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VO4TA: Rule No. 48


HPK VO Rule No. 48: You may ignore any, some or all of these rules and still succeed. In fact, it is very worth your time to figure out which ones are just not for you.


VO4TA: King


So, why do you want to get into voiceover?  

What made you want to pursue it? What caught your attention?

VO4TA: Ellipsis and Aposiopesis


Ellipsis from Wikipedia - (plural ellipses; from the Ancient Greek: "omission" or "falling short") is a series of dots that usually indicates an intentional omission of a word, sentence, or whole section from a text without altering its original meaning.  Depending on their context and placement in a sentence, ellipses can also indicate an unfinished thought, a slight pause, and nervous or awkward silence.

VO4TA: Philosophy


Gear is tricky. I don’t like talking about it because there are WAAAY more qualified people to talk about it than I. Like these people! LINK  

VO4TA: Satire - or is it?


Links below to two different ads parodying classic commercial styles…


First - an Ebay seller’s commercial for a ‘96 Honda that spoofs luxury car commercials.


VO4TA: Clarity for Character


Direction will screw you up - if you let it. And direction that requests extremes in the performance of the read will distract you from putting an idea over clearly.  


VO4TA: The Smile No. 2


Why are you gonna smile that way, hunh?


Why are you gonna smile for toothpaste the same way you smile for, let’s say, bourbon? Or smile for diapers the same way you smile for real estate? Or how about the way you smile for a casino versus the way you smile for health insurance? Or smile at her the same way you smile for…

VO4TA: Paralanguage


If I allowed it, Wikipedia could be the ruin of me - and it sometimes it is.  


Paralanguage is a component of meta-communication that may modify or nuance meaning, or convey emotion, such as prosody, pitch, volume, intonation etc.”  

VO4TA: Pirate and Parrot


Old voiceover adage:


“If you wanna work, you gotta have a pirate and you gotta have a parrot.”

VO4TA: Surgery


Actor: Every time I do this…  I feel like voiceover is, like, the hardest kind of acting.

You can’t just (pffffft, thhbt).