Role Announcement | The Price of Crime (2014)

Greetings to all! Super happy to announce I’ve landed yet another film dub this time for multiple roles in the English dub of The Price of Crime. Thanks so much to the studio and all of my colleagues, it’s an honor and a hoot. Here’s to many many more! I’ll post more info in the future when the dub starts streaming, for now you can find more info over at IMDB here.

As always feel free to ask questions, thanks for tuning in!

I’m Hosting a Panel!

Greetings peeps! This coming Saturday, August 27th 2022 I’m hosting an intro to voiceover class at PopCult Anime Con in Waltham Massachusetts. I’ll be talking about equipment, software, the audition process, where to find work, and more! Everyone’s voiceover journey looks different, but this panel is designed to answer some of the basics. I’ll be leaving time to answer your questions as well.

As always, thanks so much for tuning in and please don’t be afraid to reach out and ask some questions. Here’s a link to PopCult Anime Con. if you’d like more info. See you soon!

Giveaway Last Call | Star Wars Squadrons

Origin Key Giveaway | Star Wars Squadrons

Good day to all! Today is the last call to enter for a free copy of Star Wars Squadrons on PC. What’s the catch? There isn’t one. All that’s required of you is to follow my blog by putting in your email below and clicking that fancy pink subscribe button. Anyone following is eligible to win, even if you subscribed in a previous giveaway. As always please feel free to ask questions in the comments below, I shall answer POSTHASTE. Thanks peeps!

Remina | Manga Review

I’m a big fan of manga, especially one offs. I do love series don’t get me wrong, but I have a poor attention span and single volumes are easy on the wallet (Looking at you One Piece). My favorite mangaka is Junji Ito, and Remina was my first dive into his work. Remina was first serialized in 2004 and us lucky folks in the U.S. received a gorgeous hardcover volume at the end of 2020. The art work is the first thing that drew me in, like look at how gorgeous this is!

I’m not good at explaining stories without going on some long tangent, so here’s an excerpt from the product description:

“An unknown planet emerges from inside a wormhole, and its discoverer, Dr. Oguro, christens the body “Remina” after his own daughter. His finding is met with great fanfare, and Remina herself rises to fame. However, the object picks up speed as it moves along in its curious course, eliminating planets and stars one after another, until finally Earth itself faces extinction… Is the girl Remina the true cause of the catastrophe? A masterwork of horror from Junji Ito, unfolding on a universal scale.”

If I had to describe it, I’d say it was an M rated Majora’s Mask. Without giving away too much, the daughter shares the same name as the planet/moon/celestial thing so when things suddenly go sideways, of course they blame her. Art imitates life right? While it is horror, it’s a somewhat relatable horror, not the typical gruesome and gory type. Sure there’s some of that, but it’s not the only thing that defines this as horror, like most other things.

Ito has a fantastic way of creating unsettling and cohesive short stories. If you haven’t experienced his work yet, I highly recommend Remina. I give it 5/5.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

You can check out the official release trailer and read a free preview over on the Viz Media site – here. As always, thanks so much for tuning in. If you have any questions or comments, drop em’ below and I’m happy to answer. Until next time!

Should You Use Headphones While Recording?

This is a common topic I see covered and there doesn’t seem to be any right or wrong answer. When I started VO, I didn’t like my voice too much, and I thought hearing myself while trying to perform would be super distracting. A few years ago by and that changed, I could ONLY record which monitoring myself, fast forward to present day and I prefer a mix of both. What changed?

Well, I think monitoring yourself can be helpful for certain performances. Anything not 100% my natural voice I’ll monitor. I can hear pops and do a retake on the spot, same with weird mouth noises or my lovely cats scratching at the door of my booth. It can be wildly helpful for getting the right take the first time, however, you need to ride that fine line of slightly listening for those mistakes while giving your performance 100%. It sounds confusing, but over time becomes natural and you do it without really thinking.

Now what really changed for me, is I stopped focusing so much on character work and more on commercial work which these days, the real person read is HOT. I found that focusing on myself would make me critique how “real” I sounded, so I tried recording with no headphones on and oh man, what a difference it makes. I find I can only do natural, real person reads when I’m not monitoring, closing my eyes and pretending I’m talking to a friend sitting across from me. Sometimes it helps to get a new perspective and in the audio world, removing those headphones is a new perspective if you ask me.

If you do choose to monitor, I recommend hardware monitoring over software monitoring every day of the flippin week. For example, my DAW (recording software) of choice is Reaper. It has software monitoring built in, but it’s not 1 to 1, so there’s a very slight delay which is EXTREMELY off-putting. Hardware monitoring plays back in real time, so you can focus on the nuances and screaming kitties in your life, as they happen.

As always, if you have any questions at all please don’t hesitate to ask. Thanks for tuning in and take care!

Is Worth it?

Just as the title says, is worth the entry price? Well, it really depends on where you are in your career and the effort you’re willing to put in. I signed up for Voices at the start of my VO career thinking it’s what I needed to do to be “professional”. Oh boy, was I wrong. I wasn’t at a point yet where I really understood the professional side of VO, I was just eager for that next step, so I shelled out something like $500 to sign up. I created a barebones account, not understanding how helpful real demos, samples, and tags were. Then in the course of that year I put in 18 auditions, I was working full-time elsewhere and couldn’t dedicate as much time as I wanted to VO. Out of those 18 auditions, I was shortlisted once (I was so happy) and I booked 0 jobs. Statistically, I think you can expect 2-3 jobs for every 100 auditions. So my numbers just weren’t there.

Fast forward to 2022, I went full time VO in February and once again bit the bullet and spent the money on Voices. This time, I told myself I’d audition for everything sent my way (that I was a decent fit for). With that mindset, I’ve finally found success on Voices. Booking work and getting shortlisted left and right, it’s a fantastic feeling but you HAVE to put in the work. Sure, you may have a dry spell every now and then, but you really get what you give in VO.

In my opinion, YES. I think is totally worth it if you have the right sound and can commit to constant auditioning. I do 100+ auditions per week, but honestly I could probably do more. There’s a lot of rejection in VO and it’s helpful to understand that not booking a role doesn’t mean that you’re a terrible actor or your voice sucks. It just means you weren’t the right fit, and that’s totally fine. Your time will come.

As always, thanks so much for tuning in. Any questions about Voices? Drop it in the comments below and I’d be happy to answer. Take care!

Origin Key Giveaway | Star Wars Squadrons

Origin Key Giveaway | Star Wars Squadrons

Greetings humans, today we have yet another giveaway, this time for Star Wars Squadrons! This is an Origin key and only good for U.S. accounts. All that’s required of you is to follow my blog by putting in your email below and clicking that fancy pink subscribe button. Anyone following is eligible to win, even if you subscribed in a previous giveaway. As always please feel free to ask questions in the comments below, I shall answer POSTHASTE. Thanks peeps!

Audio Engineering for VO | What Do You Want to Learn?

Hey everyone! So in my recent Twitter poll about “what would you like to see more of in the blog” you all expressed that audio engineering was at the top of that list. That being said, what would you like to learn more about? I’m happy to create a short video series, I’ve taught classes and had a few people join me in 1 on 1 sessions catered to their wants and needs.
The topics I see the most are:

Noise Reduction
Mastering for ACX Guidelines
Mixing BGM and SFX
Removing pops & plosives

So, let me know below what you’d like to learn and what format works best for you, help me help you lol. You can either drop a comment below or message me personally if you’re a little shy;) Anywho, as always please don’t hesitate to ask questions. Thanks so much for listening!