Jennifer Hale Speaks

The many faces that aren't the faces of Jennifer Hale.

Jennifer Hale is one of the most professional, prolific and talented voice actresses out there. So I was very happy when I ran across this interview of her talking about what it’s like voice acting in the world of video games. You might discover some things that surprise you like:

  • She doesn’t play video games!
  • She booked her first cartoon character without any previous knowledge or experience in animation.
  • She throws herself completely into any role she’s playing.

For those who like Female Shepard from Mass Effect, this one’s for you:

Jennifer Hale Speaks

I think you can learn a lot about a voice actor’s mindset by hearing them talk about their profession and Jennifer is incredibly candid about her experiences.

Enjoy the article!

Voice Acting Mastery is on iTunes

Hey there everyone! It’s now official. The Voice Acting Mastery Podcast is listed in the iTunes Music Store!

Now you can subscribe to the podcast directly from iTunes by following this link:


Subscribe to the Voice Acting Mastery Podcast in iTunes
http://www.voiceactingmastery.com/podcast/

If you’re enjoying the podcast, I would really appreciate it if you could give me a positive review in the iTunes Music Store! Here’s how:

  1. Follow the link to the Voice Acting Mastery Podcast in iTunes. Your browser should open up to a page listing the podcast.
  2. Click on the View in iTunes button which looks like this:  in order to view the podcast in iTunes. (NOTE: You must have iTunes installed on your computer for this to work)
  3. Once you’re inside the iTunes program, click on the stars to rate. They look like this: 
That’s it! Thanks for giving me a positive review on iTunes! It helps other voice actors who are looking for this information find me quickly. I’m really excited about being on iTunes and I’m looking forward to reaching even more people this way!

Paralinguistic Communication

“Paralinguistic Communication”. That’s a mouth full isn’t it? What it means is: What are you communicating with the sound of your voice rather than with the words you speak?

I found this fascinating article about vocal, but non-verbal communication. It’s designed for corporate types, but it has some interesting lessons about how you sound when you’re speaking and what sort of confidence you may or may not exude based on your speech habits. It’s important to present yourself as a confident professional and there are some great tips in this article:

Don’t get sued for the sound of your voice

Of special interest to me is this idea that people can tell when you’re being dishonest simply from the tone of your voice without being able to understand the words you’re saying. That’s pretty powerful stuff. It means that if we’re going to believe your performance, you actually have to feel what you’re saying, you can’t just demonstrate your emotions!

I hope you guys enjoy the article!

VAM 003 | 7 Most Common Questions About Voice Acting, Part 3

VAM 003 | 7 Most Common Questions About Voice Acting, Part 3

Welcome to the third episode of the Voice Acting Mastery podcast with yours truly, Crispin Freeman!

As always, you can listen to the podcast using the player above, or download the mp3 using the link at the bottom of this blog post. Also, I’ve officially submitted the podcast feed to iTunes, so you should be able to look me up in the iTunes music store very soon! I’m looking forward to that!

This is the third and final episode in a series of episodes I’ve entitled the 7 Most Common Questions I get asked about voice acting. If you haven’t listened to Episodes 1 & 2, I highly recommend you go back and check them out! Here’s the link to the blog post with the first episode:

Voice Acting Mastery, Episode #1

And here’s a link to the second episode:

Voice Acting Mastery, Episode #2

In Episode 3, I’ll be answering questions 5, 6 & 7 which are:

5. Do I need a demo?
6. Do I need an agent and how do I get one?
7. How do I get a voice acting job?

This will serve to round out the most common questions I get and hopefully will give you a lot of food for thought.

If you have any questions or insights, please let me know by leaving a comment on this blog post!

In the next episode, I’ll be diving into how I got started as a voice actor!

Thanks for listening!

Download Voice Acting Mastery Episode #3 Here (MP3)

 

Comic Con Panel with Dee Bradley Baker and Chris Borders

Just thought you guys would enjoy this blog post I found on GameSpot about a panel with voice actor Dee Bradley Baker and voice director Chris Borders about what it takes to work in voice acting. Their insights are right on the money. I especially like this quote from Dee:

“[F]or the voice actor, the job is to diagnose, direct, and build the character on the spot without a lot of guidance–and to do this very quickly.”

You can read the entire article on GameSpot:

http://comic-con.gamespot.com/story/6325024/voice-actors-talk-tips-and-tricks-of-their-craft

Tony Oliver was the moderator on the panel and he’s interviewed me as well for these kinds of events. He always asks great questions.

Enjoy!

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