Friday, March 18, 2011

Star Wars Clone Wars Voice actors (HD)

This video is very instructive and OH MY GOD, how much do I want to be a part of this cast!!!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Voicing Fame

Now here is an interesting video that brings up some interesting questions about hiring celebrities for voiceover work.

I especially loved the little segment at the end where people like MJ Lallo, Pat Fraley and James Arnold Taylor show just a few tiny examples of how truly talented REAL voiceover actors can be.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Sound Advice

I met Dan Friedman of ProComm Voices at Faffcon 2 in Atlanta.

Dan hosted a number of sessions around the technical aspects of being a voice talent. His sessions were fantastic and he even gave a way a couple of copies of his new book Sound Advice - Voiceover from an Audio Engineer's Perspective.

In fact, Dan is running a little contest where you could win a free copy of Sound Advice so go check it out.

While I haven't read it yet, judging from the information he shared with us during Faffcon, I am betting it's a real hum-dinger!

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Accent on Accents

Want to learn now to do dialects and accents? Well here are two great resources:

Here is a North American English Dialects, Based on Pronunciation Patterns which was posted on Facebook by Kat Keesling. Thanks Kat!

And here, Julie Williams over at the Forum is compiling a long list of resources for anybody looking to work on their accents and dialects titled Accent-uate the dialect links!. Thanks Julie and Joe The Actor!

Some useful stuff from CourVO

I met Dave Courvoisier face to face at Faffcon2 and what a wonderfully funny, generous, geniune person he is.

He recently posted some fantastic resources for voice actors and small business people that I thought you might appreciate. Take a look at Dave Courvoisier's Voiceover Blog and I think you'll agree.

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Faffcon2 Electric Boogaloo

I had the privilege to attend Faffcon 2, Electric Boogaloo this past weekend in Atlanta. That's me right behind the Faffcon2 logo with the blue shirt and goatee!

For those of you who don't know, Faffcon is billed as the Voiceover Un-Conference. The sessions are peer conducted and somewhat unstructured since quite often, the person conducting the session may have just thought of the topic that morning!

Nevertheless, the quality of the information being shared by these incredibly talented and generous people is priceless. In fact, some of it was pure gold, hence the concept of the Golden Nugget! A Golden Nugget is some bit of information that an individual takes away from any given session, that really resonates for them and helps them move their business in a positive direction.

I came away from Faffcon 2 with a virtual treasure chest full!

For me, one of the most amazing parts of Faffcon was getting to meet, talk with, have dinner with, laugh with and yes, even sing with some of the most talented professionals in the industry. Some of these people I have known online for some time but had never met in person. What fun it was to finally meet face to face!

Here are some the wonderful people who attended:

Amy Snively - Our organizer and hostess. Thanks Amy!

Bob Souer

Brad Venable

Bruce Miles

Catalina Parks

CC Heim

Chris Mezzolesta

Cliff Zellman

Connie Terwilliger

Dale Leopold

Dan Friedman

Dan Lenard

Dave Courvoisier

David Goldberg

Doug Turkel

Elaine Singer

Eric Souer

Fran McClellan

Fred Filbrich

George Washington III

Hawk Stevens

Holly Stevenson

Jamee Perkins

Jodi Krangle

John Florian

Johnny George

Justin Barrett

Karen Commins

Karen Souer

Kelley Buttrick

Kevin Silva

Larissa Gallagher

Lee Gordon

Leesha Saunders

Lisa Rice

Liz de Nesnera

Loren Kling

Lynne Houle

Mara Junot

Melissa eXelberth

Mercedes Rose

Mike Carta

Mike Wong

Moe Egan

Mrs Hughes

Natalie Stanfield Thomas

Pam Tierney

Paul Armbruster

Pete Newman

Peter O'Connell

Randye Kaye

Rich Owen

Rosi Amador

Rowell Gormon

Sterling Schiessler

Susan Bernard

Talmadge Ragan

Tanya Schoenwolf

Tasha Johnson

Taylor Morgan

Trish Basanyi

Vance Elderkin

Walter Olson

Wayne Thompson

Wendy Zier

Zak Miller

While I didn't get a chance to connect with every single person there, I can say that every person I did connect with, or share a session with, or have dinner with, or sing Karaoke with, is a person who touched my life in a positive way and who I will never forget.

Thank you all and I look forward to to seeing you at . . .

Faffcon 3, Sept 23 - 25 in Hershey PA.

See you there!