Voice-overs represent a wonderful opportunity for actors - and a potentially lucrative enterprise. The voice-over field is one of the best ways to pay the bills while exploring stage and screen work. Or it can become a fascinating career in itself, as author Elaine Clark demonstrates in this expanded edition of her voice-over career guide. Clark shows actors - as well as non-actors with superior vocal presence - how to start a career in this poorly-understood field. She begins by explaining the basics of the industry and demonstrating how prospective voice-over performers can best market themselves through the use of agents, mailings and demo tapes. Subsequent chapters are devoted to such topics as vocal preparation, the basics of reading copy, the distinction between an announcer, a spokesperson, and a character, how to "hide the sell", how to branch out from commercials to industrial narrations and talking books, and how to work in a recording studio and use a microphone to best effect.
This expanded edition includes new insider's tips on making a demo CD; coverage of vocal "melody" modulation and breath technique; discussion of advanced copy-reading techniques; and a section on how copywriters see the job of the voice artists they work for.