23.10 - Webchat with Guy Michaels from Round Island

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    Dear Voices,

    We're starting a new series of webchats with the industry's finest and so it's time to introduce you to our first guest, Guy Michaels - responsible for the VoiceReels production @ Round Island, his obsession with a high quality end product means he only works with 2 clients a week maximum.

    How often do you wonder how to make your voice-reel work for you? Do you still find it difficult to figure out what the secret is to finding voice-over jobs?

    A live chat covering the two topics above will take place here in this thread on THURSDAY, 23rd October, from 12:00 to 2pm.

    See you next week!

    Voices Pro Team

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  • Carole Richards

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    What time zone is that please?

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    Damn sorry to be a time pedant but would that be BST... GMT+1... Don't want anybody to miss it!! ;)

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    it will be GTM+1 / BST finishes at 2am on the 26th of October ;)

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  • Carole Richards

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    Great, thanks. Hope we'll get another reminder in our emails :)

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    And where/how can we see the live chat? Where do we have to log in?

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    Hi Marina, all questions will be answered here in this topic. See you tomorrow!

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  • Marysia Trembecka

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    I am here, will there be live audio or just web only chat?

    Wondering if I need to edit my showreel bits down further & whether I need to go to a voice reel place to add on to my already done pro credits.

    Thanks!

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  • Carole Richards

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    Is anything happening here for the webchat?

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  • Gabrielle Fritz

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    Hi.

    I have a question regarding my COMMERCIAL REEL. In your opinion, do I need to edit the first piece down further so as to get to my remaining ads quicker??? (the first piece was audio material for an online video, so is a bit long)

    And what are your general thoughts about the order of my ads? The more fun/high energy ones are at the end, for instance. Should I mix it up a bit more perhaps?

    Thanks for the advice!

    Gabriele Fritz

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    Ok - let's go

    Guy Michaels of Round Island at your service

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    Apologies, we had some technical issues but Guy is now ready to answer all your questions :)

    VP Team!

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    Hello Gabriele,

    I'd need to listen to your reel after the chat - if you send it through to [email protected] I'll have a listen at 14:00

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  • Carole Richards

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    How long should each "clip" be within a reel? Is there a fairly standard time before moving onto the next? Thanks

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    Marysia - same here - I'd need to listen to your reels - can't whilst doing this but send them through to [email protected] and I'll get back to you asap

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  • Gabrielle Fritz

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    Hi.

    I have a question regarding my COMMERCIAL REEL. In your opinion, do I need to edit the first piece down further so as to get to the remaining ads quicker??? (the first piece was audio for an online video, so is a bit long)

    And what are your general views on the order of my ads? The more fun/high energy ones are at the end, for instance. Should I perhaps mix it up a bit more?

    Thanks for your advice!

    Gabriele Fritz

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    So. 2 hours is never enough time t cover everything so let's keep it to

    how to make your voice-reel work for you

    finding voice-over jobs

    If you would like me to analyse and feedback on existing reels I can do this after the chat

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  • Marysia Trembecka

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    Many thanks Guy, will send now.

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    Hi Carole,

    No rules here. I find that I'm trimming more and more these days (as our attention spans dwindle!)

    What you are looking to achieve is:

    changes in energy

    hook the listener in the first 15 seconds

    don't veer too far away from the 'natural you'

    ease up on the production (i'e' music and effects)

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  • Carole Richards

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    I thought my question was within the remit? Sorry

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    Hi there Guy

    I have two questions regarding voice work.

    Firstly, I have a Yorkshire accent which people have told me they enjoy listening to (and of which I'm very proud!) Would you suggest that I promote myself as having a Northern voice or just say that I am versatile and can do a range of accents?

    Secondly, do you think I am more likely to secure voice work if I invest in home studio equipment and get a training certificate? Bee Audio are currently charging £250 for this type of training.

    Thanks in advance for your advice.

    All the best,

    Claire Patrick

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