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VO: Tales and Techniques of a Voice-over Actor Paperback – November 1, 2002

ISBN-13: 978-1581152494 ISBN-10: 1581152493

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Allworth Press (November 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581152493
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581152494
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #452,432 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Any person interested in a career in voice-overs should read this book." -- Michael Wells, executive casting director, Just Voices Casting, New York City

"For an actor pursuing any facet of the entertainment industry, this book contains a wealth of invaluable information." -- Margaret Travolta, actress

"For anyone considering a career in the voice-over business, Harlan's book is a must-read." -- Mike King, ARU, Chicago

"The best VO in the business has written the best (and funniest) book about the VO business." -- Chuck Cohen, executive creative director, C&C Advertising, San Francisco

"Wonderfully amusing and informative reading-–you don't have to be a potential VO to enjoy this book!" -- Milt Rosenberg ,WGN,Chicago

From the Publisher

In the early days of broadcast media, the booming "announcer" voice typified the limited style of voice-over work. In today's world of ubiquitous radio and television ads, automated telephone systems, games, and Web sites, a much broader range of recorded voices has emerged. In spite of the raised profile of the voice-over industry, learning to make money by speaking into a microphone has remained difficult for actors, broadcasters, and countless others who have been told "you have a good voice." That is about to change. Harlan Hogan, one of the nation's top voice-over talents, shares his secrets to success in VO: Tales and Techniques of a Voice-Over Actor.

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Harlan Hogan's "VO: Tales..." gives a great overview of the voice acting industry.
Jeffrey Parker
Mr. Hogan's writing style is light and humorous, which makes the book a very unintimidating way to get acquainted with the world of voice acting.
Will Crowder
I read it early last year, and have gone back to it several times since for wisdom and tips in my own Voice Career!
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Jay Rose on December 3, 2002
Format: Paperback
I never met Harlan Hogan, but I also started in radio and soon switched to commercial production. Only I was doing it from the other side of the glass, as engineer--and then director--of quite a few thousand national and regional spots, working with hundreds of VO talents on the East Coast and LA. So I know what these guys go through.
Everything Harlan writes is true: the techniques, the way the business works, the friendships that form between actors competing for the same jobs, the life. Except his way of telling it is funnier than real life.
This is actually two books, interleaved. Chapters alternate between sage (and hard-earned) advice on polishing voice-acting performing and job-getting skills, and some of the things Harlan had to go through to learn these lesions. If you're an announcer, engineer, or sharp producer, you'll chuckle over the war stories. If you're trying to break into the business, you couldn't have a better teacher.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 7, 2003
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I am a new vo actor. A wanna-be. I have a good voice, or have always been told, and was ready to knock everyone dead. I enrolled in a class for vo's and I was horrible. I did everything wrong. I needed to do something. So, I bought Harlan's book, VO: Tales and Techniques of a Voice Over Actor. It is laugh out loud funny as he describes his first days and the entire history of his experience in the business.
Not only is it thouroughly entertaining and funny, I learned so much. After I read the book and went back to class, my teacher was shocked! I am sure that prior to having read the book, my performance warranted the, "You better find a new career choice" speech. However, instead of the speech, I was told how much I had grown and how funny I was. This is due the book.
Buy it and enjoy it!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth Calhoun on May 5, 2006
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Harlan's tips and insights are great to learn from; as a master voiceover actor and personality, I found it useful to read his tales and techniques. Largely autobiographical, Harlan's book explains what it's like, the "real world" of commercial v/o, and provides a realistic perspective on how to approach and manage your career; in v/o and/or commercial acting.

The techniques he shares are insightful, on how to read and interpret your copy, and connect with the listener.

Plus, he's an interesting "character" ... I read this book cover to cover, it was that interesting. And useful.

Excellent job, Harlan!

Regards,

Ken Calhoun
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By G. Littlefield on May 15, 2007
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Harlan Hogan provides a lot of explanation of how things work in the VO world (or at least as they did in 2002, when this book was written). He gives great advice while lightly touching on subjects like running your business, jargon, union vs. "pre-union", etc. However, he also offers some insight that beginning voice actors aren't likely to find in a lot of other books. Harlan does this by recounting stories from his own experience that not only entertain, but relate to the major points of each section. He also lets the reader in on inside jokes of the trade like "Blooper's Soap" and the infamous Findus Foods session with Orson Welles. Sure, they're easily Google-able, but how are they woven into the fabric of the industry?

I've done radio for a dozen years, switched to the computer tech side

for another half-dozen and now I'm studying and working on figuring out

where I will best fit into the VO market. This book not only confirmed

a lot of things I felt instinctively, but it also helped me to not

listen so much to the "what if" voice that we all carry with us.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Julie Williams, VO and VO Instructor on March 13, 2003
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In my 25 years as a VO talent and instructor (author of How To Make Money in Voice-Overs Even if You Don't Live in NY or LA) THIS is the best VO book I've ever read. Harlan not only entertains with hilarious stories --one after another-- that every professional talent can relate to... he mixes his entertainment with more "how to" facts than the straight "how to" VO books! He's direct, to the point, informative, and entertaining, all at the same time! I recommend it for talent of ALL levels. In fact, I want to make it available at my future VO workshops. Harlan --what you did here was amazing! Thank you for the laughs.. and for another fabulous resource to recommend to those who ask me about getting into voiceovers!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mark Winston on February 5, 2003
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There are lots of books on voiceover for beginners and those thinking of getting into the business--Harlan has written a book that will help beginners but is also full of information and fun for working pros as well. I've been a fulltime voice-over actor for over 15 years and I not only learned a lot, I really enjoyed the stories of wacky recording sessions and the strange behavior of other talents, producers and clients. Each chapter is split into a techniques section, where you can get the meat in just a few pages, and a story section where you see the voiceover business as it really is from a man who has lived it. Don't take the shortcut! The story sections are too much fun!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By K. Stern on February 19, 2005
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I've never written a review on Amazon, but I like this book so much I just had to do it. Harlan's book is a must read, not only for aspiring voice talent but for those who are curious about the voiceover profession. There's a wealth of information here, and it's written in a style that's engaging and easy to read. My favorite sections are those that describe the way voiceover used to be back in the day, now lost with our world of recording from home studios and remote access with people we'll never meet except over a phone line. Harlan's generosity in sharing his knowlege is very greatly appreciated, and I've pre-ordered his next book.
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