VO: Tales and Techniques of a Voice-over Actor [NOOK Book]


Not only does veteran actor Harlan Hogan offer a fascinating personal account of the crazed clients, practical jokes, and amazing coincidences encountered during his twenty-five year career, he also provides a wealth of tested tips for surviving and thriving as a voice-over actor.

This indispensable guide features dozens of techniques to help readers train their voices, gain experience, make a demo, join unions, get an agent, and more. It ...
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VO: Tales and Techniques of a Voice-over Actor

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Not only does veteran actor Harlan Hogan offer a fascinating personal account of the crazed clients, practical jokes, and amazing coincidences encountered during his twenty-five year career, he also provides a wealth of tested tips for surviving and thriving as a voice-over actor.

This indispensable guide features dozens of techniques to help readers train their voices, gain experience, make a demo, join unions, get an agent, and more. It also includes strategies for finding work in venues outside film and television, including games, automated telephone systems, and even Web sites. Actors, broadcasters, and anyone else who longs to make money speaking into a microphone will cherish this informative, insightful, and often hilarious glimpse at the business.
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Editorial Reviews

Michael Wells
I have had the privilege of learning from Harlan Hogan for several years now. His words are as wonderful to read on paper as they are to hear on television. Any person interested in a career in voice-overs should read this book.
executive casting director, Just Voices Casting, New York City
Mike King
For anyone considering a career in the voice-over business, Harlan's book is a must-read. It's like an old friend explaining the positives and negatives of becoming a voice-over actor.
ARU, Chicago
Margaret Travolta
For an actor pursuing any facet of the entertainment industry, this book contains a wealth of invaluable information.
Chuck Cohen
The best VO in the business has written the best (and funniest) book about the VO business.
executive creative director, C&C Advertising, San Francisco
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781581158618
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/21/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,250,980
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Harlan Hogan is one of the most sought-after voice-over actors in the country. During his more than twenty-five years in the business, he has given voice to some of the most recognizable campaigns in advertising, including, "It's the cereal even Mikey likes," "That little itch should be telling you something," and, "Good things come to those who wait." He gives frequent voice-over seminars for AFTRA/SAG and has lectured at Northwestern University. The writer of more than fifty radio and television commercials and more than twenty-five corporate and educational videos, he lives in Chicago.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Ch. 1 The Worst Voice in the Whole Third Grade - Talking Robots, Talking Rockets, and the Recordio 3
Techniques of a Voice-Over: Talking Inside the Box - Training, Technique, Tools, and Talent, or, the Four Ts of Voice-Over 8
Ch. 2 Stumbling Through School - Ronald Reagan, Radio, and a Whale of a Roommate 13
Techniques of a Voice-Over: Coining a Phrase - Spinning Words into Gold? 20
Ch. 3 Indiana Airwaves - Big Time in the Small Time, But Dick Clark Never Called 24
Techniques of a Voice-Over: Free and Not-So-Free Voice-Over Classes - From "Wanna-Be" to "New-Be" 29
Ch. 4 No Sale - Could there Be a Worse Computer Salesman? 38
Techniques of a Voice-Over: Storytellers of the Electronic Age - Ask the Right Questions, Tell the Right Story 42
Ch. 5 An Accidental Actor 48
Techniques of a Voice-Over: Radio and TV Voice-Overs - The Skills, the Opportunities 54
Ch. 6 Recorder's Revenge 58
Techniques of a Voice-Over: Long-Form Voice-Overs - The Skills, the Opportunities 61
Ch. 7 The Teamsters Made me Change my Name 66
Techniques of a Voice-Over: Corporate Voice-Overs - The Skills, the Opportunities 69
Ch. 8 WCLR and the Big Bang Theory 74
Techniques of a Voice-Over: Character Voices and Your Multiple Personalities - The Skills, the Opportunities, the Misconceptions 77
Ch. 9 No Longer A "Wanna-Be" - Fast-Forward on the Right Track 81
Techniques of a Voice-Over: Other Voice Work - The Skills, the Opportunities, the Talking Beer Bottle Openers 85
Ch. 10 In July - Inside Jokes of the Voice-Overs 89
Techniques of a Voice-Over: Flying Solo - Performing Alone 95
Ch. 11 Smack Dab in the Golden Age of Voice-Over 98
Techniques of a Voice-Over: Playing Well with Others - The Art of Dialogue 101
Ch. 12 Say the Secret Word - "Blooper's Soap" 105
Techniques of a Voice-Over: Making the First or Fiftieth Voice Demo - A Never-Ending Project 112
Ch. 13 The Voice Talent's Connection - Go Ahead, Make my Day ... Beep me! 117
Techniques of a Voice-Over: All about Agents - Hearts of Gold 121
Ch. 14 What Planet are you from? Brand Managers - Be Afraid. Be Very Afraid 128
Techniques of a Voice-Over: All about Auditions - The Art of One-Upmanship 131
Ch. 15 A Remarkable Way to Make a Buck - Plates, Statues, and the People who Collect them 135
Techniques of a Voice-Over: Terms of Employment - Talking the Talk 139
Ch. 16 The Nineties' Celebrity Voice-Over Invasion - Stars, Satellites, and Cable TV Slither onto Our Turf 146
Techniques of a Voice-Over: Studio Smarts - Twenty Studio Commandments for VOs 149
Ch. 17 Talking in Corporate Tongues - This may not Sound Like English 153
Techniques of a Voice-Over: All about Unions - To Join or not to Join? That Is the Question 158
Ch. 18 Advertising in the Twenty-First Century - Too Hip for the Room 161
Techniques of a Voice-Over: Persistent Self-Promotion - From PR to the Post Office 163
Ch. 19 Prescription Drugs and those Pesky Contraindications - Side Effects Worse than the Disease 170
Techniques of a Voice-Over: Preserving the Tools of the Trade - Although I'm Not a Doctor, I've Played One on TV 174
Ch. 20 The Fine Art of Directing Voice-Overs - Real Voice Men don't Ask ... 177
Techniques of a Voice-Over: You, Yourself, and the IRS - The Business of Show Business 181
Ch. 21 Behind the Scenes - The Real Work Behind Voice Work 186
Techniques of a Voice-Over: A Studio of Your Own - A New Opportunity, a New Convenience 190
Ch. 22 My Soon-to-be-Famous Acquaintances - Befriended before they were Stars 195
Techniques of a Voice-Over: Virtual Voice-Over - The New Business Model 200
Ch. 23 Riding Through the Strike Zone - A Forced Vacation, for a Chosen Vocation 203
Techniques of a Voice-Over: Kaizen for Voice-Overs - One Lesson, One Session at a Time 208
Ch. 24 Acting Up, Cracking Up - Conduct Unbecoming 211
Techniques of a Voice-Over: The Simple Truth - A Conversation Peer to Peer 213
Ch. 25 Fast-Forward to Future Tense - Where Voice-Over Acting Goes from here 217
Postscript: The Unremarkables 223
Resources 225
Alice's Adventure's in Adland 229
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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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