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I have a friend from HS who wants to get into Voice Over. She is a lovely person. I've known her since HS. And she is indeed, a very talented On-Camera actor.  She ordered my three videos to start herself out and then went quiet. My Instinct was that she might think she was going to head on into VO and make a ton of money super quickly. I didn't say a word, but instead waited to see when she would reach out to me again. This morning, I got an email from her: "Good morning! I've been meaning to tell you that my manager pitched me to (An Top Los Angeles VO Agent) but they passed. Since I don't have a VO demo, they just checked out my regular reel. We took that chance instead of waiting cause I don't have the cash to get the reel done right now. My manager...

Your Mental attitude affects you and your Voice Over Auditions, Performance and your overall Business of VO. How can this possibly be correct, you might be asking. My mental state affects my entire VO business? The answer is a resounding: YES. This idea might sound 'airy fairy' or 'granola' or perhaps for some people, even on the trite side or you are shaking your head in agreement and understand the impact your mental state has on your work and your world. The fact is, your emotions will effect your VO reads. Inasmuch as you think you can counteract any bad moments you might be having right before you need to read an “upbeat, excited, friendly” read, unfortunately being human has its toll on Voice Over. I remember a few years ago I was given some terrible news moments before I was supposed to read a high energy, happy, friendly car...

  Voice Acting : The Basics   Voice acting is not voice “performing” or voice “showing off” -  it's Acting.  The first thing that you want to know about acting is that Acting is in your choices. “Your acting is in your choices” is what my teachers always said. Voice acting is just acting with your voice. What it does mean is that you are making specific choices. By specific, I do not mean acting “in general”. WHO are you talking to, who are you and where are you in the given situation. Voice acting differs from onstage and in television or in film obviously because you cannot see the person acting but the voice carries so much in terms of nuance and the voice does not lie.‬ The students that I have always laugh when they know that I can pick out the times that they are not making specific choices. They will...