Thursday, January 7, 2010

New Demo, New Technology, New Year!

Happy New Year!!

As I put away last year's external hard drive and plug in another TB of back-up goodness, I find myself looking forward to the year ahead...

2010 has a nice ring to it, doesn't it?

In the spirit of all things new, I am very excited to debut my updated commercial demo! I had the pleasure of working with my long time voice coach Nancy Wolfson and Santisound Studios in LA in early December. Nancy did an amazing job of putting together a nice collection of old stuff, new stuff, and stuff that filled in the holes that were previously left unfilled. The recording process was a blast, and I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with someone I greatly admire, and count as a dear friend.

And since we are on the topic of newness, I also added a new technology to my studio this month, Source Connect. Now, in addition to ISDN and phone patch, I can be directed live through this interesting new technology.

So, it's a new year with new technology and a fresh demo...I'm liking 2010 already!


Charlie Glaize said...

Kara -
Love your new demo! And I have a new appreciation for Nancy Wolfson. There has been a trend in the last 15 years or so to have 2-3 second voice clips in a VO artist's voice demo. I have not heard a significant change in that trend until recently, which includes your demo. How nice for the ear and brain to linger just long enough to enjoy a voice sample - before the next clip appears. A demo should have clips that are satisfying to listen to, but leave the listener wanting more - without being abruptly cut off!

Segments that are too short do not give enough time to hear a full thought or emotion carried out by the voice - and a "fast-clip" demo, no matter how well-produced, often sounds disjointed. You wonder "What did I just hear"? ... But Not your current demo. Clear distinctions, moods, ranges and approaches are evident here, even a dialogue portion. Nice stuff, Kara! And glad you've made the SmartPhone move, too! Love my Blackberry Tour - it is a VO job-saver, for sure. Gotta have it, Luv!


Eric's Blog said...

Hey Kara-
Great job on the new demo. Hope everything in 2010 work out for you.