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Thursday, September 21, 2006

   How to Become a Voice Actor!
Sorry that I won’t be able to visit anyone until Monday. I needed to download some things so I decided to post this info on Voice Acting {I originally wrote it for next Monday’s post, but people have short attention-spans, so I hope this works out for all of you. Now, voice actorism! To begin, I will answer a few questions from comments in the last post. To Yensid, sure! I’ve auditioned for male parts myself having a low voice {and even being a lady tenor} so I don’t have a problem with girls auditioning for guy voices or guys auditioning for girl voices (I mean Miss Piggy was done by Frank Oz). I think also the fact I have a low voice, most of my characters have low voices too, except those who are from the original series and didn’t have low voices then. All of Kurama’s sister have low creepy voices. To LordSesshomaru, um, there aren’t any male villains in the first episode, but maybe for Yokira’s monster form having a male and female do the lines double-ey would be the effect I need (like how Mukuro’s mummy voice was done). Also Kurama’s male siblings, especially Remayolo, will need a well done villain voice when the time comes for their debut. After them will come quite a number of villainous types as Hiei and Yusuke go a-spy-ing. Oh, and if any of you can do a really good YYH impressions or are really good at manipulating your voice, PLEASE AUDITION! The auditions close the end of next week and the details are on my YYH Beyond! thread. For those who would like to audition (for this or anything else online) but don’t know where to get started…TODAY IS YOUR LUCKY DAY! Because I’m going to tell you here and now what I found out with lots of frustrating searching.

Ok, first you will need a comp w/ a microphone somehow attached. Then you can download Audacity for FREE from online. You can save your voice in wav or ogg files, but if you want to save as an MP3, that is a separate, but free download. Then you follow settings that are asked for in the audition, I usally don’t change anything unless the producer wants the file saved in a specific hrtz or bit rate that is different from the default. Click “Record” and TALK! Click “Stop” when done and “Play” to hear yourself! If you push “Record” again, it will start a new line so when you play you will hear both lines unless you mute one. The beauty of not auditioning in person, you can do the line over if you mess up and the director will never know! I usally do a few takes of all the audition lines then select the one I think is best and under file “Export selction as wav” or MP3, etc. Save it the way the person asked to save the lines (Usually Yourname_Character_AuditionLine#.wav). I then usually zip all my lines together (right now I’m using the evaluation version of WinZip, for those who do not have a way to zip files together) for quick loading as an email attachment, and quick for the other person to download it off the email.

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