News & Announcements

Total Casting pairs with Club Jockey du Quebec.

By |March 1st, 2018|

Total Casting, our sister company, was tasked with finding actors to play in the latest TV commercial for Club Jockey du Quebec.

Half a dozen actors, plus a voice over announcer. No sweat!

Great job Total Casting!

Here is a link to the video.

TotalCasting and BadWordsLab voice explainer video for TotalCoaching.

By |February 26th, 2018|

Total Casting and Bad Words Lab produced the French version of TotalCoaching’s latest explainer video.

TotalCoaching is a cutting-edge personal training software for personal trainers. All your fitness and coaching programs delivered directly on your members’ iPhone, Android device, tablet or desktop. The most advanced online coaching software in the market.

www.TotalCoaching.com

Bad Words Lab partners with Duolingo

By |February 19th, 2018|

We’re proud to announce our recent partnership with Duolingo!

Dozens of short stories, 2-4 minutes long, recorded once a month, with multiple characters in LatAm Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese. A robust casting of 50+ actors per language was instrumental in discerning who would be the best fit for this project. Direction from both our in-house director, working in tandem with Duolingo’s team via Skype to ensure our clients satisfaction. Edited and mixed to strict specifications to allow direct integration to their platform.

Duolingo.com

Total Casting and Bad Words Lab cast and record new Paul Davis French TV spot.

By |February 16th, 2018|

Total Casting helped find the new voice for Paul Davis Restorations advertising campaign for their French Canadian TV and Web broadcasts. Bad Words Lab was able to patch in Paul Davis’ advertising execs directly to the recording session and the results were incredible. See for yourself!

Click this link: http://bit.ly/pauldavis

Total Casting (our sister company) and Trivago find a new Quebec spokesperson.

By |December 8th, 2017|

Total Casting is proud to announce Trivago has a new Quebecois spokeswoman: Stéphanie Deschamps! This was an extensive and meticulous casting process to find the perfect ambassador for TV commercials, online video, and other media across Quebec. It was an absolute pleasure working with the Trivago team and we are all very excited to see Stéphanie in her new role!

Félicitations à Stépanie Deschamps! Notre nouvelle porte-parole de Trivago! Après un casting assidu, et un sondage de la part de Trivago sur quelques québécois, c’est une femme cette fois qui se retrouvera sur nos ondes, le web et plusieurs médias à travers le Québec!

Recording you voice demo

By |November 25th, 2016|

Over the past month or so, we’ve gone over what voice acting is, the styles of voice acting, and how to practice. Now it’s time to put you to the test. This means we are going to begin work on your first voice demo!

You’ll need some equipment:

Computer
Audio editing software
Microphone
Audio Interface (not needed if using a USB microphone)
Somewhere quiet

Pretty much any PC or Mac will run basic audio editing software. The go-to free solution is Audacity. It’s pretty straightforward but it will still come with a bit of a learning curve if you’ve never worked with a DAW (digital audio workstation). Also if you intend on doing voice work from home, you will probably want […]

Developing your talent as a voice actor.

By |November 18th, 2016|

Nice to see you again. This is the part of the story where you decide your path, or at least, your focus. If you aren’t sure where to begin; do two things. Read the post a few weeks back on the different styles of voice acting out there, and, listen to your heart. You probably heard something great once, and it inspired you to go down this road. It could have been Morgan Freeman’s perfect blend of Southern accent and wonderous pipes, Mark Hamill’s insane portrayal of the Joker, or even just a really natural and transparent delivery that left you feeling refreshed- *ahem* ;).

Now here is how to practice voice acting.

First you’ll need to find a script. If […]

Learn to read. Better.

By |November 4th, 2016|

If you haven’t read our previous two blog posts on becoming a voice actor, I suggest you do so before reading the rest of this article.

Now that you are familiar with the various styles of voice acting, it’s time to “get good”, and the first step is learning to read aloud, flawlessly.

There are no two ways about it, you’re going to have to put in the time, and practice. A lot.

The first step, is learning how to read. If you’ve made it this far, you’re most of the way there. Now try this: read everything from the beginning of this article, aloud, at a natural pace.

Done? Did you stumble? Did you hesitate anywhere? If so, do it again. And […]

First steps towards making your first voice demo

By |October 28th, 2016|

 

So you want to be a voice actor huh? Great, let’s hear your voice demo! Oh, you don’t have one? That would normally be a problem, but we’re going to take the first steps to fix that today.

What kind of work would you like to do? This should help you decide where you will focus most of your effort, and preparation when creating your first voice demo. Many of the below styles have some sort of overlap with others. Also this is just some of the most common styles you will come across, or at least I have. From easiest to hardest (in my opinion), here are the general styles of voice over that you hear:

 

Phone system or […]

Voice acting and creating a voice demo

By |October 21st, 2016|

Voice acting is a beautiful art. Would you like to be a General in the military? How about an evil temptress from the underworld? Of course, nothing is stopping you from also being a plucky grade-schooler with a passion for hula hooping. Get good enough and you could even be Robert Downey Jr. or Angelina Jolie if you start dubbing movies! All you need is imagination, and determination… and a voice demo.

A bit about myself before we get started.

I was a part-time broadcaster for 10 years, 5 on CBC TV and Radio (Canadian BBC kind of). A sound engineer as well during the past 9 years. A full time producer, specializing in dubbing since 2012, working with Bad Words […]