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Lauren, actress, Atlanta, GA
Ive been receiving a lot of questions about getting started in voice-overs. I myself have integrated into my acting career a fair amount of voice over work and I share some of that experience with you on this site, but I wanted to get you some real expert advice from someone who has been extremely successful at it for years. Her name is Sue Gilad (pictured here to the left). She is a great person, very dynamic, fun, a great speaker AND she has some great advice for you newbies to the voice over acting scene. Here is my exclusive interview with her.
Tony: If someone asked you how to go about getting started in voice-overs what advice would you give them?
Sue: I would start out by giving them the free advice. By that I mean I would give them things they could do to get started that dont cost money. They just cost you time.
First of all as you know, for those of us voice-over artists our reel is our calling card. There is an excellent website called voicebank.net that will allow you to listen to all the reels of working voice actors who have agents. By listening to these reels you can start to identify what your type is. For example my type is called cosmetic mom, which means my voice would most likely be heard selling anything that you find on supermarket or drugstore shelves.
You listen to your type and write down the products you hear being promoted. And while you are listening to voicebank.net, you can start to identify what a good reel is as well as what a reel sounds like that is not very captivating. This way you can begin to develop your ear.
Tony: OK. And anyone can go on that site and listen for free? No charges?
Sue: No. None. The next thing you want to do is to listen to the radio and watch television with a critical ear. When the TV is on, look away from the picture and just listen. Start to mimic the sounds of the voices you hear. I believe one of the reasons why voice over is so popular is because a lot of people listen to ads on the radio and voice-over ads on television and they think: Oh I could do that! That speaks highly to the voice-over community because our technique is so advanced that it is almost invisible.
Tony: Great stuff! Voicebank.net and listening to radio and watching television. Anything else?
Sue: Yes! Theres more. Go into a bookstore, for example a Barnes & Noble store (in the U.S.) and take one magazine from each of the sections, one from the womens interest, one from mens interest, sci-fi, sports, kids, teens, etc. and read through the advertisements. Bring a notebook with you and write down the copy (the ads themselves). You will notice that they are very similar to the current radio ads that are currently running.
Do not rip out the pages of the magazine! Please. Only an unethical person would do that.
When you get home, read those ads into a tape recorder and see if you can make each one a fifteen- or thirty-second spot.
Learn your voice. The way we hear our own voice in our head is very different from the way it sounds to other people. So the closer you can marry the way you hear your voice in your head to the way it sounds to other people, the easier it will be to give a casting director what it is they want.
Tony: This is really interesting. This all sounds like a self-taught course on getting started in voice-overs.
Sue: These things I talked about will help you learn the basics and once you have done them, you will have really started to identify what your sound is, who you sound like or rather what your type is, the kinds of products that your voice would most-likely be selling and you will also have some copy to work with. When you then record yourself and practice, you end up saving a lot of money and time when you start training professionally and working with a coach because you already know the basics of the business and are already ahead of the game when it comes to getting started in voice-overs.
Tony: Thank you Sue for sharing your wealth of experience about getting started in voice-overs.
Sue: You're very welcome.
If you are serious about getting started in voice-overs, go to www.voicebank.net and follow Sue's advice.
You can also visit Sue's website to see how she continues to use her diverse talents: It is www.suegilad.com.
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