The Art of Voice Acting The Craft and Business of Performing for Voiceover
Now in its seventh edition, The Art of Voice Acting covers all aspects of the craft and business of performing voiceover.
Starting with the basics of voice acting, every aspect of the craft and business of performing voiceover is explained in detail, including how to get started, performing techniques, setting up a personal recording space, voiceover demos, the basics of running a voiceover business, unions and much, much more. This edition is completely updated with all new scripts, discussions of the latest trends in voiceover and contributions from some of the voiceover industry’s top performers, casting directors and agents. The book provides a wealth of practical information that can be put to work immediately, as well as hundreds of references to websites and other useful resources.
Anyone interested in acting, storytelling, any area of voiceover or simply improving verbal communication skills will benefit from this book. Although The Art of Voice Acting is a great learning tool for the beginner, it will also serve the experienced performer well as a reminder of performing and business tools that are essential in today’s world of acting and voiceover.
Additional content, including scripts, audio files, and unpublished content can be found at www.AOVA.VoiceActing.com.
1. Voiceover 101 2. Using Your Instrument 3. Voice Warm-ups and Body Exercises 4. Voice & Performance Maintenance 5. The ABC’s of Voice Acting (The Seven Core Elements) 6. Voice Acting 101 7. Developing Your Unique Style 8. Techniques for Developing Style 9. The Conversation 10. Woodshedding & Script Analysis 11. The Character in the Copy 12. Mastering Character Voices 13. The Monologue 14. Single Voice 15. Multiples and Dialogue 16. Long Form Narration: Corporate, Medical & eLearning 17. Audiobook Narration 18. Imaging - Promo - Trailer 19. Games & Other VO Genres 20. Your Home Studio 21. All About Your Microphone 22. Home Studio Technology 23. Getting Paid to Play 24. Your Voiceover Demo 25. Working Your Voiceover Business 26. Talent Fees, Contracts & More 27. Your Voiceover Identity 28. The Talent Agent 29. Auditions 30. You’re Hired! The Session 31. A Professional’s Perspective 32. Working the World & Online 33. Wisdom from the Pros 34. Stop It!
"Since working with James Alburger these past few years and learning the nuts and bolts of voiceover from him, I am amazed at his talent and scope of knowledge! He has taken me from novice to pro with a genuine interest in my progress. The demos he coached me for and then produced have won rave reviews and helped me land several agents and clients. My gratitude for where he’s taken me thus far can’t be measured and my respect and admiration only deepens when I now watch him work with others. He’s a very special treasure to me as a friend and mentor, and all VO talent who read The Art of Voice Acting will be the better for it!"
Lee Colee, Professional Voice Actor
Praise for the Sixth Edition:
"'In a World...' where dreams are dashed early, as you are delivered the unsavory news, 'YOU WILL NEVER VOICE', by a wizened theatre professor, your only hope is... to PROVE them WRONG!!! Grit, risk and raw talent became wondrous weapons, as I took control of my dream. Along with a thirst for knowledge, dedication, drive AND The Art of Voice Acting by James Alburger, my career continued to skyrocket! I smile looking back over all my illustrious accomplishments and successes exclaiming, 'Never say Never' and ALWAYS read, The Art of Voice Acting!"
Elley-Ray, Award-winning Actor, Writer, Director, Producer, Teacher
"The Art of Voice Acting is one of the best, if not THE best resource available to all voice actors. Everything you need to know about voice acting is written in clear terms - you won't be left wondering what this author is talking about! This really is an absolute MUST if you are serious about the profession of voice-over. This book is Excellent and James Alburger is clearly a committed professional."
Debbie Foster, Professional Voice Talent, Australia
"I have been a successful voice over for about 10 years and recently bought and read The Art of Voice Acting. I must have been guided to do it! It was like receiving a (gentle) kick in my behind, spurring me to get re-organised, re-galvanised, newly inspired because - to say the truth - I was sitting on my laurels doing very little to perfect my skills or bring new life to my career. Now I feel full of new energy. This is what I call an inspired purchase!"
Anna Rigano, Professional Voice Actor, United Kingdom