Saturday, May 19, 2007

Voice Actors Making a Living

Ya know it's so rare that I read an article that actually gets VO right. All to often I read about how easy it is, or why voices actors are over paid, or some other such nonsense. Just running auditions, I have people jumping around, screaming their guts out, working up a sweat, confiding their darkest secrets, or ripping their hearts out to try and get a laugh. It's not back breaking labor, but it is physically and emotionally exhausting.

The Seattle Times has a really good article by Jack Broom about voice acting today.

"With a dozen people listening in the control room, Carey Bolden is reading a sample script for a cosmetics commercial. She's supposed to sound authoritative, friendly and relaxed — all at the same time — while breezing through terms like "bio-performance intensive clarifying essence" as if she says them every day.

As her sighs and grimaces indicate, this is hard work, but instructor Kathy Levin offers no apology. "If it were easy," says Levin, "everybody could do it."

If you think you have what it takes, go read the rest here!
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