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todd ellis
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2018 6:51 am    Post subject: why don't you hire rick riley Reply with quote

i just got an audition asking me to sound like this guy -

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vn84Vuv6ixk&feature=youtu.be

i said "you should just hire rick riley."

really ... i did.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2018 7:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great, Todd! If I remember correctly, I've responded that way to similar requests.

Also, I had one request over 10 years ago, where a client wanted me to replace the narration done days earlier by someone else simply because he pronounced "association" differently than they would've liked. I can't imagine why they didn't just ask him to do a pickup. But, after discussing their needs and preparing to record, their final instruction was that they wanted me to sound like the narrator I was replacing. I thought they just meant his style. No, they wanted me to SOUND LIKE him.

I declined, saying that I don't do impressions of other narrators, and doubt they'll easily find someone who does.

Congratulations again!
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2018 7:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

to be clear - this is NOT an audition to replace anyone - it's for a completely different client/industry who just wants this "sound".
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2018 8:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This has always been a source of confusion for talents.

When specs say they want this type of voice...too many try to imitate the person.

What they really want is someone different but has the same vibe. It took me a while to figure that out and then do it right.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2018 8:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

"Sound like this guy" and "this type of voice" are both kind of vague, but the former can be taken literally. For example, if someone were to ask me to "sound like" the late Hal Douglas, I can do a fair Hal Douglas impression (but wouldn't for commercial/promotional purposes). I don't know how else to interpret that request. When someone says they want "this type of voice," exactly what do they mean? Same apparent age? Same pitch range? Same texture? Very confusing. Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2018 8:44 am    Post subject: Re: why don't you hire rick riley Reply with quote

todd ellis wrote:
i said "you should just hire rick riley."


And when you made this suggestion, what was their reply?

And did you mention, that guy IS Rick Riley?

(Just asking for a friend)
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2018 8:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

my audition email - (as of now, there has been no reply)

hi christy - two takes - 1 file.

i hope i get the gig, but, rick riley from portland, oregon narrated this video - he does a lot of NFL stuff - they should just get him!

have a great weekend!

todd

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2018 9:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

todd ellis wrote:
hi christy - two takes - 1 file.

i hope i get the gig, but, rick riley from portland, oregon narrated this video - he does a lot of NFL stuff - they should just get him!

have a great weekend!

todd


Just what is your drink of choice that I can send you a bottle of this Christmas?

(Only a person of impeccable standards would include such information with their audition. I vote YOU for Supreme Court Justice)
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2018 9:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I vote YOU for Supreme Court Justice


in light of current events, i'm pretty sure i don't have a chance there!!!
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2018 9:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

todd ellis wrote:
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I vote YOU for Supreme Court Justice


in light of current events, i'm pretty sure i don't have a chance there!!!


Hey, it was ONE party, 25 years ago. Who's gonna remember?
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