Category: Journal

The Art of Rewriting

The Art of Rewriting

“I write s••••• first drafts.” I got this advice from my friend whose novels get reviewed in The New York Times. I urge you to incorporate his insight into following a writing process that both takes the sting out of rewriting and does wonders for combatting writer’s block.  Begin by creating a “holding place” document on your […]

Breathing & Vocal Exercises for Actors

Breathing & Vocal Exercises for Actors

Exercises for the Voiceover Actor Last month, I talked about exercise, the importance of vocal warm-ups, and more. This month, let’s discuss specific breathing and vocal exercises.  Breath Control: I cannot emphasize enough the importance of proper breathing and breath control. There are so many techniques for breathing for different workouts—yoga, Pilates, and many others—it can […]

Accepting Criticism

Accepting Criticism

“That’s just your opinion.”  I shook my head. How would a student who got this angry over a bad grade ever cope with harsh criticism in the real world?  I’d worked for editors who resembled Attila the Hun, but they had taught me how to cope with criticism, even to value it.  It’s an essential skill […]

The Art of StoryTelling in Voiceover

The Art of StoryTelling in Voiceover

“We want real people, not actors.” It’s something we hear almost every time we audition, particularly in the commercial world, but also across the board, from animation to video games. But we know that claim isn’t necessarily true. They want actors. So, what does it really mean? Whoever’s stating this seems to want a performer who doesn’t […]