The Key to a Natural Voice Over Performance with Bradford Hastings

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    It seems like everyone is looking for a voice that is authentic and believable, but what does that actually sound like – and how do you nail it in your voice over performance? Voice actor and coach Bradford Hastings joins Stephanie and Julianna to break down this ambiguous but incredibly important vocal quality. Every voice actor is going to want to hear Bradford’s insights and tips, including how to navigate punctuation in the script so that you instill your own natural thoughts and beats into the flow, and why ‘no line is an island.’ Learn how you can make every breath, word, and line matter – and land more voice over jobs as a result. 

    About Bradford Hastings

    With over 20 years of experience, Bradford has opened up the opportunity for others to get coaching both online or in person. With the philosophy that your voice, your actual and real voice, is the only one of its kind and therefore is the greatest selling point of your career, coaching should be designed to foster and support that authentic voice.

    With one on one coaching you will learn how to use subtext, emotional states and your physical body to achieve authenticity. You will study the various positions of your throat, when using it for different read types. But mostly his coaching perspective is to give you the confidence that your actual voice is exactly what most casting directors are looking for….but, ironically, it is also the hardest voice for most actors to find.

    Hosts: Stephanie Ciccarelli, Julianna Jones, with special guest, Bradford Hastings.

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    Inspired? Get your practice on with Voice Over Sample Scripts: https://www.voices.com/blog/category/tools-and-resources/sample-scripts/

    Learn more Bradford Hastings online at his website, https://www.hastingsvo.com/ and hear his voice on Voices.com, https://www.voices.com/actors/hastingsvo. Contact Bradford via https://www.hastingsvo.com/contact-1 to book a free 30 minute Skype session to discuss what areas you want to work on.

    About Mission Audition: Mission Audition is presented by Voices.com. Produced and Engineered by Randy Rektor.

    See next page for transcription of episode.


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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®.

    4 COMMENTS

    1. Exactly what I needed. Thank you so much for doing this. Very informative and positive!

      How does a member of Voices.com put their auditions in the mix?

      Thanks again!

      • Hey David,

        Thanks for the support!

        That’s a great question. Whenever we’re looking for auditions to be featured in a new episode of Mission Audition, we post a casting call on Voices.com. These job postings are typically titled “Voices – Call for Audition Reviews.” Jobs like these are posted pretty regularly, so I’d recommend just keeping an eye out and then auditioning when opportunity strikes.

        Best,
        Oliver

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