Biggest VO Job Yet!

I was going to blog about this a month ago, but we were still figuring things out.

Anyway, a month ago, an author contacted me and asked if I was interested in narrating her audiobook (from home). She said it would be around 70,000 words long! So we talked for a month over different things like payment and content of the book. We agreed on $200 for every finished produced hour, and the book should be around 8-10 hours long. Just recently, she contacted me and said that we'd begin the recording process early next spring. It is in quite a while, but I've heard many voice actors say that voice over takes a lot of waiting.

Mike Russel Youtuber

I watch a lot of Mike Russel, an audio engineer and YouTuber with 140,000 subscribers, on Youtube to learn how to use tools in Adobe Audition. He's (at least I think) the best YouTuber that teaches how to use Audition. How he explains what he does and how to do things are great, and he's very experienced in the audio engineering world. He lives in England, Europe.

He's actually in California right now to visit other people. I thought this would be a great opportunity to meet him, but unfortunately, he's only staying in southern CA. He's been doing a vlog since the start of October (when he left for CA), so I've been able to keep up to date with what he's doing and who gets meet.

Custom Order With Sound Design

Four days ago, I got a message from someone on Fiverr. They sent me a short animation with a separate script. They needed me to voice a young ten-year-old boy, and he had 37 words. My prices on Fiverr are $10 for every 50 words, so the amount in all would be $10. On my gig, you can order extra things like proofreading, background music, one-day delivery, etc. They asked if the music included sound design (adding sound effects). I told them it doesn't, but that I do sound design, but I don't advertise it on Fiverr. I said I'd be willing to help them out with it. So I sent them the lines for the voice-over part, and now we're figuring out the audio engineering part. I want to charge them $40 for the music and the sound design.

Animated Short Finished!

A while back, you may remember I got cast or two characters for an animated short film I wrote about in a previous blog post. They just recently finished the animation! It turned out great, I think! It was a harder commission since it took more emotion, and I was playing two very similar characters. One of the characters, Ben, was around eight years old, so I had to sound younger. The other character, Parker, was about 13 years old, so I used my natural voice. The whole process of casting, practicing, and turning in lines took around a month or two. I didn't get to meet the rest of the cast, but that's common for most parts I get cast. Here's the finished animation:

I Got to Visit a Real Recording Studio!

Yesterday I got to visit a real recording studio!! A friend of my dad's who went to the same school as him lives near us, and we just recently found out he's an audio engineer and has his own studio! So he invited us to his house. IT WAS AN AWESOME EXPERIENCE!

Here are some pics I took:

Here's a pic of the inside of his recording COMPLETELY soundproof booth. It was AWESOME! It was my natural habitat! It was so quiet on the inside! He built inside the main room of the house.

Aaaad here's a pic of his computer setup. I guessed that he probably uses Pro Tools, and I was right. Pro Tools is one of the best audio softwares available. He even had a custom programmed keyboard where each button does a different effect!

The whole experience was awesome, and I know that's what I'd like to be doing in ten years. It gave me some ideas and he told me a lot about what he does. He's not a voice actor himself, but people rent the studio for a few hours to their voice-overs. I hope to go there again soon and get some more wisdom!