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(Washington Post)   Pity the poor professional voice-over actor, who's getting squeezed between high-priced celebrities and Internet amateurs   (washingtonpost.com) divider line 96
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2012-05-13 01:48:23 PM
Your father-in-law was right- you really can't make a living immitating Daffy Duck. Now go apologize to him and get a real job, you lazy turd.
 
2012-05-13 02:01:32 PM
I hear that Alabama is in need of laborers.
 
2012-05-13 02:20:48 PM
I started down this road once and took, training with a well known voice over person. This was a problem a good ten years ago.Forget mainstream animation or great PBS documentaries. If you start now out can probably get in on reading books onto tape.
 
2012-05-13 03:55:13 PM

edmo: I started down this road once and took, training with a well known voice over person. This was a problem a good ten years ago.Forget mainstream animation or great PBS documentaries. If you start now out can probably get in on reading books onto tape.


There is some awesome work being done now. Most is crap. Free.

http://librivox.org/
 
2012-05-13 03:55:58 PM
I read an article once where voice actors like Billy West really, really resented Cameron Diaz getting 12 mil for her Shriek work. IIRC, they weren't as bothered by Mike Meyers-considered him a kindred spirit or something- but Diaz getting so much for pretty mediocre voice work really pissed them off.
 
2012-05-13 03:57:30 PM
Blizzard must use the "internet amateurs" segment.
 
2012-05-13 04:07:37 PM
It's been getting worse the last few years. Jim from the Office doing car insurance, while Pam does Match.com. George Clooney doing Budweiser.

Most actors are Liberals, but man, when it's time to collect a check, screw the little people.

/Yeah, because I'll buy a Chrysler because Joe Mantegna told me to.
 
2012-05-13 04:08:05 PM

Your_Huckleberry: I read an article once where voice actors like Billy West really, really resented Cameron Diaz getting 12 mil for her Shriek work. IIRC, they weren't as bothered by Mike Meyers-considered him a kindred spirit or something- but Diaz getting so much for pretty mediocre voice work really pissed them off.


Yeah, and I feel like they might have touched on this in the Futurama commentary too (Maurice was mentioned in the article).

I can understand that. Probably actors felt the same way when reality shows were the Big Thing - "they get paid for doing nothing", etc.
 
2012-05-13 04:10:47 PM
Leon Kennedy's bad acting is one of the best parts of the Resident Evil series.

Really, the bad voices are an awesome part of gaming in general. But enough talk. HAVE AT YOU!
 
2012-05-13 04:14:42 PM

Your_Huckleberry: I read an article once where voice actors like Billy West really, really resented Cameron Diaz getting 12 mil for her Shriek work. IIRC, they weren't as bothered by Mike Meyers-considered him a kindred spirit or something- but Diaz getting so much for pretty mediocre voice work really pissed them off.


I can see that. Myers at least used an accent and put some character into his work, Diaz just did herself.
 
2012-05-13 04:17:36 PM
Boo hoo. The poor ugly people who wanted to be actors and couldn't now might have to lower themselves to actual labor because the celebrities are still prettier and more desirable as advertisers than they are. I'm not going to weep because their golden ticket to making big money sitting on their asses talking (without having anything to actually say themselves) has run out.
 
2012-05-13 04:19:33 PM

hbk72777: George Clooney doing Budweiser.


That shocks me, but the money must be really good.

Who's doing the Chevrolet ads? I keep thinking it's Clooney, but I know it's not. The voice is very familiar.
 
2012-05-13 04:43:30 PM
You know, one flip side to the voice actors vs regular actors argument... sometimes voice actors who usually do cartoon work end up sounding, well, cartoony in roles which are meant to sound like realistic people.
 
2012-05-13 04:43:46 PM
I hate the fact that celebrities do pretty much all the voices in animation nowadays. It takes away from the characters, as whenever they're talking you're just thinking of the face of the person doing the voice.
 
2012-05-13 04:46:45 PM

Richard Roma: I hate the fact that celebrities do pretty much all the voices in animation nowadays. It takes away from the characters, as whenever they're talking you're just thinking of the face of the person doing the voice.


David Schwimmer.....really?
 
2012-05-13 04:47:26 PM

Richard Roma: I hate the fact that celebrities do pretty much all the voices in animation nowadays. It takes away from the characters, as whenever they're talking you're just thinking of the face of the person doing the voice.


Or worse, Dustin Hoffman.

/sorry for the double post
 
2012-05-13 04:50:15 PM

Dwight_Yeast: Who's doing the Chevrolet ads? I keep thinking it's Clooney, but I know it's not. The voice is very familiar.


Tim Allen, according to the article.
 
2012-05-13 04:52:19 PM

bel4sucks: Tim Allen, according to the article.


Ah, that's it! And that makes sense.

/didn't RTFA
//will do so now
 
2012-05-13 04:58:54 PM
Audio books are pretty much what's left. I'm not in a union cause I don't make enough $$ to join. I spend a lot of my time working as an audio engineer and editor for a friend who gets a lot of work from Audible.com. I've been at this for 11 years and the economy has tanked a lot of small businesses I used to do work for. Hell, the independent radio station I worked for used to pay me in promos!
 
2012-05-13 04:59:25 PM

XMark: You know, one flip side to the voice actors vs regular actors argument... sometimes voice actors who usually do cartoon work end up sounding, well, cartoony in roles which are meant to sound like realistic people.


That all depends on the voice director.

The best one, bar none, is Andrea Romano. I maintain she's the main reason why the DCAU and the DC Animated Movies are so great. She knows how to handle the voices. And people end up sounding like people instead of zany characters like they do in Marvel cartoons.
 
2012-05-13 05:02:19 PM

TeamVanHelsing: Leon Kennedy's bad acting is one of the best parts of the Resident Evil series.

Really, the bad voices are an awesome part of gaming in general. But enough talk. HAVE AT YOU!


I agree. It is worth it just for all the terrible "Spess Mahreen" quotes in DoW
 
2012-05-13 05:08:58 PM

Your_Huckleberry: I read an article once where voice actors like Billy West really, really resented Cameron Diaz getting 12 mil for her Shriek work. IIRC, they weren't as bothered by Mike Meyers-considered him a kindred spirit or something- but Diaz getting so much for pretty mediocre voice work really pissed them off.


It might have been this one^
 
2012-05-13 05:09:49 PM
 
2012-05-13 05:17:29 PM
It's just a matter of time before Stephen Hawking loses his National Weather Service warning gig.
 
2012-05-13 05:18:53 PM
This started with Disney and the movie Oliver. However I like that John Slattery is the voice of Lincoln, and I'm getting burnt out on Mike Rowe honestly.
 
2012-05-13 05:26:58 PM
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Damn you Jon Hamm, damn you!
 
2012-05-13 05:28:57 PM

cato113: or this one even


That's the one. Although I guess it was Robin Williams he complimented, not Mike Meyers.
 
2012-05-13 05:35:33 PM
Damn, everything I actually wanna do for a living pays shiat..
 
2012-05-13 06:05:38 PM

edmo: If you start now out can probably get in on reading books onto tape.


Not a chance. It's as competitive and exclusionary as any other field, if not more so.
 
2012-05-13 06:13:14 PM
Pontiac.

Saab.

PONTIAC!

SAAB!

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2012-05-13 06:19:32 PM
Suck it Crispin Freeman. Now you'll have to use your dulcet tones on someone else.

Nevermind, apparently he's hot.
 
2012-05-13 06:20:03 PM
As a professional voice-over guy, I'm getting a kick out of these replies...

I'm doing okay with it. However, I've never deluded myself into thinking it would be easy. If you're good and you work hard, you'll make money. Like anything else, building a reputation takes time.

I don't have much love for the celebrity v/o people, but there are some of them that are exceptionally good at it, so I don't begrudge their success.
 
2012-05-13 06:21:07 PM

Thunderboy: edmo: If you start now out can probably get in on reading books onto tape.

Not a chance. It's as competitive and exclusionary as any other field, if not more so.


You can get into any field if you're good enough.

Start doing it for free, build and internet following, and use them to tear down the gates at Audible.

Go to a place like ProjectGutenburg and read some of the free books well, put them up on youtube, and hope.
 
2012-05-13 06:28:44 PM
Take this opportunity to go listen to the Rob Paulsen/Maurice LaMarche Nerdist podcast. They spend a bit too much time sucking each other off perhaps, but it's incredibly entertaining otherwise.
 
2012-05-13 06:31:24 PM

TeamVanHelsing: Leon Kennedy's bad acting is one of the best parts of the Resident Evil series.

Really, the bad voices are an awesome part of gaming in general. But enough talk. HAVE AT YOU!


LOL. Or should I say, HA HA HA HA HA
www.manoaplace.com
 
2012-05-13 06:43:31 PM
As a fan of animation, I always find it annoying when big animated features pick a Brad Pitt or Cameron Diaz to do voice over work, instead of picking someone whose face I won't see in my head as soon as I hear their voice.

I think it would benefit animated features to explore new talent and steer away from famous screen actors.

However, as much as I like guys like Billy West and his ilk, I also think there comes a point when they are over-saturated, too. It's a big jarring when I see a new character and the first thing that pops into my head is "That sounds like Bender."

There are enough talented people on the planet that they could spread the wealth a bit, and make each and every character in animation have an original voice. Sure, it wouldn't make it much of a career path, but it would lend a lot to animation so long as they pick genuinely talented folks to do the voice work.

Typecasting happens, and I'm sorry, but Frank Welker is perhaps the only guy who can get away with playing a dozen different characters and having none of them sound alike.
 
2012-05-13 06:45:10 PM
Hulloahh, I am ahn Amayrreecann voice ahctahh in a videooo gyme. Ahm I note cinvincingly Anglo-something??
 
2012-05-13 06:46:34 PM
My cousin introduced me to the Garmin girl last summer at a concert. Well, at least she claimed she was.
/ no idea what a Garmin girl sounds like
// Old school Atlas guy
/// off my lawn
 
2012-05-13 06:47:22 PM

doglover: Thunderboy: edmo: If you start now out can probably get in on reading books onto tape.

Not a chance. It's as competitive and exclusionary as any other field, if not more so.

You can get into any field if you're good enough.

Start doing it for free, build and internet following, and use them to tear down the gates at Audible.

Go to a place like ProjectGutenburg and read some of the free books well, put them up on youtube, and hope.


... Start doing it for free? .. that's the worst advice I've ever heard. In my opinion, if you don't have the confidence to charge a fair price for a service, you have no right to be in the business. Like in any business, first you get good, then put out a shingle. Not the other way around.
 
2012-05-13 06:53:37 PM

jayhawk88: Paulsen


That episode of the Nerdist Podcast turned me on to Rob Paulsen's own podcast, "Talkin' Toons". About 12 or 13 episodes in, he starts getting other voice actors or people involved with animation to interview and it turned into one of my favorite podcasts. Last week's episode was a 2 hour long interview with Mark Hamil.

Of course, I'm also a big ol animation nerd.
 
2012-05-13 07:07:21 PM

RidesAPaleHorse: jayhawk88: Paulsen

That episode of the Nerdist Podcast turned me on to Rob Paulsen's own podcast, "Talkin' Toons". About 12 or 13 episodes in, he starts getting other voice actors or people involved with animation to interview and it turned into one of my favorite podcasts. Last week's episode was a 2 hour long interview with Mark Hamil.

Of course, I'm also a big ol animation nerd.


I tried the one he did with Maurice, it was OK but I haven't checked out any others. Can't seem to break out of the Nerdist/BS Report rut.
 
2012-05-13 07:24:02 PM

TeamVanHelsing: Leon Kennedy's bad acting is one of the best parts of the Resident Evil series.


No, no, it's Claire Redfield's good acting!
 
2012-05-13 07:36:33 PM
Took my granddaughter to see some animated fare a while back and in the opening credits was made a point to tell what movie star was doing each voice. I guess to my granddaughter it didn't really make a difference, but was very off putting and distracting to me.
 
2012-05-13 07:43:02 PM

bel4sucks: Dwight_Yeast: Who's doing the Chevrolet ads? I keep thinking it's Clooney, but I know it's not. The voice is very familiar.

Tim Allen, according to the article.


The voice for Chevy Trucks is the actor Dylan Bruno, late of NUMB3RS, which took me forever to figure out.

ZeroCorpse: However, as much as I like guys like Billy West and his ilk, I also think there comes a point when they are over-saturated, too. It's a big jarring when I see a new character and the first thing that pops into my head is "That sounds like Bender."


John DiMaggio is the voice of Bender, not Billy West.
 
2012-05-13 07:46:11 PM

Buzzerguy: bel4sucks: Dwight_Yeast: Who's doing the Chevrolet ads? I keep thinking it's Clooney, but I know it's not. The voice is very familiar.

Tim Allen, according to the article.

The voice for Chevy Trucks is the actor Dylan Bruno, late of NUMB3RS, which took me forever to figure out.

ZeroCorpse: However, as much as I like guys like Billy West and his ilk, I also think there comes a point when they are over-saturated, too. It's a big jarring when I see a new character and the first thing that pops into my head is "That sounds like Bender."

John DiMaggio is the voice of Bender, not Billy West.


I know that. I wasn't making a connection there, other than to say career voice actors become recognizable.

And I didn't want to say "Fry" because I would have some smart-ass say "Don't you mean 'Stimpy'?"
 
2012-05-13 08:22:59 PM

cheap_thoughts: ...getting burnt out on Mike Rowe honestly.


No kidding. If he's not on a commercial he's narrating a nature show. Get back in the sewer or wherever and get dirty. And stay there.
 
2012-05-13 08:47:39 PM

doglover: You can get into any field if you're good enough.

Start doing it for free, build and internet following, and use them to tear down the gates at Audible.

Go to a place like ProjectGutenburg and read some of the free books well, put them up on youtube, and hope.


Random House does not get its narrators from Youtube.
 
2012-05-13 08:57:33 PM

ZeroCorpse: Typecasting happens, and I'm sorry, but Frank Welker is perhaps the only guy who can get away with playing a dozen different characters and having none of them sound alike.


I'd notice Cam Clarke right away, but then I'm like who cares if I know it's Cam Clarke, he's a damn good v/o actor.
 
2012-05-13 08:58:00 PM

Dwight_Yeast: Who's doing the Chevrolet ads? I keep thinking it's Clooney, but I know it's not. The voice is very familiar.


I know it's not Mike Rowe because he's too busy humping Fords.

/Hey, "every man," take off your hat inside the dealership, you goddamn prole.
 
2012-05-13 08:59:45 PM

ZeroCorpse: Buzzerguy: bel4sucks: Dwight_Yeast: Who's doing the Chevrolet ads? I keep thinking it's Clooney, but I know it's not. The voice is very familiar.

Tim Allen, according to the article.

The voice for Chevy Trucks is the actor Dylan Bruno, late of NUMB3RS, which took me forever to figure out.

ZeroCorpse: However, as much as I like guys like Billy West and his ilk, I also think there comes a point when they are over-saturated, too. It's a big jarring when I see a new character and the first thing that pops into my head is "That sounds like Bender."

John DiMaggio is the voice of Bender, not Billy West.

I know that. I wasn't making a connection there, other than to say career voice actors become recognizable.

And I didn't want to say "Fry" because I would have some smart-ass say "Don't you mean 'Stimpy'?"


Weak sauce.
 
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