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No Two Days Are Ever the Same When You Work in Voiceovers

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

November 7, 2014

Ed Bretten voice artistI've been a member of the family since early 2012, and have also been fortunate enough to have worked on voiceovers pretty regularly over the last two or three years.

These have ranged from on-hold telephone prompts for a company in Australia, to the launch of a new software product in the USA, from wind turbine technology in the Middle East to a board game launch in Estonia!

The variety of types of voiceover and geographic locations are two of the things I absolutely love about this business.

In fact, over dinner with friends last night, I did find myself saying (although some may say it's a little bit cliche...) that no two days are ever the same when you work in voiceovers!


Keep Plugging Away

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

October 14, 2014

Christopher Chris PoirierI think the biggest demotivation for a voice talent is the ratio between auditions and booked gigs.

The sheer number of hours you put into getting that one project can seem overwhelming. But it's nothing new even to the most experienced of voice artists.

I've been at this voice over thing for about three years now and have found projects and revenue flow from every avenue I've worked at.

I joined Voices as a Premium member within the last couple months and began plugging away at auditions.

Just like every other new medium, when I began, I felt like it would be ages before I saw any turn around.

But you know? I didn't stop.

I kept plugging away and sure enough, as always, a job came in.


Reinventing My Wheel

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

September 24, 2014

Dana Fleming voice talentI have to thank for the best week I've had doing voiceovers so far!

Now don't get me wrong, things didn't start out this way for me.

Having spent the past two decades working as a network television broadcaster and talk show host, and having done literally thousands of voiceovers in conjunction with each show I've ever hosted, I mistakenly assumed that I could easily cross over to the elusive world of voiceovers.

Boy did I get my comeuppance!

Unlike in television, where you project to a camera 20 or 30 feet away, and then after the show walk into a booth and do your voiceovers in basically the same style, I had to learn, with the help of three wonderful voice coaches, how to form an "intimate relationship" with the microphone, and do it in the privacy and seclusion of my own home studio.

I basically had to re-train my voice.


Logging onto is Part of My Daily Life

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

September 16, 2014

Maura Clerkin voice-over talent, IrishGrowing up in Britain with Irish parents, I was always fascinated by different accents and turns of phrase surrounding me.

I was drawn to theatre and trained in Performing Arts.

Writing and touring my solo show, I love dissecting text.

But when I first began training in voiceover with the famous Nancy Wolfson, I struggled with Americanisms and unfamiliar brand names.

Sporting my English accent and moving to California in middle age, I am now finally a voice actor living in Los Angeles.

Several voice actor friends recommended and I'm glad I signed up. The website is easy to navigate and the staff extremely helpful. I tend to get noticed most for the caring, health and education projects.


Don't Count Me Out! Overcoming Health Issues to Voice Another Day

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

September 15, 2014

Tom JoscelynI'm Tom Joscelyn, owner and Vocal Talent of Voiced by Tom.

I have been a member since the beginning of the year.

It's said that to attain your goals, you have to work for it.

And that's sure true for me. It's taken me 58 years of my live to finally figure out that what I want to do is be a Voice Over talent. And I have had to pay a large price to get here.

I don't mean in dollars and cents...


Friendly Customer Service and Helpful Voice-Over Resources

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

September 10, 2014

John Steele Voice-Over TalentAfter several auditions I landed my first voice over job on

As everyone says, it's a numbers game. Keep auditioning and it's bound to start happening.

Being my first VO job with I wasn't quite sure how things worked as far as uploading the files. My thanks to Mercedes for being so friendly and patient and guiding me along the way.

Everyone I've dealt with at has been extremely friendly and helpful.


Enjoyable Results

By Trisha Beausaert

August 29, 2014

Adam Smith.jpgI have had a consistently great experience with! Customer service has been exemplary, and routine email communication has provided helpful information about site features, demo, and profile tips. As well, everyone I have spoken to at has been friendly, knowledgeable, and very helpful.

As for the website and iPad app, both have an intuitive and easy-to-use user interface, making it easy to record and upload files, as well as communicate with potential clients. For short auditions that don't require editing, you can even record and upload auditions within the app!

In the two short months since I joined, I am having enjoyable results, having recently been awarded my first job booking through! A big thanks to for providing and standing behind such a great product and service.

Adam Smith


There is Work and You Will Find It

By Trisha Beausaert

August 29, 2014

Kristi've been a subscriber to since it's inception. I recently took a bit of a break from auditioning on the site, but I am back at it! I have to admit, I'm glad I've started re-submitting auditions, because I've been receiving awesome feedback and have landed several terrific jobs!

So, needless to say, my recent experience with has been pretty good.

I've been a voice actor for more than 25 years, and the industry has certainly changed. In some ways, for the better. However, it's also become much more competitive.

Just this past month, I was chosen to voice a series of spots for a political candidate running for office in the United States. The same week, I was selected to voice several real estate ads airing in the U.S.- relationships I hope to continue well into the future.

For all of you voice actors out there, either just starting in the industry or an old veteran like me, don`t give up. There is work and you will find it.

Thanks again for giving all voice actors a chance to succeed!

Kristi Stewart


I Didn't Have To Travel All Day To Get The Job Done

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

August 14, 2014

Jessica Ristau voice talentHi,

I'm Jessica.

My mom says that for as long as she can remember, I've loved to be in the spotlight. I have to agree. I have acted and modeled for years.

With the acting, I have had many courses on how to speak, how to act, and how to present myself in front of the camera.

Lately I have had a few opportunities to do voice overs.

I really like them, but I only get notified of so many through my manager.

So we found and decided to give it a try.


The Speed That My Project Moved at was Refreshing

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

August 13, 2014

Azara_Effect_Logo.jpgAzara Effect Productions sought out help from to find the find the perfect narrator for our latest video; as we all know: a narrator can make or break a film.

The video is an informational piece drawing awareness to a growing threat to one of Canada's largest crops.

We wanted the narrator to sound confident, compassionate, intelligent and articulate with the scientific lingo. has an effective platform for finding talent with such qualities; in a short amount of time, I had narrowed the search to about ten narrators.


I Still Find Voiceover Work to be Just as Exciting and Challenging

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

July 24, 2014

Sam Garles voice actorAs a trained actor, comedian, and improviser in a lower population area, it was difficult to find opportunities in my area to work on my craft.

After receiving my degree in Theatre from the University of Northern Iowa, some stints in Shakespeare companies around the country, and some time in Los Angeles, I returned home to Iowa to take care of my mom, start an improv company, and get some fresh air.

Voice over work has always something I've pursued, but finding opportunities to audition, especially for my voice type (conversational tone, characters, baritone) and my age range (21-35) has been difficult. Being able to sort jobs by age range and having the VoiceMatch system is definitely a big plus for Also, all the people I have interacted with on the site have been extremely kind and professional, which is very important to the overall experience.


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

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 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, 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. 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 came out the clear winner. In January of this year, I joined the 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 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 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


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