Erik Sheppard’s presentation at VOICE 2012 was funny but true.

Taboo: The Shocking truths of voiceover. 
  • Not everything is conversational. This read is still used a lot, but
    trending back to bigger announcer reads in certain cases.   
  • You don’t have to live in Los Angeles to make it in animation, but it
    helps.  LA has a bit of a different culture in that there’s a lot of face
    time required to network and be seen for a read. 
  • True or false: only newbies use pay to play sites? False
Big time auditions do pop up! Some pros pay people to monitor their sites
for bigger auditions. 
  • ISDN is not dead, despite what’s been predicted for the last 5 years, and is still the gold standard, and is still widely used. A lot
    has been invested in this reliable service.  Internet (voip) services have not
    been stable or consistent enough at this point will not replace ISDN
  • There is no such thing as “audition quality”. Every audition should sound
    as if it is the final product. 
  • Can you just easily use Source Connect and bridge to ISDN? False. Note: You will end up paying dearly for bridge sessions. 
Additional note: Erik had the room laughing throughout, and I do believe he
was channeling Robin Williams.