April 21-29, 2012
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PICTURE YOURSELF IN A NATIONAL PARK this April 21 - 29 as America celebrates National Park Week –– a chance to hike, learn, share, and give back in the nation’s 397 national parks. Each year, we take this time to celebrate what we all have inherited as Americans – 84 million acres of the world’s most spectacular scenery, historic landmarks and cultural treasures.
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April 21-29, 2012
Free Admission All Week!
Voice acting has been a wonderful adventure for me. It has allowed me to have a fulfilling career along side my performances in a well respected steel drum band. The creative side of performing in a band goes hand in hand with my voice acting career.
I love to have people ask me about my voice acting and quite often they ask me how to get started. I love what I do and I am happy to share with others how they too can have a career in voice acting. Check out this previous blog post if you would like a career in voice acting:
Good luck and go for your dreams!
For those who haven't been closely following this tragic story, here's a primer on the awful facts surrounding the death of Trayvon Martin. There is plenty in here to warrant outrage.
Marketing efforts and marketing budgets don’t always meet to provide business owners with the best options. Marketing costs can range from free guerilla efforts to very expensive commercials, billboards, and sponsorships. Cost is often the first thought of a business owner or decision maker but it really should be what will get the best effort.
Here are 5 ways to get a big return on your marketing efforts in both terms of your money and your time:
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A Subscriber writes:
I found that so many things have changed in the voice over industry and I feel out of the loop.
I will be doing a mass mailing to agents and casting directors and I’m wondering if you could offer any advice as to what to say in the letter that will be enclosed with my voice over demo. I’m not sure how to re-introduce myself into the industry after so many years and with not much of a resume. Would you be so kind as to help me out and maybe give me a little push with some advice? ”
Susan Berkley: “First of all, congratulations for getting back onto the horse, re-doing your demo and getting back out there. But I have to be perfectly frank and tell you that you’re asking the wrong question so I can hopefully save you some time, some money and some disappointment. Take a breath and listen carefully to what I have to say.
Please don’t think I’m being cold or hard, but this is the reality of the business today. People are overwhelmed and nobody is sitting around waiting for a mass mailing of a demo CD from yet another voice over talent.
Now, this doesn’t mean all is lost. It’s not. The business has changed and you just have to know how to unlock the key. But one thing is for sure, mass mailings do not work. I have identified 12 ways to grow a voice over business and I don’t have the space to go into all of them here, but I can tell you that mass mailings are not on the list. Some of the ways include targeting prospects through social media sites like LinkedIn, auditioning through on line casting services and talent agents, calling compiled lists from free on line resources, targeted advertising in trade journals, networking and setting up landing pages to which you drive traffic from ad words.
I will be going into all this in great detail at my upcoming Voice Over Bootcamp at Bennett Studios in Tenafly NJ. We’re almost sold out but if you call Bill in our office at 800-333-8108 x229 he’ll answer your questions and see if we can squeeze you in. Check it out here http://www.voiceoverbootcampevent.com/
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Susan Berkley is a top voice over artist and founder of The Great Voice Company, a company devoted to teaching great voices around the world how to become successful voice over actors. The Great Voice Company is an international leader in voice over training and in providing top quality voice over recordings in all languages to discerning businesses and marketers. For additional information visit www.greatvoice.com.
Getting started as a voice actor is what most people want to do. They see their favorite cartoons and think “I would love to do that”. It can be done! There has been a great increase in the number of animated productions in the past few years. Disney, Hanna-Barbera and Warner Brothers were the standard for animated shorts and films. Now there are many more such as Dream Works, Pixar, and the many anime studios. There is also need for a voice actor every time a new video game is produced.
There are many ways you can prepare yourself to become a voice actor. One way is to get involved in an acting group or class. Voice actors may not be seen but they still need to know how to act. The voice needs to be able to portray emotions and genuine reactions.
You can team up with an artist and volunteer to do voice over work for the ability to get experience. YouTube is a perfect venue for producing your own voice over work. Some voice artists take pre-recorded work and provide new voice work to the project and load it up onto YouTube.
There are also many books available to help you get started. One in particular is “Voice-Over Animation” by Jean Ann Wright. The book gives a good overview of how to get started as a voice actor for animation projects, what it is like having a career as a voice artist in animation, how to get work, and other important topics such as voice warm up exercises and how to take care of your voice.
If you are interested in becoming a voice actor or voice over artist then all it takes is a passion to do the job and the drive to get started and pursue your dreams.
How to post a YouTube video that looks professional is what someone should be asking that is either trying to promote a business or product or trying to convey a believable message. Unfortunately due to the many amateur videos that end up on YouTube people get comfortable in thinking that they can load just any video and it will be accepted by a consumer to be trustworthy and worth viewing or sharing. Not true say marketing professionals. The abundance of amateur videos means that yours will likely get lost in the mass number of videos and you will have missed out on an opportunity to stand out if you do not make the effort to produce a professional looking video for YouTube.
It takes very little effort to produce a video that portrays a professional image. It can still be a home project but it doesn’t have to look that way. Take into consideration the following pointers in how to post a YouTube video that looks professional:
Follow the above pointers and you will soon be asked by others as to “How to post a YouTube video that looks professional.”
Voice actor great Laurence “Laurie” Main passed away on February 8 in Los Angeles at the age of 89. He was best known for his work as the voice of Dr. Watson in the 1986 Disney cartoon movie “The Great Mouse Detective”. He was also the host and narrator of the Disney Channel’s “Welcome to Pooh Corner” which ran in the 1980’s.
Mr. Main has a long list of credits for work he did for Disney, ABC Weekend Specials, Hanna-Barbera and other studios. He also appeared on Broadway in many live acting works. He also appeared as an actor in “Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo”, “Freaky Friday” and “Mom and Dad Save the World”. He worked opposite Barbara Streisand in “On a Clear Day You Can See Forever”. His credits for television series included “The Ghost and Mrs. Muir”, “Bewitched”, “Family Affair”, “Mayberry R.F.D.”, “That Girl”, “Facts of Life Goes to Paris”, “The Adventures of Robin Hood”, “The Partridge Family” and “The New Adventures of Charlie Chan.”
Born Laurence G. Main in Melbourne, Australia on November 29, 1929 he left home at the age of 16 and moved to England. He arrived in the United States in 1960 and studied acting with Agnes Moorehead.
Laurie Main was used as a voice actor in many of Disney’s projects and they considered him one of their special and notable voices.