Everyone; from producers, to casting directors, to agents and coaches, continuously demands that talent be able to deliver a read sounding just like a human "conversation." We're all looking for an authentic, comfortable, pulled back, somewhat easy-going, thoughtful read. Not that traditional, presentational announcer sound, or the amped-up, too-friendly read or the down & dirty, raspy read. We're after connection.

The New Conversational

The “Conversational” voiceover read has become an industry standard. Everyone; from producers, to casting directors, to agents and coaches, continuously demands that talent be able to deliver a read sounding just like a human “conversation.” We’re all looking for an authentic, comfortable, pulled back, somewhat easy-going, thoughtful read. Not that traditional, presentational announcer sound, or…

that voice in your head and why you shouldn't listen to it

That Voice in Your Head (And Why You Shouldn’t Listen to It)

We all know that voice. The one that says things like: “You’re gonna mess this up” “You have no idea what you’re doing” “You’re not right for this” “You sound ridiculous” “I shouldn’t be doing voiceover” “I’ll never get hired” or “I’ll never get hired again.” Of course, being in the voiceover industry, you hope…

Armin Hierstetter interview abacus entertainment

Pro Questions: Armin Hierstetter

I had the pleasure of meeting bodalgo.com creator Armin Hierstetter at VO Atlanta this past spring.  Known as a VO “rock star”, Armin merits the name due to his take no prisoners approach to the pay-to-play VO game.  With his usual refreshing candor, he shares his inspiration for creating bodalgo, the new feature he’s excited…

Your Talent Is In Your Choice…

The title of this blog is a quote from my acting teacher, Stella Adler. Here’s how it applies to voice overs: My training as an actor prepared me for the interpretive work that I do and teach in voice overs. Ms. Adler, in her formidable way, stressed the importance of making both a personal and…