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Sample Voice Over Scripts - PSA Script Samples

Script Genres > English Adult > Commercial > Public Service Announcement (PSA)

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    1-877-KIDS NOW

    Script:

    Today, parents have a lot of hard choices, pay the phone bill or pay the doctor. Fill the fridge or fill a prescription. But there’s a choice that can make life easier---calling 1-877-KIDS NOW. That’s because every state now offers low cost and free health coverage for kids. Even working families can get the card for Dr. visits, prescriptions and more. So if your kids aren’t insured, call 1-877-KIDS NOW. Write it down—because you’ve got enough to worry about.

    183 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear Tonia's recording

    Sorry if this comes up twice. Something went wonky uploading the first time. I'm trying to slow my pacing and sound more conversational. Thanks!

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    Peer Feedback:

    Hi Tonia,
    I hear some of your add ins - which does sound casual. Good job.
    I think it would help to have a slight change in the tone between the problem that's presented - the hard choices of feeding family or buying meds - and calling call 1-877-KIDS NOW. This is the solution so a little more smile in the read at that point might help.
    Also, the tone at the beginning sounds a bit sarcastic... maybe it's the choppy nature. It could be smoothed out a bit more - less pause between "pay the phone bill OR pay the doctor". And again less pause between "Fill the fridge or fill a prescription."
    My favorite part is the end - "because you've got enough to worry about". I think it captured the tone of the piece... so many concerns - and here's the answer.
    Keep up the good work!
    ~Melanie

    Peer Feedback:

    Melanie, thank you! Lots of great details to your crit that really help me break it down and figure out what worked and didn't. Much appreciated!

    Peer Feedback:

    Hi, like your voice but hear humming in background.

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    1-877-KIDS NOW

    Script:

    Today, parents have a lot of hard choices, pay the phone bill or pay the doctor. Fill the fridge or fill a prescription. But there’s a choice that can make life easier---calling 1-877-KIDS NOW. That’s because every state now offers low cost and free health coverage for kids. Even working families can get the card for Dr. visits, prescriptions and more. So if your kids aren’t insured, call 1-877-KIDS NOW. Write it down—because you’ve got enough to worry about.

    127 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear tsweezey's recording

    It's been some time since I've recorded a VO although I do shoot regular promotional type videos. I'm hoping that my video performance bleeds over into my VO's (in a good way). Well, that's my "hope." I'd love to hear some feedback, and please be as critical as you need to be.

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    Peer Feedback:

    Good job! I like the tone of your voice. It is really friendly. It's perfect for this type of spot.

    Peer Feedback:

    Very nice. I can offer only a couple of nit picky tweaks.

    First is the more colloquial delivery. It was pretty consistent through out, beginning with the first sentence with "...lotta hard choices" and a "git" for "get" down the line.

    The recording is crisp, but just a touch sibilant. A little de-essing might be in order to soften it a bit.

    I'm of the Nancy Wolfson school of non-laughter. That little chuckle at the end is possibly something to steer away from. In fact, I got a second confirmation to avoid laughing or chuckling - unless the director or spec specifically calls for it - from a VO booth director at one of the major talent agencies here in NYC. The guy's directed hundreds of sessions, so I trust his judgement.

    Peer Feedback:

    what James said. really nice read.
    the only thing I noticed was that you threw away "calling"...maybe shouldn't've. Also "So,"...
    typically, (according to David Goldberg) small words at the beginning should be hit fairly hard - or they'll be totally drowned out by the music, etc.

    I like the spot a lot.
    cheers,
    DS

    Peer Feedback:

    Tsweezy,

    I like you delivery. It is smooth and good inflection. Music bed is at a good level and doesn't drown you out.

    Peer Feedback:

    Very good sounding recording to me. I think there should be a slight pause between "easier" and "calling" and also the "calling" part of that should be emphasized more than you did. Also you did say "doctors visits." Other than that, good recording.

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    A Voice Actors Voice (borrowed from Edge Studio Script Samples)

    Script:

    This...is my voice.

    There is no music, and there are no sound effects...only th pure, clear sound, recorded for your ears.

    I am a voice over artist, a voice actor, a voice talent, and I can convey my message in many ways, in many tones and with many emotions.

    I can speak in a very light whisper, to share an intimate message with you. Or my voice can boom deeply, demanding respect from those who are listening. My voice can express sympathy to someone who has just experienced a great loss, or it can reflect the happiness one feels after having accomplished something great!

    I sit (or stand) before this tube constructed of metals, of plastics, of wires and of silicon, which listens patiently to me, as if it were alive, like a mistress, hour after hour, day after day, and night after night. It never judges me, however it is a reflection of me...one which is neither vengeful, nor forgiving.

    I am a voice actor...and this is my voice.

    93 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear Moni's recording

    Working on versatility, expression.

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    Peer Feedback:

    You have a really nice voice for this, but it sounds really forced the entire way through.

    Peer Feedback:

    Moni,
    I'm only going to focus on one part of the script but the point made applies to the whole.

    "I sit (or stand) before this tube constructed of metals, of plastics, of wires and of silicon, which listens patiently to me, as if it were alive, like a mistress, hour after hour, day after day, and night after night. It never judges me, however it is a reflection of me...one which is neither vengeful, nor forgiving."

    Since you cited the fact that you are working on versatility and expression let me draw your attention to this segment of the script. Your approach to this is nothing short of just reading. There is no emotion or feeling in the delivery. Go back to the beginning of that segment and put wistfulness in your words. You want to tenderly list the the components in a way no one else feels. Why? Because of the relationship you have with that microphone. It listens to you, patiently and lovingly despite all your flaws and yet it won't give you a free ride on your mistakes. It can be your greatest love and your harshest critic. And yet:

    "It never judges me, however it is a reflection of me...one which is neither vengeful, nor forgiving."

    If you seek versatility and expression in your reads you MUST interpret the script properly. Only then will you get what you are after.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear jimbobway's recording

    A worthy endeavor (AARP's Create the Good). Thanks - Jim

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    Peer Feedback:

    Really Really Nice Jim. I just finished editing (and am going to nap a bit) but I always find so much to like about your submissions. The flow and inflection was subtle and it added to the read. Nicely done. Nodo420

    Peer Feedback:

    Really good! So good that I'm dissuaded from doing it like an elderly person.

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    Excellent! Nice read and good choice of music. We could all learn a lot from this read.

    Keep up the good work.

    Scott

    Peer Feedback:

    Really Nice. Sounds Great !!

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    53 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear jimbobway's recording

    An re-do of an oldie... Thanks - Jim

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    Peer Feedback:

    Jim, this is so good! Your voice is perfect for this. You have a unique voice and one that really holds my attention. Your pace and inflection is spot on! You have me asking myself if I'm really doing enough. Message received. Excellent read!

    Peer Feedback:

    wonderful to listen good job
    regards balazs

    Peer Feedback:

    Great read Jim, your voice was clear, right pace, music.....you really delivered the message and your voice is so deep that I have to agree with West's comment...we ask ourselves if we are really doing enough.......Fantastic read!

    Peer Feedback:

    Thank you, wonderful colleagues. You're far too generous with your praise, but I'm very grateful, regardless. - Jim

    Peer Feedback:

    Gorgeously smooth delivery and your interpretation was excellent. I do feel like your connection to the message and audience was strong through most of this, only drifting in and out a bit as it went on. Sounded like you were thinking just a little too hard in the second half. Wow, really impressive though.

    Peer Feedback:

    I loved this recording! It was very believable. The only thing that could possibly be improved upon would be the timing of the music. Although it was a good fit, it didn't seem to come to a "natural" end when you finished the read. It seemed like the music was cut off. Other than that, I think it was fantastic!

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    AARP

    Script:

    AARP
    It’s right in your own backyard.
    While it may be hard to believe, roughly five million Americans don’t even know where their next meal will come from.
    In communities just like yours, there are many who need help.
    Join people across the country who are coming together with AARP Create the Good, to end hunger.
    Start today. It can be as easy as giving food or money to your local area food bank, or getting tips to start your own food drive.
    Whatever level of involvement is right for you, we’ve made it simple to find and help people in your area.
    So get involved. Go to www.createthegood.org/hunger.

    129 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear Claire Henry's recording

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    Peer Feedback:

    You sound friendly and engaging. There were two flubs in there that I caught that should be fixed. Your delivery is authentic and mostly well balanced.

    Peer Feedback:

    I would suggest speeding up the pace a little and try to sound more conversational. It does sound a little like you are reading from a script. And Smile - this should bring a little more life into it. Authentic delivery though, definitely speed up the www part at the end. There were a couple of times I heard a hesitance before speaking so get comfortable and it should flow better:) Good job though.

    Peer Feedback:

    I liked your read. noted a couple of flubs but it just means you need to be more careful when you do the final read. Also, you might want to try a couple of different versions of the read to give them some idea of your range.

    Peer Feedback:

    Your recording quality was good but you need to work on the pacing to make it more conversational. Watch where you break for breaths and keep the train of thought together. Great Job.

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    AARP

    Script:

    It’s right in your own backyard.

    While it may be hard to believe, roughly five million Americans don’t even know where their next meal will come from.

    In communities just like yours, there are many who need help.

    Join people across the country who are coming together with AARP Create the Good, to end hunger.

    Start today. It can be as easy as giving food or money to your local area food bank, or getting tips to start your own food drive.

    Whatever level of involvement is right for you, we’ve made it simple to find and help people in your area.

    So get involved. Go to www.createthegood.org/hunger.

    64 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear HCOkeefe's recording

    I have not practiced in a VERY long time, and I recorded this in what is essentially a screened in porch on the North Shore of Kauai, HI. Please pay no mind to quality or equipment. I'm just hoping my delivery hasn't gotten too rusty...

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    Peer Feedback:

    Beautiful, confident and professional tone of voice. Seems like this is something you are meant to do. Best wishes.

    Peer Feedback:

    This is a lovely read. I think that it would benefit from a more upbeat cheerful tone starting at "Join people across the country..."

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    AARP

    Script:

    AARP
    It’s right in your own backyard.
    While it may be hard to believe, roughly five million Americans don’t even know where their next meal will come from.
    In communities just like yours, there are many who need help.
    Join people across the country who are coming together with AARP Create the Good, to end hunger.
    Start today. It can be as easy as giving food or money to your local area food bank, or getting tips to start your own food drive.
    Whatever level of involvement is right for you, we’ve made it simple to find and help people in your area.
    So get involved. Go to www.createthegood.org/hunger.

    36 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear Andre Hughes's recording

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    Peer Feedback:

    You've got a really nice voice. Performance-wise, I felt the speech was much slower than typical conversation. Try speaking at a natural pace. Right now you're performing this spot as :60, when I think it's really a :30. (tho I could be wrong). Quality: I hear a slight echo through the whole piece. On the line "Whatever level of involvement..." It also sounded like you were moving away from the mic, or the sound was muffled somehow. try keeping that placement throughout the entire spot. But again, killer voice.

    Peer Feedback:

    I like this too but agree that the pace is too slow. Also, bring up the volume slightly to a more conversational level. Sounds a little whispery to me.

    Peer Feedback:

    You have a great voice! I heard the same echo and I wasn't sure if you were trying to seduce the audience into action. Overall with the adjustments suggested above, I think it would be very well received.

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    Air PSA

    Script:

    It’s much better fresh ... cold ... or warm. If it’s not clear, it can make you sick. Animals, trees, insects, and plants use it too. What is it? It’s air. That substance that none of us can live without. THE NATIONAL WILDLIFE FEDERATION is doing its part in America’s quest for a healthy environment. You can too. Don’t pollute the environment. Our survival is at stake.

    51 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear jlsmith782's recording

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    Peer Feedback:

    Hi JS:

    I am a new at this. I have however been involved with music for a number of years. The read needs more dynamics, maybe more inflection to put the point across. I am striving to think of the read like a melody with contours that would be like a phrase in music.

    There is also a lot of background noise. It sounds like it was noise in the room that you were recording in. I would also be careful with setting the levels of the background music. I actually did like the musical choice I just thought that it overwhelmed your voice a little.

    all the best

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    Alzheimer's 2

    Script:

    Remembering is difficult. But even more difficult if you have Alzheimer disease—a disease that affects the brain, erases memory and eventually takes life. The Alzheimer Society is fighting back. It provides support, information, and funds research into finding the cause—and a cure. Until then, remember this.

    49 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear paulafaye's recording

    Trying a new genre, would love constructive feedback.

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    Peer Feedback:

    I think this was a pleasant read. Good diction. Steady tone. Nice pace.

    Peer Feedback:

    Nice read, be mindful to read each word of copy.

    Peer Feedback:

    This genre seems perfect for your gentle and soothing voice. Pace was consistent throughout the read, and the recording quality is very good.

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    Alzheimer's

    Script:

    Is it just forgetfulness...or Alzheimer’s disease? Memory loss ... Asking repeated questions ... Trouble using words. When signs like these begin to affect everyday life, they may not be a part of normal aging. They may be signs of Alzheimer’s disease, an incurable, progressive illness that robs patients and their families of a lifetime of memories. Only a doctor can evaluate symptoms such as forgetfulness and diagnose Alzheimer’s disease. To learn more, call toll-free today: 1-888-988-9565.

    38 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear On a Journey's recording

    Hey Everyone! I'm working on my evaluation of the script and emotion. I appreciate your feedback!

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    Peer Feedback:

    Hi, On a Journey. I know the request wasn't for technical feedback, but your recording was really quiet, I had to turn my volumes up all the way to hear you well.

    I'll start this with a disclaimer - I'm just a voice over beginner (but I've been doing a lot of practice and studying with some really good coaches), so read my comments and YOU decide if they make sense to you.

    On to your reading, I like where your voice "sits". It has a calming, caring quality to it. I personally would like to see a little more pitch and speed variation. Find the spots where the emotion shifts. Maybe start with some introspection, like you were asking the first question to yourself and then answering yourself. The list can be sped up a little, maybe you're ticking off symptoms you've seen in your mother. Visualize her, playing back these symptoms in your mind's eye while you speak. And then the realization: It may be Alzheimer's. But there's hope, the doctor can help.

    One pronunciation thing - I've always heard it "ahlz-heimer's" instead of "alz-heimer's". I'd check a pronunciation guide, The Edge has some good links to those.

    Good job!

    Peer Feedback:

    Thank you so much for the feedback! Great advice and recommendations! Not sure what happened with my sound... usually I am way too loud! lol I did try doing this one sitting down and a little different positioning, when usually I am standing... wonder if my voice didn't come across so well. I will check it out on the next one. And as far as the pronunciation.... you are right! "Ahl"zheimer! Thanks again!

    Peer Feedback:

    I cannot hear this.

    Peer Feedback:

    Indeed you have a nice calming quality to your voice. And this was fine as an informative read. But if your primary goal is to draw your audience and to connect with them, you'll need to make it more conversational. I think that we as listeners prefer to have someone talk to us, not 'at us.' Overall though, this was pretty good, and just needs a little tweaking to be great.

    Peer Feedback:

    Thank you so much! Definitely working on my conversational tone... thanks to this feedback forum for helping me move in the right direction quicker!

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear PaqVoice1's recording

    When someone abducts a child, thy're not about to advertise it. But we will. sign up at wireless Amberalert.org to get free amber Alert text messages on your cell phone. Wireless Amber Alerts. A child is calling for help.

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    Peer Feedback:

    Hi PaqVoice1,

    Your read sounded smooth, but the recording sounded a little "tinny" (if that's a word). Perhaps some bass boost?

    Luc

    Peer Feedback:

    thanks yes I messed around and took the bass out thought it was a bit much, thanks for the advice though.

    Peer Feedback:

    Hello! Try slowing the read down a tad and emphasizing "but we will" and "a child is calling for help." I think those phrases are meant to tug at the emotional heart strings a bit and make people take action to sign up.

    Peer Feedback:

    Yes I agree, and I think I can bring more impact to both phrases, thanks.

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    Amberalert.org

    Script:

    When someone abducts a child, thy're not about to advertise it. But we will. sign up at wireless Amberalert.org to get free amber Alert text messages on your cell phone. Wireless Amber Alerts. A child is calling for help.

    55 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear ccwilkes's recording

    Hello all, there is an annoying blip at the beginning that I tried hard to remove, but couldn't do it. I'm also feeling the limitiations with my Snowball-sound is definitely flat and one-dimensional. Do you hear what I hear? will be interesting to see if you do! Maybe time to upgrade the mic. Your comments are appreciated!

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    Peer Feedback:

    I liked this very much. Your pitch, pace, breath control. If you feel it's a little flat, punch "we will." You dropped off on "child" in your first line.

    Peer Feedback:

    Hey, I liked it. Just a couple of comments. The background noise, I couldn't identify it and thought it was static, but realized it was music bed/background noise. It wasn't well defined enough though I think. I see what you mean about the snowball sound, a mic will probably help that.

    Tone and pacing are very good

    Peer Feedback:

    Hi ccwikes,
    I liked the read but the "for help" came through as more of an after thought than an effective conclusion. As for the Mic, you're always better off upgrading. This is a somewhat expensive endeavor so when you can make room for upgrading by all means go for it. You are always better off anytime you can buy into better quality.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear Poeticdreamer83's recording

    I am using my computer's voice recorder and this is my very first recording. Your feedback is appreciated and welcome. Thank you for your time :-)

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    Peer Feedback:

    Dreamer
    That was truly a very nice clip,your clarity on your PC was great.I think i would stay with just what you have,until you get another piece of software.Oo bye the way nice read also.Don't ever stop.I listened again I do hear a little room noises.See you at the top :)

    Peer Feedback:

    Thank you for your feedback Lonnie! I really appreciate it!

    Peer Feedback:

    Considering this is your first recording, it's not that bad! The overall volume is alittle high but that can easily be backed off abit.(That's just me).

    I did notice that in the phrase "to get free Amber alert text messages", the "to" sounds like "ta". Otherwise, your tone and pacing sound good . You want to sound serious and concerned in a spot like this and that does come across.

    Good job!

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    American Bar Association

    Script:

    Join the American Bar Association to stay current on legal developments, earn CLE credit, and enjoy exclusive savings. The ABA offers expertise on a national scope, career and practice advice, networking opportunities with legal professionals from across the U.S., and much more. As a lawyer licensed to practice in the one of the states, territories, or possessions of the United States, you will soon find the ABA has become an essential component of your professional life.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear MHeyden's recording

    Just looking for feedback on more practicing!

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    Peer Feedback:

    Excellent voice, recording quality, and diction. The pacing is probably pretty damn close to what this copy calls for, however some words felt rushed that should be given the privilege of clarity a bit more, such as "CLE Credit", "Exclusive Savings", and "an essential component of YOUR professional life."
    Since the copy's goal is to keep the listener's professional life in the best condition it can be, look for every opportunity to relate elements of the American Bar Association towards his life and professional goals.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear diamondr67's recording

    Any feedback will be welcome.

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    Peer Feedback:

    Good voice and clarity. I would try again, but next time focus on speaking to one individual, convincing that person that they can make a difference with the American Cancer Society. .

    Peer Feedback:

    I agree, not conversational enough for this type of PSA

    Peer Feedback:

    Thanks so much! I'll work on it so it sounds more personal.

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    American Interultural Student Exchange

    Script:

    American Intercultural Student Exchange is seeking families like yours to host exchange students. Each year, thousands of caring U.S. families host more than 2,000 AISE exchange students. It’s an exciting way to meet people from around the world. Students spend a school year with an American family. They speak English, have their own spending money and medical insurance. Open your home to an exchange student, and share in a great cultural adventure. Call 1-800-SIBLING. American Intercultural Student Exchange -- A non-profit, tax exempt educational Foundation.

    117 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear stevecooch's recording

    Just getting started, Tempo, clarity?

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    Peer Feedback:

    Once again solid work. It seemed as though your pace got a little bit quick in the middle section. Even if it is a 30 second spot, watch your pacing. Don't let the time limit throw you off.

    Peer Feedback:

    Your articulation and Sound Quality I believe were very good, would have liked to hear more energy behind this piece though. Your goal is to excite me about taking in an exchange student. The emotion and intensity needs to be there.

    TJS

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    Anheiser Busch

    Script:

    These are our kids. And just like your kids, it seems what we tell them goes in one ear and out the other. But guess what! When it comes to making a tough decision like whether or not to drink, kids say parents have more influence than anyone. So talk to your kids. Let’s work together to stop underage drinking before it starts.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear tsweezey's recording

    Here's a dry read from a PSA script. With any kind of luck, I've slowed down a bit and hopefully have been able to tame the marbles in mouth :) Thanks for the feedback, it's very helpful.

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    Peer Feedback:

    Only two things my untrained ears found...
    "But" seemed a little too short.
    I feel (opinion alert!) that "before" should be emphasized. So maybe it should sound like, "Let’s work together to stop underage drinking BeFORE it starts."
    Great read!

    Peer Feedback:

    PSA's come in all different lengths, and :20 is pretty reasonable for this, no matter if it's for TV or radio. Stations will pad the remaining :10 with promos or something. I practiced it several times to get it to :15, and just couldn't make it without it feeling really rushed, and :30 was interminably long.

    PSA's like this are also fought with problems. It's a serious subject, yes, but think about what the tone and message of the spot really is. Even from the first line:

    "These are our kids." (And I don't think punching "our" that strongly is necessary. I think it's just an introduction.) What picture do you get? What does that mean to you? Is it a collective "our", meaning "all of our" or are you a dad and mom posing proudly with your 2.3 kids? I would think that it's the latter because the next sentence is a comparison to someone else's kids, and then the stereotypical commonality of behavior that all parents suffer. BUT, it's light - almost a chuckle like, "You're a parent, you know what I'm talking about. Am I right?" Then there's this statistic ( or revelation) that you assume the listener may not know that you're excited to let them in on - which is a really uplifting thing for a parent to hear.

    Which brings me to one of the biggest PSA problems. Sometimes we only see the seriousness of the subject in the copy and not the lighter aspects of it, so we make it a real downer. But I submit, that this is intended to be a more uplifting message - STOP it BEFORE it starts. Believe me, your kids will listen to you.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear diamondr67's recording

    Any feedback will be welcome.

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    Peer Feedback:

    nice read ... good and clean recording!

    Peer Feedback:

    Hi diamondr67, I've noticed a recurring problem in your reads. Try chopping off the dead air sound at the beginning and end of your recording. The read was done with sincerity. Thumbs up.

    Peer Feedback:

    Thanks. I'll work on that.

    Peer Feedback:

    Good delivery and pacing was fine. I hear a hum and room noise. Is your computer in the same recording space? I hear an ever so slight regional accent too (Wisconsonish) . Where are you from?

    Peer Feedback:

    Yes, I've been recording on GarageBand on my mac. I'm from MA, Western NY and NC so the combination of accents has left me with a midwestern sounding accent. I'm working on getting rid of it with Linda at Edge Studio. I had my first session with her yesterday so hopefully it will improve soon. Thanks for your comments.

    Peer Feedback:

    I've picked up on accent with you before...it's really hard to push them out of the delivery. I did feel that this was softer in accent than in other reads...your awareness of it and most likely your ongoing training have made the difference. I have enjoyed hearing the improvements as you've advanced here. Keep it up!

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    Anti-Drug Campaign

    Script:

    At 4:00 my kid will be at (leave a beat of silence here). If you can’t fill in the blank, you need to start asking your kid questions. It's a proven way to steer kids clear of drugs. It’s not pestering. It’s parenting. This message sponsored by the Anti-Drug Campaign.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear Murray O's recording

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    Peer Feedback:

    I like your little hint of regional accent Murr. Where ya from?

    Peer Feedback:

    I like your voice for a PSA such as this, however I feel that you could use a hint more of an urgent serious tone. Something about the recording feels "care-free". Everything else seems spot on though!

    Peer Feedback:

    Nice voice! Just a little more sense of urgency and you've got it!

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    Anti-Drug Campaign

    Script:

    My boy Jimmy is quite a kid. The star athlete in his class, a straight-A student, just about the best son a father could ask for. But last week, he lost his best friend Tom ... to drugs. Even good kids like Jimmy and Tommy can make bad decisions. Stay off drugs. Make the rest of your life count.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear Robert Fairbairn's recording

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    Peer Feedback:

    Sounded authentic. Nice job Bob.

    Peer Feedback:

    Sounded good to me, Robert. And congrats on winning the weekly contest. Well done.

    Peer Feedback:

    Hi Robert! I agree that your reading sounds authentic, however I wonder if the emotion at the beginning lessens the impact/ shock value for the audience by pre-empting the loss? I feel the script requires a tonal change; initially you are listing the qualities that make you proud of your son and then you deliver the hard hitting "punch line". The "But" suggests a change of thought. Maybe this could also be marked with a change of pace and/or an elongated pause before the "But". Also, had I not read the script first, I would presume it was your son and not your son's friend who had died as you had so much emotional attachment in your voice when talking about his attributes (although it was beautifully done; I heard a crack in your voice when saying "best son..."). The underlying music, very emotive for the death, also anticipates and therefore diminishes the dramatic climax and therefore maybe a change in music to complement change in tone would be good? It was a great read, very smooth, although I think you could relax the diction for "...friend Tom" as it stopped the flow at the height of the emotion. I loved the feeling in your voice though, it was very real and touched me.

    This is my first comment, and obviously just an opinion, so I hope it was beneficial in some way! Niki

    Peer Feedback:

    Thank you for the congrats, Tom. Yes, I was absolutely thrilled to take 1st on the contest, especially with so many other talented entries. I got a chuckle out of the critique that I sounded a bit too "Canadian" since that happens to be my nationality. I guess I have to practice on sounding more American if I want to be successful at booking U.S. jobs.
    Some very valid points Niki. I found this piece very challenging as it took me a bit more outside of my comfort zone. Most practice scripts that I've tried have been more narrative or commecial since I had never though of myself as a "voice actor". This piece clearly demanded some real emotion to be demonstrated. My intention was to convey the father's pride in his son, while contrasting it with the sadness in the death of his son's friend dying, finally reaching the urgency in the father's final plea (a lot to ask for a 30 second segment). The two voice cracks were actually intentional to try to convey the father's initial lighter mood, but upon further listening, I wasn't happy with the cracking in the word "ask" in the second sentence.

    Peer Feedback:

    Hey Robert, I believe you should re-think your opinion on being a 'voice-actor' as you are definitely able to convey strong emotions!
    I think you managed to achieve your intention; on listening more closely I can hear the difference between the three sections but I think that the music did sign to the audience that the overall tone was sad and therefore it masked your inflection subtleties and made the contrast less obvious. Maybe the first section should just be your voice and then the music comes in when you reveal the friend's fate? I loved the cracks, they are more associated with being overwhelmed by a strong emotion as opposed to a lighter mood but if there was no music then we could hear you were bursting with pride. The music definitely influenced my perception as it resonates on a deeper physiological level.
    Keep challenging yourself as you are really natural and believable - so difficult to do!

    Peer Feedback:

    Performance - sad from beginning to end. The first two sentences are about what you feel about your son...in my opinion they should have been read in a more upbeat tone. Then as you talk about the loss of his friend the tone can change to serious. Try again.

    Peer Feedback:

    I agree that your voice sounds great and I second what Sabrinasvoice said about starting upbeat then ending in a sad tone. The way you started the script made me feel as if something bad had happened to Jimmy when in fact it was Jimmy's friend. Starting upbeat then changing your tone will help the audience differentiate Jimmy from his friend.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear diamondr67's recording

    Any feedback on quality of mic or performance is a great help!

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    Peer Feedback:

    The mic sounds great. Good pace too. It needs to feel more wrm to the listener.

    Peer Feedback:

    Thanks very much. I'll work on it.

    Peer Feedback:

    Nice voice! This needs to feel more genuine to the listener so they know you care.

    Peer Feedback:

    Your voice sounds friends and inviting. The copy may benefit from a slighlty slower reading. Well done!

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    Arthritis Foundation

    Script:

    There's something you can do -- right now -- that will ease the pain of arthritis in years to come. By remembering The Arthritis Foundation in your will, you can help us find ways to stop this serious, often crippling disease. A disease that affects one in every seven Americans. Call THE ARTHRITIS FOUNDATION, at 1-800-552-HAND. It's time we took arthritis seriously.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear Crystal's recording

    I've been sending out auditions online and have a problem with crackling in my recordings. Additionally, the end of my copies cut off when they are saved. I've tried several ways to deal with the noise issue and now am asking you all to help me. Here are some of what I've done: 1) Removed my cellphone from the recording vicinity 2) I get offline with my laptop. I use an iPad with my script yet that remains online (could that be a factor?) 3) My equipment is an M-Audio Fast Track interface with a Nova condenser mic from Sweetwater. 4) I use Wavepad Audio Editor to record 5) When I prepare to save my copy I usually apply Auto Spectral Noise Reduction (20%) as well as Auto Gain Control. I set Amplify at 50%, remove noise and hiss, normalize and that's about it for now. I was told by someone at Sweetwater to be sure the buffer is not set too low, but with Wavepad I'm not sure how to find Settings to check the buffer. Any help out there? Thank you so much if you can. It's appreciated.

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    Peer Feedback:

    Recording quality - wow you sound like a teckie to me. I cant address any of that technical stuff....but I hear lots of clicks in your recording.

    Peer Feedback:

    Thanks, Sabrina, but when you say you hear "clicks" are those mouth clicks or do you hear the crackling sounds I'm referring to?

    Peer Feedback:

    Hi, I'm pretty sure the clicks that Sabrina is talking about are audio clips not mouth clicks, I hear them too. It does sound like a buffering problem. Let me try and look into it. My wife may have downloaded Wave pad on her laptop, I'll go look at it right now to see if I can help you out. Shane

    Peer Feedback:

    OK , I could not get my wife's laptop do create those clips. If you look under tools and go to options you may have to toggle between a few of those setting options.

    Next, I would recommend not using any of those processing settings that you have been using. If you feel the need to use those settings, try this...

    trouble shooting.
    1. Create an MP3 without adding any of your processing and see if you still have clips.
    2. Add one processing effect then create and MP3 and listen.
    3. Add two processing effects then create an MP3 and listen again
    4. So on and so forth...

    The idea is to start from the very basic beginning and then add stuff in till you essentially create the clipping sound. If you are still having issues and you feel that you have exhausted all possibility's, call a local studio, explain your situation, bring your gear to their studio and offer them lunch to help you troubleshoot.

    Best of luck,
    Shane

    Peer Feedback:

    Thank, Shane, for all the help. If necessary and all else fails, lunch sounds great if someone at one of our local studios can help me. I appreciate it much.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear jamesromick's recording

    OK. Here's an experiment. I liked this script provided by DanPiv123 (which I did not include in the Library), and wanted to offer up a kind of step by step process one might use in producing this bit of narrative. First: The raw take, warts and all. Second: Editing and FX processing, also adding room tone in the gaps. Third: Addition of the music bed. Here I changed a few things: I added a little more de-essing because the S's seemed a little sharp; there were a few clicks that I surgically edited out and some P-pops that I lessened. All in all, it took about 15 minutes.

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    Peer Feedback:

    works well with the music. but by the voice alone, I'm not sure i I receive the message.

    Peer Feedback:

    this read pops with the music.
    this is a good reason to consider a music bed (the right music bed) with auditions on P2P sites.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear diamondr67's recording

    Do you think my voice is good for PSA's?

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    Peer Feedback:

    Hi there !

    From a technical point I would try and use some EQ to lower your ess's
    What Mic are you using ?

    Peer Feedback:

    I think you did great. I did not have problem with your s-ees.

    Peer Feedback:

    Thanks for the comments. It's a Sampson Meteor Mic. What is EQ?

    Peer Feedback:

    Hi Diamond,

    Like the voice. I could hear some background noise. For some reason I could not see the script but felt like you had no stake in the product. Now I am no pro at this gig but I know that I am suppose to be persuading a listener to want what I am talking about. So my comment would be directed to the emotional attachment to the product if that makes sense.

    Great Job and Good Luck

    Tim Bankes

    Peer Feedback:

    Lots of esses but your voice is genuine and warm! It works for this PSA

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear diamondr67's recording

    Any feedback will be welcome.

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    Peer Feedback:

    nice read once again. Might be a bit slow for a quick radio psa.

    Peer Feedback:

    Thanks Daniel, I'll try it a little faster. I appreciate your comment.

    Peer Feedback:

    Hi. I would speed up just a bit and be aware of feedback and background noise and chair squeaks

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    Boys & Girls Club

    Script:

    Put this card in the hands of a child and there’ll be no room for a gun. A needle. Or a knife. It’s only a piece of paper, but that little membership card has helped keep millions of kids off drugs, out of gangs and in school. To learn how you can help the Boys & Girls Clubs, call 1-800-854-Club. Boys & Girls Clubs of America. The POSITIVE Place For Kids.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear monica777's recording

    Ok! Second submission to the Feedback Forum. Learning a bit more about garage band, sound quality slightly improved, altho I am just using a USB Snowball. Looking more for feedback on performance, but any feedback is well appreciated! Thanks! Monica

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    Peer Feedback:

    You put some emphasis where it's needed, but your overall tone is was struck me. You're sounding SAD...smile for this one...at least when you get to "it's only a piece of paper" but preferably throughout. You're selling a solution to the gun/needle/knife problem with a place that's really great for the kids. Just too dour for my liking. Good clear voice, though. Good luck.

    Peer Feedback:

    Thanks for the feedback. I was going for a super serious take on it, considering the two lists have such serious weight. I do hear what youre saying tho, it is pretty HEAVY:)and so I think Ill give it another try using your notes and differentiate the second list (off drugs, out of gangs, in school) from the first. I mean, its not going to be a HAPPY read, but it should help lighten it a little. Thanks again!

    Peer Feedback:

    Your voice is pleasant, recording quality defenetly needs improvement,
    As for your performance i hear a bit too long pauses between sentences and words, not bad overall.
    regards
    balazs

    Peer Feedback:

    Hi - you have a great voice for this but agree a bit more "hope" might be in order in delivery. I would also suggest that you stick with "there'll" versus "there will" as it seems more conversational. Whos is the audience for this? Is it donors, or kids, etc. Once you know who you are talking to I think it will help with the tone of delivery. Good luck Kate

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    California Aids Prevention Campaign – HIV

    Script:

    You have the power to do something right now that could drastically affect the rest of your life. It doesn't involve decisions about college, or work, or joining the military or anything like that. It simply involves using a condom if you're having sex. See, the risk of getting HIV and AIDS is still out there and these days, half the people who get HIV are 24 years old or younger. When you can trust the person you're with you can love the person you're with, but trust and love can't stop HIV - condoms can. The person you're with may look fine, but they could be infected. And having unprotected sex just once can turn your whole life upside down. Every 15 minutes of every day another person 24 or younger gets infected with HIV. Make sure you're not one of them, respect yourself, protect yourself. Have questions; call 1-800-922-AIDS. Brought to you by the California AIDS Prevention Campaign.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear dltittley1@gmail.com's recording

    Trying to get my feet wet. Brand new. Please let em know what you think. Thanks!! Recorded from home studio. How does the mic sound?

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    Peer Feedback:

    Your voice sounds like an actor that I'm familiar with, but can't think of who it is right now.
    You have a good voice, but it sound more like your reading whereas it needs to sound more conversational. Try not to pause so much and just deliver as if you were speaking to a friend in a one-on-one conversation.

    All the best,
    Lenny

    Peer Feedback:

    Same critique as with the rap intro. Urban sound can work in some spots, not all. While this is a public service announcement, it can work here as well. In two reads, you've selected spots that can fit your delivery. CAN. LCW is correct in that you're pausing too long. It's taking away from that desired conversational delivery.

    Peer Feedback:

    Thanks for the comments! I will be uploaing retakes soon...looking forward to your feedback!
    Lenny..who is the actor that you are trying to remember,,would it be Keith David?

    Peer Feedback:

    Yes! Your voice is very similiar to his!

    Peer Feedback:

    Lenny, that's funny that you would say that..I have been hearing that my entire life.Keith David is my 1st cousin

    Peer Feedback:

    You're kidding me?! "Barbershop" Dr. Facilier "The Princess & The Frog" Keith David is your cousin?!!! His voice is great! As he made that cartoon character "Dr. Facilier" come alive in "The Princess & The Frog". Have you spoken to him about doing VO's? Because being that he is a seasoned Actor/Narrator, he would be the best to tell you the in's and out's of the industry. However continuing practicing, and remember within scripts even if there are commas; you don't have to necessarily recite the script as so. Just be as conversational and natural as possible and use the right amount of emotion. A tip within VO's is to act...but sound like you're not acting! LOL!

    All the best,
    Lenny

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear DRKsound's recording

    I need feedback on this setup. This is a new mic setup SAMSON C01 in a cage, top end xlr cable, c/w Project Series (ART) usb pre amp. into a laptop Using max gain on the preamp and very low record setting (10-15) in my NERO software. I have normalized to 3db. Otherwise no other noise reduction or effects. I am only mid way through getting my studio as sound proofed as I can but not sure how much quieter I can get it. It is really important that I get solid guidance on whether this is good enough for my upcoming demo's and future auditions.

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    Peer Feedback:

    OK...the LAST thing you want to do is max the levels on any analogue equipment. I would go the other way by using a low setting (as possible) and compensating by upping the gain on your recording software. Maxing the pre only brings it's noise level up and more audible. The lower you can have the pre the better.

    I'm hearing a Canadian type of thing on "out."

    Peer Feedback:

    Tom,
    So are you saying gaining down isn't the way to go?

    Peer Feedback:

    Yeah, I'm pretty sure gaining down would cause problems of an oxymoron type.

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    Cancer Care PSA

    Script:

    A cancer diagnosis changes everything. It turns someone¹s world upside down- emotionally, physically, and even financially. Cancer Care can help. Please call us at 1-800-813-HOPE. When someone understands, it makes all the difference in your world.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear Jami's recording

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    Peer Feedback:

    Hi Jami,
    You have nice voice that's clear and understandable but the read is devoid of emotional impact. Listen to your slate and then to the audition. While there is a difference it is negligable. What's missing is the empathy in your voice. What is wanted here is to hear that you care. No doubt you do, but your voice doesn't evoke that feeling. Forget the copy and mentally put yourself into the listeners shoes. always do this before addressing the mic. It never stops being important.

    Peer Feedback:

    Hello Jami, I agree with Richurd's feedback. To me it seemed like you rushed it and just wanted to get it done.I think you have a very nice voice with great potential. Here is some feedback I received from a coach, I think it will really help. Take care.

    While you do convey enthusiasm, its a general enthusiasm and the read doesn't sound specific. Who are you speaking to? Why are you speaking to them at this moment in time? Those two questions must be answered firmly in your mind. If they are and your imagination is engaged, not about the text, but about who you are talking too your read will sound like a direct communication which is what the delivery needs to be.

    What gives it away that you are not being specific in who you are talking to, is the fact that there are no changes in the delivery at all. You start with a strong emphasis on "world's" and then you roll out of the emphasis and then everything else has the same feel to it.

    There are three sentences in the script. Each one is a new thought. Have a new idea for each thought and variety will be injected into the piece and it will sound like someone speaking with enthusiasm about what they are communicating rather than some reading with enthusiasm. There is a huge difference there.

    Professional Feedback by Edge Studio Coach October 12, 2012 at 4:17PM

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    Cancer Care PSA

    Script:

    Cancer Care PSA

    Script:

    A cancer diagnosis changes everything. It turns someone's world upside down - emotionally, physically, and even financially. Cancer Care can help. Please call us at 1-800-813-HOPE. When someone understands, it makes all the difference in your world.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear rhondaduncan@att.net's recording

    I was not able to participate in last weeks recording contest but wanted to submit my version of this PSA. I'm also using my new Apogee MiC and would appreciate feedback on both the recording quality and performance. Is pacing ok or too fast? My goal was to deliver an honest read with the sound of "hope" in the delivery. Any feedback would be appreciated. Thanks, Rhonda Duncan

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    Peer Feedback:

    I haven't gone over the contest...often an exercise in inconsistency from week to week, so I don't know who won and why etc. Based on this read solely, if felt just a tad flat. You would want to bring a little more sympathetic tone to the first sentence..and where you started after the dash listing the three items, you pulled the tempo down and paused a little long between each. Really caught my ear. At "Cancer Care can help" and on, you'd want to change the tone to more smile and encouraging. Offering a feeling of hope after the first sentence. Nice clear voice.

    I like the way your MiC sounds. Quite clear. QUITE clear. Brings out some things you might not have had to deal with yet. Specifically mouth noise. You'll want to hydrate a bit better to minimize that. Drink water for a while before the read, eat a granny smith apple before, don't drink caffeine (especially coffee or hot tea) right before, etc. The super sensitive condenser mics pic up things you might not have been aware of. Dry mouth is one of the first things noticeable. Try some of the things to moisten before reading and you'll probably take care of that.

    I did hear a bit of the room in the recording as well. Reading in a full closet can reduce that to nothing...reading into what's referred to a Harlan Box or Portastudio can help too. Check around the web...there's tons of suggestions.

    Good luck! Take that clear voice and bring some feeling into the read and you'll hear the improvement.

    Peer Feedback:

    Thanks Tom for taking the time to give me your feedback. My goal was to not OVER nor UNDER deliver this piece because it's a PSA. Believe it or not I had several versions of this and the one I submitted was the lucky one. I do value the input my peers give me because ultimately I want to improve and land more work in it. We'll shoot for those changes in the next read. Thanks for your input on hydration and mouth noise (already knew those things). When I listened back to the recording, I did not hear any mouth noise but I will use a headset the next time instead of monitors to see if I can hear any. I have a home recording studio with a vocalist booth that I record actual jobs but for practice auditions, I use my ofc computer/USB Mic.

    Thanks again!

    Rhonda Duncan

    Peer Feedback:

    You've obviously got skills! As to the mouth noise, I've made it a practice to listen to the vocal I deliver through the cans first for noise/sound reduction because of the directness the headphones deliver. Once I've got that done, I switch over to the monitors to get the balance of the sound right. Just what works for me. I haven't read in a few weeks and hope to get back to the mic real soon myself. Continued wishes of luck and success to you.

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    Cancer Care PSA

    Script:

    Cancer Care PSA

    Script:

    A cancer diagnosis changes everything. It turns someone's world upside down - emotionally, physically, and even financially. Cancer Care can help. Please call us at 1-800-813-HOPE. When someone understands, it makes all the difference in your world.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear rhondaduncan@att.net's recording

    Ok...so here's take 2 on this Cancer Care PSA. My goal was to deliver 3 different emotions sympathy, hopeful and comforting, with a slight beat at the end. I'm thinking the pacing maybe too fast but would love feedback on it, and whether you could hear the different emotions. All feedback welcome. Thanks! Rhonda Duncan

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    Peer Feedback:

    Hi Rhonda, there is a careful balance between sounding like you can provide hope and sounding depressing. This recording sounded a bit towards the latter. The use of downwards inflection on all sentences (except the last one) can make it feel flat as well. You need to understand that someone that recently found out would have confusing thoughts, anger, desperation,defeat on their mind. You job (as a VO) is to help them by telling them you understand their position and you represent a company that can help them through those times and work on beating the disease. That would be the interpretation I would use to break down the script and help me to define the emotion.

    The first part states the problem. The second part removes the problem. The third is the compassionate/emotional support they need - and the HOPE.

    "Hope" this helps.

    Peer Feedback:

    Thanks for taking the time to comment. I will continue to work on it. Rhonda Duncan

    Peer Feedback:

    The ennunciation was crystal clear.

    Peer Feedback:

    Thank you mwjrnc, I appreciate the positive feedback. Rhonda Duncan

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    Cancer Care

    Script:

    A cancer diagnosis changes everything. It turns someone's world upside down - emotionally, physically, and even financially. Cancer Care can help. Please call us at 1-800-813-HOPE. When someone understands, it makes all the difference in your world.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear TedVoInSpain's recording

    Since I've seen a few, I'll throw my entry up for anyone who might not have heard it. My goal in the contests isn't (READ ALWAYS IS! :) ) to win as much as it is to make sure mine isn't disqualified for something stupid. Maybe a slate error, or a bad edit. I try to treat the contests as an audition and it's darn good practice. Anyways, all comments welcome.

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    Peer Feedback:

    Hey Ted, I think this was a strong audition. I think I if you had kept the tone a little more serious, you would've had an even better shot at placing. I know you didn't want to sound too somber, but I don't know, it might have been a little too happy sounding at "Cancer Care can help." Chris Koprouski's entry was more subdued and that is why I believe he won. I liked everything else about your recording though. Also, I know you were concerned about the choice of music. And to be honest, it might've had a negative effect in the judging process. I personally liked it, but I can see where some people might object to it. I would advise you to stop using music where none is requested. I believe it can hurt you more than it can help. But don't lose heart, keep plugging away and you'll eventually win. : )

    Peer Feedback:

    All great tips! Thanks Javier

    Peer Feedback:

    Hi Ted, I really liked it .... I haven't heard the rest of the contest entries or entered myself in a few weeks. One suggestion is to drop the pitch with the same amount of "hope" you gave this read. I think it would have put the script in a place where someone that just found out about their Cancer can relate to and look to you as the spokesperson to relate and find information. Hope this makes sense and helps you.

    Peer Feedback:

    Hi Ted!
    I liked your read, I think you had a nice change of tone, going from empathy regarding the effect that cancer has on a person to the hope that came with "Cancer Care...". The only part that seemed to detract from the naturalness was when you said "your" in the last sentence (I wasn't sure why you emphasized that, but that's just my opinion!). I have to be honest, I wasn't so keen on the music choice as the beginning reminded me of the sound of a baby's musical toy but it's not the music that is important in the contest (although music is very powerful on the subconscious). Nice job!
    Niki

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    Cancer Free Anniversary

    Script:

    Today, my friends are throwing me a party. They do it every year on this date. It's not my birthday, but it's the fifth anniversary of the day I was told my cancer was in remission. And it's a day I thought I would never see.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear TedVoInSpain's recording

    For last weeks contest, I did several takes, 2 polished ones and the grumpy old man :) I didn't take the advice of my Pal here on edge, and I hope he never lets me forget it. I submitted the other clip (the one I thought was the most competitive) and when I read the first 5 lines of the judges critique, I knew I'd made the wrong choice. While this may not have even placed because of the great entries by brianmichaelangus, The stellar Marianna (props) and dstromberg, it was much more in line with what the intent of the director. There is so much to learn...it's humbling./// Now do yourself a favor if you want to hear a Really good new read? Check out the clip below this one,Blue from American Express done by kdwsunshine. in my humble opinion, it's how it should be done.

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    Peer Feedback:

    So you bring up a good point, I often have multiple takes,,, in real life I would think if I were the client,, and back in the late 80', early 90's I was in TV production, I wanted to hear more than one shot,, I wanted to hear a couple of options,, but on these contests, no one dose that. For those of you that are doing paying work , do you find they want a one shot take,, or a take with a couple options?

    Peer Feedback:

    very nice production, like the music. pace and delivery very nice. My only thoughts would be,, you only used up 21 seconds of what I would assume would be a 30 sec spot. You had some great background stuff going on,, you , with out really changing the tempo of your speach,, spaced out the phrases a bit more,, and not chop off the end as abruptly. Filling out the 30 seconds. I know for on here its a little matter,, but its about the only advice I can find to give,, I like the rest of it. Very airable

    Peer Feedback:

    I wish I'd had the opportunity to listen to those other entries you mentioned. But this sounds just great to me. I like the use of the folks in back. And your voice sounds nice, friendly, appreciative and happy...all appropriate for the material.

    Peer Feedback:

    great production job, and I like the upbeat conversational style -- it really fits the happy, healthy cancer survivor image. I could see this add being run on TV (with video, of course). All very smooth and nicely done.

    Peer Feedback:

    Guys, I think what you have here is multiple takes. By making the directions indefinite,
    all the ingenuity and effort by the various contestants is presented. I played the "party"
    way down, simply as an intro to the personal comment. I had conversation with David
    about this, and the previous contest. He wants a slick "professional" sound, in spite of
    what the direction says. Marianna had the best dry read, as one might expect, but
    she got an "okay" read. (too dramatic)

    Peer Feedback:

    There is nothing of 'natural' speech in VO. It drives from the "carnie" pitchman.
    "Conversational" is a misnomer, meaning: how chummy can I get before becoming
    intrusive? That's what makes it the subjective game it is.

    Peer Feedback:

    Hi Nodo,

    What I like about your entry for the contest, was it had an actual commercial-like feel to it because of the music bed you used. The pace, pitch, and just the delivery alone in my opinion was good and most of all realistic.

    You've got a good voice and I know you'll win a contest soon!

    Take Care,
    LCW.

    Peer Feedback:

    Hey, good job on this! I just wanted to point out a couple of things; firstly, you were hitting some words a little harder than they should have been hit. From "fifth anniversary" to "remission", your style got rather choppy and William Shatner-esque. You emotion and volume were both fine, but try to sound a little smoother with the read. The other thing is that you sounded a little bit lispy; especially during the "every year on this date" part. Just try to sound a little more enunciated. Beyond those relatively minor things, you did a great job on this piece. Keep up the good work!

    Peer Feedback:

    Hey Nodo, this was a great recording. I really believe it would've placed. But don't beat yourself up too much for not submitting it .. You've got the talent, and should win the contest one of these days.

    Peer Feedback:

    Nodo , I really enjoyed listening to you on this one. Your delivery was very heartfelt and that's what it's all about. Keep it up Brother !!!

    Peer Feedback:

    Wow, I opened my email this morning and like wow, thanks for all the feedback. I looked at every one and I appreciate you taking the time to listen and comment. My vote for best clip of the weekend goes to Blue American Express by kdwsunshine (below) it's Tops! thanks Again, through practice for auditions, don't audition for practice! Nodo420

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear Ken P.'s recording

    Ok this is a untouched copy of the same script I uploaded before, to me it sounds good, but I know it needs work. would love to hear what you think.

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-123009/script-recording-94850.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    Welcome Ken. I hope you'll find this forum as friendly and as useful as I have. Some of the folks in here are awesome in terms of advice, ALL seem to have their hearts in the right place. As for your recording, I thought it a good try, if a bit "muddled". Maybe a mic upgrade would fix some of the background hiss. The reading quality itself is good, consistent in tone and not overly dramatic (a nod to the subject matter). Keep trying and DO NOT get discouraged.
    bob

    Peer Feedback:

    WOW !! Just listened to the first recording you did of this script. James and Tom were exactly the two who came to mind when I mentioned "awesome advice" and "hearts in the right place". The seemingly shredding critique (actually, sit back, take a deep breath and think of it as comedy) was intended, I'm certain, to steer you toward simplicity and developing an actual vocal technique. Let the "techies" do the fancy production stuff (I don't know anything about it either, can barely import a music backdrop or sound effect and then only if imperative). I think you're on the right track with a good quality voice and plenty of stamina, as evidenced by your 2nd submission. Another group I am fond of has 2 very applicable expressions: "Keep it Simple" and "Keep Coming Back".

    Peer Feedback:

    Hi Ken P,
    Great read, but could be a little less monotone. Also, check your recording levels as I had to turn up my speaker to hear you. Sound quality could be a little better as well. Overall, great read though. Hope this helps.

    MonnieP

    Peer Feedback:

    Could barely hear the voice for the hiss. And the volume is veeeery low. It sounds like you're on the other end of a 100 foot padded hallway from the mic.

    More time digging into your recording software and settings are in order.

    Very difficult to offer critique on the read with such a poor quality recording.

    Peer Feedback:

    Hey Ken,

    I'm also new to this so take this critique for what it's worth.

    Some of your words seem to be slurred together so it makes it tough to understand what you are saying. Maybe slow down a bit and really focus on the intention behind the words. Who are you talking to here? Why do they need to hear what you are saying?

    I also agree about looking into your audio settings. The hiss is a bit distracting.

    Peer Feedback:

    Difficult to make out what you were saying because voice was barely audible and the pace of your read was too fast.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear lougent's recording

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-86262/script-recording-68324.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    Hello,

    You have good qualities to your voice but, we can't hear them well because your bass is drowning them. You need to EQ your voice better; deadened the bass. The tone of your voice was a bit too neutral at times. Put a little more emotion, credibility in it without seeming like your trying. (easier said than done)

    Working hard myself to get this right, hope this helps.

    Marc

    Please listen to my practice demos and let me know what you think.

    Peer Feedback:

    Very conversational...but TOO casual. You're far too loose in diction. Listen carefully. If you need specific examples, I'll listen again and give examples. But just in the first 10 seconds, I stopped. It's important to not be TOO precise, but this is way in the other direction. You have an interesting voice, but this read wouldn't sell.

    Peer Feedback:

    I think it's still too fast, and part of the problem with that is that you're slurring words together with that loose diction Tom mentions. The conversational vibe is GREAT, so I would slow down more and then maybe practice in an overly articulate manner that--once you abandon the over-the-top articulation--might hang out enough to add some better diction to the read.

    And maybe Google "cork exercise"?

    I think.

    Being too articulate to the point of choppiness is my problem, so I'm a little out of my comfort area.

    The "real", conversational way you sound is just terrific, though!

    Peer Feedback:

    I liked your conversational tone, although I did hear the loose diction others mentioned. I also noticed some rustling that sounded like papers being moved around. Your voice is very nice, though.

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    Cleaner elections

    Script:

    Smear campaigns ... mud slinging ... twisting of the truth
    Why do politicians resort to such ynderhanded tactics?
    Do they really think this helps ther campaigns?
    It's ugly, uncalled for, and deceitful!
    You want our vote?
    Then focus on the issues that affect all of us!
    This election season, advocate for a clean election process.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear Henry Dewing's recording

    Trying it tough!

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    Peer Feedback:

    Henry- I"m becoming a fan. I really like your voice. Are you working with a coach?

    Peer Feedback:

    Thank you! Yes, I rely on Linda Jones. She is sympathetic to my kind of voice.
    Merry Christmas

    Peer Feedback:

    Merry Christmas to you Henry.

    Peer Feedback:

    Sounds Great !!

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    Cleaner Elections

    Script:

    Smear campaigns…mud slinging…twistings of the truth.
    Why do politicians resort to such underhanded tactics? Do they think it really helps their campaign?
    They’re ugly, uncalled for, and deceitful.
    You want our vote? Then focus on the issues that affect all of us.
    This election season, advocate for a clean election process.
    Paid for by the committee for cleaner elections.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear TorranWT's recording

    How does my emotion sound and overall script interpretation? And anything else you may want to add. Thanks & Happy New Year!! -Torran Wakefield-Thompson

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-8298/script-recording-25708.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    Performance - you over enunciated, in my opinion. The angry man on the street would speak quicker, with more intensity, and would use a casual tone.

    Peer Feedback:

    I was trying to find a middle-ground with the intensity...didn't want to sound too intense and didnt want to show to little intensity. Thanks for listening and for the feedback.

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    Climate Star

    Script:

    Very Hot. And getting hotter. Unfortunately, thanks to global warming, the 1990s were the hottest decade on record. And scientists predict it’s going to keep getting warmer. That means big changes: rising sea levels, more intense storms, droughts, and flooding. The way we use fuel and energy is causing global warming, but we can slow it down if we take action now. Global warming isn’t cool. Stopping it is. Find out how you can make a difference. Visit www.ClimateStar.org for more information.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear stacia's recording

    Please take a listen, and tell me what you think!

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-20137/script-recording-45787.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    Hi there! You're copy interpretation was dead on with the combination of a slow read mixed with urgency, great clarity, inflection at appropriate moments and the right emotion! Perhaps trying to find specific moments that are urgent and important and toning it down slightly everywhere else would be interesting? I thought the quality of your recording and performance were very good! Thank you for sharing!

    Peer Feedback:

    Great read. Like your voice. The only thing that I could see that was that you inserted an extra word, "only".

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear anogueira87's recording

    My second attempt, with a real mic this time. I know I need a LOT of work, so please be kind with feedback. Trying not to sound TOO monotone, but I leave that up to you to decide.

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-6637/script-recording-30856.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    Hello. I like the way your presented the information.

    It did not sound monotonous to me.

    Your presentation sounded like you were speaking to someone, but in my opinion it was just a little too fast.

    Slow down some and this will sound very nice.

    All the best,

    Scott

    PS Don't be afraid to submit to this forum. We all need constructive criticism. We can't grow without it. Keep up the good work!

    Peer Feedback:

    HI,

    This would probably be a 30 second spot so you roughly have 10+ more seconds to work with. Scott was correct in stating that you should slow it down a bit. By taking a deep breath after every period, this give you enough time to pace yourself, and work with some time in edits to remove unwanted space as well to tighten up the read. There were 4 sentences that you could use that technique with, which would also bring it up to 24-25 seconds, and in the beginning after Hey .... wake up ... that would give you the time to spread that out to hit 30. The flow started to fall apart on the last line, but using those techniques and actually having the breath to use it might smoothen out for you. Good tone and a nice read.

    Peer Feedback:

    I have to agree with Scott and Daniel, just keep doing it you'll get better every time.
    Joe

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    College Prep

    Script:

    Hey…wake up…you can’t dream your way into college. There are actual steps you need to take. Steps that go beyond just getting good grades. So if you’re serious about college, visit know-how-to-go-dot-org today. Brought to you by the American Council on Education, Lumina Foundation for Education and the Ad Council.

    34 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear stacia's recording

    Should I be more upbeat?

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-20137/script-recording-45790.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    I like your energy and your voice, but maybe a little slower, perhaps. You put in an extra word, "just".

    Peer Feedback:

    Good ears-- I listened to this several times and didn't catch my extra word in this or the other demo.... :/

    Peer Feedback:

    I thought it was great, quite professional. I couldn't see this ad going 25 or 30 seconds, I thought the speed of your delivery was right on. Besides the added word, of course and the evident breaths, very nice. Voice On!

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    Conflict Resolution

    Script:

    Oooh. This is the second time today this happened. It’s okay for kids to see that their parents sometimes disagree. But children also need to know that conflict can be worked out.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear gheilweil66's recording

    This is from a weekly recording contest. Submissions were due already so no competitive advantage here! It says in the instructions "An argument is about to break out". Then it says "...be friendly and non-threatening, but not 'flip'". Curious to see if my interpretation of 'argumentative, friendly and non-threatening' was off and curious to see if I sound wooden, forced or fast in my delivery. I was trying to sound relatable as the PSA guy. Hopefully I achieved some of that. Thanks in advance for the feedback!

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-113914/script-recording-89989.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    Again, without knowing what the Contest judge might say, here are my impressions.

    In the spec, it's not clear whether the video is for adults or the children watching the situations unfold. So which group do you mold the read for? Both. Which means that you can't be talking down to the audience. You have be somewhat sympathetic and empathetic to the feelings of the child. Kids most often blame themselves when they see their parents arguing, even if they don't quite understand or comprehend what the argument is about. That's a lot of stuff to put into 4 little lines.

    So, "Oooh" shouldn't sound exasperated or down or surprised or disgusted, but more concerned as it ties into the next line. It's actually like a written pre-thought or short conversational interjection and can be elided into the next thought without a long pause. In other words, ignore the period. And you pretty much did that. But you made it sound like you were disgusted at the parents' behavior rather than a concerned observer, just like the kid.

    Then there's a change. You (as the observer) look from one scene (the parents arguing) to the look at the child and see the sadness on the child's face - then you react to that. So now you're talking to the kid or the concerned parent also watching the child's reaction. Calmly, soothingly and reassuringly. Not happy, up or condescendingly. It's important to belay the child's fears that the argument his or her fault, as well as making a parent understand that that's the way children react to parental conflict. Picture yourself kneeling down, holding the kid's shoulders and looking that teary eyed kid in the eyes, maybe wiping away a tear with a sympathetic, reassuring smile

    And the implied message of the last line is, "It's not your fault. This sometimes happens with adults, and it has nothing to do with you. It's a problem only between them, and they will work it out. And all will be better soon." Tender and reassuring, and also as a life lesson for the child for their own future conflicts. And the same message transfers to the parent as well.

    All of that stuff is called "subtext" and it needs to be felt and acted instantaneously. Acting 101.

    Peer Feedback:

    Ah, I thought I was supposed to portray 2 characters: A husband before an argument and a narrator interrupting the argument. Didn't realize it was all one narrator.

    Thank you so much for the feedback!

    Peer Feedback:

    Look at the
    Director's Notes:

    This is a simulated audition for a public relations video on parenting. Actors will portray various situations (in the video). At points during each scene, the narrator (the voice-over artist - you) will be cut in (as a voice-over) during a freeze in the action. In this scene, an argument is about to begin ... or not. Be friendly and non-threatening, but not “flip.” Slate your name or username.

    You, as the narrator, are the commentary to the scene in freeze frame.

    Peer Feedback:

    To me when I read "An argument is about to break out...or not" I thought it meant to actually act out the beginning of the argument as the father.

    So in my head I was thinking

    Line 1 Husband: Express frustration about something happening for a 2nd time.

    Line 2 Narrator: Cut in and explain it's ok to be frustrated...

    In hindsight, the script would identify them as different characters if that were the case. Silly error on my part. I get it now though so thank you!

    Peer Feedback:

    Pretty good recording. The ooh seems to have been meant in more of a groany way though and it honestly sounded a little boring. I wouldn't be afraid to add a little more emotion in there if I were you. Still a good recording.

    Peer Feedback:

    Not bad voice overall and was calming in general. I'd say maybe remove the background noise and that would be fine for me to hear this.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear voicegem's recording

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-12838/script-recording-31460.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    Hello VoiceGem!

    You have a lovely voice. The one thing I think that your read needs is more energy behind it. Speak a little more forcefully; not a lot, just maybe 25% more. If one can quantify these things.

    In the interest of full disclosure, I read this for the contest this week, and wish you the very best of luck! :)

    Regards,

    Steve O'Sullivan

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    Doing the most good

    Script:

    Few things in this life are as important as family. That's why your gifts to The Salvation Army make such a vital difference. Thanks to you, we don't just help families with emergency food, housing, and utility assistance. We also strive to keep the family together, growing closer and stronger, all through their recovery. Give today at salvationarmyusa.org. The Salvation Army - Doing the most good.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear kimlicarlson's recording

    Please provide feedback on the read only. I am working on getting better mic and software.

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-127241/script-recording-97776.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    You have a very warm and sincere voice, so a great match for this read. I would say overall to slow down! If this were a 30 second sport you still have 5 seconds left. Take advantage of it and I think you'd have a more solid read.

    Also noticed a little variation in pacing, I'd also try to even it out, i.e. add a little pause between at "doing the most good".

    Personally the audio quality sounds fine to me!

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    Domestic Violence

    Script:

    Domestic Violence
    She doesn’t talk about her bruises. She doesn’t talk about her depression. She doesn’t talk about her missing days at work. So how do you tell her you’ve noticed? If your friend is a victim of domestic abuse, talk to her about it and don’t stop talking until the violence stops. To find out how, call 1-800-VIOLENCE for a free brochure.

    49 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear Jillian Gee's recording

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-129914/script-recording-97107.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    I thought I heard something running in the background.Like a hollow sound.Good job otherwise.

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    Don't do drugs

    Script:

    Above the Influence (PSA)
    I thought I respected myself. That is, until I saw myself get high. It's just an ugly side of myself that I didn't recognize. Saying and doing things that just weren't me. I do respect myself, that's why I don't do drugs.

    61 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear Jillian Gee's recording

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-129914/script-recording-97149.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    I liked it. Recording quality sounded good. To me, it sounded like a believable PSA commercial. Good job.

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    Don't Give Alcohol To Minors (PSA)

    Script:

    Never provide alcohol to a minor. Think through it; don't do it. A message from the Connecticut Attorney General's Office and the Office of Traffic and Safety. To learn more, go to Safe State Dot Org, Forward Slash Trace.

    74 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear JimmyFlame's recording

    Hey everyone! I'm trying out a new genre, public service announcements, and appreciate any feedback I can get. Thanks in advance! Keep in mind... I usually do sports and sports related work.

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-102681/script-recording-80530.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    Not sure that is the best MB for a PSA (was really uppy), and the delivery seemed pushy/overthetopsalesman again (though not as much as the other recording) instead of encouraging/supportive/firm.

    Bring it down, and get intimate with us, instead of barking at us.

    Peer Feedback:

    Way too upbeat for such a (potentially) grim subject. Back it down just a little bit.

    Peer Feedback:

    The message has to be positive, but cautionary. The copy is loaded with negatives, so it seems like a contradiction. Think in terms of saving young lives from the evils of alcohol.

    A little over-articulate, so it sounds a little mechanical. You wouldn'T TalK liKe thaT in normal ConVerSation. Talk to me like a concerned friend.

    Peer Feedback:

    Another example of not matching the tone the script calls for and just doing a basic radio voiced announcer delivery. You'll really need to break away from that.

    Peer Feedback:

    ^or target it to the right audience. I was stalking demos just now and saw one listed for Casinos/NightClub. You can get niche, just gotta know your brand.

    But good acting skills will never be a problem having, so, should work on both!

    Peer Feedback:

    Hi - I liked your voice, but this was in my opinion too happy to be seen as a warning to not serve alcohol. It would be better served for a fun gathering.

    Your voice is very good though, keep it up!

    - Rhett

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear deidreannjohnson's recording

    Long-form copy is very difficult for me and definitely an area for improvement. Any and all critiques graciously welcome. Thanks.

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-40244/script-recording-65781.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    I like this overall. Your "mom" quality (if I can call it that) does come through.

    I think you can slow down the lists of each impact of drugs a little, give yourself time to breathe and let the importance of each sink in for the listener. It felt like you rushed the last few, possibly because of running out of air. You can let the list "breathe" by giving each aspect it's own space and importance, while giving yourself a chance to draw another breath.

    Trust me I know all about the impulse to rush certain things, especially when the copy gets long. Something I still have to deal with myself.

    A good effort!

    Peer Feedback:

    Hi Deidre,

    My critiques would be:
    If you could maintain the way you read, "Each year, drug abuse kills 14,000 Americans and costs taxpayers nearly..." during the entire script, I think it would be dead on. I wish I could put my finger on, and offer guidance as to, exactly why the other parts didn't sound as I think they should have, but that's what this forum is for...hopefully someone else will be able to explain what I can't.

    In this sentence,"While overall use of drugs in the United States has fallen by half in the last 15 years, adolescent drug use continues at high levels" - I feel as though the words "adolescent drug use" should be emphasized as you are comparing it to "overall drug use" and you want to get that point across.
    The words "chokes", "while" and "united" seemed a little short/rushed.
    I think the "s's" needed to be tamed in certain spots like "...social service systems" I know it's tough to think about all these things during your read, but, in time, it'll be second nature!
    Recording quality is good.
    Good choice of script! You have a nice, pleasant voice well suited for this read.
    Can't wait to hear it again!

    Peer Feedback:

    Right out of the box, you started on a high pitch and volume and then settled into a soft and mellow tone. Kinda like diving off a high dive and then treading water. There's a certain personal investment in the subject matter that was missing, an urgency. (That's not to say that you should read it faster.)

    One way of thinking about it is to give yourself some interjections at the end of thoughts or sentences as if the listener was voicing them. For instance, after you say, "The impact on American society is staggering." You might hear the listener ask, "What do you mean?" And your response might be, "Well, let me tell you. Each year ... productivity." And you might hear the listener say, "I didn't know that." And you might say, "Wait, there's more! Illicit drug abuse ... systems." And the listener might say,"Wow!" And then you hit them with the kicker - It's gotten better, but it's still not good enough. Talk to your kids so they won't be a get into drugs and be a burden on society!

    This is tough copy. There are two really long run-on sentences with lists smack dab in the middle. You gave emphasis to the key points, but it sounded a little mechanical and textbook (like the way they teach you to hit this word and then that word) rather than coming from some emotional center. I hear a bunch of words strung together, but I'm not paying attention to the message because I don't hear (feel) your passion.

    Peer Feedback:

    Dear TJ and James, thanks so much for your comments. I will be practicing this read a lot taking into account the feedback. I'm so appreciative of this forum.

    Peer Feedback:

    Your voice is awesome but I agree with the other comments about those long lists. Listening to you read it is teaching me a lot. I've seen this same problem at the SAG voice over lab. I think we need to emphasize each word differently or it sounds boring.

    Peer Feedback:

    Thanks Martha, lots to work on.

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    Drug Abuse PSA

    Script:

    Drug abuse may not be an epidemic, but it is a major public health problem. The impact on American society is staggering. Each year, drug abuse kills 14,000 Americans and costs taxpayers nearly $70 billion in unnecessary health care costs, extra law enforcement, auto accidents, crime and lost productivity. Illicit drug abuse hurts families, businesses, and neighborhoods, impedes education, and chokes the criminal justice, health and social service systems. While overall use of drugs in the United States has fallen by half in the last 15 years, adolescent drug use continues at high levels. Teach your children to stay off drugs.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear tjstorms's recording

    Figured I'd give this one a shot... trying to apply more discipline to my diction (dictiopline?)

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-83579/script-recording-65987.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    I'm going to ignore everything except how to break down the script on this one. I know you're focusing on diction, but this got choppy on you. I think there's a problem with your lists and with your "clumping".

    If I put it in parentheses, say the words more smoothly together--like they're one item (ex: "battlefield" not "battle field"). If one hits both "battle" and "field" separately and equally the result would be a rhythm to one's speech that's not conversational.

    Drug abuse may not be an epidemic, but it is a major (public health problem).

    Problem: you hit each word within the parentheses, and that chops it up. Ditto "social service systems" deeper in the script.

    The impact on American society is staggering. Each year, drug abuse kills 14,000 Americans and costs taxpayers nearly $70 billion in unnecessary (health care costs)

    Good. You used "health care costs" as one smooth phrase.

    , extra law enforcement, auto accidents, crime and lost productivity.

    Problem: I think you're sticking too close to one pitch for this list and that doesn't separate out the items enough. Too much like reading that way and loses the sense of story.

    Illicit drug abuse hurts families, businesses, and neighborhoods, impedes education, and chokes the criminal justice, health and social service systems.

    Break it down this way: Illicit drug abuse
    1) hurts (families, businesses, and neighborhoods),
    2) impedes education,
    3) and chokes the (criminal justice, health, and social service systems)

    See the difference? This is really one big list of three, with the relevant parts coming after each verb (hurts, impedes, chokes). Don't let the lists of three within the bigger list of three throw you. Use your verbs to guide the flow: Drug abuse hurts people, impedes education, and chokes systems. Or maybe you're not thrown, but the rhythm you're in while focusing so much on diction is losing the sense of story here.

    I'd enjoy hearing you do this with a much looser, more conversational flow. I'd ignore diction until you get the flow and feel of it and then you can layer that on.

    Peer Feedback:

    Tonia,

    Thank you kindly for your spot-on, in-depth feedback.
    In attempting to keep an "official" tone at the time I recorded this, I did happen to feel that "extra law enforcement, auto accidents, crime and lost productivity" should have been more "plain" in pitch, but in playing it back - yeah, you're right, the pitch needs to be varied for those items. As with "public health problem" I was going for serious-type hits, but that just made it choppy like you said.
    That second list of three (starting with illicit) - in my mind, I knew logically that's how it should have been broken down, but I need work on connecting that knowledge with how it should come out in voiceover. ..and yes, I do see the difference - I found it alot easier to execute the read properly using the list format you provided in your comment. :-)
    Perhaps I'll re-format the script for my own use to read from.
    Thanks again!

    TJ

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    Drunk Driving Prevention Campaign

    Script:

    You're not paranoid; they really are out to get you. If you plan to drink during the holiday season and get behind the wheel of a vehicle, the police are determined to get you off the road.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear maria.makis's recording

    This is my entry for the script recording contest ending 01/04/2013. I would like to get some thoughts on my performance. Thanks.

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-3764/script-recording-48080.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    Maria...

    It was tough to get the full feel of it due to the hollowness of the recording. I'd love to hear you on a professional mic. Also...I'm not big on audio slating at the top. Others might disagree, but it's a pet peeve of mine.

    Having said that, I like your delivery. You gave the read the emotional weight it needs.

    Mike F.

    Peer Feedback:

    Hi, Maria -

    Lovely voice and excellent articulation. You do, however, need to be a lot closer to the mic. You might also want to put up some soundproofing, or even a few blankets, to dampen the room noise. I can hear your voice bouncing around a bit.

    Good job!

    Jim

    Peer Feedback:

    Hi! Maria. I liked your commitment to this script and you made me believe you meant every word. Your 'get you' sounded like 'getch u'. I think this is a common mistake (I have heard singers do this all the time) and I'm not sure if it's acceptable. I also agree with Jim regarding the room treatment. Best.
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    Peer Feedback:

    I want to thank you all for your comments. They are very helpful. I am in the process of getting a new mic and better soundproofing. IYou have been very helpful. Thanks again!

    Peer Feedback:

    Hi Maria!
    First off, I just wanted to say that I think your articulation is superb. The pacing was also good the only negative that I have is, as someone else posted, it sounds a bit hollow. It seems to be missing that depth in your voice. Don't think this is an issue that is hard to correct, just a tad closer to the mic and see if there is any way to minimize room noise.
    I think you've got something good here!

    Mark

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    Drunk Driving

    Script:

    Ya know, I never thought John would get to this point. It used to be just a couple of drinks at a party, maybe an occasional drink after work, but he would never drive drunk, or so I thought. If I had only stopped him before he got into his car, maybe John would be here today. Friends don’t let friends drive drunk.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear jamesromick's recording

    Very nice and heartfelt PSA script that Michael Hughes offered up. I thought I'd give it a shot. I left the breath sounds in because I thought it fit with the feel of the spot.

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/DrunkDriving-VO.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    Nice spot James. it sounds very authentic.
    "we'll go with this."
    ;-)

    cheers,
    Dave Saunders.

    Peer Feedback:

    Very sincere and conversational. The seriousness of the message is felt. Good work.

    Lougent

    Peer Feedback:

    I am brand new to this, but I, and everyone else in the world, have listened to many ads on TV. This one sounded like you were talking to your friends or relatives about him. The breath sounds helped. Like I said I am very new to this.

    Peer Feedback:

    I could also hear the sincerity of your read. You sounded like you were leaning in to almost whisper to someone about your friend's drunk driving. I didn't hear anything wrong with the recording quality.

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    Drunk Driving

    Script:

    Ya know, I never thought John would get to this point. It used to be just a couple of drinks at a party, maybe an occasional drink after work, but he would never drive drunk, or so I thought. If I had only stopped him before he got into his car, maybe John would be here today. Friends don’t let friends drive drunk.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear Michael Hughes's recording

    Hi all. Happy Friday.

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-83785/script-recording-67686.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    Nice pacing. I know it's important not to go too heavy with these things so that they don't get too judgy or melodramatic and become off-putting, but because this one isn't finger wagging at the listener, I'd hit a grimmer tone with it. The speaker is full of regret--they think that they could have saved their friend and didn't. There's emotional movement, but it's subtle. Nice conversational feel. I'm hearing a nasal "stap" for stop, and there's a way to broaden the "o" by dipping the center of your tongue down and not keeping it flat. That way you'll get the sound out of your nose, or at least that helps me, a chronic offender of being nasal with some of my sounds. I actually keep a list of my chronic offenders because I forget from script to script!

    Peer Feedback:

    Very interesting insight. Noted and Appreciated !!! thanks

    Peer Feedback:

    I heard you start off with the light tone that Tonya mentioned but, while the light, almost cheerful tone was still there throughout the read I did hear you back off just a little after the first couple of sentences, as though you were saying to yourself "Oops, we're talking about my friend who drove drunk and I'm sad about it". I did get the feel of the friend talking to someone about having been to a party and that it ended badly, though.

    Peer Feedback:

    Sounds realistic. Very Effective delivery.

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    Friendly Male

    Script:

    To bring new stories to life every day.
    We help generations find common ground.
    And uncover stories yet to be told
    While creating new memories to share.
    We inspire the promise of tomorrow
    by igniting the wonder of today
    And watch families grow together, experiencing new and exciting things along the way.

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    Audition Recording:

    Click to hear Matthew-Eagen's recording

    Back in the Booth! Wooohooo!! It's gonna be a great winter!! And I'm really excited about getting with you guys on the Forum. Be Well. Matt

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/Matthew Eagen_DML Friendly Male_ZD155339.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    Recording quality sounds fine to me. Well read. My only observation is maybe it could use a little more energy?

    Peer Feedback:

    Matt,

    Nice to hear you again. Been a long time.

    Suggestion: Give yourself a little separation between your slate, the product/service and a "one count" before diving into the copy. It was a little jarring and abrupt.

    You might try reformatting this copy into something that flows a little smoother for your eyes to get that "conversational" manor. With this read, every line had a separation - your brain sees each line as a separate thing instead of processing combinations of lines as complete thoughts. It looks more like poetry than prose, so that's the way your brain is processing it.

    For instance, how would you read it if you saw it like this:

    "To bring new stories to life every day, we help generations find common ground and uncover stories yet to be told, while creating new memories to share."

    "We inspire the promise of tomorrow by igniting the wonder of today and watch families grow together, experiencing new and exciting things along the way."

    Your brain would interpret it as two major concepts instead of a bunch of broken up lines. Which is not to say that you couldn't chop it up later in the editing - but one thing will still flow into the other more fluidly, even with the spaces in between.

    This is one of those things where the copy writer is basically writing in "bullet points", maybe for accompanying visuals. But the director will ask for "conversational", even though it may get chopped up later.

    Peer Feedback:

    Hey Mathew, great read! I might pick up the pace just a tiny bit and perhaps if you put a short tone sound byte between your slate and audition it will create separation and define the beginning of the audition just a little bit better.

    Good job!

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear Chris Coulter's recording

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/hearing-loss.MP3

    Peer Feedback:

    A fine effort but I felt I was hearing more of "what you thought you should sound like" and less of your natural self. You have a beautiful timbre and tone, let that come though without pushing so hard.

    I would identify some of your inflections as "elocutionary". To me, this spot is first-person testimonial. Gosh, I don't want to sound like a director, but you need to feel this... be this person. Let it flow from your own experience.

    Jim

    Peer Feedback:

    In addition to comments I noticed a slight echo.

    Peer Feedback:

    I am working in an untreated environment and doing the best I can with a small recorder with a built-in mic and no editing software. I may be able to get a little closer to the mic in order to minimize the echo. Thanks for your comments.

    Peer Feedback:

    Hi! Chris. You have a genuine and nurturing tone which is particularly appealing to this type of reads. The audio clarity needs to be addressed as your voice sounds muffled. Sometimes your downward inflections couldn't be heard. Best.

    Peer Feedback:

    I think you could personalize it more with a stronger attitude about the information you're conveying.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear avi.zaken1's recording

    Would love some feedback on performance. I can tell theres some spots for improvement already but a fresh ear couldn't hurt. Thanks

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-113318/script-recording-91460.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    There are probably a whole bunch of ways to attack this, but flat and slow really doesn't seem to fit, in my estimation.

    It's only one interpretation, but what I see, is sarcasm. Much in the vain of Al Pacino in "The Devil's Advocate"

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1WdWH53nsu8

    Anxiety and depression mock you, they make fun of you for being "weak", they wonder why you don't recognize them - until it's too late.

    OR it can be approached with humor, like the Viberzi commercials (although that's a stetch, IMHO).

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-gK22mfJjm4

    This also needs to be tightened up for this copy and the Tag to fit into 60 seconds.

    Peer Feedback:

    I don't think this take on this script works. Your voice sounds good. It is just not right for this particular script.

    Peer Feedback:

    Have to disagree with Drake2774 about your voice not being "right" for this script.

    Your voice is your voice. I would submit that it's simply the delivery that doesn't fit the copy.

    Peer Feedback:

    Any thoughts on what type of scripts I'm "right" for. Always looking for advice. Thanks for the feedback everyone, will use those tips for next recording.

    Peer Feedback:

    What you are "right" for depends upon what VO genre or genres you want or prefer to tackle.

    This, obviously, is a PSA. So it could be included in the commercial genre. It could also be narration, because of the length. It could also be considered character, if you chose to push it in that direction.

    You have a "real person" youngish quality to your voice - a little raspy. It's "right" for tons of things. It all depends on the delivery.

    For instance, some coaches will offer up different adjectives to point the person in a certain direction for a delivery. Dry, witty, concerned, monotone, deadpan, announcery, upbeat, somber, etc. That's kind of a baseline to draw upon because sometimes the "tone" or "feel" of the copy may change or shift - possibly several times.

    VO is not about the voice, it's what you do with it.

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    In This Place - PSA

    Script:

    This. This is where we are. A place where parents provide beer to 17-year-olds…where 9th graders drink rum from coke cans during school, and kids take their first drink as young as 9 or 10. A place where alcohol tastes like lemonade, and doing 12 to 15 shots a night is commonplace.
    How did it get so far away from how you and I remember it? How did casual beer drinking turn into a hard-hitting, no rules sport? Where did the line between having fun and getting blind drunk get blurred? And how did we unknowingly get swept along?
    How did we land here? In this place.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear dmangini's recording

    Hi everyone. I'm getting back on the air after some business travel and returning home with a nasty upper resp. infection. My voice is not completely back to normal but I've been away from practice for too long. I liked this script a lot when Jim did it back on March 8 and I wanted to try it with a different attitude. I'm working to add more emotion to my reads and here I am going for a feeling of somewhat frustrated, a little angry or mildly disgusted. (or maybe that's just what happens after too many takes in the booth). I was trying to feel as if I had to personally confront this although, thankfully, I do not with my kids. Dry read - no music here, that's my next challenge since I admire how well many of you improve the feel of the material with music. Also doing a little normalization and equalization on the voice. Thanks! David

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-3498/script-recording-28688.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    Well read. I like that you contrasted "this" and "how". I sensed the "disgust" or "frustration" but it wasn't so dramatic as to be a turnoff, so if it's the result of too many takes, then plan on that many next time :)

    Peer Feedback:

    Hi David,

    This would be very appealing to an audience because of the emotions you used which were dramatic, but also conversational enough whereas you can relate to the message of the ad itself.

    Excellent read! Hope you're feeling better and look forward in hearing more from you.

    LCW.

    Peer Feedback:

    Oh Jeez David, I completely forgot to do this!!! Ok, Listen, and I know I'm late so the feedback is negligible at this point... Hey, I thought it was good, there was a slight popping on 1 or 2 of the edit spots, but I loved the tone. Why don't you repost this without telling anyone? I won't tell :) Good Job on this one! Nodo420

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear SudburyMike's recording

    Recorded at home (non-studio setting), with a USB Samson mic, into Audacity. I did a few quick takes and didn't edit any of them, just chose the one i thought sounded best overall. I feel a couple of words are not clear. I am pretty sure that I am all over the map when it comes to tone, tempo, volume, and pitch. I am booked for an Investigate Your Voice lesson next week. I am trying to get some practice in beforehand. Thanks for your feedback!!

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-131008/script-recording-97482.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    I'm still pretty new to VO so I apologize if I don't have much critique. You have a nice, clear voice. A little slow between sentences, but otherwise I feel like I could listen to an audiobook of you and fall asleep to it it's that pleasant to listen to!

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    Is it Just Forgetfulness?

    Script:

    Is it just forgetfulness...or Alzheimer’s disease? Memory loss, Asking repeated questions, Trouble using words...When signs like these begin to affect everyday life, they may not be a part of normal aging. They may be signs of Alzheimer’s disease, an incurable, progressive illness that robs patients and their families of a lifetime of memories. Only a doctor can evaluate symptoms such as forgetfulness and diagnose Alzheimer’s disease.
    To learn more, call toll-free today: 1-888-988-9565.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear TedVoInSpain's recording

    I saw 2 scripts that others had done and I'd commented on so I decided to give em a whirl. "Walk the walk" a little. This first one intrigued me because Alzheimer's is such a scary thing that the first thing we do is deny it. So the first sentence had to be riveting. I'll hold my comments, please feel free to add comments of any kind, doing so helps all of us get better. Thanks for listening and participating. It's what makes a community strong. Oh, this was the lesser favorite of 2 seperate takes of the same script. I'm going back to fiddle with the 2nd. Totally different music bed and the read has a different feel to it. Did you like this one? Let me know, Note to TxTom, ya, I know it's 50 seconds, my bad on exporting the sound bed. it's a 45 second wrap to end of music. Pain in butt to redo soundbed export. :)

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-8990/script-recording-45661.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    Came in at 50s...HA!! saw your note. I like the overall tone and clarity a LOT, Ted. I was thinking "man, there's nothing but good here" RIGHT up to the long pause in the sentence "Only a doctor can..." at "and diagnose Alzheimers..." That just broke the flow to my ears. Everything else was spot on. Good music bed, great tone all of it. Like alot.

    Peer Feedback:

    I knew you'd be around! :) and that's part of the place where the music bed would get cut down. I exported the things at 45 seconds to close, I was sure of it. Then when I got to edit, I realized... TxTom is gonna gig me. Thanks for the listen and comment.

    Peer Feedback:

    I'm around, Ted! Just bored to tears while not recording. Hope to get back to the mic tomorrow!

    Peer Feedback:

    Hey Ted, I really liked the tone and clarity as well - great emotion without sounding overdone. Only "Trouble using words?" sounded a little harsh and disconnected from the rest of the script. Also, you may want to pause just a tad throughout the entire read for better flow. Overall though, great music, vocal performance, and production.

    Peer Feedback:

    Ted, I really liked it .... great job, nice clean sound!

    Peer Feedback:

    I wouldn't change a thing I thought it was an excellent read. Beautiful vocal tone and very nice music.The only negative issue I could add would be that I detecting either wet or dry mouth on the 4th and 5th lines, sounding slightly like lip smacking.
    Great Job! Voice On!

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    Audition Recording:

    Click to hear jerry lino's recording

    Any and all comments welcomed and appreciated.

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-3696/script-recording-87372.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    Good read, but sounds like there is a reflection on your voice. Noise reduction used ? The your voice seems to trail off and break up on the last word of every sentence.

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    Marijuana (Anti-Drug 2)

    Script:

    It’s not half as uncomfortable as talking to your kids about sex. But just as important. Talking to your kids about marijuana can clear up a lot of the questions they might have. And the ones you might have, too. Talking about marijuana can also make your kids feel more at ease in dealing with it when they have to, which is probably more often than you think. Besides, after everything else you’ve talked to them about, it’s not as uncomfortable as you might expect. For more information and a fact-filled booklet, call 1-800-788-2800.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear sentry40335's recording

    A re-working of last week's entry to this forum, Thanks James & Tom... I've brought the right channel up by 50%, lowered the bass (AND treble), compressed to 2.5:1, 2.0 attack, 9 release and smoothed out (I think) some of the editing. Otherwise, it's exactly the same basic recording, just re-mixed. Hope you'll notice the difference. I think I'm learning, tho slowly and the greatest of these lessons being JUST how far I have to go before seriously auditioning for anything. Hope I survive that long. Be well. p.s. That's 2 submissions today alone, I'll cool it for awhile now.

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-123511/script-recording-95732.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    You shouldn't have to meddle with the channels if you've set your recording to mono in the first place.

    In the latest version of Audacity (Windows):
    Select - Edit/Preferences (Ctrl+P)
    In the requester window click on - "Devices" (the top most selection)
    Select - "1 (mono)" in the "Channels" dropdown menu (the last one)
    Click "OK"

    Now you're recording in mono.

    Peer Feedback:

    Thank you, kind sir, but "having already meddled", do you notice any difference,positive or negative? I'm working hard on learning the ins & outs of processing using the Tascam, and have actually begun, I think, to notice some forward motion in that regard, however slight. Be well.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear Chris Coulter's recording

    Since this script had a specification as being a thirty-second PSA, I did my best to keep it at about 28 or 29 seconds but I didn't succeed. However, any comments anyone has are welcome. I thought I had picked up the pace enough to get the time correct.

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/meals-on-wheels.MP3

    Peer Feedback:

    Nice recording!

    Peer Feedback:

    Nice job!

    You sound to me like you are standing too far from the mic. In a serious and personal discussion such as this script I suggest you try really getting very close. It will make your voice warmer and you will sound more caring. I am not suggesting you whisper, but a more intimate style I think would work.

    I actually thought the pace was too slow, so 30 seconds would be fine. I suspect whatever software you are using has the ability to stretch and shrink time without changing pitch. Just take this same recording and dial it right into 30 seconds and see how it sounds to you. If you are within a few seconds it usually works fine. Just get as close as you can with your take then adjust the file to the correct time.

    I am terrible at scripts that call for high energy or something like that. I find shrinking maybe 10% really peps up a recording for me. It’s another skill you should practice with to take advantage of all your software care do. In voice-over cheating is definitely allowed.

    Peer Feedback:

    Love the cheat idea, Tom. I just realized one could do that a few weeks ago when I was figuring out how I could speed things up to mark my breaths for editing faster.

    Chris, for my taste, I thought some of your vowels stretched too much on sentences 2 and the last sentence. The rest was nice. I do like how you stretched "the golden years" in the beginning to give my brain a moment to catch up to the topic. "And, yes, hunger" was terrific. Liked sentence 3 and the first half of 4. "Home delivered meals dot org" got sing-songy on you. Maybe you could hit the address by upping the diction and clarity on it, like you did with the phone number, instead of stretching it and joining it all together. The last line of your reads always catches your arm movement to turn off the recording and it might change the tone of your voice, too, like you're anticipating being done. I wonder how it would sound if you resisted reaching out until you'd really finished and then sat for an extra moment. (and then that time can be edited out)

    When you get into editing, you can tighten things up artificially in other ways, too, like eliminating a little of the pause between the phone number and the next phrase.

    You're going to be a master at reading for long stretches without errors the way you're practicing without much editing! I always end up piecing together a couple of takes and then maybe a pick-up in addition to that. But I'm doing that less and less! We'll get there!

    Peer Feedback:

    Sorry I didn't get back on the forum to see your comments right away. My old computer had a melt-down and died. I think Audacity was the last straw. I now have a new computer and am slowly putting things back together.
    Thank you for the comments on this recording. I find that my reads sound fairly fast to me as I am recording them but when I play them back the pace hasn't picked up much at all. I do see some improvement in other ways and you have each confirmed this. I'll be back with another recording soon but it won't be with Audacity. Carol, wanna help me learn to use Garage Band for VO?

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    Mid-Columbia Meals on Wheels

    Script:

    The “Golden Years.” Too often, the “golden years” can mean mean a tight budget, loneliness, depression, and yes, hunger. Consider a donation of money, your time, or both to the Mid-Columbia Meals on Wheels program. To find out how you can help your elderly neighbors, call Meals on Wheels at 735-1911, or visit them on line at Home Delivered Meals dot org. You can help take the tarnish off the “golden years.”

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear kellbell87's recording

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-22512/script-recording-79063.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    Slating takes up to much time at the front of an audition. The producer or agent knows the name of the job, they want to hear your presentation of the script. Name your audition file with your name. There were a few pops at the ends of some words, possibly from edits gone awry.

    Peer Feedback:

    Yep. For an audition there is no need to slate with the product/service or title of the spot unless it was specifically required. The client or auditioner should know what it is by the way you or your agent labels the file. And saying, "Take one" and then not offering a "take two" makes me think I missed something or that the file is incomplete.

    If you strip that away, your slate (just your name) sounds like a question with that uptick in inflection. (The same is true for the way you upticked on the PSA title and the take number.) I've heard it mentioned by some prominent coaches and casting people that jobs can be won or lost on the slate alone - just as a matter of confidence and comfortableness of the talent saying their own name. There's also the school of thought to (and sometimes the specs will tell you to) slate in the character or the flavor of the spot. For example, for this spot you wouldn't necessarily want to slate big and cheery like a used car salesman and then go into serious copy about the elderly not being able to afford food. So a softer and more empathetic slate would better fit this copy.

    The recording quality is fairly good but the overall volume level is very low. Your peak level should approach the -6dB to -3dB range. If a casting person or client were listening to a string of auditions and had to turn up the volume on yours and then the next one was much louder (or closer to the loudness level of the one previous to yours), their ears would not be happy.

    The read is kind of flat. It sounds like you're reading with little personal emotional investment in the cause you're promoting. I also hear paper rustling in the background.

    Peer Feedback:

    Hey there! Thank you for the feedback! There was a second take, but I took the best parts from it and put it into the first take. And yes, I was not able to remove that strange paper rustling sound. I couldn't find it, even in spectral form. It was weird. The slate was just for practice sake that so I'm not super concerned about that. I've read the whole Edge Slating Book.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear touzet's recording

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-65861/script-recording-73548.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    conversational but authoritative and genuine - with a hint of benevolence.

    Peer Feedback:

    Not sure if you stuttered at 0:17 or it was intentional. The tone was friendly but serious so I think it suits the script well. Nicely done!

    Peer Feedback:

    Regarding the pause I took around :17.. I think more around :16, this was intentional and makes reference to a certain document that begins: "We the people..." .
    Though you probably wouldn't read that document with that gap there, this was sort of supposed to sound a bit like an "aha" moment where we're saying this in fact is about us - the people.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear Andre Hughes's recording

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/Lincoln-Persistence.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    Hi Andre

    You got a great voice there, The read sounded like just a touch of energy would nail this one. I am no tech pro on recording but maybe a slight tweek on your recording set up would bring this right in. I will leave it to others who are tech savy for imput on that.
    Good on ya
    Craig

    Peer Feedback:

    Andre,

    I would tend to agree with Craig. it seemed a bit flat to me. Your voice is wonderful but you just didn't "sell it" to me. To my ear the recording quality was great.

    Peer Feedback:

    Nice set of pipes there. I also think a little more energy would make it more enticing.

    Trying to nail the recording tweak also...perhaps a little close to the mic?

    Best wishes,

    darcyd

    Peer Feedback:

    I think you more or less nailed the tag line, but leading up to there. Exactly what was brought up, take a little more energy and put it behind this piece. Maybe try smiling a little more and Taking a step back from your mic, and increasing your Volume a little.

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    PSA for Autism

    Script:

    As a parent, you can’t help but look at your child and dream about what the future holds. But while you’re dreaming, consider this - the odds that your child will be diagnosed with autism are 1 in 88. Knowing the signs of autism and catching it early can make a world of difference. To learn the signs visit autismspeaks.org. Brought to you by Autism Speaks and the Ad Council.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear sspeheger's recording

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-5556/script-recording-90745.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    Well...you had about 7 more seconds to work with here. And...you simply read the lines to your microphone. I really didn't feel like you engaged with the script until the final script at "brought to you" ...and then in an announcery approach. I've made the critique in the last couple days of another read where the reader brought no "gravitas" to the words being delivered. Consider the first line..."you can't help but look at your child and dream about what the future holds"...The words themselves demand that you connect with a parent as if you're one on one and you want to help them consider the future of their child....it's a very personal and intimate notion. But THEN...you bring them the reality of how frequently autism is affecting children today. Whimsical/wonder right down to reality. But there's absolutely no change in the delivery and no connection to the script. It's called "voice acting" for a reason. We need to be the vehicle through which the story/message is delivered with emotion, imagery, etc.

    Don't read the words...act the words. You're not announcing. You're delivering a message.

    Peer Feedback:

    It did kinda sound like a robot was doing the reading. Have to really get into character and "feel" the part.

    Peer Feedback:

    Thanks to you both. Points well taken.

    Peer Feedback:

    Yeah. It kind of came off like you were trying to sell me a can of paint than personally connecting with me the warm and fuzzy message about kids with autism and early detection to get them the help they need.

    Try this. Slow down and give it less voice, closer to a whisper but not whispering. And get more intimate with the mic. Talk to me like I'm only a couple of feet away across the table from you at a diner having a cup of coffee and you don't want the rest of the patrons to hear what we're talking about.

    There's a "down" and an "up" to the message.
    Autism = Bad (but not morose). Help = Good (big warm smile)
    So, where's the transition? I would submit that it begins at. "Knowing the signs of autism...", a shift in tone.

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    Good tips. Thanks, James.

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    This is exactly the kind of script I tend to get maudlin with. I made a real effort to not do that with this read. If I did please give me suggestions. If I didn't, then let me know that and critique other things.

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    Peer Feedback:

    Hi Chris,
    Listening on my cheap laptop headphones I didn't hear any problems with the recording quality. Performance wise you sounded depressed during the whole read. While that might be good in the beginning, towards the end when you're telling about a cure perhaps more upbeat (but not over the top) would have been more appropriate. Just my opinion. Also the read was 35 seconds. I imagine this is a 30 second spot.

    Peer Feedback:

    I should it taken it up a notch toward the end; you're right. I was actually using the characterization of a depressed person's relative. I guess it worked a little too well. :)

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    I felt it sounded a little too much like you were just reading copy instead of relating to one person with whom you want to communicate important information. I also thought a greater sense of empathy and concern might have helped. I don't agree with the previous comment that you sounded depressed.

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    Self Esteem

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    Does a hero know she’s a hero if no one tells her? Do you know a hero no one else knows? A hero doesn’t have to save a busload of school kids from certain disaster. Or score the winning point to the big game. A hero can be anyone who inspires you, anyone you look up to, anyone who cheers you on, makes you better than you were before--just as they made themselves better than they were before. Do you know a hero? Tell her. Then tell everyone.

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    New mic - I think I need pop filter. Trying to branch out of "kid" category and show range.

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    Freakin' goosebumps! Wow, that was terrific. So natural and real sounding. Decent energy despite staying understated. Your list met the rule of giving it variation, and yet it was so subtle and natural sounding to me. Some recording nits--buffeting of the microphone with h's and "tell", some echo in the back when the music bed was in a quiet spot.

    I loved this!

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    This was great to me. Very natural tone. Sound was great to me.

    Peer Feedback:

    Hi There.

    Do love your natural tone. It is difficult to stay consistent throughout and I think you did it very well. Little bit of mouth noise after the word "game".

    Pop filter is definitely a must. By the way, I made a homemade one for pennies. Embroidery hoop with panty hose stretched over it. Use whatever you may have laying around nor not using - a clip to hold it - a piece of wire or goose neck wire to the clip....where there's a will there's a way...ha!.

    Keep at it!
    Mellonee

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    Sexual Assault PSA

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    In times like these it's important to know the facts about sexual assault. Rape and sexual assault are acts of violence that can happen to anyone....but there are ways to protect yourself. Travel in well-lit, busy areas, avoid known trouble spots and stay away from people who use anger as a means of control. If you are attacked, report the assault to the police immediately.

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    Hi!

    This is well done! Your voice and tone are excellent for this. You also convey a sense of urgency and the music compliments the piece.

    Peer Feedback:

    Tone and casting: I would cast a woman for this--just so you know my bias right up front. Also, I would take a different tack with the tone. Since it's a PSA about a sensitive topic, I believe a lighter touch is in order. The urgent tone you convey (and I'd save it for one of your voices, because it's a good one), is often used in documentaries about bad things happening to people. Kinda ambulance-chasing TV (in which I have myself indulged). Because of that, I think it risks being off-putting to victims or worried potential victims.

    Tech: Maybe some echo? Hard to tell with the MB but certainly radio ready. Editing problem after "protect yourself", and maybe after "trouble spots"

    Details: This got choppy on you. Listen again and hear how you have a clear stop after many of the phrases ("report the assault" stop "to the police" stop "immediately"). Try saying some of it without letting your throat close off in between these spots (glottal stop? feeling fuzzy on terminology, today), and it will flow more conversationally. Also, you're dipping down at the ends of phrases, and that is how one normally closes out a thought when speaking. So when you dip down and there's a phrase that adds more information about the previous phrase, it gives the listener a little hiccup. Finally, notice how you're honoring all the phrases with equal weight and timing. All of these issues set up a timing, a rhythm, that's not conversational. Of course, the PSA is packed with important pieces of information that do need to be stressed, but you can breeze faster past phrases like "in times like these". (and you did achieve this in "that can happen to anyone")

    I'm a scientific, formula kind of gal, so I like to deconstruct this stuff and figure out "the secrets" to avoiding these issues, but a seasoned actor would simply tell you to find that one person you're concerned about, figure out what your role is in relationship to them (friendly cop, concerned father, community rape-crisis volunteer), pick your setting, envision it, and then speak as that person would. And that would be excellent advice.

    Again, I like the tone/vocal style as one you should keep at the ready. Some nice phrasing in here, too. Great voice, and nice production work. Hope the nit-picking helps and isn't discouraging, because lots to like, too.

    T

    Peer Feedback:

    To add to Tonia's points. Casting wise, she has a good point. If most (if not all) sexual assaults perpetrated on women are done by men, a man's voice may not seem as comforting as a sympathetic, but stern sounding, female voice.

    However, if this was open casting for a male or female voice, then it's a matter of tone. Yes, it's a serious subject. But there still has to be some empathy for and with the victim or potential victim. Warning, but caring. This delivery was just a little scary, especially with the music bed. Totally appropriate for a murder mystery book promo or the narration in the middle of a serious documentary on rape. Not so much for a PSA. It's a Public SERVICE Announcement, not a Public SCARY Announcement.

    I'm detecting a slight regionalism - Canadian or North Central U.S. like Minnesota. The pronunciation of the word "acts" was the first give-away.

    The sound quality is generally very good. There are some editing anomalies. For instance, in the first sentence, "these" got cut off so the word didn't sound complete. I'm guessing a too closely edited breath, click or noise? Or a splice of two takes?

    You did get into a rhythmic pattern throughout the delivery as Tonia pointed out. Seems to be emphasis on every 3rd or 4th syllable.

    Given a different type of copy, the tone and style of this read would be appropriate and compelling. Just doesn't seem to fit this particular subject matter.

    Peer Feedback:

    Not all sexual assaults are on women, and I think this copy is the best example you're going to get that could be voiced by a man -but then you'd really have to play up the "can happen to anyone" to show that it's not a social stigma for a man to be assaulted.

    But I completely agree with this being the wrong tone, speech patterns, etc.

    You seem to lose a lot of the endings of words throughout all (I've listened of) your recordings. Editing software? Or lazy mouth?

    Peer Feedback:

    Thanks all of you for your time and input. After your comments, I listened to this PSA many times and understand just about everything that's been suggested. My own opinion now is that I sound more like a drill Sgt. I also feel it was read to fast. Too much heavy handed urgency not enough empathy. Bean, regarding your last comment, I have a tendency to "drop" the last consonants like d and t, and when the music is added it makes it more noticeable. When I talk naturally I have a tendency too talk too fast. However, I can also have the reverse problem and sometimes over enunciate or articulate. So I have to reach middle ground and still sound natural. I can't blame the editing software it's "lazy mouth" syndrome in this case. Tonia, I do think a man can make this an effective PSA, like you say talk like a friendly cop or concerned father, not a scary drill Sgt. like I did. James, I'll try to save this tone and style for a more appropriate read. Rhett, I always appreciate the positive comments (who doesn't). Last but not least, no fear here of nit-picking or constructive criticism that's why I post on here to get the valuable input. I am so cool with it all. - PSJ

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    Get that tongue up behind them teeth! :) Do you do any warm-ups or practice words with those endings before you record?

    I wouldn't say drill sergeant, necessarily, but you do sound like those ads for laywers, on daytime TV -if you want to find copy that's better suited to the read. Urgent and energetic (If you've been hurt in an accident, CALL blah blah, eg)

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    STOP SMOKING

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    If you make time to talk to your kids about not smoking, your words will go with them wherever they go. So even if you’re not there, your influence can be. For information and advice to help you talk to your kids about not smoking, visit our Parent Resource Center at Talk To Your Kids DOT COM

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    This is my Saturday night........ haha. This one has special meaning to me. 166 days without a smoke myself! Great thing. Thoughts? Still playing with adobe audition 3.

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    Really nice PSA. And congrats on your 166 days. I quit 26 years ago, cold turkey. One of the dumbest things I've ever done, smoking that is. Keep going, man!

    Nice friendly and honest read. Watch "ya" for "you" though. I also have this thing about punching "you" (in this case "you're" in the second sentence) because I already know that you're talking to me. But it works here. Exception to the (my) rule.

    Just curious. Did you try to get this in at :15? It may feel a little rushed, but that's about the time frame PSA's like this run.

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    Now that you mention it, I didn't catch the "ya"...It might have sounded better too to hit the word "not" in the second sentence. Rather than "your". Hmm interesting.

    The timing is just starting to form in my brain. Getting something to .15 or .30. Shaving 2 sec, adding 4. Its a work in progress. It didn't even enter my mind here. Opps. I need to work on that.

    Congratulations on 26 years. Wow well done! I too did it cold turkey. Picked a date and went with it. One of the greatest things I've ever done. Shouldn't have started but, what can you do.

    Thanks James.

    Peer Feedback:

    I think your instinct for "you're" was as correct as anything else. It's only my preference to resist hitting that particular pronoun. But I can also hear it the other way. Look at the sentence like this:

    The sentence is a comparison/contrast of two elements, hence the comma- which you should ignore, if for no other reason for the timing. A pause would sound a little affected and also sound like you're reading. It's a "this then that" kind of thing. But the stresses don't necessarily need to be hit really hard, just kind of a warm and friendly stream-of-consciousness.

    "So even if YOU'RE not there, your INFLUENCE can be."

    Same kind of deal with a different stresses.

    So even if you’re NOT there, your influence CAN BE.

    Either makes sense, just with a little different stress and intent. There may even be combinations of the two as well, which you did - the first half of #1 and the second half of #2. A director may ask for all of them for safety and make the final decision just before the final cut.

    The lesson: Be versatile enough to offer them those choices.

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    Sylvan Learning Center

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    You can’t understand it for her. You try tutors, you try friends ... that’s why I asked her teacher about Sylvan. Sylvan is a great partner for a teacher to have. Sylvan gave Cindy the boost she needed. As a mother and an educator, I couldn’t do what Sylvan did. SYLVAN LEARNING CENTER. Call 1-800-EDUCATE for the center nearest you. That’s 1-800-EDUCATE.

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    Second upload for your eval. Be Honest !!!

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    Steve, you hav a very unique tone and quality to your voice. I liked your Sylvan spot. Good work.

    Peer Feedback:

    Nice friendly voice, pleasant accent, sounds confidential. Lacks energy at times, for example in the word "friends" and the last word "Educate" where your voice tails away, an unconvincing ending to the piece. As for the sound, your voice sounds a bit distant, and seems to come from my right speaker only. I am an amateur myself, I hope that more experienced folk will comment as well.

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    Oh man, in my ear you are REALLY close to sounding like Tom Bodett (the Motel 6 commercial guy).
    Your sound is really marketable, but it didn't grab me for this particular commercial. I was waiting for a clever wink or punchline, or some really dry humor....

    on the production side, your recording levels seemed a bit low, and monaural. Your signal was getting down into the noise floor a little bit. no big deal, easy to fix.
    I didn't hear any room noise or distortion, but the low levels might've masked some of that.

    cheers,
    DS.

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    I love your voice and your delivery, but I would not have picked you for a Sylvan ad. Dave nailed it...you do bring echoes of Tom Bodett of Motel 6 to your voice. Yours is a pleasant delivery, and I think could do very well in spots that require a hint of sarcasm or dry humor.
    Levels are a bit low, but nothing that can't be fixed once you learn what to listen for. Good work.

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    University of Southern California

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    Located in Los Angeles, the University of Southern California is one of the world’s leading private research universities. USC enrolls more international students than any other U.S. university, and offers extensive opportunities for internships and study abroad. With a strong tradition of integrating liberal and professional education, USC fosters a vibrant culture of public service, and encourages students to cross academic as well as geographic boundaries in their pursuit of knowledge. Visit usc.edu today to learn more.

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    Just getting started in the voice over game, looking for any and all feedback you can provide. Thank you very much for your time and advice!

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    That was a good read. You have a nice voice. Good work.

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    Well, it did play for me today...wouldn't load last time I tried to listen. Pretty nice sound overall. A slight stumble on the word 'opportunities' but very well done.

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    Vocal performance - the music and your voice made the spot sound exciting...I want to enroll. Very nice.

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    Good try .... Go a little slow... it would sound better. Dont be too fast to finish it out soon.

    Peer Feedback:

    I agree, slow down and re-record. Hearing a lot of the "s", probably too much. I think there is some good copy interpretation. You sound disappointed, as you should, for this content.

    I would like to hear you do this again, at least 30% slower.

    Ishmael

    Peer Feedback:

    Hi, Like the voice quality. The first two lines are too fast and are missing some important pauses. In the first line, I think you need a little pause after "today...".
    In line 2,Try going up a bit in pitch on "now.." with a slight pause after it.. ( a bit of a setup). And slow those two lines down some.
    Perhaps there is a little top end eq (hi freq's ) jammed into the track that might be causing everyone's sibilance alarms to go off.

    Peer Feedback:

    I agree that it's too fast and I do hope you'll post a slower version, because I love the tone, the change in intentions, and your conversational feel. Lots to like!

    Peer Feedback:

    Thank you everyone for taking the time to listen, and your helpful comments. I've posted an update of this copy, that would certainly benefit from your insight. Looking forward to hearing from you. Thank you again.

    Lougent

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    AARP

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    It’s right in your own backyard.

    While it may be hard to believe, roughly five million Americans don’t even know where their next meal will come from.

    In communities just like yours, there are many who need help.

    Join people across the country who are coming together with AARP Create the Good, to end hunger.

    Start today. It can be as easy as giving food or money to your local area food bank, or getting tips to start your own food drive.

    Whatever level of involvement is right for you, we’ve made it simple to find and help people in your area.

    So get involved. Go to www.createthegood.org/hunger.

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    Above the Influence (PSA)

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    I thought I respected myself. That is, until I saw myself get high. It's just an ugly side of myself that I didn't recognize. Saying and doing things that just weren't me. I do respect myself, that's why I don't do drugs.

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    Adopt-A-Horse

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    If there's a place in your heart for a wild mustang or burro…and you're ready to adopt… come to Ingalls Park in Norco this Saturday and Sunday.

    The Bureau of Land Management will offer 80 wild horses and 20 wild burros to qualified adopters through its Adopt-A-Horse or Burro Program.

    These beautiful mustangs and burros were gathered from public lands in California, and they're in excellent health. They arrive at the park around noon on Friday and will be available for public viewing.

    Mustangs are renowned for their strength, speed and endurance. Burros make excellent pets, companion animals and guard animals.

    The minimum bid is only $125 dollars per animal. Fees may be paid by cash, check, or credit card.

    Don't miss this opportunity to adopt a wild mustang or burro this weekend at Ingalls Park in Norco.

    For more information call eight hundred, nine five one, eight seven two zero. That's eight hundred, nine five one, eight seven two zero.

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    Air

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    Air
    It’s much better fresh ... cold ... or warm. If it’s not clear, it can make you sick. Animals, trees, insects, and plants use it too. What is it? It’s air. That substance that none of us can live without. THE NATIONAL WILDLIFE FEDERATION is doing its part in America’s quest for a healthy environment. You can too. Don’t pollute the environment. Our survival is at stake.

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    Alcohol

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    How do kids get alcohol? From legal aged friends and even siblings. Talk with your kids and get a free copy of “let’s keep talking” at millerbrewing.com Live responsibily…Miller Brewing Company. Milwakee, Wisconsin.

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    Alcohol PSA

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    Never provide alcohol to a minor. Think through it, don't do it.
    A message from the Connecticut Attorney General's Office and the Office of Traffic Safety.
    To learn more, go to safestate.org/trace.

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    Allergies

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    Do you know what these items have in common? They can kill people who are severly allergic to them. Things as simple as peanuts, milk, eggs and shellfish can cause a severe allergic reaction called anaphylaxis. As many as 1 out of 7 people may at risk for anaphylaxis. Other causes include insect stings, antibiotics, and latex. Are you, or someone you love at risk? Be prepared. Completely avoiding an allergen is impossible. There are treatments that reverse the symptoms of a severe allergic reaction. If you or someone in your family has had any of these symptoms after contact with items like these, talk to your doctor.

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    Alzheimer's 2

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    Remembering is difficult. But even more difficult if you have Alzheimer disease—a disease that affects the brain, erases memory and eventually takes life. The Alzheimer Society is fighting back. It provides support, information, and funds research into finding the cause—and a cure. Until then, remember this.

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    Alzheimer’s

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    Is it just forgetfulness...or Alzheimer’s disease? Memory loss ... Asking repeated questions ... Trouble using words. When signs like these begin to affect everyday life, they may not be a part of normal aging. They may be signs of Alzheimer’s disease, an incurable, progressive illness that robs patients and their families of a lifetime of memories. Only a doctor can evaluate symptoms such as forgetfulness and diagnose Alzheimer’s disease. To learn more, call toll-free today: 1-888-988-9565.

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    American Academy of Neurology Guidelines for Alzheimers

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    The American Academy of Neurology has issued a new guideline to help determine when people with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia should stop driving. The guideline advises caregivers to watch for warning signs including: crashes, traffic tickets, avoiding driving at night or in rain and an impulsive personality. To learn more or to find a neurologist near you, visit the American Academy of Neurology’s website for patients and caregivers at AAN.com. (pronounce the letters separately.) That’s AAN.com.

    Direction note: 30s PSA. Pronounce the letters of the website (A.A.N.) separately.

    U/L by TxTom

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    American Cancer Society

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    If you think just one person can't make a difference, consider your American Cancer Society.

    You'll find out about our patient services that help thousands every year. Call 1-800-ACS-2345. You'll get a support system that's human and caring, one person at a time.

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    American Cancer Society

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    American Cancer Society
    It’s tough to quit smoking. Just ask any of the 50 million Americans who continue to puff away, even though they know the toll it takes on health and longevity. When it comes to breaking this lethal habit, the most effective tool is willpower. The American Cancer Society now offers a free video for those smokers who feel they can’t quit alone. Call the AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY today, at 1-800-575-2424.

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    American Cancer Society

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    It’s tough to quit smoking. Just ask any of the 50 million Americans who continue to puff away, even though they know the toll it takes on health and longevity. When it comes to breaking this lethal habit, the most effective tool is willpower. The American Cancer Society now offers a free video for those smokers who feel they can’t quit alone. Call the AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY today, at 1-800-575-2424.

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    American Cancer Society 3

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    Ask one of the 3 million Americans who’ve survived cancer, if the money spent on research is worth it. Please help.

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    American Intercultural Student Exchange

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    American Intercultural Student Exchange is seeking families like yours to host exchange students. Each year, thousands of caring U.S. families host more than 2,000 AISE exchange students. It’s an exciting way to meet people from around the world. Students spend a school year with an American family. They speak English, have their own spending money and medical insurance. Open your home to an exchange student, and share in a great cultural adventure. Call 1-800-SIBLING. American Intercultural Student Exchange -- A non-profit, tax exempt educational Foundation.

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    Americans For The Arts

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    There’s just not enough Art in our Schools. No wonder people think Louis Armstrong was the first man to walk on the moon. It’s a long way from the Apollo Theatre to the Apollo program, but for Louis Armstrong giant leaps for mankind were simply a matter of course. For more information about the benefits of arts education, please visit us on the AmericansForTheArts.org. Just like great Louis Armstrong, all you need is a little brass. Art. Ask For More.

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    Anheiser Busch

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    These are our kids. And just like your kids, it seems what we tell them goes in one ear and out the other. But guess what! When it comes to making a tough decision like whether or not to drink, kids say parents have more influence than anyone. So talk to your kids. Let’s work together to stop underage drinking before it starts.

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    Anti-Drug Campaign

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    My boy Jimmy is quite a kid. The star athlete in his class, a straight-A student, just about the best son a father could ask for. But last week, he lost his best friend Tom ... to drugs. Even good kids like Jimmy and Tommy can make bad decisions. Stay off drugs. Make the rest of your life count.

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    Anti-drug campaign

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    At 4:00 my kid will be at (leave a beat of silence here). If you can’t fill in the blank, you need to start asking your kid questions. It's a proven way to steer kids clear of drugs. It’s not pestering. It’s parenting. This message sponsored by the Anti-Drug Campaign

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    Anti-Drug Campaign 2

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    It’s not half as uncomfortable as talking to your kids about sex. But just as important. Talking to your kids about marijuana can clear up a lot of the questions they might have. And the ones you might have, too. Talking about marijuana can also make your kids feel more at ease in dealing with it when they have to, which is probably more often than you think. Besides, after everything else you’ve talked to them about, it’s not as uncomfortable as you might expect. For more information and a fact-filled booklet, call 1-800-788-2800.

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    Anti-Drug Campaign 3

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    At 4:00 my kid will be at _________________________. If you can’t fill in the blank, you need to start asking. It's a proven way to steer kids clear of drugs. It’s not pestering. It’s parenting. ASK: WHO? WHAT? WHEN? WHERE? QUESTIONS. THE ANTI-DRUG.

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    Anti-Drug Campaign 4

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    Talking to your friends about their problems with drugs and alcohol might not be easy. But it can make all the difference. Courage. The anti-drug.

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    Anti-Smoking

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    Kids need to talk about not smoking with someone they can trust. YOU. The "Take 10" challenge invites you to take a written pledge to discuss with your children why they shouldn't smoke. Once you sign, we'll also send you the tools you'll need to get your conversation started.

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    Anti-Smoking 2

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    Passing gas around infants. Can be deadly. Passing gas releases a toxic fog of ammonia and hydrogen cyanide, which can be especially harmful on an infant's developing lungs. Passing gas can even contribute to sudden infant death syndrome. Kids shouldn't be exposed to second hand smoke. Don't pass gas - take it outside.

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    Appalachia Childrens Fund

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    In Appalachia, there are still little children like Amy who go to bed hungry at night - little children who are deprived of the basic necessities, right here in America. For just $24 a month, you can sponsor a child in desperate need. You can provide food, warm clothes, health and school needs - and maybe even a toy or two.

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    Arthritis Foundation

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    There’s something you can do -- right now -- that will ease the pain of arthritis in years to come. By remembering The Arthritis Foundation in your will, you can help us find ways to stop this serious, often crippling disease. A disease that affects one in every seven Americans. Call THE ARTHRITIS FOUNDATION, at 1-800-552-HAND. It’s time we took arthritis seriously.

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    Asthma

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    For a kid with asthma, the joys of childhood quickly become living nightmares. A playful kitten, a cuddly puppy, a bouquet of flowers, all are potential triggers for terrifying attacks. Don’t let Asthma rob another childhood. Call 1800-Lung-USA. The American Lung Association.

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    Avon Walk For Breast Cancer

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    The Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. 2 Days. 39 Miles. A lifetime of hope. Everyone has a personal reason for joining the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. It may be a sister, mother, best friend, or perhaps even your own diagnosis. But for one weekend-whether you walk or volunteer-we’ll all be moving towards the same goal-finding a cure for breast cancer.
    Together, we’ll create incredible memories. As a walker or volunteer, you’ll share a life-changing journey with others who share your commitment to ending breast cancer. Gather your friends and family and create an Avon Walk team of walkers and volunteers.

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    Be Fire Ready

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    If you're in two minds, leave early.
    The best way to prepare for this fire season, is to stay informed and plan to leave early before you see smoke or fire.
    Talk to everyone you live with, so you all know when you're going to leave and when you're going to go, if a fire starts.
    Pack a relocation kit with important documents and essential items.
    On high risk days, check fire danger ratings, and fire warnings on the CFA website and listen to local radio.
    Don't wait and hope for the best. Visit the CFA website to find out how you can be Fire Ready.
    Visit CFA.vic.gov.au or call 1-800-250-6675. Prepare, Act, Survive.

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    Best Friends Animal Sanctuary

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    What’s more romantic than cuddling old dogs, cooing over kittens, walking potbellied pigs, cleaning bunny pens and shoveling horse manure? Just ask Takiko May and John Ewing. Instead of sipping mai-tais in Maui, they spent their honeymoon as volunteers doing just that at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah.
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    Bill Mccollum For Congress

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    Results … few people in office have been able to deliver results like Bill McCollum. Take the Naval Training Center for example. The Pentagon said close it! Bill McCollum said not so fast. The decision was reversed … 18,000 jobs saved. Results … that’s what we get from our Congressman … Bill McCollum. Paid for by the MCCOLLUM FOR CONGRESS Committee.

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    Boys & Girls Club

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    Put this card in the hands of a child and there’ll be no room for a gun. A needle. Or a knife. It’s only a piece of paper, but that little membership card has helped keep millions of kids off drugs, out of gangs and in school. To learn how you can help the Boys & Girls Clubs, call 1-800-854-Club. Boys & Girls Clubs of America. The POSITIVE Place For Kids.

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    Breast Cancer Research Foundation

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    Breast Cancer doesn’t just affect women. Consider the families and friends whose lives are also changed. In the U.S. alone 215,990 women and 1,450 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year and over 40,000 will die. We cannot rest until we win the battle against breast cancer. At the Breast Cancer Research Foundation a minimum of 85 cents of every dollar donated goes directly to cancer research and awareness programs. The Foundation has a 4 star rating, the highest possible, from Charity Navigator, and an “A” from the American Institute of Philanthropy. For more information, go to our website at www.bcrfcure.org or call toll free 866 Find-A-Cure. With your help we can erase this disease for good. The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Prevention and a Cure in our lifetime.

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    Breathless - Quit Smoking Campaign

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    Imagine your body being buried while you’re still in it. Imagine the horror.

    You’d struggle. But struggling only makes it worse.

    Imagine your whole life reduced to thinking about your next breath.

    Eventually, you’d welcome death… but an emphysema sufferer can go on living like this for years.

    If you smoke, death could be the least of your worries. Stop, before the suffering starts.

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    Buckle Up - If You Hear This Sound

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    (Sound of motor revving up)

    If you hear this sound (seat belt warning ping) it means you forgot to fasten your seatbelt.

    (Horns honking and screeching tires)

    This sound means it’s too late.

    Give safety a hand. Everyone buckle up.

    (Total 15 second PSA)

    Contributed by TxTom

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    California AIDS Prevention Campaign

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    You have the power to do something right now that could drastically affect the rest of your life. It doesn't involve decisions about college, or work, or joinng the military or anything like that. It simply involves using a condom if you're having sex. See, the risk of getting HIV and AIDS is still out there and these days, half the people who get HIV are 24 years old or younger. You can trust the person you're with, you can love the person you're with, but trust and love can't stop HIV - condoms can. The person you're with may look fine, but they could be infected. And having unprotected sex just once can turn your whole life upside down. Every 15 minutes of every day another person 24 or younger gets infected with HIV. Make sure you're not one of them. Respect yourself, protect yourself. Have questions, call 1.800.922.AIDS. Brought to you by the California AIDS Prevention Campaign.

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    Cancer - My friend Jackie

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    A life time of smoking was odds that she just couldn’t beat.
    Doctors said she could maybe live 9 months with Chemo…6 months without.
    She chose the latter. She was 58 and I miss her a lot.
    I do not know if Cancer can be beat but I do know that smoking can.
    So...if not for yourself, then do it for someone else…do it for my friend Jackie!

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    Cancer Care

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    A cancer diagnosis changes everything. It turns someone¹s world upside down- emotionally, physically, and even financially. Cancer Care can help. Please call us at 1-800-813-HOPE. When someone understands, it makes all the difference in your world.

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    Cancer Free Anniversary

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    Today, my friends are throwing me a party. They do it every year on this date. it's not my birthday, but it is the fifth anniversary of the day I was told my cancer was in remission. And it's a day I thought I would never see.

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    Casey Family Services

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    A very special little girl is in trouble ... and she needs your help. Her name is Crystal, and her childhood hasn’t been easy, but she’s bright, talented, full of laughter and spirit. To learn more about Crystal and others like her, call CASEY FAMILY SERVICES AT 1-800-332-6991. You can help kids get the love and caring they deserve. Please call now.

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    Unicef

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    Imagine what these two quarters could do. Imagine if you could use them to deliver life saving medicine and nutrition directly to a child who would die without it. I can’t imagine a better opportunity to save the life of a child, a child like this:

    Banda has no parents, so he and his brother are facing the world all alone. They are too young to take care of themselves. Their drinking water is dirty, and unsafe. It could kill them. They have no medicine, no food, no parents and very little chance. Banda misses his mom so much and he wonders how he’ll go on without her. Banda desperately needs our help just to survive.

    Please go online or call now and join UNICEF for just 15 dollars a month. It’s only 50 cents a day and it means you can get children like Banda the help they need to survive. Emergency care is delivered every single day of the year to children who could die without it. Things like nutrition, vaccines and antimalarial bagnetts. That’s what your 50 cents a day buys. The real things that children desperately need to survive.

    These two quarters. It’s never been easier to save the life of a child. But only if you go online at Unicef.com or call 1-888-705-0002.

    For children like Banda, please do it now.

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    Dave Thomas Foundation For Adoption

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    Today, in the United States, over 134,000 children wait in foster care for adoptive families. Many are siblings that need to stay together, others are older or may have special needs. Yet they all have something in common: a desire to be part of a permanent, loving family. If you’ve ever considered adopting please call 1-800-ASK-DTFA, Dave Thomas Foundation For Adoption.

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    Air

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    It’s much better fresh ... cold ... or warm. If it’s not clear, it can make you sick. Animals, trees, insects, and plants use it too. What is it? It’s air. That substance that none of us can live without. THE NATIONAL WILDLIFE FEDERATION is doing its part in America’s quest for a healthy environment. You can too. Don’t pollute the environment. Our survival is at stake.

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    PSA Demo

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    PSA Script

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    AntiDrug Campaign

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    At 4:00 my kid will be at (leave a beat of silence here). If you can’t fill in the blank, you need to start asking your kid questions. It's a proven way to steer kids clear of drugs. It’s not pestering. It’s parenting. This message sponsored by the Anti-Drug Campaign

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    Childhelp USA

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    Every day in the United States, 3 children die as a result of maltreatment in the home, and child abuse is reported, on average, every 10 seconds. This year, approximately 3 million cases of child abuse will be reported. However, most experts believe the actual number of instances is three times that number. However, there are anonymous and confidential places to turn to for information about reporting suspected abuse. Americans should trust their instincts and act on behalf of a child, because organizations such as Childhelp USA can offer the support and information necessary to help transform a child's life.

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    Chronic Migraine

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    Maybe today, chronic migraine won't stand in your way.
    If you have migraines with 15 or more headache days a month, you're living a Maybe Life. And you may also be living with chronic migraine.
    But knowing this thing you're going through has a name means knowing you can find treatments that are right for you.
    To find a headache specialist and for more information, visit mychronicmigraine.com.

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    Cleveland Clinic

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    The #1 heart care in nation.
    18 years in a row.
    It’s why 24,498 people traveled to Cleveland last year for heart care.
    The Cleveland Clinic.
    Because every life deserves world class care.
    Same-day appointments available.
    Call 1-855-299-APPT
    Or go on-line at clevelandclinic.org

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    College Prep

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    Hey…wake up…you can’t dream your way into college. There are actual steps you need to take. Steps that go beyond just getting good grades. So if you’re serious about college, visit know-how-to-go-dot-org today. Brought to you by the American Council on Education, Lumina Foundation for Education and the Ad Council.

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    Connecticut Partnership For Long-term Care

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    Five years ago, my Mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and now needs constant care. But neither health insurance or Medicare would cover the cost. For over 40 years my folks built a nest egg for their retirement. But Mom’s bills were staggering -- over $250,000. All their savings they worked their lives for were wiped out in just a few years. There is a way to prevent this from happening to you. It’s called the Connecticut Partnership for Long-term Care. To find out how the state can help, call for a free brochure. 1-800-773-INFO.

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    Coors Foundation For Family Literacy

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    For the 27 million Americans who can’t read, competing in today’s marketplace is nearly impossible. And unfortunately, the future for children of illiterate parents is not much brighter. You can help fight illiteracy by reading to a child. And by giving a child a book. Brought to you by THE COORS FOUNDATION FOR FAMILY LITERACY. Because a child who reads will succeed.

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    Dave Thomas Foundation For Adoption

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    Today, in the United States, over 134,000 children wait in foster care for adoptive families. Many are siblings that need to stay together, others are older or may have special needs. Yet they all have something in common: a desire to be part of a permanent, loving family. If you’ve ever considered adopting please call 1-800-ASK-DTFA, Dave Thomas Foundation For Adoption.

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    Domestic Violence

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    She doesn’t talk about her bruises. She doesn’t talk about her depression. She doesn’t talk about her missing days at work. So how do you tell her you’ve noticed? If your friend is a victim of domestic abuse, talk to her about it and don’t stop talking until the violence stops. To find out how, call 1-800-VIOLENCE for a free brochure.

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    Don’t Drink And Drive

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    #1: My older brother had everything going for him. I always looked up to him. He just had a way with people. But last Saturday night, Tom left us ... forever. And all because of a drink he should never have had. You see, in high school, the other kids think it’s cool to drink and drive. We know better. DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE. It changes everything.

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    Don’t Drink And Drive 2

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    Ya know, I never thought John would get to this point. It used to be just a couple of drinks at a party, maybe an occasional drink after work, but he would never drive drunk, or so I thought. If I had only stopped him before he got into his car, maybe John would be here today. Friends don’t let friends drive drunk.

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    Don’t Drink And Drive 3

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    A drinking and driving conviction could cost you more than 20,000 dollars. You could lose you license, your friends, or your life. Fairfax Community council on impaired driving and the government of Fairfax want you to arrive alive. Drive sober.

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    Drug Abuse PSA

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    Drug abuse may not be an epidemic, but it is a major public health problem. The impact on American society is staggering. Each year, drug abuse kills 14,000 Americans and costs taxpayers nearly $70 billion in unnecessary health care costs, extra law enforcement, auto accidents, crime and lost productivity. Illicit drug abuse hurts families, businesses, and neighborhoods, impedes education, and chokes the criminal justice, health and social service systems. While overall use of drugs in the United States has fallen by half in the last 15 years, adolescent drug use continues at high levels. Teach your children to stay off drugs.

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    Drug Free America

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    As a parent, you want to so everything you can to keep your kids from experimenting with drugs like pot. It would be a whole lot easier if they came with instructions. But they don’t. We can help. Play with them. Read to them. Sing with them. Teach them a joke. Laugh. Listen. Talk. Be involved. Call 1-800-788-2800. We’ll send you information on what else parents can do. Also visit drugfreeamerica.org You can make a difference.

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    Emergency Broadcast System

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    This is a test of the Emergency Broadcast System. The broadcasters of your area in voluntary cooperation with the FCC and other authorities have developed this system to keep you informed in the event of an emergency.

    If this had been an actual emergency, you would have been instructed where to tune in your area for news and official information.

    This concludes this test of the Emergency Broadcast System.

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    Energy Star Lightbulbs

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    The traditional lightbulb: a ground-breaking invention in 1879. It's time we switch to longer-lasting Energy Star lightbulbs. They're more efficient than the old bulbs -- like a text message is more efficient than a carrier pigeon. And they cut down on our energy costs. Because in our own ground-breaking age, we deserve a light bulb that saves us some cash. Saving energy saves you money. Learn more at Energy Savers dot gov. Brought to you by the U.S. Department of Energy and the Ad Council.

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    Environmental Defense Fund

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    A little reminder from the Environmental Defense Fund that if you’re not recycling, you’re throwing away a lot more than just your trash. You and your community can recycle. So for a free brochure, please call the Environmental Defense Fund at 1-800-EDF-1234.

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    EPA Residential Energy Star Program

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    Out of all the planets in our solar system, there is but one element which sets Earth apart ... and sustains the framework of life. Our atmosphere. Within this delicate balance lie the secrets of our wildlife ... our forests ... our streams ... and our future. In over 100 million households across America, the Energy Star program allows every American to play a vital role in reducing air pollution. You can help fight air pollution by calling the EPA at 1-800-POLLUTE.

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    Family Violence

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    As a dad, you’ll probably spend years teaching your son how to hit a baseball. But the question is this: How much time will you spend teaching him what not to hit? Teach your son early and often that all violence against women is wrong. For tips on what to say visit www.endabuse.org.

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    Fatherhood

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    According to a recent survey, 86 percent of dads spend more time with their children today than
    their own fathers did with them. However, 7 out of 10 also reported that they could use tips on
    how to be a better parent. The smallest moments can have the biggest impact on a child’s life.
    Take time to be a dad today. For more information call 877-4DAD-411or visit fatherhood.gov.

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    Forest Stewardship Council

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    From musical instruments to furniture to flooring--all around the world--just about anything can be made out of independently certified wood that carries the Forest Stewardship Council label. It’s certified wood: wood as good as the forest it comes from. A forest that has been independently certified to meet the highest standards for environmentally and socially responsible forestry. A forest that will be there for our children to use and enjoy. To protect our forests for future generations, ask for independently certified wood in your new house. Ask for the FSC label. ... Make the Forest Stewardship Council a household name. And do our forests a world of good.

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    Friends

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    You still recall every detail...the four of you met up at the club house for a burger, you and David divvied-up clubs in the parking lot so Rob had a set to play with, Bailey broke 115..but you carted a 96, and that was plenty good enough. Because while you lost nine balls, you gained three friends for a lifetime.

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    Girls’ Self-Esteem

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    Does a hero know she’s a hero if no one tells her? Do you know a hero no one else knows? A hero doesn’t have to save a busload of school kids from certain disaster. Or score the winning point to the big game. A hero can be anyone who inspires you, anyone you look up to, anyone who cheers you on, makes you better than you were before--just as they made themselves better than they were before. Do you know a hero? Tell her. Then tell everyone.

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    Girls’ Self-Esteem 2

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    Will she look at magazines and think she has to be as thin as the models she sees? Think that independence makes her less desirable? Lower her expectations because she can’t find women to look up to? Will she grow up questioning the things we don’t? Will she be confident enough that these issues don’t bother her at all? If she plays sports, if she’s healthy and strong and self-assured, they won’t. Being active can make a difference in the lives of women and in the lives of generations of women to come. So talk about what bothers you. Then change it.

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    Global Warming

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    Global Warming. We can still make a difference. If every family replaced three frequently used light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs, it’s like taking 3.5 million cars off the road. Find out more at fightglobalwarming.com. Brought to you by Environmental Defense, the Robertson Foundation, and the Ad Council.

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    Go Army.com

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    Talk to some real soldiers about the army. You'll learn about over 200 opportunities with guaranteed skill training and all of the other benefits the army offers. Like how you can earn up to 50,000 dollars to pay for college, or up to 65,000 dollars to pay back qualified student loans. Plus you can qualify for an enlistment bonus of up to 20,000 dollars. Visit goarmy.com

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    Golden Gate Bridge 75th Anniversary-Wells Fargo

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    May 27, 1937. As evening descends to a chorus of oohs and aahs, where the night before stood only blackness, an icon of human accomplishment now illuminates the sky, and a new era of connectivity and commerce is ushered in with celebration and fireworks.

    It was at that moment that the Golden Gate Bridge became an integral part of Bay Area life, as it remains to this day; an every day reminder that the Bay Area is a place where nothing is impossible, and dreams become reality.

    The Golden Gate Bridge and Wells Fargo each continue to play leading roles in the growth and development of the Bay Area, and we're honored to help bring the celebrations of the Golden Gate Bridge 75th Anniversary to life.

    To Learn more, visit ggb75.wellsfargo.com.

    The Golden Gate Bridge and Wells Fargo - built in the Bay Area.

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    Habitat For Humanity

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    Every 7 minutes around the world, Habitat for Humanity serves a family in need of decent housing. Affordable housing solutions might differ from place to place, but to the families who dream of them, help build them and eventually inhabit them, they all add up to just one thing. Home.

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    Hat's Off To You Boston!

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    Hat's off to you Boston!
    For showing everyone
    What it means to be a Yankee!

    Contributed by Richurd

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    Hearing Loss

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    Just like one out of every ten of us, I have a hearing loss. I was able to overcome my hearing loss thanks to hearing aids--one in each ear. Today, most people with hearing loss can be helped either through advances in hearing aid technology or medical treatment. but to get help you must act. If you or someone you know has a hearing loss, please get a hearing test. That’s the first step on the road to better hearing. If you would like more information on hearing problems and treatments, call the Hearing HelpLine at 1-800-EAR WELL for the free booklet, “Help Through Hearing Aids.”

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    Heath care Marketplace

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    Hi, this is Steve, and if you need health insurance, check out the new Health
    Insurance Marketplace at HealthCare.gov. You’re running out of time. Sign up for health
    insurance before the March 31 deadline. Find an affordable health plan – and get covered today at HealthCare.gov.

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    I Am Anxiety

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    I’ve been expecting you. Why? Don’t tell me you don’t recognize me? Oh! You still don’t know who I am. Let me try and help you with that. I am the ill ease that you feel when you walk into a crowded room. You know. The hot and cold flushes that confuse you when you are already confused enough. I am the one that raises the whip to your already raising heart. I am the tightening of your chest. The snowballing worries that feel like they might become an avalanche and they can just bury you in an instant. My friend I am the obsessive and the compulsive. I’m the voice. You know the one. Always questioning, questioning, questioning, everything you do, everything you think. And I am every, single staring eye that watches you. So, now that we have become acquainted, what are you going to do about it?
    Tag: 1 in 4 people experience anxiety. And most don’t know about it. You need to know anxiety to be free from it.
    Visit beyondblue.org.au or call 1300 22 4636.

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    In This Place - PSA

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    This. This is where we are. A place where parents provide beer to 17-year-olds…where 9th graders drink rum from coke cans during school, and kids take their first drink as young as 9 or 10. A place where alcohol tastes like lemonade, and doing 12 to 15 shots a night is commonplace.

    How did it get so far away from how you and I remember it? How did casual beer drinking turn into a hard-hitting, no rules sport? Where did the line between having fun and getting blind drunk get blurred? And how did we unknowingly get swept along?

    How did we land here? In this place.

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    Internet Safety

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    (Computer key click) That's the sound of: your classmate, forwarding a picture from your profile to everyone he knows. (Computer key click) Some guys posting graphic comments about your body. And worst of all, (Computer key click) your Dad: seeing a photo of you topless. All because of (Computer key click) the time you posted those pictures on your profile. Anything you post online, anyone can see: family, friends, and even not so friendly people.

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    Internet Safety 2

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    (Computer download ding) That's the sound of: your classmate receiving an attachment of you posing in your underwear. (Computer download ding) Your ex boyfriend forwarding the picture to his friends. (Computer download ding) It being sent to your coach. And worst of all, (Computer download ding) your dad . All because of (Computer download ding) the time you posted those pictures on our profile. Anything you post online, anyone can see. So think before you post. For more information visit www.cybertipline.com.

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    John Hopkins

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    Sometimes it’s easy to tell, other times the problems are hidden. You feel fine one day and the next, severe fatigue, chest pain, poor coloring. Signs your heart is in trouble. But coronary artery disease doesn’t have to be a surprise. John Hopkins has the most advanced technologies and world reknowed physicians to diagnose any heart problem.

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    Junior Achievement

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    Who have you inspired today? Introducing Another Kind of Hero. Just a few hours in Junior Achievement can open a whole new world of learning for kids. They understand how to start a company, how to be a leader and even how to shake a hand with confidence. Right now, we need your time in the classroom. Please volunteer. And let their success be your inspiration. To find out more about Junior Achievement's Volunteer Program, call 212-949-JANY (5269) or visit www.jany.com

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    Keep The Promise

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    America needs more schools that encourage our children to fulfill their promise. So they can succeed in the competitive world they will soon face. Call 1-800-96-PROMISE, and we’ll send you information on how you can help change the schools in your community. KEEP THE PROMISE.

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    Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

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    You see these people? They're the new generation of blood cancer patients. They live normal lives, some managing their condition with just a daily pill, thanks to the discoveries funded in part by The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. And these discoveries apply to many different kinds of cancer. In the past 12 years, almost half the cancer therapies approved by the FDA were first approved for blood cancer patients, and many were advanced with the support from LLS. Forget someday. We're making cures happen today. Are you aware of how close we are to many new life-saving breakthroughs? Or how you can help?
    Find out at lls.org or call 1-888-HELP-LLS.
    The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Someday Is Today.

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    Lord Sheldon For Parliament

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    Tory Party member Lord Sheldon is a common sense conservative businessman and educator running to succeed the Liberal member in Parliament. Listen to Lord Sheldon because he believes deeply in lower taxes, less government and more freedom. These are the principles that have made this country great. Lord Sheldon wants a country that is free, prosperous and strong. The country’s best years are ahead of us if taxes are lower and there is less government spending and regulation. Vote Lord Sheldon for Parliament.

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    Make A Wish Foundation

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    When a child has a life-threatening illness, most people concede there’s nothing that can be done. But there is. Each child has a dream. Or a need. Or a wish. The sole ambition of Make-A-Wish is to grant these wishes. You can make a contribution to help other children experience their dream come true. Call the Make-A-Wish Foundation at 1-800-722-WISH.

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    Marijuana

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    Teenagers are at a critical point in building the academic foundation for the rest of their lives. But experts agree, marijuana has no place in the equation for success. Don’t let drugs compromise your child’s ability to learn. Parents. The Anti-Drug.

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    Marijuana (Anti-Drug 2)

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    It’s not half as uncomfortable as talking to your kids about sex. But just as important. Talking to your kids about marijuana can clear up a lot of the questions they might have. And the ones you might have, too. Talking about marijuana can also make your kids feel more at ease in dealing with it when they have to, which is probably more often than you think. Besides, after everything else you’ve talked to them about, it’s not as uncomfortable as you might expect. For more information and a fact-filled booklet, call 1-800-788-2800

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    Memorial Day - We Remember

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    In honor of those who paid the ultimate price…protecting the freedom we enjoy today.

    We remember.

    Submitted by TxTom

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    Memorial Sloan—kettering

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    Children diagnosed with cancer need specialized care right from the start. That’s why, if the diagnosis is cancer, you should call Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, first. Our team of specialists treats more children with cancer than any other hospital in the nation. With expertise and compassion, we are devoted to helping and healing children with cancer. So if someone you love is diagnosed with cancer, call us first for the help –and hope— you need. 1-800-525-2225. Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. The Best Cancer Care. Anywhere.

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    Mid-Columbia Meals on Wheels - 30-Second PSA

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    The “Golden Years.” Too often, the “golden years” can mean mean a tight budget, loneliness, depression, and yes, hunger. Consider a donation of money, your time, or both to the Mid-Columbia Meals on Wheels program. To find out how you can help your elderly neighbors, call Meals on Wheels at 735-1911, or visit them on line at Home Delivered Meals dot org. You can help take the tarnish off the “golden years.”

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    Milk

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    Serious about healthy weight loss? Recent studies suggest that including low-fat, or fat-free milk as part of a reduced calorie diet, is a healthy, effective way to loose weight. And hey…you’ve already got it your fridge. 24 ounces in 24 hours…milk your diet…lose weight.

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    Mourning in America

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    There’s mourning in America. Today, 15 million men and women won’t have the opportunity to go to work. Businesses shuttered. 29 Hundred families will have their homes foreclosed by nightfall. This afternoon, 6,000 men and women will be married. Each of their children to be born with a $30,000 share of the runaway national debt. Our government is now taking over the choices we once made in life. There’s mourning in America. Under the leadership of President Obama, our country is fading and weaker and worse off. His policies were a grand experiment…policies that failed. This November, let’s choose a smaller, more caring government. One that remembers us.

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    National Immunization Hotline

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    Your baby is beautiful. And may be the picture of health. But there’s also a one in four chance he or she isn’t up-to-date with immunizations. One in four. Your child needs more than 12 shots over the course of five visits, before the age of two. So never assume your baby is on schedule. Ask your doctor at every visit. That way, you’ll be certain you’re giving your child a fair shot. And that’s the most beautiful thing of all. For more information, please call the National Immunization Information Hotline at 1-800-232-2522.

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    National MS Society

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    One of the few times we are aware of movement is when it suddenly stops. Multiple Sclerosis stops people from moving. We exist to make sure it doesn’t. With the help of people like you, the National MS Society addresses the challenges of each person whose life is affected by MS...and helps them stay connected to the great big moving world. Join the movement at NationalMSSociety.org (pronounced National MS Society dot org).

    Specifics: 30sec radio spot. Original had music bed that did not have a lead in or lead out. Vocals extended to the full 30sec.

    Contributed by TxTom

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    Nature Conservatory

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    There is no legacy more lasting than nature itself. That’s why the Nature Conservatory works with people like you to preserve special places close to your heart and home. Help us save the last Great Places around the world. Visit nature.org or call 1-888 –2- JOIN TNC.

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    Negative Thoughts

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    We all have problems; it's how we deal with them that makes us different. If negative thoughts are overwhelming you, you can always talk to a friend, a parent, a teacher, a guidance councillor, or a healthcare professional. Control your problems. Control you life.

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    Nightmare Asthma

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    For a kid with asthma, the joys of childhood quickly become living nightmares. A playful kitten, a cuddly puppy, a bouquet of flowers, all are potential triggers for terrifying attacks. Don’t let Asthma rob another childhood. Call 1800 Lung, USA. The American Lung Association.

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    No Smoking

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    If you make time to talk to your kids about not smoking, your words will go with them wherever they go. So even if you’re not there, your influence can be. For information and advice to help you talk to your kids about not smoking, visit our Parent Resource Center at www.philipmorrisusa.com.

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    Office Of National Drug Control Policy

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    How do you talk to your kids about drugs? The best thing about this subject is that you don’t have to do it well. If you try, your kids will get the message. That you care about them. That you understand something about the conflicts they face. That you’re there when they need you. It’s okay if you don’t know much about drugs. Your kids do. But they need to know how you feel about the subject. And whether you care. For more information on how to talk to your kids about drugs, call 1-800-788-2800.

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    Pennies From Heaven

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    Say, do you have any extra pennies cluttering up your pockets, dresser drawers and glass jars? Why not put them to good use? Pennies from Heaven is a regional program that uses these unwanted coins to help the homeless. Just drop your spare change into the specially marked containers, located in over 3500 businesses throughout the Delaware Valley, and every penny goes directly to help the homeless. PENNIES FROM HEAVEN is an affiliate of “Resources for Human Development.”

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    Persistence - Abraham Lincoln

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    Some people would call him a loser. He ran for state office: he was beaten. He started a business: he failed. He ran for congress: he lost. He was nominated for Vice-President: he lost again.

    But he knew only those who never try are the real losers. And Abraham Lincoln was no loser. Persistence...pass it on.

    A message from the Foundation for a Better Life.

    Direction note: original PSA ran 25 seconds in length.

    Uploaded by TxTom

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    Pills TV

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    In Tennessee, enough prescriptions have been written to give everyone age 12 and over ...
    51 Hydrocodone pills ...
    21 Oxycodon ...
    22 Xanax ... and a host of other drugs.

    No one ever plans to become a drug addict.
    But prescription addiction is a state-wide affliction.
    Take only as directed.

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    Plastics Technology

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    Ever heard of a crash diet in packaging? Well, plastic soft drink bottles have been slimming down for years. Take today’s popular two-liter bottles. They’re 27% lighter than they were in 1990, but still as strong and shatter resistant as ever. And, these leaner plastic bottles reduce the need for millions of pounds of packaging, helping to conserve precious natural resources. To learn more about the benefits of packaging and our environment, contact the American Plastics Council at 1-800-2-HELP-90.

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    Play it safe around water

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    It takes just 20 seconds and 5 centimeters of water for a toddler to drown. Drowning is the biggest preventable cause of death for Australian children under the age of five. It is a silent killer.
    Never take your eyes off young children near or in water and always remain within arm's reach.

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    Power For Living

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    Fear consumed my every waking moment. It wasn’t rational but there it was, ruining my life. Then one day I came across a book called Power For Living. From the very first chapter, it helped me confront my fear head-on. In a world filled with easy answers and cheap solutions, Power For Living showed me that the way out of my despair was to develop a personal relationship with God. Its message was so strong and so real that it put me on the road to a happier, more fulfilling life. And made fear a part of my past.

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    Prostate Cancer

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    ….When I look at my older brother I see someone who lives life to the fullest. Someone who could do anything. But there was a time when I thought that might change. Not long ago he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. But we were fortunate. He survived. The truth is, prostate cancer can affect all men. If you are African American or over the age of 50, you're at higher risk. But there is good news, too. Prostate cancer has one of the highest survival rates of any type of cancer. Learn what you need to know. Call the American Cancer Society at 1-800 ACS 2345….that's 1-800-ACS 2345. Prostate cancer…get the facts.

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    PSA A&T

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    This is a public service announcement brought to you by the collegiate chapter of NAACP at North Carolina agricultural and technical state university

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    Psychiatric Institute Of Washington

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    If someone you love just isn’t themselves -- and hasn’t been for a while -- they could be suffering from depression. People who are depressed wake up that way in the morning and go to bed that way at night. Some think of killing themselves to the stop the pain. If you think someone you love is depressed, or wants to die, call the Psychiatric Institute. We’ll help them find a better way to stop the pain. THE PSYCHIATRIC INSTITUTE. Call 1-800-249-7098.

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    Paid Job Recording:

    Click to hear Dave Crosier's recording

    This is just a spot I recorded for work, pretty simple voice-over-music. This was recorded in a newly constructed production room and the mic settings aren't perfect yet...we are working on the...so aside from the tech...Let me know what you think.

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    Hi Dave,

    Very nice! You were energetic, a little humorous tone there, and conversational. Good job!

    All the best,
    Lenny

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    Thanks for the kind words Lenny.

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    SPOT.....on the mark. Nice. :-)

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    Hey Dave, your recording is great, but the word EAT in "move your feet so others can eat" was drowned out by the music. Other than that, the performance and production was terrific. It had excellent excitement, and your voice came across very confident and clear.

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    Loved it Dave, Great work, great enthusiasm!!

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    Practice Recording:

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    very nicely done! I closed my eyes the second time I listened for the feel of the read, (as I sometimes do while listening to commercials on radio), and felt that it had the qualities to be there. Practice it a few times more and try to get it to a 30 sec spot. Commercials are rarely 43 secs long.

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    Practice Recording:

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    Just the performance, please. I only used my iPhone to record this. Just getting my feet wet and curious about how I sound. Thank you!

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    Halley,

    Your delivery is paced well. Maybe a little fast, but good conversational tone. I am trying to control my breathing to make the read sound more natural. Practice , Practice , Practice.

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    I thought the performance wasn't too bad. nice job.
    Maybe lift the tone a little, to make it more "encouraging" and less glum.
    You tended to pitch downward, and then stay down there....

    something to consider.
    DS.

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    I felt like your breath support wasn't there, like you were struggling. Makes your words too metered. Work on some breathing stuff, but also try to break down the script into clumps...what clumps of words would you say altogether, especially at the start.

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    Audition Recording:

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    There is kind of a "hollow" quality to the recording. It may be due to over-editing. The read was very professional, however.
    Mike Whalen

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    Really great reading terms of intonation and fluctuation in your voice. You definitely hit all the feelings each part of the copy is meant to give. Unnecessary pauses are my personal nitpick but most of the pauses you have here seem like they would go with on screen graphics, except for the one after "Her ambition". It feels like it could more smoothly go into "is driven by points...". Fantastic read, you've got real great control over your very velvety voice!

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    Thanks for the feedback guys. You're right PJ , this is for an onscreen presentation. Im always struggling with the proper length when it comes to pauses in my edits. As for the "hollow" sound I'm going to have to look into that. Thanks again for the feedback.

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    Jerry, if you would like, we could connect on facebook. I'd like to hear your file without processing. I've come up with several discoveries in my sonic trek of reading.

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    Any thoughts? Thanks - Jim

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    Might be in the processing, but again, just a little mushy with some mouth noise as well.

    One particular word (group of words) stuck as a little unintelligible, "there were" came out as "thurrwerr".

    The first and last "vote" was almost "boat" - I missed a clear V sound, which could have been softened in the processing.

    This next comment has nothing to do with your recording, interpretation or recording quality - which are all very good. Just jumping up on my soapbox.

    That last line of the text is really confusing for me, historically. It has only been within the last 50 years or so (since after Alaska and Hawaii became states in 1959) that there has been a full compliment of 537 members of Congress. (And how many people actually realize that that is what the number refers to?) So how far and/or when and'/or what event(s) is "back then" in the text referring to? (And, for that matter, how many times has Congress been swayed by a single vote? And how many people remember from Civics Class that the VP is the tie-breaker in the Senate? - Now, there's your One Vote!) Or is the message purposefully vague and intentionally misleading as most political ads are? I know that my vote is important, a privilege and my civic duty. So, as a well-informed voter, I ponder these things.

    Hopping back down off my soapbox now.

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    Thanks for your input, James. I appreciate you taking the time to write a response.

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    Jim- I thoroughly enjoy the tone of your voice and thought it was read quite well. The music bed was a perfect choice. GREAT JOB!

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    Ya know, I never thought John would get to this point. It used to be just a couple of drinks at a party, maybe an occasional drink after work, but he would never drive drunk, or so I thought. If I had only stopped him before he got into his car, maybe John would be here today. Friends don’t let friends drive drunk.

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    Overall, I like your voice - it has a nice quality. Pretty good interpretation of the script, too. From a recording/editing quality perspective, I noticed a couple of things: 1) the word "point" in the first sentence seems to be a little garbled and maybe cut off at the end - editing out a breath, maybe; and 2) same issue with "of" in the second sentence only not nearly as evident. The only other thing that really stuck out for me was a nasal quality to the first two words (especially on the word "know").

    Peer Feedback:

    I liked the quiet, reflective delivery you gave this recording. It sounded like you added just a touch of reverb to enhance the image of someone thinking rather than saying the words to another person.

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    Hi lougent,
    I agree: nice voice for the spot; the interpretation was maybe unexpected in some parts (like the last 2 sentences) but I think it was effective. Besides the "point" cutoff, I also couldn't hear the 'k' at the end of "work". I agree that the reverb is unneeded (and probably unwanted) and also the recording sounds really sibilant to me, lots of harsh 's' sounds. Again, nice delivery.
    Best,
    Peter

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    Thank you everyone for your valuable input.

    Lougent

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    Practice Recording:

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    I love this site and there is a tonne of talent on here, we all have talent and don't let anyone tell you otherwords. This was done for fun. Just playing with my special effects. Don't take this to serious, I didn't. It was fun though.

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    Nice to know I am not the only one struggling with this kind of stuff. I just asked for help in a similar situation.

    I have to say this was a strange choice to pick to play with - a really straight read kind of thing.

    I did kind of like the echo on the end. I can never figure out when an echo would ever work and your choice seemed OK.

    I listened a couple times and I think you were playing with _"peanuts, milk, eggs and shellfish", but for the life of me I can't figure out what you were doing - I don't think it worked.

    The "As many as 1 out of 7 people may at risk for anaphylaxis." was just too much reverb. This is where all the settings mean little to me. I think you needed less "total length", at least that's what it is called in Cool Edit.

    Don't know what effect you were using on "it's impossible" almost sounded like you did a speed/pitch thing to it. I didn't like it.

    Hope this helps some. Instead of 4 or 5 things in one script - do one at a time so we can hear it longer. I am sure we will all put our two cents in. After all on this site, you get what you pay for, right? lol

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    I do hear the different effects you used throughout the copy. "peanuts, eggs, milk and shellfish" - flange / gate, "anaphylaxis" - speed/pitch. I won't go through them all. You read well for the purposes of the script. Nothing wrong with the occasional playground piece!

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    Practice Recording:

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    Peer Feedback:

    good read. nice pacing. you sound far away from the mic.

    Peer Feedback:

    Nice read, but put a little more emotion into it. I agree with the previous critique that you sound far away from the mic or perhaps levels need to be adjusted. What type of mic do you use? Mic quality is everything!

    Peer Feedback:

    I used a "Blue" brand condenser microphone. Maybe I didn't stand close enough to the mic. Thanks for yalls help!

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    Practice Recording:

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    I like the backing track on this Tom! Cool! You had a good read here as always...the only comment I have is that I would have maybe preferred your voice a little 'lighter' for this script. Does that makes any sense? It has that low, comforting feel, and works fine, but I am just wondering how a little breezier tone would have worked.

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    Thanks for the comment Rolls. I don't know why I have this fear of going "light". I know exactly what you mean. I think maybe Houdini and Toddler Town might be the only two times I did. I seem to hang around the Nostradamus and Ancient History kind of things. I am definitely more comfortable with them. I will look for some light ones to actually read light. No laughing.

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    Tom: Great inflection...smooth delivery, wish I could get my voice down to your level of bass!

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    I felt it was more the approach to the mic. Maybe shoot a little off mic at an angle or back a way a bit. I liked it just the way it was except it was missing warmth. The voice was to electronically crisp. I'm thinking Tube Preamp.
    I bet you do this as a pro don't you?

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    Tom

    Another great read. I was wondering why you did not have more enthusiasm in your voice or maybe umph when you said the word "Air" You spent time building it up and then just seemed flat when you said it. I liked the music bed and the sound effects. Great job

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    Peer Feedback:

    Nicely done! You have a good feel for the piece. I could feel your emotion without you having to be overly dramatic.

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    This is a good piece. You allowed for dramatic pause where needed and captured the "good" and "bad" in the read, separating them well. A good read as always!

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    This was great Tom. No nits here, your tone was excellent and you made some good choices as far as which words to emphasize.
    Nice choice of music as well. I would have wondered what to pick for this script, but this worked very well.

    Peer Feedback:

    Nothing need be said, Tom. Very, very well done.

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    this is done with basic equipment, my new professional equipment arrives next week, so its not perfect, but I'd like your critique anyway, thanks. I am working with a broadcasting professional of 12 years who is currently on the radio, he's been a great coach so far. Hope you like it!

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    Peer Feedback:

    You have a nice voice and good potential. It sounds very much like you're reading. With this kind of script you need to convey a bit more emotion. "roughly five million Americans don’t even know where their next meal will come from." You need to think about a line like this and sell it. Don't make it sappy or overdramatic, just think about what the script is trying to say and convey that in your read. I hope that helps.

    Peer Feedback:

    Howdy Dipaq,

    On a technical note, I think you want to raise the level on your mic, and possible move closer to the mic (?) to make the sound fuller; to make it 'take up more space' as it were....

    :)

    Regards,

    Steve O'Sullivan

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    Yes the mic I am using for now is actually a headset so I can't get closer. My new equipment arrives this week (thank goodness).

    thanks for all your great comments!

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    I have tried a more introspective approach. Any feedback welcome!

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    Peer Feedback:

    Much better.
    On your last post you said, "I was going for understated". Which I take to mean you were trying to portray that you understood the problem, with out showing empathy. But isn’t this the point the spot is getting at in a way ? The character is saying, he got high, started acting, not himself, he's relaying a personal memory. The out comes of which, were so detrimental, that the character had to change his ways. Now the character wants others to follow. If it's not emotional enough for the character to “feel it” , its as if the character is saying,, yeah my goldfish died, so I know what its like to lose a child.....
    The entire point of the text is to give the masses an empathetic account, and urge the masses to see where there headed. So lets get dramatic here,,, what if this spot could change peoples lives,,, whats the best chance of doing that,,, telling them you understand, or showing them you understand?

    So with all that,, It was a very good read. I love the music. I could definitely feel that you were really telling me about your life this time.

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    Thanks Namaji- I was definitely "feeling it" more this time. Now when I listen to the twotakes side by side, I realsie what I was doing wrong the first time.

    Like you said, empathy is the key point with a text like this, and as I have no acting background, it took me a couple of tries to feel my way in.

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    I'm curious Alex_D - where are you from? I'm no expert being an American myself (but I did play Fagin recently) and I felt the first time you said the word Thought with the dropped T at the end was not what I expected - expected to hear more of a glottal stop. Is this your natural accent or are you going for something else here? Like I said, I'm just curious.

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    Hi Alex, I like this one much better than your first take, too. It just seemed a lot more real. Excellent job.

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    Hi GC, thanks for asking, I'm from England, and possess a what could be described as a "standard" (non-regional) accent. I did this copy in a slightly south eastern (London) accent, because my natural speaking voice doesn't really fit the profile of an ex-drug addict. It's a little too... er.. "preppy", you Americans would probably say ;)

    I think the first "thought" does have a clear glottal stop, but maybe it is masked by the music...

    Peer Feedback:

    Nailed it this time, Alex. Cheers!

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    Peer Feedback:

    Alright, your voice is way too respectable for this spot. ;)

    Clean and clear, like all your recordings.

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    Thanks Chris ;) I was trying out a looser and more "indie" voice for this script. Maybe it just wasn't believable!

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    I agree with Chris’s statement, great voice, but for this spot, I’m thinking some moments of introspection, and teetering on disparity might be more real.

    Peer Feedback:

    Ok - I was going for understated! I will do it again tonight and would appreciate your comments! Does the music work?

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    I heard what was posted and thought the music was a real mis-match to the material...it was upbeat to my musical sensibilities and this is NOT an upbeat message or subject...serious!

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    Peer Feedback:

    Good read.

    I lost a word or two there, like the "I" in the last sentence.

    Good recording.

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    Peer Feedback:

    Hey, this is a pretty good reading! Just a few pointers:

    I noticed that there seemed to be a lack of emotion in your reading. As an Above The Influence commercial, they want to hear a teenager lamenting over their misguided use of drugs; try to sound more sad/regretful and less serious/deadpan.

    While I enjoyed the read, I also think you sound a bit old for this role. For voice sounds more mature than what they're looking for- you sound more like a 30-year-old woman when they would want a 16-year-old girl. If you can sound younger without compromising quality, go for it- perhaps this will remedy itself naturally if you put more emotion into the read.

    In terms of your quality, there's just the slightest bit of background fuzz in the reading. Perhaps adjust the position of the mic or put it in a soundbox and you may hear improvement. Play around with it a tad!

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    Second recording quick read. feedback please thank you

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    Well, this sounds very natural and real. Good job.

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    A good read...a little sibilant, but that is fixable. Well done.

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    Thank for your help.

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    Peer Feedback:

    Nice tone in your voice for this ericesp. I am pondering the way you said the first sentence though. Just curious to know how this would have sounded with the tone in that sentence switched around with the tone in 'I do respect myself' at the end there. One is a little more positive sounding and the other not and I'm wondering how it would come off if they were reversed. Not sure if I am clear, lol, hard to explain, and it might have been something you tried as well.

    You read "don't" rather than "didn't" in the second line. Not a biggie but just in case you wanted it brought to your attention.

    Nice overall read. The one sentence was a bit choppy sounding, but rather than take away I think it added to the script being that way. You read smoothly on the other part, so I am thinking the way you read "Saying and doing things that just aren't me" was done intentionally. And, for me, that worked well.

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    Thank you Roles. I will be recording it using your suggestions. I do appreciate it.

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    Very, Very believable. Little echoey on my end, don't know if that's you or me, but very cool!

    Peer Feedback:

    Your clarity and inflection were great!

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    Trying this dry voice, please let me know what you think Thank you for your time Eye Hear Voices

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    Peer Feedback:

    Good read, but sounds a little too slow, saying that I am not an expert so best to hear feedback from other with more experience. Last line could be stronger, really bringing home the message.

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    Thank you for your comments, I really appreciate it

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    Peer Feedback:

    Great delivery and choice for music, although the music volume was a little too loud to get an accurate sense of your diction. I felt the emotion was right which is critical for this script. Well done.

    Peer Feedback:

    Thank you for the insight. I am new to this and trying to figure out how it all works. I have listened to some of your readings, and you are really good, so I really appreciate your advice!

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    You really nailed that one.I like the sound of your voice.Very nice delivery.I use Audacity ,what do you use?And how do you add the music to your recordings?I'm at earthbul@hotmail.com get in touch.
    Later

    Peer Feedback:

    Great interpretation of the copy. It felt as if you kept it very conversational and had the right amount of emotion with it. Also, the soundbed works nicely with the read!

    Peer Feedback:

    Well done. The guitar works with your pacing. You sounded sincere too.

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    Checking acoustics of the room and trying my hand at a PSA...am I convincing your kid to stay clean?

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    Peer Feedback:

    Hey David!
    I think I know what you're going for, but sounds a little strident to me. I believe if you dial back a bit you'll have it. Keep on keepin' on.
    BillH

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    I really like the tone of your voice. Pleasant to listen to. Neighborly and friendly. To my ears, you are the perfect conversational and friendly mid 30s guy it seems all the online auditions are looking for. The recording quality I also thought was very good.

    My only thought as I listened to it was that the pace and brightness of the read was something I had not expected. I do think it could easily be the way a director could suggest reading it, but I assumed I would hear some remorse, which just wasn't there. I just wasn't expecting the up beat presentation. Reading this over I see there is no reason it should be a tear jerker, but when I see PSA I guess I go that way in my mind.

    I think you can do PSAs just fine, but your voice seems a natural for commercials to me.

    Peer Feedback:

    Not so much "strident" as overacted. There's a lot going on here. Reflection. Self loathing and self awareness. Triumph. You only hit one note and sang it through the whole piece. It didn't sound real to me. Have you had these experiences or know someone close to you that has? Have you talked about them or listened to another person talk about them? It's about pain, healing and redemption - for the lucky ones.

    Peer Feedback:

    Hank, I had mentioned previously how much I liked your sound, and I still do. But I didn't feel this one. It didn't have the introspection and emotion this copy should have. Having said that, it is an extremely tough thing to nail, something only seasoned actors would probably be able to do.

    Nonetheless, keep at it!! You'll find your niche.

    Happy narrating!!
    Mike

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    yeah, I'm going to agree on the "missing the mark" critiques. Your radio sound comes through which separates your tone from a personal feel. This should be a person who has 'been in the gutter' so to speak and has then come clean. There's reflection, there's regret and then conquering their inner devil. It's a short piece in which to deliver that progression. This is where the "actor" part of "voice actor" comes in. :-)

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    This is my first time here. i am sorry if it is somewhat quiet i am still trying to balance the volume/pc noise.

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    Some of your pauses were a bit long, but I liked how you acted the read out. The recording was a bit quiet (like you warned us), but you'll figure that out. Great first time!

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    Jez

    Welcome my dear to the loony side of town. My only comment was that maybe there could be a little more emotion in the read

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    This was a good read; however, her voice is very pleasant, but I don't think she fits into a "dark" commercial. Good timing though...

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    Peer Feedback:

    I liked the natural approach you did, it didn't sound like acting. The "I" was almost a cry (Internal restraint to tell a tail, not proud of the past) it sounded like the edit may have clipped the "just an" too short (longer pause). I am learning the 'cleaning up of the noise' on my files and they generate the same sounding type file using "normalizing." What did you use to clean up noise from the file?

    Aside from this, I liked it.

    Ron

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    The "Just an" wasn't clipped, that's how I talk. :) It's an unfortunate carryover from growing up in NJ, living in SC for a while, and now being in IN. My "just an" is more of a "just'n". Honestly, this is the first recording I've ever done. Used Audacity and a regular headphone/mic, then ran the remove noise filter using a small sample of pre-speech noise. Wish I could tell you I knew what I was doing recording-wise, but I really don't.

    Glad you liked it though.
    Joe

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    Interesting interpretation ... the copy could probably be done a few different ways... and a lot of people might have gone for the younger sound. To me, it sounded as if you did this kind of like a father figure speaking to a son or daughter on the matter. I liked that.

    Good vocal control and I liked the use of pauses where you used them.

    Good!

    -- Kevin

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    Thanks Kevin. I guess that's just how I pictured it when I first read it... middle aged guy looking back on the mistakes he's made, and trying to warn others not to do the same.

    Appreciate the comments!
    Joe

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    Peer Feedback:

    Nice vocal quality, good recording quality and very good conversational style. Something about the interpretation of the last sentence that didn't strike me as being as strong as it could be. Keep up the good work.

    Peer Feedback:

    I LOVE the tone of your voice. Very Tom Selleck-y in his Magnum PI voice overs. I agree with mjstar though; this is a short piece and yet it's repetitive, so you need to give the last sentence particular impact.

    Peer Feedback:

    Thanks...I appreciate the critique.

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    *****Do I sound "Above the Influence", or fake? Is it the voice of a good role model that young people would trust?

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    Peer Feedback:

    Great natural voice Lana. I love the enthusiasm of your last few submissions. You're very close...Just a few technical and performance tweaks.

    First thing that will improve your submissions/auditions is a quality mic and a bit of soundproofing. And quality does not always have to equate to expensive. There are several quality USB mics out there that do a good job. I've found the Blue Snowball mic for under $70. A good starter and overall computer based studio mic. As fas as soundproofing, The simplest trick is to just record into a clothes closet. Hang your copy from the rack, place your mic in a stand and speak into the closet full of clothes. The sound will be beautifully dead.

    Now as for the performance, you definitely are getting close to being in character, but it still sounds a bit like you may be pushing some of the emotion a bit too hard, which can often give a read that "fake" sound you were talking about. A little trick you can try is to take a few words at a time and basically memorize them. Then look away from your copy and and actually repeat those words as if you were REALLY and SINCERELY talking with someone (not AT someone or TO someone, but WITH someone.) Then look back at your copy and memorize the next few words and do the same thing, until you've gone through the whole script. This will take you out of the "reading zone" and give you a feeling of conversing with the copy that is actually coming from your memory and own head, and not just from the paper.

    I hope this helps move you forward. I can't wait to hear more. You're really that close! Good luck - Mike Mortensen

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    Peer Feedback:

    I liked the character you created here, very real. I think I was listening and hoping for a subtle change at "I do respect..." just a thought...

    Peer Feedback:

    I might give this another go and I take your comments on board, as I have said in another commercial I have voiced on here, I'm not really looking to break into the industry but try to get my voice used to doing things other than talk and music radio, I'm not from London in the UK as the accent suggests, I'm from North East England but i do have the ability to be flexible with my accents if they're UK based, such as another advert I have done on here for the glad bag advert, that is more a North Yorkshire kind of accent, take a listen and compare the 2... see what you think. Thankyou so much

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    Oh yes, Mike, there is a huge difference in the accents you used on these scripts!! It sounds as if you have a good handle on the regionalisms in the UK. I know you said you are doing this for kicks, but your voice sounds great!!

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    Two different takes here. Very slight differences between the two reads. Let's see if you are attentive enough to notice the difference. :)

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    Ron, this was very good. You sounded like you were embarrassed and regretful about having done drugs. And that's the exact emotion you should project ( I think). The last sentence was read with proper emotion as well. So good job.

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    First off, I noticed almost no difference between the two tokes,, I mean takes.

    Nicely done. Good emotion, nice pace.

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    Oh, this was too good! The second one of course. You brought to mind some sixties memories.

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    Very creative, I liked them both.

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    Unfortunately, I happened to listen to this just before a practice session, and blew a perfectly good hour by snickering in the middle of darned near every take. Thanks alot. [Hey, Dave, it's Ron...open up, man, I've got the stuff. Ron? Ron's not here, man. No, Dave, it's me, Ron...](Apologies to Cheech and Chong.) With that out of the way, I want to say I thought the "real" read was terrific: it had just the right pacing, the right touch of embarrassment and self-reflection. One technical note: it sounded like you had a fair amount of reverb behind the first take: I could really hear it on the first phrase, especially on the word "respected." I wasn't sure if that was a conscious decision on your part or not. Again, I enjoyed both reads, for widely different reasons.

    Peer Feedback:

    Thanks Gary! Any extra reverb was unintentional as I'm still learning how to make adjustments to sound and what all those settings do. I think I know the sound that I'd like to have. I just don't know which dials and settings to tweak to get it that way. I'll keep trying. Thanks for the suggestion!

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    Thought I'd jump in with Muddy , and Javier and give this a try. Let me know your thoughts ! The pauses to dramatic?

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    Nice job Namji. It sounded natural and believable.

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    Well done, Namaji. I think you hit it spot on.

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    Thanks Muddy, and Javier. Both of you have been a great help.

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    Great job Namji. very believable :)

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    A believable read!

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    My first scripted reading. I do more freestyle play by play.

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    Welcome to the site Pat. Good job on the first read. Try slowing down a little and talking to us.

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    Hi Pat.

    I think you have way too much energy for this particular read, and ironically it makes it sound like you're high on something reading it. It's a PSA which means it should be a little slower, a little more pensive as you are reflecting on your own experience to try and connect with others who use drugs. You are somewhat embarrassed from your experience and want to share that in the hopes of connecting with your listeners who maybe also feel the same.

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    Pat, The hardest thing to get right when you start doing VO's is sounding possessive, up-beat, and friendly. You really did.

    I can see why others have said that "style" probably didn't fit this script (at least as most of us interpret it), but you got the conversational sound just right for most scripts. Go find a 30's-something guy next door script here and you will sound perfect.

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    Thanks for all the information guys. voice overs is something im new at. I have had my own show with E-Rev.tv for a few years now where I do live commentary on video game tournaments and play. Its really different going from improv to something scripted. Im determined to make it though.

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    First time doing something scripted.

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    Nice job, Clear, Direct delivery and Convincing

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    Peer Feedback:

    Very Good tone. Pretty good read overall. My suggestions would be to slow down the first line " I thought I respected myself" The pause after "ugly" feels a little awkward. I detect a bit of an accent or regionalism on words such as "didn't" doing and weren't". Keep up the good work!

    Shane

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    Thanks for the feedback Shane! I concure that the pause after "ugly" was awkward...I had messed up a little.

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    Click to hear Ron Harvey's recording

    This is my 1st submitted script. It is the second take. Be brutal in a nice way, I am trying to re-enter the VO field after a long bout with an illness that tried to rob me of my voice. The business and styles have changed since I was here before. Any suggestions how to get the whistle out? You guys are great!

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    Recording quality definitely has the tinny whistling sound and wish I could provide some guidance there. I really liked the first two sentences, but the first thing that stuck out in my head was that the pauses between the remaining sentences were just too short (specifically between "high" and "it's" and "me." and "I". I also liked the double pump on the "I" in I didn't recognize.

    Joe

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    Thanks Joe,
    I thought the same thing on the last two but wasn't sure.
    The tinny sound I can cure, the whistle is my denture's smooth texture and I still don't know how to eliminate it in normal conversation much a sensitive mic.:-( I thought about roughing up their surface (I'll talk to my dentist).
    Thanks for the comments, every bit helps. I also live in Indiana; just N. of Louisville, KY.

    Peer Feedback:

    Good read. Just like Joe, you didn't try to sound too young as if you were trying to sound like a teenager. I felt the shame, as if you were remembering that one time and it hurt to remember. Good stuff!

    I figured that whistling was your dentures... but also, there is a slight airy sound ... it sounds almost like you have something in cue that shouldn't be... Try turning down the PC output when you're recording in... ? I don't know. But good read!!

    -- Kevin

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    Kevin, thanks for the critique.
    I get that 'airy' sound when I use the 'normalization' feature, but when I don't use it; everything is too low.
    I decrease the db's and it sounds worse.
    I think I will build a 1/2 booth with that grey 'egg crate' foam and see it it absorbs enough noise that I can increase the mic input range.

    The Father figure is the description I was looking for on Joe's; good observation.

    Thanks again Kevin!

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    Forget the read. Welcome back! Theres plenty of time to be brutal.

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    My second upload in one day. Feedback and/or tips are appreciated. Thank you.

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    Peer Feedback:

    Nice pace and the tone was fine.

    You need to watch the enunciation a little I think you left the second "d" out of "didn't" for example. Made it sound "New York"-ish I thought.

    Also, the recording quality was not great. Sounded like you were a little too far away from the mic.

    Peer Feedback:

    I liked it Tony. Sounds just like the above the influence PSA's that air. But, like Tom said,"the recording quality was not great". Don't know if its equipment or mic technique. But, I liked your interpetation of the spot.

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    Tom, Thank you for the critique. I am from the Ny/Nj area so I guess It's a habit I have to break.

    Maurice, Thanks for your feedback as well. My equipment is definably below professional, So obtaining a suitable mic is also something I must work on.

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    Hey, I grew up in North Jersey and worked in NYC for years. Now after a few decades in PA I am starting to lose the sound.

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    Peer Feedback:

    Nice honest - almost scared edge to your voice that works well with this. Watch the pronunciation of the word "didn't". It sounds a little off. I think you are dropping the "t".

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    On the word "HIGH". If it could sound more disappointed. A bit of anger at your self as you decide to confidently declare. " I DO respect myself" Just a bit. Not over the top. It is just about right the way it is. It sounds like you have a bit of an accent. Let a bit more of that come out. Your audio sounds garbled on the "S"es. I get that When I use too much noise reduction. There is background noise. A fan or air moving I think.
    Over all I liked it. I felt something. Keep working.

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    My first time out of the box. Need critique of everything, from voice, to performance, to recording to mix.

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    I played this a few times because I wasn't sure what it was that bothered about it. Then it hit me. It's the same attitude throughout, a somber warning-like tone. You can afford to shift gears a couple of times in here . Like at the beginning. Tease me. Get me to really wonder what the heck you're talking about so, when you finally ask the question and answer it, I have that "I coulda had a V8" moment.

    Watch "The National Wildlife Federation". It sounded like "the National Whilelife Federation" - I need a little tapped D on "wild".

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    I completely agree with James' assessment.

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    I agree with the other critiques, too. The rest is pretty good for a first post. Bravo!

    Acting: agree with the tone thing. Don't want it to slip into melodrama. "You can, too" sounds pitchy and fake. Inflection seemed funky in first sentence, too. Liked how you broke down the copy, otherwise. Love how breezy you are with the list.

    Pacing: Mostly nice. Careful not to speed through.

    Recording quality: need room treatment and maybe other stuff. A music bed makes it harder to analyze.

    Clarity: hard to tell with music and recording quality, but pretty good

    Argh, and now, for some reason, I can't play it (maybe a bandwidth problem on my end). But I'll post this even though it's a little incomplete.

    You're on your way!

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    Very nice. It's hard to put emotion into something like this, but, it really does need a little more. Add some "vocal tension" , but, don't overdo it. Also noticed that you took an unnecessary breath in one sentence. that slightly compromised the flow. Yeah, it is a long sentence, but try not to take 2 breaths. Love the way you said "it's air". Dramatic, but not too much. On the opening line, I would have punched "much" more so then "it's" Eh, just me. Everyone interprets copy a little differently. Good job, keep it up.
    Ken

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    Doesn't seem to be anything here, jason. You may want to upload again.

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    Thanks for the info. I have reposted the file.

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    I liked your music bed, but thought it might be a bit too loud. Nice inflection and pacing. I would eliminate the pause in the last sentence, though.

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    I think your voice and tone was perfect for this piece. Very well read and great choice of music.

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    It seems to me that there should be more emphasis put on the word AIR. The whole beginning is the build up then it just seems to be a big let down. Otherwise great job

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    Smooth delivery, very believable...good job!

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    I also loved your delivery and tone - great job.

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    Newbie here, looking for feedback on perf, not system setup/recording quality (as I have none yet!) Thanks!

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    Could use a little energy, but the read itself was done very well.

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    I also thought about the energy level and passion of your read. More energy and volume in your voice would have made this a bit better. There's also a strong buzz in the piece which distracts from your overall read. Looking forward to your future reads!

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    I kinda agree on the energy, but that's not really it. This read seems like it needed a Director. Someone with a definite image of what the whole spot would look like when completed. As a noob, that's the absolutely hardest part (self direction) of doing a read (eg: for an audtion). In my head, I couldn't fit this read to a video, or a narration.

    on the bright side, your voice is clear and confident. I really like it. do some more!

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    Sounds odd,, but its true what they say about body movements , and facial jesters. I'm thinking, if you were not physically relating to the read,, many of the things the other comments talked about, would at least be a step closer, if you did act them out. Talk with your hands , body, and expressions , not just your lips.

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    Love the way you interpreted this piece! Love the ad lib "inhale"; great job of BREATHING LIFE (no pun intended) into it. Nice inflection in key parts: "It's air." and "You can too"... and "Our survival is at stake". great stuff... My only issue was, near the beginning, where you say "or warm" - the word "warm" seems to have gotten caught in your throat a bit.

    Good chops, overall. Nice work!

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    Thanks...I struggled with warm...don't know why...have to work my vocal exercises more.

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    Hello forum! I'm new to this and would like some feedback on my first submission.

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    Peer Feedback:

    Good is tone and I think your pacing is great. In my opinion, some of your words seem to run together (none-of-us). Also, the music seems to swallow your voice on the last four sentences.Maybe try without the music first?

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    Definitely try this without the music. Don't worry about production of a full piece at the beginning. Worry about performance of the read.

    To that, I'm hearing a good bit of slurred phrases...words that run together. While it's important to keep from over-pronouncing words, it's also important to fully pronounce them in a casual or natural-sounding way. Diction can be over-done and it can be under-performed. In this case, I'd say it need a bit more.

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    Hi Luvtrace1,
    I agree with the above comments. One thing I'll add is that I think you settle most comfortably into the read at the third sentence; the first two sentences sound a bit more serious/stiffer than necessary, and as I listener I might be put off instead of grabbed by the suggestion to "guess" what you're talking about (air). To my ears, the rest of the read was very pleasant. Nice first submission!
    Best,
    Pete

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    Luvtrace1 --
    TxTom's right. it's a lot easier to comment on voice only when someone is new to the forum. He's spot on, on the diction stuff too. I do the same thing. You have to develop a voice "character" that doesn't speak exactly like your everyday voice.

    that said, this is a nice spot. nice pipes.

    cheers,
    Dave Saunders.

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    Thanks everyone for your comments. I really appreciate the helpful hints, for this helps me in bettering my techniques. Again, thanks a million. WARNING: Look for more submissions in the near future! LOL

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    Hello Mark! Overall I think you have the idea down, however there are some things that prohibited the quality to shine through. The quality could be much better as there was much backround noise. Also there is a lot of mouth noise, I read that eating a slice of green apple will help out with that. Lastly I would say to work on your tempo a little bit as it may have been too slow in some parts. But overall still a great effort, a few tweaks and you will be well on your way.

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    Thanx for coming by, Dan. I have had lots of tech problems since I started here and am on the cusp of solving them. I have a pro microphone on they way, and a class with engineer Steve coming up. When you work in public like this, there is a special emphasis on making the product good, and though I have tried, cheap equipment and noisy surroundings have made it all but impossible. But I can't let that stop me from learning the craft better. Thanx again for the comments.

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    Any feedback is appreciated!

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    Peer Feedback:

    Hey Micahb253,
    I liked the strong ending you gave it - very natural but assertive.

    There were a couple of things earlier in the copy, however that didn't resonate. The most glaring was that you made the question, "What is it?" sound like a statement, but in the next beat made "that substance that none of us can live without" end on an upbeat, more like a question.

    Your voice was clear, clean and articulate.

    Hope that's helpful...
    ~Laura

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    I DO HAVE A NEW MIC. HOW DOES IT SOUND?

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    The microphone sounds fine. You rrecording enviornment doesn't though. I'm hearing a lot of room. The noise floor is rather high, and there's quite a bit of reflection off the walls. What kind of room are you recording this in?

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    Yeah, the mic isn't the issue with this recording. Proper mic technique can be as important if not more so. Sundance kid correctly touches on recording space suggestions.

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    I agree with them both. I don't have lots of money to do things the traditional way and I found that if I hung a bed comforter over my head and recorded "under the sheets" the ring off the walls went away. You should also practice a little more with taking noise reduction away. You'll need to take a few seconds of the room noise and even the chair noise so that they can be removed from the vocal recording afterward. Any noises that come from your mouth, i.e. breath, lip smacking and such.... need to be flattened out, for if you use noise reduction on them you will only degrade the overall recording.

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    To add to the previous comments I would also say to move in closer to the mic. While that won't deal with the room noise, it will make it sound like you're not trying to talk into a mic that halfway across the room. The read itself was good.

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    I felt a needed "Join us now.." so improved that in. :) Just for some extra practice, aware that I can't do that in a job;) Please feel free to critique recording quality/performance.

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    Peer Feedback:

    You've got a natural and very marketable voice IMO. Young/natural. A great read, perhap the itty bittiest tad staccato to my ears, really not worth mentioning. Perhaps I'm just jealous because I do a lousy natural read! I'd reduce the volume of the music just a tiny tad.

    Mahhhhvelous, Dahhhling!

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    I really like the quality of your voice