Accomplished Author Dan Friedman
ZEN and the ART of VOICEOVER
In this book I provide you with tools and a process to help you communicate more effectively as a voice actor. These tools allow you to view a script – any script – make the necessary connections, feel more confident, and communicate more effectively with the listener in any voice genre. The process I share will provide you with steps to take when analyzing a script. These steps are repeatable and can be used every time you view a script. I will also discuss the sound of your voice and how it should have a tonality consistent with the message.
Zen and the Art of Voiceover is about discovering skills you need to better CONNECT, gain CONFIDENCE, and become a more effective COMMUNICATOR.
SOUND ADVICE – VOICEOVER FROM AN AUDIO
I’ve written this book, Sound Advice, to give you a sound engineer’s perspective on your career as a voiceover talent.
In this book I’ve tried to provide you with basic information about audio and studio equipment that is taught in recording schools. Hopefully, this information will provide a foundation for you to get to know your equipment better and understand how it works. Understanding your audio equipment is critical to helping you sound your best as well as helping you effectively communicate with those trying to help you when problems occur. I’ve also tried to address proper studio etiquette and many of the bad practices I’ve seen, heard and experienced from voiceover talents over the years. My intention is not to scold or criticize, but simply to provide those of you who are new to the business with information you may not know, and also to shed light on some mistakes that many of you, who have been in the business for awhile, may not know you are making.
This book is not about how to read scripts or how to be a successful voiceover artist. This book complements the many books that have been written about those topics. You may find it helpful to sit in front of your equipment as you read through some of the sections. Follow the procedures I describe and learn what the microphone, knobs, faders and other various elements in your studio can do. Most importantly, open your ears and really listen. Listen to how you sound and learn what you can do to bring out the best in your voice.
I am passionate about what I do and I know most of you are too. This is a great business.
Thank you for reading my book, I hope you find it helpful and enjoyable.
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