The Voiceover Book: Don't Eat Toast

The Voiceover Book: Don't Eat Toast


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The Voiceover Book: Don't Eat Toast by Stephen Kemble, David Hodge, Shiv Grewal

"How I wish this book had been available to me when I started my voiceover career!" - Miriam Margolyes (Mulan, Rugrats, American Dad, Harry Potter films)

A concise handbook outlining the skills, the know-how and the business of voiceovers, with a particular focus on the UK industry. Stephen Kemble, a voiceover artist and voice coach, and David Hodge, who has worked as a sound engineer, voice director and as Company Manager at a voice agency, offer specialist advice on all areas of voiceover work, including commercials, narration, audio books, animation and dubbing.

Topics include: knowing your voice; understanding and acquiring the skills of a voiceover; how to prepare for recording sessions; technical aspects and protocol of working in a studio; knowing your personal strengths, making the all-important showreel and finding an agent; looking after your voice; dealing with dyslexia; tips from agents, producers, engineers and voiceovers; terminology.

This book is an ideal guide for anyone who has a curiosity about voiceovers and what’s involved. It should be of particular interest to drama school students preparing to enter the industry, and professional actors who want to tap into the voiceover business.

"There’s a lot of down to earth advice for drama school students... But this is a business-like book mostly about getting work, doing it well and managing yourself... It’s mostly written in pleasingly accessible short bites with plenty of quotes from experienced people in the know and it’s especially strong on accents... The best part of this book is the detailed account of what happens in a recording studio when it all comes together." - The Stage

"An extremely thorough and well thought-out introduction (and middle and conclusion, come to that) to voiceover work... for any student with an interest in pursuing what can be a very satisfying and lucrative element of an actor's career, this is essential reading." - Teaching Drama

"An absolute must for any student or actor interested in developing this aspect of their work." - Judith Phillips, Head of Voice at LAMDA

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781783190546
Publisher: Oberon Books
Publication date: 09/02/2014
Pages: 96
Product dimensions: 6.60(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

David Hodge began as a sound engineer at the outset of commercial radio in the UK, recording voiceovers for radio and TV commercials, as well as documentaries, animation series, corporate programs, audio books and foreign language versions. He became a founding Director of Silk Sound studios in London where he also produced and directed a number of award-winning radio commercials. He spent six years as Studio Manager for Saunders & Gordon, an audio post-production facility. David was subsequently voice director on Maisy, a BAFTA award-winning animation series for the under-fives and was then heavily involved in the running of Hobsons International, a prominent voiceover and artists’ agency.

Stephen Kemble comes from an acting background including extensive work as voiceover. He has worked across a broad range of media; commercial campaigns, narration for documentary programs and current affairs series, corporate work, TV promotions and audio books. He has an MA Voice Studies with distinction from The Central School of Speech and Drama. Since 2006 he has worked with actors in production, teaching ‘practical voice’ to actors in training and developing his teaching of voice for microphone. In 2011 he became a designated Linklater teacher. Currently he’s a text and voice coach at The Royal Shakespeare Company.

Table of Contents

About the Authors & Illustrator ix

Don't Eat Toast! xi

Foreword Miriam Margolyes xii

Introduction 1

Part 1 The Voice 4

The Impact of the Voice 6

Get to Know Your Voice 7

Part 2 The Skills 14

Vocal Energy 16

Being in the Moment 17

Sight-Reading 18

Acting 18

Listening 19

A Sense of Timing 22

Words on a Page 24

Commercials 25

Narration 30

Animation 32

Audiobooks 42

Other Work 44

Part 3 The Studio 46

Technicalities 48

Before the Session 53

The Session 55

Part 4 The Business 62

Knowing your Strengths 64

Showreels 66

Getting Work 73

Finding an Agent 74

Part 5 Voice and Body 78

Posture and Breath 80

A Vocal Warm-Up 84

Looking After Your Voice 89

Dyslexia 90

And… 92

Other Crumbs of Advice 94

In a Nutshell… 101

Terminology 102

Further Reading 106

Our Thanks… 107

Audio/Visual Resource Pack File Listing 109

Notes 111

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