Jean-Marc Berne, President/Talent
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  • How To Solve Your Problem Words

    Do you ever have one of those days where certain words trip you up during an audition? As Voice Over artists, this can happen every once in a while, and if you’re not careful, this can cause you to have a bad audition. But don’t worry. Stop for a second. Take a deep breath. Because today we’ll discuss how to solve that problem.

    Let’s say your problem word of the day is “revolutionary.” Usually this word would simply roll off your tongue, but for some reason, today is not that day. So what do you do? Whatever you do, don’t panic. Just take a pause, take a deep breath, and pick up that line that you flubbed. If you find yourself tripping up again, don’t despair.

    Here’s what you do:

    Take another deep breath and break down the word into syllables, and say each syllable out loud in random order “vo-lu-re-tion-ry-a”, “re-lu-vo-a-ry-tion”, you get the idea. Then try saying the word in correct order three times, slowly. After saying it correctly, now repeat the word three times in a row at a normal pace. Then, take a deep breath, and pick up that line. You should be able to roll the word “revolutionary” off your tongue without a hitch.

    Have you encountered this issue at an audition? What did you do to get over your stumble? Try this technique at your next Voice Over audition or gig, and please share your stories in our comments section. We look forward to hearing from you!

    For more great Voice Over tips, info on Voice Over Coaching, Bilingual Voice Over production and Songwriting, please visit the Berne Media Enterprises page. May ‘The Voice’ Be With You, and thanks for spreading the word!


  • Are You Stinking Up The Room?

    Seriously. Are you? As a Voice Over actor and CEO of your own company, this is of utmost importance. And although this may seem obvious to most people, every once in a while I meet people who are not as self-aware. The other day I met a seemingly well put together young man who had expressed interest in Voice Over work. He seemed very bright and enthusiastic and was doing all the right things to break into the entertainment industry, except for one thing: he was stinking up the room. Literally. And that may be the one thing that’s costing him getting cast in any project.

    You may think this harsh, but who wants to work in a closed room with someone whose smell is downright offensive? No matter how talented you may be. Now I apologize if you're that young man I describe here (I'll be happy to discuss some solutions in private).  I realize this is a sensitive subject, and that some people do suffer from medical conditions. If this is the case with you, I sympathize with you. But please seek medical help to take care of this. There are many treatments available so that you nor anyone else has to suffer.

    The same thing goes with the people who like to bathe in heavy fragrances. While that may be fine when you’re going on a date (though in my experience, you don’t want to overdo it, either), you want to be mindful of the people who are meeting you. You might love your latest Hugo Boss or Chanel, but not everyone might enjoy that scent. Instead try going light on any strong fragrances. You want people to enjoy your presence, not be turned off by it.

    And if you have no idea whether you are stinking up the room, talk to someone who’s close to you whom you trust will give you a straight answer. Then follow the proper steps to eradicate the problem. Please know that I’d like for every one of you to be successful. With that in mind, I wish you all a Happy Friday!

    If you have certain topics you would like covered on this blog, please add your thoughts in the comments section or email me at jeanmarc.berne@yahoo.com.

    For more great Voice Over tips, info on Voice Over Coaching, Bilingual Voice Over production and Songwriting, please visit the Berne Media Enterprises page. May ‘The Voice’ Be With You, and thanks for spreading the word!


  • No Room For Your Voice Type? Think again.

    When it comes to making a dent in the Voice Over industry and carving out your niche, persistence is key. You’ve gotten the best training, you’ve got a killer Voice Over Demo, a clear brand for your voice, you’re going to auditions, and you’re going to all these networking events, ever enriching your support system and your book of contacts. You’re doing all the right things except for one thing: maintaining the relationships that you make. And that’s the one thing that may be slowing down your progress…

    On today’s blog, I’d like to share with you a little story of inspiration that one of my star students, Julieta Medlar, just shared with me that I hope will inspire you too:

    “Hola Jean-Marc,

    How are you? I wanted to let you know that I booked 2 jobs in the last month. The first one was a private audition from the Voice Realm. I had to do the voice of Sparkle (Girl) and Speedy (Boy) for an educational video.

    The second one, is my biggest project to date. I've been on the roster for TVandRadiovoices.com, which is ane-learning website. Over the years, I've stayed in touch with Kirissa and she's always told me that they don't have auditions within my voice range. It just so happened that a project came through where they needed youthful voices and she thought of me. I auditioned and got the part of "Jing-Jing." This project will take place until March of 2016! It’s an e-learning program to teach Chinese students how to speak English. So every month, I will be recording something until next year!”

    I don’t know about you, but this e-mail made my day. I hope it will also inspire you to keep chugging along, and to always remember to follow up and keep yourself fresh and relevant in people’s minds. You can check out Julieta’s website at www.julietamedlar.com. Congrats to Julieta for being persistent and trusting that something will eventually give!

    How do you relate to this story? Have you had a similar experience? I welcome your answers in our comments section.

    For more great Voice Over tips, info on Voice Over Coaching, Bilingual Voice Over production and Songwriting, please visit the Berne Media Enterprises page. May ‘The Voice’ Be With You, and thanks for spreading the word!


     


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