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!
As most people know this is a guide to Voice Overs, but when it comes to acting there is so much more than just Voice Overs. There are two other “worlds”. Live Theater and On Screen Acting. While all of these sound almost exactly the same, THEY AREN’T! How would I know? I am just a Voice Over Actor right? Wrong. I have been doing live theater acting off and on for more than a decade. I am also working on a youtube short video. I will explain how these worlds are different. Voice Overs you are always on a microphone and you you don’t want to over project your voice, in theater you have to over project your voice. Most people don’t have the luxury to have a microphone on them during live stage theater, sometimes the leads do, but they still have to project! Another big Difference between Theater and Voice Overs is a live audience. Tonight I performed in the play ‘Oliver!’ for a pretty big crowd. Quick plugin: if you want to catch the play ‘Oliver!’ come to Camarillo Community theater Friday 8 pm , We have a one time only special 2 pm matinee on Saturday Feburary 26th and our regular 8 pm show, we are also doing are regular two pm matinee on Sunday. Don’t know where Camarillo Community Theater is? It is located by the Camarillo Airport, If you would like you can say you’ve come to see Ryan (helps me out with a contest). are last day of performing is March 13th! Okay that is enough of the plugin and disclosure. Back to actual blog talk.
So, how is a theater script different than a Voice Over script? Wow, well when you are doing a Voice Over you may read your script in theater you have to have it memorized, know when to do what and when your cue is. Live Theater and Onscreen acting sound the same right? Wrong. Onscreen acting has the fourth wall barrier; the fourth wall just means that you aren’t allowed to look at the camera nor recognize that anyone else is there if you are performing in front of a live audience. You also do not need to project your voice, you don’t need the pauses for dramatic affect, well not near as much as you do onstage! When you are acting you have things such as green screens, the ability to remove that blemish in a program before your performance is seen by anybody, make your head explode, the possibilities are literally endless when you are on camera. When you are in the theater making your head convincingly explode is much more complex, if not impossible. When you are doing Voice Over Acting you don’t have to worry about people seeing you, only hearing you.
Which world is the hardest to break into?
Voice Overs is the hardest world to break into. It isn’t that hard to get into a TV show as an extra or even a speaking role when you live an hour from Hollywood. If you don’t live that close to hollywood you can post something on youtube or vimeo and even when you do live that close to Hollywood you still can post something on youtube or vimeo. If you want it to go viral put it on youtube!
I am currently living in two of those worlds and will be filming the third world this weekend(hopefully).
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if you’re an actor, then you know of “the method”. I’ll sum up what “the method” is In case you don’t know what it is.
“the method” is used in onscreen acting and some people believe it is why Heath Ledger died. How could something kill you? Well, it is a way of living, that is if you take it that far. Basically, you become the character you are performing. However your character feels or thinks, you think. If you must be really sad, then think of something really depressing to get into that mindset.
How do I apply this to voice overs? Simple. When I look at a script, I don’t read it, I become it! Every feeling I feel, this is when I start the voice over session, well, I am the character no matter how insane or happy that character is. The second I am done recording the script I get out of “the method” and sometimes have to take a break to feel like myself again. The method is all about emotions and can be quite hard on your mind, that is if you go as far as to live the character you are performing.
Earlier I mentioned Heath ledger. He got into being ‘the joker’ so much that he ended up dying. His death had to do with overdosing, but it was because he couldn’t sleep.
I would say not to become a character all day, just for a few minutes before the script. If you have an eight hour recording session, Then whenever you get a break, stop the method and once you are done for the day go do something that is totally you. If you had to be really depressed go do something cheerful.
Use the method at your own discression. I don’t always use it, because sometimes it isn’t applicable, but I do use it when applicable.