Technical: Slow it down. Honor the words. Your diction needs work - your words jumble up. i.e. "The way you AVOID the topic and the way YOUR eyes LOOKED AT THE GROUND..." The ones that are caps are the ones you lost your diction in.
Acting: You NEED to work on this. Your acting was everywhere and sometimes no where. Intro - great - felt the character - everywhere else was a ?. i.e. "I will definitely feel bad for taking this from you..." sounds like a random line out of no where <- which is normally okay if it showed a different character but it sounded like a continuation of the previous one.
Thank you for the comment. Yes the soundclips were from auditions I did. I kind of mixed some of the same auditions on differents spots which is why some sounded the same because they were from the same auditions. Any tips to improve acting though? And yes I kind of trimmed the lines to lengthen the vid to 1 min.
Also yeah I havent been trying to experiment with new voices quite yet. Ive been mostly trying to just stick to the voices that I can do. Been trying to get better with performances/acting first but obviously I may need more work than I thought.
Hopefully this doesn't come off as too harsh, but the entire Demo Reel was pretty flat. It sounds like in class when a student reads lines from a book to the rest of the class. By no means am I saying to over-act, but you definitely need to put more emotion and expression into each of the voices. There was also a bit of stumbling and some slurred together words, definitely make sure to enunciate. Do as many takes as necessary and listen back to them asking yourself if this was someone else, what would your thoughts be on the performance. You don't get a second chance at a first impression, so it's important that you walk away from each voice recording in your Demo Reel feeling its perfect. There's so much competition, and directors will leave as soon as they're anything but wowed, so you need to knock every voice out of the park. It should take a really long time to perfect your Demo Reel (I think both of mine took at least a day each to make). Once again hopefully none of what I said came off as mean spirited, I just know when it came to my own Demo Reels I appreciated criticism so that I could do a better job the next time.
minute demo reel, nice. I've seen demos that were 6 minutes long, sheer insanity!
No slate at the start of the demo reel...thank you...and for the nonbelievers out there, yes I see his name is Kevin Paculan on the video and no I don't need to hear or see his name again, cut right to the point.
The bad and In between
Clicks in your mouth. Use a green apple to clear those out. Don't eat before doing voice overs as well because it will have clicking too...the clicking of food to mouth.
Cursing, cursing in no bueno in demo reels. Things like "damn, hell, heck" and other PG-ish curse words are fine, but nothing like "shit, fuck, or bumfuckery!"
All seemed to blend together, vocal wise. Be sure to add some other types of voices. What other types of voices can you do? Do you make fun of your boss at work? I know I have and it's definately opens up the door for some funny and unique voices. Heck, even driving in the car, making random voice noises could help and discover something about your range! Give it a shot.
Slow it down as well, all these words are money, be sure to drive them
Also, while it will take time, be sure to not read off the script and mentally remember the line. You can do it sentence per sentence just as long as it flows neatly and keeps the pitch and tone. Once again, it will take time to do so.
2nd to last line is interesting because I did that audition too! Now, for me, I did that line as if I was in a blizzard. I believe the direction was something like "yelling in a blizzard" or something like that.
I imagined myself being in a really cold and windy blizzard and just yelled out because the wind was whipping too fast to conversate normally. Me and my sister were cold and tired and we needed to get to shelter or else we would have been icepops. Imagine yourself in the situation the director calls for in the scene.
Definitely keep up the work and don't give up on your dreams.
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Online acting lessons are not pointless. You just have to make sure who you take lessons from! Working actors preferred with credits under their name. I know a whole bunch of voice actors who also do lessons online if I can suggest one -> Sonny Strait, great director and teacher, his lessons are $600 for about a 4 sessions of one on one. One of the biggest deal breaker is your diction - work on that cause nobody going to hire you if you can't say your words.
Phantom I think all one really needs to do to improve as a voice actor is to be super self aware of one's own performances. Maybe for a lot of people this is easier said than done, it does seem like a sizable amount of people can't do this and NEED second opinions and lessons, but if you're able to learn to do this I'd argue you should be able to give really amazing performances whenever you're really putting effort into nailing a role. You've got to be able to put yourself in the character's shoes to give a solid performance, then you gotta watch your own performance from an outside perspective and dissect it asking what you would think would need to be done better if this was someone else you were listening to and not yourself.
I've taken a lot of shit for holding this opinion, but I REALLY don't think you need to take lessons to become a better voice actor let alone go to school for it. It can definitely help you realize things you may not have on your own or learn tricks for things you may have never thought to look up, but in my opinion it's far from being a requirement (unless you're wealthy and have the cash to spare, it's not worth the money in my eyes, at least not until maybe later on). Of course you don't want to be practicing wrong and then practicing a bunch (that'll make you worse) but I mean hell, Steve Blum who holds the world record for the most video game roles and who is one of the most famous voice actors ever, had literally no formal training whatsoever before he was famous. Unlike with STEM type stuff, for a lot of the liberal arts I don't think you necessarily need any formal training, practice makes perfect (not to mention there's lots of resources online) and especially self-aware highly dissective practice.
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lanieuwer: in case it turns out I hate voice acting (unlikely) or I'm just too lousy to be successful (more likely)
Oct 5, 2020 16:33:58 GMT -8
vytamind: The thing is that it is more about the quality of the sound than your level of acting or performance. Good equipment with a well-treated environment goes a long way
Oct 6, 2020 10:31:50 GMT -8
vytamind: there may be good prices on mics somewhere. Maybe even looking at pre-owned equipment?
Oct 6, 2020 10:35:07 GMT -8
lanieuwer: Okay, thanks again for the tips
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lrutsah: New paid job added.
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aaronlucht: Hey guys! Glad I found this spot, can't wait to meet ya'll.
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jakecoffingvo: Hullo all. Piggybacking on Aaron's comment
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Kevin Liberty: Welcome to both of you!
Oct 23, 2020 4:51:15 GMT -8
zell: sent you an email via your contact page off the site. Please send me some lines and I can audition for the role for you!
Oct 25, 2020 8:35:20 GMT -8
Kh4n: hi there. I'm just checking out if this forum could be useful for a project I'm working on. I remember hearing about it a long time ago but didn't know if it still has same/similar rules. Best.
Oct 26, 2020 13:59:34 GMT -8
zell: this forum is pretty good for it for sure
Oct 26, 2020 15:46:49 GMT -8
Kh4n: cool. Hoping my project leader approves casting people from here.
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