Monthly Archives: March 2017

Mar
23

They could tell you more, but then…

DATELINE: SAUSALITO, CA – Recon debriefing from six assets in the field indicates a MAJOR MISSION SUCCESS! One of Voicetrax’s top guest directors – among the top animation agents in the country – has developed a brilliant new lab format called Invitational Secret Agent Character Protocol! And thanks to the wild success of this first mission, there’s another Secret Agent Character Protocol coming up in June, for any of you Advanced and Working Pro ‘Traxers who want your shot! Meantime, the super-advanced ‘Traxer Vets and Guest Directors who took part in Sunday’s opening foray have now been cleared to declassify their activities:

Aaron Miner: This class was really an eye opener, to such a point where I didn’t sleep well last night because I was replaying so much of what happened in my head! To be more specific, I learned a better mindset in dealing with my nerves. This was the best of the best in this class and I was one of them. First I had to believe that I belonged there, second in order for me believe that, I had to let go, completely. Letting go of over thinking, letting go of DOUBT allowed me to see the scene and act to it better, which was wonderfully freeing. This class taught me that by letting go, I can go back to having the fun I used to have when I first started here. Overall this was so refreshing and eye opening, and I can’t wait to do this again!! Thanks!!

Liz O’Neill: Secret Agent’s first secret is no room for safe choices; no place for predictable performance; no art in the easy path. Secret Agent’s second secret is to live in that mindset you need mad, mad skills. If you don’t have them now, don’t worry. Get them. Find them. Hone them. If you have some now, build on them. Deepen them. Be terrible and then be great. Secret Agent’s third secret is passion. Don’t turn your back on it… I seriously did not sleep for two nights after this lab. I was so charged up. My subconscious was just having a field day. So grateful to have been a part of it and to have been with you two.

Roni Gallimore: It was an amazing experience to have such a small group of professional talent in one action packed class. As always, working with our Secret Agent is eye opening because she has such a different industry POV. I think the two biggest things I took away were: 1) even people I look up to can benefit from direction & 2) there is great skill in being a utility player and I need to accept every challenge that gets me closer to where that bar is.

Vicki Baum: One of the things I love most about voice-over is you never quite master it – so I am always searching for the next educational challenge, the next opportunity to be pushed into wonderfully uncomfortable ground to expand my skills. This special lab was just that. Instead of being intimidated by the talent in the room and by performing for one of the biggest animation agents in the country (and trust me it would have been easy to be), I was energized and inspired to dig in and go for it. When I did, good things happened, which is an incredibly important mental association to cultivate. I felt so damn empowered and pumped walking out of this class, ready to take risks in all my auditions to come. An amazing way to spend a Sunday!

Chuck Kourouklis: This lab was my sorely-needed Italian tune-up (when you have a cranky old Maserati or Ferrari with oil-fouled spark plugs, you just rev the bejeezus out of the thing till it runs smoothly again). And it was a vivid demonstration of something you hear from day one at Voicetrax: you’ve got to consider what the top actors in your category will do and figure out a way to MAKE YOUR AUDITION STAND OUT. Our Secret Agent not only has a thumb directly on the pulse of what actually books jobs, she directs with the very best blend of an actor’s mentality and a top agent’s insight. One of the best exercises I can recall and a great way to take some overdue personal stock as a performer.

Brian Sommer: For me, It was the honest and no nonsense atmosphere. No theory, no exercises, no excuses. It was less a class, and more of a drill. The take was either right or it was not. Period. This workout let everyone know, in no uncertain terms, exactly where their skill level was in comparison to the top pros in the industry. Having not been a student in a long time, it was the perfect opportunity to be critiqued by someone whose experience and knowledge makes her comments unquestionable. I had a ball!! Thanks Secret Agent.


Mar
13

Success, fresh out of the Barnes…

SURPRISE HEADLINE OF THE DAY: perspiration, persistence, and most of all PATIENCE have (once again) paid off! ‘Traxer MICHAEL BARNES is now enjoying the first fruit of his carefully cultivated preparation as a voice actor:

“So, I just recorded my very first paid voiceover session! It was a direct booking Nate got me by submitting my demo, and it was a radio commercial dialogue script for a hardware company. Pretty typical; husband and wife conversational. It was hard because there isn’t a lot of feedback, but it only took 25 minutes to record, and they didn’t kick me out….so we’re assuming they got wanted they wanted!

Thankfully I had the Voicetrax experience in my head the whole time keeping me calm – or at least playing the part of the cool, calm, experienced voice actor (that’s why it’s acting)!!

The thing that happened that really made me think about Voicetrax is when the director asked me for three in a row on one line. I know I needed something fast, and thankfully the training kicked in to help.

Again, thank you all for your help and guidance over the years. Today was a long time in the making, but I knew it would happen eventually! Thank you all, love you all, and the best is yet to come!”

We’ve talked a lot about the importance of hard work, but not so much about trusting the process – and that’s what Michael exemplifies! He simply remained steadfast and dedicated to his training, knowing that if he refused to give up, his moment WOULD COME. At no point did he chafe or try to push things before he was ready, but instead he waited till Sam gave him the green light and produced his demo.

Lo and behold, that moment is now here! Congratulations, Michael! And we couldn’t be prouder and happier about your success.


Mar
01

Audio Tours bringing cold cash Monet…

Because NOTHING tickles us like another case from the ‘TRAXER BOOKINGS file: how about some kudos now for SCOTT KESSLER! Scott’s really been coming into his own as a narrator, but this job with Voicetrax Guest Director/Audio Tour Extraordinaire PETER DUNNE took a new turn:

“I’m thrilled at the opportunity to work with Peter on the Monet: The Early Years exhibit at the Legion Of Honor Museum, in San Francisco. I recorded four character voices, which I understand are already edited and ‘in the can’. I love audio tour stories. They’re vivid, visual, and have a heartbeat. I just love them.”

And we just love hearing about your success after all the sweat equity you’ve put in, Scott! Versatility PAYS. Congratulations!


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