7 Deadly Sins Of Slating

7 Deadly Sins Of Slating

Slating is not a practice that I’m into. Unless, of course, the instructions specifically request it. Outside of that, I may include a slate if my audition includes more than one take. In that case a simple, “Marc Scott. Three reads,” is all I’d ever include.

Are You Really Listening?

Are You Really Listening?

Have you ever heard someone explain the difference between hearing and listening? According the University of Minnesota, “Hearing simply happens. Listening, however, is something you consciously choose to do.” In other words, there’s a difference!

Giving Back To Your Voice Over Clients

Giving Back To Your Voice Over Clients

The relationship between a voice talent and a voice seeker can be a very simple one, if we so choose. A talent provides a voice. A seeker provides a payment. Sometimes it ends there. Sometimes it repeats. But what if that relationship could be more? What if, as a talent, it doesn’t just stop after […]

Script Tip: Timing Specifics

Script Tip: Timing Specifics

When I worked in radio I was the go-to guy when there was 42 seconds of copy that needed to be read in 30 seconds. It was the same at every station I ever worked for. When it comes to radio and TV spots, the timing is firm. You’ve got :15, :30, or :60 seconds […]

Defining “Upbeat” For Voice Over Auditions

Defining “Upbeat” For Voice Over Auditions

Upbeat. It appears in directions almost as frequently as “conversational”, “non-salesy” and “non-announcer.” But have you ever really thought about what upbeat actually means?

Script Tip: Prices

Script Tip: Prices

Tis the season for sales! Christmas sales. Boxing Day sales. New Years sales. Year end blowout sales. One thing all of those sales have in common… prices. Tale Of Two Prices Whether they’re in commercials, videos or on hold messages, those prices are going to be in many of the voice over scripts you’ll write […]