Not releasing anything big for a while. It feels weird. ~ _~
My pet peeve is when i know i should be getting lines done but dont have the energy to do it -_- wish i was not as lazy
Me: "OMGEEE I LOVE THIS SERIES AND NOW THERES A FANDUB! ehjvbhjvhevhbvkejf...Okay let's check it ou--are you serious? Did they just cast themselves as the main character? >"
and another one
-hands in lines-
Me: "Here are the lines, thanks for having me as a part of the project! "
1 Week Later
Me: "They must be busy, thats why they haven't written back "
2 Weeks Later
Me: "Ill just send an email to check up on them..."
3 Weeks Later
Me: "No plezeee wright bakk omgggggg"
4 Weeks Later
Me: "MY LIFEEEEE </3"
This one is all on me... Though I'm not sure how to fix it -sigh-
Being blessed with a naturally deep voice for a female but being unable to pull all of those deep tones out of my voice to create a clear higher pitched female. I'm not talking obnoxiously high either, just.... normally mid range high. Grr. Any advice? Shoot me a message, I could use a pick me up.
Soooooooooo... It's been around a year since I started voice acting, and I don't think I ever wrote in this topic, even though I knew well about its existence and read some of the pages on my bored days (like right now, waiting 3rd hour for teacher to finally start grading the projects... yay ._. ).
So I thought, maybe it's... TIME TO WHINE?
Yeah, you know it!
Over this time I've collected quite a few peeves. Mind you, all of them from voice actor's perspective, as I'm only casting my first project right now (<< shameless advertising, why not).
1. cast lists never posted. Many a time, there's an audition thread, people audition, get replies, even feedback. Then comes the cast posting day, producer either goes MIA or even posts something like "the cast will be up in 3-5 days" and then vanishes into thin air.
2. producers posting an audition thread and actually disappearing right then and there.
3. projects, that look really taken care for, bumped daily for loong periods of time, casted carefully, scripts sent... *PUFF!*. Disappeared. Those are really hard to avoid and very disappointing in their surprise.
4. people not responding to messages or questions. Nuff said, I don't think anyone likes that, especially if you inquire about something important.
5. projects that are actually finished, but then you look at/listen to them and are almost horrified by the unbearable quality of the finished work. It's a peeve, but I don't blame anyone here. Yeah, they failed, but I wasn't cheated and they finished what they wanted to create. This is just a thing with the amateur projects - the quality can be disappointing.
6. people not giving deadlines and then suddenly recasting without ever letting you know that happened - I found out looking at forums to see the role is being recasted and was all o.O?? . I meet deadlines alright, but if there's no deadline, I do it when I please, yes? Unless someone decides they need it sooner and ask me for the files with a deadline. It all goes back to deadlines.
7. peeve, nothing too frustrating. I don't like huge audition deadlines. A month okay, but two? Three? Unknown? I forget I ever auditioned for that! Not to mention those projects tend to disappear.
8. perpetually prolonging the deadlines. If a deadline set is reasonable, stick to it. If you don't find the voice you needed between the auditions you got, let them know you need to look further and either let people reaudition (cause they know already they didn't do well enough or let them move on). Cast those characters you found actors for and wait for the rest. Keeping people in such long hiatus isn't nice. I personally hate it, I'm not patient enough.
9. One of the worst - projects disappearing AFTER people have sent their lines in.
10. producers that cast a project, request the lines and then don't release the project *yet* as they came up with another idea they go cast, but they still promise to go back to the first one, but do audition and send lines for the new one, yes? Brr.
11. Terribly formatted audition threads I can't read. People need to learn to remember that this forum has TWO STYLES! Dark and bright! Your dark blue spills are ILLEGIBLE on the default style. I also hate too bright, jarring colors like pure Magenta surrounded by grassy green with a bit of fiery orange and blue for digits. Have mercy on my eyes.
12. original projects that ask for anime characters impersonations. It's one thing to say "I'd like something more or less in the style of >insert the character they like<" and it's another to say "Do an impersonation of Sasuke from Naruto."
13. if you want to scout, do it with an agenda - tell which character you'd see me fit for, ask personally for audition (don't copy paste it from other profile/private message; you're asking for my time, so spare some of yours).
WHAT I'VE LEARNT/HOW DID THIS YEAR CHANGE ME AS A VA
1. I stopped auditioning for fandubs as a whole. I'm sorry, I realize many a fandub is really well done (I've seen some great clips), reliable and a great way to have fun. But majority of projects I ever watched/auditioned for fell off the face of the Earth. I find original works are much more reliable.
2. I barely ever audition for audio projects too. I got to the visual section and check for the art samples. Why? Because if the art is good, then I trust in the quality delivered and time the producer actually puts in the project. Audio projects are a ton easier to make (visuals are all that PLUS visual) and while some are truly great, many are done in a spur of a moment 'Hey, I'll have this voiced!'. Where voice actors do the most work and producer just lazily sticks things together or forgets about the project as a whole.
3. If the thread looks crappy, I avoid it. Formatting is theoretically a detail, but to me, it speaks a lot about the way the person works and cares about their work and about making it look good.
There. I whined :3 Hope nobody feels offended, not my intention.
Viridiane, I think you've summarized 90% of all the posts that ever came in here.
I know this is whining about a professional dub but the English version of Ayashi no Ceres (or Ceres: Celestial Legend) makes me want to go up to Blue Water and scream "YOU'RE DOING IT WRONG". I know the dub wasn't produced during the Golden Era of English Dubbing but still . . . it's an incredibly painful listen (perhaps even more so than 4kids One Piece) and it makes me want to do a complete do-over of my favorite shojo series.
And then of course the realization that I don't have the ability or software or time to do a do-over of even a clip, much less an episode or the whole series, makes me immensely frustrated.
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