Heath Jason Hooey posted a video
Sep 17, 2010
Heath Jason Hooey left a comment for Paul Pape
"Hey Paul, I just got done watching the "Celebration" DVD! It turned out great! Among others, you and AJ really stepped up in a big way. 'Nita would have been a wreck if it wasn't for the 2 of you! I believe "The Man" himself would've been extremely…"
May 3, 2009
Heath Jason Hooey posted photos
Sep 18, 2008
Heath Jason Hooey left a comment for Joe Cipriano
"Jpe,
I'm one of Don's nephews. I was at the service last Tuesday but had to take the red-eye back to Minnesota, so we didn't get a chance to meet. I really wish we had, I wanted to thank you for speaking so eloquently about my uncle. He definitely…"
Sep 16, 2008
Heath Jason Hooey left a comment for Jasen Anthony
"Jasen,
We are all leaning on each other during this difficult time, and it's the thoughts and prayers that help more than words can express. So, thank you on behalf of his family and friends. He was not just an uncle to me but a mentor and a…"
Sep 6, 2008
Heath Jason Hooey left a comment for Bob Bergen
"Hey Bob Guy!
Wow you're "johnny on the spot" with your speedy replies!!! I can't thank you enough. I will take your advice and hopefully one day I'll be able to repay you, even if it's just a beer or a cup of coffee, if nothing else. I am going to…"
Aug 22, 2008
Heath Jason Hooey left a comment for Heath Jason Hooey
"Hey Bob Guy!
Wow you're "johnny on the spot" with your speedy replies!!! I can't thank you enough. I will take your advice and hopefully one day I'll be able to repay you, even if it's just a beer or a cup of coffee, if nothing else. I am going to…"
Aug 20, 2008
Heath Jason Hooey left a comment for Bob Bergen
"So you don't have to listen to the whole demo again, the unicel and autism spots are back to back and they start right around the 2:05 mark.
THKS Again!"
Aug 20, 2008
Heath Jason Hooey left a comment for Bob Bergen
"Bob,
1st off, sorry it's taken so long to comment back, sometimes I don't get online for days at a time.

Thanks for taking the time to listen to my demo and thanks for the advice. Funny thing is, everything you said I completely agree with, I just…"
Aug 20, 2008
Heath Jason Hooey left a comment on Ask Bob: Advice For The Voice Lorne!
"Hi Bob,
I would love to hear your critique of the demo I have posted, whenever you have the time. Thanks in advance!"
Aug 7, 2008
Heath Jason Hooey left a comment for Don LaFontaine
"Hey Unc!
Thanks for the tip to this site. I'll definitely put it to use. I do have a couple possibilities coming up, so I'll probably be calling you soon for some advice. Jeanine and the kids send the their love as well! Hug the girls for me.
Jas"
Jul 18, 2008

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  • Hi Heath!

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    Thanks for your time! I trust our paths will cross soon!

    Best to ya!

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  • Thanks for finding me here :) I'm happy to help in any way. Just ask.

    Cheers,

    Stephanie
  • Jason...thanks very much. Kind words indeed coming from his nephew. He would have done the same for me or my family, so I am glad I could be there for him. Hope you're doing well. Nice to hear from you. Paul
  • HAVE A HAPPY HOLIDAY
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  • Sending one love out to you and the fam in honor of the Big Chief.

    Peace and Blessings
  • Heath,
    I just wanted to extend my thoughts and
    prayers to you and your family during this
    sad time. Your Uncle was one of my hero's
    and he will be sorely missed.

    God Bless
    J
  • Hey Bob Guy!
    Wow you're "johnny on the spot" with your speedy replies!!! I can't thank you enough. I will take your advice and hopefully one day I'll be able to repay you, even if it's just a beer or a cup of coffee, if nothing else. I am going to look into acting/vo classes like you suggested. What was your opinion on the "Grillpack" spot by the way?

    Be forewarned, I will be coming back frequently, to the VO well of knowledge, or as I like to call him......Bob.

    Are you in California? If so next time I'm out visiting with my uncle we'll have to get together.

    TC
    Heath
  • Hey big guy!

    Yes, I agree. The autism and unicell are probably your most "Heath" sounding spots. (and wouldn't it be nice if you get to that point in your career where folks say, "we're looking for that "Heath" sound??!") ;-)

    The hardest part of this is finding one's own sound/style/brand. But we all have it in our day to day life. It just seems that, often when a mic is in front of our face, we put on a "voice-over" delivery that is announcery.

    Now, you do have a great voice for that announcer type of read. And there is still a need for that in da biz! But what will open more doors is that conversational real delivery that is so "in" these days.

    How do you find that? Acting class, VO workshops, etc.

    It literally took me 4 solid years in VO classes before I "got it."

    Week after week I'd go to the mic, I'd give a ready "announcery" read. I'd hear instructors try to direct me to be more real. But it just didn't translate from my ears to my mouth.

    Four years later, at a Saturday morning workshop, I got it. Not sure why. But it all just clicked.

    And as trends change, and with the various genres of VO, from promo, to imaging, to narration, I'm always reinventing, hoping to find ways Bob can stand out. It's really a challenge to take a pice of copy that is written VERY announcery and make it conversational.

    As for demos, keep in mind that just because a spot is real, that doesn't mean it should be on your demo. Only brilliance goes on a demo. Often a working VO actor will book a spot, only to redo it for thier demo. It might be a good spot, but over produced, or the actor was pooly directed, etc. YOu just want to make sure you use a demo producer who knows marketing and current trends. The spots need to sound real. They should sound national.

    You absolutley have the talent! One you fine tune, take things up a notch, and find your brand/zone, the sky's the limit!

    ;-)
    etc.it
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  • Hey bud!

    I took a listen to your demo.

    You absolutely have the pipes! But what's missing is Heath's brand. I understand you got the Uncle Don DNA. ;-) But I'd stay away from "in a world" on your demo. It's not only cliche, but it's become Don's branding. You need your own.

    Keep in mind that buyers and agents don't need another voice. They have all the voices they will ever need.

    What they don't have is you. Your heart, your brain, your sense of humor, your style, YOUR brand.

    That's what's missing from your demo. I don't know who Heath is. I hear Heath trying to be other people, from Don to Rod Serling.

    If you are going to make your mark you need to establish your own unique individual style at the mic.

    Also, check out voicebank.net. Click "house reels" at the top of the home page. Surf around the agent's demos. This will help you get an idea of format and demo styles. You have gaps between spots on yours. You want tighter edits. And that Twilight Zone music that takes up so much time on your demo takes away from you. Most demos these days are one minute. Maybe a little more, but I don't recommend more than a minute. Yours is over 6. Way too long!

    Let me know if this helps. And don't hesitate to pop me an email directly at porkysvoice@aol.com

    ;-)
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