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March 2016 Newsletter  |  Number 131
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Daytime Conservatory - 3/1-5/3
Advanced Narration - 3/5-6
Home Recording: Audacity - 3/10
INTRO: Starting Out - 3/12
Auditioning for Film - 3/13
Diction & Clarity - 3/14
Small Group Workout - 3/17
That's NOT All Folks - 3/19-20
Making Strong Choices - 3/21-4/25
Basic British - 3/23-30
Stepping Out - 3/26
Creating Characters - 3/26

Behind The Scenes - 3/29
Professional Invitational - 3/31

Styles - 4/2-3
Small Group Workout - 4/6
INTRO: Starting Out - 4/6
Adv. Audio Books I & II - 4/9
Your Voice As An Instrument - 4/10
Creating Characters - 4/13
The Booking Edge - 4/16
Positioning & Branding - 4/17
Stepping Out - 4/20
Character intensive - 4/21-6/9
Spontaneity - 4/23-24
Home Recording: Studio - 4/27
Long Form Narration - 4/30-5/1

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by Elaine Clark

Chances are that you were attracted to the voice over profession because someone told you that your voice is special. Knowing that, it levels the playing field when everyone auditioning and booking jobs has a great voice, too. So what makes YOU special?  

  • Your imagination.
  • Your life experiences.
  • Your sense of humor.
  • Your interpretation of the words.
  • How you use your body to make the words come alive.
  • How you emotionally connect with the message.
  • How much you believe that what you’re saying is true.

While many of you can manipulate your voice to sound higher, lower, younger, or older… are you delivering a message that is truthful, connects with the listener, and motivates that person to take action? After all, that’s our job as voice actors.

Your friends and family encouraged you to get into voiceovers because they liked the sound of your voice.  That included your connection with that person, how you felt during the conversation, how you instinctively used your body to move and gesture while talking and listening, and your knowledge of the subject matter that was being discussed.

So, what makes VO different? The words we’re giving in a script are not OUR words. They are someone else’s. And, they’re written in a manner that is not instinctively conversational. Yet, we need to make it sound spontaneous and real. That means you need to dig deeper than just the sound of your voice. You need to work on:

  • Script Analysis
  • Word Structure
  • Beats and Transitions
  • Personality
  • Attitude
  • Status
  • Opinion
  • Body Language
  • Melody
  • Timing
  • Emotions

Wow! That’s a lot of stuff to include in a 10, 15, 30, or 60- second commercial. Or, a longer narration or audiobook.  It’s elevated even further in animation and video games. 
Let's work on putting those pieces together so the real YOU shines through.  

Elaine Clark is the Author of the best-selling Voice-over book, There’s Money Where Your Mouth Is and Creator of the Voice & Diction App, Activate Your Voice
Look Who's Talking

* Ken Solin signed with Tonry Talent and worked on a job for
* Jonathan Murphy recorded VO for the Sonia Kennebeck documentary, “National Bird” about the US drone program. He also just completed an instructional video for Bluebee Pals, an educational tech companion for kids.
* Dani Hall recorded an explainer for Compass by Amplitude.
* Mike Sedlak had a featured role in The Best Shorts Competition Award of Recognition to Livermore's Futures Explored Practical Film & Media Workshop for its inspirational short film "UNO." He also had a Featured Role in "Mr. Invincible," by Cinequest. 
* Jayse O’Brien recorded for, Asset Mark Financial, and for a video game, Atlas Reactor.
* Jennifer Knight recorded explainers for Sliced Bread, Code Science,and Synchronoss. She also recorded in-game voices for Twister Moves Hip Hop Spots Electronic Dance Game.  
* Kayte Jackson recorded yet another module for a Bay Area Social Media Company. 

Congrats to all who've recently landed agents, recorded demos and landed recording and on-camera gigs. Send us your news and we'll add it to next month's Newsletter.
Sunday Drop-In Improv
Alternate Sundays 5:30-7:30pm. 
Next class on March 20
​​$15 cash at the door.
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Voice-Over > On-Camera > Improv > Casting > Audio Production
665 Third Street, Suite 227  San Francisco, California 94107   

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