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Voice One Insider  |  Oct 2017                                Number 150
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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Professional Invitational - 10/5
INTRO: Starting Out - 10/8
Nuts & Bolts - 10/10-24
Video Game Challenge - 10/12-19
Narration Simple - 10/13-14
Stepping Out - 10/15
Creating Characters - 10/15
Musical Literacy - 10/18
Making It M.I.N.E. - 10/21-22
Building Your Business - 10/25-11/1
Monologue Magic - 10/26
Narration Styles - 10/28-29
ADR/Looping - 11/2
In The Studio - 11/3-4
INTRO: Starting Out - 11/5
Positioning & Branding - 11/8/15

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Interview with Casting Director, Ned Lott

Ned Lott is a freelance producer, voice director, and casting director. He has worked on feature related projects for Walt Disney Company, Pixar, Nickelodeon, Warner Brothers, and Universal, including Cars, Finding Nemo, Lord of the Rings, Coraline, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, At World’s End, three animated
features out of South Africa and France, and seven Studio Ghibli titles, including Hayao Miyazaki’s Oscar™-nominated theatrical release Howl’s Moving Castle.

He's worked with many of the industry’s top talent, including Christian Bale, Lauren Bacall, Shia LaBeouf, Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg, Dakota Fanning, Anne Hathaway, Angela Lansbury, Geoffrey Rush, and Uma Thurman. 

What’s the difference between directing union actors and non-union talent?
With non-union talent there are so many levels of talent that the strongest actors have an opportunity to rise to the top with solid acting and character voice skills. In directing non-union, you often don’t know what level you are dealing with, so it can be a challenge to find top-level talent in a short timeframe. Overall, union actors tend to be more consistent in their skills. Since they’ve had to prove themselves to get into a union, they are automatically on a stronger level, and therefore the expectation is to find even higher-level talent in that
same short timeframe. With that said, I’ve found equally talented actors on both sides and continue to strive to find new surprises.

When selecting talent, what do you listen for in a demo?
If it’s a demo to showcase an actor’s talent, I’m listening for strong characters, acting, and reading skills every time, and it helps where the demo is good quality. I like to hear something that is unique and memorable, that helps that actor stand out. In regards to a specific demo for a part, I’m always listening for a perfect fit…the voice that I hear when I look at the image of the character and know that it would come out of the mouth of the character.

Besides good acting, what do you listen for when selecting a voice?
Strong believable characters, good reading skills, nice fit with the other voices in the cast, a voice I’d want to listen to for hours and hours.

Can you offer insights into the use of voices in social games, like the ones you see on Facebook?
With social gaming, there are going to be quite a few new
opportunities, and I encourage actors to research which companies are producing them to try to get in the door for voice parts. There will be many types of roles, both non-union and union, and the actor should be willing to go for the small parts starting out. I recently directed my first social game voice session and it reminds me of
the early interactive days before CD-ROM. Small parts and quick sessions, with lots of potential around the corner for larger parts and solid work.

You can study with Ned Lott (IMDB) in November. He teaches In The Studio on Nov. 3/4. It's a jam-packed Character class that includes a timing challenge, matching intensity with sound effects, performing a scene in front of a green screen, singing in character, and looping classic Disney and Marvel films in the recording studio. 
Sunday Improv

Improv games and scenes for the actor and voice actor.

Next session - Sunday, Oct. 22.
Subject: Superheroes.

​​$15 cash at the door.

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