Rochester, New York, US
As a newcomer to voice over, I have a serious drive to prove myself. I have been working in food service for the past ten years hearing from customers that I have a "voice for radio", once even from a retired program manager from one of our local stations. Over time and research I decided I should take this more seriously instead of taking them as simple compliments.
I later took an Intro class from the website Edge Studios called "Investigate Voice Over" to see if I had what it takes. Below is the notes from that class.
A Professional VO Coach's Assessment of my Voice
from Danielle Quisenberry.
About Your Foundation Voice:
-You are fluent in English. The vocal age range that I hear you being marketable in is 20 to 25 to 30.
About Your Natural Delivery:
-Your pacing is normal (not too fast or too slow), which is great for most types of copy.
-You're naturally dynamic. This makes it easy to add enthusiasm and a variety of colors to your delivery.
-I notice that your delivery style is casual, clear, crisp, current, expressive, friendly, hip, personable, quirky, sarcastic, upbeat and youthful.
-You naturally sound like a buddy, everyman and guy next door.
About Your Performance:
Here are some of your strengths:
-It was clear that you understood the general concepts of V.O. delivery that we discussed during class -- this is an important skill, since these concepts are a vital part of learning voice-over technique.
-You did a good job hearing mistakes when they were made; having well-trained ears is just as important as having a well-trained voice.
-The fact that you take direction well, and were able to apply it to your reads, will make directors love you!
-You were uninhibited, which allows you to be open to new ideas and direction.
-You had good cold readings, which is a great skill to have -- cold readings can be tough.
-One great thing was that you seemed willing to take risks, which directors (and coaches) will love - because you will be able provide a variety of reads for a copy and may stumble a on certain angle that the director had not considered or knew would work. Taking risks also shows a comfort & confidence in your talent and ability.
During the class you were willing to try new things that weren't necessarily in your comfort zone; this is a great skill that will be very beneficial for you.
English (North American), English
Teen, Young Adult
Audiobooks, Business, Documentaries, Educational, Internet Video, Radio, Telephone
Edge Studios Voice Over Training Classes:
"Investigate Voice Over" Evaluation: A 4-hour long group class that consisted of reading multiple pieces of copy from multiple genres of Voice Over. We got immediate feedback and direction from professional talent and instructor Danielle Quisenberry. We were encouraged to challenge ourselves in our reads, given options at times, as well as allowed the freedom to try reading in different and interesting ways.
Animation Evaluation: A 1 Hour, one on one session over skype with instructor Jay Snyder. He taught me in depth about various aspects of a character's voice. We did an exercise involving a short description of a character with their situation and it was up to me to find a voice for that character and count to 20 or say the alphabet as placeholder dialogue. The characters ranged from a mad scientist to a preteen bully, as well as a young child to an old man.
Zoom Handy Recorder H-2 (USB Out or SD Card Storage)
Computer & Software
HP Z420 Workstation & Adobe Soundbooth
sE Reflexion Filter X Portable Vocal Booth
E-Mail, Google Drive, or Customer's Preference
24-48 hours (sooner if needed)
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