Friday, March 13, 2009

Free Harlan Hogan seminar open for registration!

Harlan Hogan and Jeffrey P. Fisher, authors of "The Voice Actor's Guide to Home Recording" and several other books on voiceover work and voice recording, are conducting a free teleseminar called, "How To Record Voiceovers At Home Or On The Road,"

You'll find all the information at:

What is a voiceover?

The Apple corporation is releasing an iPod shuffle that will announce song titles between each recording.  It is supposed to be able to announce the song in numerous languages.  This story came out a few recently and people in the voiceover community felt an opportunity had arisen to provide those announcements.

But wait!

It turns out that the announcements are going to be a synthetic voice!

So what does that mean for us in the voiceover community?  Are robots and computers going to take over the industry?

I be a monkeys uncle if a machine can ever be what a true voiceover actor can be.  In an industry where the watchword is "no announcer" because the want that "human touch", how can a machine possibly deliver?

And although they are using the term "voiceover" for this synthetic speech on the new iPod, a voiceover will always mean a human being, in front of a microphone, acting his or her butt off for their client.

What do you think?

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Mistakes that could prevent you from getting hired

David Goldberg from Edge Studios in NYC, wrote a nice article titled "Why Many Voice Talent Aren't Hired ... Are You Making These Mistakes, Too?"

In the article, he describes the kinds of blunders some voice actors commit which can prevent them from ever getting cast again.  At least at Edge Studios.

Some of these are common sense and some of them are just plain dumb.  Give it a read and let me know what you think.