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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Bug Bot Press; First edition (March 31, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984074007
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984074006
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #181,594 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Yuri Lowenthal, in addition to being a giant nerd, is an award-winning actor of stage, screen and voice-over. He has worked on over 200 video game titles, but may be best known for his work in the popular Prince of Persia video game series, in which he plays the titular prince in Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, and Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones. He's voiced Superman and Superman X on the Saturday morning animated Kid s WB show Legion of Superheroes as well as Jinno/Kuma on Afro Samurai. Catch him currently as Ben Tennyson on Cartoon Network s Ben Ten: Alien Force and as Bobby Drake, Iceman, on NickToons in the animated series, Wolverine and the X-Men. Anime fans may also know him from such series as Naruto, RaveMaster, Kyo Kara Maoh, Gurren Lagann, Bleach, Code Geass, and the film, Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles. For additional credits, fun facts and information, please visit his Web site YuriLowenthal.com. * * * Tara Platt is not a nerd but is proudly married to one. She has performed internationally from London to New York to Los Angeles in film, TV, animation and theatre. In the VO world, she is best known for her work on the series and video games Naruto as Temari, DC vs. MK as Wonder Woman, and Legion of Superheroes as Dream Girl. Anime fans may also recognize her from animated series and features: Digimon: Island of Lost Digimon, Buso Renkin, RaveMaster, FateStayNight, Rozenmaiden, Tokko; Blue Dragon, Bleach, DearS, Boys Be; and in video games: Resident Evil: Umbrella Chronicles, Eternal Sonata, Soul Calibur, Final Fantasy, Desperate Housewives, Halo 2 (ilovebees), Tales of Symphonia, Tales of the Abyss, Persona, and Valkyrie Profile: Silmeria. Tara and Yuri's production company Monkey Kingdom Productions recently finished their first feature film Tumbling After. For more information on her or her credits, please visit her Web site TaraPlatt.com.

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The book is written in a lighthearted tone, but makes its points clearly and thoroughly.
Flor V San Roman
Voice-Over Voice Actor is a really easy book to recommend to those interested in trying the craft, and those already working in it.
MYMHM
The book is well organized and written with an informative, but casual tone, making it very easy to read cover to cover.
Niall Ng

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By George McGrath on July 3, 2010
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I was asked to teach a voiceover acting class and came to Amazon to look for a good book. I bought three of the top rated ones on the topic. Luckily I read this one first -- which made it impossible to get very far reading the others. This is far and away the most well-written, informative, organized and thorough book on just about every aspect of the voiceover business. The authors write with a lot of humor, but also with a lot of information, presented in a step-by-step way that made pursuing a career in voiceovers sound not only do-able, but a lot of fun. They give brilliant advice on everything from keeping your voice healthy, to what the audition process is like, how to present yourself as a professional, to such minor but important details as "don't touch the mike - the engineer will do it." Hats off to these writers -- don't waste your time with the other books -- once you read this one they will look poorly written and full of bad information.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rob on August 1, 2012
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Voice over Voice Actor is an incredible book. It is a fairly easy read filled with great information that the aspiring voice actor might not think to ask about, and the trained professional might not think to teach. The book is well written and well organized. It has statements from real people working in the industry and has some light and funny humor to keep you going. Thanks so much for the book!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Flor V San Roman on May 16, 2011
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This was a pleasure to read as well as incredibly informative. The book is written in a lighthearted tone, but makes its points clearly and thoroughly. I'm just starting out as a voice-over hopeful, and reading this book has made it clear to me how much work is ahead for me as well as keeping the joy for my career choice alive.

There are artistic as well as technical aspects that Platt & Lowenthal tackle and I walked away feeling much better versed in both. I'm eager to employ these tips and tricks!
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By Kathy Boswell on April 26, 2014
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I am fascinated by the voice behind the character. This gives good insight to what it takes to be a voice actor.
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I gave this book to my son who is about five years into a voice acting career. He loved it. It had a direct impact on him because it reflected/reinforced much of what he has learned in his workshops, at conferences and through experience so far, and exposed him to new material. He loved it!!!! Thank you for allowing me to support my son in his voice actor career by having so many selections in that domain.

Sincerely,
Carol A. Miller
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By Niall Ng on June 14, 2013
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Whether you are an aspiring actor or just thinking about committing to acting, this book will be very useful in answering your questions about the voice-over industry and providing extra insight and information. The book is well organized and written with an informative, but casual tone, making it very easy to read cover to cover. It covers the various types of work, tools for preparing your instrument, demos, agents, auditions, and the other professionals associated with the business (sound engineers, directors).

It's also good to know that the authors are both well-known and highly-successful in their field, making it easy to trust what is written in the book. It also includes testimonials from other professionals like John DiMaggio, Dee Bradley-Baker, Will Wheaton, Laura Summer, and more.

If you want to learn more about the voice-over industry, I highly recommend this book.
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"...Voice-Over Voice Actor is a truly fantastic book. The back cover says it is "the coolest book on voice-over out there" and while I haven't seen or read any others on this topic, the claim seems plausible...Lowenthal and Platt have given us something not only extremely informative, but it's written conversationally, which makes it something that is also charming and fun to read...I would definitely recommend this book to anyone interested in pursuing voice-over professionally and to people who are just generally interested in the field. I will also say, though, that a great many of the tips and suggestions that are offered in this book could reasonably be applied to the pursuit of ANY profession or endeavour, such as marketing yourself and maintaining a certain level of professionalism (even while having fun). So really, I'd recommend that everyone read this book."

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MYMHM on January 17, 2010
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If you're interested in voice acting AT ALL, this book should be at the top of your list.
Written by Yuri Lowenthal and Tara Platt, two voice actors at the top of their careers, VOVA is an excellent resource for those beginning their VO journey, while including enough helpful resources to also aid more experienced performers.
VOVA chronicles Tara & Yuri's entrance into the craft, while at the same time providing practical advice for not only the art of voice over, but the business of VO as well.

The book is a fairly comprehensive introduction including sections on styles of VO, auditioning, home recording, demo preparation, and advice for scoring an agent/manager. They of course are not promising you a career in VO by reading their book, but you get a really in depth look at the industry as it stands TODAY.

That's one of my favorite things about VOVA. There is a lot of very good literature out there on VO, but this is easily one of the savviest books written on the subject in this modern era of digital recording. It's one of the most up to date accounts of what it's like working in this field right now. Yuri & Tara are both working talent at the top of their game (each with an incredible list of credits), and every chapter is augmented by other working professionals including directors, engineers, producers, agents, and other talent.
The book has a really fun voice, with information cleverly and intelligently delivered to readers of all skill levels. Voice-Over Voice Actor is a really easy book to recommend to those interested in trying the craft, and those already working in it.

People who purchase will also get access to online resources including practice copy, warm ups, and additional content not found in the current edition. I'm already quite impressed with Yuri & Tara's commitment to keeping the information available on VO as current as possible.

You can also follow them on Twitter as @VOVoiceActor.
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