Voice Over Stinkaholic

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    Join Voice Over Expert Phyllis K. Day in her podcast lecture, “Voice Over Stinkaholic”. With permission, Phyllis introduces you to one of her students and shows you how she helped him to progress from recording the worst voice over audition that she has ever heard into a confident, more sonorous voice talent who has since landed a national spot.

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    Phyllis K. Day, Voice Coaching, Voice Overs, Voice, Voice Acting, Visual Coaching, Finding the X, Matt Clark

    Transcript of Voice Over Stinkaholic

    Julie-Ann Dean: Welcome to Voiceover Experts brought to you by Voices.com, the number one voiceover marketplace. Voiceover Experts brings you tips, pearls of wisdom and techniques from top instructors, authors and performers in the field of voiceover. Join us each week to discover tricks of the trade that will help you to develop your craft and prosper as a career voiceover talent. It’s never been easier to learn, perform, and succeed from the privacy of your own home and your own pace. This is truly an education you won’t find anywhere else.
    This week Voices.com is pleased to present Phyllis K. Day.
    Phyllis K. Day: Hi, I’m Phyllis K. Day. This is probably not the first coaching podcast you’ve ever heard and it may not be the first one you’ve heard of mine. Perhaps, you listen to the before and after and still think that you’re just too new, too clueless or too awful to even begin to think about sending me a note for an eval because there’ll be no way that I could ever see any promise in you. After this podcast you’ll never think that again.
    Today we’re going to talk about someone who was a newbie but has come a long, long way. Trust me, you can’t listen to this podcast and still think you’re no good. This newbie we’re going to get to know today is Matt. Matt is a perfect example of no matter how bad you think you sound, I know what’s underneath at all. That’s thanks to what I consider a god given gift of sighted sound which allows me to pill back the layers of your voice and hear what you really can do.
    I guess the best way I can describe it is to imagine that you’re in a lake or swimming pool with a stone in your hand. The other hand is in the water, you drop the stone and it makes it sound like, “plop” and concentric circles radiate out. On one side you take your hand that’s in the water and you move it toward the circles until they eventually bumped into your hand and that edge of the circle is disrupted. The sound of the stone falling is the same but what’s different about the way I hear and the way you hear is that I can perceive the disruption that your hand made on one side of the circles. What you’re doing with your hand to disrupt the circles is your X and by identify your X that is the key element or elements that are covering your original voice, we can quickly get you sounding much better.
    Okay, back to Matthew. He was a lot of fun to work with. He was full of enthusiasm, eager to learn. He had a quick laugh. He was smart yet humble and took constructive criticism so well that I felt comfortable saying something to him that I’ve never said to a student before. Here is the first audition Matthew sent me along with his MP3 chat.
    Matt Clark: Who’s looking out for your 401k or 403b? We all know how confusing choosing investment option can be. We’re on your side. We’ve been providing 401k and 403b consulting services for over 16 years.
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    Phyllis K. Day: It sounded like Matt was using nostrils to pronounce his words. That’s never a good thing. He was also pushing his breath out through his chest sort of in fits in starts. Remember the hand the concentric circle analogy? That’s how I saw it like he was pronouncing his words through his nostrils. After identifying from Matthew his X that is the miss use of his body parts. Here’s how it sounded.
    Matt Clark: Just who is looking out for your 401k or 403b? We all know how confusing choosing investment options can be. We’re on your side. We’ve been providing 401k and 403b consulting services for over 16 years.
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    Phyllis K. Day: But wait there’s more. I noticed in my way that Matt wasn’t using all the skin on his lips to pronounces his word. Granted the phrase, “Providing 401k and 403b consulting services” is a bit of a toughie. Yet, in this after, after clip he does an even better job of the piece.
    Matt Clark: Just who is looking out for your 401k or 403b? In this economic climate, we all know how confusing choosing investment options can be. We’re on your side. We’ve been providing 401k and 403b consulting services for over 16 years.
    Phyllis K. Day: After a few sessions Matt started nailing audiences and getting other work at local studios. Now here something Matt wants to tell you.
    Matt Clark: Hi, my name is Matt Clark and I’m a recovering vocal stinkaholic. I was the most vocally challenged student Phyllis has ever had and you’re also going to hear Phyllis be very direct and opioniate in her critic. I give her full authority to say what she needs to say but keep in mind she only told me this after my voice had changed.
    Phyllis K. Day: Matt’s before clip was the worst audition piece I have ever heard. Well, at fast forward about 9 months, he’s got a national spot running. I guess then if someone says to me, talk to the hand, I can.
    Would you like me to identify your X? E-mail me at voicecoch@phyllisk.com and I’ll talk to your hand.
    Julie-Ann Dean: Thank you for joining us. To learn more about the special guest featured in this Voices.com podcast visit the voiceover expects show notes at Podcasts.Voices.com/VoiceoverExpects. Remember to stay subscribed.
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    Your Instructor this week:

    Voice Over Expert Phyllis K. Day

    Phyllis K. DayPhyllis is a freelance technical writer and voice professional with over thirty years experience. A Broadcast Journalism graduate of UNC Chapel Hill, Phyllis became an anchor a few months later on the North Carolina News Network. She has also anchored on Business Radio Network and American Forum Radio Network in Colorado. Her voice has been heard nation-wide and she was also the narrator for a show heard daily on NPR and Armed Forces Radio in the 1990s. Phyllis was part of a mentoring program for several years at North Carolina State University for the students in NC State’s radio program. She currently runs personalized coaching workshops, in addition to narrations for e-learning and business presentations.

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    5 COMMENTS

    1. Voice production mistakes aside… the change in my voice is indeed remarkable. To say that she is gifted is quite obvious. I hope my contribution lands her at least 10 or more new students.

    2. Hi Stephanie,
      I just wanted to encourage those in the Voices.com community that may be in a low ebb in their careers or just starting out. We should always be in a perpetual state of perfecting our craft, open to critique, and looking to learn from our peers and those who have succeeded.
      No matter how good we think we are, or in my case, how bad we actually were, there is ALWAYS the capacity to be greater in excellence and more highly skilled in quality.
      I hope those who listened enjoyed. I still get a kick out of it.
      Matthew Clark
      Former Voice Stinkaholic 😉

    3. well i actually do think i can beat matt for stinkiest voice audition of allllllllllllll time hahahaha-much like him though i find criticism to be “food” that feeds my abilities and skills – so anchors awayyyyyyyyy bring on the criticism.my main problem unlike matt however will be
      in the technical and production issues-which i am slowly and quite painfully working on.would i be correct in assuming that phyllis is concentrating more on the actual vocal skills instead of the production quality or would it be both? never actually submitted an audition yet as i dont want to wave a giant flag stating”rank amateur here folks-avoid like the plague” hahahaha

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