Yes folks! I’m still alive and quite busy these days. Due to the coronavirus I have a bit more time on my hands. I felt it best to update my Voice Over Knowledge Shared list as many things have changed. There are people on the old list I no longer associate with due to paying them for services that they did not deliver and thus have blocked me rather than handle the situation like a mature adult. People are scrambling to get into voice over more than ever before and competition is beyond challenging. You not only need solid acting skills and great demos. You MUST be able to record from your house and the audio needs to broadcast quality. No “ifs” and no “buts”. The biggest companies in the world are learning to record talent remotely and for a while, this is how it’s going to be until a miracle emerges for the human race.
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Okay, first I apologize for not posting in a long time. I spent the last two months researching what kind of recording booth I wanted with StudioBricks. This kind of investment takes a long, long time because you want all the details in place: modifications, measurements, additional equipment, weighing the pros and cons, getting every bit of free advice you can gather, and more. This booth is the biggest investment I’ve ever made, everything HAS to be just right. If anyone wants to ask questions or read a possible future blog post about what I did to ensure that Studiobricks was the best decision please comment or message me.
A week after calling the manufacturer, and paying the deposit I got sick.
It’s going to happen. It always does.
Since healthy vocalism is essential in voice over or singing, how do you keep it in good shape? Vocal exercises help, but how can you be sure you’re doing them correctly? How do you know which technique or methodology works?
Even if you don’t plan to pursue singing as a career, having or practicing musicality will help tremendously. Monotonous tones are not exactly favored in some areas of voice over, unless the script requires it. Voice training benefits the actor is countless ways to increase vocal ability and well-being; however, you want a teacher who understands the instrument and not just hearing you sing. The concepts used in the Swedish/Italian School of Singing have been proven to be extraordinarily effective for vocalists and in repairing vocal damage.
Sadly, only a few places online seem to supply good information regarding the history and overview of the Swedish/Italian School (which can be applied to all musical styles), but these days none more so than that of maestro David L. Jones who has spent more than 30 years researching, documenting and distributing the traditions and vocal exercises.