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Formula for Creating Evocative, Unique and Developed Characters

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

January 3, 2013

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How do you come up with a character? Do you skim the surface or dig a little deeper? Pat Fraley teaches how you can create a character that is evocative, unique and developed. Don't just jump on the performance of the form (how the character sounds) but rather begin by focusing on the content and your personal experience with it. Pat explains his formula for Content + Connection + Form = Character Voice in this Voice Over Experts podcast.

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Voice Over Expert Pat Fraley

Pat Fraley 2013, voice acting coachPatrick Fraley is one of the best and known and respected voice-over people in North America. 2013 marks his 40th year performing and teaching. As a performer, he has created voices for over 4,000 characters, placing him in the top ten of all time to be cast in animated TV shows. As a teacher, Pat has guided more performers into meaningful voice-over careers than anyone in the history of VO Instruction. He lives and works out of Hollywood Heights, California.

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    Thank you for posting this info, Pat.

    Do you write out a character sheet and/or record your character's voice for a character library? You know, build a stock of characters that can be used in jobs.



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      Wow, Pat. What an eye-opener. Characters haven't been a staple of mine because I just couldn't get my head around how to create them - but your perfectly logical description of how to get there in this podcast really helped me to understand the process. Much appreciated! Looking forward to seeing you again at VoiceWorld too. :)

      Have a wonderfully Happy New Year!

      All the best, -- Jodi

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        Pat's wise words and insight can also be applied to 'straight' voice overs too - ie those where no characterisation is required.

        Even doing an e-learning or technical read requires the VO artist to inhabit the words and make that connection with the idea. I always teach my students that narrator and script should be indivisible.

        In other words total belief in what you are saying is essential for getting that message across.

        Think, rehearse, record.

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          Lee: Good question. Organization at the early stages of creating a character is valuable. I've forgotten characters by not making notes or a recording. After you live with them, you will still need to maintain a "list," so that you can trot them out in the perfect order to put your best "versatility foot" forward.

          Gary- SO insightful of you. Starting and trusting how one behaves is valuable for all presentation and performance. Continuing onto the form of a characterization is just another step, if needful. Thank you.

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