Why Self-Direction Matters

When was the last time you heard another actor say, “I auditioned for that role. I would have done that—if they would have they told me to play it like that”? Maybe you heard yourself say it. Frankly, it’s doubtful you would have been told exactly … [Read more...]

Why PLAY Matters To Your Performance

As an actor and an artist you need to give yourself plenty of room to play. You need to allow yourself room to create and discover, often under great time constraints and the pressure to deliver your very best on the fly. At SOUND ADVICE, I refer … [Read more...]

The 4 Key Elements to Determining Type

Conventional wisdom teaches us that mastering all manner of performance styles and offering the widest possible range of characters are how to be read as versatile. And while that’s certainly true, the fact remains that the most consistent direction … [Read more...]

‘Ageism’ in Voiceover

When it comes to voiceover, how important is it for them to see what you look like? There’s some debate as to whether you should (or shouldn’t) include your headshot on your voiceover demos and web page. Personally, I prefer to listen with my ears, … [Read more...]

6 Similarities Between Acting for Voice Over & On-Camera

There’s a common assumption in the talent industry that can easily trip an actor up. It’s the idea that you must dramatically alter your approach to act for voiceover, and that there are some deeply guarded secrets to this medium that no one will … [Read more...]

The Biggest Misconceptions About Voiceover Demos

A voiceover demo, by definition, is a professional demonstration of what you do best and what you want more of. Yet many well-meaning, even experienced talent fall prey to the following misconceptions regarding what should be included on your … [Read more...]

5 Steps To Creating Original Character Voices

When it comes to animation and games (most often referred to as ‘Interactive’ voice over), producers who are most likely to hire you are after original character voices. And if you are among those compelled to do character voices, then you absolutely … [Read more...]

Voice-over, Kids & Young Adults

I was stage struck when I was a kid. To me, acting wasn’t just play (which it was): it was a full-blown quest, which continues to drive me today. That passion keeps me going, even when I’m met with the obligatory industry opposition. Certainly one … [Read more...]

Do You Consider Yourself a VOICE ACTOR?

Do you consider yourself a voice actor? Well, whether you do or not, the fact is those most likely to hire you do see you as an actor, and they expect you to perform accordingly. Regardless of your experience level, those auditioning, or most … [Read more...]

Going the Distance in the Voice-over Industry

It’s been said that, “Great works are performed not by strength, but by perseverance.” So, what does it take to go the distance in this industry? There’s no single answer. There are four: pursue, persist, prepare, and promote. These four … [Read more...]