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There's Money Where Your Mouth Is: An Insider's Guide to a Career in Voice-Overs Paperback – May 1, 2000


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Back Stage Books; 2 Sub edition (June 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823077020
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823077021
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #685,040 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Elaine A. Clark is a voice and on-camera actor who has been seen and heard in hundreds of commercials, video games, websites, talking toys and other voiced products, corporate industrials, and voice mail systems. In 1986 she founded Voice One, one of the oldest voice-over and acting schools of its kind. While the primary focus is on commercial, character, and corporate voice-overs, Ms. Clark and her staff of working professionals also teach stage, film, commercial, and corporate on-camera acting. There is a series of voice-over training videos, CDs and cassette tapes for sale through the company website. To find out more, visit www.VoiceOneonline.com.

Customer Reviews

I strongly recommend it to beginning students as well as veterans.
G. Land
I read it cover to cover a year ago, and I've been cherry picking those areas that I've needed to focus on ever since.
Brian Buck
I definitely reccomend this for anyone who is interested in trying this line of work for the first time.
Pat B. Ferguson

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

74 of 75 people found the following review helpful By Joel L. Gandelman VINE VOICE on September 5, 2001
Format: Paperback
Whooaaaa! What a SOLID book! Don't let the fact that it's a paperback fool you. In some 204 pages Elaine Clark, a voice-over performer, casting director and coach, covers all bases -- and there is no padding. It's solid, useful, info that can be applied immediately. And if you read the book and follow her advice I suspect it'll shave YEARS off the typical hit-and-miss process that most of us (including me) go through in entertainment (I'm a ventriloquist, a lower form of voice life). There are many books on virtually every aspect of show biz and we're seeing more on voice-overs, an increasingly lucrative industry due to the explosion in cartoons, commercials, etc. Clark takes you through voice techniques, getting started, copy basics, looking for an agent and The Absolutely Crucial Step: doing a demo (just as most mere mortals are judged by how they present themselves on paper, entertainers are judged by what they choose to present in their demos). It even includes a section on staying on top. Nothing is left out; the writing style is to-the-point...no cutesy stuff that attempts to mask weak content. Each page is tightly-packed with detailed information. It's as if she is having her own private session with you -- and, actually, she is -- except it costs a lot less in book form. Need THE BOOK on voice-overs? This is IT.
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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful By clifton weldon on February 2, 2000
Format: Paperback
I have about 8 different books on this subject, my background is radio broadcasting, Elaine help me to deprogram myself and do real acting, that's what voiceovers are about. I just purchased her video offered in the book and I started back reading the material and practicing everyday. I have taken voiceover seminars, and I find it is a highly recommended text. She also gives you practical tools about setting up an audition tape, and how to interpet copy. The best!
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 14, 1999
Format: Paperback
I wasted time and tape. I frustrated myself with poor technique that I could hear, but could not identify to fix. I went about marketing my self poorly. That's all changed now, thanks to Elaine Clark's book. It is an ABC's of how to polish and, perhaps more importantly, market your skills. A no nonsence blueprint for the aspiring (and in my case, clueless) professional. Although I am a pup, I have no doubt that even the most seasoned professional will find useful ideas. Invest in yourself... buy this book.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Chelsea on October 3, 2009
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I liked this book and the author's easy-going narrative. Elaine Clark is clearly talented and well respected in the voice over field. That being said, the book clearly needs an update. When I bought the "Second Edition" I thought I would be getting more up-to-date info. (This may be partially my fault as I guess I did not scrutinize the publishing date before I clicked the "Buy" button.) There is half a chapter on "casette duplication" and "cassette artwork"! The section detailing salary expectations is also 8 -10 years behind. We don't want to work that cheap! ;) If there isn't a more recent update, then certain infomation should be completely omitted from the book. Reading the above mentioned sections (and some others) made me wonder what other antiquated advice I may take to heart and then make a mistake as a direct result. If you can buy this book at a discount and keep the above caveats in mind, there is much useful information for your tool belt.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 13, 1999
Format: Paperback
I've read this book at least 3 times and learn something new each time! Elaine writes so that a beginner can discover how voiceovers work and even how to analyze the different types of voiceovers: commercial, narration, characters... even voicemail! It includes sample scripts and even marketing tools such as how to structure a resume and go out there and do it. I've booked a few jobs because of Elaine's expertise! A must have for anyone wanting to enter this business.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 7, 2003
Format: Paperback
A fabulous introduction to the art and business of voice-overs. As one of her students, I can say this: Elaine knows what she's talking about. She'll show you the techniques you need in the business and even provide a wide variety of "copy" to practice your skills.
I'll let the book speak for itself. Pick up a copy. Read it. Study it.
And don't forget to practice.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mark A. Neely on July 12, 2003
Format: Paperback
I've read the book and taken Elaine's classes. She is one of the top people in the field and got me started living the life I love, doing Voice Over's.
Great simple tips with easy to understand samples and techniques that push you in the right direction. The message of the title speaks to that if you try hard and study the book you can ultimately make it! When I win my awards she will be one of the people I thank!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Pat B. Ferguson on October 24, 2005
Format: Paperback
This book is very helpful for those new to the industry. It contains information about putting your demo together, about getting an agent, and has sample copy to practice with, and tips for exercising your voice. I definitely reccomend this for anyone who is interested in trying this line of work for the first time.
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More About the Author

Elaine Clark is an award winning actor, director, producer, certified teacher, playwright and the author of the quintessential voice-over book, There's Money Where Your Mouth Is, in addition to being the owner/founder of Voice One.

As an actor, she is a member of SAG and AFTRA, having performed in hundreds of voice-over and on-camera commercials, industrial narrations, video games, cartoons, film and made for television movies. She also serves as an audio engineer, casting director, and multimedia & anime director.