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!

You Are The Jack of All Trades...Audio Editing

When you run your own business it is up to you to get everything done.  Whether you do it yourself or hire someone to do it every job rests upon your shoulders.  Marketing, client management and support, IT responsibilities, ALL of it.  This doesn't even take into account what your actual business does.  Each one of those items, along with the countless items I haven't mentioned, deserve time all on their own.   For now, let's focus on one thing that is particularly specific to voice actors....

Audio Editing

Many voice actors do not have to worry about this aspect of the job.  They walk into a studio, record what they need to record, then walk out.*  Any and all post production work on the audio is handled by sound engineers and editors.  Hours of work are put into these audio files before they are layered into the final project.  There are a number of voice actors whose job begins and ends with the actual recording.  That's awesome.  That is where I want to be in my career as a voice actor.  To be able to record the piece and walk away.

*I know many of these voice actors I am talking about still record their own auditions from time to time and they know how to edit and do what they need to do to make the audio sound "pretty."  My underlying point is that most of their paying jobs, be it a cartoon character, a narrator of an audio book, or a commercial spot does not require any more from them than their voice.  

I am not there yet.  Many other voice actors are not there yet either.   So along with wearing all the other hats that is required of us, we must also wear the hat of a sound engineer.  We have to figure out how to edit our own audio as well as do any post production work that may be required.  For example, ACX.com requires all files be in a specific format with certain specifications to be acceptable.  If you want to audition for audio books on ACX, you need to know how to get your files into that format and to meet those specifications if you want to be successful there.  

Yes, you could shop this out to a freelancer but you will need to take into account the amount you are making for the project and how much of that you are willing to spend on editing.  If you decide to do it yourself you have to be sure you factor the time required to edit into the overall project time. I use this rule of thumb:

If you have 1 hour of audio, it will take you at least 2 hours to edit that audio.    

Imagine you are working on a 700 page audio book.  The time adds up quickly.  And here it is why I wanted to talk about this today.  For a lot people thinking about becoming voice actors there is little regard given to this part of the job.  Either because they dismiss it as easy or not required, or because they think they will be landing gigs in LA or NY right out of the gate anyway and others will do it for them.  The most common I've seen is people just not realizing it's needed.  But as you can see it can rapidly become the most time consuming part of the job.  

So read up on it.  Find YouTube videos about it.  I will be putting some things I've learned along the way up here on the blog soon.  It is an integral part of the job and it's best to learn as much as you can as soon as you can.  Good luck!

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

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!