VO: Tales and Techniques of a Voice-over Actor 1st Edition
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"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
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You may not recognize his name, but you will recognize his voice. And after reading the book you will be a fan!
Harlan's book was far more than I ever expected. I simply couldn't put it down, and read it cover-to-cover in two days, stopping only for a nap. His stories and humor are the stuff legends are made of. What a great read!
I startled my wife with open laughter numerous times while reading... especially regarding "Blooper's Soap"; a term I have used frequently, but never with a knowledge of it's true origins.
The technical aspects, advice, and coaching he gives in the book is up-to-date, highly useful, and informative even for those of us who have been in the business for awhile.
I am a very critical reader, and rarely give 5-stars for anything... but here is a true exception. Very, very highly recommended to wanna-be's, new-be's, and journeymen VO artists all.
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!
The author, who is a wildly successful, long-time member of the VO community, details the VO world from top to bottom. Everything from entering the business, to securing an agent, to being successful over the long haul is addressed. Even smaller details, like how to comport oneself while on-the-job, are part of this valuable offering. It's quite comprehensive.
As important as the book's content is, its presentation is also quite strong. There is always a risk when writing non-fiction to allow the volume of information to be conveyed to burden down the delivery of that information. The author completely circumvents that risk. Mr. Hogan's style is light, entertaining, and often, quite humorous. He allows his knowledge to flow organically from his years of experience in the business via anecdotes and other first-hand methods. I also greatly appreciated the fact that he is quite generous about referring the reader to other avenues and outlets where additional information can be obtained about almost every topic he addresses. It's rare that an author is so willing to direct an audience away from their own book, but in this case, it is done with regularity throughout the text.
I can't claim to be an expert on the topic of Voice Overs, but between the recommendation of my friend in the business, and my own limited experience as I am now exploring this world for myself, I have to say that "VO: Tales and Techniques of a Voice-over Actor" is a 100% worthwhile purchase. I recommend it highly.
Mr. Hogan relates his path to a VO career with memoirs and humorous anecdotes (you can tell he really enjoys his work!), while providing separate "techniques" sections throughout, covering all the aspects of the voiceover profession from getting the work to doing the work to accounting for the work. Yes, even the section on bookkeeping and the IRS is fun to read, while providing critical information to prevent common mistakes.
As an added bonus, you also get clued in to the VO profession's shorthand and lore. Do you know what "wild on the last line" means? Have you ever heard of Blooper's Soap, or know why you can crack up just about any professional VO simply by saying "IN July"? You will after reading Mr. Hogan's book!
Whether you're a clueless wanna-be (like me, at this point), a newcomer or an established professional, Mr. Hogan's _VO: Tales and Techniques of a Voice-Over Actor_ is a must-read!