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Script Genres > English Adult > Narration > Travelogue

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    Alacola Valley

    Script:

    Water. Clear, fresh and life-giving to the crops of the Alacola Valley. Rushing ever onward to the sea. The waters of the Minset River visit this lush valley to replenish the soil and color the land. Yellow citrus, green vegetables, blueberries and ruby-red fruit checkerboard the landscape in brilliant hues. Farmers, who have tended this land for generations move from field to field inspecting the size, calculating weight and measuring progress. Progress is slow. But only with time can the flavors of the Alacola Valley reach perfection. And it's perfection that's what the Valley is all about. The possibility of an early frost and the consequence of even three extra days of rain weighs heavily on the minds of the caretakers. But today is glorious and worry will wait until tomorrow.

    123 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear digitalwiz42's recording

    In my last coaching session Danielle thought she heard something odd about my pronunciation of "s".

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    Peer Feedback:

    Your voice is rich and full, with a great baritone intonation. Be aware of mouth sounds and clicks, as well as audible breaths between words. Try to make the delivery more conversational; it will sound less forced.
    Keep up the good work!

    Peer Feedback:

    Occasionally (like the very last line) you showed I thought some personal involvement with the topic. Too many placed I thought you didn't and it sounded like reading the financial news maybe. This is kind a a schmaltzy piece. You like this place. Maybe like isn't even a strong enough words. As the listener I want to feel like you maybe grew up there (maybe even as did your father and his before him) not that I am listening to a book report. Talk to me about this great place you know about and really appreciate.

    Your voice is very clear with a beautiful full bodied tone and pronunciation and diction seem great, just love the script a little more I think and you are there.

    Peer Feedback:

    Love the VOX sound a bit echo and could hear back ground noise, there is like a phaser quality to the room tone and all over quality.

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    Alaska Travelogue

    Script:

    This Official Alaska Vacation Planning Video is filled with plenty of breathtaking scenes. But more important, it’s loaded with all the information you need for planning a trip to Alaska. Like when to go, what to wear, and what to see. So if you’ve got Alaska on your mind, you’re going to love this video. Let’s begin with snow sports. This is definitely the place. For cross-country and down-hill skiing. For snow boarding, tobogganing, and even ice fishing.

    57 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear stevan's recording

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    Peer Feedback:

    Stevan,

    I find the "recording quality" satisfactory.

    Overall, you have a very "pleasant" easy to list to voice.

    Be mindful, I am an armature, so! Perhaps some additional emphasis on "filled, breathtaking, love,?

    Best, Joe

    Peer Feedback:

    Good counsel and appreciated. Thanks Joe.

    Peer Feedback:

    Some of the lines feel stilted in the first half. I feel like for the first line it's a little too well read and could benefit from a little more energy. This line is downplaying 'breathtaking scenes' to try to sell me on the idea that the information about to be provided is super important. With the tone of the overall script I wouldn't go all out with wonderment and excitement but certainly a little bit of a buildup for this super important info would help.

    with planning...a TRIP to Alaska

    the pause, sudden really high pitch swing and precipitous drop right back down with "to Alaska" really don't sound right to my ears.

    Most of this is really articulated well but without reading the script I actually thought you said "Like Wendigo" at first. I'm thinking "Oh there's a place called Wendigo in Alaska?".

    The level of pitch raising compared to the words surrounding it are really jarring for the "Like when to go" bit.

    You have a really professional, informative, helpful tone to you overall. I'd be shocked if you were unable to find work as you continue to learn and grow because you already sound really good overall.

    Peer Feedback:

    Thanks for the very helpful critique. That's one of the things I really like about this forum. It is so helpful to have someone else listen and point out things which I miss. After all we're not reading for ourselves but rather for others, and hearing from the "others" is genuinely helpful. Thanks again for taking the time to listen and respond.

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    Alaska

    Script:

    Alaska
    This Official Alaska Vacation Planning Video is filled with plenty of breathtaking scenes. But more important, it’s loaded with all the information you need for planning a trip to Alaska. Like when to go, what to wear, and what to see. So if you’ve got Alaska on your mind, you’re going to love this video. Let’s begin with snow sports. This is definitely the place. For cross-country and down-hill skiing. For snow boarding, tobogganing, and even ice fishing.

    44 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear Jerome460's recording

    I would like to explore the travel genre. Any feedback on my read would be greatly appreciated.

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    Peer Feedback:

    Two impressions.

    First. I've been there! I'd love to go back! You didn't sell me on Alaska and all the great stuff it has to offer. The "enthuasm" factor was missing. I want excitement, not Ambian. Realize, of course, that I am overexagerating to make my point.

    Secondly. I played this a few times. The word "with" is problematic for you, all three times it appears in this copy. There were a few other problematic diction spots as well.

    Peer Feedback:

    I agree that a little more enthusiasm is needed. Also, the period at the end of the sentence, "...definitely the place" was put there so you could pause to emphasize these activities.

    Peer Feedback:

    I agree with the previous comments about adding enthusiasm to the read. Also, you changed the script slightly by ignoring the period after "place". It's probably OK for this read but sometimes the intent of the author can be changed by missing the punctuation, especially periods Other times you can ignore commas to make the read flow better. You'll catch on with practice. Good job!

    E

    Peer Feedback:

    I thought the period should have been a coma. Otherwise the second half would be an incomplete sentence? I thought you actually fixed a problem with the script.

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    Alaska

    Script:

    Alaska
    This Official Alaska Vacation Planning Video is filled with plenty of breathtaking scenes. But more important, it’s loaded with all the information you need for planning a trip to Alaska. Like when to go, what to wear, and what to see. So if you’ve got Alaska on your mind, you’re going to love this video. Let’s begin with snow sports. This is definitely the place. For cross-country and down-hill skiing. For snow boarding, tobogganing, and even ice fishing.

    104 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear rogergerardcole's recording

    New to the field. Do not have a real studio set up yet. How am I doing so far? Look for more uploads later. Thanks for your input.

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    Peer Feedback:

    Like you , I am fairly new at the feedback thing. You have a great voice and I thought the recording quality was fine. It did sound like you were "reading " the script instead of telling me about Alaska. I have same issues and it gets better the more you do. Use the words in copy to bring voice alive.."what to wear"..is a question...last line are all activities that should sound like you are doing it..again, nice voice

    Peer Feedback:

    Hey buddy.

    Just a polite heads up. You may want to limit your submissions to like 1 or 2 a day. Submitting 5 at a time, bumps everyone down the list. I did the same thing when I started posting here too, so no worries. :)

    I think u have a decent voice. I'm not sure of your age, but you can definitely hear some youth to your voice. You may want to consider this when choosing your scripts.

    Whenever I approach a script, I'm asking myself "Who am I?" and "Who am I speaking to?" I might play this one a bit rugged and imagine I'm speaking to families on holiday looking for some amazing scenery and outdoor fun. Maybe you want to play this one out as a bit younger backpacker or extreme sports enthusiast? I dunno, but put something into the script that the audience will respond well to.

    The last sentence has some strange inflection with "EVEN icefishing" It sounds too crazy.

    Again you don't need to slate practice samples. Slate your demos and auditions.

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    78 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear cwalling's recording

    Appreciate feedback regarding interpretation and delivery. Also recording quality. Thank you!

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    Peer Feedback:

    Good job! You have a good handle on the musicality (i.e. timing) of your read but it could be a little more smooth (i.e. it's a little choppy). However, it's very consistent through the entire copy which is one of the hardest things to do, even for a good VO talent.. Also, your diction (pronunciation) is better then most VO artists I've heard. I's hire you as is !

    Peer Feedback:

    You are over articulating through the read. WAY too deliberate to get ev-er-y sy-ll-ab-le read in-to the mic-ro-phone. It comes off as very unnatural or very non-conversational. You need to concentrate on speaking naturally and not reading a word off a page to a mic. Imagine you're trying to give this information to your best friend and no one else. Relax and lighten up on the attempt to give precision to the syllables.

    Peer Feedback:

    Delivery was choppy and tone was monotonous. Needs to be more upbeat.

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    Argentina

    Script:

    Argentina
    Mention Argentina and images of gauchos and the tango come to mind. But for many who visit it’s also a country full of natural treasures. These range from its barren northern landscapes to the sheer beauty of the soaring Andes. From spectacular thousand-foot high waterfalls - to its extensive wine region.

    At the center of all this is the capital city of Buenos Aires, renowned for its European sophistication. Despite its size, one-third of the population of Argentina clusters in Buenos Aires, the economic core of the country, and one of the largest metropolitan areas in the world.

    It’s a rare privilege indeed to be able to get this exceptional perspective of the capital, because from this vantage point one can truly appreciate the grandeur of this legendary city.

    Below us now is the famous “plaza de mayo” considered to be the very heart of Argentina. It is in this square that the people have always come together, in good times and in bad.

    88 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear rogergerardcole's recording

    New...no studio yet.

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    Peer Feedback:

    I love this script (I might steal it from ya ;)

    This is obviously a documentary explainer. You'll need some sort of feeling in your voice which is why notable documentaries hire well know actors to convey the message to the audience. They know inflection and intonation. Style, arrangement, tone of voice, memory, improvisation. A script like this might require a heck of a lot of acting.

    I'm only mentioning this, because I take a regular acting class to help me in my v.o work, and you may want to consider the same! Script interpretation is an amazing skill when getting into V.O and certainly worth cultivating.

    There is some really great lines that I think require different explanations.

    Mention Argentina and images of gauchos and the tango come to mind. But for many who visit it’s also a country full of natural treasures. These range from its barren northern landscapes to the sheer beauty of the soaring Andes. From spectacular thousand-foot high waterfalls - to its extensive wine region."

    -This here is the build or hook. You're trying to peak the listener's interest by making this part of the world sound spectacular. You should make it sound so amazing that you're really missing out if you don't head to Argentina soon.

    "At the center of all this is the capital city of Buenos Aires, renowned for its European sophistication. Despite its size, one-third of the population of Argentina clusters in Buenos Aires, the economic core of the country, and one of the largest metropolitan areas in the world."

    -This part could be a bit more sophisticated and moving into the factual. Make it sound important to the economy and function of Argentina.

    "It’s a rare privilege indeed to be able to get this exceptional perspective of the capital, because from this vantage point one can truly appreciate the grandeur of this legendary city."

    -This is my favourite line. You're making the listener feel like their getting something special. You know BBB planet earth? How rare that footage is? It's incredible that you can sit in your living room and enjoy something that is so spectacular.

    "Below us now is the famous “plaza de mayo” considered to be the very heart of Argentina. It is in this square that the people have always come together, in good times and in bad."

    -This final line here is kind of interesting. The plaza de mayo is world famous and should be revered in a way by Argentinians. But the last line is a contrasting statement. Good vs. Bad. I feel like the next part of the Docu, will be about the history of this square, and I'm going to hear all about the rise of the Argentinian Unions, and the fall of Juan Peron and the political rise of Eva Peron, and perhaps more recent political protests. There should be just a hint of the ominous in your voice when you hit the final word. No city on Earth is without it's problems. Would you like to know more about Argentina's?

    Analyze the script and really think about what is being conveyed.

    I won't bother with recording quality, but you need to invest in the proper equipment and recording space.

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    21 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear Jerome460's recording

    I would like to pursue this genre. Any tips or critiques on how I can breath more life into this type of script would be greatly appreciated. Thanks guys!

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    Peer Feedback:

    Good voice. Maybe slow it down just a tad and pronounce "the" a little clearer.

    Peer Feedback:

    There were a number of slurred words and unarticulated phrases. I suggest you slow down and practice just your trouble spots, then the full sentences, then the spot. Break it down. It also needs to be more inviting.

    Peer Feedback:

    Try imagining the pictures what you talking about and give a bit more meaning to the words. Also try to tell the story to someone, you know would be interested in the subject.
    regards
    balazs

    Peer Feedback:

    Your pronunciation of "the" needs an adjustment. Here, it's pronounced "da."

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    Fiji

    Script:

    Travelers are again coming to Fiji after the instability of the late 1980s, and for good reason. Fiji is beautiful, it has a pleasant tropical climate, the diving and snorkeling are superb and it has excellent facilities for tourists, whether they are on a tight budget or indulging in the luxuries of a plush resort.

    25 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear HCOkeefe's recording

    How does the continuity and tempo sound? I'm working on relaxation and breathing techniques to "smooth" things out, so to speak.

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    Peer Feedback:

    You have a very nice crisp voice.... very pleasant to the ear.
    There is a very very slight hum..like a fan maybe in the background.
    I thought your interpretation was decent aswell.... the read sounded more informational than inviting though.... which may have been what you were going for?

    Remove/edit the breaths and a little mouth noise.... and I would say you've got it.

    Peer Feedback:

    Great voice...but his piece begs for a relaxed tropical music track. It would allow you to slow down and focus on the tone of this piece. I need to see those swaying palm trees and feel the ocean breeze....more sensuality.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear rogergerardcole's recording

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    Peer Feedback:

    You need to work on the background noise

    Peer Feedback:

    Hello,

    Mrwolfe is right. Outside of the performance, its not really worth recording with all that background. I can clearly hear a car in the distance driving off. Reverberation and background noise throughout. Not a huge issue if you're just going to practice for fun, but certainly if you work from home. That'll cost you money. TRUST ME. (I once had a national spot ruined because of a little rain. Cost me time to re-record and almost cost me the contract).

    Pronunciation and intonation need some work. As well as the flow of your overall rate of speech. Some notable gaps where there shouldn't be any.

    This script looks like an education explainer to me. It should have that academic documentary tone. You're natural voice is not that far off actually. It's close, but it needs some tuning. It doesn't sound that different from the other reads from your submissions today.

    Vary your voice up a bit. remember this is a performance art. It's all rhetoric, and it's all about how you convey a message to the audience!

    Keep practicing :)

    Peer Feedback:

    A lot of pausing in your reading, making the delivery choppy. Also, heard breaths when you paused.

    Peer Feedback:

    5 in a row!
    Give some others a chance.

    There's an unwritten, but understood, rule not to post more than 2 submissions within a 24 hour period. One reason is that others who might want critique get pushed further down in the queue and may not be heard, Another is that you may benefit from critique from one post and then apply it to your next one. Yeah, this is a lot of fun, but bombing the Forum isn't beneficial to you or others.

    There is also a quirk (one of many) with the software Edge uses for the Forum, that even if you wait a day, sometimes your posts line up, stacked on top of another.

    All of these posts have commonalities and similar problems that you may have been able to correct and/or improve upon had you posted one, read the critiques, processed them and applied what learned to the next one.

    Jumping down from my high horse now.

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    Leeds Castle

    Script:

    The English call Leeds Castle "the loveliest castle in the world,” and for good reason. Built in 857, the castle has been home to such English royalty as Edward I, Henry V and Henry VIII. Inside, visitors can see centuries-old paintings, tapestries and furniture. Outside, the grounds are often shrouded in a morning mist, which, as the day goes on, lifts to reveal exquisite gardens, vineyards and even a golf course. An aviary, set in a walled garden and overlooking the lake, houses a variety of birds, including parrots, parakeets and softbills. But the most elegant activity at Leeds Castle is the black-tie dinner in the Henry VIII Banqueting Hall, served by a butler and footmen. It’s an experience fit for a king.

    20 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear Kate's recording

    Please let me know how this sounds. All feedback welcome. I think this gendre of recording is a good fit for me but let me know what you think. Thanka Kate

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    Peer Feedback:

    Oops - just realized that I cut of the important "but" in the second to final sentence. Fat editing fingers or what! Kate

    Peer Feedback:

    Hi Kate,

    You have a lovely voice and accent! I enjoyed the script as the delivery you used good pitch, tone and emotion. Your voice is wonderful for Narration/Documentary.

    What part of England are you from? As it's a beautiful country and I'm a big fan of British television such as "Doc Martin", "Inspector Morse" and my all time favorite that I've been watching for 25 years now "Eastenders"!

    Looking forward in hearing more from you.

    All the best,
    LCW.

    Peer Feedback:

    Great delivery, great tone. I think the only thing I can point out are the mouth clicks or wet mouth on certain words. It was a very pleasant listen.

    Best,
    Shane

    Peer Feedback:

    Don't worry so much about editing. Mike placement is more important. It sounds like
    it's right at your mouth. Delivery is otherwise very interesting.

    Peer Feedback:

    Thanks so much for the feedback. I will aim to have the mic a bit further away and to one side as suggested. To answer LCW, I am from a small town called Henley-on-Thames in Oxforshire. I currently live here in the US. Yes love Brit TV. Watched East Enders off and on. Our family is a big fan of the UK's Top Gear. We find it very funny. Thanks again Kate

    Peer Feedback:

    "Top Gear" is a gas. I no longer drive, so have to share the cheeky byplay vicariously.

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    Martinique

    Script:

    Close your eyes. Inhale the exotic aromas of rich dark coffee, fresh baked baguettes, and old-fashioned toasty Gauloises tobacco wafting across a small market square. You’re undoubtedly somewhere in the south, maybe close to the Riviera, where the summer heat verges on tropical, but the breezes are cool and rattle the awnings of the market stalls. Open your eyes. It’s a hilltop village on the Caribbean island of Martinique, and you’re enjoying one of those customary do-nothing, coffee and wine-sipping, people-watching interludes that the French seem to love so much.

    36 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear Kate's recording

    I tried to edit out breaths on this recording. Let me know what you think. How could I make the overall quality better. There are still a few background noises. Any feedback on delivery very welcome. Thanks Kate

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    Peer Feedback:

    Kate, the read was very good as I enjoyed it, but I think if you would have added a music bed; it would have enhanced it more. Otherwise, nice performance.

    Take Care,
    LCW

    Peer Feedback:

    Kate, you have a delightful accent, and I was happy that you actually pronounced "Caribbean" correctly. You seem to have a bit of a problem with breath control. Has anybody ever taught you diaphragmatic breathing? It would help immensely with your delivery -- and you wouldn't have to edit out all those breaths. One technique I learned in broadcast school, and with years of practice, is to move your head away from the mic when you take a breath. In time, it becomes automatic. I hope this helps.

    Peer Feedback:

    CAR a BE ehn or ca RIHB ee ehn are acceptable. One is not more right than the other.

    http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/caribbean?show=0&t=1338518390

    Peer Feedback:

    Kate, love your voice and delivery. Breaths are alright as long as they don't break up
    a phrase, which I think you did. Plan your breaths carefully. Frank "the radio guy"
    is right about turning your head, but it has to be learned. Try setting your mike off to the side, or speak to the side. I do this, and it softens the plosives as well.

    Peer Feedback:

    Thanks so much for your comments. Yes breathing is something I need to master and those are good tips/advice. Thanks so much Kate

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    Martinique

    Script:

    Close your eyes. Inhale the exotic aromas of rich dark coffee, fresh baked baguettes, and old-fashioned toasty Gauloises tobacco wafting across a small market square. You’re undoubtedly somewhere in the south, maybe close to the Riviera, where the summer heat verges on tropical, but the breezes are cool and rattle the awnings of the market stalls. Open your eyes. It’s a hilltop village on the Caribbean island of Martinique, and you’re enjoying one of those customary do-nothing, coffee and wine-sipping, people-watching interludes that the French seem to love so much.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear linnyayh's recording

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    Peer Feedback:

    Just a couple of things right off the bat. It's "baGuettes" not "baquettes", need the "d" on "old-fashioned" and "wafting" is more like "wofting" and a couple of others. Here are links for the pronounciations.

    http://www.howjsay.com/index.php?word=baguettes
    http://www.howjsay.com/index.php?word=wafting
    http://www.howjsay.com/index.php?word=old-fashioned
    http://www.howjsay.com/index.php?word=gauloises
    http://www.howjsay.com/index.php?word=undoubtedly

    I think I know where you wanted to go with this - the whispery, sexy voice - but it was overplayed to the point of nearly being comical - not honest or coming from within you -but technical and calculated. Yup, there are some really yummy words and phrases to use that technique on here, but sparingly.

    Peer Feedback:

    Thanks so much for your comments jamesromick:) When I researched the pronunciation of baguettes, wafting and gauloises, I saw them pronounced a couple of different ways. I had to make a decision and choose one, so I jumped in with both feet and took a risk:) LOL I have to admit, when I hear the spot played on this Feedback Forum, I do notice the whispery sounds much more than when I was recording it in my studio. I wasn't going so much for sexy, as I was going for trying to help my best guy friend to reach inside himself to come out of the darkness of despair due to losing everything he had--all that he had worked for. (This was my back story--this is not for real). But as I said, now that I listened to it . . . it is a bit comical. I have to watch this "sexy" sound thing. Someone once told me that my cell phone voicemail sounded sexy. I re-voiced it. Again, thanks jamesromick for bringing it to my attention.

    Peer Feedback:

    Well, I heard it as more meditative and inspirational--kinda ground yourself in the moment with all senses on high alert. It did strike me as over the top. :) You know how sometimes meditation tapes will sound almost deadpan? Almost flat? I think that's to avoid coming off as too purple with the prose. I don't think this script calls for being flat, by any means, but more towards conversational.

    Actually, I freakin' LOVE that you went over the top with it, because it still practices doing THAT kind of read and you're not being overly careful and conservative. Might as well go all out here in practice. Let's be crazy artists and go for it! You can always pull it back, but for someone too conservative, it will be hard to get that kind of enthusiasm.

    I was thinking of you last night when I was flipping through channels and heard a new car ad. I think it was for Acura, and it was a little atypical because it had a young woman's voice. It worked so well, though, and I thought you could have done it.

    Peer Feedback:

    Wow, thanks for your kind words Tonia:) Now I need to figure out a good balance between "too much" and "too little." The VO journey continues! :) I'm so appreciative of this Feedback Forum that we have to practice with! Edge Studio is awesome!

    Peer Feedback:

    I know just what you mean. Edge feels like a real "takes a village" kind of place. We're so lucky!

    I think it would be fun to do some peer coaching via Skype at some point. I was thinking small groups practicing cold reads and coaching each other. Not even critical coaching, even, but simply practice doing different kinds of reads. Kinda, "Okay, and now try it sexy. And now try it angry. And now try it while you're plugging your nose. :)" Just practice in real time when there's someone actually listening in. And then maybe it won't feel so new when it's with coaches and clients. I'm somewhat isolated up here in Maine, too, with no acting experience, so I have some "stage" fright to overcome. Interested? Anyone?

    Peer Feedback:

    Hi Tonia:) I think the concept is a good one (like those Meetups I hear about.) But unfortunately I already know I wouldn't be a good candidate for that type of experience. This forum works because all of you don't know that I submitted my 103rd "take" to the forum or that I have to take a sip of hot water with lemon, then swallow a tad bit of honey, then take a breath, then take a sip of room temperature water, then . . . you get the idea--all before I start speaking:) And then do the process all over again. I'm exaggerating, but it does take me awhile to get myself together in the booth. As far as a bit of stage fright, acting classes may help. I took one at my local community college and it works for me. I plan to take another one this Fall:)

    Peer Feedback:

    Totally hear you. And I think you'll know when you're ready to put yourself more on the spot--much the same way coaches say don't do a demo until you KNOW you're ready. but I'm right there with you on the million takes, so don't feel alone in that. I've taken hours to finish a short read and put it on the forum. It's a lot of work to do the copy breakdown, get levels, try it different ways, pick a tone, record pick ups, throw it all away :-) , start over, learn how to edit while doing it, et cetera. I'm so new...Someday, it will go faster. It won't break my heart when the kids get back to school.

    Peer Feedback:

    LOL Tonia, I loved your last line "It won't break my heart when the kids get back to school." Too funny! And your descriptive scenario sounds exactly like a day in the life of VO hopeful Linnyayh! So glad I'm not alone:) I'm looking forward to the day when it's all like second-nature. Right now, I'm slowwwwww, but each day it gets a little better. Thanks again for your comments:)

    Peer Feedback:

    Used to be part of such a skype group. Can be beneficial.

    Peer Feedback:

    I think you could pick up the pace just a little. Check your pronunciations as mentioned above. It almost sounds like children's audiobook rather than a narration. As far as interpretation, try and be more informative and less entertaining and let the message shine.

    Peer Feedback:

    Thanks Farinavo! Your comments are very helpful! "more Informative and less Entertaining" - I'll try that.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear lcw115's recording

    I enjoy Narration, Biography, and Documentary. Sound quality may not be crystal clear, however tried to eliminate as much pops and clicks as possible during editing. New microphone will be arriving in a few days which will make recordings better. Please comment on performance and would appreciate constructive and positive feedback. Thank you.

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    Peer Feedback:

    Great voice. I would tighten up the space between sentences. Remember that casting directors hear thousand of demos and any of them would push the "off" button after the first monster pause. Your music bed is quite effective without the big holes between sentences.

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    I was trying to create a certain effective that's why I paused somewhat, but I know what you mean in regards to the Directors, as they want the demos to be as quick as possible in hearing the VO Talent's delivery. I will definitely use your suggestions for future reads. Thank you Jim for your comment, as I really appreciate it! Best of luck, LCW.

    Peer Feedback:

    Hi Lcw,
    Beautiful voice you have and it just keeps getting better with every recording. It is also obvious that you are getting better at using your equipment which is so vital in this business; Congratulations!
    Good Script choice and the music bed is very complimenting.
    My only comment was going to be on the pauses but since you are experimenting with it then all I can say is GOOD JOB!

    Peer Feedback:

    Thank you Michael!

    You are not only a great VO Talent, but such a nice person who always gives me encouragement! I really love doing Narration, and with the reads I like to get a little creative in adding music beds to give it a nice touch.

    Once again, thank you for your comment, I really appreciate it.

    All the best, LCW.

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    Hi,
    Nice tones in your voice for sure, but I'm inclined to say that the read here is a bit too sexy/sultry sounding. But that's just my personal opinion. We must remember though that what WE think is NOT that important. Ultimately it's the director of the ad who has the final say.

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    Mutter Museum Welcome

    Script:

    The Mütter Museum at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia promises and delivers an afternoon of esoteric and incredible sights. The sophistication of the high-ceilinged gallery that houses such monstrosities as the Giant Colon and the Soap Lady, may just help us rationalize our interest in said monstrosities. The museum is two floors of dark hardwood display cases, with a library-like stateliness. So shouts of ,"Hey, this baby’s got TWO heads” are entirely inappropriate.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear stevebudko's recording

    All comments welcome.

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    Peer Feedback:

    A nice, weighty reading, although, if it were being read for a tour guide, I think maybe the "Hey, this baby’s got TWO heads” change in tone may be a little over the top. I personally would go for a slightly faster read, too, but then, you picked me up on my speed too, so it must just be our style!

    Peer Feedback:

    Steve I stopped to listen to this one because of the subject matter. My first impression was that it would sound best with a somewhat sophisticated, but not over the top sophisticated read. I was pleasantly surprised that you interpreted the script similarly. So I have no choice but give you a thumbs up on this. I actually think it's alright to inject a little over top character into the read. After all the people who do that usually are. More importantly you went right back to the sophisticated read. I liked it.

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    Napa Valley Travelogue

    Script:

    As you travel further into the valley, you'll visit the valley of Yountville, known for its culinary wonders, and home to the world famous French Laundry Restaurant. Some say there are more Michelin stars per capita here than anywhere in the country.

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    All comments welcome, thank you!

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    Peer Feedback:

    Copy interpretation - you said "hamlet" in the script the word is "valley". Why did you decide to change the copy? You read the script very well. The music was a little too loud in some areas. Good job

    Peer Feedback:

    I didn't change the copy. Just typed "valley" in error...my bad.

    Peer Feedback:

    Great job with interpretation and delivery. Your voice is pleasant as well. A little more "smile" would make this an even better performance.

    Peer Feedback:

    +1. liked it. that was a smooth read, and a nice voice.

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    Okura

    Script:

    Okura

    Wherever travelers stay, Okura Hotels & Resorts stands unique for its legendary high standards of accommodation, superb cuisine, and luxury service. With the most convenient locations throughout Japan and around the world, even business travel will be a rare pleasure. Okura Hotels & Resorts. We’re legendary for catering to those finer instincts. Call toll-free, 1-800-526-2281 for nationwide reservations.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear ejmays's recording

    I'm still working on my natural (non-announcery) read. I've been busy putting together a suitable recording space but there is still a low frequency hum that I'm getting from what I was told is the exhaust fan between floors of my building. I'm working hard to get the space as dead as possible with the first of 4 Studio Suits. Just as I was about to order more, Dan Lenard has sold out. Looking for other options on a shoestring budget. As far as my performance, please, please give me the toughest critique ever. Thank you.

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    Peer Feedback:

    Though the read wasn't too "announcery" Seemed fairly relaxed and natural. Your s's don't sit quite right with me. Not sure if you have a bit of a lisp or it's the mic technique, etc. Maybe someone else can add insight to that. You left off the s on "stands" in the first sentence. Maybe a bit too heavy on the bass with your EQ. I'm not detecting the hum on my speakers.

    Peer Feedback:

    Just listening through my computer speakers, so can't speak too much to the quality.

    I thought you came off conversationally, and enjoyed the read, for the most part. Not much to compare it to on your personal recordings though lol

    Not sure I felt the pause between "even business travel" and "will be" but, I did think the one before "finer" instincts was a nice reveal, but could have even been done a bit more...well, pompously. :) You're catering to those who find themselves to be travel elite.

    The "re" in "reservations" sounded a bit mottled to me, like your tongue almost got lost lol And the breaths could be edited out.

    Peer Feedback:

    Thank you very much to both redrocket and bean420 for your valued feedback. redrocket, I do understand the bass-heaviness of the recording, however, I did not EQ the piece at all. I think I will have to do so in the future; my new tlm 102 is pretty bassy on it's own. bean420, I hear what you're saying about the "re" in "reservations" , it sounded a bit 'off' to me also. I think maybe I was having a 'juicy-mouth' moment (or two). Listening with other objective listeners, none of us detected any loss of "s" on "stands" but your points were echoed in the room everything else. None of your observations are without merit and I plan to listen more closely and take heed to your critique. I have not submitted a recording for feedback in a very long time, so I really, really appreciate your ears and observations. Thanks again, for helping set my new bar.

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    Radnofsky for Senate Political Commercial

    Script:

    Can we really afford another 6 years of broad waste and rising crime? Democratic candidate for US Senate, Barbara Ann Radnofsky will get Texas back on the right track.

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    Audition Recording:

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    Peer Feedback:

    Can we truly or really afford? In the opening question I can hear your voice tremble. Did you intend to cause me to worry or feel afraid?

    Peer Feedback:

    Don't forget to slate.

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    Rapallo, Italy Travel Guide

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    Rapallo is the largest Italian Riviera seaside town. There’s a picturesque castle in the sea, a small harbor and seaside promenade, pedestrian shopping streets in the historical center, and good seafood restaurants. Don’t miss the funicular ride up the hill to Montellegro.
    Rapallo is on the Italian Riviera in the Liguria region of northwest Italy. It’s in the Tigullio Gulf between Genoa and the popular Cinque Terre. Rapallo makes a good base for visiting the rest of the Italian Riviera, as it’s well connected by public transport and has a fair number of moderately priced hotels.

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    This is a consideration for my narration demo. I haven't practiced it in a while, so thought I'd give it a go and see what you think. I'm also going to upload a biography script.

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    Peer Feedback:

    Beautiful voice, Sheri. The pacing is good. I can hear the smile in your voice. The only thing I would consider changing is how you end each phrase/sentence. Your voice goes up instead of down on the last word. Great job!

    Peer Feedback:

    I didn't see as much wrong with the read, except in 2 lines where the pitch swept up. 1) the end of the first sentence, and 2) "visiting the rest of the Italian Riviera". other than that great read.

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    Tartan

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    The desperate tourist's quest for his or her ancestral tartan has brought lots of business - and lots of amusement - to modern Scots. In fact, tartans originally had no clan affiliation, indicating only the geographic base of the wearer. It wasn't until the 19th century's mounting romanticization of the Scottish medieval past that the kilt craze really began. King George the IV kicked it all off by buying £1,354 worth of the Regal Stuart tartan during his 1822 visit to Edinburgh.

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    All feedback welcome thanks Kate

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    Peer Feedback:

    HEY! Great to see you again Kate! I liked this a lot, the tone and pacing were spot on, The topic was interesting as well and it flowed nicely. You sounded very natural. The only thing I heard that was strange was the "...during his 1822 visit // to Edinburgh." the space there sounded a little un-natural. Thing is, the rest of it was so flawless, it stood out a little. It was GREAT! Nodo420

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    Thank God its Friday Night

    Script:

    Thank God it’s Friday Night!
    by Amanda Hesser
    (Editorial from Bon Apetite)
    For years I threw parties on Saturday, dinner-party night across America. This was a huge mistake.
    Saturdays invite ambitious cooking and, with it, stress. There parties had me running all day Saturday and beat on Sunday, because I’d spent half the weekend shopping, prepping, and cooking.
    About a year ago, my husband, Tad and I made a radical move: We started to hosting on Friday. I know, I know—it sounds insane. But there’s been nothing but upside. The Friday-night party forces you to strategize your menu and be hyper-organized—instead of doing it all in one day, you spread out the work over the week, making game-day execution a breeze. Guests arrive excited for the weekend, ready to let loose and stay late. Sure, you can apply the same thinking to a Saturday party, but wouldn’t you rather free up the weekend? Come join me on my Friday-night dinner-party campaign. (1:10)

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    This is an article from Bon Appetit...so I wasn't sure what category it would fall under and just selected Travelogue. I was going for something light, fun, and playful. I didn't want to go too over the top either. Is this a suitable selection for a Narration demo or for an audition sample for ACX? Many thanks as always for the feedback!

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    Peer Feedback:

    first of all. I love your "accent" where are you from? your enunciations are fantastic , but you come across as an actual "foodie" or "martha stewart" person promoting her own brand or show, and not as a professional voice actress, though. this could be a good thing, but it has a quality of being "read". You have a fantastically memorable sound to your voice and I think if you can pick apart your sentences to see where the sentences could be a bit more natural in rhythm and intonation, you'll see where I'm coming from. BTW! My favorite part was the last line.. Great !!

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    Thank you redfrohock! I was born in the Philippines but grew up in Brooklyn, NY, and have lived in South Carolina for about 23 years. I try to fight both my Brooklynese and Southern drawl from sneaking in my work. Which might be why I am sounding more 'read' than I'd want to be...need to be less self-conscious about slipping into those two regionalisms. My background is in theatre so I did take on the character of the 'foodie'...not sure how to handle that kind of editorial material or if it is something one should even use as an audition. Thanks again for your feedback!!!

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    IMHO, the pace is a little swift - in that some of the key concepts get run into each other and the "jokes" fall short, in that you don't give the listener time to react - like an audience. In comedy, timing is everything. And this is kind of an Erma Bombeck kind of tale. (If you don't know who she is, google her and search YouTube. She was hilarious in her day.)

    For instance - the first two sentences: The first one, in my head I can hear the pride Amanda takes in setting one night out of the week as "Dinner-Party Night Across America" like should be a national holiday or something. Then the air goes out of the balloon. Up and Down. Tragic, but Funny.

    Then the exposition and discovery that Friday was a better choice - and it was her husband's idea! Ugh! Oh well, it works. Lemme tell ya why.

    Peer Feedback:

    Yup, I do know Erma Bombeck, but didn't listen to her growing up. So I'll give it more of my NewYorker attitude, fogetaboutit! But do you think this would fall under Narration???

    Peer Feedback:

    Erma Bombeck was a frequent guest on the talk shows back in the 70's - Johnny Carson, Merv Griffin. Mike Douglas. etc. - before there were serious audiobooks. She didn't really read her stuff on those programs, she was usually plugging an new book. But she was a very witty woman, observing the human condition.

    Didn't mean to suggest going all "guido" or anything like that. More to just let the "funny" land. This could be totally upscale and hoity-toity.

    How would you read this:

    For years I threw parties on Saturday. (see the billboard, big smile) "Dinner-Party Night Across America." (pause, almost dejected, shaking your head) This was a HUUUGE mistake. (Here's why) Saturdays invite ambitious cooking and with it, (slight pause, searching for the right word) stress. There parties had me running AAALL DAAAAY Saturday (breathe for the punch line) and beat on Sunday. (why?) Because I’d spent half the weekend shopping,(slight pause) prepping,(slight pause) and cooking! (vocal rise in pitch and exasperation because that might have been time better spent lying around reading the a juicy romance novel or something) (THEN...here's where the husband comes in with the solution.)

    You gotta lay in the subtext, and the stuff in between the lines. A coach once told me that some of it is about answering questions.

    Is there more to this? It might be ok for an ACX sample, but (IMHO) it isn't long enough. If you could get to the next "funny", it would give a potential rights holder a good impression that you could handle a light, comic delivery. If there isn't a next "funny" in the script, see if there's another minute or so to a logical stopping point.

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    The Battle of La Albuera

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    Two centuries ago, the Napoleonic Wars changed the future of Europe forever. The dramatic struggle reached it's peak during the Peninsular War.
    The countryside of the Iberian Peninsula bore witness to momentous events, and Extremadura was one of the Spanish regions which suffered the most during the confrontation between allied forces and Napoleon's army
    In the Battle of La Albuera, a town 30 km from Badajoz, more than 20,000 soldiers fought from Spain, France, England, Portugal and Poland.
    Nowadays, the battle is enacted annually bu the townspeople of La Albuera, when they recreate the movements of the troops on that historic day in 1911

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear TedVoInSpain's recording

    I have a new mic, how does it sound? :) I'm borrowing a shotgun mic from a studio I work with locally and I wanted to test it on something semi dramatic for him. I flubbed the script because 2 centuries ago wasn't 1911, would be 1811, but not the point. I was trying to get the vocal through the mix and see how it sounded. I can upload just the vocal if you want to analyse it that way. Just pop me an email at gmail.com with my username first! :) Thanks for giving it a listen and thanks in advance for the time you might take to listen and critique it.

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    Peer Feedback:

    another quick thing, this went with images, I had the timings to set those pauses but it goes with the images.

    Peer Feedback:

    Ted,

    I am glad you added the comment about going with the images as it really sounded choppy in places. I still don't quite get what image change would cause the big pause between "Europe" and "forever". That one is clearly a deliberate reading choice style desicion I guess, others just seemed like over dramatizing. For example "bore witness.....to momentous events" and "the battle..... is enacted" didn't sit well with me at all. I just thought it could have been smoother almost all through the read. I admit not seeing the images affects my thinking no doubt.

    As far as the tone, clarity, and overall sound I thought it was very good for the script. You have the voice this needs. Loved the music too. A little smoother and this would have been five stars by me.

    Peer Feedback:

    I like the sound you're getting, though thought you might want to dial in a little more bass....JUST a little. That might give it a boost to push it through the mix a little better. I did think that in a couple of spots you were getting a little too buried compared to others. One thing I do on dynamic music (and orchestral stuff is definitely in that category) is to compress the music some to keep the peaks from encroaching into the vocal. Your voice is pretty tenor so dialing in a little bass won't hurt at all.

    Peer Feedback:

    Thanks guys. Larry, Valid criticism. This is an old script that I used and the markups on it from the director were (read) like this. I should tighten up those dramatic pauses.I listened to the original and it was tighter so good call thanks.
    Tom, always a pleasure to have you weigh in. I was thinking the same about just a touch of bass and the tip on the music is right on. I tried to notch out the music a little with the eq but I never thought about compressing it... Very interesting.
    For the record, when I started, I wouldn't have thought of sending a clip without music. Now, to be honest, I can't remember ever submitting an audition or a job with music so it was a treat to do the mixing. Rock ON PEEPS! :)

    Peer Feedback:

    Hey Teddy this is nice. Your delivery is sounding more professional. I'm not going to get into the mechanics, some of which you've already been called on by others. Just like seeing the growth. Keep on truckin' buddy.

    Peer Feedback:

    Ted --
    nice read. great voice for historic scripts like this. I thought the list "Spain, France, England, Portugal and Poland" was a little choppy, but you could tighten that up in editing.

    good to hear one of your posts.

    cheers,
    Dave Saunders.

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    Travel Geek Philippines

    Script:

    From its bustling capital to its island getaways, the Philippines should be on everyone's trip list. With about 96 million people, the Philippines is home to an extensive variety of cultures. Manila alone has more than 12 million people. But as soon as you get out of the cities, you see why Filipinos enjoy such a care free existence. Hosting unbelievable geography and pristine national parks, this is a prime destination for all rugged travelers.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear Mark Lee's recording

    Mostly concerned about performance but any feedback including recording quality is much appreciated :) I tried to silence the breath sounds in between sentences although I'm not sure if it sounds a bit off or weird

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    Peer Feedback:

    Too robotic, needs more warmth and brightness. Your job here is to get people excited about traveling to this place. Smile when you read, smile bigger. Since people can't see you, they have to hear it through your voice.

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    Tuscany in Winter

    Script:

    Tuscany in Winter

    The real Tuscany, as locals have been telling me over the years, is found in the dead of winter, when the crowds are thinner and the rooms, flights and restaurants are pleasantly cheaper.
    That’s what brought me back to the Val d’Orcia in December. I came to visit friends who live here and to experience a Tuscany populated only by Tuscans.
    Bordered to the north by the hills of Siena and to the south by the imposing arc of Monte Amiata, the valley is known for a few things: the cypress trees that line its winding roads, the creamy saltiness of its pecorino cheese, and Brunello di Montalcino, a king of Italian wines.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear dmangini's recording

    This is a practice recording while I prepare to cut my first demo. I would appreciate your feedback on the Performance of the read as well as the choice of material. I am also trying out a new home studio set-up and a new mic so any comments on the Quality of the recording are also appreciated. Thanks, David

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    Peer Feedback:

    Your tone was nice, but not quite as warm and inviting as you may want for a spot like this. Pace was good. Pronunciation maybe a touch to percise which helps make it sound more formal, and less like a friend telling me about it, There is a little bit of back ground sound right before you start speaking, and here and there in the spot. I undertstand,, I fighting trying to get the rightset up myself. The line "the valley is known for a few things" sounded to me like "the valley is known for few things". This was the one time where percise diction went to far the other way. Your treatment of "Brunello di Montalcino" seemed out of place to me , as you did not do simulare with neither "Val d’Orcia " nor on "arc of Monte Amiata". To throw that "accent" in on the third time you say a local phrase,, just did not work for me.

    Peer Feedback:

    Your voice is very pleasant to listen to, but somehow you didn't seem to "feel" the piece. I got the impression you were reading just to get through it. And knm_voice made a good point... "...known for a few things..." really did come out sounding like "known for FEW things." You need to work on enunciation, but also emotion, and tone.

    Peer Feedback:

    KNM, Thank you for the comments - on target and very helpful. Needs to be more like "a friend telling me about it" as you said - and I agree. On the background sound, I will listen to the original through my studio speakers and another better set of monitors to try to find where it is coming from and wipe it out (a little detective work). On the sloppy enunciation on "known for a few things" I am glad you caught that and pointed it out. You really stopped me in my tracks with the comment on pronunciation of the 3 Italian names in the piece. You are correct, of course, that they are not equal and it never would have occurred to me.
    Mike, Thanks for the comments about the emotion and tone. I've been working with this piece for a while now and wonder if it has become too routine for me. I need to get the life back into it. Takes more practice, I guess. Thanks for the comments. David

    Peer Feedback:

    Both comments were nit-picking. Not being Italian, I was happy with your pronunciation
    and happy with the whole read. Nice, conversational, pleasant to the ear.

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    A Walking Tour of Munich - Introduction

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    With a history spanning centuries of building and rebuilding, Munich is one of
    Europe's most architecturally interesting cities. Postwar developments have marred
    Munich's once-homogeneous look, but in rebuilding their city after the war,
    Münchners tried to respect tradition as much as possible. If you, like the ordinary
    visitor, have time for only one walking tour, make it the historic center, the point
    where the city began before it branched out in all directions.

    First take either the U-Bahn or the S-Bahn to Marienplatz. After leaving the subway
    stop, the tour of the historic center begins to the immediate west, where you'll see a
    dignified cathedral with impressive brickwork...

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    Alaska

    Script:

    This Official Alaska Vacation Planning Video is filled with plenty of breathtaking scenes. But more important, it’s loaded with all the information you need for planning a trip to Alaska. Like when to go, what to wear, and what to see. So if you’ve got Alaska on your mind, you’re going to love this video. Let’s begin with snow sports. This is definitely the place. For cross-country and down-hill skiing. For snow boarding, tobogganing, and even ice fishing.

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    Argentina

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    Mention Argentina and images of gauchos and the tango come to mind. But for many who visit it’s also a country full of natural treasures. These range from its barren northern landscapes to the sheer beauty of the soaring Andes. From spectacular thousand-foot high waterfalls - to its extensive wine region.

    At the center of all this is the capital city of Buenos Aires, renowned for its European sophistication. Despite its size, one-third of the population of Argentina clusters in Buenos Aires, the economic core of the country, and one of the largest metropolitan areas in the world.

    It’s a rare privilege indeed to be able to get this exceptional perspective of the capital, because from this vantage point one can truly appreciate the grandeur of this legendary city.

    Below us now is the famous “plaza de mayo” considered to be the very heart of Argentina. It is in this square that the people have always come together, in good times and in bad.

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    Australia – Kid’s Travelogue

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    Sydney, the vibrant, cosmopolitan gateway to Australia, covers the waterfront with audacious Aussie attitude, sprawl, and pop culture. It’s a city surrounded by beaches. And it’s a city that offers some of the most astonishing food on the current world scene, a Eurasian cornucopia overflowing with seafood and exotic flavor. You’re bound to spend at least a couple of days here – take hold of them with both hands.

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    Boston, MA

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    Boston is the cradle of American liberty. From its historic Common to the Old North Church, which signaled the beginning of the Revolutionary War, Boston reflects a heritage that is part of every American. Tour Boston to see Faneuil Hall, the Old State House, the South Meeting House, and the Old North Church. Then cross the Charles River to see Harvard University, Radcliffe, and the common where George Washington took command of the Continental Army. Visit the Ware collection of glass flowers. The rest of the day is free to do as you wish. Your tour director will offer suggestions to complete your night.

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    Cancun

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    Rulers of the ancient Mayan civilizations came here to see the beauty of this land ... a place where the turquoise Caribbean Sea caresses the beautiful sandy beaches. They came to partake a view reserved then only for royalty. Today, more than 1,500 years later, this same spot is one of the most popular vacation destinations in the world. This is Cancun. Located at the northeast tip of the Yucatan Peninsula, Cancun is easily accessible from major gateway cities in Canada, Mexico, and the United States. Just under a 2-hour flight from Houston or Miami. Visitors will find an abundance of sports in Cancun. Jet skiing and water skiing are popular for the novice and pro alike.

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    Beautiful Argentina

    Script:

    Director's Notes (Weekly contest 5/13):

    We are a Patagonia-based video production company that wants to promote our country, Argentina, not only for its culture but for the natural wonders in our region. This is going to be a ten minute travelogue that will be distributed among travel agents, online travel sites, and airlines, so we want to tone that teaches but also that is a little "salesy." The video will focus on the beautiful images of our country, so please take your time with the read. No slate - just one read. You are welcome to add music if you want, but that is not necessary. Thank you!

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    Beautiful Argentina

    Script:

    Mention Argentina and images of gauchos and the tango come to mind. But for many who visit it’s also a country full of natural treasures. These range from its barren northern landscapes to the sheer beauty of the soaring Andes.

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    Click to hear Elton E. Jones's recording

    Hi Danielle. I worked with you a few weeks ago on your 101 Workshop. Narration and audiobooks are genres that I am very interested in, along with commercial. I eagerly await your critique of this read. E

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    Peer Feedback:

    Hi Elton,

    Great voice quality, it has a soothing feel. I think you need to sell the copy to your audience. Speak as if your the President of this counrty. You have the talent.

    Mark

    Peer Feedback:

    Good advice, Mark. I did this one a while ago. I believe I've improved since then. Thanks.

    E

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    Beautiful Argentina

    Script:

    Mention Argentina and images of gauchos and the tango come to mind. But for many who visit it’s also a country full of natural treasures. These range from its barren northern landscapes to the sheer beauty of the soaring Andes.

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    Click to hear Wendi Ney's recording

    I submitted this to last week's contest, but didn't place. What could I have done to make it to the top three? Any suggestions in general about making this read better?

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    County Center Homes

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    Welcome to a Classic Home Town located in the Center of Prince William County.

    Come see how classic hometown living can be part of your modern lifestyle. County Center combines superb amenities with a friendly neighborhood atmosphere, creating a warm and inviting community designed to bring people together. Relax with friends around the swimming pool, enjoy playtime at the tot lots, meet up with friends in the Pocket Parks or on the Village Green. You can also take advantage of the walking and bike paths, tennis and multi-purpose courts, community retail center, farmers market, and even a community amphitheater. County Center. Classic Hometown. Modern Lifestyles.

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    Fiji

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    Travelers are again coming to Fiji after the instability of the late 1980s, and for good reason. Fiji is beautiful, it has a pleasant tropical climate, the diving and snorkeling are superb and it has excellent facilities for tourists, whether they are on a tight budget or indulging in the luxuries of a plush resort.

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    Fish Boil

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    Even people who don't like fish, have been known to like this fish. That's why a fish boil is a must-do experience when you visit Door County. It all starts with a blazing bonfire under a kettle of salted water. People circle around to warm themselves and take in the crisp smell. When the temperature is just right and the crackle of the fire is just loud enough, the boil master adds a basket of potatoes and onions to the kettle. A few crackles later, the mild whitefish steaks, fresh from Lake Michigan, are delicately lowered in. At just the right moment, kerosene is tossed into the fire, exciting the blaze and causing the water to boil over, dramatically carrying off the fish oil that has collected on top. The fish are pulled out and greeted with a generous drizzling of butter. Ladies and gentlemen, dinner is served.

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    Grand Centrtal Tour

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    The most notable feature of the Main Concourse is the great astronomical
    mural, from a design by the French painter Paul Helleu, painted In gold
    leaf on cerulean blue oil. Arching over the 80,000 square-foot Main
    Concourse, this extraordlnary palntlng portrays the Mediterranean sky wlth
    October .. to ..March zodiac and 2,500 stars.

    The 60 largest stars mark the constellations and are illuminated with fiber
    optics, but used to be lit with 40 watt light bulbs that workers changed
    regularly by climbing above the ceiling and pulling the lightbulbs out from
    above.

    Soon after the Terminal opened, it was noted that the section of the zodiac
    depicted by the mural was backwards. For several decades lively
    controversy raged over why this was so. Some of the explanations offered
    were that it just looked better, or it didn't fit into the ceiling any other way.
    The actual reason is that Paul Helleu took his inspiration from a medieval
    manuscript, published in an era when painters and cartographers depicted
    the heavens as they would have been seen from outside the celestial
    sphere.

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    Great Britain

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    The desperate tourist's quest for his or her ancestral tartan has brought lots of business - and lots of amusement - to modern Scots. In fact, tartans originally had no clan affiliation, indicating only the geographic base of the wearer. It wasn't until the 19th century's mounting romanticization of the Scottish medieval past that the kilt craze really began. King George the IV kicked it all off by buying £1,354 worth of the Regal Stuart tartan during his 1822 visit to Edinburgh.

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    Great Britain 2

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    But expensive trinkets can't conceal Bath's sophistication. Once second only to London as the social capital of England, Queen Anne's visit to the natural hot springs here in 1701 established Bath as one of the great meeting places for 18th-century British artists, politicians, and intellectuals. Heavily bombed in World War II, Bath has been painstakingly restored so that today, too, every thoroughfare is fashionable, though more hair salons than literary salons grace its fair streets.

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    Hawaii

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    The best way to see Hawaii's Big Island is to drive around it. You'll soon be immersed in a varied landscape unlike any other in the United States. You'll encounter lava desert, jungle, farmland, active lava flows, warm beaches, cool highlands, and views of soaring mountains and plunging valleys. And everywhere, you'll feel the aura of the mysterious Polynesians who landed here more than a thousand years ago and named the island Hawaii.

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    Iceland Travelogue

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    What Iceland misses in trees, it makes up for in spectacular black-and-white peaks and green landscapes. The town of Seydisfjordur is our home base for exploring waterfalls.

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    Las Vegas

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    Las Vegas, Nevada is unquestionably the most popular tourist destination in America. Yet with all the attention given to this desert oasis, there are still many questions we need answered. Like: When’s the best time to visit? Do casinos cheat? How does one become a showgirl? Sit back, because whether you’re a gambler, a shopper, or just a tourist, this show has the answers to Las Vegas’s most frequently asked questions.

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    Leeds Castle

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    The English call Leeds Castle "the loveliest castle in the world,” and for good reason. Built in 857, the castle has been home to such English royalty as Edward I, Henry V and Henry VIII. Inside, visitors can see centuries-old paintings, tapestries and furniture. Outside, the grounds are often shrouded in a morning mist, which, as the day goes on, lifts to reveal exquisite gardens, vineyards and even a golf course. An aviary, set in a walled garden and overlooking the lake, houses a variety of birds, including parrots, parakeets and softbills. But the most elegant activity at Leeds Castle is the black-tie dinner in the Henry VIII Banqueting Hall, served by a butler and footmen. It’s an experience fit for a king.

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    Martinique

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    Close your eyes. Inhale the exotic aromas of rich dark coffee, fresh baked baguettes, and old-fashioned toasty Gauloises tobacco wafting across a small market square. You’re undoubtedly somewhere in the south, maybe close to the Riviera, where the summer heat verges on tropical, but the breezes are cool and rattle the awnings of the market stalls. Open your eyes. It’s a hilltop village on the Caribbean island of Martinique, and you’re enjoying one of those customary do-nothing, coffee and wine-sipping, people-watching interludes that the French seem to love so much.

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    Monticello

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    Few can leave a visit to the home of Thomas Jefferson unaffected. From the plantation setting to the approach up the mountaintop and the first glimpse of the house, through each stop in the tour, Monticello reveals itself as the inspiring self-portrait of a heroic Renaissance man. As visitors pass through each room, Jefferson's architectural vision gives structure to his ceaseless curiosities and diverse accomplishments, and the artifacts and stories encountered in each location all make Jefferson, his ideas and his world come to life.

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    PEI Destinations

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    As a visitor to PEI, you can do more than just witness the Island way of life. You can live it, too. Real experiences. Simple pleasures. Being active and relaxed at the same time. Any island is its own unique world. Stories, music, recipes, and skills are preserved and passed down for generations. But here you're welcome to take part, and take home some of our traditions. Islanders are eager to help. In an ever-growing series of activities, you can work side-by-side with chefs, artisans, fishermen, farmers, musicians, and a host of people who defy categorizing, but who love what they do and want to share it with you. So if you're looking for a holiday with some real life behind it, you'll find it here. Yes, you might get your hands dirty. You might also get your shoes wet. And your knees stained. All temporary. But the memory of your Island experiences will last a lifetime.

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    What a pleasant listen this was! I know it is just a demo but I really wanted to hear more.
    Your voice reminds me of that announcer for movie trailers. The pacing, the music, and even the script were all great but then, I'm not expert.
    Even still, I say keep up the good work!

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    Rochester, NY

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    Rochester, a city of images, has activities and attractions that are sure to fit your image of a good time, whatever that image may be. Whether it’s a day in the park or on the water, shopping or museum-hopping, taking in a sporting event or a live performance, Rochester has the images of fun you’ve been looking for! Just imagine a city of spectacular scenery, cultural delights, and entertainment galore ... that’s Rochester. And many of the images our city takes pride in sharing with you, have their roots in the distant past, when pioneers had their own visions of a prosperous, new settlement on the Genesee River.

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    Seattle, WA

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    Seattle, like many large cities, is really a collection of neighborhoods -- small towns if you will -- that combine to give the appearance of one large urban center. But take the time to look a little closer and you’ll discover each section of the city is distinct in character, with its own attractions and reasons to visit. If you seek Seattle’s Scandinavian heritage, head for Ballard. If you want a little Asian flavor, the International District should be your destination. Spectacular views? Try Queen Anne, Capitol Hill, West Seattle, or Magnolia. Whatever you seek in leisure, recreation, entertainment, or dining, you’ll be sure to find it in one of Seattle’s neighborhoods.

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    Seattle, WA 2

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    Welcome to the most exciting city in the Pacific Northwest. We know you’ll enjoy visiting Seattle as much as we do living here. During your stay, we encourage you to take the time to savor the things that have made Seattle the number-one vacation destination in the country. Visit leading attractions such as the Seattle Center, Pike Place Market, Woodland Park Zoo, and the Aquarium. Experience our lovely parks and waterways. Attend a play, symphony, or major league sports event. And dine on our world-famous seafood and regional cuisine. Once you come to know us, we hope you’ll want to return again soon, and often.

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    Tampa, Fl

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    At first glance, visitors in Tampa will see an abundance of excitement. Take your time, though, and appreciate its combination of Old World charm and contemporary settings. Hi, and welcome to Tampa. You’re about to discover one of the greatest vacation spots in the South. Perhaps after watching this 20-minute presentation, you’ll come visit us at the Tampa Tourist Center. Ready? Let’s begin. Fine dining, extravagant shopping excursions, legendary nightlife and world-class attractions lead the list of things to do while vacationing here. Tour guides, concierges and local Tampa “experts” share their insider information on how to make your stay a memorable one. Only five minutes west of the train station, visitors can exercise their legs and their credit cards among the beautiful waterfront shops of Harbour Island. Surrounded by the channels connecting the Hillsborough River and Hillsborough Bay, Harbour Island is a luxurious residential community...

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    Travel Adventure

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    (Inner monologue) Back to the old to do list again. Let's see... Climb Mount Everest... done. Snorkeling with the dolphins off the coast of Australia? Done. Sky diving in Borneo... yup, that's checked off too. Barreling over Niagara Falls (chuckle) – Nah, too risky! How about discovering a Land of Lost Caverns in the highlands of Costa Rica? (Reading) Easily trek to view scenic wonders of beauty and mystery... ancient unexplored caverns await... (Said to another person) Hey Jeff / Alice, what do you think of this? (Announcer) Why just travel when you can ‘adventure' travel? Call us today to book your next out-of-this-world thrill seeker vacation.

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    Travel America Magazine: Panhandle Pleasures

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    By Angela Wibking

    The Florida Panhandle, that narrow strip of the Sunshine State bordered by Alabama, Georgia, and the Gulf of Mexico, boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in the country. The sand here is sugar-white, and the waters shimmer in shades of blue and green, rivaling the Caribbean. The surf is gentle, and there's no abrupt drop-off, so you can wade far out into the warm gulf waters searching for sand dollars. Fragrant pine forests, bays and lakes teeming with fish, and lazy, sand-bottomed rivers fringe the shore.

    One of the most beautiful parts of the Panhandle is an area called the Beaches of South Walton. Located in Walton County, the beaches lie along Scenic 30-A, a two-lane road lined with cottages, locally owned eateries, shops, and art galleries. You won't find a chain motel or fast food restaurant anywhere along the road and no water slides, miniature golf courses, or souvenir emporiums either.

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