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magicden
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Hi just picked up an Axtell Skunk as I loved the look of it.I do not do vent but have been practicing but can't seem to find a voice.
What would you suggest, working on the routine first or trying to find a voice first? also any ideas on dvds that may help appreciated.
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Den:

I would suggest you spend time improvising dialogs with the puppet trying out different voices and personalities . At some point the right voice/character will emerge. You'll know it when it happens.

Bob
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Thanks for the advice, have decided to work on routine and then will try dialogue with puppet using routine so at least I have something solid to work on.
Thanks for the advice.
Just hope the voice and personality does happen!!
Den
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Den,
I second Bob's advice. The problem with working on a routine BEFORE you have developed a voice and character is that you are forcing the puppet into a role that you haven't defined. That makes it very tough to create a believable character that you will enjoy working with.

I'd suggest taking a few hours to just play with the puppet and define the background. What is his/her name? Where is she/he from? Family? Education? What does the character do when not performing? Job? Hobbies? How did you two get together? During this, try different personalities - smart alec, shy, overly confident, etc. Range the voices from falsetto to bass. See what emerges.

All of the skills of ventriloquism require practice. Time spent on this will be reflected in your performance.

Good luck,
Tom
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On 2010-03-31 03:09, magicden wrote:
Hi just picked up an Axtell Skunk as I loved the look of it.I do not do vent but have been practicing but can't seem to find a voice.
What would you suggest, working on the routine first or trying to find a voice first? also any ideas on dvds that may help appreciated.
Den


What Bob and Tom said, so I'll just shut up now.

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Find a puppet who is a really good actor
Mike "Gus" Harvatt
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It takes some time to develop a voice for a figure. What you want is something enough different from your voice that someone listening to a recording of you and your figure would be able to tell one character from the other.

The figures voice should be either higher or lower in pitch than your voice. His personality should contrast with yours as well.

One trick is for you to raise or lower your pitch from your normal speaking voice in order to increase the contrast with the figure's voice.
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Good advice from everyone. I have always imitated voices, even before I started learning vent. I think creating a voice for a figure is one of the easier parts for me.

Most of the time I can see a figure and decide fairly quickly what type of personality it will have, and then the voice for it comes fairly easy. The decision is always heavily influenced by the figures look. I think you need to have an idea of how you are going to use a figure before you purchase it. For me, the figure's look plays the biggest role in this decision also.

My advice is to decide what type of character you need, then study some figures and pick one that has a suitable look that matches your needs. Since you already picked the Axtel Skunk, you have that part finished. Look at your skunk, decide on a gender and decide what type of personality he has. You can ask yourself (or your figure) questions that may help you decide. Does he/she look happy? Sad? Lazy? Mischieveous? Etc, etc. The answers may help you develop the figure's character. Somewhere along the way a fitting name may come up. If a voice hasn't come to you by the time you have named the figure, keep playing with it, talking to it, asking it questions, etc, and an appropriate voice will most likely come to you.

Regan
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