VAM 025 | Interview with Melanie Chartoff about Improv, Part 3

VAM 025 | Interview with Melanie Chartoff about Improv, Part 3

Welcome to episode 25 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. The podcast is also available via the iTunes Store online. Just follow this link to view the podcast in iTunes:

http://www.voiceactingmastery.com/podcast

This is the third and final part of an interview with my friend and improv teacher, Melanie Chartoff.

As we wrapped up our time together, Melanie and I discussed many interesting topics including:

  • The deep interrelationship between improv and scripted acting.
  • How improv helps keep a scripted performance feeling fresh, as if you’re creating that performance anew every time.
  • The importance of getting past the words of a script and instead basing your performance on the inspiration of a thought or a feeling.
  • The need to have a childlike state of mind when you’re acting and to leave all judgement behind in order to fully play pretend.

At the very end, Melanie was kind enough to share with me a personal technique of hers for alleviating fear when she finds herself in an acting situation that makes her feel nervous. I think you’ll find it incredibly useful!

To sign up for classes with Melanie, visit Chartoff Teaching.com. I highly recommend it!

Download Voice Acting Mastery Episode #25 Here (MP3)

 

VAM 024 | Interview with Melanie Chartoff about Improv, Part 2

VAM 024 | Interview with Melanie Chartoff about Improv, Part 2

Welcome to episode 24 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. The podcast is also available via the iTunes Store online. Just follow this link to view the podcast in iTunes:

http://www.voiceactingmastery.com/podcast

This is the second part of an interview with my friend and improv teacher, Melanie Chartoff. In it, we talk about how important it is to find your character’s point of view from inside it, in order to give life to a role. Melanie also shares a three part technique for helping you develop that point of view. In order to imbue your voice with more character, you should ask yourself three questions:

  1. What is your point of view on yourself?
  2. What is your point of view on the world around you?
  3. What is your point of view on your current situation?

By asking yourself these questions, you can begin to bring a richness and believability to your vocal performance.

We wrap up this episode by talking about how voice acting is not about hiding behind a silly voice, but about revealing who you truly are so you can make the emotional journey of your character believable.

Enjoy!

Download Voice Acting Mastery Episode #24 Here (MP3)

 

VAM 023 | Interview with Melanie Chartoff about Improv, Part 1

VAM 023 | Interview with Melanie Chartoff about Improv, Part 1

Welcome to episode 23 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. The podcast is also available via the iTunes Store online. Just follow this link to view the podcast in iTunes:

http://www.voiceactingmastery.com/podcast

In my last podcast, I discussed the 5 Essentials for voice acting. I talked at length about the first of those essentials: the need to become an actor. I also said that of all the different acting training I have had the pleasure of experiencing, the one that helped me the most in my voice acting career was improvisational acting.

So I thought I would invite my improv teacher, Melanie Chartoff, on the podcast to talk about the importance of improv and how it relates to voice acting. Melanie has had an extensive acting career both on stage and on screen, but those of you who follow animation will probably be most familiar with her performance as Didi Pickles, the mother in the famous Nickelodeon series, The Rugrats. Melanie has taught me a lot and I think you’ll benefit from her insight and experience.

Enjoy!

Download Voice Acting Mastery Episode #23 Here (MP3)

 

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