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Pixar's "Soul" - Another Great Casting by the Media Giant

Industry

Ben Russell

Ben Russell

·3 min read

The trailer for "Soul" was just released by Pixar - an animation movie about Joe Gardner (Jamie Foxx), a middle school teacher who (on the verge of breaking out in his career) ultimately enters the afterlife. Joe eventually discovers that his own body is still alive, yet unconscious, and he teams up with firey friend “Twenty Two” (voiced by Tina Fey) in attempts to re-enter the world on his own terms... and in his own skin.

The movie mimics the messaging, conceptions of human consciousness and the afterlife as Pixar's Inside Out (2015) and Coco (2017).

For voiceover actors looking to be cast in complex roles such as this, tone and pace is everything. In the trailer - Jamie Foxx and Tina Fey do an incredible job of translating their characters persona through the speech patterrns in their voices.

So - how do you practice to land roles like these?

  • 1. Test-read scripts. There are great script sites available to voiceover actors looking to hone in on their skills. 2. Go to media training. Casting directors often host media training opportunities in their offices. Training can range from $60/hour for group sessions for $250/hour for one-on-one sessions. 3. Practice with friends. CastingDepot.com has hundreds of community groups for on-camera professionals to connect and engage with one another. Join one of the many voiceover groups and connect with others to arrange and schedule practice sessions.
Soul opens in theaters on June 19, 2020.