Connie Terwilliger – ISDN Voice Talent

July 25, 2012

It’s all about the story, and the pictures, and the music, and voice at the end

Filed under: Communication, Musings — Tags: , , , , — connieterwilliger @ 1:27 pm

I don’t often post twice in a day, but my day was interrupted by Online Video Daily – one of the MediaPost enewsletters I get and after watching this video, I just had to pass it along.

What an charming, heart-warming little story this is – don’t be surprised if you find yourself a little choked up by the half-way mark as you start to see where it is going.

Does This Mic Make Me Sound Fat?

Filed under: Recording, Technology — Tags: , , , , — connieterwilliger @ 9:48 am

There is no one size fits all when it comes to microphones. No one price range that will guarantee that a mic will sound wonderful with your voice. It all “depends.” It depends on your own particular physical characteristics. It depends on the room that you are recording in.

But it is always SUCH a huge topic of discussion with passionate opinions on what mics are BEST. It gets as bad as the PC vs. MAC debate.

But it is still interesting to listen to the differences (or lack thereof) between the various mics and their price points – and that is why I am forwarding these links.

Poke around on the net and you can probably find more mic shootouts. I am pretty sure there was another comprehensive blind shootout, but I must not be using the right key words. If you know of others, please post a comment and the link.

July 23, 2012

Cats: Total Disregard for your Studio

Filed under: Musings — Tags: , — connieterwilliger @ 9:17 am

I have a love/hate relationship with my cats.

There are four of them. Not quite the crazy lady with all the cats, but please – someone stop me before I get to that point.

All different personalities…

Lista – the little girl. Skinny and skittish. But sit down and she is right there on your lap with her sharp sharp little claws kneading your tummy.

Louie – chubby tuxedo cat. OK, fat. And when he sits around the house, he sits AROUND the house. (rim shot)

Monroe – orange tabby – AKA Mean-roe – still dealing with his sexuality – finding love in all the wrong places – usually with a random article of clothing.

Ding Tut – the new boy – sort of the color of a Dreamsicle – a stocky, adorable, lover – a head butting, paws around your neck nuzzler.

However, leave them alone and destruction ensues. It always amazes me how they can be so peaceful – sleeping – usually on a pile of papers. And then as they wake up  – the papers and anything next to them end up scattered on the floor.

But because they chortle and purr – and their fur is soft and soothing – I put up with them and their total lack of concern for my stuff. Here is Ding Tut sleeping on a pile of papers – and the end result.

Ding Tut sleeping on pile of papers                  Cat damage


July 15, 2012

Memorize? Who Me? I’m a Voiceover Talent…

Filed under: Musings, Techniques — Tags: , , , , , — connieterwilliger @ 12:50 pm

One of the things that separates a voiceover actor from a theater or film actor is memorization. In VO, we don’t have to memorize. While both are “acting,” the techniques are different. And one of the reasons why not all good stage or film actors can make the transition to VO. And vice versa.

I love the fact that I don’t have to memorize. It goes in my eyeballs, rolls around in my brain for a little while, out my mouth and then it is gone. Sometimes I can’t even tell you what I did yesterday!

When I was doing on-camera work as a spokesperson, I used teleprompter or ear-prompter, so I wasn’t memorizing either.

But a dozen or so years ago, I auditioned for a live “radio show” that was going to be done on stage. After the run, I had been bitten by the “acting” bug. It was wonderful to actually feel the the audience. As a voice talent, I do so much of my work alone in my studio with no one listening. You don’t hear people laugh, clap, hoot, or cough – or hearing aides squeal. The closest you come in VO is being in a studio or ISDN session. There at least you get response and interaction.

So, after the run of the “radio play,” I auditioned for a show that consisted of several short plays. I was cast in two of them and suddenly had to memorize!

And so I did. And that play led to another and another and another. Right now I am in the last two weeks of rehearsal before “Vanished” opens here in San Diego.

My techniques for memorizing have advanced over the years as I incorporated some of my voiceover tools to help. I record my scenes reading all the parts. Then I silence all my parts and save the scenes as separate files. I save all of the files on a CD or in my phone and listen and talk back as I go about my daily tasks. As I learn the lines, I test myself by listening only to the tracks without my lines. If I hesitate, then I can go back to the tracks with my lines and remind myself of what the playwright actually wrote.

So, as we go into the last two weeks of rehearsal, I only have a couple of little spots where the right words are not flowing, but I know where they are.

And the ability to memorize can be incorporated into my voiceover business. There are times when just a little bit of memorizing can help you get off the page and bring a little bit more you to the project.


July 13, 2012

Voices behind those familiar cartoon characters: “I Know That Voice”

Filed under: Business, Techniques — Tags: , , , — connieterwilliger @ 1:10 pm

I’m thrilled and a bit scared to see that a documentary on cartoon voice actors is in production.

Thrilled, because I know a few of the people in the film personally – one of whom was actually my agent way back in the 80’s before she moved to Hanna-Barbara – Andrea Romano.

Scared because it is more exposure to the business of voice acting – which will probably inspire more and more people to give up their day jobs to try to become a voiceover actor. So they will seek out advice – many asking far too many questions that will point out that they have nary a clue how to use Google to find the basic answers so that they can craft answerable questions.

I have included both trailers. The first one embedded here is lots of fun – but look just below for the other trailer. If you are one of those who have always made your friends laugh with your impersonations of cartoon characters – really listen to what the actors are saying in that first trailer. It isn’t about silly voices.

July 4, 2012

What’s Worse? No Water or No Power?

Filed under: Musings — Tags: , , , , — connieterwilliger @ 9:49 am

Woke up this morning to my niece throwing a mini-tantrum after discovering that there was no water and she had intentionally put off washing her hair until the morning. That blew over when it became obvious there was nothing we could do about it, but it could be the rest of the day before we get water back. A main line broke right around the corner.

The city has been replacing all the water lines for months now and they have spent the last week on the big one just about a block away. Something didn’t get buttoned up right I guess when they covered up the hole last night.

But it isn’t wide-spread. If I need water, I can get it easily. And there are plenty of places close by I can go if I need to take a shower. And the weather is cool and overcast, so the garden will last for most of the day without a drink.

I can’t help but think of my friends in the East who are suffering without power in the horrible heat. It is more than their gardens that are at risk.

There is a feeling of helplessness in what has been happening across the country (and around the world) the past couple of years. Hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, fires. All with such fierce intensity that it is hard to comprehend.

It certainly makes you think. But to what end? No one agrees on why this is happening. Climate change – yes – that seems obvious. But why? Cyclic? Induced by mankind?

Since I can’t do the dishes, but I do have power, and it is a national holiday, I have time to ponder.

What strikes me in the global discussion about climate change (using the new phrase now that global warming has been dropped), is that both sides are probably right.

Digging deep into our planet’s past shows dramatic cyclic changes in temperatures. But at the same time, our population has exploded and continues to grow, so that has to have some sort of affect. We cannot go back to a “simpler” time – that just isn’t possible. We need water and we need power.

Would fewer people solve the climate change problem? Would fewer people reduce our need for electricity? Logic says fewer people would consume less energy, as well as less water for that matter.

I just finished a book that sort of freaked me out with it’s story line about a secret group genetically engineering food supplies to intentionally starve people to reduce the population.

No water. No power. Which is worse? Probably no water. We simply can’t survive without water. But spend a little time thinking about what life would be like without electricity. Well, for those of us who are used to life with abundant electricity. There are parts of the world that still don’t have electricity. And many of those places suffer from lack of clean water as well.

Ultimately, is it a question of saving the people or the planet? And who decides?

July 3, 2012

Am I on Twitter?

Filed under: Communication, Marketing, Musings — Tags: , , — connieterwilliger @ 12:00 pm

So, I keep seeing this question pop up on various social networking groups…

“Are you on Twitter?”

Well, yes, I have a Twitter account. @ISDNVoiceover

And I have people who actively follow my tweets. Or have at least clicked on the link to Follow Me. And many of them will probably see this post when it gets fed to the various places it gets fed to when it is published.

But am I ON Twitter? Not very much.

I still don’t get it. Unless I am using it all wrong, it seems like a pull website. Where I have to go to it and pull the information. OK, Facebook is that way too, but for some reason I WANT to go to Facebook and check out what is happening. I just don’t find myself drawn to Twitter the same way.

Perhaps I just need someone to break it down for me. Talk to me like I’m six years old. Wait, the six year olds probably don’t need to be told. It is now in their DNA.


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