Several weeks ago I signed up for the Nancy Wolfson and Anna Vocino telesiminar Acting For Advertising Part 2 (after learning so much from Part 1). I was especially looking forward to it since I had a private session with Nancy earlier that day and knew our lesson would continue through the night. Of course, life can be unpredictable and I ended up missing the telesiminar. A friend of ours gave birth to a healthy and beautiful baby and that took precedent. Fortunately, I received the mp3 in my inbox a few days later.
Again, life is unpredictable and I have been so busy, I hadn't had time to listen to the mp3. It was starting to bother me, as I knew I had a wealth of information at my fingertips and no spare time to reach over and grab it! I downloaded the mp3 along with the Voice Over Experts podcast at Voices.com into my iPod, just waiting for a few free hours to listen (I have been anxious to listen to the podcast, but hadn't had the chance yet).
Yesterday I had an infomercial shoot in Florence, SC. It was a 2 hour drive both ways, and you better believe I had my iPod in hand! After several weeks, I was finally able to listen to the telesiminar, and I wasn't disappointed! If you have the time, and want to learn valuable information about voice over, I highly recommend both Acting for Advertising 1 and 2. You can purchase the mp3's at Breakintovoiceover.com.
At the beginning of part 2, Nancy talks about a private session she had taught earlier in the day. As you can figure out, that was the session I had with Nancy (another great lesson I was able to implement immediately into my work).
Also, be sure to subscribe to the Voice Over Experts podcast. There is a ton of information from successful and professional voice talent that would normally cost you a fortune to learn...and it is all free!
On another note, I want to thank everyone who voted in the Simpson's Sound-a-Like contest. I was very pleased to learn I won in the 'Lisa Simpson' category! Now I just have to figure out what to spend my Amazon gift certificate on!
Finally, in regards to a previous blog post about working with a cold, I wanted to point out the importance of having a good allergist on hand this time of year. If you are like me, allergies can be a killer! This year has been especially bad in the Carolinas because of the severe drought we are experiencing. I'm on 2 different allergy medications and just made an appointment with my allergist for a follow up. It is vitally important that you take care of yourself, as coughing and throat clearing can damage your vocal chords. Plus, what director wants to listen to you blowing your nose during a session? This is just a follow-up reminder that your health can make or break your business when you are a voice actor.
I'm off to download some more great podcasts for my trip to Wilmington this weekend for a top secret audition...fingers crossed!