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What a Month! Gratitude and Joy Fill My Heart.

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

July 22, 2014

Jean Brassard, voice over talentJune was a great month for me with Voices.com.

It started by my booking a job with project manager Sean Mancuso for USpecial in Canada. Great thing is that the client wanted me to do both the French and English version.

Almost immediately, I saw a deposit arrive in my mailbox for another job, this time with Grant Thomas to narrate a heavy machinery e-learning session. Hey, I love heavy machinery!

It was great just explaining things to the workers and I got to learn a few things along the way to about safety.


 

Best Experience So Far!

By Lin Parkin

July 10, 2014

Tim_Hill_20121008143300 (1).jpgToday a client's terrific communication skills made for the best Voices.com experience I've had in three-plus years as a member, and I wanted to share something I learned in the process.

The client found me from my profile and contacted me directly, pretty much offering me the job based on my main commercial demo. Love that! But the best part was he referenced a specific part of the demo as the type of delivery he thought would work for his project.

It seems like a "no-brainer" now, but no client has been that specific before and I've never thought to ask. It was so helpful. I wish every client would do this! It gave me a head start homing in on tone and pace.

I responded to his Private Invitation with a couple of variations of the first few lines of his (really fun and well written) script as an audition, even though he hadn't asked for one. He was then able to award the job and give me a couple of notes on the sample read he liked best. I had the full version back to him in a couple of hours. He approved it and released payment right away, with very gracious feedback. Bim-Bam-Boom!

So the lesson I learned is the next time a client says "I liked your demo" I'm going to be sure and ask "oh yeah, which part?"

Tim Hill


 

Living the Dream!

By Lin Parkin

July 2, 2014

Luci Smith2.jpgIt's been a long-running dream of mine to be a voice-over artist. At first, like all kids, I really wanted to be the voice of some super cool cartoon character! But over time, things like classes, church, school plays, and especially bake sales, gave me real passion for narration and commercial work.

I practiced 24/7 for a long time, reading things ranging from the newspaper to Shakespeare! After some classes and dedicated practice I decided I was ready for my demo.

My coach Mr.Joe Loesch has been so helpful. He writes and voices his own children's books, and I'd totally encourage you to check them out if you have a little one at home. He's a real mentor to me and is always willing to help answer my questions. I'm so thankful to have someone like him!

On another note, Voices.com has been amazing. After only 12 auditions I landed my first job! Needless to say, I was stoked. Everyone here has been so courteous and easy to work with. It's been a real pleasure. I recommend them to all my friends looking into voice-over work. Voices.com keeps me loaded with all the work I need.

I have a naturally sincere, kind of cutesy voice. I haven't found too many jobs I can use that for, but it's really been a blessing in disguise. I've gone outside of my comfort zone and been totally rewarded for it. I love the jobs I get.

Luci Smith


 

My First Job!

By Lin Parkin

June 11, 2014

Tom Joscelyn Voice TalentI am a retired actor with over 40 years experience. When health problems forced me to give up the stage, I needed to find an outlet for the performing juices that still flowed through my veins. Doing voice overs seemed the perfect match to my talents. I spent almost two years researching the business, at the end of which Voices.com came out the clear winner. In January of this year, I joined the Voices.com community.

I tore down the half-bath in my house and created my sound booth. I quickly discovered my trusty laptop was unfit for the job, so an Apple iMac was quickly purchased. Along with an MXL V88 Mic, Focusrite Scralett 8i6 interface, KRK Rokit monitors and a pair of Audio-Technica ATH-M40fs Studiophones and heavy duty Sound Blankets, and I was good to go.

I lost 2 months to severe throat problems. At one point I was afraid I would never be able to perform again, but great doctors got me back to 90% of my vocal strength. I did have to make changes to my work ethic. Instead of the 3-6 reads of every script I had been doing, I've had to cut back to just 2-3. But I still do 30+ auditions a day. Even when I don't get work, I'm still getting the chance to act everyday. That's where the fun is!

I was at over 1,000 demos before I got my first job, which is Dan Gavra's Testimony (to listen to this amazing story, please go to my profile demos). To get there, I had a lot of help from Voices.com who helped me find the weak points of my sound, and helped me get my profile information right.

Many thanks to Sheldon Matthews, Kelly Matthews, and John in Tech Support who listened to my tales of woe, and helped me at the times I was lost. I want to thank everyone at Voices.com for believing in my talent and me. I also need to thank my wife and two children who never let me give up, never let me stop trying, and never let me doubt my talent or ability.

Without the support of all these people, I never would have gotten the first of what I am sure are thousands of jobs to come. This is a wonderful career, even if it has taken me over 40 years to find. You're never too old to find a dream and to follow it and your heart.

Tom Joscelyn


 

Going the Extra Mile Pays Off

By Lin Parkin

June 11, 2014

Ron_Allan.JPGNot only am I skilled at voice-over but also copy writing and production. In case you don't know, production is adding music and/or sound effects or voice effects to produce a ready-to-air radio spot; knowing proper mixing and sound level techniques, as well as the perfect genre of music that fits a particular industry as well as fits the image of the client's business.

Recently, a client on Voices.com clearly communicated that they were searching for not only an exclusive voice, but a fully-produced, ready-to-air radio spot. From my experience, I knew the style of voice delivery the client was seeking, but also knew they would probably need it produced.

I used special voice effects to make certain parts of the copy stand out and fully produced a perfectly-timed :60 sec radio spot for my audition ... yes, I went the extra mile and it payed off.

The client informed me that "you made my selection easy by adding all the music and effects that no one else took the time to do." Success stories don't just happen ... they happen after lots of equipping, experience, hard work and sacrifice.

Thank you, Voices.com, for allowing me to hook up with a potentially long-term client!

Ron Allan
BIG VOICE Productions, LLC
Voice Over and Voice Over Coaching


 

Mobile Game Mania!

By Lin Parkin

June 4, 2014

herb-merriweather-vocal-mascot.jpgI'm always excited to get VO opportunities via email from Voices.com because you never know what good thing will happen.

I'd done video games before, but this opportunity was unique in that they were looking for someone to actually engage, communicate with and even tease the player -not just play a character in a story.

Not only did I enjoy auditioning, but when selected I was encouraged by the customer to 'have fun with it.'

The result was a lot of joy while working along with new clients/friends who reside in another hemisphere!

Thanks, Voices.com, for really bringing the global community together - for a good time!

Herb Merriweather
www.Herbsvoice.com


 

At Voices.com You're Competing with Pros

By Lin Parkin

June 2, 2014

Dan_Harder_Informal_Headshot_20130330153622.jpgVoices.com has been a great boost to my VO career. Besides being a super easy site to navigate, Voices.com sends so many auditions that I actually have to pick and choose which auditions to take.

Early on as a beginner it was tempting to audition for everything that came to my inbox - and I did. But over time, thanks to a few conversations with their helpful staff, receiving some coaching, and observing the jobs I was actually booking, I've become more selective and started booking a higher ratio of auditions.

I also appreciate the Escrow Service that Voices.com provides. It lets me know that when I book a job I am going to get paid in a timely manner. That's cool.

You wouldn't consider buying your own set of football pads and a helmet and then venture into a professional hockey game. The same is true with voice-over. Just because you've purchased top-notch equipment doesn't mean you're ready to compete with the pros.

My advice:

1. Get coaching. You're competing alongside some great talents.
2. Get good gear and a good (sound-treated) space in which to record.
3. Then get an account with Voices.com.

Dan Harder
www.vo4u.com


 

You Can Do Voice Over Anywhere With Voices.com

By Lin Parkin

June 2, 2014

mic keyboard.jpgHere is the beautiful thing about doing voice over with Voices.com. I was on vacation in Washington DC, but I always take my mic and laptop with me.

On the first day of my trip, I got an e-mail that I had been chosen as the narrator of a video for an international health organization.

The client sent me the 4 minute script, which I recorded in my hotel closet. I upload the file to Voices.com and client releases the money from escrow to me.

BAM! Vacation is paid for and I have a new client that will use me in the future.

So with a Voices.com membership and the right equipment you can do voice over from just about anywhere!

Steve O'Brien
SOVO Creative

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You Gotta Love Local!

By Lin Parkin

June 2, 2014

Debbie_HeadShot_20121226220452.jpgIn this world of international, world-wide-everything, you gotta love local.

Someone was searching for a NYC talent (on Voices.com) and it turns out that not only did they want to hire me, but their studio was just a few blocks away from my own.

It was great to work with the folks at Robotic Rapter and their clients, on behalf of the Social Responsibility division at Estee Lauder. I voiced an internal anthem piece for their corporate executive meeting - a great honor.

Best of all was the camaraderie and creative give and take that happens when you're in a studio working face to face. It brings the best out of everyone in the combined spirit of collaboration!

Debbie Irwin

www.DebbieIrwin.com


 

Thank You, Voices.com!

By Lin Parkin

May 28, 2014

Laila Berzins Profile Headshot 2.jpgI can't thank Voices.com enough!

I started with them only a few months ago and I have been booking several gigs a month from this site alone!

I'm very grateful to have the resources provided through Voices.com, the fact that my rates are honored and respected by the ability to bid on my projects properly as well as the excellent customer service.

The people I connect with through the site are very helpful, warm and friendly, and any issues I have are always resolved within or before 24 hours time.

This business is crazy, but at least one thing I can rely on is Voices.com! I highly recommend this site.

Thanks, and happy listening!

Laila Berzins
www.lailaberzins.com
Laila Berzins Voice Overs & Antland Productions


 

Voices.com Rocks!

By Lin Parkin

May 9, 2014

Eleanor Rocha.jpgEleanor Rocha is a 9-year-old voiceover artist from Atlanta who has been using Voices.com for almost a year. In this short time, she has landed several high-profile voiceover projects and has met some amazing people along the way.

For example, she is now the voice of a young girl for an animated video series used by an English-language e-learning platform. She has also done work for several high-profile brands including AT&T and Toyota. She also just completed narrating her very first movie about how food gets from the farm to the table. It's called "The BIG Breakfast." Her next project is voicing an educational series for children.

Eleanor is also an on-camera commercial, film and TV actress but says she loves voiceover work because she can record from her home studio and there are no early call times or hair and makeup! Eleanor and her parents LOVE Voices.com because the platform is easy to use and she can even record auditions on the go using the great mobile application!

Eleanor attends a virtual school so she has time to pursue her acting and other extra-curricular activities. She has been acting since she was 6 and is represented by People Store in Atlanta, GA. She is working on developing some character voices because her ultimate goal is to land a role on an animated series on Cartoon Network.

Eleanor Rocha
Parent: Stephanie Frost-Rocha


 

Building a Career on Voices.com

By Lin Parkin

May 5, 2014

danielle_7021_Smaller.jpegI'm an actress and a singer who recently started in voice overs this past January. I am so grateful that my colleague recommended Voices.com to me.

I've studied voice over with MJ Lallo (awesome teacher in the LA area!). I did some VO gigs because of my singing, made my demo, but this site was the first time I'd really 'gone' for it.

This past month alone I've booked several VO jobs; a really fun video game and a sales video directly through the Voices.com and I've recorded another 2 commercials.

Booking and even just being able to audition for so many jobs has made me more confident, efficient, and knowledgeable. That has led to more bookings on the site and I've felt more confident promoting myself in my daily 'off-line' life as well.

I find the 'listened to,' 'thumbs up' and recommendations helpful in trying to analyze what was useful to the client. It tells me what voices/intonations people are responding to best. Even though that's all just subjective, that I'm inferring from a mystical little icon, sometimes it's just nice to know people are listening!

I will sometimes record things that I feel that I'm a 'stretch' for. I won't normally end up submitting those auditions, but there are some that I find myself pleasantly surprised by. Occasionally I will end up submitting myself for the job, when appropriate.

Also, I love the SurePay service. So much easier than chasing down invoices!

Voices.com is a great tool for me to build my voice over career!

Danielle Marcelle Bond


 

My Superheroes

By Trisha Beausaert

April 21, 2014

Beth Matzke.sm.jpgWho are your superheroes?

For me, when it comes to my journey into voice over land, I have three. My first is a voice over talent and friend, Karen DeBoer, who introduced me to Voices.com. Karen patiently showed me her studio setup, answered a myriad of questions and encouraged me when I first started out. After doing radio voice overs for the past few years, I set up a home studio this past July and joined Voices.com.

Enter hero number two. I have had only GREAT experiences in my interactions with the staff at Voices.com. The team provides not only wonderful job opportunities, but also great resources for learning and growth in people's voice over careers.

Hero number three would be the very client who hired me through Voices.com. I will never forget the opportunity they allowed me to begin to learn, grow and do what I love.

Thank you.

Beth Matzke


 

An Internet Company That Cares

By Trisha Beausaert

April 15, 2014

PixelPlay Logo.sm.pngAs front end work on our app, Pixel Play Apps: Preschool Penguin, was coming to completion, I knew that finding a professional voice would be one of the more difficult parts of the project. I am a part of various freelance websites and have used them in the past, but the talent that I found on those sites were not as professional as I was looking for. Lucky for me, I found Voices.com.

I went to the site and found a talent that I liked even before I officially signed up with them, or so I thought. Once I created an account, the phone rang. It was Sonja Fernandes, my Account Manager just calling to welcome me to Voices.com. This caught me off guard; an Internet company that cares about the clients? Since that moment I knew I was dealing with a company that cared about my project and would help me every step of the way, even if I was a first time buyer of voice over.

I explained to Sonja all the specifics of my job and she put together a wonderful list of providers all with custom samples reading from my script. This was very valuable in itself. Even though I thought I had someone picked out, this personal touch of sample readings changed my mind and helped me pick the best candidate for my job.

The project went very smoothly throughout and Sonja was like my personal assistant! I thank Voices.com for part of the success of the Pixel Play Apps: Preschool Penguin.

Pixel Play Apps: Preschool Penguin is a combination of educational games and videos, integrated together. Foster fun learning skills with your child early; so they can excel in grade school later.

Pixel Play Apps: Preschool Penguin available on the Apple App Store, Google Play Store, and Amazon.com

David Kittle
www.PixelPlayApps.com


 

I Made The Right Choice!

By Trisha Beausaert

April 7, 2014

Jen Day.sm.jpgAs a voice over artist, expanding my market hinged on one big decision: which service do I use? I did a LOT of research, reading reviews from all angles, and asking for the opinions of friends in the business. Boy, did I get a lot of opinions!

For me, the decision of which service I would be using came down to freedom; the chance to audition for what I wanted, when I wanted, how often I wanted, without being penalized for it. Voices.com gave me that freedom, and I haven't looked back!

I love that I can see if my audition has been listened to, and I am excited to see that "thumbs up" when a client has liked what they have heard. Even if the client chooses someone else, that little "thumbs up" tells me that I'm doing something right, which keeps me excited as I audition for more jobs.

Auditioning could not be easier. When I am awarded jobs, I find that the process is smooth and I've had great communication between myself and the clients. The SurePay system makes getting paid wonderfully efficient. As well, whenever I've had questions or concerns, the staff at Voices.com have always been attentive and friendly.

I've learned so much since I've started. My technical and VO skills have grown, I have found what I'm good at, and I now have the confidence and freedom to try new characters. I am also pleased to say that I have a handful of new characters that I didn't even know I was capable of doing when I first started out!

I'm very happy with my choice to go with Voices.com. This was definitely the right way to boost my career!

Jen Day


 

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