I've cast hundreds of computer games and directed thousands of actors. Voice acting is much more demanding than voice overs. Happy to help anyone interested.
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It's not extending the time the slate takes. But if it's extended -- it could be perceived as taking up extra precious time.
I agree the slate should be for indentification purposes and not to make some sort of a creative statement.
I'd love to hear any feedback from you concerning this.
I have been practicing new voices and think of you often. Thank you so much for your direction. I'm looking forward to more.
Don't forget we can slice & dice files for you. We also have a full library of music beds, we do foley work, and often design music as our clients request.
Always strong and sturdily forward,
I wanted to comment on 'conjuring up a character.' I find that when I discover a new character voice, and personality for that voice, dialogue just spills out. I wouldn't consider myself a great ad-libber, but sometimes the words come out faster than I seem to be thinking of them. Just an interesting footnote, I guess. Folks might want to try it and surprise themselves with what they come up with.
I also agree about the over-the-top-gestures and body language. I try to do whatever my character is doing. If they are standing, I stand. If they are leaning back in a chair, I lean back in a chair. Recently, I was voicing a character who was stopped mid-stride, leaning back, leg in the air. His muscles began cramping. Well, I couldn't have faked the slight grunts/groans in my voice that came naturally from holding that position.
That's my two cents for now. I'm sure I'll have loads of questions for you in the future!
One way you might be a bigger fish in the sea is if you tried investigating avenues in African American productions. I worked on an all black cartoon once and there was a real need for better ethnic VO actors. If there's a PBS station in your area, ask there first because sometimes you can get involved with kids show cartoon voices where it pays to be ethnic and diverse.
Also many agents are in more need of good voice talent that can sound a bit ethnic when needed. So use your skills AND sometimes your ethnicity to an advantage. So many black Voiceover guys are wonderful and have such great elocution, often it's hard to recognize them as black. I'm not even talking rap or ghetto-speak. It's a fine line....but often I've had to hire white guys to sound black since the black guys have worked so hard to sound white.
Games is another area you can let loose and do the gang bang slang to your heart's content.
Please don't think I'm implying that's all you can do. I'm sure you are extremely diverse and I'm happy to speak with you privately about that.
For anyone else interested in breaking into cartoons, it's still a lot of who you know and being in the right place at the right time.
Most cartoons are produced in LA but there are other animations and series produced elsewhere.
You can try the long way around like I started to do. By a copy of Animation Magazine and start contacting the production houses. Find out who does their casting.
Good luck to all.