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Inspiration For Voice Actors – by Carl Bishop

Inspiration for voice actors doesn’t come easy. It’s often hard to stay focused and keep all the plates spinning. We work alone. We handle all aspects of our business from the financial stuff to the performance part of the job. It’s a lot of work. It takes focus and dedication. But the good news is there is a large and generous community at our fingertips willing to help. Get online and reach out Professional organizations like WoVo and Voiceoverxtra offer tons of advice and information. Both novice and seasoned pros can benefit from perusing these sites. Bloggers, like myself, offer our knowledge and experience on these platforms, so check them out. Also, it pays to take time to reach out to those bloggers and ask questions. I’m more than happy to share what I know. Ask Questions When you ask questions, you’re making yourself vulnerable. For that reason, many people just don’t ask. To be truly successful in voice over, you have to admit to yourself and the community that you don’t know it all. If you think you know all you need to know, I think you’re cheating yourself. I got an email from an experienced voice actor who …

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What A Director/Producer Looks For In A Voice-Over Actor…

Every director or producer has a core stable of actors who “get it.”  These are highly talented people who can hit the ball out of the park on the first pitch, and make reading very challenging copy sound easy.  It’s their job to make the producer look good to the client—that’s why they were brought into the studio in the first place.  Directors look for key indicators in an actor that will tell them whether that actor can perform flawlessly in a session. The actor who has all of these abilities will be working a lot. The traits that make for an in-demand V-O actor are:   Great V-O actors are consistent from take to take; in timing, pacing, inflection, breath control, volume, projection, accent and acting.  They’re able to match their voice for pick-ups and punch-ins.  They have consistent energy, not only from take to take, but from the beginning through the end of the spot.   Taking direction. Top-notch voice actors listen carefully to what the director and/or the client are saying.  They pay attention to the director and/or engineer’s cues for pick-ups and punch-ins. They scrutinize punctuation, changing it, if necessary. They avoid stepping on another actor’s …

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Introduction to Voiceovers with Jim Conlan – 2 Hour…

MONDAY, August 6th, 6:30-8:30 PM Learn about the voiceover industry: what it takes, how it works, what the markets are looking for. Voiceover is a business offering a wide variety of opportunities. Here you’ll learn what the industry is all about and how you’ll need to prepare to qualify for its challenges. This is a one-night seminar I hope to repeat every month. $50 – LIMIT 8 jamesconlan.com

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Sign up now! John Lansch – Studio for Actors

Professional Coaching for Acting in Film, Television & Commercials Group Classes – Private Coaching – Audition Taping John Lansch is the co-founder of the cutting edge actor workshop in Los Angeles; Actors – Post Guru.  The goal of APG was to help actors sharpen their auditioning skills and learn what it takes to book a role in film, television and commercials.. John has broken down the audition process into 3 steps that will allow you to approach your audition with confidence.  You also learn to look through the other eyes in the room, seeing from all points of view.  The exercises in the class will get you ready for any auditioning situation.   ON-GOING CLASSES ADULTS TUESDAY – 6 – 9pm THURSDAY – 12 – 3pm Cost: $195 – 4 week session KIDS SATURDAY – 10:30am – 12:30pm Cost: $175 – 4 week session TEENS SATURDAY –  1:30pm – 3:30pm Cost: $175 – 4 week session   AUDITION CAMPS An intense 4 days of auditions: Improv/Interview, Commercial, Television and Film. JULY CAMP DATES: July 17th – 20th TIME: 11am – 2pm FEE: $225 AUGUST CAMP DATES: August 7th – 10th TIME: 11am – 2pm FEE: $225 LOCATION: John Lansch – …

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PB’s Joseph Castillo-Midyett as Picasso in ‘Picasso at the…

PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE MAY 11 – JUNE 3, 2018   BY STEVE MARTIN DIRECTED BY SANFORD ROBBINS HUBBARD THEATRE SUITABLE FOR AGES 13 AND UP. Paris. 1904. Picasso and Einstein walk into a bar. Humorous, contemplative and wholly imaginative, comedian and film star turned playwright Steve Martin’s play surprises and provokes. Jumping off from the notion that these two great men were close in age and in Paris at the same time, Martin leaps into a fantastical contemplation of what they might have discussed and who else might have joined them at the Lapin Agile bar. Get your tickets here!

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Crystal Gix in “June” on HBO

Congrats to PB’s Crystal Gix for her role in the short film “June,” airing now on HBO Go and HBO Now! The film took home first place at the Asian Pacific American Visionaries competition this past weekend. Catch her on HBO Zone on 5/23 and 5/26. #PBProud

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PB Playhouse: Shanae’a Moore in ‘Sideways Stories from Wayside…

Sideways Stories from Wayside School Based on the novels by Louis Sachar Adapted for the stage by John Olive Directed by Vivienne M. St. John Performance Location MATCH Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston 3400 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002   Weekend Family Performances Sundays at 12:30pm and 3:30pm April 15 & 22, 2018 Saturdays at 11am and 2pm April 28; and May 5, 12 & 19, 2018 Open to the Public   Wayside School is sideways. That’s how the builder built it. Instead of making thirty classrooms side by side, he built them one on top of the other – which explains why all kinds of crazy things happen there. Join us for high adventure at this wonderful, wacky, mixed-up school! Click HERE for tickets!

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“Becky’s New Car” at Unity Theatre

Catch PB’s Heidi Hinkel and Gabe Regojo in this comedy at Unity Theatre! Becky’s New Car A Comedy by Steven Dietz Playing April 19 – May 6, 2018 Directed by Julia Traber   Tickets: https://unitybrenham.org/   Have you ever been tempted to flee your own life? Becky Foster is caught in middle age, middle management and in a middling marriage—with no prospects for change on the horizon. Then one night a socially inept and grief-stricken millionaire stumbles into the car dealership where Becky works. Becky is offered nothing short of a new life and the audience is offered a chance to ride shotgun – if you had the chance to live a life you’ve always imagined and never dreamed possible – would you take it? Becky’s New Car is a thoroughly original comedy with serious overtones, and a delightful drive down the road not taken.   Sponsored by Steve & Teresa James  

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Free Hip-Hop Workshop at The Ensemble Theatre

The Ensemble Theatre is hosting a FREE hip-hop workshop tomorrow, Wednesday, March 28th at 6pm taught by Kathryn Ervin! Come dressed to move, learn, and have fun! Please RSVP by emailing “hip hop” along with your name to kbrown@ensemblehouston.com. Bring a friend!   Kathryn Ervin is a professor in the Department of Theatre Arts at CSUSB. She teaches courses in Directing, Acting, Creative Drama and African American Theatre and Film and Culture. A graduate of Wayne State University and Illinois State University, she is active in numerous professional organizations. She is currently the board chair for The Arts Connection, The Art Council for San Bernardino County. She is a consultant and past president for the Black Theatre Network. In 2017 she received the Kennedy Center Region VIII Gold Medallion recognizing commitment to the goals and values of the KCACTF and educational theatre. Her recent productions include The Arabian Nights, Once On This Island, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Keep Hedz Ringin’, and Intimate Apparel.

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“Daisy” at Main Street Theater

Don’t miss PB’s Ruddy Cravens in Daisy at Main Street Theater! Daisy By Sean Devine Directed by Troy Scheid March 31 – April 29 It is the fall of 1964. With a presidential election looming, a group of advertisers working for Lyndon B. Johnson unleash the most infamous political commercial ever conceived: the “Daisy” ad. This ad played only once, but it carved a scar deep into the American psyche. Based on actual people and events, Daisy explores the power of manipulation and the moment in television history that launched the age of negative ad campaigns — and forever changed how we elect our leaders. Find out more and get tickets here!

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SXSW Film Festival Jury Awards: ‘Thunder Road’ By Jim…

Congrats to Kendal Farr! The South by Southwest Conference and Festivals has announced its 2018 Jury and Special Award winners of the SXSW Film Festival Awards, with Thunder Road by director Jim Cummings taking home the coveted narrative feature award. Read the Deadline article here!

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Behind the Scenes with Casting Director Jo Edna Boldin

New Mexico Casting Director Jo Edna Boldin March 13, 2018 Courtesy of NMFO Filmcast Jo Edna Boldin has been in casting for more than 25 years. Her resume reads like a list of some of the Best Films Ever Made. Listen in as Jo Edna explains what a casting director does, what she looks for in an actor, how to get a start and audition tips to get the gig. If you are interested in acting in film and television, don’t miss this interview!        

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“This is a Woman to Watch”

PB’s Samantha Walker has received a rave review for her performance in Firecracker Productions recent play, “Love/Sick” at Obsidian Theater. Check it out below! “Samantha Walker…casting folks take notice….this is a woman to watch. Cast in the less interesting vignettes, Walker nonetheless captures our attention with her ability to go from zero to one hundred on the emotional scale in a matter of seconds. From gleeful over an expected proposal to dejected over being dumped. From to hopeful about children to realizing that her husband wants none. From the joy then sorrow of meeting your ex unexpectedly. Walker’s range and speed of dramatic trajectory is astonishing to watch.” – Jessica Goldman Performances of Love/Sick continue through March 17 at Obsidian Theater, 3522 White Oak For information,  call 832-889-7837 or visit firecrackerproductions.org. $10 to $20. Read the HoustonPress article here!

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And The Award for Best Actress Goes To…

Congrats to PB’s Tam Jackson for receiving the award for Best Actress at The Idyllwild International Festival of Cinema! #PBProud Check out the list of winners here!

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PB Proud – Amanda Gamel

PB’s Amanda Gamel has been teaching hip-hop, ballet, contemporary and fitness dance classes in schools and orphanages around Africa! How can you share your gifts with the world? ?✨ #PBProud

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“Caroline” at SXSW

We can’t wait to see Tam Jackson in this short film, “Caroline”, premiering at SXSW on March 10th! Check out the link below for screening dates and to watch the trailer. #PBProud https://schedule.sxsw.com/2018/films/122287

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2017 Houston Theater Awards

The Houston Press has announced the winners and finalists for the 2017 Houston Theater Awards. Pastorini-Bosby Talent whole-heartedly congratulates the following;  we are PROUD to represent you!   Finalists for Best Actor: Adam Gibbs – LOBBY HERO Nick Farco – TRUE WEST   Finalist for Best Actress: Chelsea Ryan McCurdy – MATT & BEN   Finalists for Best Supporting Actor: Rutherford Cravens – BURIED CHILD Blake Weir – WOLF HALL and BRING UP THE BODIES Drake Simpson – TRUE WEST   Best Play/Production LOBBY HERO – directed by P-B’s  Kim Tobin-Lehl and Jennifer Dean.   Best Director: Kim Tobin-Lehl – TRUE WEST   Finalists for Best Director: Justin Doran – GODSPELL Chris Patton – HEDWIG   Best Utility Player: Chelsea Ryan McCurdy – MATT & BEN; FIVE COURSE LOVE;  LOBBY HERO;  GODSPELL   Congratulations to All Of You! #PBProud

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PB Talent’s Grant Garrison and Manda Emery book NBC’s…

Be sure to check out PB Talent’s Grant Garrison and Manda Emery in this season of NBC’s The Night Shift!  The Night Shift is on Thursdays at 10/9c!  If you missed any of the episodes, take a look at their site!  https://www.nbc.com/the-night-shift

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PB’s Natan Cruz on The Son premiering this year…

Based on Philipp Meyer’s acclaimed novel, the multigenerational epic will follow two concurrent time periods: One, the story of young Eli McCullough after he is kidnapped and indoctrinated into a tribe of Comanches in 1849. The other, 60 years later, when we see a grown Eli struggle to maintain his family’s cattle empire during the turbulent Bandit Wars of South Texas. Actor Pierce Brosnan will play the role of Eli, the charismatic patriarch of the McCullough family who applies the brutal Comanche worldview to his business dealings. Born on the day Texas became an independent Republic, “The First Son of Texas” is a relic of the Wild West, uneasy with the inexorable taming of Texas and the uncertain future of his legacy. The Son is set to premiere in 2017 with 10 one-hour episodes. http://www.amc.com/shows/the-son 

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Our Interview with Kevin Leech

Katy’s interview with the creator of ipDTL, Kevin Leech! Listen in to find out all about the latest in voice over technology.  

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Check out this great article by PB’s Bettye Zoller!

Be sure to check out this great article written by PB’s talented Bettye Zoller! #PBProud https://www.voiceoverxtra.com/article.htm?id=J71J35WG&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+VoiceOverXtraArticles+%28VoiceOverXtra+Articles%29     Source: Pastorini Bosby – Home