Posted: Mon May 12, 2008, 14:14 (GMT) Post subject: LEADS AND READS - WEEK OF 5/12 TO 5/18
So I was reading this book about circus sideshow performers, you know, bearded ladies and Lobster Boy and The Dog Faced Boy and all the great "freaks" of yesteryear. It's like researching my family tree.
Anyway, I got this tune stuck in my head and it has been driving me bonkers, so I thought I would share it with all of you. Misery loves company, and all that. It is really quite entertaining as nearly everything he did was:
"So," you may ask, "What does any of this nonsense have to do with Leads and Reads or voice over work?" Well, Buzzkill, absolutely nothing. I just wanted to pass along the earworm or possibly bring some joy to those who may not be familiar with this. Jeez, some people.
But, if I must find some loose connection, there is an arguably better version below by non-arguably one of the best voices in the history of the biz. Apparently he was such a big fan of this song he used it in the first show, as seen in this clip, and it was sung at his funeral.
Posted: Mon May 12, 2008, 15:49 (GMT) Post subject:
Thank Eric, those were great.
My first lead this week, from the Voices site.
It's for an audio book.
I need a seasoned professional who reads well and understands how to lure a listener in and keep them interested for several hours.
Word count is 60,000, and looking for a two completion.
Posted: Mon May 12, 2008, 20:12 (GMT) Post subject:
The first time I ever heard 'Lydia' was on an album called "An Evening With Groucho" from '72 or '73. At the time, there was a revived interest in The Marx Brothers. Groucho toured the college circut and recorded the album. I didn't catch up to that movie until later. Great memories and a terrific tune.
Sounding a bit like an announcer for an old time radio soap opera, but done well. Perhaps that's what they want there. Have you done audiobooks before?
Posted: Tue May 13, 2008, 13:15 (GMT) Post subject:
The Hotel audition was great. It was well articulated and just the right temprament to convey sophistication and relaxation. You should do well with that one.
The Roaring Falls wasn't quite there. I'd say it was not intense enough and there were a couple of words that didn't get enough emphasis or volume, like the name of the park. It could be your voice style just doesn't fit the copy, or maybe some compression or effects would make the difference. You know, put it 'over the edge'
Posted: Tue May 13, 2008, 16:46 (GMT) Post subject:
Ratings? We don't need no steenking ratings!
Pay no attention to the ratings JC. I've been in a stretch about a month long where, except for one 3, I have received 'no rating' most often. As most will tell you, a 5 rating is not an automatic deal and you can still pick up a gig off a 'no rating'. The 1s ans 2s are pretty much 'Thanks but No Thanks'
Looking for feedback? Post your auditions here. We'll give 'em a spin and some honest critique. That's what this forum is about.
Posted: Tue May 13, 2008, 16:59 (GMT) Post subject:
Yeah...I know. Thanks for the 'pickup' Dave. But I STILL feel the need to try & get those ratings UP as a barometer of how I'm doing overall.
Funny thing is...about an hour after posting about 2's & 3's...I just got a "5" on that Casino spot. (To be honest, I didn't think it was a "5"...maybe a 3-4). Since it was for a casino, I gave it more of an "up" read.
It's attached for your comments, suggestions, entertainment...
Posted: Tue May 13, 2008, 17:05 (GMT) Post subject:
Why does the LAR always turn into discussions about ratings? Oh well.
I hadn't auditioned for 123 in a while but I saw a good one and felt I was suited for it. I thought it turned out pretty good too and was looking forward to the email telling me they opened it. I got a 2. Ouch.
Posted: Tue May 13, 2008, 17:10 (GMT) Post subject:
Sometimes we just catch 'em in the wrong mood, I think.
But on a personal level, It doesn't bum me out...it just makes me work HARDER to do a better job.
I ask myself: "could I have done it better?" And most times the answer is YES. So I take it, and move on.
Ya know we laugh about these ratings, but I find them self-motivating, if nothing else.
Posted: Tue May 13, 2008, 17:47 (GMT) Post subject:
Lee Gordon wrote:
Lemme guess. Was it this one? (To their credit, they opened all 120 demos they requested. Average score: 2.3. My score: 2.)
Nope. Some TV show thing. Their direction:
"Nowhere To Run is reality tv show that follows police helicopter and dashcam pursuits. There are (9) - 30 minute episodes - 3 stories per show. As of now it is for International Televsion, but it might go domestic. I need a VO talent that knows how to create drama and has energy with his voice. They need to be able to hit VO's in the right places to give that added punch."
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