Funny Voices in Small Padded Rooms: The Madness of Voiceover by Todd Schick

· Todd Schick
10 reviews

About this ebook

There are "how to" books on voiceover or voice acting and then, there is this singular book on the truth of the voiceover business.

Superbly narrated with extensive sound design, Todd brings over three decades of knowledge and experience in voiceover to the table. Weaving stories of the voiceover industry and its history, Todd reveals the raw truth of the business in what can only be described as an aural sculpture.

In comparison to most eBook/audiobook offerings, this book is like no other; setting precedent for sonic entertainment within the audiobook/e-book realm

With the release of this book, Todd Schick throws down the gauntlet using the power of his voice and pen. Blending sound, comedy, drama and personal experiences, it boldly reveals the genuine, honest truth everyone should hear about the modern-day voiceover industry.

This book is simply a great listen - regardless of the subject matter. Whether you're just curious about voice acting, or have been in the voiceover/voice acting business for a long time, it is without question a trendsetter well worth purchase.

From the inventor of the modern-day voice talent business model, Todd Schick brings a cast of voices from many sources and colleagues (including his dog and parrot) to this rare, entertaining and incredibly informative publication on voiceover and voice acting; the first in an on-going series.

From the Author's Introduction:

"There is no such thing as the "bible" of voiceover or voice acting; to make that claim is to sell someone a dream.

Indeed, books on voiceover or voice acting are rarely narrated by the author, much less feature sound design.

Voiceover is an aural product; spoken words born from imagination, to communicate imagination. I could not in good conscience publish a book on voiceover without recording it; doing anything less would speak to the integrity of the content and author.

In my humble opinion, it's pointless to publish any book on voiceover and/or voice acting if the customer can't hear the product. That said, if you choose to purchase the e-book version of this publication, be sure to listen to it; you'll really be missing out by simply reading text."

Author's note: If you purchase the eBook and your reader doesn't support audio playback, be sure to download a desktop/tablet app to listen to the book.

Ratings and reviews

10 reviews
Matthew Swanson
October 11, 2022
Todd was instrumental in getting me started in my voice acting career. He produced my demos, he built my first DAW and helped me set up my recording studio. Todd has a no bs approach to the voice acting industry that I find very refreshing. I’m sure many of his insights and opinions make lots of industry pros feel uncomfortable. That’s why when I saw Todd had published a book about the VO industry I didn’t hesitate to buy it. I finished it in two sittings. Great insights, and required reading.
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Jennifer Connolly
December 18, 2023
Todd dishes the straight dope on both the opportunities and obstacles of the voiceover industry. Through incredibly descriptive narration and soundscape, he transports us back to the moments that shaped his life and career. As a former broadcast producer, I found myself laughing out loud throughout this nostalgic ride. However, the humor and messaging are universal, and thus an entertaining listen for all. Whether you’re considering becoming a professional voice talent or simply want to look behind the curtain into the inner workings of the business, this is it - in all it’s unvarnished humour and glory!
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James Dooley
September 12, 2023
Funny Voices in Small Padded Rooms is a VIP pass to the inner workings of the voiceover business, written by a seasoned pro who knows what he's talking about from first-hand experience - and plenty of it! An excellent read for anyone looking to learn about voiceover, from tech setup to the state of online casting and pay-to-play sites. Todd takes you under his wing for an amusing and informative journey through the A-Zs of VO.
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About the author

There are few people in the world that have as much experience and knowledge in the world of voiceover as Todd Schick.

A pioneer and stalwart veteran of the VO industry, Todd Schick was the first to offer voiceover services on the internet in 1999. As such, he is credited with inventing the modern-day voiceover talent business model; an occupation that thousands around the world enjoy today.

A career spanning over three decades, Todd Schick has lent his voice to almost every format imaginable; thousands of radio and television commercials & promos, hundreds of television documentary programs, extensive animation work, imaging, e-learning and corporate projects. In addition to an extensive background in radio and television broadcasting, Todd is also an accomplished actor, bringing a plethora of skills to the microphone few in the industry can match.

Over the years, he has mentored many individuals on the craft of voiceover and the business, helping many realize their dreams and achieve their goals. Much of the content in this series of books leverages those experiences; "real life" subject matter that's non-existent in most voiceover related publications.

Todd was one of the first voice artists on the Internet back in the day when Yahoo! was in its infancy and generously shared a great deal of information on the subject of voiceover. As a result of his website's renowned reputation for providing relevant information on the art of voice-over, enjoys a Page #1 ranking under many search terms associated with voice talent and the VO Industry. Roundly regarded as one of the most comprehensive websites on the internet for voice talent, it boasts some 100+ pages of content related to the voiceover industry.

Today, Todd continues to run Todd Schick Productions Inc. from home, employing many voice talent to service an extensive client base. Still making those funny voices.....but now, in a larger padded room.

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