JIM CONLAN is a copywriter, director, producer, and popular voice-over talent. He lives in Houston, Texas.
NEWS FROM THE STUDIO
JANUARY 15 EIGHT-WEEK WORKSHOP IS FULL.
Thanks to everyone who signed up for the next 8-week voice-over workshop. Enrollment is now closed, but I will start another workshop no later than April.
NOW AUDIBLE APPROVED
Audible.com has notified me that I am now "Audible Approved." That means I enjoy special status as an audio-book narrator at Audible.com. Thanks to all my audio-book authors and publishers for helping to make this possible.
WHAT KIND OF DEMO DO YOU NEED?
It's easy to think that making a demo is as simple as getting some scripts together, going to a studio, recording, and having the studio put the results together. The truth is, your demo has to be carefully thought through.
First, what kind of voice-over work do you do well? Not what you'd like to do, but what you know you can nail? Stick to samples of that work on your demo.
Second, if you're including work you've been hired to do, choose only those projects that really showcase your talent. That means they should be worth listening to.
Third, if you're recording new material, choose well-written scripts. No sense handicapping yourself with bad material.
Fourth, insist on outstanding production. Choice of music and sound effects is as important as choice of material. You'll be competing with established pro's.
RECENT AUDIO BOOK PROJECTS
From Audible Editors Reviews:
"Narrator James Conlan's earnest performance will remind listeners of a well-traveled and loquacious friend with a thirst for adventure. Conlan imbues Antonson's story of his month-long trek to get a haircut in the elusive African city of Timbuktu with an intrepid spirit." TO TIMBUKTU FOR A HAIRCUT
"James Conlan brings a crisp intensity to the book’s battle sequences and pronounces the many German and French words with pleasing fluency." TERRIBLE VICTORY
Recent projects include fiction and non-fiction - past, present, and future. Click on any title for more information.
Soul Forge: A First Civilization's Legacy Novel, Book 3, by Terry W. Ervin II
In a desperate attempt to save her daughter's life, Supreme Enchantress Thulease recruits Mercenary Flank Hawk to accompany her across hostile lands seeking a cure. The mercenary and enchantress, and their stalwart company, must survive brutal beasts and ruthless nomads roaming the Southern Continent's harsh desert. Then, the untamed wilds of the Northern Mountains must be traversed in a final bid to reach their ultimate goal-the Soul Forge. Even if Flank Hawk and Thulease reach the mythical forge in time, can its magic revive the ailing young enchantress, the one whose life is somehow tied to the Kingdom of Keesee's ultimate fate?
Crustaceans, by Willaim Meikle
A cast of giant crabs, evolved over centuries, descends on a small coastal town and, having feasted, make their way to the city using the sewer system. Soon they are swarming around Manhattan, hunted and harried by a SWAT team tasked with ridding the city of the menace...before the menace gets big enough to rid itself of the city.
Relic Tech: The Crax War Chronicles, by Terry W. Ervin II. In the not-so-distant future Krakista Keesay is a smart, tough security guard with a thing about a much simpler past. He finds himself accused of crimes far beyond his capabilities by a corporate menace with deep pockets. His only option: allow his brain to be hooked up to an experimental device that will prove his innocence. One problem: it will probably destroy his mind.
Best of Rivals: Joe Montana, Steve Young, and the Inside Story Behind the NFL's Greatest Quarterback Controversy, by Adam Lazarus. Everything you wanted to know about why Joe Montana lasted so long with the 49ers, and why Steve Young waited so patiently in the wings.
The Valley, by William Meikle. Imagine "Cowboys in 'Land of the Lost,'" and you'll get some idea of this thriller. A very odd story, enhanced by distinct and memorable characters.
Island Life, by William Meikle. Ancient monsters emerge from an archaeological dig on a remote island in the Hebrides.
To Timbuktu for a Haircut: A Journey through West Africa, by Rick Antonson. A travel writer takes an extended break from travel writing by... travelling. This is a very personal, often very funny account of a man's discovery of the amazing people of West Africa.
ALL TITLES AVAILABLE ON AUDIBLE.COM
“One of the best voice-over directors in the business.”
RADIO WORKS -Funny radio commercials with serious results for local, regional and national advertisers
SOUND WORKS - Professional recording, mixing, and ADR services
PASTORINI - BOSBY TALENT, HOUSTON - Representing the finest local and regional actors, announcers, and models
LONE STAR ACTORS STUDIO - Professional training for actors - on-camera, off-camera, and on-stage
LEISURE LEARNING UNLIMITED - Unlock your potential through scores of adult classes
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