Dave McRae | Knowing Your Voice & The Reality of What You're Facing
KNOW YOURVOICE&THE REALITY OF WHATYOU’RE FACINGDAVE MCRAEProfessional Voice Actor#vwt13
FIRST THINGS FIRST…WHO AM I ? • Getting to know my voice since 1986• Professional in the entertainment industry since 2001• Professional Voice Artist since 2005• Full time since 2006• Coaching on the side• Filmmaker
THE REALITY OF THE INDUSTRY • It s not about your voice. • The competition is ﬁerce• It s not personal• Voice over is misunderstood, unrecognized and unappreciated• People will try and scam you• There are people who are nothing more than good marketers. • DO YOUR RESEARCH
THE REALITY OF THE INDUSTRY • The voice over community is like a family with many peoplemore than willing to help you• Having a radio background doesn t mean you re going to besuccessful in voice over• There is good money to be made, but it s rarely done withouthard work, honesty, being true to yourself, believing in yourskills and doing what you can to sharpen them. Success is onlytruly achieved if you are willing to keep an open mind andcheck your ego at the door. • Surrounding yourself with those who share your passion,dedication and understanding for voice over is half the battleof success.
• Have you ever heard your voice objectively?• Do you know its range and what you can and cannot do with it?• Too many start out worrying about the wrong things• Not knowing your voice WILL hinder you in an audition or sessionprocess• How do you get to know your own voice? What can you do? Whatcan you try?• When do you know you re ready for a demo?HOW WELL DO YOU KNOW THESOUND OF YOUR OWN VOICE?
THE DEMO • MUST be PROFESSIONALLY produced • MUST be 60-90 seconds long (Give or take) • MUST have a Commercial Demo (Most important) Why ? • DON T have multiple demos JUST BECAUSE others do • Cater to YOUR strength(s) (Know Your Voice) • Should you produce your own demo? • What should my demo sound like?
NETWORKING • Social Media – The Good – The Bad - The Ugly • Self Promotion • Work-Shops • Coaches • Websites • Business Cards