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i Will Teach You to Be a Great Voice-Over Performing Artist

Stan Hustad, What it Takes with Stan Husted

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7 Lessons (1h 45m)
    • 1. This is an invitation to you to become a voice over performer and to change your life.

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    • 2. Here we go with the introduction, expectation and the preparation you need.

      15:09
    • 3. Here you are with the roles you can play and perform as a voice-over artist.

      19:54
    • 4. Don't just learn it, start now to practice the performing roles of a VO artist!

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    • 5. Keep talking, keep performing, and keep reviewing what you have done.

      13:31
    • 6. Now we start to perform perhaps learn together.

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    • 7. Seven lectures and stories completes our show and now you can go and do it.

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About This Class

Yes, in this media world of audio and video, radio and television, there are great opportunities for those who with a nice smile and the skills to help organizations get their message into the marketplace as a voice-over performance artist.  

I will teach you how to get started, and make the journey to possibly your first professional gig.  This is not how to do everything but to learn and get started  I take my many years of experience as a teacher, speaker, international broadcaster, business performance coach, and as a world-wide voice-over artist for companies all over the world.

I will teach you how to think, practice, and perform in expert ways so that you can begin to be a voice-over performance artist.  This, as is true of all my courses is for grown-ups.  You have to commit to not just taking the course and learning, but you have to commit to practice, practice, learn, and practice some more.  But you will learn how with practically no cost and expense how to become a voice-over performer.  Indeed, let's do it!

Stan Hustad

Transcripts

1. This is an invitation to you to become a voice over performer and to change your life.: it might be fun. You thought about it. You've heard a little bit about it. And I know that from one of my friends there, over 100,000 people who are signed up on an e mail newsletter who are saying G and know what it might be fun to be one of those voice over artists, one of those voice over people, one of those people who are on the commercials, who get to make those announcements who get to speak on the radio and on the television and on those powerful messages. Would you like to be a voice over artist? Well, I'm gonna teach you how to begin how to begin toe live, how to begin to think, how to begin to dress, how to begin to act, and then how to speak so that you can become a voice over artist. It may not be what you do for a living, but you may find it a way to enhance the way you make a living. You certainly will find increasing opportunity by doing it. And who knows? You just might become one of those persons. And I'm lucky enough to be one who people actually pay you to speak a message and to be a voice over professional. Why don't you join me? Take the risk and learn how you as I teach you how to be a voice over artist. 2. Here we go with the introduction, expectation and the preparation you need.: greetings. And I hope you took a few minutes to review the promotion invitation for this class because that's important. That will help you decide if perhaps this is the class. That is just for you. My name is Stan Houston and is a privilege indeed a pleasure to invite you to continue on and join us as we are going to seek to dio you a big favor. And I really believe that I will teach you how to be a voice over actor performer. Now, this is going to be a fun class, and you're gonna learn how to begin the exploration and the experimentation to see if perhaps that's what you want to do. And it is indeed that an exploration and an experimentation. Now, for a number of you who had me before you say, Stan, you've changed a bit. Well, I'm experimenting with some new glasses. Eventually I'm gonna discover whether I want to use contexts. And as part of my story A few days ago, after I had actually done the promo for this class, I was going through Fortune magazine, which is a prominent business magazine, and it featured articles on some of the people in various industries who had done very well in their life and had had a great 2015. And it turns out that one of the top paid actors, not only in the United States of America but throughout the world, is a guy who I will mention his name. But he has a haircut that's very much like mine. And I looked at that. Wow, he's he's got the same hair stylist I have. And then I noticed that he had a little bit of, ah, stubble beard and it had a nice coat. Nice time, rather attractive. And I picked the picture up and I went to my wife, Karen. I said, You see this guy? He made $60 million as an actor, and he looks a lot like me and that respect, at least with a hairstyle. And he's got that little bit of a stubble beard. What do you think? And she said, Why don't you try them? I said What? I've got lots of videos to do and care, and I haven't worn a beard for 30 35 years, goes way back and she's I know, Why don't you give it a try. Why didn't experiment with it and see how your students like it and see whether I like it or see how your people respond to Just give it a try. Step out, Explore experiment. And she knew the word that got me. Because when I talk about what it takes in all of my classes, I challenge people to explore and experiment. And so she challenged me. Why don't you do that now? There was another reason behind that, and I will explain it to you as we begin the class today. Now I want you to know that I believe that this could be the very best thing that has happened to you in sometime. You're paying a modest price so that you can have. And I'm very clear about this and in production to how to be a voice over artist and performer. It's just that it's an introduction, however, it's more than that. You see, I fundamentally believe that your voice is one of the most powerful business tools, and the thing that will help you in life and business more than almost anything else is the quality and the use of that God given God given breath thing called the Human Voice. We are meant to communicate. I'm I was in deep, literally emotional pain when one of my dear friends describe that the his son is autistic and he says the thing that bothers us the most is that the child we know has feelings and emotions, and you can't express them to us. I thought, How sad not toe have the ability to express ourselves and the human voice is that thing that if we learn how to use it well and we learn how to use it as part of our presence and our presentation and literally the very power of our voice presence. This may indeed not just be an experiment in whether you want to do a voice over performance or gig or an act from time to time. It could be that thing that really gives you a whole new perspective on how you can perform to make your mark in your life in your business. So please view it that way. I'm going to try and help you solve the problem of having a better voice and finding out whether you can do this and perhaps do it professionally. I'm fortunate. I love to do voiceover work, and people pay me sometimes quite well to do what I love to speak and perform and put messages out there with the voice that I have now. That's the deal that I want you to put over this whole thing. But now let's get very specific about what this class is hopefully going to be about and do for you now, at this time the average performer who does a class like this. And by the way, there are hundreds of classes on how to be Ah, voiceover actor performer. Many of them are incredibly expensive and very much you will read something like this. Everything you need to know everything you want to know about being a voiceover actor, and it starts from the very beginning to the point where you're hopefully before some casting agent trying to price yourself so that you will get the performing gig. It will talk about how toe pad your studio and how to choose your microphone and how to choose your equipment, and it will be everything you need to know. This class is different. We're not going to do all of that stuff because you don't need that. Now. What you need now in this very first class is a way of understanding what you are going to do and how to begin to do it. I'm going to spend very little time, if any equipment and sounding and recording and studio management and getting a contract and doing all of those things because you may not go there. Uh, you may not want to do that, but you do want toe learn. That's why you're here so far, what this voice acting thing, this voice acting gig might be about and whether perhaps you can do it and maybe later uneven, make a few extra dollars, or maybe even make a living doing that kind of work. But we're not going to talk about that now. We're going to get you started. Is that the deal? Are you okay with that? Now let's go back to my story about you know, when I got my new glasses and check my haircut and shave it again and then decided whether it was gonna have a beard, so I kind of matched the world class actor. Here's the first thing I want you to do, I want you with a smile to begin to assume the role of a voice actor. Now, one of the things that struck me about the picture of that actor was it He actually had the same kind of tie that I have. Ah, and he had a black coat like I did. And I said, Well, you know, a little bit of me that looks a bit like him. Um, right now, if you're going to be a performer and that's why I'm encouraging you to do to be a voice over actor start to put on the emotional okay, the emotional and even the physical costume that you need. I even want you when someone asks you, What are you doing these days? I want you to say this. Hey, I'm taking a class and being a voice over actor. Oh, to see their response because that's what you are doing. See where the conversation leads. See what people say. You'll begin to explain it to people without even being one or having done it. You're going to start marketing yourself because you're simply going to tell your story that you are doing something that most people have never done, and they wonder about mean They like you. They have seen these people on radio don't seem on radio in their mind. They do, and that's important. You know, the other day I was talking to Siri on my iPhone. Of course, we've had that experience and just like it, I often times do. I almost began to get a mental picture of what Siri is like. Hasn't helps train what we do that because when we hear a voice, we begin to give it to, you know, fade force face all kinds of things. Well, I want you to begin to act the part of a voice over actor performer. I want you to walk a little taller. I want you to try and speak with a little more force and personality. I want you to carry yourself with a little more poise and energy. I want you to make sure that perhaps you're upping the clothes and the clothes and the costume that you were just a bit remember. The way you get good at this is it becomes not only your mind set. It's not just a motivation. It becomes you adopt the mind of a voice over actor, and then you begin toe live that out in your body and how you dress and how you appear. Don't try and be a smart Alec or smarty pants about it. Don't be break. Just begin to up your personal energy and appearance and the way you speak so that you can tell people I don't know where it's going to leave me. But I'm taking a course on online course on how to be a voiceover actor, a voiceover performer. I've always thought that might be fun, and I'd like to learn how to do that. So that's what I'm doing right now. There you go. The first thing I want you to do is to adopt the attitude that you're going to change that perhaps you'll even go back and take another one of my courses on how to improve your voice and your personal power and presence. That might be a good start, but no matter what, you're going to make the decision right now that you are not only going to experiment with this, you're going to experience it. You're going to see what you can do to take on the persona personality, start doing the practices, gain the knowledge and do the exercise, the performances and that's vital. Now this class is about practice and performance. Don't be one of those dear souls who comes to me after perhaps on our presentations, they will. I'm ready to be went. No, I am going to show you how to think, how to act and what to say and what to do. But most of all, I'm going to teach you how to continually imitate in practice. So you begin not only toe have the mindset of a voiceover actor, you begin to gain the personality of a voiceover actor. You begin to have some of the energy of a voiceover actor, and then it begins to show in your mouth that indeed you can speak in such a way that people might say, Are you on the radio? Why? Where did you get that voice? What you would be really good for, whatever. That's the goal. And it's a goal that almost anyone can accomplish. Now in our next session, I'm gonna teach you the various roles you might be called to play and then how to begin to play them, That's that. And I'm glad you've decided to change your life. Perhaps, but at least experiment in how to be ah, voice over actor. 3. Here you are with the roles you can play and perform as a voice-over artist.: Here we go. And Rebeck and you're on your way. Toe learning, Exploring, discovering, experimenting to see if you want to be one of those voice over people. Well, let me tell you a little bit of a story that might be helpful to you. Okay, A number of years ago. Uh, I thought since I moved from ah place where there's lots of snow to a place where it's quite warm in the United States, Arizona, where you can literally play the game of golf all year round. It's very nice weather. And so I never played golf before. I had done a little bit. I had to take a course in golf, I think, as part of a physical education credit that I needed in college many years ago. But I hadn't played in the Gulf. It also I was had a lot of friends, and so I said, Well, maybe I should play golf well, but I didn't know whether I really wanted to, but a lot of people did it, and it might be good for, So I went to the golf pro at the local club and I said, you know, I'm not sure yet But I'd like to find out if I could maybe get some golf lessons and find out if I'd like to play golf, he said. Great, we can do that. And here's the point that shows me what a wonderful pro and a teacher he was at. He hadn't first of all said, Okay, well, why do you want to play golf? And I gave him some of the same reason That's good enough, at least to try. Let's give a try and he said, This is I want you to do, uh, do you have any equipment? And I said, Well, I got no, not really good. There's no need to spend a lot of money on equipment if you don't know whether you want to play golf yet. Um, however, do you have some friends? And when I want to do is I want you to goto what do your friends and ask them if you can borrow their six iron. Just one club. If you can borrow that for your first lessons, okay, and then I said, Well, you know what? I have a good friend who has a set of old clubs that he doesn't use anymore. Should I ask that? Would that be OK? Probably. So I went and I got the six iron and I said I but there's a lot of other club He said, I just want you to get a six iron. So I got the six iron and brought it down and he looked at entered. Well, this is an old club. It's really a good one. This will do just fine. I said What are gonna do? He said, Here's we're gonna do. We're gonna get a bag of balls and I want you to watch me and then you do what you see me dio and then I'll watch you do it and I'll give you some advice, he said. I want to put the golf ball down and then I want you to hit the golf ball with the six iron and the goal is to make it go forward 50 yards and be findable. It's not. You didn't get lost, that's the goal. Hit that golf ball with the six iron forward 50 yards and hopefully it's not lost in the woods or someplace else. It's down somewhere on the fairway and that's what we did and I said, Well, we'll go out What else? He said. That's what I want you to do. I just want you to get good at taking the medium iron and learning how to hit a golf ball at least 50 yards forward and findable, and then we'll start to learn something else. Well, you know, I didn't do that. He says, Good. And that's how I begin to practice. I didn't learn everything I needed to know about golf. I didn't have to learn about the equipment. I didn't even invested any equipment. I simply learned to experiment now. I never really did take the sport that seriously, and I kind of messed around with it. And I got myself a rather inexpensive set of golf clubs because I'm kind of into it, but not really very excited about it. Perfect. I can go and enjoy it occasionally, but unlike my friends, who are very serious golfers and invest a lot of time, energy and money in it, that's not for me. Everything worked perfectly. Now that's what I want you to remember about my story in your story. That's where we're at. We're getting started with the six iron were going to say If we can start to practice and learn how to do this, and then if we want to take the next step will have some other classes and courses to help you move along and get better at what you want to do. If you really want to do that now remember what the guy first of all said to me says, Why do you want to do this? And, uh, I'm gonna ask you that same question. Why do you want to do this? It could be mere curiosity. It could be some other ambition you have. But I would love to have some of you literally sit down and say, Stand at stan Houston dot com and see that, uh, this is what I want to do. Why? I want to learn how to be a voice over artist and performer belt. That's your story. And now this is also my story just a little bit. So you know a bit about me. I'm not a young man. However, when I was quite young, I was very, very shy. I mean, painfully shy. I just hope I waas and when I was a teenager I often times had to deal with Ah, face complexion problem and I just was very, very shy. That's who I waas and it took me a long time before I realized that maybe I didn't like to live that way. And so that's when I I took a speech class that was scary. And then I took an advanced speech class and then tried out for a class play and got a small part. Well, it took many years. I became a teacher. I became a broadcaster. I became a worldwide broadcaster. I became a public speaker. Ah, business performance coach and then on radio and video and television. And I speak later life spoken all over the world that I do speak and teach all over the world. So I have some experience at this, and I regularly do voiceover work that is literally performed all over the world and even video presentations where you you may see me doing a variety of things, so that's my credentials, and that's my story. And that's why I enjoy doing this. And some of my greatest fun and life has actually been teaching people how to be speakers, Radio broadcasters voice over performers and actors. I believe that all business is very much related to the art of performing health. And I'm say, Remember that old song? There's no business like show business. Well, I say all business is show business. We show up, we perform, we perform in such a way that people decide I'll buy you. I'll buy that. I like that. That's the word I'll hire you, which means I'll buy you. It is a performing art, and I've enjoyed the opportunity to teach that to people all over the world. And now I get that opportunity to teach you and I love that part, my work. I'd love for you to just get really good at this if you want to. But no matter what, you learn how to be better at life and business, and you'll perhaps find ways that you can improve your performance in ways that is helpful to you that are good for you, even if you decide not to really pursue in a serious way, just like I decided not to pursue golf in a very serious way. But there were things I learned and things I enjoy and things I could do on occasion. That's my story. Now what's your story? Because that's vital. I was speaking to a top performers of the day. This is a man who has been one of the world's top sales person and he's going to join me and we're gonna be teaching some classes together. And he said, Stan, I've been doing this for many years and I know that it's attitude. It's their mindset. It's what's in their head is really important. And I say and the head has to sink to the heart and kind of flow into their entire body. And he smiled and said, Yes, yeah, you're right. That's what we have to do because then it's much easier to learn the skills and do the performance and do the practice. As oftentimes told my mother when I gave up playing the piano is she tried to make me play the piano before I ever loved music and love. The idea of playing the piano if that had been brought to me, if I had learned how to love music and love the piano and love piano music, if that could have been part of what I was taught and trained and exposed first. You know what? Perhaps the teaching in the training would have helped to take care of itself and rather having be forced to practice, I would have looked forward to practicing more and more. So that's a little bit of where I'd like us to go now. Another part of this is to understand that their various rules and I've used some confusing terms. And that's because sometimes I'm confused. But I've used terms, and some of you are smart enough. You caught it voice over actor, performer uh, artists. What do you mean? Well, let me tell you, there are basically 45 different ways that you could be a voice over person. One of the simplest is that you're what I call a voiceover reader had simply means that you can read well with a little bit of expression, and they're all kinds of things were all it takes is somebody who in all k here's a script . Here's an announcement, and you can read the announcements. There was a kid in class who read the announcement on the P A system at our high school. He just he could read well and clear. And so he had a nice you know, sound. And he was the reader. Some of you will be readers. In fact, in some cases, in parts the world, they don't call them news anchors. They just call them the news readers because that's all they do. They don't sit there, and they read the news rather nicely. The second level is what we call a narrator. Now that's taking it up a bit because the word narration means, that is, you're giving a little bit of a story element to it that what you're doing is you're connecting the words into a variety, maybe a theme or a topic or something you want people to do. And so that means you bring to it a little more of the energy of the end expression. Azzawi. Oftentimes they will give it some expression. Uh, you're a Nair Reiter. Now the term I use very often is I will perform your message. No, a musician is a performer, someone who does something. They give it a sense of a live nous. It's not just something that the words are there, but there is more of a performing element to it that there is expression, there is intonation. There is changes in pitch and volume. In effect, you're giving it in the live nous, and that is a performer and many times that slowly, I describe myself as I am. I'm a performer. I will perform your message. I won't just read it. I just won't say it. I'll perform it now. The next level is what I really liked. Sometimes to try and do is you can be a voice over actor, and that's just exactly what it means for, for instance, perhaps you actually do it as if you were an actor in the play or in a radio performance in a play. Perhaps you use a different voice. Perhaps you use different voices in the fact you use those things that would go into not just voice over, a message that is put out there. But you're a voice over actor. Often times when I have to read or narrate perform at an audio book. I've gone all the way up to actor because I will even change my voice for each individual person. Now, I'm not really that good at that. I often times tell people is that if you're looking for a character actor voice over person , you might want to go someplace else, because that's not my strength. But there are people who are trained movie and television actors who can do that, and they can actually put on characters. And oftentimes there are people who will do impersonations. They're not only voice over performers, they're actors and their impersonators. Now you see the levels that can go toe that kind of work. Now the term that encompasses them all with one that I'll use a lot is you're a voice over artist, and I like that is kind of a general term. The O a voice over artist and an artist is someone who gives it three things. First of all, they're people who can interpret not just what is on the paper, but hopefully, how it should affect the audience and how it should be communicated to the audience. The artist is also a person who could give it a personal touch, which means that it will have a difference that nobody else can fully duplicate. And as an artist it is a signed work. You put your name on it in effect. It is something in which you give it your own personality and your identity and the energy . And you do it in compliments with the person who wants you to perform that work of art. You're an artist. No, There we go. Some of you are voiceover readers. Some of you'll be narrators. Some of you will be performers. I hope you'll all go to that level. Some of you will be actors and even character actors, maybe even impersonators. But all of us are seeking to bring the energy and the personality which would allow us all to be voice over artists that the term we're gonna primarily use now what you will also need to know is right now I'm not gonna ask you to get any particular equipment except this . Get yourself a nice pin. I make pins, but that you're an artist now. Your ah and, uh, don't write with an ugly pin. You're going to write things down, get yourself a nice pin. A state. After all, it's a little bit of a performance. I always carry a Sharpie because I do a lot of drawing and I write in big letters. Sometimes I've always had that somewhere around I have a notebook. Every voice over artist carries a notebook. They are seen ideas. I get one with a sketchbook. No lines, because I'm continually capturing things, writing things down. I see some things. I hear things. It's where I as an artist and capturing things that I can learn and use in my performing art. It's just something that is part of who I am. Every artist carries on art book, and you are now an artist. Now, with one piece of equipment. This is gonna be very helpful now. You may not have a smartphone yet, but we're going to start by actually learning how to be a voice over artist using our smartphone now, eventually, maybe soon. You'll take your computer and you'll get the software. The recording software for free maybe will invest anywhere between 20 and $100 a microphone . By the way, that's it. No thousands of dollars. No studio padding, no, all of that other stuff. We don't need it. We're going to start with a pen, perhaps a Sharpie, a notebook and our smartphone and maybe, well, even a go to the point where we get a microphone and we, uh, use our laptop or our computer. That's what we're gonna have now. Those are the tools you need. So get those things ready. You now know the story. You know who you are. You know what you want to dio. You're really serious about getting into this. You've got some of the tools. You've got some of the ideas. You've got your story down. You know what? I think you're ready to start learning even more now. How to perform as a voice over artist performer. We're gonna do that. End of part one. Ready for part two. I hope so. We'll see you around the corner. 4. Don't just learn it, start now to practice the performing roles of a VO artist!: great Danes. And welcome back to part two is Ah, I'm going to teach you how to be a voice over artist, and you can decide of that art for the various kinds you want to be. Now what I've done is I've left the office and stepped into the wit. What? It takes a radio studio. Not only do we do a variety of classes and courses, but we actually have an Internet radio program which we simply call what it takes radio. And I hope that at some time you'll google around and, uh, listen to us and find out what else we can do that might be helpful and useful to you. Now I'm going to begin part two with a little bit of ah, challenge. Okay, here's the question. Are you serious? Are you serious? Now some of you are saying to me Well, what do you mean by that? Well, let me tell you how I come to that now. I have been involved in teaching and broadcasting and business performance, consulting and coaching for many, many years, and I've worked with hundreds thousands of people who've come to my workshops and my seminars and taking my classes and courses, and they're hoping that things will be better. I mean, that's what they're paying for. That's what the big bucks are for. They tell me You've got to help me make things better. And of course, that's exactly what I want to help you do be better at the things that are important. Do the things that matter to you right now many of you are saying is, Well, I think life would be better if I could learn how to be a voice over artist. All right, but are you serious? Do you really want to do this? And if you do, and if you are serious, I can help you. But unfortunately, I discover all the time that people want to kinda. But they're not very serious now. The reason on Part one. And some of you are wondering, uh, that was almost 1/2 hour, and you say why? It's because I wanted to really prepare you mind spirit body dress, the entire preparation so that if you're serious, you will take time to get yourself ready to be a world class boys over artist and performer . Unfortunately, too many people will just teach me how to do it right now. It doesn't work that way. I have discovered that first of all, before we get into the real practice, we have to be well prepared. We have to have been a bit of a challenge put in front of us for us to discover. Yeah, Yeah. I'm gonna have to change some things. I'm gonna have to do things if I want the changes to take place. As I often times point out Nike slogan It is not. Just learn it. Just learn it. Oh, Is there a book I can read on how to play better Gulf? Maybe there's a class I can take on how to play the piano. No, it's not enough just to learn it. You have toe go from learning to doing so. That's why I ask. Are you serious now? As I said, I stepped into the what it takes studio and I have got my microphone here. This is where I do a lot of the radio recordings and we're going to start now going from the preparation to the practice. Things were gonna have to start learning to do if you want to be, ah, voice over artist. Now the first thing you have to learn to do is, as I say, I live in cowboy country in the United States of America, in the state of Arizona. And, of course, the motto of the cowboy was Walk tall, Stand tall. If you want to be a voice over artist and performance, you are going to have to learn toe watch your posture all the time. You have to learn toe walk tall. You have to stand up straight, slumping and slouching will never work in fact, what you will discover. Oftentimes, when you are voice over performing, you will be standing up now. Many times when I was on the radio, you literally had Teoh sit down because you were there for a long stretch. But when I was sitting, I was literally when it was time to speak, sitting on the edge of my chair because I know that the posture is vital toe how it works. You see what happens is most people have what we call in the voice business Monday month, and here's where that expression came from. After a while, after you've been in radio for a while What happens is you get to work a regular shift, you know, Monday through Friday. And perhaps you get weekends off. And that's where the newbies and the young bees and the substitutes they they have to work the weekends because the rial guys get the weekends off. Well, that's kind of the legend behind it. But the idea is that after that, you come in on Monday, and perhaps you haven't been on the air. You haven't been speaking. You haven't been performing. And yes, what? Your mouth is not ready. You've got Monday, mouth. Uh, your muscles haven't been used for two or three days. You haven't been in the flow of it. You haven't been in the mindset. And what happens is you are kind of physically and emotionally and perhaps even spiritually in terms of your energy. You're lazy. You have Monday mouth. What I need for you to understand is if you really want to do this well, you will learn. Here are the vital things. First of all, you're watching your posture a lot. You are picking up the pace as you walk. You will actually start to attract people because they will find that you will be working and perhaps speaking at a little faster pace than most people. I was in an office one time and somebody got mad at me and I could tell it they were upset about something. And so I guess it is there something I've done and she said, You just go too fast. I go too fast. I walked too fast. I pays too fast. Well, I know that for me to do my best work and speaking and working, I have to pick up the pace. I have toe walk tall, and I have to keep my energy level up. So I want you to understand that's part of what you practice and you practice it all the time. You are always aware of that, picking up the pace and posturing. Now you are also learning how to breathe. Now those of you have had particularly singing or voice training in that respect. No, that the rial power does not come from the top of the lungs. It comes from the fact that you use your tummy, your stomach muscles, too. Bring in air and bring it out. It's no accident that some of the best voice over people and protect Lee. Some of the radio guys I used to know they got kind of a big stomach, me other, their big guys. And part of that was the fact that they literally had the capacity both in lungs and in their stomach to really push a lot of air. You see what your voice does, which the magic if his air goes through. Ah, whole Siris of incredibly complex and wonderfully gifted muscles that allow you to take air and make it into sound by the vibrations that the air makes and that goes in to the ear. And so they hear something. It goes into the microphone, and that sound vibration is transmitted into transferred into Elektronik form waves. And then it goes out to the amplification or to the recording or to the transmitter. That's what you do. I'll be blunt. I'll tell you a little secret. Um, first of all, before I actually stepped into the studio today, uh, I did something that oftentimes is very, very good. I went and brushed my teeth. Now I already did that this morning, but I do know that one of the best things for me when I speak is brush my teeth again. First of all, it kind of helps take away some of that bad breath again. But it also makes me exercise my mouth. And then I put in some mouthwash and gargle. What I'm doing is I'm getting my mouth to become mawr alive. The muscles are beginning to pick up tension. My throat is beginning to loosen up so that I can have greater resonance so that I can have greater depth so that I can handle more energy and not have a lot of what we call up breath . And you hear this all the time among amateur? Uh huh. No, that's the first mark of an amateur voice over. Well, they haven't made it. They're not going to get many jobs. If in their audition you here what we call up breath, you have to learn the art of taking your breath so that the sound does not come through in an up breath. No part of what I carry around, and particularly when I was a speaker and I still do a lot of speaking. But when I did a lot more of it, I had always the emergency kit. I was stuck down in my briefcase. Yep. There it is. Case I, uh, need to brush my teeth. Refresh my mouth of 00 my goodness. I better check. I did. I did. I miss some shaves spots, so I better check that out. Um, those are the kind of things that you begin to be aware off. You are continually thinking about your posture. Your standing tall, your breathing being ready to always practice. And you are practicing all the time. Now, got that. You've got all that mental preparation. Now you've got some of that physical. You know what I would call getting your game body? Not just your game face. That's important. But your entire game body ready to stand in front of a microphone and smile and actually see the person you're talking to, you have a mental image of Hey, I know this script is for people who are right now very concerned about whether they were going to have enough money for their retirement. And so they're about that age and they're a little bit worried and concerned. And so I'm gonna talk to that person in such a way that perhaps they'll do something, they'll call somebody, they'll buy some. But I think that will help them assure their retirement. And then, as we often times would say, now they don't do it anymore since everything is on computer. But when I first began this business, it was all on tape recording. And some of you know what that is and some of you don't. But it was the recording tape and the expression we would hear oftentimes in our headphone or we get the signal. Is Stan tapes rolling? And that meant it's going. And now you are ready to start your show. And it is, even though it is spoken, you view it as a show. You're performing it. You're not just talking it. You are performing it. There we are. That's how we start to go. We get ready for the show. Now again, this is part two. And now we're going to go. As I prepared this and then we did practice. We're getting ready to practice now. I'm going to go through some of the exercises that you need to do toe stay in practice and the take a break now. Okay, this is pretty heavy stuff, and, uh, we'll talk next about some of the ways you can begin to learn to practise, because if you want to be a voice over artist, if you're serious, you will learn how to practice and you'll start to practice every day. 5. Keep talking, keep performing, and keep reviewing what you have done.: Okay. Are we ready to start practicing? Not just learning, Not just reading about not just listening to Stan. We are going to practice and we're going to practice every day at least almost every day. And the days that were not practicing were at least thinking about what might happen if that opportunity came to speak today. Now, some of your good at home. What about the equipment? I told you I'm not really into equipment yet. That's something other. But by the way, if you want to do a little investing, as I said, first of a long we'll talk about that. Uh, your smartphone is your first and best investment, and I'll tell you why right away, now I now use I've got a variety of microphones I've used all throughout my career. Some of them were very expensive. However, I found today that one of the best ones for me is one that's called and I don't get any money for this. That's why I'm not going to do a lot of endorsing of any books or anything else because there's tons of stuff out there, but I use. That's why I'm saying it. What I call the Yeti Blue Microphone. It's very popular among many voice over artists, even though it's not as expensive as some of the pros say you need. They're going to tell you that you need a $300 a $900 nominee. No, it will be good if that you can move somewhere above the $29 microphone range. But by the way, a $29 microphone today can be very, very good. And this will average somewhere between $6500. And oftentimes it's unsafe. Al. And you go into Amazon, perhaps, or some other E Bay thing and even get a very good deal on a used one. As I say, Don't spend a lot of money until you're really sure you want to do this and you want to give some time to it. However, with that in mind, let's get ready to do some practice, and one of the first things I want you to do is you carry this around now. First of all, just notice. Now that you've decided to do this, I want you to pay attention to all of those voice over messages that you hear all the time and all of a sudden it'll overwhelm you that every time you're on the radio every time you're on the television, there's a voice over artist who's got a job. Somebody is speaking the words behind that message, that commercial. Listen to them. They were at least good enough. Now, sometimes I I wonder how they got it. But they were good enough to audition and get the gig. Listen to them. And here's what I suggest you start to do when you hear a message. You hear it? Oh, now pick up your smartphone, turn on the memo and try to imitate it. Try to duplicate it. Uh, then listen to it. How did it sound where you're different than theirs? How were you? Different. So that's so file. And I guarantee you little some kind of stupid and boring, and some members, your family are gonna look at you weird. But as best as you can, you're always noticing people who are doing voiceover messages. And this is why it is so wonderful why the smartphone is so wonderful. You don't have to go and run to your computer and turn on my microphone and turn on your power. Just start imitating what you hear and listen to it. Well, how'd that sound? Whom? You know, I think if I did this, I could probably be as good as they are. Um, you will also find out whether your voice is too high pitched. You'll find out whether you need to do a variety of things that Oh, I could do better than that. Well, then do better than that. A vital part of how to begin. Now, while you've got your smartphone out, Uh, put it on and then set it down reasonably close to you, perhaps even the kind of turn it up and get out a newspaper. Now what I have here is I've got the Wall Street Journal, and what I particularly like to do for practice is I don't want to get into some of the news because that's kind of boring. I've got the personal journal and there's three great articles that I'm gonna practice when is called. Watch your video the right way vertically. Oh, okay. That is interesting. Family chefs turn up the heat. UNP eats a night and the to do list strikes back now while I've got my microphone. Not I'm going to Ah, do a voice over but to do list strikes back. You know, after trying APS and everything else to stay organized, people turn to the bullet journal method a common dairy by nine a ceviche. You know the solution for post it notes lost under the desk and phone alerts. Silence in meetings may be at hand. People who have tried and given up Count Ling online calendars and lists making absent are now making the Bullet Journal a way of organizing and writing lists in a plain old notebook . That's right. Ah, plain old notebook And the Journal helps organize everything from big work projects to the Children's activities in a notebook. And you know what? It appeals to people who use their cell phones for everything else in their lives. Now here's what you do. Take a variety of articles and just start to read them with expression. Make them interesting. Do that use as much vocal variety as you can. Sometimes you pick it up, and perhaps you try to read it slowly or you read it fast. Something like this. For many families, make your own pizza might mean a festive dinner where everyone gets involved. And like nearly every other family hobby, there is a seemingly endless array that is seemingly, oh, better than others. I read it fast, you know, for many families, the make your own pizza night means a festive dinner. And like nearly every other family hobby, there seems to be a variety endless ways of doing just that. Now there I really slowed it down where in some cases I have to speed it up. And what happens is that sometimes I have to know just exactly should I read this fast that I read it slow. Should I go up and down? And as you see I'm breathing and I'm putting a lot of vocal variety, you will also learn that I very much used finalization. I mean by that you can tell the amateur because they usually end sentences on what we call an up pitch. Now let me pick up my paper and try it again. Something like this. The solution for posted notes lost under the desk and phone alerts, silence and meetings. Maybe a hand. I was going up. Here's how a professional would be doing it. You finalize the ending by taking it on a down pitch. The solution for posted notes long lost under the desk and phone alerts, silence and meetings may be at hand. Did you hear the finalization that went into that? All right there. You have some assignments right? Now start imitating. Okay. When you hear something, try and duplicate it. Then pick up a newspaper and again either with your microphone or your smartphone or in some way, start toe practice reading it up, down, back forth. Slowly open your mouth the 98 try a variety of ways of reading the same thing. Now we're gonna give me a little break. There's a lot of work. Is it? What I'm gonna do ask you to do is also remember this. There's what is called writing for the I and writing for the ear. And I have this problem all the time when I'm doing voice over work. What happens is I get a script from someone who doesn't know the difference. You say the way people talk is very different from the way people right? If you would take a regular radio script, a regular commercial copy script, which is written so that it will sound like I'm talking. And if I would give that to a grammar or an English teacher, he or she would have a fit because there are run on sentences. The grammar for the written style is terrible. You see, the script was written perfectly to be read by the eyes, but it when you read it that way, it for the ear. And you say people don't talk that way and they don't. And oftentimes the problem is when you say it sounds like it's being read well, it probably is. But the problem may be that they're not very good. But it may be that the script was written perfectly for the I, but not written well for the ear, and often times you actually have to begin the change things. So that is a script for saying not just a script for reading by the I. Now, when you're really good, here's what you'll do. You'll actually begin to read it and put it in your own words. Like the headline here is, Watch your video the right way vertically. Hey, you know what the guys who always told you how to watch a video. Hey, they got it wrong. You know what? The wayto watch a video is the wrong way. You were told to watch it this way. Uh, you watch it this way. Now, what I did is I took that headline and I talked it and performed it in the way that people would say it in conversation. Oh, isn't this fun? You see, becoming a master voice over artist is truly just that It's not just a reader or a narrator . It is truly a work of art. You with me so far. Okay. In section two, we're gonna have one more practice lesson, and then we'll go into ah, how to start performing. Okay, We'll see you around. 6. Now we start to perform perhaps learn together.: and here we go. We're continuing to do practice, and some of the resource is that you can use, because what I'm here to do is to help you get a great start so that you can be a voice over artist is, uh the practice and the things you do begin to lead you and some of you don't know where this is going to go. Some of you may land up being a full time professional voiceover artist. That may happen, but for most of us, it will do. Two things will begin to do a little bit of this kind of work and perhaps up make a little extra money doing it. On the other hand, some of us are gonna find that we're going to really get much better at how we speak and present an act. As I said, once you begin to learn about the power of your voice and how to use it, and then start exploring that and reading more about it, it literally could change your life as you discover what is possible with the power of voice presence, not only in how you perform, but how you live your life and do your work. That could happen. But we'll see now. What I want us to do is to, ah, gin A begin to let's see if I could do that. All right, begin to put some practice steps that might be helpful to you now. I told you about the power of imitation, and that's always what you should be be doing. You should know how. How do you do that? Ah, lot of this is just observing, listening and imitating and then improving. You know, I listened to a presentation and I said, Hey, I can I could do that. I can do better than that. And then I start to try and improve it, or I customize it and do it my own way, and all of that begins to build your confidence. Now, here are some other things that I want you to be aware off right now. Some of your saying, Stan, can you recommend a book? Well, I suppose I could, but I won't. And no, I'm not going to write one. By the way, here's my counsel to you. Go and do a search on voice over acting voiceover, artistry, voiceover performing and thousands of things will come up. And, yes, there are hundreds of books. We don't need another book and how to be a voice over artist. Go and see if you want to read some of them. Some of them are way too long. They're 95% of the stuff you don't need to know. It's rather interesting, but you can make the choice about that. There are also other classes and courses, and there are a lot of free videos that may help you also be a voice over artist. Now my role is to be your enthusiastic cheerleader challenger teacher. By the way, I'm not necessarily the best voiceover performer. There are people who are very long time, highly paid professionals. Some of them were better than me. Of course they are. What I do is I bring energy, enthusiasm and the ability hopefully to motivate you and coach you and teach you so you can begin to do it. Okay, I wasn't going to say this, but I do have to mention it because it was really rather different for me. There was a class taught by a very, very well known voiceover artist who does extremely well and is extremely good work. Yeah, he's one of the best, Uh, but his class was kind of boring. It was as if he forgot to be a voice over artist when he stood in front of the class and was teaching. Not when he demonstrated he was great, but his class was He wasn't a very good teacher, even though he was a great voice over artist and performer. And I hopefully bring the expertise but the coaching and energizing ability to you. So that's why I'm not here to teach you everything or to recommend all the books I want to get you started and excited and energized and learn some things to begin with. Now, uh, here are a few things I just went through a ton of these things. I went through some simple exercises that you can even begin to find on the Internet, all kinds of voice exercises and routines. Now, for instance, here's one that we were taught years ago. Teoh. Help improve our addiction are articulation. Which, of course, those things that you learned in speech class or even in a basic, a speaking or English class, are important. Remember Betty butter, but some butter. But she said, This butter's bitter and they put this butter in my better. It will make my batter bitter. So Betty Butter bought some better butter and put the better butter in her better so her batter wasn't bitter. That's better, said Betty. By the way, you want you want to do some good voice over practice, go back to some of your Children's Dr Seuss books and start reading them out loud, perhaps to your Children. You already did that. You heard them. Now practice your voice over with some of the expression that you would learn doing Dr Seuss books. Now I'm also going to suggest on Okay, here's something else you can do, and I'm not going to compare it. I was going to, but I'm not going to. OK, one of the things I have discovered that I love to do, and I do a lot of voice over stuff, and some of us just regular, ordinary commercials. But more and more, I want to do voice over audiobooks. That's what I love to do. I love to read. I write. I'm writing books myself and the books that I have written. I've also made them into audios, and I would love to do a lot more audio book reading. Now here's what I do. From time to time I will take a book that I particularly like maybe a mystery thriller where there's lots of action and dialogue, and what I will do is I will then listen to the audio that is done by and these guys, these gals, these performers are just that first rate professionals, and so I'll find the book and then I'll find a part of it. And then I will listen to how the professional did it while I'm reading that part of the book and listen to how they did it. Then I turn it off and then I go back and I try to duplicate that kind of feeling. I see if I can improve it, or if I would change it or if I would have interpreted a little bit differently. That's great exercise. Another thing that's really helpful. One longtime friend of mine who's been in broadcasting far more than I have been far longer than I have been, and he says, Stan, what you need to do is to help people understand that it's really important to learn the breathing in and out, but also learn toe hum. That exercise of hum along when you hear music that's hummable, learned to hum along with it and give your humming expression kind of match it in the song just in the humming, he said. What you begin to do is you notice a little bit more of the vocal variety that you have an ability to do, and you're much more aware of the sounding of things when you're tryingto hum along. In fact, he told me that he had learned that from one of the very top broadcaster announcers in the world that before he went on to do a show, he would start coming, and one time they actually caught him. The mike went on too soon, and he began his program. He was actually humming and oh, but those things happen. I would also encourage you to learn to sing along now this may date me, but if you go back to songs, you know where there wasn't a lot of groups, there wasn't a lot of rock and roll. It was more of ah, smooth higher. Many crooning sound. We're talking about music, mostly in the forties and fifties. Maybe sometimes in the early sixties go back and sometimes literally as you're driving along, we're going along. Sing along with it, literally try to imitate both in mouth and speech and expression and a variety the kind that the performers putting out again. These are all fun things that will help you do that. No, you've all done Bette butter and are better. Better now. Also, take a sentence and a try and actually change the meaning of the sentence by emphasizing a different word. Now, here's a very simple example. The sentences Jo Jo asked you for a date. Joe asked you for a date. Joe asked you for a date. Joe asked you for a date. Joe F you for a date. You can do that with so many words and sentences where you just simply emphasize a different word. And in doing so, you can actually give a very different meaning to the entire sentence. Now and now the e word. The e words. First of all, please keep in mind is you have to really enjoy this. Uh, it's not something you think you have to enjoy what you're doing until I make it fun When you're speaking, have a smile on your face if you can. If it's something that that is Ah not to smile about, then perhaps you want to have the kind of expression that matches the a motion. And hence the third e word. Please keep in mind that communication is primarily the sustaining, the creating and the passing on of not just words but the emotions. As I said, anybody can be a reader and perhaps read well. But can you turn it into a narrative into a story? Can you turn it into a performance? Can you turn it into something that engages other people in powerful ways? Think about that. Can you do that so that people truly are connected? Now, when you become a voice over artist, they're not going to just pay you because you speak nicely and say it Well, I can tell you this. What happens is that the people who buy your work and put it out there sense that you care that you don't just view it as a script or a job or a gig to do that. You actually care about their product on their service and you put your full self into it, that you're enjoying doing it, that it truly is something that's important to you. And in effect, it connects with people heart the heart far more than even head to head. Now, with that in mind, let's talk about that key e word emotion. Now, here's an exercise which I want you to just begin to think about. All right, OK, on Oftentimes this is good to actually do looking into a mirror if you can. So if you can stand by a mere and then do ST things like this now I'm going to give you three sentences. And for each one of these, I'm going to ask you to think about how you would do it in a different emotion. Here's the sentence. Don't do that to me. Don't do that to me with hate, fear, pain. Don't do that to me. Don't Don't Don't do that to me. Oh, be careful. Don't Don't Don't do that to me. I have been waiting for you. How about love? Despair and sarcasm him for you. I've, uh I've been expecting I've been waiting for you. Yeah, Yeah, I've been waiting for you. Same words, totally different meanings because of the emotion. Now you see, that's why I oftentimes say it is not the power of the word. It's the power of the spoken word that makes things become real. What are you doing? That's a question Mark. What are you doing? How about surprise? Now you took What are you doing? Now? Say it as if you're surprised. Okay, Now what are you doing? Say it as if you're angry. How'd that go now? What are you doing now? Do it with the emotion of curiosity, you see the possibilities. Now, there are hundreds of these exercises that you can go online. And if you're serious, you will find them. And you can do this. And I'm not here to do the work for you. I'm here to inspire you to get you engaged in doing the work. Now, we're just about to the end of section two. Kind of like a three act play, and then we're gonna have an AC three. Just one scene in which I'm gonna start you on the road to ah, finding some resource is so that you can start performing. But here's the like. I suggest you do now. You've gone through this and you've spent about in maybe an hour, hour and 1/2 on this may be a bit longer. If you're really serious, why don't you find somebody to take the rest of the course with you? You've done well. Why don't you call a friend who you know might also want alert? You could. You can learn how to do this together. Now, you see, I'm not saying that you're going to become one of those persons who makes $100,000 as a voice over artist as crazy. Even the best professionals probably don't make a whole lot of money, and it's a very small group of people who make that kind of money. But if you practice and practice and practice and keep demonstrating and performing, you will be able tow, find a way. And that's a different class in a different course, to start auditioning, demonstrating and getting really live paying gigs like I do and many other people do. That's always nice. People pay you to do what you're having great fun doing that can happen. On the other hand, it might be something that is an occasional extra source of income. What I've discovered is that because of some of the seniority that they might have a number of my retired friends who really retired, there's too active. They found that actually doing voice over acting and performing is something that they can do on their own time in their own home and other making a nice little extra income in their retirement. Or it's just something that, as someone said, it's money, that it's almost free money in the sense that I don't necessarily have to account for. I can use it as I feel free to. So why don't you find somebody to tell him about the course? Get him signed up, and not only you take the class together, they go back and get caught up and you start doing the exercises and holding each other accountable. And then occasionally you get on your email and you call Stan Stan that stand used to dot com and you say, Hey, could we talk? I don't have a question. I'd love source from councils were some advice on that. That's what I continue to do. Okay, There you go. Practice, practice, practice. Find all kinds of ways to practice. Make sure that you bring the E words in particularly the emotion word, and then find a partner to practice with and begin. Who knows? Maybe you'll start together your own voice performing voice artistry agency and it's all you and it's all yours. Think big. Think possibility. Think opportunity. There we are now. We're going to Act three and we're going for preparing to practice to performing and that's coming up. Take a break and we'll be back. 7. Seven lectures and stories completes our show and now you can go and do it.: audacity. A u D a c i t y. Audacity, a name, a service, a product. And for those of you who are seeking to be voice over artists and performers, one of your great gifts Ah, wonderful thing. I have made thousands of dollars. Thanks to audacity. What is audacity? Audacity is an audio recording software that has been developed by people all over the world. And they share it, they update it. And it is more than what you might ever need in order to do any of the recording that you ever will do now, certainly you can buy much more expensive software and it's all very, very good. But don't do that now. Maybe don't do it. Ever go. And Google, any search engine audacity and a ton of stuff will come up and you can download audacity software and you can do it and use it for free. And for about 90% of the stuff that you will ever need. Even in a professional voice over career, it will do most of the things that you would need When people want a voice over recording. Now, I'm very reluctant, as you know, to Ah suggest any books or anything else. I don't even like toe pitch my own products or my own courses or my own books. I want you to feel that freedom. But audacity is for you and it's free. And it will be a wonderful way for you to begin to create your performance platform to create your demos and start actually putting performance products into the marketplace. So once again, audacity. Look it up, watch the many tutorials on how to operate it, and it's really quite simple. And there are many classes and courses that other people provide that will teach you even how to use audacity. And those people are far better teachers about audacity than I am because I am not a professional voice recording technician. I'm what somebody calls the talent, the one who does it and I can do enough. But then, if I want it done real well, I go and hire one of those people to do it technically, for me, but for you to begin, audacity is the way. Now some of you are. What about that microphone? Well, again, there are literally hundreds of microphones that you can use and you can read the reviews, I simply say is that don't get involved in a lot of money right now. This says, I say, You know, we left the studio and we're back in the office now, but I brought it with me. Um, it's a little bit big, and it's a little bit bold, but it works out nicely for me. The Yeti company. Why e t I on This is the Yeti blue and it's a microphone that works just fine. In fact, after I get done with the this program today, I'm actually going to do a voice over contract. Now I have in my studio all the stuff I've got big, expensive microphones, and I've got mixing boards and all of that stuff. But for the most part, I'm gonna use what I often use gonna put my yeti microphone and it's a microphone that is U . S. B. Now that's very important. If you want to go for with a microphone directly into your computer, where your audacity software is set up, then you want a microphone. That's USB now. Otherwise, that microphone will have to go through a mixing board or into certain other plug ins that your computer may or may not have. But today, almost every computer has a number of USB terminals, and what happens is literally you plug your computer like this one. You're the microphone into your computer, and it actually operates on the power from the computer. And that's all you need. Literally. Your computer, your free software and the microphone between anywhere between $29.99 dollars will do just fine for you to start being of voice over artist and even long into your professional work , you can probably still use that stuff. Okay, now, with that in mind, I'm also then going to suggest that what you do is just that all of those things you've practiced now start doing them volunteer. Um, your church, your place of worship, your college, your school, start making announcements, start doing voiceovers, find a book, and start making an audio, find ways of producing that kind of stuff that demonstrates Now what you're gonna look for first are things that you can use to demonstrate. Now, the words simply, is demos particularly. You have to have demos, you have to demonstrate. And so you have a variety. And now I've done thousands of these. And what I did is I've chosen 45 of them, and I have loaded them up. And if somebody wants to know a little bit about me and they want me to audition, there's usually two ways toe addition. You can send them or link them to some of your demos. Or sometimes what you do is you say, Well, I do have a script or do you have something that do you think I would like to perform? And if they send it to you, then you say, Well, I'll audition, and what you do then is you literally do it on the risk you send it to them now they're not supposed to use that. And if they do, don't ever work with them. But then they say, Good, you're the one we want. And by the way, they may have asked many people to audition and they say, OK, you got the job. You've got the gig as we say and ah you then settle up us to what it will cost you. Produce it on your audacity. You said it just right. You get it. According to full broadcast or sound performance specs. Very easy to do. The audacity makes that very, very easy to do. You just make a few clicks here and there. And you are now in the business of auditioning your good, good work, the people, and you can start doing it around the world. You're in business now. I'm going to suggest that that's what you start to do. And you and your friend your colleague start to create stuff. Uh, don't describe what you do demonstrate how good you are and, ah, on your website on your Facebook. On all of the social media platforms, start doing audio blog's audio podcasts volunteer to be on a radio stations, Internet radio stations. And there you are use those same skills that you've learned to be a good guest on somebody's podcaster radio show like mine what it takes radio start creating these and putting them on your linked in putting them on your Facebook. Start showing people that you are a voice over performer and you do good and great work on this fun. You'll really enjoy it. Now, I'm very careful about this, but one of the organizations that you'll hear about is an organization called voices dot com. And here's what they're they're one of the premier, By the way, there are many good a lot of people doing this and a lot of competition. Uh, there what you would call agencies that in effect, they go out and they get clients, and then they bring clients and then they bring talent. That's what you are. Now you're the talent, and they bring them together. And so you as talent as a voice over artist, you put your profile together just like your Facebook, or are your linked in your picture and your stuff and your stories and you put your demos there and people can go and look Yeah, yes. Hey, looks like he's kind of an older guy. Yeah, and, uh, let's listen to what he sounds like. Yeah, we want a kind of a senior middle aged boys, a male, uh, kind of, ah rather Midwestern accent, but with good energy and enthusiasm. Let's give that stand Houston a try and they may contact me. Or here's another way it works. Uh, there will be a whole listing of companies or organizations that have a script and they put it out there and you can audition now you conjoined voices dot com for free, and you can put it your demos. However, if you want to audition, you have to pay a monthly or yearly fee for the privilege. Now let's say I go down and here's how it works very nicely. You fill in your profile, and then what happens is when a particular client has specifications for what they're looking for. Then your profile is matched, and so if I go in, I may find out that move here. Here I am. Oh, that has an 80% match. Or perhaps someone's looking for ah ah ah, young woman's voice. And that's about a 10% match. Uh, hardly that, and you can begin to see the kinds of products and services that begin to match your profile, your performance, your voice, your level of enthusiasm, your level of expertise. And then you also find out a little bit about what they're offering. Uh, and what happens is you audition. They select, you, negotiate, you get the gig, you do the deal and you make the money and your reputation grows. And then there's fiver Now I know right away a number of people are going to contact me and say, whoa! Voices dot com fiber dot com There are lot other places you can go to, and they're absolutely are. There are a variety of organisations and places and opportunities. And just as you will discover when you start listening for ah, voiceover messages, you're gonna say, Wow, there are a lot of people doing this. There are a lot of voiceover messages, and there are a lot of organizations out there that are trying to get involved in that pretty significant industry. The reason I just simply mentioned voices I mentioned. Fiber is they're well known and they're one of the premier ones and that they do a lot of business and you can check them out and you can check a variety of people out. And I have no financial, even a relational interest in any of these organizations. I'm just trying to know that there are things that are helpful to you, and they've even been helpful to me. So fair enough on that. Here's what you do is fibers and organization. It is devoted to helping creative people get started make a go of it, even make a living out of it and hits a $5 gig or a $5 deal, as they call it. So, uh, after you've done this kind of work and perhaps you've got a demo and you've got some work going, uh, you can jump on fiber and the service is free to you if people buy your products or your services obviously take the sales commission. They do that. But you put together a gig, you do a video, a one minute video in which you sale your stuff. And we've got all kinds of other classes and how to do a great one minute video resume. You put that up there, you outlined the services and the offer that you have and what is going to cost to do. Ah, voiceover presentation. And you put it out there and see what happens. Well, if you've done a nice video and you've written it well and your prices right, which is fibers, you'll get some of your first enquiries. And then that's what you do. Thank you very much. You do a great job. You make it really professional as best as you can and you send it back to them and they listen to and they say, Oh, we like that. And hopefully they write a nice review. They give you five stars and you collect your $5. Congratulations. You're now a professional, which means someone paid you to do it. So there you go. It's a way to start now. You see, many of the people on voices are very, very professional. Some of the top people hang out there, but fibers a good way for anybody to at least begin after practice. And some work to begin to create and build their business. So there you go. Now, are you going to make lots of money? Are you going to get rich? Probably not, but you might do very well. There are people who make a living. There are people who make a good living doing voiceovers. However, that's probably not going to be you, but keep at it, keep working at it and see what happens. But what you may discover is first of all, just like I have discovered that, uh, it's a nice little stream of revenue. Now I do lots of other things, obviously, I have online classes and courses all over the world like this. I do a good deal of speaking and consulting and teaching. But it's very nice to know, because I love to do it that I can get online and I can create voiceover messages. Um, it's just a unique experience, and it's always as we all need extra stream of income. So that's why I encourage you to begin to do it, and you will also find that you're gonna meet people from all over the world. I have done a number of audio books for people all over the world, and they have now become friends and clientele, lots of people who I would have never met and had a business experience with. I have been able to meet and become friends and clientele because of the fiber connection, because of just simply doing a nice voice over for them and their business. So I encourage you to get on it and do it all right now. As I said before, there's lots more. Oh, we could go in and we could talk about everything about equipment we could talk about. Maybe the agency you really want to work with. We could take your equipment and maybe turn into a studio and find ways to pad and insulated there. Think all how to negotiate with an agent. There you go, a variety of things you can learn, and in many of those everything you need to know courses. They cover the whole thing. However, we air just about getting on her mindset, you know, getting prepared, starting to learn how to practice and then how to begin to perform so that we can be. And people say, Well, what do you do? Well, I do a lot of things, but one of the things I do is I'm a professional voice over artist. There's a conversation starter and off you go. I want the very best for you now. You always have access to this class and remember, hopefully you're sharing it with others and building kind of a little mastermind group of people who are going to be good voiceover artist. Reach me out at any time. I love it. Stand at stand Houston dot com Standard stand used to dot com, and I'll be glad to give you any advice or counsel like him. I wish you all the best and blessings. And I hope to see you again on some follow up courses and on a variety of other things we do to help people fully figure out if they wanna flourish in their career in business if they want to be fully alive. If you want to be a voice over artist now you know a little bit more about what it takes.