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Post by Mike Phillips » February 25th, 2006, 5:37 am

I'm a voice-over wannabe. The good news is that I'm an audio expert, having been in the business for 30 years. Even though I was in the radio industry for a number of years, I have not done any significant voice-over work, which I would like to do. (A sample of something I did last year is at http://www.dalevanhorn.com/VTS_01_1.mp3.) Please make suggestions for where I should begin, except that I do not care about poetry.

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Post by Cori » February 25th, 2006, 6:48 am

Heya Mike - nice to have you here!

Suggestions ... lordy! So many places ... you could go pick up a chapter in any of the Books in Progress, or I notice the Aesop's Fables are going strong, so you could have a whole one of those to yourself. Whatever you start on, though, enjoy it -- not knowing anything about voice-overing at all, I imagine Librivox to be a fantastic way to rehearse skills. But let us know how it goes in practice!
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Post by Gesine » February 25th, 2006, 7:27 am

Hi Mike, glad to have you here! And a sound specialist... that's great, I'm sure you'll be bombarded with questions! :)

Here's an overview of where and how to start: http://librivox.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1491

Also, the FAQ has lots of information on how it all works.

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Post by dbaker » February 25th, 2006, 11:01 am

Wow, Mike! I love your voice! Well done. I'm a newb too, so welcome aboard.

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Post by ChipDoc » February 25th, 2006, 5:23 pm

Mike Phillips wrote: Please make suggestions for where I should begin, except that I do not care about poetry.
Welcome to LibriVox, Mike! It's good to see another Tarheel here; I was born an Army brat with the 82nd Airborne at Fort Bragg near Fayetteville, though I've always found myself more drawn to the mountain side of the state up by Robbinsville where I often go for vacation.

Though a lot of the skills are the same, the ethos of voiceover work is significantly different from what we do here at LibriVox. Here it's best to adopt a more relaxed style, as if you were reading to your kids in the evening. This is actually a very enjoyable style and I've found little difficulty in making the switch.

That said, I'd like to recommend you to Aesop's Fables in the Short Prose and Poetry section. We're now up to Volume 7 (of 12) and it'd be great to have a good strong voice read a few of those. They're amazingly short - often under a minute even with the intro and the outro - but they give you a good feel for the mechanics of producing a LibriVox work before plunging into a longer project.

It's great to have you here, Mike - it's always good to hear a fresh voice in the mix!
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Post by Mike Phillips » February 25th, 2006, 9:41 pm

Thanks, Chip. I just posted a "claim" in Aesop's thread. I guess you'll let me know if those are the ones I should do. If you like what I do, maybe I can do a few more. My voice evaporates about noon, for some reason, so whatever I get done in the morning is what I get done for the day, usually.

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Post by ChipDoc » February 25th, 2006, 11:06 pm

Yep, those are the ones you should do. I'll pop right on over now and add you to the Claimed list - thanks!
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