Anyone who thinks they know it all, may well know almost everything - except for how annoying they are!
Never Stop Learning
One of the most wonderful things about acting, voice acting, narrating, performing in any form or genre, is that there is always room for improvement and if your eyes, ears and heart are open, you will never stop learning.
Once in a while a learning opportunity arises which is just too good to miss, which is why I am heading off to London this weekend, to get some first class coaching from two fantastic American narrators and audiobook coaches, Johnny Heller and Sean Pratt who are over in the UK for The Voice Over Network's Audiobook weekend.
I can't wait ... and look forward to sharing my thoughts here next week.
Recording a VO? What are the most important things to take with you into your recording space: Your brain, your concentration, your imagination, your script, lip balm and lots and lots of water.
Preparation & Practice
After years of training, a dancer spends hours fine tuning her body, an opera singer keeps his voices in tip top condition, musicians practice for hours on end and actors spend weeks in rehearsal. Almost all performing artists take regular classes or coaching. Why should a voice actor be different?
As my esteemed voice teacher at Guildhall, John Holgate used to say, 'Proper preparation and plenty of practice prevents a piss poor performance!'
I've never forgotten that advice.
'Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with deeper meaning'
Photo Credit: Paul Haynes
I've gleaned quite a lot of knowledge over the years, knowledge that might be of interest to others, especially authors, actors and voice actors. Because I read so much, for pleasure and professionally, I also occasionally write reviews of what I read - so they're here too.
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