Technical Producing and Show Calling for an AI Engineer Tech Conference When people ask me what my job is, I tell them I make magic for a living. But it’s a little less “Abra Cadabra” and a little more “Wizard of Oz.” You see, I am the proverbial man behind the curtain. I’m a Live […]
Sonic Branding Uses Sound to Establish a Brand’s Identity. Audio branding isn’t new. Think of the sound that accompanies the animated Netflix logo. The McDonald’s logo. The NBC logo. Companies have always used audio to reinforce their visual brands, because sound adds emotion, which makes its message powerful and memorable. Some people are visual […]
May 15, 2023. Undergraduate, graduate, and Ph.D. students at Pace University in NYC were ready for their big day. Two thousand of them. Their hard work was done. Mine was just beginning. Fact: voice-over actors are usually heard and not seen. We’re the disembodied voices of GPS systems, public transportation announcements, animated characters in cartoons, […]
Different styles in the visual arts inspire creativity in voiceovers. Whether it’s the hyperrealistic Baroque paintings of Jan Vermeer in the 1600s, the neo-impressionistic work of Georges Seurat in the 1800s, (introducing Pointillism to the art conversation), or the subsequent break-all-the rules-bold work of Post-Impressionist Vincent Van Gogh, who paved the way for an explosion […]
Where does truth lie? If I were Seth Godin, I’d write a clever title about the nexus of truth and artifice… but I’m no such mastermind, so I’ll traverse more plebeian paths instead. I love art. I grew up going on archaeological digs with my family; back in the day when you could dig something […]
The truth is it’s not easy, and that’s why most voice actors shy away from this kind of work. For me, it’s challenging, educational and rewarding. But most of all, I love working with the fine artists who are illustrating the animations, creatives who care about excellence, perfectionists really, who produce stunningly beautiful work, which brings us back to the AMI Conference.