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My son Jordan is 16. He was only 6 years old on that terrible day 10 years ago. I remember going to work that day, seeing the awful vision of what was happening in New York City, and being evacuated shortly after the second plane made impact. Later, a decision had to be made about picking Jordan up from school early, and I did so, not having any idea how to explain to this little boy what madness caused the unimaginable thing to happen, nor any clue what the next 10 years would bring for our country and our world.
And so 10 years later, he wrote this. And I know it is a day after all the memorials and memories, and that this has absolutely nothing to do with the daily grind of voiceover. But I felt as though I had to share it with everyone. He is a talented young man who has also voiced a project or two for me, and I hope you can see what he sees in this poem.
by Jordan Alexander Washington
There was light
And then there was shadow
And light again
Shadow of despair
Light rises for some
And some bring the light to the shadow
Light of sacrifice
But shadow falls on many
Light calls from the shadows
And shadow covers all who remain
Light has yet to live again.
But we will make it rise.
Via Scoop.it – voiceover and voice acting
My friend Ann Utterback returns with another great article on VoiceOverXtra about eating right for vocal performance. I am a “man of substance.” That is, I’m large in the normal scheme of things, 6’4″ and closer to 240 pounds than 220. And every so often I am possessed by the “you must get fitter” idea, particularly in light of my family history of diabetes and knee problems. So I am aware that too often, this can lead to not eating for performance, but eating only to lose weight, cutting back on things in a willy nilly fashon that makes you crave things you shouldn’t have, having them, then overcompensating out of a sense of guilt or obligation. As Ann points out, moderation is the key in everything, but remember that your vocal performance is just that: a performance. One that requires energy, and maybe more than you recognize right out of the gate. Eating right is one of the little known aspects of the craft, especially if you are one of the many involved in long term projects or regular multi hour sessions required by audiobook projects. Keep this in mind when you grab that coffee in the morning and go all day without eating. Your performance will suffer, and so will you!
Voice Artist Rick Lance points out this Internet Voice Coach interview with Mike Rowe, host of “Dirty Jobs” and narrator of “Deadliest Catch” among other things. This is the second half of the interview, so make sure to catch the first half at http://www.internetvoicecoach.com/public/Mike_Rowe_on_Dirty_Jobs_Voiceover_and_more_2.cfm. Mike used to sing opera, and has become an expert marketer of his message, so I have a particular fondness for him and his work. Go check it out!
Dave Courvoisier has two jobs: one, as the news anchor of a Las Vegas television station, the other as a voice artist. many other voice over folks have two jobs as well (many more than you may think). In this post, he gives us all 7 process points about making that second job, voiceover, work smoothly and efficiently. His main point: don’t try to reinvent the wheel every time you get a gig, and use the tools you have at hand to make it more efficient and streamlined.
Sam Chwat, a dialect specialist who worked closely with people in business, politics and the film industry who wanted to lose their regional accents, died last Thursday. In 1994, Chwat explained how he helped clients like Robert DeNiro and Julia Roberts lose their famous regional dialects.