Metamorph At Large
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Great Talent: Audition Secrets
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TO FIND THE BEST TALENT
If you've been thrown into the lions den by your boss, who now expects
you to cast your companies latest twitch game, stop fretting and listen
up. Here's some tips on how to find the best voice over talent for your
game or as Duke Nukem might say, "I'm about to tell you how to weed whack
the wussies and nail down the best pipes your money can buy."
Put your prospective
talent through the following tests:
1. Have your talent
do an umprepared or "cold" read of your dialogue. Can they cold read well
or does it sound like they are reading? Being conversational is important.
Voice actors need to be able to scan ahead while speaking without a lot
of stopping and pre-reading.
2. Have them read
for at least six lines. While in a character, ask the talent to read the
line with a range of emotions. Do they take direction correctly and quickly
while maintaining a good attitude?
reading, ask yourself these questions:
- Do they stay in
character for more than 3 lines?
- Does the talent
have a good imagination or a good repertoire of different voice choices
that they can pull up in an instant, offering original ideas about what
a certain character might sound like? This separates the better talents
from the newbies.
- Do they have high
energy and staying power? Make them do some screams, expletives and
yells in quick succession. If they complain that it ruins their voice,
you may want to save them for bedtime storytelling. The more recording
you complete without a lot of rest periods, the more time and money
- Listen to see if
they enunciate clearly with special attention to word endings like Ts,
Ds, Ms and Gs. Many products end up with 8 bit sampling rates, which
destroy the clarity of words unless they are almost over-pronounced.
- Do they have good
- Do they maintain
- Do they pop Ps
and Bs? Are there excessive mouth and breath noises? The pros know how
to time breaths to make editing a lot easier. The amateurs often turn
away from the mic, or smack their lips and forget that their hands slapping
against their legs make for unwanted noise.
- Do they visualize
their character by using face and silent body movements to assist with
expressive vocalizations? We voice actors need not worry about looking
like idiots when performing. It's what we sound like that matters.
One last word on
Doing voiceovers well and giving good direction fall into the same category.
Easier said than done. I enjoy being able to give good direction because,
as a voice actor myself, I know some of the tricks I use to achieve certain
sounds, emotions, or impersonations. Some of the worst direction I have
had is by people who try to give too much subtext or silly suggestions.
Here is what I mean:
"I want you to be a cross between Daffy Duck and Peter Lorre."
"Sound like a combo of Bud Bundy of Married With Children and Dean Kain
"She was raised by immigrants who worked hard; she grew up in a mining
town; she never had any new toys as a child and now she is afraid of losing
her pet iguana."
I know that some producers/directors
feel as if they should let the actor bring his or her own ideas to the
table before ever giving them a line read. Fine. Go ahead. But ask for
two different takes in a row, and if that doesn't yank your crank, give
that line read!
I hate to hear, "Just do it again." I want to know how I should alter
it. The funny thing is when you perfectly imitate the line read, and whoever
gave it to you decides it didn't work that way. That's okay. We actors
expect things to be tried in different ways until they click. Don't hold
back on criticism or compliments. If actors seem to be struggling, find
something good to say about what they're doing anyway. It just may relax
them enough to trash the stage fright and get on with the show.
ASK AND YOU SHALL
Got more questions? Just drop me a line - I will gladly answer any questions
or offer consultation on any of your needs.You can also e-mail me at [email protected].
My current website is: http://www.spicycricket.com/audiogodz.html
and I am in the process of building a new one. You can page me at 800-357-7040.
On behalf of Pro-Motions Productions, I wish each of you all the best.