There are a lot of voiceover-related webinars out there. Heck, I’m leading eight of them in April alone! It may look like five webinars (see below), but I’m leading three sessions and moderating a panel at VO Atlanta so that conference counts as four webinars so nyah.
Anyway, I not only lead webinars but I attend a few here & there as well. I strive to learn & grow as much as I can so I occasionally take a class to explore a new genre or brush up my narration skills.
Recently I attended a webinar to explore a genre I’m interested in pursuing. In this 90-mnute webinar, there was about 30 minutes of discussing the genre and then about 60 minutes of live coaching. About half way through the first student being coached up, I got an idea.
I opened up Adobe Audition. Since we could see the script the student was practicing with, I recorded a take every time the student did. Then I would listen to the coach give direction. When the student read aloud again, I recorded it again with that direction in mind. After the webinar, I listened back to my reads to hear the difference in my takes.
I didn’t care if the direction the coach gave the student matched up with whatever I was doing with my reads. It was a great opportunity to practice a new genre and take direction from a high-quality coach. I learned a lot and had fun, too!
TIP OF THE WEEK
The next time you attend a webinar, record your takes and take the same direction the coach is giving the attendee who is currently being coached up. After the webinar, listen back to the takes you recorded and see how well you took the coach’s direction.
I’m sure I’m not the first person who thought of this but if you haven’t tried it, try it! You will fascinated by both the process and how much you can learn in a short period of time.
NEWS AND NOTES
Thursday, April 1st @8PM EST: the Edge Studio Business and Money 201 webinar “Cost/Benefit Analysis“. In this one-hour webinar, we’re going to talk about how to analyze your voiceover business and figure how what’s working (and what’s not).
Wednesday, April 7th @8PM EST: The VO Strategist’s “VO How-To webinar: The Practical Voice Actor“. In this 90-minute webinar, you will learn how to develop your decision-making skills so you can move your voiceover business in the direction you want it to go. You’ll also learn to determine what questions you need to ask yourself and how to find the right answers in order to be the voiceover artist and business you truly want to be.
Thursday, April 15th @8PM EST: the Edge Studio Marketing 201 webinar “What Your Website Says About You“. In this one-hour webinar, we’ll talk about how and why your website functions as a critical marketing tool.
Monday April 19th – Saturday April 25th: VO Atlanta 2021. I will leading multiple sessions and moderating a panel. Registration is now open and the conference agenda will be announced soon!
Sunday, April 30th @5PM EST: The Voice Actors Studio webinar “eLearning Performance Workshop“. Learn about the world of eLearning and get some live coaching, too. This webinar caps at 12 students and sells out fast!
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QUOTE OF THE WEEK
I believe that theater is a superior form of entertainment. An actor spreads culture. An actor spreads dignity. And if he respects it, he will make others respect it. Karl Malden
Tom Dheere is a voice actor with over 20 years of experience narrating just about every type of voiceover you can think of. He also helps other voice talents navigate the voiceover industry as the VO Strategist. When not voicing or talking about voicing, he produces the sci-fi comic book Agent 1.22.
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