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B D Story



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 25, 2018 12:36 pm    Post subject: Noob looking for voice characteristics, adjectives Reply with quote

Greetings all and well met.
Would the seasoned among you kindly lend me your ears. While good with words, i'm failing to frame my voice in terms that would be readily used in the industry and an accurate representation of what is in my demo.
I'd welcome your adjectives and descriptors. Thanks in advance
Brian D Story
Story'd Voices

https://soundcloud.com/user-807649049/02-narrative-storybd
https://soundcloud.com/user-807649049/01-commercial-storybd
https://www.facebook.com/StorydVoicesBrianDStory/videos/888633161285399/
www.StorydVoices.com is under construction

And.. this is the current not so good phrasing. Please let me know what works and what should be trash canned please and thanks
" Upbeat, eclectic baritone with low ranges to falsetto, strong, consistent, adaptable improv, great pronunciation and vocabulary - 20 year range - multicultural, new yorker, (not new yawwker or lawn guylander) academic, sciences librarian with rare flat accent or strong inflections on demand.. approachable and great to work with - Till next we speak, be well. "

Thank you kindly for sharing your expertise and time- cheers, Brian
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Bruce
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 25, 2018 1:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Since ours is an auditory line of endeavor, I'm not sure long, wordy descriptions of our voice does us much good. If your demos are right there on your landing page (as they should be) then with a quick click potential buyers can instantly judge for themselves what you sound like. I just scanned several of our most active members' websites and found that not one of them described their voice. Only Lee Gordon had the equivalent of a 1,000 word essay on his main page and even he didn't describe his voice. Here are some links to ten of our busier talents and you'll discover almost all of them have just three main features: their name, how to reach them, and audio/video demos.

http://www.dbcoopervo.com/yeah/
http://bobsouer.com/
https://www.philipbanks.com/
https://hireliz.com/
http://brucemiles.com/wp/
http://www.leegordonproductions.com/
http://www.voiceoversbymoe.com/
http://peterbishopvo.com/
https://www.dannachtrab.com/
http://melissaexelberth.com/

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Bob Bergen
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 25, 2018 1:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not a fan of actors telling buyers what they sound like. Rarely does the talent live up to their own description. Let the demo speak for itself. Buyers want brilliant actors, not brilliant describers.
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B D Story



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 26, 2018 9:18 am    Post subject: Thank you for your time Reply with quote

Thank you gents..its a seemingly ubiquitous idea when you look at much of the P2P sites. (that's a different thread I'm sure) I'm genuinely grateful for the counter examples..In this current era of meta tags is there really no place for a well phrased descriptor that sets the table? do hiring wonks really ignore them? Do they not use them to filter out what they are looking for? Not arguing your advice just want to be able to see it from all sides.
Thank you
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Bruce
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 26, 2018 9:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I certainly can't speak for all voiceover buyers, but throwing up a search for a generic voice description (lively, funny, mature) on the Internet seems to offer mixed and usually worthless results if you want someone to narrate your script tomorrow. I just tried it. Meh.

Buyers seem to usually work through talent agencies, production houses, and their own list of people they've heard and like. That last one there is a reason to contact people/companies that use voice talent and let them know you exist and what you sound like by sound primarily. However here is where a simple description might work: an introductory email that says, "I have an energetic style that really connects with young millennials". "I have a smooth urban delivery that reaches almost every demographic." Then offer a link. Whatever fits you. Just not a list of 20 qualities.

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B D Story



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 26, 2018 10:23 am    Post subject: cheers Reply with quote

Cheers Bruce, Bob et al
That's very helpful
I appreciate it. Till next time, be well
Brian
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