A PEEK INTO THE SECRET WORLD OF THE VOICE ACTOR

Interested in pursuing a career in VO? Curious what goes on behind the scenes in a business where people talk funny for money? This book offers a fun and comprehensive look at what it takes, what goes on and what it’s like behind the mic from two working pros who started from scratch.

Anecdotes

Anecdotes from VO professionals that run the gamut from actors to directors, agents to engineers. Entertaining stories and valuable insider knowledge on topics like: what makes a good demo reel, what it’s like in the booth, how to work effectively with a director, and what an agent likes to hear. Contributions from Wil Wheaton, Phil Morris, Dee Bradley Baker, Vic Mignogna, Liam O’Brien, Stephanie Sheh, Ginny McSwain, Jonathan Clements and many more!

Exercises

In addition to sample scripts and audition copy, you’ll find exercises to create characters, help narrow down your voice type, strengthen your pipes, increase breath control, improve diction and much more!

Audition Techniques

A peek into where you’ll be auditioning, who you’ll be auditioning for and things you can do to  set yourself apart from your competition. From script analysis and character breakdown to relaxation techniques, you’ll discover a multitude of ways to get prepared, stay levelheaded and put your best foot forward.

Marketing

Being the best actor isn’t enough! You’ll have to treat your VO career as a business, find out how to market yourself to agents, managers and potential clients. From promotional mailings to networking, these are the skills that can turn one job into a career!

Creating a demo

Making a good first impression is important and your demo is what you’ll send out into the world to give people a reason to hire you. You want it to be the best it can be, and here you’ll find out how to produce your demo to make it stand out!

Finding your voice

There are a lot of people out there competing for VO work. And key to being competitive is knowing your own voice. What qualities does your voice have? What kinds of products is your type of voice selling these days? And how can you use this knowledge to focus your energy and promote yourself? We’ll tell you!


Different types of VO

What kinds of jobs are out there? Where does VO fit in with the rest of the world of entertainment? From animation (dubbed and original) to video games, loop groups to commercials, let us be your guide through the wonderful world of VO.

Booth/Studio

We’ll give you a peek into the place where voice actors go to work and play. Who’ll be in there with you, how to get comfortable behind the mic and an introduction to all the strange and wonderful equipment you’ll be working with.

Home studio

Technology has brought the power to you, the voice actor, and we walk you through how to use your computer to record quality auditions at home and how to create your own home studio without spending an arm and a leg!

Getting Started

No matter how old you are, where you live, or what your experience, we give you the tools to begin your career in voice over. Whether you’re just curious, starting small or shooting for the stars, you’ll find what you need in this book!

Agents & Unions

Where are they, do you need them, how they can help you, and how to use them to get what you want in your VO career. We make them less mysterious, less intimidating and a lot more accessible.

Vocal Health

If you’re a race car driver, keeping your car tuned up and ready to go is key. In VO, it’s all about keeping your voice healthy and ready to rock, because if you don’t have your voice, you’re dead in the water. We give you tips on how  to stock your pantry and strengthen your voice.

The Warm-Up: CD or mp3 Download

The Warm-Up (your choice of CD or mp3 download) includes in-depth tracks to get you fully warmed-up and ready to go: * The Full Body Warm-Up * The Facial Warm-Up * The Breathing Warm-Up *The Vocal Warm-Up * The Condensed Complete Warm-Up *Additional Vocal Practice with Tongue Twisters