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!
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!
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!
Just as the title says, is Voices.com 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 Voices.com 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!
Greetings everyone! This is an open call. I’m looking for demo reel script writers specifically for commercial demo reels. If this sounds like you, please fill out the form below or just send an email to TristanStoneVA@gmail.com and include your rates, a link to your portfolio or samples, and I’ll get back to you ASAP! Also please let me know if you’d be interested in staying on a script writing roster as someone I can refer to when discussing demo reel production with my clients. Thanks so much, I look forward to hearing from all of you!
Greetings and good day to all! I’m giving away a free Steam key to one lucky person, all you need to do is subscribe to my blog with your email below. This key will only work for U.S. Steam accounts. I’ll be selecting a winner within the next few days and contacting them via the provided email. As always please feel free to ask questions, share with your friends, and thanks so much for listening.