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VO: Tales and Techniques of a Voice-Over Actor

VO: Tales and Techniques of a Voice-Over Actor
Your Price: $25.25 CDN
Author: Harlan Hogan
Publisher: Allworth Press
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 226
Pub. Date: 2014
ISBN-10: 1621534057
ISBN-13: 9781621534051

About the Book:

A wealth of sage advice and anecdotes from a top voice-over actor.

One of the America's top voice-over talents shares his secrets of success in an insider's guide to the industry. Actors, broadcasters, and anyone who has longed to earn a living by speaking into a microphone will cherish this insightful and often hilarious glimpse at the business.

VO: Tales and Techniques of a Voice-Over Actor includes:
• Identifying natural talent
• Training a voice to make it commercially viable
• Gaining experience in smaller markets
• Making a demo CD
• Auditioning effectively
• Locating and signing with an agent
• Joining the appropriate unions
• Negotiating contracts
• Self-promoting to maximize exposure

Reflecting the quantum change that has occurred in the way voice-overs are recorded and cast in recent years, the updated Second Edition of VO: Tales and Techniques of a Voice-Over Actor describes the advantages and disadvantages of auditioning and recording from home studios for clients around the world. This indispensable guide also addresses finding work in venues outside film and television, such as games, automated telephone systems, and websites. Aspiring and established voice-over actors will savour the behind-the-scenes details that show what actually happens during a voice-over recording session. Through it all, author Harlan Hogan pairs performance tips with an expanded personal account of the crazed clients, practical jokes, and coincidences encountered on the long journey to success.

What people say:

"Harlan Hogan has written a fascinating, often hysterical and – most importantly – stubbornly honest account of the real world of voice-overs. If you want to know what the business really is like, reading this book is the easiest and smartest decision you could possibly make." — Dan O'Day, broadcast media and marketing consultant, Los Angles

"Funny. Insightful. All you need (and don't need) to be a successful voice-over. The best, and funniest, practitioner of the craft has once again written the best, and funniest, book about the craft." — Chuck Cohen, writer/producer, San Francisco

"Voice-over work is a very delicate dance of interpretation, a mastery of one's own instrument. Harlan Hogan is that talent – a maestro of the art of vocal calisthenics. His wit and wisdom found in these pages is a must-read for anyone connected with the industry or considering a career at the mic." — Hope Krosskove, broadcast producer, New Jersey


About the Author:

Harlan Hogan has been a voice-actor for thirty-five years, and odds are, you already know what he sounds like. His commercial voice-overs include classic and contemporary ad slogans from "Raid. Kills bugs fast, kills bugs dead” and Life Cereal's "It's the cereal even Mikey likes,” to "This PBS program is made possible by viewers like you” and "Ford F-150. How's that for trendy?” Twenty-six million online gamers hear him as the voice of Alistar in League of Legends, while filmgoers see and hear him in the feature-length film Dimension. He's equally at home narrating documentaries like Fannie's Last Supper and Storm Warriors, as well as voice-overs for political candidates from mayors to presidents. He lives in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago.