By Stephanie Ciccarelli
Ever wondered what it takes to really craft a character? In this educational podcast, Pat Fraley shows you how to adjust the sound of a character voice with the thinking and feeling of a character for the most evocative effect.
25 years ago Pat's audio set, "Creating Character Voices," was published. His system of creating characters, how to gain the skill of breaking the character voice down to its basic elements, and how to develop the thinking and feeling of a character had really been central to his performance career and many who he has been blessed to guide over the years.
Want to learn how to be an audiobook narrator? Find out what it takes from the Johnny Appleseed of Audiobook Narrators, Pat Fraley. Pat shares his formula for getting audiobook narration work and focuses in on four elements that will get you there including Skills, Personal Style, The Demo and Marketing.
By David Ciccarelli
Your demo is your primary promotional tool and is included in your submission for work to an audio publisher. Pat Fraley and Hillary Huber's experience and relationships with audio publishers have led them to suggest that the performer produce their demo as directed in this podcast.
Ever heard of "Vocal shape-shifting"? Pat Fraley shares some tips on how to bring the uniqueness of you out in a variety of reads including storytelling methods for commercials, narration, and audiobooks.
As a voice over performer, is it possible to consider yourself an overpaid, glorified sound effect? Join voice over expert Pat Fraley and learn more about how your voice serves as the foundation and how sound effects bring your performance to another level in conjunction with music, giving your read even greater environmental and emotional context within a scene.
Join Voice Over Expert Pat Fraley in his podcast, "Accuracy VS Authenticity." There is a marked and important difference between an accent that is accurate and one that is authentic. Being accurate means that something is free from error, especially due to care, and conforming exactly to truth or to a standard. Accuracy, with dialect, will never get to you where you need to go... you must achieve authenticity! Authenticity has to do with being worthy of acceptance or belief as it is based upon fact. A truly authentic dialect has more to it than learning and delivering the words. We must never forget that our objective is to present a dialect for an effect during a performance. Learn how you can quickly go from generic to standard to authentic.
Join Voice Over Expert Pat Fraley in his podcast lesson, "Anatomy of a Character Voice Demo." Hear the process of an actual character voice over demo being produced including the selection and creation of evocative characters, appropriate music, and doing what's needful in a timely way.
Join Voice Over Expert Pat Fraley in his lesson on "Voice Over Improvisation Skills". Improv is spontaneous writing, and for voice talent, it's spontaneous rewriting! Of the nine critical skills of voice over, improvisation is the most misused and at the same time the most underused voice over skill. Learn more about a topic that is shrouded in mystery and controversy with master teacher, Patrick Fraley.
Join Voice Over Expert and award-winning teacher, Pat Fraley, in his lecture, "The Critical Compound". Â Pat explains how the three performance elements, which are character voice, acting, and accents, work together to create a compound. When studying these elements, it is of critical importance that you break them down individually before you put them back together again in your performance. Â Learn how toÂ develop each element, give your read subtext, and emotion by applying these skills to any script.
Join Voice Over Expert Pat Fraley in his podcast "Doing Voice Over for Free". Pat's 10 minute lesson highlights the personal and promotional value of creating voice over messages, sketches, songs, and parody spots for free.
Join Voice Over Expert and beloved coach Pat Fraley in his New Year's 2009 podcast "9 Tips For Yielding a Bumper Crop of Voice Overs in 2009". Enter the bunkhouse and sit in on this witty conversation that includes a variety of ideas that will both inspire and inform, and most importantly, help to prepare you for what 2009 has in store for voice over talent.
Join Voice Over Expert Pat Fraley as he discusses "Knowing VO Genre & Style". In this episode, Pat helps you to discover the importance of knowing voice over genres and styles, and being able to adjust your performance level to them.
Join Voice Over Expert Pat Fraley in his lecture "The Almighty Playback". Pat gives you a lesson the on importance of playing back your recorded efforts and using processing and sound effects to advance your skills and address your booking-to-audition ratio.
Join Voice Over Expert Pat Fraley as he divulges some "Shameless Tricks" smuggled straight out of Hollywood from some Tinseltown's greatest citizens. Learn how to make your auditions stand out, be more creative, and give the impression that you're working from a world-class facility with your own engineer.
Join Voice Over Expert Pat Fraley as he teaches you about "Voice Matching", which is a fancy phrase for "Mimicking Money". Pat shares his knowledge on how to match voices with famous celebrities closest to your own voice type. Examples referenced are Tim Allen and Jon Voigt.
Join Voice Over Expert Pat Fraley in his lecture "Audiobook Good News". Pat shares his vast knowledge about the audiobook industry and instructs you on how to take advantage of the booming market for audiobook narration. Don't miss this episode with tips and insight from an expert audiobook producer.
Join Voice Over Expert Pat Fraley as he guides you through "Accents and Dialects". Discover what it means to truly adopt an accent that is consistent as well as researched and internalize key elements that create believable interpretations and characterizations.
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