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Sep. 2016 Newsletter  |  Number 137
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Video Game Challenge - 9/15-22
Stepping Out - 9/17
Creating Characters - 9/17
Toys, Apps, & Spin-Offs - 9/18
Making Strong Choices - 9/19-10/24
Diction & Clarity - 9/20
Home Recording: Audacity - 9/21
By The Book - 9/24-25, 10/1-2
Behind The Scenes - 9/27

Small Group Workout - 10/4
Nuts & Bolts - 10/4-18
Bringing Voices to Life - 10/7-9
Professional Invitational - 10/13
Making It M.I.N.E. - 10/15-16
Musical Literacy - 10/19
Narration Simple - 10/21-22
INTRO: Starting Out - 10/23
Building Your Business - 10/27-11/3
Stepping Out - 10/29
Creating Characters - 10/29
Advanced Narration - 10/30-11/6

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The way you stand and where you look affects the read.

1. Keep your eyes on the script. Only a few seasoned actors are able to look away from the script, keep their mouths consistently placed on the microphone, and remain in character. For most, looking up at the mic becomes becomes the equivalent of avoiding eye contact with the listener. It results in a disconnection from the listener as the "need" is changed from the client to
yourself. Public speakers look up to make sure people are listening, are engaged, and understand what you're saying. In the recording world, assume that the audience
is the paper. It will also minimize timing issues while you find your place on the script again and microphone proximity issues from looking up and down.

2. Avoid crossed or limp arms. When they are crossed tightly in front of the body, you will sound guarded, defensive, and unapproachable. Limp arms result in a lazy and lifeless sound. Putting hands in pockets is also a form of protection. Unless that is the desired end result, relax the arms and allow them to gesture and move freely.

3. Ground yourself. If you don't believe what you're saying, unnecessary movements and tics often develop that detract from the message. You will sound uncomfortable, nervous, and unfocused if you fidget, tap your feet, or step back and forth from the microphone. To sound confident and authoritative, plant both feet firmly on the ground, bend your knees slightly, connect emotionally with the 
listener, and breathe. This posture will help you sound trustworthy.

4. Don't be afraid to show your teeth. A smiling face with an open grin creates a confident, eager, and pleasant sound. When talking about serious topics, the competition, and logical information, you may drop the smile. This positive and neutral attitude requires flexible facial muscles. So, don't be afraid to have a rubber face.

5.Know the size of your character. The more open your stance - legs open and arms outstretched - the bigger, more powerful and more confident you'll sound. Standing with feet close together and keeping arm movements small create a smaller, more behind-the-scenes type character. Turning the body at an angle to the microphone results in a mid-size character that has a cocky, confident

Excerpted from third edition of "There's Money Where Your Mouth Is," by Elaine Clark. To order your copy visit Amazon
Look Who's Talking
* Congrats to Aimee Ollman, Richard Block, Daniel Miller, Kelly Bohan, Craig Heaps, Melissa Thom, Maile Young, Robert Soriano, and Tracy Chiappone. They all recorded demos in the past few weeks.
Craig Heaps landed his first paid job, narrating a video for Guide Dogs for the Blind.
Angeli Fitch also booked her first paid role - a strip club owner in Investigation Discovery Channel's Wives With Knives.
* Adrienne Grechman recently recorded a political spot and a voice mail system. 
* Jen Knight is always busy. Her recent clients include: HSHS Medical Group and St. Mary's Hospital, Moments, Costco, Fitbit, Connecticut Lottery, Linq Happy Half Hour, Nar Mobil, Storm8, and Dream City. Meanwhile Jen's 4-year old son, Jonah made his VO debut, a commercial for Anchor Bank. Plus her 7-year old daughter, Lila, did a spot for Belfonte Ice Cream.
* Nancy Nazari writes and stars in a web series, SetLife.
* Sharon Huff recorded another promo job for Lilly, and another update for the tram at the Getty Museum.
Robert Rossman just finished recording his 2nd audio book and has 3 more in the wings.
* Joe Peralta has done a couple of political spots, a Spanish radio spot for Sears, and has ongoing commercial work for Sony.

Congrats to all who've recently landed agents, recorded demos and landed recording and on-camera gigs. Send us your news and we'll add it to next month's Newsletter.​

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Classes on Sept. 18 and Oct. 2
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