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F.A.Q.

"Frequently Asked Questions", answered by Steve!

Reels

 

  1. What advice can you give me when I’m preparing to create a demo?

 

  1. What are some things studios will look for while listening to a demo reel?

 

  1. How often should an actor update their demo reel?

 

  1. How do I get help producing a professional demo reel without getting taken advantage of?

 

  1. Is it ever worthwhile to have multiple reels, depending on the jobs I’m applying for? Or is it better to have everything on ONE reel?

 

  1. Do you know of any free resources that can help me get a reel?

 

  1. How do you build a character demo if you’ve only ever done commercial work?

 

Demo Reels and building Characters for your Reel are covered in a lot of classes but specifically in Class #16 – Preparing for the Unexpected. Steve gives guidance on what kinds of characters you want to include in the reel that will best represent you, the length of the reel, the kinds of music to choose and special effects that don’t overshadow your performance on the reel.

 

Classes are available to stream via https://www.blumvoxstudios.com/steve-blum-classes/. You can also check out Tip#8 – The Demo Reel in Steve’s 10 Free Tips mini-master class for more info on Reels.


 

Agents/Representation

 

  1. When is a good time to get an agent?

 

 

  1. How do I find an agent without getting taken advantage of?

 

Class #23 – The Business of Voiceover goes deeper into the subject of Agents and Representation.

Class #28 – Your Demo and finding an Agent with master Demo Producer Chuck Duran addresses this directly and future classes will include the Agents themselves!

 

Classes are available to stream via https://www.blumvoxstudios.com/steve-blum-classes/. You can also check out Tip #9 – Marketing in Steve’s 10 Free Tips mini-master class, available on the Home page.


 

Getting Gigs

 

  1. I just got my character demo. What would you suggest to someone that wants to get their foot in the door for video games, anime and animation?

 

  1. Are there places I can submit auditions to online that won’t require me to pay beforehand?

 

  1. Where is the best place to start submitting your voice when you have no credits?

 

  1. What’s the best way to get into closed casting calls for video gaming companies and dubbing companies?

 

  1. What is your advice with regard to cold calling studios?

 

Class #21 – Acting for Anime vs. Video Games vs. Original Animation goes into detail about getting the gig and Steve talks extensively about HOW to act in all 3 genres (hint: it’s not the same!).

Classes are available to stream via https://www.blumvoxstudios.com/steve-blum-classes/. You can also check out Tip #9 – Marketing in Steve’s Free 10 Tips mini-master class available on the Home page.


 

My Location

 

  1. Where do I start? I’m not close to any major VO cities like LA or NY. What resources can help me in my area?

 

  1. There are very few gigs in my area. Something tells me I need to relocate, what do you suggest?

 

Many of Steve’s classes speak into making the most of the location you are in as well as when the right time might be to move to a city where V.O. work is more prevalent!

Classes are available to stream via https://www.blumvoxstudios.com/steve-blum-classes/.


Equipment

 

  1. Do you have a preferred model/brand microphone for those starting out? What’s your favorite Mic of choice?

 

  1. What editing programs do you suggest?

 

Steve goes deeper into the various mics and their advantages in his Class on Mic Technique, Class #12 in the Teaching Series. Classes are available to stream via https://www.blumvoxstudios.com/steve-blum-classes/


Vocal Care

 

  1. What is the proper way to lubricate and take care of your voice?

 

  1. How do you maintain your vocal health?

 

Steve also talks about this essential aspect of Voiceover in Class #4 – Warmups and Cooldowns. Classes are available to stream via https://www.blumvoxstudios.com/steve-blum-classes/


Personal Development

 

  1. Is it ever too late to get started?

 

  1. What is the best way to get started?

 

  1. How do you move on from an audition where you give it your all but don’t book the gig? How do you stay upbeat in order to try again on the next audition?

 

  1. What’s the best way to not feel overwhelmed in the beginning?

 

  1. How do you get past fear of speaking in front of others, even though you’re passionate about voice acting?

 

Steve also wrote about this in his “Making Friends With Your Voice” Blog, which you can read here: https://www.blumvoxstudios.com/making-friends-with-your-voice-2/. It’s a really BIG subject, one that deserved its own class, and in fact, it’s the very FIRST thing he wanted to talk about with his students. You can find that in Class #2 – Making Friends With Your Voice. This one comes up throughout many different lectures and Q&A sessions, especially the first volume of classes, which are all about the “Inner Game” ie: what we tell ourselves, how to get past our fears and how looking stupid can be the best thing we can do for ourselves (and others!).

Steve goes even deeper into this subject in Class #3 – Building Confidence, Looking Stupid and Embracing It! Classes are available to stream via https://www.blumvoxstudios.com/steve-blum-classes/


Networking

  1. What are some ways I could connect with people if I want to do voiceover as a full-time profession? Where can I start?

 

  1. I’m a teacher who would like to share my students voice work with others, where can I do that?

 

Steve speaks in many of his classes about the dos and don’ts of Networking effectively AND appropriately

Classes are available to stream via https://www.blumvoxstudios.com/steve-blum-classes/


Voices/Character Development

  1. What is the best way/source for practicing dialect and accents?

 

  1. Do you have any advice for creating individual voices?

 

Steve goes into depth on this topic in Class #13 – Building Characters in his Teaching Series. Classes are available to stream via https://www.blumvoxstudios.com/steve-blum-classes/


Technique

 

  1. What are some mic techniques that are specific to voice acting?

 

  1. What if you have a lisp or a speech impediment that causes you to pop on the mic, even with a pop filter?

 

Steve covers more on Mic Technique in Class #12 – Mic Technique in his Teaching Series. Classes are available to stream via https://www.blumvoxstudios.com/steve-blum-classes/


 

Website Development

 

  1. What’s the best way to present yourself on your Website?

 

You can find more info on this in:

 

  • Steve’s 10 Free Tips (enter your email on the Home Page to get his 40 minute mini-master class delivered to your inbox. Tip #9 entitled: “Marketing” will provide you with more information.

 

  • Steve’s Teaching Series, Class #24 entitled: “Your Website”.

 

Steve’s Classes are available to stream via https://www.blumvoxstudios.com/steve-blum-classes/


 

Questions about Steve’s Career

 

  1. How did YOU get into voiceover? How long did it take you to become a full time voice actor, and how long did you have to work a second job?

 

  1. What’s your favorite role?

 

  1. When you first started, who was your inspiration and have you gotten to work with that person?

 

Learn how to do what Steve does by taking classes with the man himself!

Classes are available to stream via https://www.blumvoxstudios.com/steve-blum-classes/


 

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