By Stephanie Ciccarelli
March 28, 2008
What have you been up to this week?
I spotted a few of you updating your MySpace and Facebook feeds with recently won voice over jobs and hope to hear from you here and spread the good news!
What have you been up to this week? Read this interview first and then comment with your news.
Earlier this week, I happened to read an update in one of our voice talent member's, Scott "Scooter" Fortney's MySpace feed that said he had just accepted the role of Bus Driver Bob in a new audiobook series about the Doodlebops.
I am quite familiar with the show and immediately asked if I could feature Scott Fortney here on this week's edition of Who Got the Gig. He agreed and I have this interview to share with you.
VOX: How did you get the job? Was it through an audition, direct contact via search, etc?
SCOOTER: I found the job in my Voices.com leads. The Velocite Group and one of their affiliated companies, Toybox Innovations, posted a job for several characters for their newest childrenâ€™s read-along book. They were looking for voices for all of the Doodlebops, as well as Jazz and Bus Driver Bob.
VOX: Did you need to do a voice match or custom demo or did they hire you based upon one of your demos?
SCOOTER: Velocite was looking for voices close to Moe, Rooney and Deedee (the Doodlebops); however, they asked that voices for the other characters suit the images in the PDF version of the book which they attached to the job. I always make a point to view or listen to any attached files, because that effort will be obvious in a custom demo. When I looked through the PDF, I felt most comfortable auditioning for the role of Bus Driver Bob, so I created a custom demo with several takes. Never knowing for sure just what the client is looking for, itâ€™s wise to give them several choices. Velocite liked the first take, and Bus Driver Bob was off and running â€“er, driving.
VOX: Was it hard to do or did the voice just come out of you?
SCOOTER: When I sit down to do a new character voice, I have a general idea of what I think it should sound like. In most cases, I just start reading with â€œthat voice in my head,â€ and, yes, it does just kind of flow out of me. Before I go â€œlive,â€ I usually spend some time talking in that voice (drives my wife and kids crazy). The trick is to recreate that voice when youâ€™re chosen several days or even weeks later. To do this, I open the audio file that won the job and hit the loop playback button; after several minutes or much longer, the voice comes back to you. Then, of course, you hear it in your head when you're trying to get to sleep at night. Seek help if your characters enter your dreams and interact with each other!
VOX: Were you familiar with the character before you auditioned? Did you audition for Bus Driver Bob specifically?
SCOOTER: No, I wasnâ€™t familiar with Bob, but I was a little familiar with the Doodlebops; at least knowing something about the show gave me a clue as to how to approach the job.
VOX: When are the audio books going to be available on the market? Will they be sold through Audible or will they be released on CDs in stores?
SCOOTER: Itâ€™s still early in the game, as far as my relationship with the client, but from what I understand the CDs will be in stores worldwide; they also sell them on the Toybox Innovations website at www.toyboxinnovations.com.
VOX: What have you found to be the most interesting / satisfying aspect of this job?
SCOOTER: Most importantly, I love doing character voices, especially for children; so just the thought that Iâ€™ll be helping to entertain and teach children is the most valuable part of this job. Iâ€™ve been doing character voices and impressions since I was a little boy, so these sorts of jobs are a great pleasure for me. An added bonus: I have a 2-year old little girl for whom I canâ€™t wait to play these audio books!
VOX: Is there anything else that you'd like to share, Scooter?
SCOOTER: Relating to this particular project, no, I donâ€™t think so. However, I would like take this opportunity to tell you that while I have been with Voices.com, I have tried one other voice over site. That site made me really appreciate Voices.com. Without mentioning the site, I will tell you that I was bothered by their practice of discouraging voice actors from auditioning for â€œtoo manyâ€ jobs! To me, that makes no sense. I can honestly tell you that about half of the jobs I have won were jobs that I thought I might not â€œfit.â€ I tried anyway! Thatâ€™s because I believe in the notion that you have to go to bat thinking positively every time. I used to have a sign in my office that you may recognize: â€œBabe Ruth struck out 1330 times, but he also hit 714 homeruns.â€ I added two words to that: â€œKeep swinging.â€
That's excellent advice... keep swinging!
Best wishes and happy weekend,
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