Balticon 47 Wrap up – Part 11, Voice Acting for Audio Books and Audio Dramas

by Doc Coleman on August 12, 2013 · 5 comments

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Thank you, friends, for coming back for another episode of the Balticon 47 Wrap up .  This week we will be looking at Voice Acting for Audio Books and Audio Dramas,  moderated by Bryan Lincoln, and featuring panelists Brand Gamblin, Alex White, Keith R. A. DeCandido, and John Taylor Williams. In this episode we’ll be looking at tips and tricks for making the most of your voice acting, and how to adapt your style for dramatic audio productions.

Our panelists discuss how they go about writing for audio, and relate some of their experiences in developing audio productions from their written works. A lot of these techniques revolve around characters: determining who the characters are, what is the character’s voice, how does the character’s speech affect the pacing, and how even the narration represents a type of character.

They also offer advice on food and drink to avoid before recording, and a few foods to have around to deal with some of the common issues in audio recording. It can be surprising the difference that the right food or drink can make in eliminating unwanted mouth sounds. Or how posture can affect your ability to  find a character.

There is also a very interesting discussion of accents and how they represent not just where the character learned to speak, but essential elements of the character’s personality. There are many resources out there for learning different accents and dialects, but don’t try to do the accent unless you can do it without thinking about it.

This is an incredibly entertaining and illuminating look into the world of voice acting. I hope you will find it informative as well.

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