Coaching and Classes FAQ
It depends which runway they’re approaching…
Most agents have their own set of priorities and protocols when it comes to representing talent, but I can most certainly provide you resources on how to narrow your search for an agent that’s best aligned for your particular skills.
It depends. Most agents prefer referrals from someone they know and trust in the industry. I’m trustworthy, but don’t know everybody. A talent rep is also going to want to know what work you’ve been hired for recently too. Some DO offer trial runs and toss you auditions to see how well you fare though…so it would really depend on the individual circumstances when it comes to referrals.
There are many avenues. I have a full hour of suggestions at the ready.
There’s no requirement to join SAG/AFTRA for doing non-union work. We can discuss the positives and alternatives.
Patience is the key. Some recommend spending an hour a day for the first month, then ramping up as you gain more experience and confidence. There are many programs and services to make your life easier we can discuss.
Audio Gear and Acoustic Treatment Advice
Amazingly some microphones respond better to individual voices. Some super expensive brands don’t work so well for female voices, but love the resonance of a male. Conversely there are some amazing budget friendly mic’s that sound fantastic. I have recommendations for both.
While there have been improvements in the quality of some USB microphones, many still lack the signal to noise ratio that you’ll find in quality cardioid microphones. The difference may be indiscernible to you, but in terms of value, you get more for your money by buying the proper equipment, instead of opting for convenience. USB microphones will usually have more latency than a “real” microphone plugged into a good interface.
A microphone with shock mount attached to a stand, an audio interface (if using a mic requiring XLR cables), and a pair of headphones.
I can guide you with specific brands and where to purchase them.
That’s one solution to acoustic treatment…there are other less comfortable options too. I can help determine which would suit you best with pictures of your recording space and listening to audio samples you provide.
Having studio-to-studio connectivity platforms like Source Connect has become more of a necessity, especially during the onset of the COVID pandemic where some studios were unavailable for recording. While safety protocols are increasingly affording studios the option to open, Source Connect has gained favor with many as a viable option for remote recording. While you may not need it immediately if you’re just starting out, Source Connect or something similar has evolved to becoming a studio staple.
While there’s not much you can do to eliminate the sound emanating from jets flying overhead, lawn mowers, basketballs, dogs and car alarms going off…there are methods you can take to work around the neighbors life style.
It’s always preferable to have ample lead time so I can become familiar with the scope of the audition, but yes…I’ll do my best to be available!
Let’s talk! (Lame “conversation” joke there…) There are several techniques available to reach a conversational tone. Some work better for some than others…we can work through them to see which ones best serve your personality and style.
To clean up all the mouth noises, minimize some of the breaths, assure the levels are normalized and in general present yourself in the most professional manner with proper slating (if requested) and overall editing. Not to mention make you sound, “FABULOUS!”
Yes indeed. Each Directed session is based on 15 minute increments.
Happy to. I’ve directed a documentary film maker who voiced her own project as well as independent commercial productions.
Bean there, done that.