a career as a voice-over talent. If people have told you that you have a great voice, and you've wondered how to use that gift - this is the book to get you started. You may not recognize the author's name, but you're sure to have heard his voice (check out his web site and you'll see what I mean). In this book he freely shares a wealth of insider knowledge, gained through years of experience, written with the reader in mind. Enjoy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2003

    A truly enjoyable and informative read!,

    As a working voiceover artist and talk-show host living in Japan and doing lots and lots of English narrations, broadcast shows, and commercial work, I was interested in reading aobut the latest techniques, business details, and stories from my contemporaries in the States. Harlan's book was far more than I ever expected. I simply couldn't put it down, and read it cover-to-cover in two days, stopping only for a nap. His stories and humor are the stuff legends are made of. What a great read! I startled my wife with open laughter numerous times while reading... especially regarding 'Blooper's Soap'; a term I have used frequently, but never with a knowledge of it's true origins. The technical aspects, advice, and coaching he gives in the book is up-to-date, highly useful, and informative even for those of us who have been in the business for awhile. I am a very critical reader, and rarely give 5-stars for anything... but here is a true exception. Very, very highly recommended to wanna-be's, new-be's, and journeymen VO artists all. BUY IT!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2003

    Funny, Inspirational, and Very Detailed!!!

    I laughed out loud throughout this book, Harlan's a wonderful storyteller. I would recommend this book for anyone interested in how the biz works whether you want to be a VO, producer/director, or on the tech side. Being on the tech side myself, I have a new understanding and respect of what the VO goes thru in a session. I especially enjoyed Harlan's studio term definitions, something every new VO needs to know to feel comfortable in a session.

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