We had the good fortune of connecting with Andre´ Vernot and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Andre´, do you disagree with some advice that is more or less universally accepted?
When you’re growing up, your parents, teachers, caretakers, etc. will always tell you, “Don’t talk to strangers”. Wonderful advice when given to children and minors. TERRIBLE advice for adults attempting to achieve high caliber goals. Upon moving to LA, I pushed myself to talk to three strangers a day – while being safe and smart about it – and make at least one meaningful connection on a personal level with someone. Once that was finished, then I could go home for the day. Not only did that boost my self confidence in making friends and meeting people, it also pushed me out of my comfort zone a little each day, extending what I was capable of accomplishing on a daily basis. That was how I managed to meet other people in the entertainment business and begin cultivating relationships to build my presence in the Voiceover community. You never know who you might be striking a conversation with at the grocery store in this city. It could be somebody with the connections and inside info to help jump-start your business ahead of others in your field.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a voiceover actor. The way we primarily work is as a freelance voice talent for hire. Much like on-camera actors, we are not typically “employed” by anyone. We work for ourselves independent of one another. I am a business owner, first and foremost. I sell a service. That service is providing voiceovers for clients, be it corporate narration, e-learning, commercial, or character voices for entertainment media; such as animation. The hardest part for me was learning to discipline myself to do the daily work at home to improve my work. It can be a grind, when you’re working on the marketing and technical aspects of the business, such as creating a website, and building your home recording studio. The necessary expenses to effectively run this business include (but are not limited to) vocal booths, microphones, high-ram computers, audio interfaces, editing softwares, voiceover classes, and demo reels. I am currently training with my coach on multiple genres of voiceover acting, but my specialty would have to be in character VO. My biggest goal is to work regularly in the animation industry in all kinds of cartoons. I love cartoons more than anything. Ever since I was eight years old, I’ve had this dream of being a voice actor in shows like SpongeBob Squarepants and Avatar: The Last Airbender. I want to be just like the actors I look up to i.e. Tom Kenny, Eric Bauza, Bob Bergen, etc. I still have a long road ahead of me, as I’m really just getting my feet wet here. The role I take the most pride in so far in my career is having the pleasure of doing official voice matching work as a sound-alike for the character of Ice Bear for the Cartoon Network series, “We Bare Bears”.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I reside in Burbank, just North of Hollywood, so I would take my tourist friends mainly to spots in “The Valley”. We would visit the Glendale Galleria, go hiking at Griffith Park, check out the Getty Museum, go window shopping in Magnolia Park, visit Universal Studios Hollywood, hit up Six Flags Magic Mountain, and most likely take a day at the beach near the Santa Monica Pier. For the best Thai food experience in the area, check out Gala Thai.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I read out loud at least fifteen minutes a day (both for knowledge and to practice cold reading skills). My favorite book to read is “How to win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie. It has taught me much of what I know when it comes to networking!
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