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Voice Coaches Radio #484 – The Studio Vibe

Voice Coaches Radio. Everything voiceover. And welcome to this week's edition of Voice Coaches Radio. I am Josh Teller. She is Marissa Lanshack and we are

delighted to have you doing Marissa? I'm fantastic. I'm just waiting for you to bust out into song. Uh, you know, it wouldn't be the first time, but it might be the last time. Wouldn't be the first time. Um, for those of you wondering. The answer is yes, I did remember to bring in Blazing Saddles for Marissa, and she will have to watch it now.

And what was the first thing I said? Man, this looks like it's really racist just from the cover. It's, yes. Yeah, yeah. Mm hmm. Intentionally so. It's Mel Brooks. It's Mel Brooks. Um, it's so funny. It is one of my all time favorite movies. Literally one of my all time favorite movies. Um, because I love Gene Wilder.

I love me some Gene Wilder. Uh, so yeah, so we are going to talk about that, by the way, after you watch it. Okay. Probably on the show, because I'm sure that's exactly why people are tuning in, to find out, uh, your theatrical opinions on Blazing Saddles. Um, anywho. But I did want, because I know I kept forgetting to bring that in, and today, literally this morning, I was digging around looking for it because I was like, I cannot forget that again.

So I didn't. I didn't. You're welcome. Yeah, thank you so much. Yeah, no, you know, I do what I can. I do what I can. Um, so we are currently in a studio. We are. That's just where we work. And you are currently in a booth. I am. Uh, I'm at the control. Desk, I'm looking at your back. Yes you are. . This is not the best scenario here.

Ideally I would be turned around and facing you, uh, so you could see me, but not see the computer and what I'm doing on it. 'cause you know, maybe I'm doing something untoward. I'm not, but I could be. Um, so this is not an ideal, uh, I ideal, but you know, it is what it's so, yes, you were looking at the back of my head.

Probably you can see my bald spot, which is... Nah. No, I mean, unless you spray painted it this morning or something. I didn't. But, no, I don't see any bald spot. We're getting a little... Maybe the headphones are covering it. It could, that could be it. It's the, the, the top is... That's actually not the big, the big problem is the front.

The front is starting to migrate. in a rearward fashion, which I'm not. Well, that's why hats were invented. Not, I'm not okay with, I do. I, well, I was wearing a hat and then I, I was actually wearing a chapeau, if you will, a scallop. Fancy. Yeah, I like chapeau. It's a fun word. Um, but, uh, yes, so we, we are in a studio right here at, uh, White Lake Music and Post, uh, in Colony, New York.

Uh, the, the. Mothership, if you will, of voice coaches, and I know many of you listening have been here as well. Uh, maybe in this studio. We are in studio number three today. So maybe you have been. Yeah, this is where some demos happen. Exactly. This is my. Like you might be in my spot. Not you, Josh, but like, you know, whoever might be listening.

I I did my demo in there. Oh. Yeah, I did. I did my demo in there, and I've produced many a demo. from here. So there are some of you listening, however, that have never been in a studio before and have never been in a studio session before, be it for a demo or be it for a job. And I can understand why there might be some questions, some reservations, some, um, you know, nerves about coming into a studio.

And they're not unfounded. These are weird places. Like, this is a weird place. Like, there's lots of weird stuff everywhere, there's foam everywhere, it sounds weird, it looks weird. It's a weird place. Especially in the booth where you are, it's a really weird place. Like, you can hear the difference when you walk in there.

Oh yeah, for sure. Like, it's like, it like, It's almost momentarily claustrophobic, the silence. It just kind of like falls on top of you. It's, it's odd. I will say, compared to every radio station I have ever worked at, this is the most normal place I've ever been. Wow. But radio stations are a little bit, I mean, there's so much different personality and, and every one of them, depending on where you are, can just be like the oldest equipment ever or the newest.

Like, it's just every single one of them is so weird. Usually Yeah. Usually right next to each other. Yeah. Yeah. There's like, a brand new, state of the art computer right next to, you know, your, your old cart machine. Next to a reel to reel. Like, I don't even know. Like, what's going on in here? Do they still use carts?

No, thankfully. Cause I I did in college. We had a I'm way too accident prone, and splicing would not have been my friend. Yeah. So we didn't have, we didn't use reel to reel when I was in college, but we did use, we did use carts. the uh, the old 8 tracky type things, uh, for all our, all our PSAs and stuff like that because I don't know.

Oh, when I first started, we had it on CD and yeah, we would have them in like the cart thingies and put them in the players and like I would have to press all these buttons way too early in the morning and like, you know, fall asleep in between breaks and stuff. It was awesome. That's what you actually had to do things like I used to do overnights and when it came to, you know, uh, uh, at a sports station and, um.

Literally, I would be in one room, uh, you know, cutting up interviews, putting together, you know, commercials, and then making sure I had the clock, quote unquote, the, uh, the official clock for, I think we used Fox Sports Radio. Um, so I knew exactly when they were gonna go to break, so I could run into the other room, make sure we had our commercials lined up, set those up, punch those in, uh, and then bring it back and fade it in and out.

And this was all at like three o'clock in the morning, so it was doing for like American Top 40. Well, and here's the problem. Like, it, it, it's three o'clock in the morning. I am 19 years old, um, in college. Do you really think that it's gonna be quality? It wasn't. It wasn't. I'm running from one room to the other.

I can barely stand up at this point because I'm literally trying to, you know, not fall asleep. Um, I used to work as a security guard. At a, uh, for a, for a job where I was, when I was in college just to make some money. And so I was a security guard from 3 to 11. Then I would go from, uh, 11 to 12, leave, it was ended up, uh, an office building.

Leave that building, go straight to the radio station, and then do the overnights. Uh, and my schedule was 12 to 7. And, like, no, oh God, it was terrible. I used to jog around the building when I was doing overnights. So, because that was the only way, because nobody was there, so nobody would see it anyway. But I would jog around the building just to keep myself awake and energized.

Interesting, I didn't drink coffee then. Neither did I. I didn't start drinking coffee until maybe like... five, 10 years ago. Uh, but the, the sheer amounts of caffeine that we're Mountain Dew. Oh my God. Oh my goodness. That's why my teeth probably hate me right now. It's also why I gained like 40 pounds because it wasn't diet anything.

Like it was just give me the real stuff. Just give me the real stuff. Um, so yeah, so weird, weird place. We have a weird place. These are weird places. Um, but I want to kind of talk quickly about What it's like to come in here, what it's like to be in one of these places, be it for your demo, but even so just for for a job, right?

You know, when we have a demo, the studio immersion. Is to show you kind of what it's gonna be like and in actual sessions. Obviously each one is different, but there, there are a ton of similarities as far as you know, how that works. Like, you know, uh, uh, uh, you know, people come and you go into a studio.

It's not like you're in there in a vacuum. It's not like you're by yourself. It's not like you're giving a piece of copy and told, all right, see you later. Like, you are still going to be produced. You are still going to be, you know, worked through. It is possible, maybe even likely, that you're going to be given the piece of copy, told very little information about it, and asked to read it.

Cold. That's normal. That's very normal. And when you do that, probably not going to be very good. Probably not going to be very good because you're going to make assumptions, right? You're going to decide, alright, well, here we go. And the thing about it is... It all comes down to your producer. What does your producer want for that?

What does the client want for that? You don't know that. You don't know that. So when you first get in there, you're giving it a read, and you're saying, okay, well, this is potentially what it's supposed to be. Maybe. But then you are guided into what they want. Because ultimately, ultimately, You know, they want a very specific thing, whether it's the client, whether it's the producer, the client or the producer.

Um, if you remember last week's, everybody makes mistakes, guys, even me, um, you know, the client or the producer, they know what they want and they're going to make sure they get it. And they're going to make sure that you are able to get that for them by any means necessary. And I, and I mean that, I mean, whether it's, you know, the different types of direction, whether it's comparative, whether it's, um, you know, descriptive, or whether they just go straight on demonstrative, and just go like, repeat after me, they're gonna get what they need to get, because that's their job, and it's just your job to, to do that, so, you know, you're not in there by yourself having to figure things out all the time, now if you're self producing, if you're doing something on your own, obviously that's a little bit of a different situation, but in most situations in a studio setting, I mean, you're, I joke around and tell people that, hey look, when it comes to this, you know, you're a mouth.

That's what you are. In the, in the human body that is the, the voiceover world, you're a mouth. The producer, the client, they're the brain. They're gonna tell you what to do, you just do it. Sounds a little derogatory, you're a mouth, but. You know, that's what you are. That's what the talent is. Your mouth. You talk.

You just do what you're told. And that's okay. That's what we do. Right? That's, that's, that's what we all do. We turn into like a little circus monkey. Yeah, essentially. Essentially. Do this. Dance for me monkey, dance! Do this. Yeah, a little piano grinder. But yeah, I mean that's that's really it and and the thing to to really remember here and and Mercy you and I were talking about this earlier is that Everybody is on your side.

Oh, yeah. Nobody wants to see you fail because if you fail they fail and if you don't sound good Then they don't look good. Client isn't happy, ain't nobody happy. So, you know, everyone is pulling in the same direction, right? The client has an idea of what they want, they convey that to the producer, the producer conveys that to you.

And you're all trying to get to this point together. And you're going to get to that point together. How you get there? That's going to depend. It's going to depend on the producer. It's going to depend on you. It's going to depend on the piece. But you're going to get there, and they're going to make sure you do.

And they're going to help you get there because we are all doing this together. The better you sound, the better I look. I want to look good. We're all good. Except for my hair. I'm telling you, I cannot see the bald spot right now. I appreciate that. Just the gray. Just the gray. No, I don't see that either.

Yeah. It's the lighting. That I know is there. The bald spot is the little... It's sneaky. The gray is less so. The gray is, the gray is less so. But you know, so again, whether it's your demo, obviously for your demo, we want your demo to sound good, right? For you. That's what we're going to, we're going to make sure we do.

But for a session, it's no different. So don't think that you're going in there, you know, and that, and that it's all on you. It's not, it's not. Are you going to be nervous? Yeah. Is there going to be pressure? Sure. But you're all working together. You're, you're a team. You're a team. It's not like you are, you know, the voice actor and, you know, uh, well, they're the producer and, you know, it's, it's not a combative relationship.

At least it shouldn't be. At least it shouldn't be. And if it is, that's problematic, but in general, it's, uh, you know, it's, it's very convivial. And I just wanted to say that word. Yeah, well, you got your chance. I'm glad I did. That Word of Day calendar's paying off over there. Yes, it is. But, you know, it is a Symbiotic relationship and it's worthy of pointing out too that this is a very In most cases, laid back environment, you know, because we're all like you said, we're all here with the same goal, the same intention of getting the best out of the best of all of us that are participating in this.

But we're all just trying to have fun at the same time, you know, so it's going to be a lot of like just fun personalities ready to just, you know, make some make some fun. So, you know, I think that's where it's like, as long as you can remember that, like, you know, just. I mean, people get into this, yeah, people get into this industry because they, because they want to.

Because it's, it's a fun industry. That's why so many people, and, and I love it, you know, talking to people for their first class, I mean, this is a, a, a departure from what they've normally done because they think this is something different, something fun, and they're right. And they're right. And people who are doing this, that's, yeah, we do this because we enjoy it.

We do this because it is fun. Because it is a fun environment to be in. Again, yeah, are you gonna be nervous? Of course. Of course. Is there some pressure on you? Absolutely. You know, understand that we're all here just, you know, just doing our job, just having fun, and, and, you know, doing what we want to do.

Most of us, at least. I don't know if there are any, I'm sure there are some voice actors that hate it, but that'd be weird. I think most boys actors, that would be really weird. Like Right. Would be, get outta here so there's room for all of us . Right. It would be really weird. I wanna like, like I want hear like Don LaFontaine, you know, I just wanna hear a story about how he was so un he was the in world guy.

I wanted just hear that. Like, he hated his job so much. I hate my deep voice. Like, no chance. Come on. He loved that. You know? He loved it. And we did too. We did too. Right. Mel Blank hated doing character voices. What? No, he didn't. Of course he didn't. He did, uh, Bugs Bunny and all the, uh, all the other voices, in case you were curious.

Um, right? It's fun! It's relaxed! It's, it's, it, it, There's a reason why people want to get into this industry, and I can't blame them. There's a reason why I wanted to get into this industry. There's a reason why we're in this industry. It's fun. It's relaxed. It's work. But, but, we're all on the same team here.

Always remember that. When you're walking into the studio, you're walking into a place where people are looking out for you and want you to succeed. And if you don't believe in the kindness of people, which, I get, um, I was waiting for you to say kindness of strangers, because that was just, you know, I was so perfect.

But, you know, if you don't, uh, Stella! Um. But no, if you don't, uh, if you don't believe people are good natured in general and looking out for your well being, then think of it this way. People are selfish. And if you sound good, they sound good, and they want to sound good. So whatever works for ya, everyone wants you to succeed.

Because if you do, then we do. So, however you want to look at it. We're looking out for ya, we're a team, or I'm super selfish, but I need you to do well for me to do well. Either way, both true, both true, both true. Not sure, one is definitely far more cynical than the other. But hey, whatever floats your boat, whatever floats your boat.

So again, it's a weird place you're walking into. It's a different place. It's a foreign, it's an alien place. This is an alien place when you go into here. Uh, it's, it's like nothing else. But again, you're gonna feel a little out of place. But that's where you belong, and everyone is going to make sure you feel like that's where you belong.

No outsiders in this industry. Nah. Nah. This isn't high school. Nah. No cliques here. No cliques here. Except for us. Except for us. We're kind of, we're kind of like the Jets and the Sharks in here. We're our own nerdy clique. Yeah, that's true. That's true. If you want to join our nerdy clique, I'd like to think that you, by listening in guys, are, are in our nerdy clique, so.

Thanks. Thanks for hanging. We should make shirts. Nerdy clique. Nerdy clique. How do you know I don't have one? I've had one for years. Um, so awesome. Well, thank you for hanging out with us and our Nerdy Click today. And, uh, can't wait to, uh, have another Nerdy Click hangout next Friday. Um, but, uh, but, yeah, so, uh, so cool.

Well, thank you so much again, everyone, for joining in. Marissa, thank you so much for being a part of my Nerdy Click. Always. Outstanding. And, um, Watch Blazing Saddles. I will. Don't worry. And next week, next week, we're going to talk about it. Okay. We're going to talk about it. Probably not going to be able to quote it, but

we're going to quote much of it, but that's alright. I mean, we still will, just off air. Just off air. Yes. Um, but enjoy. Enjoy. And if you don't like it, don't tell me. Okay? Uh, because you will crush my dreams. . Anyhoo, thanks so much, uh, Marissa. Thanks everyone for tuning in. Again, [email protected] is the email.

If you wanna reach out to myself or Marissa or anyone else here at Voice Coaches [email protected], uh, let us know what you think. Let us know what you wanna chat a boot and uh, yeah. Let us know, uh, how much you enjoy being a part of our Nerdy Click. Uh, so, uh, Shirt's coming soon. Shirt's coming soon, yes.

Memberships and shirts coming soon. Uh, we're gonna get you, we're gonna get you cards. Laminated cards that say that too. So you can, uh, you can hand them out and be like, yeah, I'm a member. So, there should be perks, there are. Card holding member. Exactly, right? Exactly. We can monetize this. This is going everywhere.

It's going to the moon! To the moon! With a Nerdy Click. Uh, alright, Marissa, well, we will talk with you next week. Everyone, thanks again for tuning in. Till next time. Visit voicecoaches. com for more voiceover news and information.

A recording studio is something of an alien place. Lots of different machines and wires and foam scattered around. It can be a bit intimidating. This week, Josh and Marissa discuss the vibe of the studio and the booth and why it’s not as scary as you might think.