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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Puzzah!

I wanted to take a minute to let you guys know about a cool thing to do in the Denver Area.  You know those "puzzle room" places that are popping up all around the country?  Where you go in and you have a certain amount of time to figure out a puzzle with a group of your friends?  You do!  That's awesome Fake Person I Made Up for the Purposes of this Blog Entry!

If you live near Denver or are planning to visit there, check out Puzzah!  It's a great place that a bunch of cool puzzle rooms for you and your friends to try out.  I'm a bit partial to the "Mad Composer" room because he has a great voice.  But all the rooms are great.  Check it out!

Here is their website.

Leave a comment or drop me a line at nate@nathanbeattyvo.com .  Thanks again!

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....   

   

House of Business Cards

A lot of digital ink has been spilled on the virtues and follies of business cards.  There also has been a lot different ideas on how to do something that will "stand out" among all the other ideas.  In fact I've seen more than one article advising to go with just normal old business cards because in the current world of glossy, rhombus shaped business cards they have circled back around to standing out again.  I frankly can't speak to what is the best course of action when choosing your cards.  The truth is different tactics are going to work for different agencies and clients.  There is not a universal solution here.  

One thing is for certain though, it is a mistake to not have a calling card of some kind.  If you don't have something physical you can give to people one out in the world then you are ignoring a potentially valuable revenue stream.  And much like how a professional website and email make you look more invested, so does a professional looking business card.  You have taken the time, effort, and money to create something for your business.  This tells people this isn't a hobby for you.  This is something you are invested in.  So if they become one of you clients then you will be invested in them.

So whatever you do, be it a post card, a double sided glossy triangle, or a regular old business card be sure it looks nice and has all the relevant contact information.  The standard phone, email, and website will do.  (NOTE: I'm speaking from a VO talent perspective, this advice is applicable to other businesses and industries so be sure you aren't omitting relevant information from your neck of the business world.)  Also, if you are the type that doesn't really know what makes a professional business card look professional, get some advice from someone you know who has an "eye" for those sorts of things.  Or, even better, go simple.  The simpler the better.  

Hope this entry was helpful and informative.  Let me know if you have any questions at nate@nathanbeattyvo.com