Finding Your Authentic Voice with Brian McKeever

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    Today’s listeners can sniff out an inauthentic voice from a mile away. Whether it’s a regional accent or a voice’s age, authenticity in a read will determine whether a vocal performance really sells an audience or just falls flat.

    In this week’s episode, Stephanie links up with voice actor and coach Brian McKeever to listen to a series of auditions for a branded podcast intro. Their conversation covers the items you should always keep close by while recording, the reason it’s always best to speak within your comfort zone, and just how far you should take a regional accent. 

    About Brian McKeever

    Brian McKeever is a senior audio post-production editor/mixer/sound designer at Soundtrack Boston, where he’s worked since 1992 with clients such as Toyota, Cleveland Golf, National Grid, Srixon, XXIO, McDonald’s, Constant Contact, Keurig, Eversource, and many others. As a voice actor, he’s lent his voice to thousands of projects, from commercials and training videos to documentaries and animation projects. He has also taught the craft of voiceover to students for over a decade.  

    A graduate of the Music Production & Engineering program at Berklee College of Music, McKeever brings many years of experience and a unique perspective to the classes he teaches, helping prepare students with a real-world understanding of the current audio, technology, and voice over industries. In his spare time he enjoys motorcycles, astrophotography, and fine single-malt Scottish whiskey.

    Hosts: Stephanie Ciccarelli, with special guest Brian McKeever.

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    Inspired by this episode? Get your practice on with our voice over sample scripts

    Connect with Brian McKeever at Voiceover Intensive by sending him an email at brian@voiceoverintensive.com, and hear his voice on Voices.com.  

    Check out these other links mentioned in the episode:

    Dialects Archive

    https://www.izotope.com/en/shop/rx-7-standard.html

    About Mission Audition: Mission Audition is presented by Voices.com. Produced and engineered by Randy Rektor. Script written by Oliver Skinner.

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    Stephanie Ciccarelli is the Co-Founder and Chief Brand Officer of Voices.com. Classically trained in voice, piano, violin and musical theatre, as well as a respected mentor and industry speaker, Stephanie graduated with a Bachelor of Musical Arts from the Don Wright Faculty of Music at the University of Western Ontario. Possessing a great love for imparting knowledge and empowering others, her podcast Sound Stories serves an audience that wants to achieve excellence in storytelling. Stephanie is found on the PROFIT Magazine W100 list three times (2013, 2015 and 2016), a ranking of Canada's top female entrepreneurs, and is the author of Voice Acting for Dummies®.

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