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Advice for Contributors

So you've got a favorite character you want to tell the world about, but worry you and your gear might not be up to the task? We've put together this article to take out some of the worry and help you sound great.

Preparing Your Story

During your interview you'll be asked about three things:

1. Your history as a gamer. Doesn't have to be long, extensive, or professional. We just want to know about you.

2. Your favorite character. Pick one, we only want your favorite. You can share a little setting context too if that helps.

3. A memory you have of something awesome/funny/touching that happened to that character.

But ...
(And this is very important!)

We want you to be prepared to talk about the three things above but we don't want you preparing a talk about them.

Please don't try to script out your interview. This is not a TED talk.

Gear and Recording environment

Expensive gear is not a requirement to do TMAYC, but you do want a good sound so here's a few tips -

1. Use earphones, not your speakers

Feedback is the fastest way to ruin your sound quality, and the best way to get feedback is to use speakers. Use headphones and you'll eliminate 95% of sound issues.

2. Your cheap microphone is probably OK

Believe it or not, a cheap "wand" style microphone might actually make you sound better than an expensive mic if you're not in a sound-controlled environment. A cheap mic has less range - bad for singing, but it also doesn't pick up computer fans, coworker conversations, and nearby traffic as well.

Unless you're in a studio, skip the expensive condenser microphone and put a cheap wand mic a foot or two directly in front of you. You'll sound aces.

3. Get a solid internet connection

Solid doesn't mean fast or big, it means constant. If your connection breaks up or lags, you'll end up with robot voice and that's no good.

4. Use a computer

Please do not try to do your TMAYC interview over a phone or tablet. The audio produced by those devices is meant to be live, and is simply not high quality enough for an interview.

If you absolutely must use a phone or tablet, use external lapel microphone rather than the device' built in one.

5. Go someplace relatively quiet

A cozy office is an ideal location. Avoid wide open spaces like large conference rooms as they can echo. Also avoid public locations with outdoor sounds and crowd noises.

Don't do your interview from a Starbucks.

6. Avoid flat walls

Flat walls, especially cinderblock walls, can make you sound like you're in a tin can. Try to use a backdrop with lots of different shapes and angles, like a full book shelf. If possible, hang a blanket or heavy curtain behind you.

Never record in a corner.

Most importantly -

Relax. You provide the character, let us worry about the rest.