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Big Lip Cartoon Characters: How A Voice Actor Can Use Them

Oct 18, 2022

There's something inherently funny about big lips on cartoon characters. Maybe it's because they're such a contrast to the rest of their features, or maybe it's because they're just so darned expressive. Whatever the reason, these characters are sure to make you laugh!

As voice actors, it's our job to study these characters so we can create our own versions. Whether it is the "beautiful young woman" archetype with big red lips and big eyes or pop art that is a popular cartoon style NFT right now.

Read ahead to learn about the appeal of these body parts, famous male and female characters, how did these characters originate, and how voice actors can learn from them.

What is the appeal of big lip cartoon characters and why are they so popular?

Some of the earliest examples of big-lipped cartoon characters can be found in early Disney cartoons from the 1930s. Characters like Goofy and Donald Duck were designed with big lips to make them more expressive and easier to animate. At the...

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Crunchyroll Buying Funimation Spells Bad News For Voice Actors

Oct 05, 2022

It was recently announced that Crunchyroll, a popular anime streaming service, would be buying Funimation.

This news was met with mixed reactions from the anime community. Some are excited for the chance to have more dubbed anime available to them, while others worry that this will lead to a decrease in quality.

However, one group that is particularly worried about this news is voice actors.

Let's take a look at why this merger could mean bad news for voice actors and dubbing prices.

Dubbing Prices From The Merger

The anime industry has been in a state of flux for the past few years. The rise of illegal streaming sites and piracy has led to a decrease in DVD sales and an increase in the number of people watching anime online.

This has put a lot of pressure on production studios, who are now forced to find new ways to make money.

One way they've been doing this is by cutting costs, and one of the places they're cutting costs is in the dubbing process.

In the past, anime dubs were...

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How To Stop Over Acting in Your Voice Over Performance

Aug 16, 2022

Do you ever feel like you are over acting in your voice over and/or acting performances? It can be easy to get carried away and go too far with your character's emotions, but luckily there are a few tricks you can use to keep yourself in check.

In this post, we'll take a look at some of the best ways to avoid overacting in your voice overs, so you can deliver a performance that is both believable and engaging.

4 Steps to Stop Over Acting

1. Understand the difference between overacting and giving a powerful performance

Over acting is often thought of as a bad thing, but there's a big difference between overacting and giving a powerful performance. Over acting is when an actor goes too far, making their performance seem fake or melodramatic. On the other hand, giving a powerful performance means being able to capture the emotions of the character and convey them to the audience in a way that feels real and authentic.

Often, the best performances are those that strike a balance between...

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3 Ways to Get Voice Over Business From Your Demo Reel

Aug 02, 2022
 

If you're looking for ways to get more voice over business, look no further! In this blog post, we will discuss three methods that you can use to get more work from your voice over demo. Having a great demo reel is essential if you want to book more jobs and make a name for yourself in the industry. So read on to learn how you can stand out from the competition and attract more clients!

Number One: Ask for feedback on Why You Were Hired

The first place to start when looking to know what is working or not working with your demo reel is to simply ask. After you book a gig, reach out to your new client and ask them what it was about your reel that made them want to hire you. This feedback can be invaluable in helping you understand what is resonating with people and why they are choosing to work with you. It’s also a great way to build relationships with clients and show that you are active in the industry.

This also gives us a way to find out why the client chose us based on the...

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How to Set Up the Perfect Voice Over Recording Studio

Feb 28, 2022

Most voice-over artists work from home. However, without a professional voice-over (VO) studio, that wouldn’t be possible. Whether you’re new to the industry and committed to making a career as a voice actor happen for yourself, or a VO veteran, you will need to know how to set up the perfect voice-over recording studio, including all the technology and equipment necessary. Don’t worry about searching for individual components, I’ve compiled all the essentials to make sure your home studio has all the recording equipment and other key factors necessary for your voice-over work. 

A Good Recording Environment

A comfortable and peaceful environment should be the first thing on your to-do list when creating your recording studio. This is the place where you will spend most of your time, so it has to be quiet and a space you like. A pop filter won’t suffice to block out background noise, so make sure your room is sound-proof. While you may think you...

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What Does an Outstanding Voice-Over Performance Sound Like?

Feb 16, 2022

Whether you are creating explainer videos, a video game, a documentary, or a commercial, a good voice and a quality voice-over performance make all the difference in storytelling and can take you from amateur to professional. But what does it take to be an exceptional voice-over talent with a great voice and a promising career?

I’ve assessed various voice sounds, audio recordings and looked at the careers of all the greats to help you understand what an outstanding voice-over performance sounds like. 

Essential Elements of a Good Voice Over

Most people associate a great voice with a great voice-over. Popular actors like Morgan Freeman or James Earl Jones are known for their impactful voices and VO work. However, you don’t need to be born with an outstanding voice to hit those heights. With proper training and enough practice, anyone can record high-quality work. A few essential elements of a good voice over include: 

  • Audio clarity and volume
  • Vocal tone and...
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The Best Microphones for Voice Over

Feb 07, 2022

Hey there, 

We are back with another blog to help new and upcoming voice over artists like you grow their business! Aside from your talent and training, the equipment you use is essential to your success in the industry. You can’t be recording voiceovers on your phone or on subpar mics. When starting out, buying a quality microphone will be one of your biggest upfront costs, however, the investment will be well worth it.

But, before we dive in and check out which microphones are the best for voice acting, let’s have a look at the key aspects you need to pay attention to when buying a new voiceover mic.

What Makes An Ideal Voice Over Microphone?

There are countless types of microphones on the market, and not all of them are created equal. Whichever one you choose, make sure to take the following into consideration: 

  • Low Self-Noise – A mic with a low self-noise rating helps to eliminate background noise in a soundproof room. 
  • Sensitivity – If...
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The Morgan Freeman Voice Over: How You Can Capitalize On It

Nov 02, 2021

Commanding Presence

Have you ever told your dog to “go outside” or to “go potty,” and she just stood there staring at you? Or, maybe you’re one of those people whose dog obeys your every command and eagerly anticipates your telling him what to do. You might even be able to get your cat to listen to you.

It’s no secret that how we use our voices determines how people (and pets) respond to us. When it comes to choosing whom to trust, whom to follow, or even whom to elect, research has demonstrated that men and women across the board demonstrate a preference for the deeper versions of voices from both sexes.

According to Casey Klofstad, associate professor of political science at the University of Miami, who conducted one such experiment regarding public perception of the voices of people running for office, “That’s because we get the impression that lower-voiced individuals have more integrity, competence and physical power.” ...

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What TO DO and WHAT NOT TO DO Starting Out as a Voice Over Actor

Oct 25, 2021

So you’ve begun your journey into the world of voice acting. Maybe you have a bunch of funny cartoon voices up your sleeve, or you enjoy explaining things, or reading books aloud for money sounds like a dream come true. Maybe you play video games and you just know you could do all those gruesome sounds when a character is losing a fight. 

The point is, you’re pretty certain you have a great voice, or at least you’re confident it’s a distinctive one that would be a perfect fit somewhere. 

Welcome to the voice acting community—where we love hearing ourselves talk! (and grunt, and scream, and sound like we’re being  punched in the gut). 

In this article, we’ll talk about what you should be doing in order to succeed as voice talent and what may be wasting your time and energy. 

When you’re just starting out in the voice acting industry, you’re bound to have a lot of questions. From “How do I set up a...

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How To Format Your Audio Files For ACX Using Adobe Audition

Sep 07, 2021

In this article, I show you a step-by-step guide on how to format your audio files to ACX standards so you can publish them on ACX and Audible using Adobe Audition. 

Since Amazon and Audible have close to the monopoly on audiobooks, it is important that we know how to format our audio files after we record the audiobook so we can upload them to ACX.

Now, ACX is a company owned by Audible that brings together authors and producers with narrators and voice-over artists. 

The goal is to allow everyone the chance to publish their works without having to go through a large publishing house. KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) allows writers/authors to publish their books on Kindle and ACX allows writers/authors to publish their audiobooks on Audible. 

With all of this freedom to self-publish, ACX needed to create a standard for audio files in order to keep the level of sound and quality high. So they implemented a set of standards for audio files to be followed when uploading...

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