Cygnet is continuing to open up workshops for artists to join, focusing on performance techniques. Our next one offers an introduction to making your first voice reel. It will be led by Marina Caldarone.
Friday 15 June 2pm – 5:30pm
WHAT IS IT?
An interactive workshop to help you understand what the perfect mix of material should be for a voice-reel, how the various companies make the reels, how the voice clips (also called mega-mixes) work in relation to that reel and their role in getting your voice out there.
HOW WILL IT WORK?
Using real scripts from the audio industry – largely commercials and documentaries – Marina will demystify the business of typecasting your own voice, which is at the heart of the best material selection.
WHAT DO YOU GET OUT OF IT?
Knowledge is Power! You will know why versatility isn’t that useful, yet what we mean by ‘vocal flexibility’, how there are at least 7 different sounds within your ‘own voice’, why you don’t need copyright on any material recorded, how to go about choosing the appropriate reel-making company for you, and what to expect from them, how to target voiceover agents, what needs to go on the Spotlight clip, why animation is an entirely other market, the potential pitfalls of choosing drama that isn’t audio friendly, why you may not need to include a novel excerpt, and many other nuggets of wisdom that come from having made (and received, unsolicited) voice-reels for the last 15 years.
You will need to bring a one minute piece of narrative fiction, for which you think your natural voice is perfect casting. Marina offers a free recording track to anyone who has done a workshop with her if making their reel with Crying Out Loud. Price £18
Marina Caldarone is a freelance theatre and radio drama director who has been actively involved in actor training for the last 25 years and is Drama Director for Crying Out Loud, a voiceover CD Production Company. She also compiles collections for Nick Hern Books, Methuen/A&C Black and is the co-author of the best-selling Actions – An Actor’s Thesaurus.
Cygnet Theatre, Exeter