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A few weeks back I mentioned a great book about what it’s like behind the mic for a voice-over voice actor, called … um Voice-Over Actor: What It’s Like Behind the Mic by Yuri Lowenthal and Tara Platt. I got my copy and it’s terrific. There’s some great blurbs on the book by fellow voice-actors and professionals. The one that impresses me the most is from Voice Director Andrea Romano. If you’ve watched any animated DC Superhero show in the past 17 years then it’s probable has Andrea Romano listed as the casting director.
“Anyone wishing to pursue a career in voice-over will be more prepared and have a better chance of success if they read & heed the wisdom contained in this book. Were I teaching a class right now, this book would be a required text.” – Andrea Romano
My favorite quote is from John DiMaggio (voice of Bender on Futurama)
“Whatever Yuri and Tara say, I wholeheartedly disagree with. They’re a couple of shysters. And if you believe that, then I am Elmer J. Fudd, millionaire. I own a mansion and a yacht. Buy this book, you maroons!” – John DiMaggio
And for those who are deficient in the culture of WB:
But I digress.
If you want to get a taste of their book, and to order it, go to www.voiceovervoiceactor.com.
Also, Tara and Yuri did an interview recently on Coin-Op TV.
For Tara’s interview, click in at 12 minutes, 50 seconds (lasts ’til 30 minute marker).
For Yuri’s interview, click in at 32 minutes, 50 seconds (lasts ’til end of show).
Coin-Op TV Live – Voice-Over Actors Tara & Yuri
Watch This Episode on www.theStream.tv
One of the greatest websites, if not the best (IMHO), just posted a rave review of The Fabulous Clipjoint by Fredric Brown. For those who don’t know, I’m the publisher of Wonder Audio (as well as Wonder eBooks and Wonder Publishing Group). The review comes from my bud, Jesse Willis at SFFaudio.com. Here’s an excerpt:
…this is a truly awesome audiobook. I will stake my reputation on you loving it. If you’re twice as apt to like an old crime novel as a new one, then you’re three times as apt to love The Fabulous Clipjoint. The mystery is not hard to follow, the story is told in first person, but conversely it was devilishly hard to solve. I pride myself on being an excellent armchair detective, but I was happily baffled right up til the big reveal. That’s really saying something. William Coon sounds like a wise teenager. But then whenever he’s tasked with another character’s voice he switches: Falsetto, gruff, kindly, Coon does them all. Highly recommended.
You can get it today at: Audible.com/Wonderaudio
And the review designated the title with the accolade–SFFaudio Essential.
I’ve got three kids. My youngest are twins and are 6 years old and my oldest is 10. They are absolutely bonkers for Penguins of Madagascar. I’ve sat through more bad kid’s show than I care to admit to. When you’re in the tired passive parenting mode you’ll sit through almost anything. I don’t like to admit it, but it’s true. Thank goodness, they are past the Barney and Blue’s Clue phase (although it may have been good for them, it rotted my mind–damn that Michael in Barney). Well the one show I like and the best kid’s show running now is Penguins of Madagascar. The penguins each have a distinct personality but the lemurs, particularly the mousy Mort and the narcissistic King Julian are hilarious.
The animation is rougher than the Madgascar movies, but it almost adds to the humor (less polish can be a good thing). Glad my kids have good taste. Now to start the Tom & Jerry Marathon!