Recently in Debbie’s Voice
The Working Actor and the Relentless Pursuit of the Next Gig
The desperation in acting is so strong you can actually feel it in casting waiting rooms. I remember that feeling back when I started out in the acting world in the Southern California market. At that point in my career path it was all » Continue Reading.
The 69th Annual Tony Awards aired last night, and being a Broadway nerd (my car radio is permanently tuned to the Broadway Channel on Sirius XM) I always enjoy the build up, listening to interviews with the nominees, and anticipating the live performances. It was a fun show to watch this year, with » Continue Reading.
In today’s world of VO, the successful voiceover talent is not only proficient in the art of voiceover, but he/she is also a savvy entrepreneur. The days of working only in a major market, through reputable talent agencies, and having billing go through a third-party (like the union/payroll service, agency, etc.) are forever changed for many talent. That » Continue Reading.
Have you ever felt “over your head” in a VO session while trying to direct voice over talent? Or perhaps you’ve underwhelmed with the final recording from your selected talent, even though you thought you gave them proper direction.
Getting exactly what you want from a voice over performance starts even before your VO talent sits down » Continue Reading.
Raise your hand if you ever turned off the radio, TV or Internet video just because you didn’t like the sound of the person speaking? Most of us probably have, proving that the voice-over read of any given project can make or break that project’s success.
A high-quality voice track is a key part of the communication of the » Continue Reading.
Remember Winky? Winky was just one of many different cute, pencil-drawn animals that my generation may fondly recall appearing in a series of ads in the back of magazines. The ads promised something like:
“If you can draw this, you may » Continue Reading.
I recall a little awards presentation at the local VFW for my daughter’s school a few years back. Middle-schoolers were asked to write a short essay on why our armed forces are important. My daughter is a truly outstanding writer, but she didn’t win the contest.
In fact, she didn’t even place.
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My goal from the very beginning of my acting career was to be a successful working actor. I had the dream that I could make my living as an actor for my entire life, despite the discouraging statistics around job outlook and wage projections for working actors.
In the “old days” before the » Continue Reading.
The battle of the sexes definitely rolls over into the voice-over arena these days. Actually, there’s not really a battle going on, but rather a very good question:
Is it better for your company or client to hire male or female voice-over talent?
Like most things in life, there is no cut-and-dried, right or wrong answer. But my experience » Continue Reading.
Fear is one sneaky little critter, and it can be a pretty crafty foe when it comes to stopping us from doing all kinds of things…
Like asking for what we want.
I’m not talking about asking for what we want by slamming down our fist with a ridiculous demand. I’m referring to polite and non-threatening requests that can » Continue Reading.