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(YouTube) Video 14-year-old does perfect movie trailer intro for Apocalypse ... in the voice of Don LaFontaine   (youtube.com) divider line 45
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2012-04-16 07:38:03 AM
A little training and Jake has a future in voice overs.
 
2012-04-16 09:23:14 AM
I had something glib to say but One-Piece Swimsuit in the American Apparel ads keeps distrac....
 
2012-04-16 09:31:04 AM
"In a world"
 
2012-04-16 09:42:14 AM
Great voice, but if he's wanting to be in the business he should do his own thing instead of ripping off LaFontaine.
 
2012-04-16 10:09:25 AM
 
2012-04-16 10:14:33 AM

Pelvic Splanchnic Ganglion: Great voice, but if he's wanting to be in the business he should do his own thing instead of ripping off LaFontaine.


Meh. LaFontaine is dead and execs like that cadence. People will pay for the voice. Besides, that's his "movie guy impression", so I'd assume he has other stuff he can do that's more unique to him.
 
ohm
2012-04-16 11:16:43 AM
For some reason I was expecting the voice of Don LaPre. I'm leaving disappointed.

/Apocalypse by placing small ads
 
2012-04-16 11:37:50 AM
Good luck trying to get into that industry, kid. It's even harder than making it as a screen or TV actor.
 
2012-04-16 11:53:29 AM

Pelvic Splanchnic Ganglion: Great voice, but if he's wanting to be in the business he should do his own thing instead of ripping off LaFontaine.


Pretty sure LaFontaine didn't write the stuff. He just read it.
 
2012-04-16 12:20:57 PM

Mike Chewbacca: Good luck trying to get into that industry, kid. It's even harder than making it as a screen or TV actor.


Absolutely. Even the audio book industry is dominated by maybe 30 voice actors, and half of them are annoying as shiat.
 
2012-04-16 12:22:25 PM

Pelvic Splanchnic Ganglion: Great voice, but if he's wanting to be in the business he should do his own thing instead of ripping off LaFontaine.


LaFontaine is a good voice -- but can he do all the others too?
 
2012-04-16 12:24:20 PM

Thunderboy: Mike Chewbacca: Good luck trying to get into that industry, kid. It's even harder than making it as a screen or TV actor.

Absolutely. Even the audio book industry is dominated by maybe 30 voice actors, and half of them are annoying as shiat.


It's even worse now that they're getting TV and movie actors to voice overs, too.

/knows someone who's tried to break in for years.
//he has 1 video game credit
///You can't tell it's him, which is both good and bad.
 
2012-04-16 12:36:11 PM
i thought it was pitchy.
 
2012-04-16 01:40:59 PM

Mike Chewbacca: Thunderboy: Mike Chewbacca: Good luck trying to get into that industry, kid. It's even harder than making it as a screen or TV actor.

Absolutely. Even the audio book industry is dominated by maybe 30 voice actors, and half of them are annoying as shiat.

It's even worse now that they're getting TV and movie actors to voice overs, too.

/knows someone who's tried to break in for years.
//he has 1 video game credit
///You can't tell it's him, which is both good and bad.


Yeah, and it's the high-profile books that draw the celeb voices. Voice acting involves a very specific skill set that the vast majority of "regular" actors do not possess, so these high-profile books tend to be unlistenable. For listenability, the best audio books are usually history/historical fiction and young adult. The worst are fantasy and anything read by the author.

/currently editing an excellent novelized history of the Battle of Shiloh
 
2012-04-16 01:52:35 PM
He's still got a ways to go. The bass in turned waaay up, he doesn't know how to control his breathing so there are no pops, and Don LaFontaine's voice hit frequencies far lower than this kid can produce.
 
2012-04-16 02:13:46 PM
If he turns a couple knobs, the device he's using will make him sound like a woman, a robot or Mickey Mouse.
 
2012-04-16 02:43:19 PM

Joe Peanut: He's still got a ways to go.


Yeah, wait until he hits puberty.
 
2012-04-16 02:49:28 PM

Joe Peanut: He's still got a ways to go. The bass in turned waaay up, he doesn't know how to control his breathing so there are no pops, and Don LaFontaine's voice hit frequencies far lower than this kid can produce.


Jesus. Cut the kid some slack. He's 14-years-old. At 14 you've got a long ways to go to finish puberty. There are some pops, some breathiness. OK. This was a live take in the kid's bedroom. He's not even standing. It's not like he's speaking into a $15,000 mic in a soundproof studio on his 20th take with a director giving feedback. Don LaFontaine's voice was admittedly awesome, but you heard it after mixing, editing and even removing little pops and breaths. Plus, he did voice acting from 1964. 750,000 tv spots + 5,000 movie trailers over 44 years. And a 14-year-old has "a ways to go." No shiat.
 
2012-04-16 02:55:30 PM
Most Thrill Ride!
 
2012-04-16 03:06:38 PM
I have an uneasy feeling about this. Remember, the last "Golden Voice" guy returned to his life of booze, drugs and sleeping in bushes along the freeway.
 
2012-04-16 03:44:23 PM
That was by far the most thrill-ride voiceover I've heard all week.
 
2012-04-16 03:47:13 PM
Good job, kid.
 
2012-04-16 03:54:02 PM

Dialectic: "In a world"


What world, where? WHEN???? TELL US NOW!!!
 
2012-04-16 04:22:06 PM
 
2012-04-16 05:53:41 PM
Yikes, did Rick Astley have a child when he was pretending to be straight?
 
2012-04-16 06:01:27 PM
I was expecting the voice of Dom DeLuise.
 
2012-04-16 07:19:21 PM
Hollywood has its answer to the Dali Llama. The search for the Don Lafontaine is over.
 
2012-04-16 08:13:57 PM

Spanky McStupid: A little training and Jake has a future in voice overs.


I think so, too. It mostly takes the will to want to, like most things. He's got a remarkable voice for his age, and with training and discipline should have an excellent one by the time he's an adult.
 
2012-04-16 08:15:50 PM

Pelvic Splanchnic Ganglion: Great voice, but if he's wanting to be in the business he should do his own thing instead of ripping off LaFontaine.


He's 14. Did you miss that? He's 14 years old. He's not getting "in the business" anytime soon. A lot of very successful people start out by imitating the greats.
 
2012-04-16 08:24:28 PM

Thunderboy: anything read by the author


You'd think that authors would do the best interpretation of their own work, but I've almost never seen that. I heard a recording of Tolkien reading his own work, and it sounded like he was reading the instructions for a tax form.
 
2012-04-16 08:26:53 PM

Joe Peanut: He's still got a ways to go. The bass in turned waaay up, he doesn't know how to control his breathing so there are no pops, and Don LaFontaine's voice hit frequencies far lower than this kid can produce.


Yeah -- he's 14, doesn't have a decade of training and experience, and doesn't have a $30,000 studio with engineers behind him. Jesus, people, give the kid a freaking break already. He's still better than probably almost anyone else his own age.
 
2012-04-16 08:37:31 PM

Sylvia_Bandersnatch: Pelvic Splanchnic Ganglion: Great voice, but if he's wanting to be in the business he should do his own thing instead of ripping off LaFontaine.

He's 14. Did you miss that? He's 14 years old. He's not getting "in the business" anytime soon. A lot of very successful people start out by imitating the greats.


Yeah, I also heard where the kid specifically stated that he's wanting to make a career out of voice acting. And my suggestion was to develop his own thing. Now that we're both clear on what everybody said, can we move on?
 
2012-04-16 08:38:05 PM
Not bad. He could use a bit of training in mic technique and polishing with his vocal work, but I'd say he's got a good chance of getting there.
 
2012-04-16 09:02:21 PM

Pelvic Splanchnic Ganglion: Sylvia_Bandersnatch: Pelvic Splanchnic Ganglion: Great voice, but if he's wanting to be in the business he should do his own thing instead of ripping off LaFontaine.

He's 14. Did you miss that? He's 14 years old. He's not getting "in the business" anytime soon. A lot of very successful people start out by imitating the greats.

Yeah, I also heard where the kid specifically stated that he's wanting to make a career out of voice acting. And my suggestion was to develop his own thing. Now that we're both clear on what everybody said, can we move on?


Have you considered a career as a guidance counsellor? You seem to have the right personality.
 
2012-04-16 09:06:49 PM

Sylvia_Bandersnatch: Pelvic Splanchnic Ganglion: Sylvia_Bandersnatch: Pelvic Splanchnic Ganglion: Great voice, but if he's wanting to be in the business he should do his own thing instead of ripping off LaFontaine.

He's 14. Did you miss that? He's 14 years old. He's not getting "in the business" anytime soon. A lot of very successful people start out by imitating the greats.

Yeah, I also heard where the kid specifically stated that he's wanting to make a career out of voice acting. And my suggestion was to develop his own thing. Now that we're both clear on what everybody said, can we move on?

Have you considered a career as a guidance counsellor? You seem to have the right personality.


You can be my secretary. You seem to have the right personality.
 
2012-04-16 11:12:15 PM
I do all my serious work from daddy's side of the bed.
 
2012-04-16 11:15:13 PM

Mike Chewbacca: It's even worse now that they're getting TV and movie actors to voice overs, too.


yeah... getting people with distinctly 'different' voices to read children's books.
like the glory that is Christopher Walken reading Where the Wild Things Are (new window)(and describing the pictures in the book... 'there's a bear strung up... probably he was murdered.. maybe it was suicide'
 
2012-04-17 12:24:44 AM
goddamn that kid is good.. really miss Don LaFontaine, he made movies worth going to. Only other person I've heard do a decent impression is pablo francisco:
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If that 14 year old kid wants to make lots of $$$, he should start doing voiceover work NOW
 
2012-04-17 11:41:08 AM

toyotaboy: goddamn that kid is good.. really miss Don LaFontaine, he made movies worth going to. Only other person I've heard do a decent impression is pablo francisco:
Link (new window)

If that 14 year old kid wants to make lots of $$$, he should start doing voiceover work NOW


Uh, they don't make lots of money. Sure, the big voices do, but not the average voice actor.
 
2012-04-17 01:30:33 PM
I wonder if I have what it takes to be a voice actor? How does this sound, y'all?
 
2012-04-17 06:23:42 PM

Sylvia_Bandersnatch: Pelvic Splanchnic Ganglion: Sylvia_Bandersnatch: Pelvic Splanchnic Ganglion: Great voice, but if he's wanting to be in the business he should do his own thing instead of ripping off LaFontaine.

He's 14. Did you miss that? He's 14 years old. He's not getting "in the business" anytime soon. A lot of very successful people start out by imitating the greats.

Yeah, I also heard where the kid specifically stated that he's wanting to make a career out of voice acting. And my suggestion was to develop his own thing. Now that we're both clear on what everybody said, can we move on?

Have you considered a career as a guidance counsellor? You seem to have the right personality.



Advice from a guidance counselor directly set my career back by 5 years.

/Said I should mention my love of microbrewing on my resume
//Next year at a career seminar recruiter from the company I applied to had a slide with that part of my resume as an example of what not to do. "This guy was a great candidate until we figured out he was a drunk".
///Spent 4 years in part time jobs after that. Guidance counselors: bad advice for people without parents.
 
2012-04-18 05:51:51 PM
you know.. he kinda reminds me of Duke Nukem... but that wasn't a bad attempt at good ol' Don... I really miss him.. movie trailers haven't been the same since he died..
 
2012-04-18 08:53:39 PM
Chocolate Rain Kid already did this. Nothing to see here...
 
2012-04-18 10:30:41 PM
Million Dollar Voices. Five. They picked five people to review. Five out of what they say are HUNDREDS of voice actors in the business. And only the greats make the big bucks.

And as one poster put it, Don was in the business forty years. Frank Welker, probably one of the most known voice actors in the business (if not one of the wealthiest) has been in it for a little longer than that, and the guy also does a majority of the animal voices in cartoons and Disney films.

One of the voice actors for South Park (Eliza Jane Schneider) runs regular workshops for voice actors, and from what I reviewed on their intro video there are lots of people with varied voice talent, people who can do a great variety of voices, dialects, personae, all trying to break into the business.

If this kid can make it work with his baritone voice, so be it. All the greats are getting old as it is (Noel Blanc took over for his dad once he got too old to do Looney Tunes), so maybe this kid will be the next Don. More power to him in a world besotted with pseudo-celebrities in reality television.
 
2012-04-19 01:15:00 AM
I love how many people are giving opinions like they have ANY idea how to get into voice-over work.
 
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