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!
Hey peeps! Hope you’re having an awesome day so far, today I’m back with another video game giveaway this time for Command & Conquer remastered on Origin (US only). All you need to do to enter is type in your email below and hit that big fat subscribe button. I’ll be reaching out to one lucky winner within the next few days. Please don’t hesitate to ask questions, thanks so much for tuning in!
Greetings friends! I’m happy to announce yet another film dub, this time for the film “The Ice Forest”. I play a few smaller characters and my first leading role as Pietro. Check out more info on the IMDB page here.
This one has a fun little backstory too, I received the offer when I was overseas at Disneyland Paris with my wife and family. We stopped for some dinner after a long day of standing in lines (the true Disney experience lol) jokes aside, we were waiting for our food, and some ducks started going at it on top of a rock right next to us. (crucial to the story, poor Donald) Anyway, back to the story, there was a strict deadline which I eagerly agreed to. I mean a lead role in a film dub? Who wouldn’t? I forgot that hours after we arrived back in the U.S. I was off to PAX to work the PQUBE booth for a few days. But no worries! I had my trusty travel recording setup with me, a Scarlet Solo interface, AT4040 Mic, my trusty M1 Macbook, some other bits and bobs and all my fancy plugins. So at 2am, I recorded these lines in an Air BnB belonging to a sweet lil lady. If she heard me, she probably thought it was insane, but that’s ok. As a voice actor, we do what we need to do to get the job done.
As always, any questions please don’t hesitate to ask. Thanks for listening!
I know this is a somewhat controversial topic but I wanted to throw in my thoughts as someone that’s worked the majority of my working years in the service industry. I’m sure everyone reading or listening to this has heard at least 10 million times by now “this place closed early because nobody wants to work anymore, this generation is just lazy and wants handouts blah blah”. Sure, some people ARE lazy and just wanna fuse into the couch, it happens, who really wants to spend their time working anyway? Some people were taught to “pull yourself up by the bootstraps, be a man” blah blah blah… If this is you, that’s great, I’m glad you stick to your ideals and have fantastic work ethic (really, I mean it). The thing is, I don’t think it’s fair to push this onto others. I’ve never heard it said in a friendly way like “oh man it’d be great if you put in more effort and worked more hours to provide for your family and give back to the community”. It’s always stated as FACT or even a bragging point, “you’re lazy if you don’t work 70+ hours and have no home life”. Thing is, more and more people are coming out and saying “nah, I just want to do my own thing, actually live my life and enjoy my free time”, to that I say, “heck yeah! do your thing, don’t let anyone stop you!”. RANT OVER, back to my point. My thoughts on why “nobody wants to work”. I worked the majority of my working years in customer service, overall I enjoy working with the public and the work typically isn’t so bad. Keyword here is “TYPICALLY”. When you have a bad customer, it ruins your whole day, week, hell it even sours some people permanently. The majority of rude customers I’ve experienced have never worked in a retail environment, they don’t know the rules, procedures, the corporate end of things. They just see the cashier (you) and assume that you’re the face of the company. That means any issues they have, well that’s your fault. You can’t do the thing they want because of store policy? You’re a piece of garbage and they hope you die. They don’t know how to use the thing they purchased? “well a**hole, it’s broken and it’s your job to replace it, I hope you and your family choke on your dinner”. This seems extreme right? Well, it is. We wonder why there’s a decline in mental health and why “nobody wants to work” in the service industry. There you have it, taking daily abuse from strangers over things out of your control is not a proper way to live. It’s unfair to the workers, especially when they’re ordered to take it with a smile for a non-live able wage. I’ve had people threaten “I’ll be waiting in the parking lot”, I’ve had people vandalize my car and co-workers cars, break products in my face, threaten to kick my a** over the counter. The list goes on and on. So if you are one of the many people saying nobody wants to work, THIS is what it’s like. Now, I don’t want to discredit that there are some amazing people out there. I’ve made close friends with some regular customers and when you see them come through that door, it’s a great day. Being nice to people in the service industry goes a long way, a friendly compliment, saying “hey no worries, I know you’re trying” when things are going wrong for the employee, none of this goes unnoticed and makes a big difference in that persons life (no matter how small you think it is). Thanks for tuning in to my rant. Any questions or comments, drop it down below and I’ll be happy to discuss. Thanks!