Fun Memories In Hospital Due To Steven Spielberg’s Skype

This is a sincere thank you letter to Steven Spielberg and others who cheered up those in the hospital. I was in the hospital more than most people as a kid and as a teenager. Most people don’t know that you can have fun while being hooked up to an I.V, but you can. One particular moment that sticks out to me was something that Steven Spielberg helped fund. It was just like Skype so people confined to their hospital rooms could see one another and chat. Getting to talk to someone in the hospital and actually see them is really cool. The thing is, Skype hadn’t been invented yet, this was way before the iPhone, iPad, Skype, facetime, etc. It was extremely advanced technology for the time and it was funded by one of my favorite producers, Steven Spielberg.

I remember chatting with other people confined to their rooms and having a good time, which was something very special, especially to someone who was used to being sick and confined to a hospital bed with an I.V in their arm. This particular time, I was just in for a minor surgery, at least in my mind getting your appendix removed when it is about to pop is minor. Either way, I want to thank everyone from people who brought in dogs, to the game stations, to Steven Spielberg who helped fund the before Skype invention to cheer up those confined to the hospital.

Another amazing and surprising day in the hospital is when one of my Doctors waited in line all night to get me a copy of the seventh Harry Potter book and made sure to get me a poster. These memories flooded back into my mind when I watched a cover of Katy Perry’s Roar made in a Childrens Hospital. Here is the video that inspired me to write this post.

Doing Voice Overs For Podcasts

Doing voice overs for podcasts is entirely different than doing voice overs for animation. I would know, since I do both. I am still available to hire my voice overs for animation, but I am also on a podcast. I don’t get paid for doing the podcast, but it is still fun.

what’s the difference between voice overs for animation and a podcast

In Animation you have to bring a character to life, yet in a podcast you have to bring the topic to life. Bringing a topic to life can be more of a challenge than a character, so it really helps improve your voice over skills. What is really cool about doing a podcast after doing animated voices is that you can throw in a silly voice once in awhile to get people’s attention. Animation and podcasting are entirely different in some aspects, but you still are bringing something to life. Sure, most podcasts don’t bring a mutant bacon super hero to life, in fact I’ve never heard of one that has… but that doesn’t mean they aren’t cool. I’ll write more about Voice overs in the near future.

Is twitter promoting better grammar?

While I usually write about my voice over work, today I was inspired by Dan_ODay who said “A word never to allow in your radio commercial copy: “Amenities.” No real person ever uses that word.” now while this tweet seems random, it isn’t. This is one example of professional voice over advice you’ll see with very good grammar.

Almost all the people I follow are professional Voice over talent or onscreen actors. I rarely see a stereotype tweet that looks like “C u 2 night”, actually I’ve never seen a tweet written by someone who is professional like that.

I honestly only see those type of tweets from the Justin bieber fan base age group. This is most likely because they are in school or just using twitter really quickly to say how much they love bieber or to ask a friend something while in class, which frankly I don’t have a problem with. If you need to check on something & it takes you two seconds to send during class, I don’t think it should be an issue, but schools and even esome college professors do.

Why can’t Voice Over Actors handle feedback? This is a business!

People have asked me to critique their voice over demos, yet when I do they defend their mistakes instead of improving them.
I am nice with my feedback, I tell the person exactly what I hear & when I hear someone not fit for doing a certain type of voice, I tell them. when people contact me and tell me to use my connections to get them gigs & I’ve only seen their name online, well that’s annoying. I can refer them to people, sure. But even when I do that I get the “I don’t want to spend money for a good demo” to improve my career response. I can’t tell you how many times this has happened or why some of these people are trying to get into voice overs, all I know is that they can’t take feedback…. And I don’t know why. I also don’t know why so many voice talent ask me to listen to their demo. I am not a casting director, I’ve always thought they wanted a second opinion, but instead people are arguing that they don’t need to work on anything & for me to get them a job (in a nutshell). Can someone please explain the psychology of this to me?? I don’t get it. I understand CDs dealing with this, but talent? Really? Why?

Voice Over talent in Backstage.com who got the part.

Backstage has a section every week for actors and actoresses who “Got the part” in an on screen acting part. Well, after being in the music video “Hey 14″ as an extra I wrote to them, they wrote back, I wrote back, a couple months went by and then they interviewed me. That was cool. I didn’t have a script in front of me like I do when I am doing my voice over art. I am used to a script, so I know what type of emotion and words to say… but in an interview you don’t have a script. The article was printed and it is great. I find some of my quotes hilarious looking back at them, but I wouldn’t change my wording, except for my grammar, because what I said is exactly how I felt and still do feel. I am commenting on the “insane institution” bit when speaking about acting and social behavior in voice overs vs real life. If you want to read the whole thing you can on my site Ryan Satterfield in the news or in bigger print on the backstage site Ryan Satterfield is who got the part

There is a lot of stuff in “the works” right now, with no definitive yes or no, so I am not going to post what I am up too. The second I know definitely, I’ll let you know!

My first onscreen role– hey 14

Hey 14, an awesome music video made up of a ton of cool actors and an awesome band is now available to see on youtube. check out the Hey 14 Music Video.  I am highly biased about it,because I am in this video for two seconds and the credits. That day was quite an interesting day. I woke up at 4:30, got there at 7:00 and had a blast the rest of the day! Awesome catered lunch, awesome time with other actors, but now seeing the final product, well, it is totally cool! Hey 14 Music Video I am in :31 and :32 and I am listed in the credits.  Please comment and tell me what you think.

The art of screaming– Voice Over dying, being hit, shot, etc

What type of job would require you to need to know the art of screaming? Most people would say that screaming isn’t an art, but they are wrong. A scream can mean so many different things and in Voice Overs if you scream wrong it could cost you a gig or worse your voice. Don’t do the things listed below, they’re just food for thought. When you drop something on your foot you yell, scream or swear, but you do it with a different inflection then you would if you dropped a burning coal on your foot. When you are punched or kicked you scream or yell in a certain way. Well, Voice Over Actors get to have a fun time screaming, yelling, and dying in various ways all the time. Sometimes a session of dying, yelling and screaming can take three hours… that is a short session. Today I was working on an audition and was trying to get the right death scream down. When you scream so much, you shouldn’t scream from your throat, no you need to scream from your gut. These screams are also called guttural screams, yelling, dying, etc. Have the scream come from your stomach or use muscles in your body like your neck to make the scream sound realistic without using much of your throat. Honestly, I can’t think of another career that requires you to scream, yell and “die”.  Here are my five golden rules for Voice Over Screaming

1. Save your throat for talking, scream from your stomach or other muscles, also known as guttural screams, groans, dying, etc.

2. Don’t submit a weak scream or a scream that is totally out of context to what is happening to the character. If you are being hit you need the appropriate scream or yell.

3. Would you scream or yell that way in real life? If not, do it over again. There is an exception to this rule and that is with video games. You have to be way, way, way bigger than life when you die or get hit.

4. Have fun!!

5. Don’t drive your neighbors insane!

I did the Voice Overs for an iPhone game that is coming out sometime this year that was quite fun to record. I got to make the right sounds for my character being hit by cars, and then the right scream when his guts splatter all over the screen.

I hope you find this quick post that wasn’t written from my iPhone, at least somewhat helpful.

Become a voice over actor— not that simple.

I’ve seen people make voice over acting sound like a get quick rich scheme, make it sound super easy if you pay 600.00 for our training courses, none of this is true. First off, I love voice overs and acting. I am dedicated to my craft, but just like arts and crafts some people can do things that others can’t. I am not trying to say that you can’t be a voice over actor, no, I am saying that you may not be able to be a voice over actor. I am reiterating this, but if you want to read more about this true fact check out my post covering what voice overs aren’t.
Now that you’ve read that post lets discuss trying to Become a voice over actor. The most critical thing to a successful career— or any career for that matter is training. In voice overs it is called coaching. Before choosing a coach try to attend a workshop with them, before attending the workshop look at their imdb profile and see how much experience they have. It is important to note that not everything we do is put onto the imdb. I haven’t put any of the commercials or video game work I’ve done on there, but I will put the best work I’ve done on their soon. It is said that at least a year of coaching is  necessary before making the biggest step in your voice over career that can make or break you— recording your demo. Recording a demo is like a quarterback prepared to win the super bowl, if he goes out there with everything he’s got than he has a good chance of doing well, if he goes out there, but doesn’t know what a football even is, well I think you get my point. The same goes with voice overs, you need to know more than just what are voice overs, you need to know your pigeon hole, everything you can do within that hole and if you’re voice sounds good enough to compete with hundreds of thousands of other voice over actors. How many people are in the pigeon hole I am in? 5. This is so rare, that it basically doesn’t happen. That’s why their is only 5 of us.

You will need to get yourself good equipment. I recommend the blue snowball. It is 80 to 90 bucks and the results are really good. It is the most recommended microphone for voice over actors who are starting out. Now, what editing program do you have? Audacity is recommended by some in Hollywood—- but that’s cause it is free. If you want to get a gig don’t use audacity. Don’t get me wrong, it has it’s place, just not for pro voice overs. I’ve heard a few recordings and immediately think to myself “man they hired someone using audacity.” this program tries to remove background noise, but last time I checked it still wasn’t cutting it for pro grade use. I recommend you getting a 30 day FREE trial of adobe SoundBooth and book some gigs. So, this is a super basic look at becoming a voice over actor. There is no guarantee you’ll make it, you have to be really talented or have a real unique voice to really make it. That announcer voice does not sell anymore. Anyways I’ll post a More in-depth article later when I am not writing from my phone.

Voice Over Acting– is it really a get rich quick scheme? What does it take to be a Voice Over Actor?

The answer to the question is Voice Over Acting a get rich quick scheme, the answer is No, no it is not. A red flag should go up in your mind when someone claims something is a “Get  rich quick job”.   Voice Over Acting is a highly reputable career, but it isn’t a get rich quick scheme. What is Voice Over acting? Voice Over Acting is the voice you hear on Commercials, Video Games, trashcans, toilets, websites, On Hold machines, the “Press 1 to talk to” recordings, etc. Yes, there really are talking trashcans and toilets.

I feel that it would be best if I discussed The DON’TS of Voice Over Acting and the possibility that you may not have a career in it.

Voice Over Acting
is so much fun that I personally don’t see it as a job. What do you need to be a Voice Over Actor?  What you do need or at least really helps is real talent and passion, actually without talent you should just give up, because let’s face it if you don’t have talent, how can you be voice over talent? So all your friends tell you that you should do voice overs cause you have a great voice. That’s nice, but do you have a voice for Voice Overs? Unless your friend is a Voice Over director or a Voice Over Actor, they more than likely don’t know what they’re talking about.

I have listened to so many  Voice Over recordings and one in particular has stuck in my head because of how sad it was. The person put their voice  online in a video. I turned it off within ten seconds of turning it on, because it was horrible. I honestly felt really bad for the person. They truly thought they had talent, when I could not see any talent  in what they presented online.   Only an expert Voice Over Coach should tell you if you really have talent, but as a Voice Over Actor I hear a lot of voices and know which ones are totally wrong or that there are already a million people who sound exactly like that.

If you haven’t had any Voice Over Lessons with a well known coach and you haven’t talked to your coach about putting your voice online, you would be better off not  putting your voice online.

An honest Voice Over Coach will tell you if you have a possible future in Voice Overs.

Voice Over Fact: 17,000 people in the Los Angeles area alone are in Voice Overs. So ask yourself, do you really have what it takes to fight such a fierce competitive market? What sets you apart? What gives you that edge that very few people have?

I hope this posting helped you understand Voice Over Acting a little, or at least what Voice Over Acting isn’t. I will have to write long postings hitting each question in complete detail that I often hear to really clear up all of the misconceptions of the marvelous world of Voice Overs.

I am not trying to keep anyone from trying out for a career in Voice Overs, I am just trying to prepare you for the reality of what it is and isn’t and it ISN’T a get rich quick scheme, because those are all scams.

If you have any comments, questions, or want me to write about something, let me know!!