Jean-Marc Berne, President/Talent
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  • Yawning As A Voice Over Technique

    Yawning As A VO Technique

    In my last blog I covered the benefits of yawning before entering the Voice Over booth during a gig or an audition. But did you know about another way it can help you?

    Here's an example: You go in to read for the part of a person who's really sleepy. Only problem is, it's 3pm and you just had a cup of coffee. What now?

    Before going into the booth, yawn. It'll help relax you and slow down your breathing. Then, right before you deliver your line, yawn. You'll be slightly out of breath, but it'll give the effect of making you sound sleepy. Then, for the second take, if you'd like to try something different, yawn into your line. We do it all the time in real life, so let's add that same realism to our performances!

    Try this technique on your next 'sleepy' audition and please share your experience in the comments section below.

    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!



  • Is It Rude To Yawn?

    Sometimes. But not all the time. As a Voice Over actor you want to make sure to appear professional all the time. But there is one instance when I would encourage you to yawn.

    You're at a Voice Over gig or audition, and you just got called into the VO booth. Maybe a little nervousness creeps in. That is the perfect time to yawn.

    What happens is that by yawning you infuse your body with oxygen, and you also slow down your breathing. So not only are you supplying your body with much needed oxygen, but you're also calming yourself by slowing down your breathing. If you've ever seen Olympic ice skating champion Apollo Ohno before a big race, he takes a big fat yawn, takes his spot, and he's ready to go. You can do the same for your next Voice Over gig or audition. Just don't do it in the producer's face ; )

    And please let me know how it goes after you try it by sharing your experience in the comments section below.

    For more great Voice Over tips, info on Voice Over Coaching, Bilingual Voice Over production and Songwriting, please visit the Berne Media Enterprises page.  Until next time, 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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