Chuck & Stacey welcome Thom Pinto, one of the voice over industry’s top voice over actors in the genres of broadcast documentary narration, commercials and TV promos, Thom is also a highly sought after voice over coach. Thom explains some of the skills that a voice over talent needs to have to be a successful broadcast TV narrator.
He speaks to the role of the narrator with respect to complimenting the footage and being a team player. He describes the process he goes through when doing auditions and gives some tips like doing some research to find out who is producing the show and the network it is on.
Thom also talks about how many takes he gives plus a trick he does to showcase his range and offer options. Thom gives his opinion about what the “conversational read” means and some of the obstacles that voice actors face when they record themselves at home without the benefit of being directed. He continues with more sage advice about knowing when to accept or pass on auditions and reminds actors to, “Think visually, act vocally.”
Thom tells an anecdote about Maurice LaMarche and shares the reasons why he is coaching as well as his approach to it that uses his Colors of Your Voice technique. He tells more about his start in radio and how he eventually found his way to the voiceover business by getting a general audition at Hanna Barbera. Though he wanted to be a character actor, he accepted where the industry was taking him and listened to advice from mentors. He reflects on what he would do differently if he was starting his career over that includes taking improvisation classes.
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