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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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!

Biting Off More Than You Can Chew...

One of the most difficult things to do is walk away from a gig.  That is why it is very important to figure out if you have the time to complete the project BEFORE you audition.

Time is finite.  Just because you really want to work on a project doesn't mean that you will magically have enough time to do it if you already have other commitments.  This is something I always remember when I'm marketing and looking for work.  "This job looks fun, but it also looks involved.  Do I have enough time to work on this on the chance I get the gig?"  

I once read that when you are looking over an audition notice it is your chance to "audition" the job.  Obviously you are looking at whether you fit the part, is it a style you can produce, does it pay a decent rate, etc.  But you also should be looking at your workload and making sure it works with your schedule.  You do not want to find yourself having to deliver a job late or worse, have to walk away.    

Drop me a line at nate@nathanbeattyvo.com if you have any questions.  Thanks again!

Paying to Play

As any voice over artist who has done anything on the internet can tell you, "Pay to Play" sites are numerous.  You have the most obvious examples, Voices.com and Voice123.  There are others, such as Bodalgo.com.  Then there are sites like Voicebunny.com (from the makers of Voice123) which isn't "pay to play" but chooses to collect their fees on the back end using a very opaque system.  Finally there are pockets of voice over artists peddling their talent on sites such as Fiverr and the like.  (Fiverr in particular seems to be a very divisive subject in the voice over world.)

An argument is often made that all of these sites "cheapen" the cost of what we do as voice over talent.  Others argue that some of these sites, or category of sites, are OK and the "future of the business" but other sites are guilty of driving down cost and quality.  On the other side of the spectrum are those that feel this is the natural evolution of the business.  

Frankly I fall somewhere in between.  I feel that the business is changing.  I feel there will always be a stark division between the LA and New York talent, and the rest of us.  I feel it's entirely possible that someday all voice actors will work from their home without having to go to a studio.  Not only possible but probable.  Especially with this new VR technology coming out soon.  You laugh, but some day it will be a matter of putting on a special visor in your home booth and you will be seeing all the other actors, or at least the director, sitting across from you chatting about the role you are about to read.  You are in Toledo and the director is in West Hollywood in his apartment.  It is only a matter of time.

What isn't going to change for this "level" of voice over is the way you get the gig.  Studios and production companies will not give up the agent system easily.  Too much money is on the line to put your faith into a random VO artist you found on Voices.com.  Yes, there will always be "those" stories.  Where a guy with a voice like melted butter is recorded on his friends YouTube video and all of sudden he's the next Nolan North.  But that is very rare.  

But for the rest of us, outside of the agent system, we have to make it in the world today outside of that system.  The internet has a been a blessing and a curse in this regard.  We have access to an almost infinite number of potential clients.  But so does everyone else.  I feel the types of sites I mentioned above are the natural evolution of the business.  What works will continue to work and what doesn't will fall by the wayside.

I would be interested in your thoughts on the matter, especially if you are a VO artist yourself.  Drop me a line at nate@nathanbeattyvo.com if you have any questions.  Thanks again!

Breaking News....

The results are in.  SAG-AFTRA voice actors have voted to authorize a strike of video games.  I had a feeling the vote would turn out this way but I was astonished at the number.  96.5% voted in favor of a strike!  That's huge!  

Now this doesn't mean voice actors are now on strike.  What this means is that the members of the SAG-AFTRA union have authorized negotiators to call a strike if negotiations with the video game producers are not productive.  It basically gives the union some leverage at the table.

You can read more about it here:  SAG-AFTRA Video Game Voice Actors Authorize Strike

There is an important question we as non union members need to decide for ourselves if there is in fact a strike: Do we want to stand with our union compatriots or are we going to persue the open positions left by the strike?  I can't tell you which path to choose as that is for yourself to decide.  The big thing to ask yourself is; do you agree with why the voice actors are going on strike? If so, then I think you should stand with them.  If not, then you may decide to go your own path but be aware that consequences may occur if you ever plan on trying to join SAG-AFTRA in the future.    

I realize that I'm "counting my chickens" so to speak since the strike hasn't even occurred yet.  But I think it's a good idea to start thinking about it now as some of us may be approached to fill a potential void.   

Thanks for stopping by.  If you have any questions or thoughts drop me a line at nate@nathanbeattyvo.com.

Take Care!