View Full Version : JMundy5 steps up to the plate...
11-16-2009, 06:24 PM
I'm looking to start marketing myself for the new year so I'm ready for some feedback on my commercial demo.
I've also written up an intro in the Welcome forum - Look for "Cheers from Queens!"
In addition to comments about the actual construction and performance, I'm also very interested to hear where you would put me as far as branding is concerned. While I'm open to several different styles of performance, I'm really looking to simplify things for any prospective agents or casting directors.
Thanks so much, everyone! Looking forward to your comments.
11-16-2009, 07:29 PM
It started off okay and went downhill for me. And then the last thing you do - the parting shot you want us to remember you by is a not-so-good Brit read?
Your general voice is nice and presents some decent range, but the more I listened, the more it sounded like you do not know how to act. The piece about the grill should have us riveted to your every word as you twist and turn your emotions and let us really know how you feel. The Brit read - say no more, nudge, nudge, wink, wink.
I think you would benefit from both regular acting classes and improv class. You might want to wait awhile before tackling accents. Especially given that those roles generally go to real Brits, who are not an endangered species in voiceover.
There are 10,000 okay voice talent for every audition. Your demo has to show stellar acting and emotion in order to get invited to audition or get you an agent. You should be working and practicing on a regular basis to keep these skills finely honed.
11-17-2009, 09:15 AM
I know one of the hurdles I had at the start was not thinking of commercial copy as acting. Each one should be a little mini-story. Beginning, middle, end. Maybe some surprise turns, pacing changes... levels.
Your acting experience needs to shine thru on these. Might help to not think of them as commercials. That mindset often produces the stereotypical "radio delivery"... which is not in vogue right now.
... and I agree with JS on several points, including the accent. Accents and impressions need to either be dead-on, or broad/quirky caricatures (depending on the spot, of course).
hope this helps a bit,
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