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voice over demo, career pointers

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I have a good friend who is interested in starting a career doing voice-overs and possibly audio books. Can anyone recommend a few good books on the topic of getting started in this field, as well as any real-life experience about this? Thanks! ANDY

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drumist69 Thu, 10/26/2006 - 15:47
Thanks vinmes...we've already checked out that site and few others. That one looks to be the best. And yes, I do have a small home studio setup. I was looking for an excuse to pick up either a Sennheiser MD421 or an RE-20, for my purposes to use on kick drum and such...but from what I gather, either of these will do well on VO as well. Thanks all! ANDY

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drumist69 Sun, 10/08/2006 - 12:27
OK, I've found many websites regarding this, and a plethora of books. Mainly, concerning the books, I would like any recomendations. There are so many out there (most with disturbingly catchy titles, like "Put Your Mouth Where the Money Is!"), I don't want to resort to randomly selecting from the current crop. Can anyone personally recomend a good book to start with? ANDY

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TeddyG Mon, 10/09/2006 - 18:06
I was just going to suggest maybe visiting casting directors for "open calls" - which are generally only available in larger cities. Of course taking a demo CD around to studios and agencies and trying to meet as many people as possible can't hurt - I've had more success actually catching a few people in-person than I ever have just sending oodles of CD's to mailboxes - though I do that, too. Setting-up a web site where people can go, having biz cards made, passing them out at every opportunity, sending them out, etc. Unless one has unbelieveable and obvious talent, or is famous for something else, it's a sales gig, pure and simple, just like selling insurance policies - most of us are pretty much the same...

Wanting to be something is a whole lot easier than going out and really trying to be something. Me? I hope your friend just "wishes" he was a VO guy and doesn't want to put a huge amount of effort into it - I don't need anymore competition......

TG

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drumist69 Mon, 10/09/2006 - 19:42
Well, we're thinking of putting up a website with mp3 demos, we have some contacts here locally, to get some initial business drummed up. At that point, I'm thinking we could then use some demos of actual commercial work to help the cause. I've got a few contacts in local TV that want VO talent, and radio wouldn't be hard to cultivate. They all use the same 5 people for VO, so I'm betting they're sick of those same people doing 3 voices in one commercial. I understand that this gig is purely sales at this point. The guy has a great voice (I think), and all I need to do is get a decent demo for him and promote him to the market. To me, coming from an indie music background, this seems like it would be a lot easier to sell than an indie rock band! We're not looking to get rich off this, but think we could pick up some nice spending cash for starters at least. After that, we shall see....you may want to watch your back, psyche! Thanks! ANDY

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