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Casting Directors' 6 Biggest Pet Peeves

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

March 10, 2014

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What makes a casting director cringe? David Goldberg, Chief Edge Officer of Edge Studio, shares 6 pet peeves casting professionals can attest to when listening to auditions submitted by voice over talent. Are you doing any of these? As a casting director, producer and voice-over instructor, David has much to say on this topic. Take some notes and prepare yourself for success by avoiding 6 of the most common pet peeves when casting voice talent.

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David Goldberg in studioA leading authority on voice-over and "Chief Edge Officer" of Edge Studio, David Goldberg has cast and directed thousands of voice-over productions. He has also coached innumerable voice actors, from beginners to top working pros and celebrities.

David says, "Although I don't have a golden voice, I guess my ears work pretty well."

Indeed. David's ears are considered the best in the industry.

He's known for an uncanny ability to provide super-quick yet precise direction. Because he sees things from all industry perspectives, many veteran voice actors rely on him as their mentor. David is also one of the most active directors and speakers, frequently illustrating his practical answers with fun anecdotes from his many years of experience.

Soon after founding Edge Studio as a music-recording facility in 1988, David added spoken voice recording to its repertoire. In response to many clients asking him for voice over guidance, David wrote the first edition of the "Voice Over Technique Guidebook" in 1992.

Since 2000, Edge Studio has focused exclusively on spoken voice, and is now one of the world's premiere voice over production, casting, and training facilities.

Clients and agents rely on David's ability to pinpoint the right voice actor for their production. Voice actors rely on his ability to help them find their full potential, benefiting from his perception, straight-forwardness, production savvy, and those acute ears.

People and companies that David has worked with at Edge Studio include: Nickelodeon, Disney, Pixar, DaimlerChrysler, The US Postal Service, Scholastic, IBM, The United Nations, countless radio stations, National Public Radio, ESPN, Discovery, Mel Brooks, Joan Rivers, Eartha Kitt, Tom Brokaw, John Ratzenberger, Denise Austin, Mark Linn-Baker, and scores of leading Broadway and TV performers.

Edge Studio remains one of the country's most acclaimed voice over facilities, offering voice over production, casting, and education.


    Great pod cast, great voice and great advice. Thank you.

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      Great tips David. Thanks.

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      • Sam Tall
      • March 13, 2014 5:06 PM

        I'm a seasoned pro... yet I'm still learning. David gave me 'something' in every one of his
        "Six Pet Peeves". Thank you, Sir.

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          Excellent insight as always. Thanks for your dedicated spirit. Great topic.

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            As someone said to me recently: "Every days a school day".

            Indeed it is. Thank you!

            Voice Actor

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            • Sally Hyde Lomax
            • April 17, 2014 7:18 PM

              I really appreciate your insight. I am confused about changing the copy though. One of your instructors taught me, "Want to book the job, change the copy." They said they may like your change and even if they don't that changing the copy will make you stand (in a good way I assumed). Now I find I have been annoying the casting person all this time!

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