Do’s and Don’ts on Voice Acting

Jen_Rudin.JPG.644x3744_q100.jpg.644x429_q100Jen Rudin writes a series of sage advice on voice acting in one of the latest posts from Backstage .

Go check out what she has to say, but the end of her article identifies the summary of her top five list:

If you want to be a professional actor, you must act like a professional. Practice etiquette and manners and save the crazy tweets and funny Instagram photos for other parts of your life.

Couldn’t have said it better ourselves Jen!

Making Waves

Terry O’Rad-hoc05rb1+Terry+O'Reillyeilly has been a MUST LISTEN personality way back when he gave us O’Reilly on Advertising, and then The Age of Persuasion and now Under the Influence.

O’Reilly is a kingpin of advertising as owner and operator of Pirate Toronto and Pirate New York, his studio is the largest production studio that’s not from a major movie production company. O’Reilly simply knows his stuff. He knows how persuasion is made in advertising, and what’s more, he loves radio.

I had the opportunity to see Mr. O’Reilly when he was at his book signing in Halifax. I got to tell him about The Sonic Society and he was thrilled. Apparently, he’s a lover of radio drama. Who knew? Well, we do. Because those with taste always reach for the best in audio.

Speaking of the best, have a listen to this recent show about how Radio Still Makes Waves. It could give you some incredible ideas to market your own show. Then subscribe to Under the Influence for a ton more!

Foley Secrets

foleyWhile the art of Foley tends to be a term used for Film exclusively, those of us in audio drama have a special place in our hearts for the amazing practitioners. Sound makes and breaks movies, just like a good musical score, and no differently than the main focuses of story, acting, and cinematography. Foley tends to get overlooked and often that’s because when it’s done right, it’s so integrated in the product that you don’t even realize how amazing it makes the whole.

Check out vimeo’s release of The Secret World of Foley and check out how awe-inspiring foley truly is!

Mark Time 2016

Mark-smEvery year the Mark Time Awards present some of the best audio drama has to offer. The 2016 Awards were presented at the Hear Now Festival and has expanded its usual fare from the award for best science fiction drama (Mark Time) and the best horror drama (Ogle) to The Danger Prize, The Bradshaw, and The BettyJo.

The Sonic Society congratulates this year’s winners:

From the Mark Time Award’s Page:

The Ogle Award, named for Charles Ogle, the first portrayer of Frankenstein’s Monster on screen, is given in two categories, Horror and Fantasy. The Gold Ogle for Horror went to “The Masque of the Red Death,” produced and directed by William Dufris, who accepted in person. The Silver Ogle was won by “To The Manor Borne by Robots, Episode 5,” written, produced and directed by John Eder.

Winning the Silver Ogle for Fantasy was “The Springheel Saga: The Secret of Springheel’d Jack,” from London’s Wireless Theatre Ltd., producers Jack Bowman, Mariele Runacre Temple and Robert Valentine.

The Mark Time Award for Science Fiction, named for one of Ossman’s Firesign characters, was won by Jonathan Mitchell of New York City, who was also named Producer of the Year for a trio of short pieces, “Visible,” “The Last Job,” and “Santa For President.” He appeared via Skype. In addition, Tom Ligon, in the role of Santa, won the Betty Jo for Best Actor. The Betty Jo honors Firesign’s Phil Proctor, man of many voices.

The Silver Mark Time went to the Atlanta Radio Theatre Company for “The War of the Worlds: The Untold Story,” produced by David Benedict.

Additional Finalists were John Holland for “The Cure,” Marty Durlin and KZMU, Moab, Utah for “Downtown Abbey, Episode 3: Denial in So Many Forms,” and Pete Lutz and Pulp-Pourri Theater for “The DNA Pit.”

The Nick Danger Prize honors Firesign’s Phil Austin in memoriam and his immortal character, known for his “third eye.” It is awarded for the best in mystery and noir detective genres. There was a single Finalist, “Brass – A Steampunk Adventure Serial” from Battleground Productions, Seattle, written and directed by John Longenbaugh, sound design and production by Nick Abercrombie,

Ossman announced a new prize for Audio Comedy, called The Bozo Knows, open for entries in 2017. Information on entries and the Mark Time Awards history, previous prize-winners, Grandmasters, and Hall of Fame can be found at

The Awards Ceremony was held as part of an Otherworld Cabaret, which featured high school students from the Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts where the Mark Time SoundPlay audio workshop is in its second year of production classes and activities. Youth participants presented four short original audio plays which were written, performed, and sound designed by them, as part of the Mark Time Awards performance. Members of the 2016 Mark Time Academy included Carissa Stevens, Mel Jones, Kaden Vladimir, Travon Wainwright, Mahryn Barron, Trail White, Ethan Anissy, Marcus Robertson, and Kahlil Odums.

Young audio artists of the Paseo SoundPlay Workshop will be seen again as part of the Future Stages Festival at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, June 26th at 3 p.m. on the outdoor stage.

The Mark Time Awards and SoundPlay Workshops are made possible by a grant from the Leo Gilbert Wetherill Foundation with additional support from the Board of Directors of Otherworld Media.