As the year winds down, it’s always a good time to reflect on the year that has past so we can look forward to the new year ahead.
I’m grateful to have had some ‘happy-fun’ times and exciting projects this past year and I owe these happy-fun times to some great people who work within the VO business. I’d like to talk about one of those amazing folks that helped me out this past year.
Ladies and Gentlemen…introducing Mr. Chuck Duran!
Chuck Duran is the head of World Digital Studio in Los Angeles and is one of the most sought-after voiceover demo producers in the business. Chuck’s custom produced demos ROCK! Chuck has years of professional experience and an extensive musical background – (check out his band ROCK SUGAR, too!). Thanks to Chuck’s musical background, he has a great ear to know how to create unique, amazing sounding demos.
At the beginning of this past year, I contacted Chuck asking him if he would produce my new commercial and promo demo reels. Chuck is located in Los Angeles and here I am on the east coast. How is this going to work??? Ah, technology! Thanks to Skype, Chuck and I had our first meeting and told him what I was looking for. Chuck not only listened to what I wanted/needed, but he went above and beyond to figure out who I am and what would be “the best way to showcase my unique sound and style” (his words).
Chuck took the time to create a custom-made plan for me and my sound. The process – I was in my home studio recording while Chuck directed me via Skype from his home studio in Los Angeles. After our session, I sent him Chuck my clean voice tracks. Then, I stepped back and let Chuck work his magic to…yeah…make my demos ROCK! When Chuck sent me my new, finished commercial and promo demo reels, the first time I heard them I thought…”wait, THAT’S ME?!?!? I SOUND LIKE THAT?!?!?” I told Chuck he made me sound “amazing”. Chuck said he didn’t do anything to my voice to make me sound “amazing” – he just knows how to put all the audio pieces together to literally make beautiful sounding music that I always had in me! Chuck even helped me discover a voice I had in me that I never really used in the past…my ‘Drama/Rom-Com’ voice! Yeah, I know! I was as shocked, too! Thanks to Chuck finding that voice in me, I was able to book some work this past year using my ‘Rom-Com’ voice! Go figure! By helping me improve what I could already do while redefining my unique sound with doing things I never knew I could do, Chuck helped me start booking work again!
If you’re looking for the BEST, please check out Chuck’s work on his website…
Here are my voiceover demos produced by Mr. Chuck Duran…
And you have to give props to those in this business who pay it forward. Chuck – along with his wife Stacey J. Aswad – host and produce one of the best and coolest voiceover actor shows on the web, VO BUZZ WEEKLY….
VO BUZZ WEEKLY is THE web show that gets YOU up close and personal with all the top voice actors from your favorite cartoons, animated films, TV promos, movie trailers, video games and commercials as well as voice over agents, directors, marketing gurus and others. Every episode is full of useful voice over tips, inspiring personal stories and insights to help you succeed in the booming Voice Over industry, and in life.
And CONGRATULATIONS to VO BUZZ WEEKLY on their 100th show!!!
Plug-in and start getting BUZZed! Check out their website and subscribe to their weekly shows right here…
Thanks Chuck and Stacey! Keep those demos rocking and the VO buzz ‘buzzing!’