VO Boss’ first-ever quadcast with the hosts of the Let’s Talk Voiceover Podcast, Brian Talbot and Randy Ryan. Anne and Gabby enjoy chatting with their male counterparts about their backgrounds, how they started their podcast, their insights into the current voiceover climate and even their experience with Xzibit and Pimp My Ride!
Quick Concepts from Today’s Episode:
Remember the 80/20 rule
Creative people can have a hard time selling themselves
Price should be the last thing you negotiate with
Don’t let technology drive your decision making
There is no such thing as exposure. There’s a one in a million chance you’ll get “discovered.”
Referenced in this Episode
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Anne: Welcome, everybody, to the VO quadcast. Today we have some very special guests with us, and I am super excited to, of course, welcome in my BFF bestie, bostie, Gabby Nistico.
Gabby: [laughs] Hi, Anne.
Anne: Hey, Gabby. [laughs]
Gabby: We got two dudes with us today.
Anne: We do!
Gabby: We got some company. [laughs]
Brian: Oh, it’s hot.
Anne: We have with us today hosts from the podcast “let’s talk voiceover,” Brian Talbot and Randy Ryan.
Randy: Hi Anne, hi Gabby!
Brian: Thanks for having us, this is great. It’s funny because no one’s ever been interested in having us on a show before, so we are a little lost here. We have to beg, plead and send a $100 bill to get guests.
Gabby: Well, I mean, I’ll still take the $100.
Anne: Yeah, we’ll take, yeah, absolutely. So I want to just say first of all, thank you, guys, for being a part of this amazing, I’m going to say, first-ever quadcast. We are altogether on ipDTL. This allows us to come together from all different areas, myself from California, Gabby from North Carolina, and where are you guys from?
Brian: I am from Nashville, currently. That is destined to change.
Randy: And I am in Austin.
Anne: Gabby and I are so honored to get to know you guys. Tell us a little bit about — you have been in the industry for a long time and known each other for a very long time, hence your podcast, I’m assuming. So tell us a little bit about each of you and your reason for being in voiceover.
Brian: Well, I started coaching Orson Welles back in the 1930’s.
Brian: I actually got involved in it from a long, long time ago. High school theater major, college theater, then you know switched to broadcasting because I really wanted to get paid. How stupid was that?
Brian: Right? I’m not going to work in theater, I’m going to get paid by working in radio. Really!
Randy: There’s no pay in radio.
Brian: There’s no – no, there’s no pay. So umm but I had the fortune, the good fortune of being out in L.A. in the late, mid, mid-late 80’s and ran into this funny little man called Marc Graue. And Marc is not only voiceover royalty and — he actually grew up in Hollywood. I worked at one of his — I think it was actually his first Marc Graue recording studio in Hollywood. And just absolutely fell in love with it, started from there, started doing voices, goofy voices, because when you hang around with Marc Graue long enough, you just start doing goofy voices. Um and, and did that stuff and then moved all around the country, moved to New York, and then moved back to Indianapolis at one point for family reasons and met this goofball, long-hair musician freak named Randy. And umm he has been trying to shake me ever since. I keep sticking by. We’ve been friends for almost 25 years now.
Randy: I keep moving, and you keep finding me.
Brian: I actually moved back out to L.A. back in the early 2000’s, and Randy moved to Austin, so what did I do? I left L.A. and I went to Austin just to, you know.
Gabby: Anne kept stalking me. She wouldn’t leave me alone, and then she was like, “please do this podcast,” and I’m like, “dammit woman, where do you keep coming from? Go away.”
Anne: I did. I kept popping up.
Gabby: I just agreed finally. It was easier.
Brian: Thank God for Google.
Randy: I hit this a lot differently than Brian did because I’ve been asked to be a voice actor a lot, and I’ve always steadfastly refused to because, well, I believe you should know how to be able to act. And that’s never been part of my background.
[Anne and Gabby laugh]
Randy: Just saying, I think it’s kind of an essential element that a lot of people skip. I’m a musician. I got into voiceover really as cash flow because when I, when I started this company that is now called Hamster Ball, we were doing advertising. We were doing advertising music, and the market was heavily saturated with people that were already there, so we started – I started doing voiceover, outsourcing everything, going “well, you know, it runs some cash through the till. And if people start using us for VO, then maybe they’ll start using us for music.” And so along the way I started realizing I’m listening to other directors and going, “I think I can do that, and why am I paying them?” And actually Brian was the one who really encouraged me. It’s like “dude, you can do this.” So that’s essentially over a long period of time what I started doing. We now do way more VO casting and directing than we do music. We still do some music, but it has really kind of become a VO thing. So I kind of came at it from a different spot than where, you know, you guys did.
Brian: And I like to encourage people. I go, “oh yeah, you can do this, you can do this, sure.” No problem.
Randy: I think it was working with exhibit where he was like, “dude, you can take the next one.” That was it.
Gabby: I have to ask because you know it was part of your bios. Please tell us about the “Pimp my Ride” exhibit story. So yeah, please enlighten us.
Brian: I’m out in L.A. at this point, right, and Randy and I had worked together directing all the poker pros for “World Series of Poker.” We had a good time, and we spent Easter weekend in Las Vegas trying to get 30 poker pros to say something, because you know, if you ever watch the poker pros, they wear the dark glasses. They don’t say anything, they just kind of sit there. I’m like, “well, here’s your line.” “I don’t say anything.” “Ok, great. This is a videogame. Can we pretend?” “No, I don’t pretend.” OK, fine.
Randy: But you did get Jennifer Tilly to say, “I want you all in.”
Brian: Well, ok, you know, really we had to go there, we had to bring that.
Gabby: Jennifer Tilly’s said worse though.
Brian: Normally not in a videogame.
Randy: I don’t know if that line actually made it in the game.
Brian: So we had done that, and, and we got some pretty good accolades for being able to help Activision out with that one. They started doing a bunch of IP property. And we did a bunch of fun ones. We did “Dancing with the Stars,” flew out to Orange County, New York and did the “American Chopper” guys.
Randy: Oh, that’s right.
Brian: They’re very much like they are on camera. It’s not really an act. A game comes a