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Do You Have What It Takes? Discover 5 Voice Director Expectations


By Stephanie Ciccarelli

November 3, 2011

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Man wearing a blue hat holding a microphone toward viewerOnce you've booked the job, they say it's all gravy...but sometimes, it's when the work actually begins!

Casting director Todd Resnick of Resnick Interactive shares tips on how to impress your client and lay the groundwork for future work opportunities by following some simple instructions.

Find out what a director looks for in today's VOX Daily!

5 Things a Voiceover Director Looks For

By Todd Resnick

Congratulations! You have the part. Now, what will the voice director expect from you once you're in the booth?

1. Be on time (or early!) and bring a great attitude.

I think that says it all.

2. Be versatile.

Prepare a diversified range of voices. Oftentimes the director may still be "finding the voice" of the character. Use your talents to help him or her find it!

Be able to age your voice up or down. This can be tricky to do without sounding fake and forced, so practice to have this skill handy.

Be able to conjure alternate characters on the spot. Be ready if they suddenly change a character completely or add new characters and want new options.

3. Follow direction.

We want someone to take direction, interpret it, stay in character and get the job done. Don't get frustrated, if you are unclear about something, ask. Even if this means getting the dreaded "line read". A line read is simply saying: "we have something specific in our head". We are not trying to undermine your creativity. Use it as a tool and move on.

4. Read well.

Novice Voice-Over actors have a natural tendency to read fast because they're nervous. Breathe.

Even if you were just handed the script, it's your job to bring the words to life and to not sound like you're reading. Building a believable character is central to the creative process. You may try something that we haven't thought of, and we could love it!

5. Prepare.

Read the script, if you have it in advance (you'd be surprised how many actors don't). Otherwise, try to understand the genre of the project, or the tone of the content. Again, if you have any questions, ask.

The level of ease when working with someone shouldn't be underestimated. Recording studios are not wide open spaces and it often feels like everyone is jammed together for hours or days at a time. Being flexible, energetic, and friendly will go a very long way!

About Todd Resnick

Todd Resnick is CEO at Resnick Interactive, a voice over casting company he started in 2000. Resnick Interactive is a full-service voice over company specializing in voice over casting, voice over directing and voice over production for today's animation, advertisements and games. With fifteen years in the music production and video game development industries, Todd has been a Business Owner, Pioneer, Teacher, Producer, Engineer, Casting Director and inspirational Team Leader with some of today's well known companies, networks and publishers including Mattel, Blizzard, Marvel, Simon and Schuster, and many other storied franchises.

Click on the following link to visit the Resnick Interactive blog.

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Related Topics: animation, booth, how to, reading, recording studios


    This is nonsense unless you're hired for a character piece.

    >>>Prepare a diversified range of voices

    Certainly you must be able to provide a range of moods, tones, attitudes, and such - but if a director wants different voices, they need to make the correct hiring decision at the start of the project.

    I am a narrator. So most of my work is in product demos, training, and documentaries where the depth of the read the important concern.

    Posted by:
    • steve hammill
    • November 4, 2011 1:26 PM

      @ Steve...Ok pal.

      Posted by:

        A real keeper. Thank you for this valuable information.

        John Sipple

        Posted by:
        • John Sipple
        • November 7, 2011 3:00 PM

          Great comments, as someone who is eager to work in the character space (and with Resnick Interactive!) this is really valuable, I'm off to practice sounding like an old man / young boy!

          Thanks, Jay

          Posted by:

            I never did, deliberately, it just happened. once, i was hired for a free-by and was given a check for the job. go figure.

            Posted by:
            • Jim Hull
            • December 1, 2011 2:37 PM

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