Saturday, May 21, 2011

Voiceovers ...

Once upon a time, when I had much shorter hair, I recorded a couple of demos ... .

And my producer (the incomparable Kate McClanaghan at Sound Advice) insisted that I get a headshot. Yes, I know it seems odd to have a headshot to do voice work, but her reasoning was that as long as we voiceover folk were going to be repped by agents, we may as well have headshots just in case a casting director decided we'd be perfect for a walk-on role or some such. Chicago's a big film town. One never knows, right? (Trivia: My hair was red when that shot was taken. A Burgundy-like red. That was a fun color experiment.)

This is my Commercial demo:

And this is the link to my Commercial demo.

And this is my Corporate demo:

And this is the link to my Corporate demo.


Anonymous Alison said...

I loved hearing your voice. I wish I could hire you!

11:27 PM  
Blogger Beth said...

I wish that, too! :o )

7:57 AM  
Anonymous Dave said...

I have done voice work too - and I appreciate that it is nowhere near as easy as you make it sound.

Sadly my days as an advertising creative director are long over so I can't hire you either. But I'll tell my friends about you.

I don't mean this in a negative way but we always found good female voices VERY hard to find. Too many sounded similar and a little thin. Yours has a lot of character and a good low end. I am not surprised you sing too - as I do (or try).

4:37 PM  
Blogger Beth said...

I always thought it'd be nice to be the female version of Don LaFontaine. (Back when he was with us.) That gig'd bring in a few bucks.

Thanks for the kind words. Interestingly, it took recording demos to fully grasp that what I really wanted to do was sing. But speaking was much less scary than singing.

But singing's more fun, as you know!

4:58 PM  
Anonymous Dave said...

How long did it take to grow your hair so long???

11:36 AM  
Blogger Beth said...

I couldn't say, for sure, as it's been cut to various lengths along the way. But my hair grows pretty quickly.

11:41 AM  
Anonymous Dave said...

Wish mine did. But at least I still have it! I would not look good with a shaved head - the only way to be bald and cool.

3:40 PM  
Blogger Beth said...

I think men look great bald. Women have a harder time pulling it off. :o )

Then again, when Melissa Etheridge performed on the Grammys after her breast-cancer saga, she looked awesome. I still tear up every time she hits that yell in "Piece of My Heart"! One of the best moments in the history of music.

3:46 PM  
Anonymous Dave said...

And the girl in that Star Trek movie! Stunning.

Yul Brynner was years ahead of his time!

11:30 PM  
Blogger Beth said...

The principal of my elementary school had just a bit of hair on the sides but was mostly bald and he was a handsome man and very nice. So my good associations formed early.

I'm quite sure Kojak had nothing to do with it. :o )

12:13 AM  
Anonymous Dave said...

He should have shaved the side bits. I think it's all or nothing! Like most things in life.

A problem Prince William will be facing very soon judging by the top shots of the wedding!

1:46 PM  
Blogger Beth said...

Well, I was in elementary school many years ago. Perhaps that was the style of the day, keeping what hair one had. Full-on bald seems more current.

I think Prince William will just let things happen. Perhaps it's a British thing. Hugh Laurie's hair is very thin in back. He doesn't seem to mind. But then, he's Hugh Laurie. He has coolness to spare.

1:50 PM  
Anonymous Dave said...

I've noticed you kind of like Hugh!

My wife was rather upset to discover Daniel Craig is gay. And I must admit, while it matters not one iota in life, I do have trouble accepting him as James Bond now;-)

Mr Laurie is cool, I agree. And even more so when he drops his American accent and sounds more like me!!!

Don't you love the way blog comments can get you from your voice to James Bond's sexual preference and an Englishman famous for playing an American in just 13 steps????

5:21 PM  
Blogger Beth said...

Oh, I don't kind of like Hugh. I adore Hugh.

But hold that thought: Daniel Craig is gay?

Huh. Well. OK. I just learned something else today.

It's always so strange to see and hear Hugh being Hugh, not Dr. Gregory House. Delightful but strange.

And yes, comment strings are wondrous things. Let's see how many steps it takes us to get to discussing, oh, bison. (That reference didn't count.)

5:25 PM  
Anonymous Dave said...

Well, I had bison hot dogs for lunch last week.

Circle closed?

And yes, James Bond is gay. Official.

10:57 PM  
Blogger Beth said...

Wow. Bison. What are the odds?

As for Daniel Craig, well, good for all the men who have a chance. :o )

11:33 PM  

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