A big part of the job of voice acting is auditioning. And a current trend seen in many auditions is the “Conversational” or “Non-Announcer” style. Rarely a day goes by that I don’t see at least one audition request asking for that guy-next-door sound. A friend. A neighbor. BUT NO ANNOUNCERS!
Well, I’m here to tell you, friends and neighbors… there’s very little VO out there in the real world that would be mistaken for an actual conversation. Here are just a few examples:
Solarix: Video Game in Development Genetic experiments. Infected crew mates. Trapped in deep space, you are the sole survivor. Just a “loose end” for the corporation to tie up. Hiding… running… searching for a way out. I am watching you. … Continue reading →
If you need a new character or dialect, an old book might be a treasure chest of inspiration…
While browsing through a used book store, I chanced upon an ancient copy of “The Code Of The Mountains” by Charles Neville Buck (pub. 1915).
Scanning through the pages, the first thing that caught my eye was that the character dialog was all written in dialect! For example, instead of “How far might it be to Winchester?” they say “How fur mout hit be ter Winchester?“.
This was an amazing way to learn a new dialect, or create a brand new character.