From basic acting techniques and exercises for keeping the voice in top condition, to marketing and promotion of the actor, The Art of Voice Acting covers it all. Now in its fifth edition, this essential book is packed with expert advice on job opportunities and career management tips; it is the ideal resource for anyone wanting to maximize their success in the industry. Complete with a companion website and QR codes that link directly to additional material such as audio for every script included in the book, more exercises, and voice relaxation techniques, this is the complete package that gives voiceover actors, and those in related fields, a clear, no-nonsense introduction to the business and art of voice acting.
New and updated in this edition:
"I started using The Art of Voice Acting when I was teaching a Voice and Diction class as my acting school, and after reading [the] book, I restructured it into a "Voice Acting" class. The amount of free web links insdie is worth more than all the Voice Acting books on the market. I understand why it's considered the bible of Voice Acting. I have recommended it as "The" Voice Acting resource for my students and fellow aspiring voice actors ever since. I have [this] book to thank for the foundation of my training. Thanks Jim for inspiring me to pursue my Voice Acting dream!"
-David Letendre, voice actor and coach
"If there was ever a voice actors bible, this is it. James Alburger covers all the bases. From the business of voiceover to performance techniques, demos, marketing, and more. I've read it cover to cover multiple times… and have several copies as well! James and his book have helped my career immensely. No matter what stage of this great career you are at right now, The Art of Voice Acting is a must read."
-Chuck Davis, voice actor
"Required reading at my weekly Denver Voiceover Class is James' classic text, The Art of Voice Acting. Student at The Acting Studio get lots of value from his artistic guidelines and marketing tips. What a deal!"
-Bill Smith, Director of The Acting Studio
The Craft of Performing for Voiceover: Part 1
Chapter 1: What Is Voice Acting?
Chapter 2: The Best-Kept Secret
Chapter 3: Voiceover Basics: Where to Start
Chapter 4: using Your Instrument
Chapter 5: Voice Acting 101
Chapter 6: Developing Style
Chapter 7: Technique
Chapter 8: Microphone Technique
Chapter 9: The Seven Core Elements
Chapter 10: Wood Shedding
Chapter 11: The Chapter in the Copy
Chapter 12: Single-Voice
Chapter 13: Multiples and Dialogue
Chapter 14: Industrials: Long-Form Copy
Chapter 15: Audio Book Narration
Chapter 16: Mastering Character Voices
Chapter 17: Imaging, Promo, and Trailer
Chapter 18: Other VO Genres
The Business of Voiceover: Part 2
Chapter 19: Getting Paid to Play
Chapter 20: How to Work in the Voiceover Business
Chapter 21: Your Voiceover Demo
Chapter 22: Your Home Studio
Chapter 23: Your Voiceover Identity
Chapter 24: The Talent Agent
Chapter 25: Managing Your Voiceover Business
Chapter 26: Auditions
Chapter 27: You’re Hired!
Chapter 28: Stop it!
Chapter 29: Tips, Tricks, and Studio Stories