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  • Thanks Dave regarding the listening structure of V123 & V.com....good info to know.
  • BTW, B.Z., what a horribly sad story.
  • Hey Everyone,
    Please pray for and with me! I just got my first booking ever! I was cast right from my agent's website! How cool is God! The session is tomorrow afternoon.
  • Hello my peoples! Just a quick check in.

    Used vs. Loved

    While a man was polishing his new car, his 4 yr old son picked up a
    stone and scratched lines on the side of the car. In anger, the man took
    the child's hand and hit it many times; not realizing he was using a wrench..

    At the hospital, the child lost all his fingers due to multiple fractures.

    When the child saw his father......with painful eyes he asked,
    'Dad when will my fingers grow back?'

    The man was so hurt and speechless; he went back to his car and kicked
    it a lot of times. Devastated by his own actions.......sitting in front of
    that car he looked at the scratches; the child had written 'LOVE YOU DAD'.
    The next day that man committed suicide. . .. Anger and Love have no
    limits; choose the latter to have a beautiful, lovely life..... Things
    are to be USED and people are to be LOVED, But the problem in today's
    world is that, People are used and things are loved...

    During the day, be careful to keep this thought in mind: Be yourself....This is
    the only day we HAVE. Have a nice day. Watch your thoughts; they become
    words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits they become character; Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.

    Stay FAITHFUL and Be GRATEFUL Have a safe and blessed week.

  • Hi gang! Regarding V123 and Voices.com, both have served me well... but results may vary. :) Don't sweat the ratings... they rarely are a reflection of whether you get hired or not and serve only to toy with your emotions. And don't sweat trying to be the 1st one to audition since with V123 it's a "Biblical format"... the last shall be first. Meaning... as the auditions come in, the most recent submission is at the top of the page... the earlier ones are at the bottom. So if the client waits until they've received their desired number of auditions and then goes to listen to them... the ones that are at the top of the page will likely be the first ones they listen to. NOTE: This may have changed since I last posted a job there, but it was true recently.
  • Dan, You are one eloquent fellow. Thanks for the sermon. It is well taken.
  • A wise man said, "Luck is the intersection of preparation and opportunity." I don't attribute any success to chance but to divine providence, gifting and personal effort (in that order). I know that my VO business tripled last year and is on target to triple again this year - yet the number of auditions I've submitted has decreased to less than 50% of my first year. When I go back and listen to my early auditions, it's a wonder I got any jobs. In my person opinion - when I began, I WAS REALLY BAD, I submitted WAY TOO MANY AUDITIONS, and I auditioned for jobs for which I was not qualified or able to perform.

    As we each progress through this venture called VO, I would encourage each person reading to perform an honest assessment of your skills right now. Sure a talent's *voice* may be a Stradivarius - but a Stradivarius in the hands of a novice will sound no better than a garage sale special. Conversely, many successful voice actors have been given a *garage sale special* for a voice, and through months or years of effort are able to perform at the Stradivarius level. (Don LaFontaine=Stradivarius, Fran Drescher=garage sale special. Yet you recognize both names.)

    I recently spoke with a friend who had is demo done at a prestigious studio in LA. This studio works with Hollywood talent and all the best-known LA talent, and has produced audio and video we all have heard. The director/producer in my friend's session said very candidly, "Either you have it or you don't." This director has directed tens of thousands audio/video pieces – many of which have appeared in theaters and on television. This director KNOWS voice-over.

    While I do not subscribe to the black and white world of talent, I do believe that performing successfully in the VO world (or any other venture) may come more easily for some than for others. For the "others" in that statement, it is possible to be successful - but it'll take a boatload of effort. Is it worth the effort? You'll have to be the judge – and you’ll have to be able to make the honest assessment of your voice to determine.

    I have had MANY people ask me “how to get into voice-over.” My response is always the same: Download as many demos as you can from www.videovoicebank.net and listen, listen, listen. Go ahead – drive down the street and listen to hours of back-to-back commercials, promos, trailers, narrations and anything else you can get your hands on. Get Jim Alburger’s book, “The Art of Voice Acting”. Get Pat Fraley’s material. Get audio books; listen to commercials on TV and radio. Immerse yourself in voiceover. Eat it, drink it, and sleep it. Practice, practice, practice. Record yourself. When you start to sound like “the big kids” then you’re ready.

    This brings up one more point. Don’t necessarily “mimic” the big kids – though this is a challenge in-and-of itself. As you’re listening and practicing, become the best “you” that you can be. Work on inflection, timing, diction, speed, pacing, breathing, etc. All of this can be done without a coach. Certainly, working with a knowledgeable coach would hasten your progress, but I wouldn’t even consider getting a coach unless you feel you have a good grasp of your instrument – unless you have extra cash you’re ready to spend.

    Then when you’re working and actually bring in a little cash, I would recommend getting a qualified coach. (This is where I am right now. I’m actively looking for a coach that can take me from where I am to where I want to be.)

    I hope there comes a day when you listen to a spot that you’ve done and, only after you’ve listened, you say “Wow! Was that me?”

    Voice over is truly the most satisfying endeavor I’ve ever pursued. When I’m behind the mic, I truly get lost in time and I know I’m in my element. I can’t imagine doing anything else for the rest of my life.

    I hope that you, too, find the satisfaction in your journey that I have and wish you all the best in your pursuits.

  • Dan, I appreciate what you say but think you must have had a great deal of luck also. I think all who are serious about this business do just what you recommend. Train to
    Win. I know many many vo stars who do not use voice 123 becaise of a bad experience with them. I also agree that fresh wet behind the ears VO talents are wasting their time and money with voice 123. I am proud of and humbled by your success and I pray that your business continues to grow and grow.

  • I've been a "premium" subscriber with V123 for almost 2 years. Honestly, it's my only source for voice work thus far and I'm almost too busy with them to keep a full time job and do VO. I'm about to start a 16-page narration as soon as I finish this post - and it's been a continuous job that I got from v123.

    I think the key with ANY voice casting service or agent is "have a product (your voice and/or acting skills and demo) that people want to use." Before signing up with any service, listen at www.videovoicebank.net and see if your "product" (your voice AND demo) are the same caliber. Aspire to be the best – and use the demos on this site as your measure.

    Even a great athlete wouldn't step off the street and into the arena without training and preparation, and that is where sites like v123 do a disservice to aspiring voice talent. All you have to do is pay your $299 and BAM!! you're a voice artist - and there are some who do it well. Sadly, there are a lot more mediocre performers out there and who have been told by someone, "You've got a great voice. You should to voice-over." They make a demo long before they are REALLY ready, and sign up at v123. Then they get heard once and passed over again and again.

    So, the really short version of what I just said is, yes v123 is a reputable service. But be ready - as an athlete is ready.

    Also, be patient and selective - which is hard to do when you're really finding your niche.
  • I joined Voice123 almost 2 months ago and am deciding whether to go ahead and cancel. The only job I was offered paid $10. I've been ranked as high as second, but their ranking system is confusing as they can rank other talents the same as you. It makes me wonder if this is just the wrong site for me. I am "out of my league" so to speak. I haven't tried voices.com yet. My website is www.voicebylascha.com. If anyone has time to listen to my demos and provide a little feedback, it would be greatly appreciated. I've been working in this business for over ten years, but very part time. I've gotten my work almost always by word of mouth. So, I'm trying to learn how to market myself and go full time. I thought Voice123 would help, but now I'm a bit frustrated.
    So, again, any thoughts?
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