Interview with Mathieu Barrabes, professional French voice actor

Posted by Léa Rousseau on Oct 23, 2020 12:04:41 PM

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"I play with my tongue, teeth and cheeks to find the right posture for my mouth": French voice actor Mathieu Barrabès told us a bit more about his career and technique. 

When did you decide to start your voice career?

I made the decision right after my trip to Japan in 2009.  Living, breathing and rocking in Greater Tokyo was surrealistic. It was such a beautiful experience to live in another country: the people, the culture... and the live houses! I understood that everything was possible and that I could realise my dreams.
 
I already had drama qualifications, and was already interested in dubbing, but it wasn't enough! After practicing a lot during different workshops (Online Coaching Voix-Off by Lorenzo Pancino, then in professional studios with Arnaud Clergue), I started my voice career in 2012. But I have never stoped learning since then! The last dubbing workshop I did was with Mathieu Richer in 2015.
 
 
What qualities are important to succeed in this industry?
It has been really hard for me to become a professional voice actor. Talent and training isn't enough to succeed; you need to learn how to solicit producers and voice directors by yourself. I started by contacting advertising agencies and local radio stations to get the necessary experience so I could offer my talents to bigger projects.
 
I also reckon that acting, playing and performing music are some of the most important things to succeed in a voice acting career. Expressing feelings and emotions and developing an artistic side is key, as we are asked to deliver different emotions for each project, each client. Besides, having a love for words, rhythm and poetry is important as well.
 
  

How do you prepare for studio sessions and auditions?

Before an audition, I eat dark chocolate and drink a good coffee. To prepare my studio sessions : I do lots of breathing!
 
 

How do you create voices for cartoon characters?

Sometimes clients bring me pictures of the characters they created. In that way, it is easy to find the right voice. When I look for "the right voice", I play with my tongue, teeth and cheeks to find the right posture for my mouth, the right shape. Having good control of my body helps a lot.
 
 
Mathieu Barrabes

 

What types of projects are your favourites?

I love working on video games and dubbing because I love playing characters... Actually, as voice actors, we are always playing a role... in every new project we do! One of my favorite role was playing a dragon in a video game. I loved it!
 
 

What was your funniest project?

Playing Darth Vader, Santa Claus and Robin in the same project. It was very funny to play different characters as I had to modulate my voice and try to adapt it to each character. It's a very complicated work for the actor, who needs to practice before the studio session, and who needs to have very good voice control. It's exhausting but also so fun! It's straining for your vocal cords, your body and mind. When you can gather the three of them together, it is a real pleasure!
 
 

Any upcoming projects?

I just finished a beautiful project with Blue Okapi which will be broadcasted soon on French National TV. I can't wait!
 
 

What's your biggest professional dream?

I would love to be booked for big dubbing projects happening in Paris. I love the charm of Parisians recording studios and dubbing sets, and being able to feel the presence of my voice actor partners. It reminds me of when I was performing on stage in theaters. But with the sanitary crisis, I'm mostly working in my home studio, for Netflix productions for instance. Also, one day, I'd love to make my acting debut in a movie. That would be amazing!
 
 
 Mathieu Barrabes

 

Find Mathieu Barrabes, his voice and his credits on his Voxing Pro page.

 

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Are you available for voice projects this summer?

Posted by Marie Sinclair on Jul 9, 2020 9:50:54 AM

Update your availabilities to show in casting searches.

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You're available for voice projects this summer? 

Make sure your profile lists in casting searches by date!

It couldn't be easier:

  • Connect to your Voxing Pro profile
  • Go to "My availabilities"
  • Enter the dates you ARE NOT available - all other dates will record as available by default

OR

  • Select "I am available from today to work"

Voxing Pro Voice Actor Availabilities

Note: on Voxing Pro, only actors with corresponding availabilities show in casting searches by date and many producers & voice directors use this filter! 

Update My Availabilities

 

See you soon on Voxing Pro! 

 

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Advantages of paid subscriptions (3/4): Elaborate actor profiles

Posted by Marie Sinclair on Jul 6, 2020 4:53:44 PM

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As detailed in the previous article of our series "Advantages of paid Voxing Pro subscriptions", paid Voxing Pro subscriptions benefit from increased promotion of their profiles to registered producers and voice directors on our platform. But did you know how much more personalised and elaborate your Voxing Pro website is with a paid offer as opposed to our Free package? 

Third advantage of Voxing Pro paid subscriptions: A more dynamic and comprehensive personal web-showcase!

Your public Voxing Pro page is more elaborate, beautiful and professional. And you can be sure that registered producers and voice directors can see the difference of paid and free subscriptions.

 


COVER PAGE

The homepage of your personal Voxing Pro site offers two display possibilities: one big image with or without your avatar.

You can also write a personalised welcome message to promote your news and updates, or perhaps highlight a specificity of your voice.

 


 

DUBBING REFERENCES

Your dubbing references stand out! All the actors you've dubbed are displayed with photos, contrary to Free subscriptions where dubbing references are only listed textually.

No other voice casting platform offers the same visual impact of your dubbing experience and projects in one simple glance, whether you dub the same "type" of actor/actress regularly or a multitude!

 


ELABORATE CV 

Paid subscriptions offer unlimited CV display space. You can detail as much of your experience as you wish, write a presentation text that highlights your experience, the sky is the limit! 

 


UNLIMITED MEDIAS

Voice samples, videos, photos... your page highlights as much as you want! No limits! 

 


Discover Voxing Pro subscriptions

 

In our next article, we'll discuss another advantage of paid subscriptions: detailed statistics on your sample listens by producers and voice directors! 

 

Topics: Voice Actors

Advantages of Voxing Pro paid subscriptions (1/4): Increased visibility in casting tools

Posted by Marie Sinclair on Jun 29, 2020 12:13:39 PM

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Paid Voxing Pro subscriptions offer dynamic and elaborate websites that are extremely well referenced in the search engines, boost the visibility and promotion of your profile to producers and voice casters and provide you access to analytic tools to optimise profile performance in casting tools.


1st + : Promotion in producer and voice director casting tools

 

CASTING TOOLS 

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Your profile listed in the casting tools used by 500 producers and voice directors registered on the platform: 

  • Depending on the offer you have, your profile show up in the top casting search results. Profiles listed in this order: Fortissimo, Forte, Piano/New Talents and then Free offers.
  • If casters search for talents with experience in specific sectors (TV, cinema, video games, audiobooks, etc.), only actors with paid offers have the possibility to specify this information, and only these profiles will show in results.
  • If casters, notably for dubbing projects, search actors with live experience, theatre, musicals, etc., only actors with paid offers can specify this information and show in results.
  • If a caster seeks talents located in specific regions, only actors with paid offers have the possibility of listing several work zones, and their chances of being cast are multiplied.

 

MEDIAS

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Your profile and samples show up in more casting searches when producers and voice directors search medias directly:

  • Paid offers allow you to upload more audio samples and videos to your profile and they are also integrated directly into the casting tools. This means your profile is listed more often. More samples => your profile in more casting search results.

 

 

PRODUCER & VOICE DIRECTOR DASHBOARDS

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Your profile promoted on producer and voice director dashboards:

  • Your profile is presented on the dashboards of producers and voice directors, more often depending on your offer level. This is the first screen they see when signing into their accounts.
  • Your dubbing references are promoted in the carrousel at the top of their dashboard with the name of the actor you dubbed, associated TV series or film, with a direct link to your profile.
  • Our Twitter feed permanently displays our producer newsletter that highlights your profile, actor "success stories" and news, etc.

 

 

 

Stay tuned for upcoming articles where we'll highlight other advantages of paid subscriptions: promotion of your profile! 

Topics: Casting, Voice Actors

Voxing Pro, leading voice casting platform in France!

Posted by Ginger Johnson on Jun 24, 2019 5:12:08 PM

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Big news in the French voice casting industry! Voxing Pro has slid into first place as the leading voice casting platform in France! With more than 71,000 visits in three months, the site has taken the lead with a whopping 46% of voice casting traffic

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Voxing Pro has bypassed their national competitors as the top visited voice casting website. 

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It's also the site with the largest selection of professional voice actors. The platforms presents almost 800 voice actors and 360 producers. 

Better selection of voice actors = more attractive to producers! 

 


 

Voxing Pro, a site for dubbing AND voice-over & vice versa! 

Producers and casting directors have traditionally had to search different sites for dubbing and voice-over actors...not any longer! Voxing Pro's elaborate selection of voice talents offers the possibility to organise castings for both domaines on one platform. 

  • Dubbing : The search field on the homepage allows searching for actors who have dubbed specific movies or series and even by character names, a functionality also available to producers in their casting engine.  
  • Voice-over: Casting search combinations are comprehensive, and allows for searches filtering voice characteristics, sector-specific experience, and even casting searches of audio and video medias, with countless search combinations that furnish pertinent results! 

 

Attention actors! No need to pay to be presented on several sites...

Voxing Pro offers a comprehensive solution that references dubbing credits, experience, audio and video samples and much more! 

  • Voice actor promotion, the site offers mini-websites extremely well referenced on Google and other search engines, that are incredible marketing supports. A simple search by the name of an actor pulls up their personal page in search engine results, and contains all their dubbing credits and/or voice-over experience (including audio + video medias) and photos. A powerful interactive resume that can be updated at any time!   
  • In addition, it's easy to register! In just a few clicks, the actor pages are integrated into our producers and casting directors casting search engines! 

 

Voxing Pro is updated continually and promotes your profile to producers via their dashboard, an opt-in newsletter, mobile casting app...and much more! Our casting tools make the difference! 

 

Register now and use Voxing Pro's casting tools for free! (here)

 

Topics: Voice Actors

5 Tips for finding voice actors on Voxing Pro

Posted by Ginger Johnson on Mar 15, 2019 2:36:40 PM

Search and cast voice actors on Voxing Pro

Voxing Pro makes it possible for voice actors create personalised and professional profiles visible to everyone! Voice talents can upload audio and video samples along with a myriad of professional information and voice characteristics. But how exactly can site visitors and audiovisual professionals find their page?

 

1- Using the Voxing Pro search bar

Voxing Pro’s search engine allows visitors to search for voice actors registered on the platform by name, movie titles, and actors and characters they've dubbed.

 

2 - Via the casting tool used by producers and artistic directors

Registered Artistic Directors and Producers have private access to the Voxing Pro meta voice search engine. Our technology allows for ultra-precise searches based on:

Precise voice characteristics:  medium-hoarse female voice, French male voice, aged 40–50 years old, advertising...

Keywordsdocumentary, Nicole Kidman, Batman, advertising, Assassin’s Creed…

Audio and Video tags: BMW, Canon, video game, specific audio books...

3 - On search engines such as Google.com

Thanks to our search engine referencing technology, your page is very well referenced in search engines. People and producers looking for you will be able to find you by doing a search directly in the search engines. You can test it yourself! Just type your name in Google, and the link of your Voxing Pro page will appear in the very first results.

 

4 - On the Voxing Pro homepage

You may have noticed on the Voxing Pro homepage that voice actors profiles will appear randomly. Website visitors are only one click away from actors profiles. An eye-catching pic will get you more clicks...that's a good reason to carefully select your headshot..

 

5 - By word of mouth

A Voxing Pro page surely is the best business card : it’s clear, it’s beautiful, it highlights an actor's best works, and it’s easily sharable. So be sure to share it on all your social networks, on your website, at the bottom of your emails… and to talk about it!

When agents or producers ask to see your work, or to be sent some of your audio samples, don't hesitate to send them your page url. They'll surely be impressed by your interactive and updated portfolio, and most importantly, be able to easily share it later themselves!

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VoxingPro mobile app keeps you connected

Posted by Ginger Johnson on Mar 15, 2019 2:21:25 PM

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We are excited to announce the launch of our free application for mobile phones and tablets! All Voxing Pro work tools are optimised for mobile use, wherever you are : in a studio, on a work trip, in transport, at home…

Producers and Artistic Directors
  • All the Casting tools available on your dashboard on Voxing Pro are now in your pocket : search, save and select your voice talents without missing a beat.
  • Cast the best voice actors in your area, whenever and wherever you are, even at the last minute. Voxing Pro voice talents continuously update their availability calendars for castings!
  • And with our booking tool, you can contact them without revealing your phone number
  • Stop wasting time and money organising your projects : enjoy the highest-performance work tools in the voice industry — designed for you — with your needs in mind!
 

 

Voiceover and Dubbing Actors

  • Just finished a recording session ? Upload your latest voiceover and dubbing samples and references, manage your profile and categorise your samples so they’ll be found in producers’ searches from wherever you are!
  • Have a few minutes free? Check out your profile statistics and adjust the categorisation of your samples according to trending searches being done producers. Update your availabilities every chance you get and don’t miss an occasion to get booked!
  • Keep your finger on the pulse of professional opportunities by keeping your professional network in your pocket! You’ll receive Casting Call notifications directly on your mobile!
 
The app is free and available in the App Store and Google Play, currently in 3 languages : English, French and German. Download it now and start optimising your professional projects !

 

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* Voxing Pro respects your privacy and will only use and handle your data in accordance with the European Unions privacy laws and regulations.

Topics: Voice Actors, Producers

5 tips for showing up in casting searches on Voxing Pro

Posted by Ginger Johnson on Mar 14, 2019 3:17:03 PM

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You've uploaded amazing audio and video samples, your photos are professional, your site looks great! So why haven't you been contacted for a casting or recording session? We've put together 5 Tips that increase your chances...

You could be the best voice talent for a project, but if your profile doesn't show up in producer and AD casting search results, chances are slim they will just find your profile browsing the site.

In order to fully appreciate the importance of the 5 Tips we are going to share with you to help get your profile seen in searches, you need to think like a producer. Ask yourself the following questions:

  • What voice characteristics will be searched every time? 
  • What actor characteristics will they search for every time? 
  • What casting themes are trending? 
  • Are my availabilities visible and updated? 
  • Are my past projects and experience clear and searchable? 

Producers and ADs are very busy. Often, they don't have a lot of time to consecrate to one of the most important factors of a project : voiceover casting. This is why so many of them use the Voxing Pro platform....to find great voice talent quickly! 

filmmaker-2838935Our voice meta search engine allows them to rapidly filter voice profiles by conducting searches in a multitude of ways. They have the possibility to search by : 

  • Referencing films, original actors, characters, brands...
  • Basic talent characteristics: gender, languages, localised accents...
  • Complex talent voice characteristics: type of voice, voice age brackets...
  • Audio sample and video characteristics: broadcast, demo, mock-up, emotion, role, interpretation...
  • If your samples haven't been tagged, don't show up in results, they have no way to know you correspond to what they're looking for. 

 

Our 5 Top Tips for optimising your Voxing Pro website to increase your profile views in producer search results : 

1. Tag your audio samples

We cannot stress enough the importance of tagging all of your samples.

What is tagging? Tagging is simply categorising your data. Remember the screen that popped up when you started categorising your samples? We weren't just being curious :) In providing this information, and taking your time to accurately tag your samples, you make it possible for a sample to show in casting results. 

Often, new members quickly tag samples with 3 or 4 categories in order to submit their profile for validation as rapidly as possible. More often than not, talents forget to return and categorise the samples. 

Name your files wisely and remember to include brand names, movie names, etc., these tags help in searches too!

 

2. Tag your video samples

Video samples can be just as powerful, if not more so, than audio excerpts in getting you an audition. Videos present you "in action", and often serve as a "tipping point" when a producer is hesitating between talents.

Are your videos meticulously tagged? Will the producer find a video that corresponds to the categories you've specified? We recommend taking a look at the different categories and tags requested for videos, then taking the time to watch your videos, taking notes of different categorisations that apply to the video and then editing your tags to better showcase your video. 

As with your audio files, don't forget the importance in naming your video samples.

 

3. Photo Selection

We strongly recommend using professional photos. If you are unable to provide professional photos, be sure the photos you upload are high resolution, clear, and "clean". By clean we mean there shouldn't be clutter, keep the focus on you. Use this tool to convey a sense of who you are. Do you want to appear fun loving, professional, eccentric....?

Your visuals are your first opportunity to grab a producers attention. They may have loads of profiles that pull up in a search and they will quickly scan visuals for one that catches their eye. They will not take the time to click on every talent. This is your chance to get your foot in the door - make the most of it!

  • Your avatar (headshot) shows up in casting results. Make sure this image is a close-up and your face is not covered by your hair. Photos where actors are looking directly at the lens have a higher click rate
  • Your cover image is the big image on the top of your Voxing Pro website / public profile. Paid plan members can select the photo they want to present, we suggest publishing a different image than your avatar in this prime space. Free plan members have a default image that cannot be modified.
  • "My Images" is where you should upload a maximum of photos that show you in different scenarios and "in action"!

As with audio and video files, don't forget to categorise your photos! 

 

4. Adapt your profile to match trending casting searches

You were wondering what the statistics you see on your dashboard were all about? Take a closer look at the "Most played categories on Voxing Pro" (top right of your statistics dashboard if you have a paid plan). Production projects have low and high seasons. By uploading more samples that correspond to casting trends and tagging them correctly, you increase the probability of your profile being viewed.

 

5. Availabilities

As you know...artistic directors and producers have a tendency to cast last minute. Always keep your availabilities updated. You can update availabilities directly from our mobile app (available on Apple Store and Google Play). 

Last minute castings and bookings happen more often than not. When a prod or AD is racing the clock, they're going to filter by available artists. Make sure you show in their results!

Topics: Agents, Voice Actors, Producers

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