Looking Ahead to an Outstanding New Year

December 31, 2012

As we begin a brand-new year, take a moment and reflect on what you’re most proud to have accomplished and experienced over the past 12 months. When people come up with New Year’s resolutions, they often focus on the things they want to change or improve about themselves — what they feel they’re not doing […]

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Reaching Your “Ultimate Audience” in Voiceover

December 30, 2012

There’s an inherent danger in what we do as VO artists. Ask the average actor in Los Angeles what’s been on his or her mind lately. Odds are, they’ll tell you: Auditions, headshots and resumes, acting classes, casting director workshops, showcases, agents, postcard mailings, union issues, actor-related websites and forums, and the latest edition of […]

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Audio: The Value of VARIETY

December 27, 2012

At my last online Voice Acting for Video Games class, we did a “speed round” at the end, intended to mimic the process of recording an audition at a busy VO agency. The idea is to first do a short bit of the read, to show us what you have in mind for it, then […]

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Attend My Voice Acting For Video Games Class in Your Bathrobe!

December 15, 2012
Voiceover Ninja

It’s often said that one of the benefits of being a voice actor is that you never have to be concerned about your appearance. That isn’t exactly true. At a recording session, it’s important to project a professional image. You wouldn’t show up looking unkempt in your bathrobe if other people are present. It’s a […]

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Video: Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh TV Spot

December 13, 2012

Years ago, one of my first jobs was as a clerk at the main Carnegie Library in my hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Lately, I’ve been producing and voicing radio commercials for Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, as well as doing VO tags for their TV spots. Here’s one: Seeing these spots makes me a bit homesick! […]

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Audio: Breaking Through the “Wall of Shame”

December 12, 2012

In the last session of my online Voices With Character class, I had the participants do an exercise which I find extremely helpful to loosen up your creative mind. It’s simple: Take a sentence — any sentence — and say it over and over, ten times. Each time, speak the same words, but don’t repeat […]

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Audio: Making Your VO Performances Your Own

December 2, 2012

Here’s a clip from my online Voices With Character class… I had asked the participants to name something we had covered in a previous session that they had found valuable, and one of them mentioned the principle of making your voiceover character reads your own. I shared some thoughts on the topic: (2 minutes) [audio:http://voninja.com/audio/Making_It_Your_Own.mp3] […]

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Audio: The Power of Relaxing A Read

November 27, 2012

Here’s a clip from my recent Voices With Character online class, in which Andy Barnett demonstrates how relaxing a character performance slightly can result in a more believable & compelling read: [audio:http://www.voninja.com/audio/Andy_as_Ben.mp3] Click the right-arrow in the player above to listen to the audio Click here to download the audio Andy is performing audition copy […]

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Video: Kevin Delaney and Jon Bailey Hangin’ in Hollywood

October 7, 2012

The great Jon Bailey flew into L.A. yesterday; he’ll be attending an ADR workshop here on Sunday. Jon & I spent some time together, and I shot a short video interview with him about some of his recent work, and why he has decided to relocate to L.A. soon: (10 minutes) Jon tells us about […]

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Promo VO for “Race 2012” PBS Special

October 4, 2012

You can hear me in a promo for the upcoming PBS documentary special Race 2012: A Conversation About Race and Politics in America. Watch it here: Race 2012 will premiere on PBS on Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 8 p.m. Eastern.

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Why Do You Do What You Do?

September 25, 2012

I recently had lunch with a successful actor friend in Los Angeles. We talked about acting, career, and the business in general. At one point, I asked him: Why do you do what you do? Why are you an actor? He smiled and said: “I’m an actor because I can’t not be a actor.” I […]

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Video: Why Are So Many VO Castings Only For L.A.-Based Talent?

September 23, 2012

Here’s the second installment from my live Video Chat with Ed Victor (a.k.a. “The Big Gun”), in which Ed & I continue our talk about Ed’s reasons for relocating to Los Angeles: In this segment, we answer a question from a viewer: Why are so many castings that take place in Los Angeles not open […]

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Ed Victor & Kevin Delaney — Archived Video Chat, Part One

September 5, 2012
Voiceover Ninja

Thanks to everyone who attended my live Video Chat with Ed Victor (a.k.a. “The Big Gun”)! We answered many questions, and talked about a topic that’s near & dear to me: Rebooting your career and making the move to Los Angeles. Watch Part One of the Video Chat: Click here for Part Two of the […]

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Audio: “Without a Trace” Clip from my Online Promos & Trailers VO Workout

August 31, 2012
Voiceover Ninja

At my last online Promos & Trailers Voiceover Workout, VO artist Christian Rosselli tackled a promo for the CBS crime drama Without a Trace. In this clip, Christian does several reads, each subtly different. Note how small adjustments can modify a promo read’s feel & impact: (4 minutes) [audio:http://www.VONinja.com/audio/VONinja.com_Christian_Promo_Workout_Clip.mp3] Click the right-arrow in the player […]

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