J.P Karliak, Founder of QueerVox joined the VO Peeps in June for a special Pride workout to give us an insider insight into the landscape of casting for LGBTQ+ voices in video games and animation. Voiceover actor, writer, and snappy dresser, JP is the voice of Boss Baby in The Boss Baby: Back in Business and Dante Crescendo in Trollstopia. He has played such iconic characters as Wile E. Coyote, the Tin Man, Willy Wonka, and a slew of Marvel heroes and villains including Loki, the Vision, Hawkeye, Wiccan, and even Black Cat.
JP told us about how to break into animation and video games, from LA or your home studio. JP also highlighted how celebrity voices increase opportunities for the average voice actor by providing big-budget movies that often have spin-offs. JP also covered how to land an agent
and what to include in our demos when submitting.
Words of Wisdom
Anything on a demo should have an entire emotional arc. Take the listener on a journey - JP The best way to get into an agent is a referral. Be active in the community - JP Celebrities may take the roles in a movie, but they likely won’t do a spin-off. That’s where we come in with a voice match - JP There’s such a glut of animated content right there, that there is room for the celebrities - JP
When auditioning, imagine individual lines as individual scenes. Give each line its own sense of place - JP
Make sure you look up the tone of the show when you are auditioning to make sure the character fits - JP
What Peeps are Saying ...
"It was wonderful getting the opportunity to work with JP Karliak. He brought a wealth of industry knowledge. There was plenty of time for Q&A, yet there was still ample room to receive feedback and work with copy. Kudos to VO Peeps for hosting a queer-themed voiceover event. I'll definitely be keeping an eye on the calendar and looking at what other events pop up." - Boone Williams
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Sign up now for our Monthly Series: Improv Games with Dianna Conley on Wednesday, July 21st, from 5:30 - 7 pm PT!
Do you want to improve your character auditions? Yes, AND improv is one of the best ways to do that! Adding in your own personal flair to character auditions helps you stand out and get put in the callback pile. Come find out the basics of improv or flex your improv skills with Dianna Conley! Join us for a night of improv games that will help bring ingenuity and creativity to your reads. Mastering the art of Improv will help you stand out from the competition! Learn how to think on your feet and join us for a night of laughs and learning.
Dianna Conley is a Professional Voice Actor and Improv Artist in Orange County, CA. Dianna performs in improv troupes in both the OC, and Detroit, MI.
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