Registration Opens for Faff Camp II

Voiceover Talent Doug Turkel's Keynote presentation at Faff Camp 2013

 

Yeah, the campfire might be fake, but rest assured that Faff Camp is the real deal!

While you’ve probably heard of FaffCon, the Voiceover Un-Conference, there’s a chance that you may not know about Faff Camp. Both events are put together by the same impressive group of organizers, and both have gotten nothing but 5-star reviews by attendees.

In order to distinguish it from the Working-Voiceover-Pro-focused FaffCon, Faff Camp has been designed to cater to voice talent across a wide spectrum of experience.

I like to think of it as an event for people who are serious about crafting (or maintaining) a voiceover career, rather than one that’s only for pros.

From the Faff Camp site:

Faff Camp is a peer-to-peer professional development conference for working voiceover pros (not just voice talents, voice actors, and narrators, but all pros who do work related to voice overs). It’s participant driven and highly interactive, just like its sister event FaffCon. But much of the agenda is set in advance, which makes it possible for us to welcome a larger group.

Plus, there are cool things we do only at Faff Camp, like Topic Tables,  Adopt-a-Question, and Lightning Talks! And since we have two tracks, Starting Smart and Working Pro, we welcome voice talents at all career stages. Come learn how to get to the next level, no matter what level you’re on now!

One of the many innovative things about the upcoming Faff Camp is that the registration process has been inspired by Kickstarter.  If enough people sign up by July 11th (not too far away), then Faff Camp is on! If not – which I seriously doubt – everyone who’s registered gets their money back and you have to find something else to do March 19-22, 2015.

But my best guess is that you’ll be at the Omni Colonnade in San Antonio, TX.

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The Voiceover Talent Manifesto©

The Voiceover Talent Manifesto. Words for Voiceover Talent to live by.

Success Breeds Solitude

 

Over the last few years, being a professional voiceover talent has become more and more isolating. And in most cases, the more successful you become, the less time you spend around like-minded people. This can be difficult for just about anyone, but maybe more so for creative, artist-types. We tend to thrive around people who “get” what we do. If you ever go to an in-studio audition, and see the energy among the actors in the waiting room, you’ll see what I mean.

One of my favorite things about Read more…

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The Best SEO for Voiceover Talent

Voiceover Treasure Map

It’s the modern-day version of a treasure hunt; the quest to get your website to the top of the first page of Google’s search results, in hopes of finding more voiceover work.

Trouble is, there’s no map with an X scrawled on it. Never has been.

Even though there are tons of strategies, theories, and even “experts” who’ll gladly take your money while making vague promises about organic results, first page rankings and keyword optimization, there are Read more…

Highlights from The Voiceover Talent Ebook: Harlan Hogan

Professional Voice Over Talent Harlan Hogan

 

Harlan Hogan:

“Focusing on your performance misses the point of voice work…what’s important is how you can make a listener feel.”

What do you love about your job?

What job? I had lots of jobs and they sucked almost as badly as I did at them. THIS is no job – it’s a love affair.

What performance advice do you have for voiceover talent just starting out? (Or for those with a good deal of experience, who are looking to move up to the next level.)

Absolutely zero. Because focusing on your performance misses the point of voice work. It’s really not what YOU sound like or what words you emphasize in your ‘performance.’ What’s important is how you can make a listener feel. So your focus is not on you and your performance, but on using your skills to communicate to THEM.

Similar to the previous question, what business or practical advice do you have for voiceover talent just starting out? (Or for those with a good deal of experience, who are looking to move up to the next level.) Read more…

Welcome Changes at VoiceZam.com

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Visionaries are hard to find in any industry. In the world of voiceover, they seem to be few and far between.

Case in point:

The first studios where I was hired to work had stacks of 5″ reel-to-reel tapes that served as voiceover demos. Those quickly gave way to cassettes, then CDs, and now online audio players. One thing that never changed in all that time was Read more…

Professional Voice Talent, You Are Missing Out

FaffCamp Patch Logo

 

A little more than three weeks from now, professional voiceover talent from all over the country will spend a weekend together in Charlotte, NC at the first-ever Faff Camp conference. Faff Camp is a bit like the wildly successful FaffCon series of events, only with a bit more structure.

The days following the event will be interesting ones for everyone who attends. Their heads will be swimming with new ideas, renewed motivation, and plenty of new friendships and business opportunities. (My Mastermind Group is made up of people I met at FaffCon, and I can’t tell you Read more…

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Voiceover Talent : Ultimate Business Resources

Voiceover Talent : Ultimate Business Resources

These days, “Voiceovers” is big business…from a number of perspectives.

With the technological barriers to entering the field disappearing day by day, more people than ever before are trying their hand at it. So while there are thousands of newly-minted talent looking to drum up some business for themselves, there are also scores of people eager to help those eager newcomers find their way through the wilderness.

Unfortunately, some of these trail guides are more concerned with their own fiscal health than with helping you develop your craft and your career. And that’s all the more reason to make sure that you know Read more…

Professional Voiceover Talent: Scared of Newcomers?

Voiceover Talent Aim for SuccessIt’s becoming a common refrain in all sorts of creative endeavors: some established, experienced talent are complaining about the vast numbers of newcomers to their field. I’ve heard it from web designers, graphic designers, copy writers, and yes, voiceover talent.

In a recent blog post titled True Professionals Don’t Fear Amateurs, entrepreneur, marketer and author Seth Godin wrote something that resonates deeply within the world of professional voiceover talent:

Gifted college professors don’t fear online courses. Talented web designers don’t fear cloud services. Bring them on! When you need something worth paying for, they say, we’ll be here. And what we’ll sell you will be worth more than we charge you.  – Seth Godin

He didn’t specifically mention voiceover talent in the post, but he might as well have. In recent years, I’ve heard scores of fellow talent complain about the influx of so-called wannabes. They’ll bitterly say, “These days, anyone with a laptop and a USB microphone thinks Read more…

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Voiceover Lesson from Dodger Great Vin Scully

Many voiceover talent say that experience is the greatest teacher at the microphone. If that’s true, then there are few better to learn from than Vin Scully. Having spent more than 60 years behind the mic, the L.A. Dodgers broadcaster has called everything from Don Larsen’s perfect game in the 1956 World Series, to Hank Aaron’s 715th home run to break Babe Ruth’s record in 1974, to Bill Buckner’s series-changing error in the 1986 World Series.

Voiceover from Dodger Great Vin ScullyJust out of Fordham University in 1950, Scully was recruited by legendary announcer Red Barber to work for the CBS Radio Network calling college football games. Just three years later, a 25-year-old Scully became the youngest person to ever call a World Series game. (A record that stands to this day.)

So how does all of this apply to performing voiceovers? Well, in a recent interview, Scully shared some of the advice that Barber gave him in the early days of his career.

And while Barber wasn’t speaking specifically about voiceover talent, his advice is something I think every voice talent can benefit from.

Its brilliance is in its Read more…

Highlights from The Voiceover Talent Ebook: Richard Horvitz

Voiceover Talent Richard Horvitz

 

Richard Horvitz:

We never start with the voice; it always starts with the acting.”

Recently, the fabulously talented voiceover actor and voiceover coach Richard Horvitz was generous enough to answer some questions as part of an ebook project I was putting together. Below are some highlights from Richard’s responses. To read the rest of Richard’s answers, and for insights from nearly 30 other Voiceover Superstars including  Joe Cipriano, Randy Thomas and Bob Bergen, sign up for your free copy of the ebook over on the right side of this page.

What do you love about your job?

Simply that I get to play, and laugh and have fun pretending, which is what I teach…I’m all about playing pretend. And we have a tendency as we get older, to lose that willingness to play pretend, or that joy in playing pretend, because everything becomes about earning money…about validating the choice we’ve made to be an actor. So I like that I still get to play, and remember what it’s like to look through the eyes of a child. Particularly in the character I get to play in animation…if I’m not playing an evil villain, I’m playing a kid. It’s just fun. That’s the best part of my job.

What do you like least about your job, and how do you deal with that?

Things that are really stressful on the voice, like soldier games and army games are really rough on the voice. (To take care of that, I drink a lot of water and a lot of tea during the sessions.) But other than that, there’s not a lot that I don’t like about my job.

What performance advice do you have for voiceover talent just starting out? (Or for those with a good deal of experience, who are looking to move up to the next level.)

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