Are You Hitting the Mark?

No matter what we do in life we need to know if what we are doing is hitting the mark. This takes the ability to know what DOES hit the mark and then comparing it to what we are doing.

Self-Evaluation techniques are something that I have been teaching to introductory voiceover students in the class I have been teaching at San Diego City College since 1999. Prior to that I did a private seminar with the same focus. I also share the self-evaluation mantra with my peers at conferences and in social media.

As voice talent, much of what we do these days is in a vacuum and we need to apply these skills to not only our auditions in order land work, but in many cases to the job itself as so much of it is self-directed.

This takes knowing when something is […]

2017-04-20T20:45:37+00:00 April 20th, 2017|Categories: Acting, Communication, Life, Musings, Techniques, Tips & Tricks, Writing|

Voiceover Warm Ups – Tongue Twisters

Tongue Twisters

Many of these tongue twisters are familiar. Some came from the  “Speech 101, Voice and Diction Class at San Diego City College. Others are from actual scripts. Some are familiar. Some seem simple. Some will be the bane of your existence. Just remember to warm up your articulators before jumping in on them! And please post a comment here and add your own tongue twisters to the list!

  1. Rubber baby buggy bumpers
  2. She sells sea shells by the sea shore.
    The shells she sells are surely seashells,
    So if she sells shells on the seashore,
    I’m sure she sells seashore shells.
  3. Five fresh fish specials daily
  4. Unique New York
  5. Six stick shifts stuck shut.
  6. Another long block of non-stop rock (from KGB in San Diego)
  7. The sixth sick sheik’s sixth sheep’s sick
  8. I slit the sheet, the sheet I slit;
    and on the slitted sheet I sit.
  9.  A skunk sat on a […]
2016-06-22T17:47:49+00:00 June 22nd, 2016|Categories: Acting, Announcements, Techniques, Tips & Tricks|Tags: , |

Voiceover Warm Ups – Breathing and Articulation Exercises

When I moved to the new website format, I removed my voiceover exercise pages, so I am posting the information here on the Blog, so that they are still available to those who have been looking for them! The tongue twisters can be found in this post.

RELAXATION AND BREATHING

  1. Abdominal breathing. Stand erect and place one hand on your abdomen. Inhale moderately and emit a series of short staccato “ha” sounds. Vary the force from strong to slight. Develop the feeling that you are pushing the sound up from your abdominal area.
  2. Lie on the floor and place a book on your abdomen just below your ribs. Breathe normally and feel the muscle activity. The book should rise and fall gently as you breathe.
  3. Breath control — When breath is released too rapidly, you sound “breathy”. It lacks resonance and projection and it fades at the end of a […]
2017-04-20T20:45:38+00:00 June 22nd, 2016|Categories: Announcements, Tips & Tricks|Tags: , , , |

INTEGRATING A SHOPPING CART

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2015-02-18T16:54:06+00:00 February 18th, 2015|Categories: Support, Tips & Tricks|Tags: , |

WHICH HOSTING IS BEST FOR WORDPRESS MULTISITE?

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2015-02-18T16:53:08+00:00 February 18th, 2015|Categories: Servers, Tips & Tricks|Tags: , |

WHICH PLUGINS SHOULD YOU INSTALL?

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2015-02-18T16:52:18+00:00 February 18th, 2015|Categories: Support, Tips & Tricks|Tags: , |

BASIC DNS EXPLAINED IN PLAIN ENGLISH

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2015-02-18T16:51:29+00:00 February 18th, 2015|Categories: Support, Tips & Tricks|Tags: , |

HOW TO INSTALL A NEW AVADA UPDATE

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2015-02-18T16:51:00+00:00 February 18th, 2015|Categories: Support, Tips & Tricks|Tags: |

HOW BEST TO CLEAN UP AN OLD DATABASE

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2015-02-18T16:49:14+00:00 February 18th, 2015|Categories: Domains, Servers, Tips & Tricks|Tags: , |

A ROUND UP OF THE BEST WORDPRESS PLUGINS

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2015-02-18T16:48:19+00:00 February 18th, 2015|Categories: Servers, Support, Tips & Tricks|Tags: , |