Nathan Beatty Voice Over

This site is where you can find more information about Nathan Beatty, an experienced voice over actor based in Charlottesville, Virginia.  Nathan has been a stage actor for over a decade working both on and off stage in over 50 different productions.  Nathan's voice is the neighbor next door.  The friend you trust.  A casual guy.  His voice can also be the young boy hero ready for adventure.  The old jaded mentor.  The silly friend who's sole purpose is to make you laugh. Nathan has worked on various web videos on a number of topics and multiple sales oriented audiobooks. With a wide range of vocal talent Nathan is more than capable to help you with your project.

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So Many Conferences....

Today I wanted to briefly talk about conferences.  There are a lot over voice over conferences out there.  There are a bunch going on in my neck of the woods and I can only imagine how many are being put on in LA and NYC.  This brings up a lot of questions.  Are they worth it?  If so, which ones?  Am I welcome there?

Frankly the answer to all three of those questions come down to research.  Some conferences are worth it and some are not.  This falls into the same category as "VO Training" falls into.  Since there is a fairly low barrier for entry into this career there are a lot of people out there more than willing to take your money to "show you the ropes."  This leads to people peddling their training skills to anyone who wants to know how to get into voice acting.  At the same time you have folks putting together conferences for the same reason.  So if you are looking at a specific conference that is nearby, find some reviews on it.  Ask some folks who have gone.  Don't be shy.  I have yet to find someone in this business who isn't more than willing to help a fellow actor out.  You want to make sure if you go to a conference you are going to get your money's worth.

(Disclaimer: Personally I have not come across a conference that is a "scam."  But they are out there.)

But it is important to remember that conferences can't get speakers and trainers and sponsors unless that conference gives those speakers, trainers, and sponsors a chance to advertise their products and services.  The key is to make sure the products and services are of good quality.  If the only speaker at a conference you are looking at has a resume the ended in the late 90's and most notably role is the narrator in a Ben Gay commercial you may want to pass.  Like with most things do your research. Ask questions.

The conferences that do seem to have quality speakers and sponsors are probably one of the most important things you can do for your career.  I can't overstate this.  If you go to as many events as you are physically able to and you take a lot of notes you will have a treasure trove of information that would have taken weeks of research on your own.  And do you know what the really great part is?  All that information is a bonus.  The REAL benefit is the networking.  Voice acting becomes so much easier when you have a network of folks who are also voice actors.  We spend a good bit of our time either alone recording, editing, and practicing or marketing and interfacing with our clients for more work.  Conferences give us a chance to get out and meet with folks who are like us, can help us, and are just fun to be around.  

I also want to address the "Am I welcome?" question.  That depends on the conference so research will answer this as well.  VO Atlanta welcomes all skill levels while another conference may be a better fit for seasoned actors.  You need to find that out before you spend the money.  

Finally I want to suggest two conferences that I think are wonderful.  VO Atlanta, mentioned above, is the largest voice over conference in the southeast and may be the biggest east of the Mississippi as of this year.  It is an amazing experience.  Unfortunately I cannot attend this year due to unforeseen circumstances but there is still some time to register.  I encourage you to do so!  

Next is MAVO.  This is the Mid Atlantic Voice Over Conference.  This one is having their third year this November and I am really looking forward to it.  

Let me know if there are any conferences you have attended in the comments below or drop me a line at nate@nathanbeattyvo.com .  I would love to here your conference stories.  Thanks again!

PS: I just had to throw this in here.  On Saturday of VO Atlanta 2015  my wife, daughter, and I were eating dinner in the hotel restaurant near a main thoroughfare.  My daughter was 9 months old at the time and unbelievably adorable (in my biased opinion).  On three separate occasions our dinner was interrupted by various celebrities so they could coo over our baby.  These folks are giants of the industry, the voice of various awards shows, a voice of a favorite character of my youth, etc and they were interrupting OUR dinner.  I was a little floored by that.  In my visions I imagined I would be the stuttering fanboy interrupting their dinner blubbering like a fool.  My only regret was I did not get photos of them with my daughter.  O well....   

   

How it all started...

I always wanted to be the center of attention even from a young age.  There was this need in me to find approval from those around me.  Maybe it was the fact that I was the youngest by a wide margin and I wanted to seem older than I actually was.  

As I was growing up I struggled to be noticed by my peers.  Rarely was I successful in any positive way.  This is mainly due to the fact that I was socially awkward and frankly didn't know what the hell I was doing.  As I've gotten older I realize this was the case for most people but some are just better at hiding it than others.  

Then one day in 7th grade social studies we were broken up into groups and given a project we had to present at an assembly to the entirety of the 7th grade class a week or so later.  My group was given an transcription of an interview with some survivors of the Titanic.  My friend Nicole was the interviewer and the other two students and myself were the survivors.  My memory fails me yet again at who the other students were our group.  The survivor I was portraying was in his thirties at the time of the sinking of the Titanic so by the time this interview happened he would have been an old man.  So I ended up playing this character with no teeth, sounding like an old prospector.  I hobbled onto the stage with a cane with my lips pulled over my teeth.  And when it came time for me to speak I laid it on thick.  The wall of laughter from the audience was intoxicating.  Though I'm sure with time the laughter has become that much more uproarious every time I remember it. This was the first time in my life I was making an audience laugh.  That was when I knew what I needed to do with my life.        

Many stage productions, a lot of self doubt, and over twenty years have passed since that cold winter afternoon.  But now I sit here a voice actor.  I wish I could go back tell that goofy 13 year old.  I'm sure that would make his day...

If you are a fellow actor, how did the acting bug bite you?  Please share your stories below or drop me a line at nate@nathanbeattyvo.com.  Thanks again for stopping by!

Auditioning and Rejection

The vast amount of digital ink that has been spilled on this topic is mind boggling.  That being said I still wanted to share my approach to the subject.  I cannot remember the source but I once heard this adage about auditioning:

Audition like you have already landed the gig.

This is the great way to approach auditioning.  Obviously don't be a putz about it.  Be gracious and thankful for the opportunity but believe in your heart of hearts that you have already got the job.  Your confidence will shine through and it can only help you.  

But now here comes the hard part: Walk away.  Forget about it.  Move On.  Once the audition is over do everything in your power to focus on the next one and whatever you do, do not waste time thinking about the previous audition.  To take the above bit of wisdom and tweak it a bit I came up with this:

The next gig you are going to get, is your NEXT audition.

Simple really.  Audition for a gig like you have it.  Then when you are done focus on the next audition and believe you landed that one.  Forget about the previous one.  Rinse. Repeat.  If you don't have another audition lined up, then focus on lining one up like you are lining up your next job.  Rinse. Repeat.  The reality is rejection is a large part of this industry and the faster one learns how to deal with that, the better their chance of success.

If you have a specific way to deal with auditioning and handling rejection, leave a comment or drop me a line at nate@nathanbeattyvo.com .  Thanks again!

Break a leg!