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The Art of Voice Acting, 4th Edition by James Alburger

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3Where to Start: Voiceover Basics

The Voiceover Performer as Actor and Salesperson

When you stand in front of a microphone as voice talent, your job is to effectively communicate the message contained within the words written on the paper in front of you. You are a storyteller. You are an actor! The words, by themselves, are nothing but ink on a page. As a voice actor, your job is to interpret the words in such a way as to effectively tell the story, bring the character to life, and meet the perceived needs of the producer or director. I use the words “perceived needs” because many producers or writers only have an idea in their heads. The producer may think he knows what he wants, when, in reality, he hasn’t got a clue as to the best way to ...

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