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Thursday, October 8th, 2009

Subject:I EMBLOGGENATED....
Time:5:06 pm.
Posted a blog about technology and social media on my new site.  Check it out HERE. 
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Monday, October 5th, 2009

Subject:NEW SHINY WEBSITE.....
Time:12:15 am.

Major kudos to Marc Swint, the illustrious “Engineer” on The Big Bald Broadcast internet radio show (of which I am a cohost along with my longtime partner in crime, Otherworld Steve) for launching a mostly complete www.kylehebert.com.   Marc spent a lot of hours, and while there are still some tweaks you’ll see here and there over time, I’m super thrilled to see this up and am extremely grateful for all his hard work. Steve would have done it himself, as he’s always been my web guy but he is busy putting together his band’s new website for Perimeter of the Void (which you can check out at www.eberecords.com and snag their album, “Dust”, for free!).

As I have a shiny new site, I am hoping to do more blogging. While I have a strong presence on Facebook and Twitter, I’ll be phasing out MySpace and LJ slowly (though LJ will still get my Tweet summaries). 

Like in the past, I’ll be plugging new projects and appearances, but also my new private voice acting consultation service, which is aimed at beginners who are looking for feedback and guidance from an experienced professional. I’d predict you might even see randomness as well, letting you peer into the path I travel down in this wacky world of voice over.

Lemme know what you guys think of the new site. 

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Thursday, September 17th, 2009

Subject:PRIVATE VA CONSULTATION TESTIMONIALS....
Time:8:11 pm.
Its always important for people offering classes, workshops, or private sessions to help build confidence for prospective clients by providing actual testimonials from previous clients. There are a lot of shady people promising the world and in the end they just want your money. I can only plug my own legitimacy so much. I think it means more coming from those who have now worked with me. I copy/pasted their emails, unedited. The only prompting I asked for was an honest evaluation of my sessions.....

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I've been interested in voice acting for over a year now, my first real introduction to the way the industry worked was from a small workshop at Mikomicon 2008- which was lead by Kyle. As soon as I found out he was offering private sessions at an affordable price, I had to sign up right away! After taking Voice Acting lessons from Kyle Hebert, I've gained a great deal of knowledge and insight. He was charming and polite but more importantly - HONEST and helpful. He will let you know when something just doesn't work and then give you helpful advice to help you improve.

There's no pressure to continue with the lessons, but I've already decided to schedule another one- I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS for anyone who is interested in Voice Acting. I was kind of stuck in a middle spot where I wasn't a complete beginner, but I also wasn't ready for the big leagues (and big money voice coaches!)- This was just what I needed. I've now been given the opportunity to meet with a professional studio- this chance has nothing to do with these lessons, but Kyle Hebert's advice has definitely helped me prepare for it and know what to expect!
-Anthony Cara / Los Angeles, CA



The consultation with Kyle was invaluable. Not only did I learn about the essential steps needed to break into voiceover, but I learned exactly where the industry is right now and in what direction it's heading. Kyle is not only a seasoned professional voice actor, but he's honest and frank: you can expect a professional evaluation of your vocal range, where you need to be in sustaining a believable performance, and what you need to do to achieve that. Kyle worked with me on analyzing the script to gage what the client wants from my delivery. He had me adjust my performance in keeping with the clients' needs and/or the director's expectations. He worked with me intensively on several commercial scripts, both cold reading and prepared scripts. I learned what the trends in commercial voiceover are right now and just as importantly, what directors and clients are NOT looking for in a performance.

One thing that really sticks out in my mind is that Kyle went out of his way to help me get off the ground by googling acting and improv workshops that are offered in my town--there aren't any, but from this there's no doubt that Kyle wants you to succeed in breaking in and breaking even. So whether you live in No Voice-land, USA where there are no classes whatsoever or LA where you've taken workshops and classes by the fistful, take a session with Kyle. Your career and your wallet will thank you that you did.
-Melanie Quintos / Gainesville, FL



I live outside of the area where I can get work for right now, but my first time in front of a microphone inspired me to want to become part of the voice over industry, over the past few years I've always asked advice of Kyle on what I should do to properly learn what I need to do to work up to it.
I took a few acting classes, but I've always wanted Kyle to teach us what he knows, because just asking his advice always helped me. I like to read for things,but there never seemed to be anyone who could listen to my work and give me an honest, professional opinion. So I jumped at working with Kyle when he began this and was in fact his very first student I guess you could say, listening to his opinion and just reading for him so I could find out where I'm at in learning this meant a lot to me.

He's not someone who will ever promise you things he can't deliver on. In fact asking him when should I put together a demo, he honestly said "you are not ready yet." and I honor that. I know that I won't do anything until I know and feel that I am absolutely ready to do so. If any of you out there are questioning doing this, please book something with him and do it, you'll enjoy hearing his honest opinion, I know I did! as soon as I'm able to afford doing it again, I absolutely will!
--CJ Marie, Fargo, ND


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The cost is $75 for an hour. The session is held online via Skype, so you can be anywhere in the world to get a professional critique of your demos and cold reading skills with various script workouts. This is specifically for beginners or those who want to see what voice acting is like. There is no specific structure. The session is very laid back and questions are encouraged. In the future there will be discount specials, coupon codes, a referral program and more. If this sounds like something you'd be interested in, shoot me an email.....

kylevox@gmail.com
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Friday, September 11th, 2009

Subject:NARUTO ON DISNEY XD, NAN DESU KAN, AND PRIVATE VA CONSULTATION....
Time:12:52 am.
Fans have been antsy to see the sequel series, "Naruto:  Shippuden".  We began dubbing it last December and Viz finally announced a broadcast outlet:  Disney XD.  As of now, you can nab the first set of dubbed episodes off of iTunes (first episode is free) and the first uncut DVDs hit THIS month.  <p>

This Saturday and Sunday I'll be a return guest at one of the country's best run conventions, Nan Desu Kan.  I absolutely LOVE Denver and can't wait to hang with the fans and fellow guests again!<p>

Lastly, I'm happy to report a successful launch of my new service aimed at beginner level voice acting and demos:  private consultation.  My early bird sign up slots went within a matter of days.  If you've ever wanted a professional critique of your commercial or animation script reading skills, an evaluation of your strengths and weaknesses, advice, answers, and script workouts, this may be right up your alley.<p>

The cost is $75 for an hour, payable via Paypal with sessions occuring via the online voice chat program, Skype.  You'll get open and honest opinions, based on my decade plus experience in radio and voice over.  This isn't some fast track into the industry scam with empty promises of work, agents, and casting contacts.  The focus is 100 percent feedback driven, one on one, at half the cost of other private voice acting coaching sessions.  If you're interested, email me at kylevox@gmail.com. 
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Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

Subject:WHETHER YA DO A PRIVATE VA EVALUATION SESSION WITH ME OR NOT, HERE'S SOME SCRIPT SAMPLE RESOURCES...
Time:7:41 pm.
Now that I've got some folks signed up for my Skype one-on-one voice acting evaluations, I'm getting requests for resources to find audition scripts. As I had advised, Google offers plenty of options, so to all aspiring VAs, whether you do script workouts with me or not......feel free to bookmark these sites:

http://www.timpowell.tv/scripts.html

http://specbank.com

http://www.edgestudio.com/scripts.htm


Youtube (THOUSANDS of radio and TV ads are here for you to transcribe the dialog and practice giving your own spin)

Magazines (endless ads for products and services that many times you can read verbatim and create your own radio/tv spot).

Books, blogs, etc (read aloud.....the goal is to practice, practice, practice)


SORRY FOR THE SHAMELESS PLUG......
If you want me to give you a professional opinion of your performance reading from these resources, please consider taking a one hour private session with me via Skype. Its $75 but if you hurry, I have a slot or two left at the early bird rate of $50. (payment due in full via Paypal only to secure a time)

This is WAY cheaper than others are charging, but then again others also have different areas of focus. These sessions aren't an "in" to the industry. This is not some scam with outlandish unrealistic promises. Its meant to give you a clearer understanding of the field via one-on-one consultation with a working pro with years of experience in radio, video games, animation, audio books, etc. We'll do script workouts, I'll evaluate your demos, and help give you some guidance. This is meant for those who are serious and passionate about giving voice over a try.
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Monday, August 31st, 2009

Subject:NOW ACCEPTING SIGN UPs FOR PRIVATE VOICE ACTING CONSULTATION SESSIONS VIA SKYPE....
Time:10:34 am.
So you're interested in becoming a voice actor. You've taken some theater in school or gotten some acting experience under your belt. You've cobbled together a first attempt at a demo, or are on the verge of making one. Now you're looking to get a professional opinion and are seeking some helpful direction and advice. I'm happy to announce a new service aimed at entry level voice actors.

Starting today, you can sign up for a private one-on-one hour long session with me via Skype (free voice/video chat program at www.skype.com). I will critique and deconstruct your commercial and/or animation demo. Even if you don't have a demo, you can still get a professional opinion on your performance as you read through sample scripts. I've worked in radio, commercials, audio books, video games, and animation for over a decade collectively. Given my experience in the field, I will give you an honest evaluation and help you focus on your signature strengths.

IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER:
-If you've got a speech impediment or thick regional accent, this is not for you. You'll need a speech therapist or dialect coach.

-If you do a great impression of "insert character name here", this is not for you. Impressions are just imitations...not acting. If you have a demo littered with Family Guy, etc, you will NOT get work. All those roles are cast. Impressions say nothing about your acting ability. You'll need to create and sustain a believable performance. While sound-a-likes and voice matching are a viable form of voice work, that is not the focus of my private sessions.

-If you think I am offering a quick "in" to the industry, this is not for you. There is absolutely no guarantee of work, signing with an agent, etc no matter who you study with. I am not casting projects, on a talent search, or in the business of demo production. There are many others with various areas of expertise in voice over. I will be happy to assist in recommending other resources depending on your desire or focus, as part of your evaluation and guidance.

SO HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
My base price per hour session is $75. This is roughly half the average cost of a private session in voice over training. HOWEVER, if you are one of the first five to sign up, you'll get a promotional price of $50 (good for a follow up session at the same rate). Payment is expected in advance via Paypal.    Cancellations or rescheduling will be dealt with on an individual basis. There is no high pressure to buy multiple sessions, nor a minimum amount expected. No strings attached. Seriously.

WHAT WILL I NEED FOR OUR SKYPE SESSION?
Its preferable if you already have some recorded samples of commercials or animation scripts. Even if you don't have some form of demo already, I am requesting you to do a little homework in advance. Google search for sample scripts or transcribe some radio/tv commercials (even read off a magazine ad) and have these either linkable for our session or email in advance. I will have some audition scripts on hand as well.   Its also essential for you to hear how a demo should sound. I find the best resource to hear commercial and animation demos is Voicebank.net. Please take the time to click thru a half dozen or so demos before our session. Obviously search within your gender and see if you can find a similar age range/sound.

OK....THIS SOUNDS COOL, WHAT DO I DO NOW?
Email me with further questions or if you're ready to sign up and schedule a session: kylevox@gmail.com
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Friday, August 28th, 2009

Subject:TRYING SOMETHING OUT...PRIVATE VAing CONSULTATION
Time:3:07 am.
You've probably heard many a voice actor tell you what it takes to get into the industry.  Acting experience, living where the work is, networking, a great demo, and classes, classes, classes!

I've listened to many a fan's demo, but I'm proposing taking things to the next level.....

Well, I can't offer classes, as I have no classroom and I lack the experience of many of my peers in the industry.  However, I CAN offer a virtual classroom of sorts with private voice acting consultation.

WHAT IT IS...
Scheduled hour long sessions online via Skype (free voice chat software at www.skype.com), working one on one with people serious about having their acting and demos critiqued.  This is meant as educational and individualized advice on performance that will help you down the road as you get closer to producing a professional demo. 

WHAT ITS NOT....
Beware of snake oil salesman, promising you the world if you sign up.  I'm not promising you work.  I'm not promising you a killer demo (I don't do demo production).  I don't promise you'll sign with a top talent agent.  None of this is guaranteed no matter who you study with. 

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST AND WHEN CAN I SIGN UP?
I will begin accepting sign ups on Monday, August 31.  I will be offering an introductory flat rate of $50 per hour for the first 5 people to sign up.  Those five people will also lock in a $50 rate for their second session as well.  For everyone else, the rate is $75 per hour.  Payment is via Paypal and expected before your individual Skype session.  Cancellation or rescheduling will be dealt with on an individual basis.

WHAT YOU'LL NEED FOR YOUR PRIVATE SESSION:
Preferably, have some recorded samples of commercial and/or character demos.  At the very least, come prepared with  sample scripts  of commercial and character variety that you can email or link me to.  Google for sample commercial scripts or copy down radio/tv ads that you'd like to try, even verbatim out of a magazine if need be.  We'll cater what you read for based on your vocal and acting strengths.  Before your session, listen to various VA demos.  I suggest Voicebank.net.  Listen to commercial and animation demos.  You'll see what kind of things to read for. 

You'll have my undivided attention for one hour.  This is not designed for "hey, could you do such and such voice?".......I do that for free via Stickam and at cons.  This is for folks who want a serious evaluation and some script/acting workouts.   I can probably dig up some old videogame audition scripts to see how ya fare as well. 

ANY MORE QUESTIONS?
kylevox@gmail.com

Remember:  no sign ups til Monday!
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Thursday, August 27th, 2009

Subject:IS THIS THING ON...........?
Time:8:54 pm.
Do people even really use Livejournal anymore?  Granted my entries tend to be limted to the Twitter summaries, but wow......seems like a wasteland. 
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Thursday, August 13th, 2009

Subject:HEADED TO SAN ANTONIO.......
Time:10:30 pm.
........not to see the Alamo (and yeah, it really IS that small......like Edward Elric).

I'm making my first appearance at San Japan

Friday night I'll be hamming it up with some of the other voice actor guests with the "Anime Radio" panel.  That's where we perform unrehearsed authentic old time radio scripts, with improvisation thrown in. 

Saturday, myself and the lovely and awesome, Wendy Powell, will be holding mock Naruto auditions in the "Anime Auditions:  The Process" panel.  We'll demonstrate what an actual tryout is like and give critiques afterward of multiple volunteers from the audience.

Saturday night is the debut of my solo MST3K-style commentary track for "Dragonball:  Evolution".  I'm calling it "Dragonbald" for now.  Don't mean to be a party pooper but no video or audio taping will be allowed, at least for now.  I've spent a lot of time writing it and don't want all the jokes blown online, since I intend to do this at some future cons.
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Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

Time:7:39 pm.
Uploaded some more pix to my Flickr. Had some fun with iphone apps, mwahahaha.......
Zombie Daughter
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