Voiceover Artist Success Secrets David Kaye

VOICEOVER ARTIST SUCCESS SECRETS
by David Kaye

I’m David Kaye. Whenever I speak at or teach voice over classes or am interviewed about being a voiceover artist, sooner or later someone asks me, “What’s been the most surprising thing about having a career in voice overs?”

There are many technical aspects of voice work — things like microphone placement, learning how to bring the copy off the page…and all the technical stuff you need to do to be successful behind the mic.

But one of the biggest things is something I learned from a mentor of mine, Maurice Tobias. She folded her arms and said, “You know, you have got to take care of yourself. You have to look after your body. You don’t realize the pace in this industry.”

You could be running around in the car all day, going from session to session. That is what you want; you want to be busy. But when you get busy, you must take care of yourself. That surprises people who think, “Well, wait a minute. It’s just standing behind a microphone.”

Well, there is a pace you need to keep up. There is a mental pace, a physical pace. And if you are like me and like to stand the whole time, you are standing four to six hours a day.

You’d better have an outlet. You’d better look after yourself. And I mean going to the gym and working out or being active or doing SOMETHING. It takes a lot of energy to do voiceovers fulltime.

You may think I’m overemphasizing this, but think about it: If you are doing live taping or a lot of shows, your heart rate will just be zooming! And if you are in a situation where you need to do a live announce, or you are called upon to do some sort of voice over work, you are nervous. Your heart is banging away.

And you are burning calories. Your body is going through stress. Five or six TV stations need you to get their stuff done right away. You are cranking it out. You’ve got to go.

You are hopping into your car, your session is over in Santa Monica, and you’ve got to drive 30 miles to go someplace. Your heart rate is elevated and your body needs you to be able to take that pounding.

That is a day in, day out thing. So it is important you eat well and to take care of yourself, to look after your body. That goes a long way toward making some of the long days bearable. It is one of the surprising things that people don’t think about. But for a voice acting professional, It is really important.

About Shi Xinning – A Chinese Artist

Shi Xinning was born on 1969 in Liaoning Province, China. Trained in China, Shi Xinnings paintings are influenced by both social realism and European styles. Using the authoritative qualities of both, Shi embarks on history painting with a twist. Taking his imagery from iconic press photos, Shis canvases faithfully represent the world as we know it, the Yalta Conference in familiar 40s sepia tone, the Queen Mum in carriage emblazoned in newspaper black and white. Its only on second glance that Shis alterations become evident. Nestled between Churchill and FDR and conversing happily with royalty, Mao takes his place amongst the great leaders of the 20th century.
In China-fying history, Shi investigates dynamics of both the wests Eurocentric, and Chinas isolationist past world views. Humorously illustrating the Chairmans import and omnipresence in 20th c Chinese society Shis insertion of Mao into the fabric of western collective conscience seems entirely plausible. Infusing the totems of propaganda currency with a sense of normality and humility, Shi re-authors the most cherished moments of collective memory with a Forrest Gump effect, creating a specious mythology based in Hollywood schmaltz and unabashed optimism.

Selected Exhibitions:

2005
The Road Map of Painting, Beijing, China
The Other Shore of This Shore, Pingyao, China
Mahjong, Kunstmuseum, Bern, Switzerland
China Contemporary Painting, Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio in Bologna, Bologna, Italy

2004
Landscapes, Shanghai Gallery of Art, Shanghai, China
New Perspectives in Chinese Painting, Marella Art Gallery, Milan, Italy
Chinas Photographic Painting, China Art Seasons Gallery, Beijing, China

2003
Moyemode, Moyemobude, 798 Art Zone, Beijing, China
China Art Now, Marella Art Gallery, Milan, Italy

2002
Contemporary Art Exhibition, Deduct Fabricate Copy, Beijing, China

2001
Fake Reality, Beijing, China

1999
Contemporary Art Show “Out-of-control”, Beijing, China

1998
Contemporary Art Exhibition, “In the City- Individuality”, Beijing, China

Conclusions:
Shi Xinning had already established his own style and the impact of the work had won him a strong reputation in Chinese art circles.

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Top Five Celebrities That Could Use E-cigarettes

Celebrities are considered role models for the general public. They are gazed upon in adoration, and people take great notice of the things they do. Many people look up to those who are famous, and try to emulate the things they do in hopes of being like them. So, when celebrities do something that is not entirely positive, sadly, there will be those who follow suit and get on the bandwagon.

Such is the case when it comes to alternative cigarettes. There have always been a huge number of famous people who smoke. Perhaps its something about the limelight that inspires them to crave the calming effects of nicotine. So, in the past year, celebrities have really gotten smart and started using electronic cigarettes, and many once notorious tobacco smokers, are publically bragging about their awesome e-cigarettes! We highly applaud their efforts because theyre setting such a great example of themselves for choosing so responsibly, a product that is so much better for their health as well as the environment. In addition, we think its awesome that theyre spreading the word about smokeless cigarettes, and how great they are. Sadly, however, there are still those in the spotlight who havent gotten the smoke-free memo. Here are the top five celebs who need to can the tobacco and grab a stylish e-cig:

#5: Salma Hayak
#4: Kristin Dunst
#3: Kristin Stewart
#2: Jessica Alba
#1: President Barack Obama

So, the Hollywood starlet probably come as no surprise, but as beautiful young women whose careers are stationed upon their beauty, they should understand that tobacco smoke ages the skin with its carcinogenic agents, as well as destroys internal organs by encouraging cancer! Neither of which are sexy, or cool. The number one on the list of celebs who need to switch to smokeless would have to be President Barack Obama. Is there anyone more looked up to than our president? Imagine how popular e-cigarettes would be if he were spotted with one of the fabulous electronic cigarette starter kits?

Artist Helps Dementia Patients

Popular painter Sarah-Jane Szikora has announced that she is using her artistic abilities to help dementia patients.

The northern artist announced on her personal blog that she is currently involved in the initial stages of designing and refurbishing three dementia wards in Bradford teaching hospitals.

Sarah-Jane said she hopes that her personal experience of dementia through her mother’s illness will help other people who are affected by the condition.

She wrote in her blog: “Through art, I can also use the experience and hopefully turn it into something positive for others. We must always strive to see the brighter side of life amidst the darkness of living. Laughter, after all, is the best medicine.”

The artist is spending less time on producing Sarah-Jane Szikora prints so that she can fully concentrate her efforts on the design and refurbishment project.

Sarah-Jane has called for further investment from potential donors as the scheme is mainly funded by charity and only receives a small amount from the NHS.

She added on her blog: “So what we lack in funds, we must try and make up for in creativity!”

Sarah-Jane recently told the arts and culture journal Fally rag that she hopes that her light-hearted and humorous prints of giant gingerbread man and confectionary characters provide people with happiness.

She told the publication: “The world doesn’t owe you happiness; you must earn it. Get on that journey of self-discovery and change something. Art helped me to be happy, so hopefully by offering my results, I can pass a little bit of that on.”

Sarah-Jane said that she wanted to inspire human warmth and connection through her irreverent artwork as she does not want to add to the despair that some people already experience.

“The world has seen enough misery without Tracy Emin’s dirty knickers thrown in,” she told Fally rag.

Life drawing classes at the Cleveland College of Art inspired Szikora’s passion for illustrating the human body, which she has now evolved to create extreme comedy figures.

People interested in viewing Sarah-Jane Szikora prints will be pleased to know that the artist said that she will soon be revealing the dates of some gallery events taking place in July.

The artist also said on her blog that she had the pleasure of going to an exhibition in Newcastle which displayed Fabian Perez prints.

Sarah-Jane Szikora prints have been displayed in Harrods, Selfridges and several important exhibitions across the United Kingdom.

Why Hip Hop Artist Should Use A Virtual Mpc Beat Machine To Make Their Beats

Many music artists spend lots of money every year putting together their music packages to distribute their music. Not too many of them have ever heard of a virtual MPC beat machine that can help them in many ways save money on their projects. Most artists would be surprised at how simple it would be to start using music production software to make beats that would be perfect for their album or mixtape project. Following are some of the great benefits why any music artist in the hip hop or rap business would want to use a virtual MPC.

First thing artist should know is that making their own beats is not as hard as they may think. Many artists have a great ear for what they want and can easily tap out the sounds they like when they hear them. Many artists that are big in the music industry started out as artist and then became music producers for themselves and others. The rap artist Eminem is one artist that has made the transition from artist to music producer making beats for other rappers in the hip hop industry. If you never give it a try, then how would you ever know if you are good at making beats. This brings me to the next point, start making your own beats.

Next thing artist should know is the savings in making their own beats. The cost for production for high quality music can run an artist anywhere from $200 to $5000 depending on the music producer you choose to make your beats. This can kill any artist budget that is just starting out or even an artist that has been doing music for years. What artist need to know is that they can get the production software that the professionals use and have all the tools they need to make a great production for their demo, album or even mixtape. These days a virtual MPC can cost as low as $29.95 to download into your computer and you can be making hot beats right on your computer without the expense of a major recording studio.

Most artists think it may be too hard to start producing their own beats on a computer, but it is not as hard as you may think with a little practice. All over the Internet there are beat video tutorials that are provided by music producers all over the world. They teach and train you for free and give you many tips for mastering your music production skills. With a little persistence and trial and error, you can be making hot beats in no time. The only thing left for you to do is get started and find you a great beat machine to make banging beats. Simply do an online search for a virtual MPC and start to explore the many affordable options you will have to start making your own music production today.

Celebrities That Have Undergone Plastic Surgery But Won’t Admit It

It is pretty common knowledge that many actors, singers, models, reality TV stars, and other celebrities have undergone plastic surgery to make themselves look younger, give themselves the bodies they have always wanted, or improve the appearance of the face. However, even though it is totally obvious that some celebrities have undergone cosmetic surgery, they just won’t come out and admit that they have undergone treatment.

Nicole Kidman

Nicole Kidman finally admitted in a recent magazine interview that she has had Botox injections, but says that was in the past and she did not like the effects of the product. Kidman remained mum on the subject of plastic surgery, despite persistent rumors that the Academy Award winning actress has undergone breast augmentation, rhinoplasty, and liposuction. A simple Internet search of the actress reveals photos that were taken in the 80s; back then Kidman’s nose looks as though it has a different shapes and her lips were much thinner.

Madonna

A telltale sign of use of plastic surgery and non-invasive aesthetic treatments: women in their 40s, 50s, and up that do not have a single wrinkle on their face. Madonna is in her 50s and does not exhibit the normal signs of aging such as wrinkling of the skin or skin laxity. She credits a macrobiotic diet and stringent fitness routine, which includes yoga, for maintaining such a youthful appearance for her age. Plastic surgeons and gossipers agree that the Queen of Pop has likely undergone some type of facial plastic surgery procedure, or at the very least, non-invasive treatments such as chemical peels or laser skin resurfacing.

Kim Kardashian

The reality TV star has undergone non-invasive cosmetic treatments, including VelaShape and Botox injections, on her reality show. However, the buxom beauty denies having the plastic surgery procedures she is rumored to have undergone, such as butt augmentation, placement of breast implants, rhinoplasty, and lip enhancement. While it is hard to tell if her butt or breasts have been augmented, her nose does appear to have been reshaped sometime between the first and second seasons of her reality show.

How To Choose The Correct Makeup Artist

Sylvana is an experienced bridal makeup artist. She is also proficient in photo shoot makeup and other nuances of makeup. It is important that the makeup you do should be done in such a way that it should look natural and flawless. The makeup should also last long and should not be smudged. Sylvana is a well known Adelaide Makeup Artist.

Sylvana does all kinds of makeup from bridal to fashion shoot to cover photos on magazines. Her makeup style is very unique and she has the ability to transform the looks very efficiently. Once you are dealing with her you can have complete peace of mind. She is a pro in this field and she can make you ready for any occasion at any point of time.

She is highly professional and she uses her makeup style at its best. Sylvana is the best Make Up Artist Adelaide whose wedding makeup is immensely liked by people since the products she uses are of high quality and they last for a long time. The makeup gives a natural effect to the bride and the look is very refreshing. As she is proficient in both wedding and photo shoot makeup the looks of the person is attractive both in the event and in the photographs.

Sylvan has an eye for detailing and she does not compromise in her quality of work. She works jointly with her client to achieve the look the client is looking for. She is in this field for more than ten years and is one of the best makeup artists Burnside. Her greatest plus point in her makeup style is that she tries to find the prettiest feature of her client and then goes forward and highlights that area.

While she is dealing with the makeup of the brides she does not ignore the mothers of the bride. She comes up with mature makeup styles for the mothers. They get equal importance and head turns like the bride. She has a great personality and once you deal with her youre going to feel at home. She makes her client feel easy and one can ask her anything about the makeup and is going to answer you patiently. She is the most sought after Makeup Artist Adelaide. Initially she has worked in Sydney and Melbourne. After this she moved to Adelaide and established her business. She has numerous customers and they have built a long term relationship with her. They keep on coming back to her for the precision and the way she gets the makeup correct for them. Most of them believe that she has the magic touch that can make them beautiful in one stroke.

Digital Artist’s Paradise- Cintiq 24hd

If it was possible for a digital artist to have heaven on earth, it would revolve around Cintiq 24 HD. Wacom’s new tablet Cintiq 24 HD priced at $2500 proves its worth with the state-of-the-art technology and impressive design used in it. It is the best drawing tool that any designer or artist can get. People who work in Photoshop, Manga Studio , Sketch Book Pro or painter with older Wacom models, this means a better finesse with a gentler touch at 24.1 in wide screen (1920×1200 pixels).

There’s a reason why these tablets are so much in demand- it is the easiest and best way to do a lot of drawing in a very less time with more fluency and efficiency. Wacom’s pressure sensitive tablet technology is overlaid by Cintiq on the tablet monitor that removes the cognitive dissonance of working on a tablet while looking at the screen. The Cintiq 24 HD has 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity. It uses two button, wireless, battery-free pen with a rubber grip and a pressure sensitive eraser on the rear end. One of the most useful buttons is the one that calls the on-screen keyboard. A perfect combination of on screen keyboard, side function buttons, and the touch wheel makes it easier to forget physical key board.

Before making a purchase, make sure you have enough room to accommodate this classic yet huge drawing tablet. The flat footprint is 80 x 60cm and depth is 37cm when the screen is fully raised. Also unlike other 18 inch and 21 inch tablets, Cintiq 24 HD does not have a rotating pivot. However, it can be raised to the drawing board angle at any time. Cintiq 24 HD has a glass screen with anti-glare coating which gives a slight yet pleasant resistance to the pen. Calibration, however, can be a small issue like it has been in other Cintiq tablets. The user has to calibrate the cursor to match up with their line of sight as the cursor is a few millimeters below where the pen nib hits the glass. But after a couple of tries, the calibration gets excellent.

The Cintiq 24 HD is worth the money you spend, the space it takes because of the excellent quality of work you get. If you are a digital artist, it is a necessity to enjoy the flawless digital drawing experience.

Angelina Jolie And Other Celebrities’ Secret Kickboxing Workouts

Angelina Jolie’s secret to gaining lean muscle mass is her high speed, high endurance Kickboxing training. Taking on blockbuster action-film roles in movies like “Tomb Raider” and ‘Wanted”. Sporting a model’s amazing tall, lean physique, She is known for her gorgeous, sculpted figure.

To get a figure like Jolie’s, Brunswick Ohio Adventure Karate’s Rapid Results Kickboxing is key. Kickboxing is a high intense activity that can burn anywhere from 600 to 800 calories per session. Step aerobics, pilates or weight training doesn’t even come close. The reason that kickboxing is such a great fat-burning exercise is that the high speed and high hitting- kicking involved gives your body the extra jolt it needs to burn off stubborn fat. While burning this fat you are also simultaneously toning up the muscles in the body and gaining muscle strength.

Kickboxing takes a lot of breathing and muscle endurance. Great for the heart and cardiovascular, it keeps your heart rate in the target zone so you lose weight fast. Starting a routine is very exciting one, as one will discover after the initial empowering “warm-ups”.

You’re channeling your frustration, stress, adrenaline into a source of power and confidence. A great antidote to the toxic buildup of frustration in your life.

The punches and kicks that you do will help you relax. It is through this program that you will loosen up and let your inhibitions go as you unload anger, stress, frustration and bottled up emotions.

Don’t give up if the pace of the class is too much to handle at first. Kickboxing training is an intense activity that may be intimidating to beginners. So stick with it, commit yourself to it and exert a lot of will power to keep up, because the results are far more worth the effort.

Joints are strengthened and range of movement is increased by the routines required in Brunswick Ohio Adventure Karate’s Rapid Results Kickboxing Program. A wonderful benefit you will experience is a sharper mind in your work, at home, doing tasks or with the kids. It helps you to develop balance and coordination that allows for increased stability and form.

A lot of celebrities put kickboxing atop their weekly workouts. Kickboxing is great strength, cardio, and core training all in one. Celebs like; Angelina Jolie, Daisy Fuentes, Gwen Stefani, Samantha Harris, Kelly Clarkson and Marisa Miller. Male celebrities like; Matthew McConaughey, and Nick Carter use kickboxing as part of their exercise program to stay trim on and off the movie set.

The Controversial Pickup Artist (PUA) Loophole

Some of the so-called “Pickup Artists” (or PUAs) out there who are good with women are not always the sort of people others would want to be friends and deal with.

What I mean by this is that they exhibit a lot of anti-social behaviors, such as a lot of ego-clashing and always trying to dominate 1-up one another every time to show they are the most alpha dominant in the group in hope of trying to get a girl.

Here you have 2 lions in the same territory, they will fight each other to the death and will never make progress in life.

This can lead to a dark one-sided, unhealthy obsession, and you will wonder why your success with women does not equate to your happiness.

I mean gosh, just relax, its NOT just about getting the girls. Its about enjoying the presence of others and meeting great people around you to enrich your life who will always have your back, and the girls will naturally appear in your life, like an added bonus.

You can be the egomaniacal, self-professed most important person in the world when you are outbut you know what? Nobody gives a $hit!

Everybody can try to show they are the dominant one in the room and the most alpha, but honestly, the thing is, nobody really cares how dominant you act; in fact, they might even feel repulsively threatened. So why not instead let go of your ego and make the other person feel special and let them feel their worth, and they will love you for it and you will be cool in their eyes, unlike others who are trying to compete for it out in social gatherings where people just want to be social and have fun?

You see, these aggressive behaviors were once a way of getting things we wanted back in barbaric time in the past, but they no longer serve us in the modern, more civilized world. There are more boundaries that restrict these human behaviors (for instance the law, you can push it near the edge, but you cant break it) so we have to be aware and socially savvy.

Yes, that is pretty much the first thing we all learn in improving our skills with women and our dating life is to be dominant, but what is dominance?

A lot of people confused being dominant and confident with being a control freak and dont know how to social calibrate their dominance because you can take it too far to being antagonistically aggressive.

A better way is to have what I called “the F.A. Friendly Assertiveness”; you can still be dominant but under the radar, without getting the other person defensive and threatened.

I will dwell more into this in my next article so not only will it help you whenever you are out meeting women, but will also help you become a better leader!