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VOICE Conference : Pat Fraley


By Stephanie Ciccarelli

April 9, 2007

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Pat Fraley VOICE 2007Just how many tricks did Pat Fraley smuggle out of Hollywood?

These tricks will astound you!

Learn from one of the masters in this hilarious post.

Pat Fraley delivers pure Edutainment!

After the morning break, the room was prepared for Pat Fraley's grand entrance (of which he was entirely oblivious), complete with everyone wearing Pat Fraley's signature black sunglasses as pictured on his website.

As Pat entered to the theme music from Mission Impossible, he was greeted by hundreds of supporters wearing sunglasses and a standing ovation. I later found out from talking to Pat and DB Cooper that the sunglasses were Frank Frederick and James Alburger's idea (also, DB thought it would be great, too) and that he was touched and blown away by the experience.

Now, to declare some of those smuggled tricks!

Pat began his presentation with a live demo which was incredible to behold. The number of voices that came out of his mouth in a mere minute and a half or so was immense.

A very quick revelation to start off with: Pat says that experience is not the best teacher, it's the slowest teacher. His job as a teacher is to expedite a student's journey.

A teacher's job is to also get their students work. Helping students make it in the industry not only improves their circumstances and boosts morale, it also drives referrals to teachers who have schooled successful alumni.

Here are three of the many tricks Pat talked about at VOICE 2007 (Pat has a product that he sells where you can get them all for a very good price, so consider these a teaser!):

A smuggled trick: Smile and you won™t pop p™s!

Another trick: Need to sound 'hurt'? Do this:

Make really believable exertion sounds. These occur after an act of violence or a fall. When you are creating these sounds, stress the vowels and use consonants to propel and separate unique exertion sounds.

Another way to make a more authentic exertion sound is to mildly give yourself the Heimlich maneuver to get a forced sound.

Now, here is one really Shameless trick.

Let's say you are called upon to audition for a character role online.

Pat suggested that you could pre-record your audition - Slate your name - ruffle the paper and read the character name as if you've never seen it before. This tactic makes people believe that you are very good at cold reads.

On the flip side, the danger is that they also may think that you™re not prepared for the audition.

Hot Tip: If you think it will be dangerous, it will likely be good! Working outside of the box is not a safe place to be, but you've got to risk it. This tactic truly depends on the copy you are reading. Make your own judgment.

Oh, couldn't help myself! Here are three bonus tricks:

Bonus #1: Slating Your Name in Style

Consider having a British voice talent slate your name at the beginning of your demo or audition.

Bonus #2: Series of 3

Have you ever heard of an ABC role?

Essentially, you prepare 3 takes when auditioning. The first is your primary interpretation (A), the second is different from the first (B), and the third is mix between takes one and two (C).

Most directors will end up casting your third take, in other words, your C role.

You could think of this as the Goldilocks method: Too hot, too cold, just right.

Bonus #3: Stupid Character Voices

When called upon to be a stupid, dolt, or brainless person in a voice over, make the interpretation sound naive, not stupid. It will become more charming, engaging and acceptable (non-offensive to others).

So, there you have it.

If you'd like to smuggle some tricks via Pat's CD (60 tricks, vocal skills and techniques), you can purchase it at his website PatFraley.com.

Greatest Cartoon Voice Tricks Ever Smuggled Out of HollywoodJulie Williams also gave a wonderful review of "Greatest Cartoon Voice Tricks Ever Smuggled Out of Hollywood" in VOX Talk episode #17 that includes other tricks not mentioned here (but presented at the conference) including Mel Blanc's "Baby in a Hankie", Nancy Cartwright's (Bart Simpson) "Little Man in a Can" and "Speaking Fake French" among others.

If you enjoyed Pat's presentation, please leave a comment!



Related Topics: cartoons, French, Hollywood, industry


    I actually smiled as I read this post... you see, as I read each tip I performed it and was impressed to find the desired results... it makes me laugh because it is so easy. This is very, very helpful.

    I guess the CD is one of my next purchases.

    Brian in Charlotte
    Blog: VoicePro.blogspot.com

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      If Pat shows up in your area within an hour or two... make the drive to attend his class... it's time well spent.


      Posted by:

        Pat is just nothing but awesome, both professionally and personally.

        After studying with him (and the cast of Industry pros that accompany most of his events) the last several years I can honestly say that anyone that wants to do VO work (or who is already doing it) should load up on Pat's CD's and go to any PF event they can get to.

        Your career will thank you for it.

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          I can only echo what Peter and DC have already written: go to Pat Fraley's classes. You brain and heart will thank you; and so will your wallet.

          Be well,

          Posted by:

            I use a British male voice talent to slate my name and it has proved so successful I now hardly ever audition for anything.... Mainly because he gets all my work ...

            Posted by:

              Hey Stephanie,

              I was lucky enough to attend one of Pat's classes last year and I was blown away! He is simply amazing and like DC says above (Wussup DC!), if you're within an hour or two, make the drive because it is well worth it! I plan on attending more when I can!

              His teaching is unique and personable, plus you'll reap the benefits!!

              Kelli Casey

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