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The Voice Actor's Guide to Recording at Home ... And On The Road
by Harlan Hogan and Jeffrey P. Fisher

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The Voice Actor's Guide to Recording at Home... shows both aspiring and established voiceover actors how to set up and effectively use their own inexpensive - but professional-sounding - personal recording studio.

For many years, recording voiceovers was the exclusive domain of commercial studios. Even a simple voice audition meant a trip to a studio, an ad agency, or an agent's office. Today voiceover actors are increasingly producing voice tracks for corporate narration, radio spots, animation, games, and other dialogue projects from their own home studios.

To survive in this highly competitive field, you need to learn and master basic production techniques. Authors Jeffrey P. Fisher and Harlan Hogan show you how to use a personal computer, reasonably-priced home-studio equipment, and the Internet to make professional-quality home recordings quickly and easily.


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During his more than 25 years in the business, Harlan Hogan has given voice to some of the most recognizable campaigns in advertising. He lives in Chicago, Illinois.



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VO: Tales and Techniques of a Voice-Over Actor
by Harlan Hogan

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One of the country’s top voice-over talents shares his secrets to success in this insider’s guide to the voice-over industry! Not only does veteran actor Harlan Hogan offer a fascinating personal account of the crazed clients, practical jokes, and amazing coincidences encountered during his 25-year career . . . he also provides a wealth of tested tips for surviving and thriving as a voice-over actor! This indispensable guide features dozens of techniques to help readers train their voices, gain experience, make a demo, join unions, get an agent, and more. It also includes strategies for finding work in venues outside film and television, including games, automated telephone systems, and even websites. Actors, broadcasters, and anyone else who longs to make money speaking into a microphone will cherish this informative, insightful, and often hilarious glimpse at the business.

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During his more than 25 years in the business, Harlan Hogan has given voice to some of the most recognizable campaigns in advertising. He lives in Chicago, Illinois.



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There's Money Where Your Mouth Is: An Insider's Guide to a Career in Voice-Overs
by Elaine A. Clark

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Aimed at seasoned actors as well as vocal talents who lack show-biz experience, this career manual offers the most complete guide to a lucrative field.

Voices are increasingly in demand for commercials, cartoon characters, announcements, and other voice-over spots. This outstanding handbook explains how to launch a career and find work. Along with sample commercials and script copy, the author gives advice on vocal exercises, on self-promotion, and on business matters, and this expanded edition includes new tips on making a demo CD; vocal modulation and breath techniques; advanced copy-reading techniques; and a section on how copywriters see the job of the voice artists they write for.



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Voiceovers (with CD): Techniques and Tactics for Success
by Janet Wilcox
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Ever been told you have a great voice? Put it to use with a career as a voice-over actor! In Voice-Overs, a veteran voice-over actor, writer, producer, and voice-over teacher provides the inside scoop on the industry and gives all the tools needed for personal training. This one-of-a-kind resource includes a CD featuring vocal exercises and exclusive interviews with voice-over actors.

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Secrets of Voice-Over Success: Top Voice-Over Actors Reveal How They Did It
by Joan Baker

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SECRETS TO VOICEOVER SUCCESS brings together a rare ensemble of extraordinary voice-over actors who are remarkably unselfish about sharing the tricks and secrets of the trade. And make no mistake about it. It’s those very tricks and secrets that no voice-over actor can survive without! The power of the personal stories, in what is essentially a precise how-to guide, gives the technical information and strategies real-world clout -- inspiring readers to search within themselves for the strength to overcome the inevitable obstacles to success. Other how-to voice-over books lack this holistic dimension – leaving serious students without the vital tools necessary to navigate a career. All book proceeds benefiting the Alzheimer’s Association for a cure.


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You Can Bank on Your Voice: Your Guide to a Successful Career in Voice-Overs
by Rodney Saulsberry

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An insider's look into the voice-over industry and how to break into it. Learn unique marketing strategies and voice-over techniques for the beginner and seasoned actor. Tips from some of the top casting directors in Los Angeles. Learn how to find an agent, how to audition and interpret copy. Find out what goes on in a commercial, promo, and animation recording session.


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Step Up to the Mic: A Positive Approach to Succeeding in Voice-Overs
by Rodney Saulsberry

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This inspirational voice-over guide will teach you how to take control of your career with the power of positive thinking. Rodney Saulsberry shares his methods to turn fear and self-doubt into confidence and success. Plus, get advice from many of the top voice-over performers in the business that includes: Don LaFontaine, The King of Movie Trailers and Nancy Cartwright, the voice of Bart Simpson.



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Talking Funny for Money : An Introduction to the Cartoon/Character/Looping Area of Voice-Overs
by Pamela Lewis

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Talking Funny for Money is a two-CD voice-over workshop (with demonstrations by professional voice-over performers), accompanied by an exercise manual and companion text. If you're a person who's been gifted with vocal variety, a hard working actor who wants to expand your casting potential, or just someone who's been told, "You have an interesting sound," you may wish to consider a career in the cartoon/character/looping area of voice-overs. Pamela Lewis, an accomplished voice-over artist and coach, has developed a CD workshop for people who are curious about breaking into the exciting world of "talking funny for money." In this workshop, you will learn: how to assemble a competitive cartoon/character voice-over demo; shortcuts to mastering the most requested dialects, age groups and celebrity impersonations; film looping/dubbing technique and terminology; and the varied employment opportunities in the cartoon/character/looping world. This workshop is an excellent introduction to a creative and lucrative area of voice-overs. As Ms. Lewis puts it, "What could be better than making funny noises for a living?"


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Voice for Hire: Launch and Maintain a Lucrative Career in Voice-Overs
by Randy Thomas

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This book is designed to teach aspiring voice artists, in a step-by-step format, how to break into an extremely competitive marketplace. There is no single or definitive path to making money in voice-overs, although there are certain trends and truths that can inform your career. Voice for Hire is a sensible, chronological order of those steps you need to take to achive your goals, along with insightful comments and stories from the voice-over industry's top agents, casting directors, producers, and, of course, artists. Voice for Hire will help you open the door and stay in the room once you get there.


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Word of Mouth: A Guide to Commercial Voice-over Excellence, 3rd Edition, Completely Revised and Updated
by Susan Blu, Molly Ann Mullin, Cynthia Songe

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Word of Mouth—now in its updated and revised third edition—is the primary instructional book in the voice-over field. A clearly written and practical primer for the beginner and a welcome refresher course for the professional, Word of Mouth contains voice-over exercises, sample copy, and essential advice about producing a demo, auditioning, self-promoting, getting an agent, and what to expect on the job. It also provides exclusive and up-to-date lists of voice-over agents, coaches, workshops, and demo producers and duplicators. It is the standard text for numerous university communications, television, and acting department courses.



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Making Money in Voice-Overs 2nd Edition with CD: Winning Strategies to a Successful Career in Tv, Commercials, Radio and Animation
by Terri Apple

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All across the country, there is work in voice-overs. Now the classic guide to getting hired in this lucrative field has been completely revised and updated to reflect today’s marketplace. A bonus audio CD adds voice-over samples and helpful exercises for television, commercials, and animation. From self-assessments to creating a demo to preparing for recording sessions, Making Money in Voice-Overs is the complete guide, packed with insider tips, strategies, and dos and don’ts that will help both beginners and experienced professionals.



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Scenes for Actors and Voices
by Daws Butler

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Daws Butler was the Master of Voice. He spoke the words for most of the classic Hanna-Barbera characters: Yogi Bear, Huckleberry Hound, Quick Draw McGraw, Elroy Jetson, and a hundred others. He also originated the vocal character of Cap’n Crunch and other famous Jay Ward cartoon characters. His significant work as both a writer and an actor with Stan Freberg in the 1950s on The Stan Freberg Show and multi-million-selling records such as St. George and the Dragonet are still held in reverence today. This is his book of scenes, exercises and advice for voice actors, written for those who are now tops in the profession. Among his many successful students are Nancy Cartwright (voice of Bart Simpson), and Corey Burton (from Closet Cases of the Nerd Kind to Disney’s Treasure Plant), who wrote the Foreword.



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How to Read Copy: Professionals Guide to Delivering Voice-Overs and Broadcast Commercials
by Adrian Cronauer

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Voiceovers: Putting Your Mouth Where The Money Is
by Chris Douthitt, Tom Wiecks (Editor)

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This book explains more than just the voice talent's job. It describes the whole production process and what's expected of you by the writer, engineer, ad agency, agent, talent union -- and, of course, the client.

Learn all about interpreting scripts and taking direction. Preparing your demo. What happens during recording sessions. How voice casting works. Exactly how much voice-overs pay. And much more.

Complete with over 20 pages of sample radio, TV, narration and animation scripts.



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Breaking into Commercials: The Complete Guide to Marketing Yourself, Auditioning to Win, and Getting the Job
by Terry Berland, et al

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The wisdom of a veteran casting director and the viewpoint of a photographer-writer mix well to give newcomers to commercial acting all the how-tos, tips, and references to break in. After all, the reasoning goes, more than 60,000 commercial roles are cast each year, so why not get in on it? On the basis of their collective experience and interviews with more than 75 industry pros, Berland and Ouellette completely debunk some of the myths surrounding success: that talent is the only quality that matters; that you can pay to get on camera; and that all you need for voice-overs is a great demo tape. Wrong, wrong, wrong. Here, aspiring actors are walked through every stage of the process, from resume preparation and getting head shots to residual and contract explanations. Summaries at the end of chapters help focus on what has been learned, and straight text is interspersed with question-and-answer interviews. A good reality check about acting for both kids and adults.



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Acting in Television Commercials for Fun and Profit
by Squire Fridell, Barry Geller (Illustrator)

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Acting in television commercials is fun, challenging, and often very lucrative. Squire Fridell offers tips and advice that will give you the edge necessary to break in and keep on working:
How to get started with a winning résumé, a dynamic headshot, and a terrific agent
New audition strategies and performance techniques
Learn to manage "downtime and build your career even while you're not working
Practice acting with scripts from real television commercials!

Squire Fridell has appeared in some living room, somewhere in America, selling something to someone on the average of once a day for more than twenty years. His 1,700 television commercials included fifteen years as the Toyota spokesman and six years as television's Ronald McDonald. He has been featured in Newsweek and has been on the cover of TV Guide. In addition to his television, film, and stage credits, he has a master's degree in acting/directing.



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How to Audition: For TV, Movies, Commercials, Plays, and Musicals (2nd Edition)
by Gordon Hunt

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Now revised to reflect the latest industry trends and realities, this bestselling guide (60,000 copies sold) offers actors the best, most specific advice for auditioning.



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Rich and Famous in Thirty Seconds: Inside Secrets to Achieving Financial Success in Television and Radio Commercials
by Batt Johnson, Richard Lewis

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Inside secrets to achieving financial success in television and radio commercials.

Gain financial success in television and radio commercials and modeling.

Rich and Famous in Thirty Seconds is filled with inside secrets and in-depth interviews with successful actors, teachers, agents, and casting directors. Special chapters on broadcasting, modeling, and kids in commercials.


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Getting the Part: Thirty-Three Professional Casting Directors Tell You How to Get Work in Theater, Films, Commercials, and TV
by Judith Searle

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The Art of Voice Acting, Third Edition: The Craft and Business of Performing for Voice-Over
by James R. Alburger, Mel Hall

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The #1 Best Selling book on voice over as rated by Amazon.com, Bordersbooks.com and other internet book sellers. At 360 pages, the third edition is by far the most comprehensive book on the craft and business of voiceover ever written. This edition is completely updated with 50+ pages of new information; new scripts; an all new audio CD with exercises, audio for every script in the book, and demos; PLUS a comprehensive index that makes it easy to find exactly what you’re looking for.


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That's Not All Folks!
by Mel Blanc, Philip Bashe (Contributor)

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My Life As a 10-Year-Old Boy
by Nancy Cartwright

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Cartwright is the voice of Bart Simpson, and in her enthusiastic, candid memoir, she delivers an inside view of the show that has become a cultural phenomenon. An introductory chapter breezes over Cartwright's early fascination with voice work; her education and serendipitous mentor-student relationship with Daws Butler, the voice of Yogi Bear; and her early career as a cartoon voice actor, including stints on My Little Pony and Friends. But she devotes the majority of the book to giving fans what they really want--the who, what, when, where, and how behind each episode of The Simpsons. Included are the show's creation story and plenty of long anecdotes about the guest stars (the Elizabeth Taylor piece is excellent), along with Cartwright's own experiences with her strangely anonymous brand of celebrity and her advice for people interested in the business.



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The Guerrilla Marketing Handbook
by Jay Conrad Levinson, et al

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This book will guide marketers into the world of positioning and selling products and services. The authors lead the reader step by step through the process of developing a marketing campaign. They offer detailed descriptions of more than a hundred marketing tools from contests to affinity programs, from direct mail to billboard advertising. Anecdotes, graphics, and rules of thumb are also included.



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Guerrilla Marketing Excellence: The 50 Golden Rules for Small-Business Success
by Jay Conrad Levinson

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Guerrilla Marketing Excellence explains fifty rules aimed at fine-tuning your marketing style. It includes information on the uses of video, television distribution, networking effectiveness, and marketing combinations in an increasingly competitive business climate.



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The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don't Work and What to Do About It
by Michael E. Gerber

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In this first new and totally revised edition of the over two million copy bestseller, The E-Myth, Michael Gerber dispels the myths surrounding starting your own business and shows how commonplace assumptions can get in the way of running a business. Next, he walks you through the steps in the life of a business -- from entrepreneurial infancy through adolescent growing pains to the mature entrepreneurial perspective: the guiding light of all businesses that succeed -- and shows how to apply the lessons of franchising to any business, whether it is a franchise or not. Finally, Gerber draws the vital, often overlooked distinction between working on your business and working in your business. After you have read The E-Myth Revisited, you will truly be able to grow your business in a predictable and productive way.



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Positioning: The Battle for Your Mind
by Al Ries, Jack Trout

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Positioning, a concept developed by the authors, has changed the way people advertise. The reason? It's the first concept to deal with the problems of communicating in an overcommunicated society. With this approach, a company creates a 'position' in the prospect's mind, one that reflects the company's own strengths and weaknesses as well as those of its competitors. Witty and fast-paced, this book spells out how to position a leader so that it gets into the mind and stays there, position a follower in a way that finds a 'hole' not occupied by the leader, and avoid the pitfalls of letting a second product ride on the coattails of an established one. Revised to reflect significant developments in the five years since its original publication, Positioning reveals the fascinating case histories and anecdotes behind the campaigns of many stunning successes and failures in the world of advertising.



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The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing: Violate Them at Your Own Risk
by Al Ries, Jack Trout

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The world-renowned marketing consultants and bestselling authors of Positioning, Marketing Warfare, and Bottom-Up Marketing offer a compendium of 22 innovative laws for understanding and succeeding in the international marketplace. Illustrations.



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Effortless Mastery: Liberating the Master Musician Within
by Kenny Werner

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Paperback book and CD set. Effortless Mastery: Liberating the Master Musician Within is a book for any musician who finds themselves having reached a plateau in their development. Werner, a masterful jazz pianist in his own right, uses his own life story and experiences to explore the barriers to creativity and mastery of music, and in the process reveals that "Mastery is available to everyone," providing practical, detailed ways to move towards greater confidence and proficiency in any endeavor. While Werner is a musician, the concepts presented are for every profession or life-style where there is a need for free-flowing, effortless thinking. Book also includes an audio CD of meditations narrated by Kenny to help the musician reach a place of relaxed focus.


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