Jean-Marc Berne, President/Talent
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  • 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!


  • Kinetic Vs. Psychological Energy in Your Reads

    Last week we covered using Kinetic and Psychological energies in your reads. This week, we discuss voice placement when reading commercial Voice Over copy.

    First off, make sure to record yourself as you’re doing the following exercise. If you remember from last week, Kinetic energy is loud and projected. (Ex: Come to Toyota-thon! Sale ends today!)

    1- Let’s start by placing your voice in the middle of the mouth. Now mumble (trust me, there’s a purpose to this) with loud, projected energy: “Hi, my name is (Insert Full Name)” You’ll notice that the sound is bouncing around inside your cheeks.
    2- Now let’s move the sound to the throat. You should speak as if you were clearing your throat for proper placement. Now say again: “Hi, my name is (Insert Full Name)”. You’ll notice that your sound will be raspy and unclear, which is actually a good way to age your voice to play older characters or to make it sound like you’re sick.
    3- Move the sound back to the middle of your mouth (like Step 1)
    4- Now we place the sound at the mask of your face. First, pretend you’re holding an apple in your hand. Then, pretend that you’re about to bite the apple by loosening your jaw. Now imagine that the sound is shooting like a laser through your teeth, piercing the apple and being projected forward in a never-ending straight line. Then say: “Hi, my name is (Insert Full Name).” You’ll notice that the sound fills the room. That’s where your sound should be 99% of the time. This is where your voice will sound the sharpest, crispest and clearest. And, as a bonus, it takes much less effort to speak because your jaw is loose.
    5- Now repeat the same steps 1-4 using Psychological Energy. If you remember from last week, Psychological Energy is one that is intimate, as if you were confiding in someone who’s sitting shoulder-to-shoulder next to you. (Ex: Welcome to Visiting Nurse Service of New York. We’ll take care of your grandma).

    Please let me know how this worked for your next audition in our comments section. Next week we’ll cover how to apply both these energies to your reads and transitioning between the two energies to add more color to your performances. Until next time, happy Memorial Day Weekend!

    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!


  • Warm Up Your Read

    As Voice Over Artists, we hear this direction all the time.  But what does it mean and how do we deliver a warmer read?  I'll explain how to do this in one simple step.

    When you're given the direction to sound 'warmer' this means you need to soften your tone, to sound like you care, being gentle with your delivery.  Here's an exercise for you to practice:

    Make sure to record yourself as you are practicing this exercise. Begin reading while putting your hand over your heart. Notice how your voice softens as you read. Then try reading without putting your hand over your heart and notice the difference.

    This exercise can also be practiced in real life. When you need to have a tough conversation, try putting your hand over your heart either right before or during the conversation. Then notice the difference in the conversation and in the other person’s reactions.

    So you can take today’s lesson to heart… and all the way to the bank. Please let me know your experience while using this exercise during an audition, gig or during a tough conversation. And make sure to share your experience 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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