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Remaining Competitive in the Fast Paced Voice Over World

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

January 15, 2015

Garth Wynne-Jones, British voice talentI'm not the kind of guy who usually does testimonials or writes reviews but I have to say I really am loving the service that Voices.com provides.

My agent at TGMD recommended I buy some gear and set up a home studio to remain competitive in the fast paced Voice Over world.

Once I had set up my equipment to record at home I saw no reason not to sign up with one of the on-line sites to see what I could generate on my own.

I booked my first job at Voices.com after just a couple of weeks. I negotiated $350 which almost paid for a year's subscription! I received a deposit in escrow right away, then went straight to work voicing the project.

After a few days the client accepted my recording and released the funds. We then gave each other a positive feedback. Great experience!


 

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 voices.com 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 Voices.com 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 Voices.com 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 Voices.com 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 Voices.com 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 Voices.com.

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

Being my first VO job with Voices.com 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 Voices.com has been extremely friendly and helpful.


 

Enjoyable Results

By Trisha Beausaert

August 29, 2014

Adam Smith.jpgI have had a consistently great experience with Voices.com! 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 Voices.com 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 Voices.com! A big thanks to Voices.com 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 Stewart.sm.jpgI've been a subscriber to Voices.com 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 Voices.com 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 Voices.com 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 voices.com 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 Voices.com 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.

Voices.com 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 Voices.com. 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 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


 

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