QUESTION: I was wondering where one might learn (from beginner
level) to develop the ole vocal chords from every day average
Joe into ones you'll hear doing things like movie trailers to
narratives (Hal Douglas for instance). is there hope available
for those of us who weren't quite born with them? Crash course
on cassette or VCR available? Any assistance, guidance or help
would be mucho's appreciated.
Before I recommend a specific audio seminar, here's the most important
piece of advice anyone can give you regarding voiceovers:
Acting ability is much more important than vocal technique.
Disc jockeys are held in low regard by the world-class voiceover
community...mainly because most jocks never learn how to LISTEN.
Instead, they hear only their own voices.
A top voiceover artist is skilled at listening to his/her partner
and responding in a natural, spontaneous-sounding way...even when
it's scripted, even when it's rehearsed, even when it's the 77th
Dick Orkin, for example, advises radio people to take acting lessons
instead of voice lessons. He doesn't cast voices; he casts actors.
Okay....So what about a crash course on cassette?
In our catalogue, we carry Julie Williams' HOW TO MAKE MONEY IN
VOICEOVERS...EVEN IF YOU DON'T LIVE in NEW YORK OR L.A.! Six cassettes
with big resource book included. The taped sessions include: The
Demo; Sample Demos; Marketing; Making Contact; Auditions; Sessions;
Caring For Your Voice...and a bunch more.