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From Professor of Acting to Voice-Over Actor

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By Trisha Beausaert

March 29, 2016

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Priscilla Hagen.small.jpgAbout a year ago, I had the opportunity to retire early from my position as a professor of acting and voice at a Midwestern university. When I considered what to do in retirement, I knew I wanted to continue my career as an actor in front of the camera and behind the microphone!

While waiting for calls from my agents, I thought I would try Voices.com to pass the time and work on my auditioning skills.

My involvement with Voices.com has not only become an enjoyable creative activity, but also provides potential to earn additional income! I am having a blast working with the professional staff and navigating the super easy-to-use website. Voices.com staff are so supportive, and I love the words of encouragement written on our checks!

In my former job, I was a theatre dialect/accent coach and I have been able to put those skills to work on selected auditions and jobs that require those skills. I have booked jobs for AARP, Marriott Hotels, Johnson & Johnson, and my first indie film trailer!

I love Voices.com!

- Priscilla Hagen


 

Job Audition # 10,000

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By Trisha Beausaert

March 29, 2016

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Lauren Holladay.edited.jpgI noticed something cool today. As I was wrapping up my auditions for the day (only because I have a job to do from Voices.com), I noticed it was job audition number 10,000!

Wow!

Seven years ago, in 2009, I began working on projects through Voices.com. Ten thousand auditions later, I am a much better voice talent and consistently at the top of the company's Top 100 female voices list. I just have to step back and go "WHOA!" at all that has come my way because of my membership.

Ten thousand is a lot of auditions, but I'm thankful for THAT many opportunities! While I can't land them all, I've have hundreds of repeat clients come to me from Voices.com That makes me a happy, happy girl today!

- Lauren Holladay


 

The Power of Professionalism

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By Trisha Beausaert

March 29, 2016

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Julanne.jpgI always appreciate the power of professionalism. At Voices.com I had the opportunity to work with a team who has created an atmosphere of success for both the producer and the talent as clients.

Even though I am new to the industry I immediately felt supported as a result of online prompts through Vox Daily, state-of-the-art technology and resources, an entire sales force, and inside lines of communication.

As a result I was matched up and landed my first commercial!

Innovative staff helped me create a profile worthy of the attention of top producers, matching talent with their expectations.

Company specialists are readily available with advice and to assist with the audition process, thus allowing me to record, submit, and get paid through streamlined processes in place for every transaction. And in the end? A customer review!

Voices.com supported me in my goal to create an amazing customer service experience and further my career in the industry.

Thank you, Voices.com, for a stellar experience!

- Julanne Dalke


 

Voice-Over Mom

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By Trisha Beausaert

March 11, 2016

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Paige Williams.small.jpgIn 2013, I decided to take some time away from my voice-over work to be a stay-at-home mom.

When the tot started school, I was looking forward to getting back into the industry! I was nervous, though, since it had been some time since my last voice job. After careful consideration, I decided to renew my Premium subscription with Voices.com.

Within the first week I had been hired by a client for a role in a Belgian animated film. How exciting! The following week, I was chosen for another project advertising childrens' toiletries. I'm so glad I re-joined Voices.com and I can't wait to expand my client base.

Thanks Voices.com!

- Paige Williams


 

Working with Voices.com Means Being Part of a Team

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By Trisha Beausaert

March 8, 2016

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Heidi Scott 2.cropped.jpgI joined Voices.com at the end of last year.

To be honest, I had my reservations as to how much work I would get, as well as how easy the site would be to use.

I quickly found out that working with Voices.com is like working with a team!

For any questions you want answered, either email or ring and you get brilliant support. The website is easy too - upload your bio and demos and in come the job opportunities. There are also tutorials online to help.

I've done two jobs so far, one of which was a voice-over for a company in South Africa. They created an amazing video, and just added my voice without me needing to travel. I have also been paid within 30 minutes through the website via PayPal.

Brilliant.

I am just about to start a large project that needed a little guidance as contracts are involved. Again, there is nothing for me to do as Voices.com has it all in hand!

I can't recommend them highly enough - it is like being part of an awesome team!

- Heidi Scott


 

Voices.com Protects Both Parties

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By Trisha Beausaert

February 17, 2016

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Jude Dexter 2.jpgI have been with Voices.com for 6 years and I have had a consistent influx of quality voice work in that time.

It is a rare thing these days to be able to say that anything lasts. In my experience with Voices.com, there are many unwavering, lasting qualities that their company should be proud of. First off, I have never come across an Account Executive that doesn't uphold the most professional, warm, caring manner. Everyone I have worked with has made me feel valued as the artist, just as much as they value the customer on the other side. I had a client for one particular job who was quite challenging and witheld payment for longer than most. They kept sending over additions to the script in dribs and drabs. The Voices.com team were kind enough to also release the funds to me piecemeal, so as to be fair to both parties. Everything was handed smoothly and with diplomacy.

Apart from the fabulous army of staff, the infrastructure of the inner workings seems to be quite unique. I have yet to encounter another agency that holds money in escrow for the artist. I have worked on competitors' websites in the past who do not offer this and, as you would imagine, there have been times I didn't get paid. This is an excellent mechanism put in place by Voices.com to protect both parties.

I am very appreciative of Voices.com's reliable source of work and absolutely always pleasant experience. Thank you - long may it continue!

- Jude Dexter


 

5 Years Later, Voices.com Better Than Ever

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By Trisha Beausaert

February 12, 2016

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Carly Diamond.small.jpg"My childhood dream was to become a radio DJ. When I got my first radio job in high school I was thrilled. By 2010 I had established a successful radio career - I loved being live on air every morning! However, it didn't take long for me to realize I wanted to do more.

I set up a home studio and began auditioning for all types of voice-over work at Voices.com. I loved getting jobs, getting feedback, and getting paid.

After my children were born I took some time off from radio and my voice-over work got put on hold as well. Time flew by and when I came back to Voices.com it had been a five-year hiatus. I wondered what I had missed. Did I still have the talent? Would the website be completely different? And where did I put my microphones?!

The first time I logged on to Voices.com again, all my demos, feedback, bio, and even my emails to and from clients were still there from five years ago. It was like I never left! Everything is still so easy to use and the updates to the site are great. It's better than ever. I started auditioning right away and I got two jobs the very first day.

Voices.com is the perfect platform for anyone looking to make a career out of Voice Acting. They offer the tools, opportunity, and support to be successful. Now I work from home doing what I love and I am still part of an amazing team of professionals."

- Carly Diamond
www.carlydiamond.com


 

A Partner in Your Success

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By Trisha Beausaert

February 8, 2016

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Jonathan Broncks.small.jpgI was a junior in high school when the performance bug first bit me. My friends were in West Side Story, and it looked like they were having so much fun up on the stage! The following year, I joined stage crew to learn more about the inner workings of theatre.

I was cast in my first play in my freshman year of college playing "The Gentleman Caller" in Arthur Miller's Glass Menagerie. From there I was off and running, averaging one major and one one-act play each semester, in addition to working stage crew and hosting programs on the college radio station. As much as I love the stage, I am even happier behind the mic, so voice-over was a natural progression!

Teaming up with Voices.com was a smart move for me. The volume and variety of auditions that come to me fill my days with work and help enhance my creativity.

One of my favorite aspects of Voices.com is the customer service. For example, when I was new to the site, I had lots of questions that ranged from setting up my profile and increasing my VoiceMatch score to how to accept an agreement after getting my first gig.

Their customer service is outstanding and makes me feel like a valued member! Emails are responded to promptly, and I love being able to call and talk to an Account Manager who takes the time to really understand the situation and quickly come up with a solution for me.

If you are looking for a company that wants to partner in your success, join Voices.com.

- Jonathan Broncks


 

First Audition, First Job

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By Trisha Beausaert

February 1, 2016

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AndiaWinslowHeadshotPark.cropped.jpgAs a pro athlete and filmmaker, I've always been inspired by movement, from movement of the human body to movement of images; Kinetic storytelling is what motivates me. Of late, though, I've come to really understand and harness the power of voice.

The tendency to talk to and answer myself out loud, and in character, led to the most useful birthday gift I've received in years - voice-over lessons! Intrigued by the craft, and committed to expanding my range, I listened to online demos, watched TV only to focus on the audio of commercials, and struck up conversations with strangers on the subway to hear accents and tone.

After my self-directed research, I finally decided to invest in a professional voice-over career by enrolling in a Premium membership with Voices.com. It just so happened that my decision fell on Black Friday. David Gravelle, an employee in the Talent department at Voices.com, helped me figure out my options and surprised me with a hefty discount!

The next day, I submitted my very first audition and booked it hours later! Voices.com is so easy to navigate and I can't wait to dive into the resources for working artists. It only took one day to surpass my experiences with similar industry platforms. Thank you!

- Andia Winslow
www.AndiaWinslow.com


 

Taking Chances Brings Luck

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By Trisha Beausaert

January 29, 2016

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Dovile Imbrasaite.cropped-preferred.jpgAlways being a creative person, I landed a communications and public relations career. Meeting new people daily, I was constantly asked if I worked for the local radio station or did commercials. Because of this, I finally decided to give it a try and challenge myself in the voice-over business.

I am now a much sought-after voice-over professional in Lithuania. However, despite this success, I was still eager to go a little bigger and enter a worldwide market. So when I heard about Voices.com, I took my first step toward that goal: I registered to became a free user and completed my profile with the voice-over samples I have been collecting for years.

Being busy, I forgot about the platform and concentrated on my usual daily work and activities.

Can you imagine how surprised I was when I received a message from Voices.com with my first job offer only a month after signing up?! The job was for a Danish company that was looking for a native Lithuanian voice-over professional. I was beyond excited; I did my job well and was paid well, too!

Taking chances brings luck!

- Dovile Imbrasaite
www.nuodai.eu


 

Dentist by Day, Voiceover by Night

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By Trisha Beausaert

December 30, 2015

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Michael Pilon.small.jpgBy day, I am a dentist and near retirement. In my creative time, I do voiceover work.

I have found voiceover to be both challenging and fun, and the way I came into this exciting industry happened completely by chance.

A while ago, I had taken a weekend acting course in Ottawa. On the way into the studio, I ran into a fellow, who said I had a good voice. I later learned that he owned a studio himself. I ended up doing three recorded sessions with him for a government video he was working on, and that was kind of the end of it.

After that initial brush with the industry, I had forgotten about voiceover for a year until I heard about Voices.com. I made several phone inquiries before diving in, and the insights I received from the Talent department were very realistic and positive. Since signing up for a membership I have spoken with several of the great staff at Voices.com and they are always exceptionally helpful and professional, especially with what I am sure are novice-type questions or concerns.

I have also been encouraged to use my experiences to add to my voiceover jobs. For example, my first language is English, but I am also fluent in Canadian French and I speak beginner German and Spanish. I was told that some travel-oriented pieces may require such language skills, spoken in my own accent for a tourist-feel. I have also travelled a lot as a younger person, and one agent said that this three dimensional aspect of life is an asset for some audition requests.

Even though I am still in an adventuresome learning stage, I am seeing progress and getting great satisfaction from my membership with Voices.com. The feedback has been both positive and, in several instances, opportune for future work.

- Dr. Michael Pilon


 

My #1 Ally

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By Trisha Beausaert

December 17, 2015

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MarissaLenti.small.jpgI began working with Voices.com in 2013.

Back then, I was new to voiceover, but to everyone's surprise, I booked my first job on the site within my first two weeks. I remember getting a phone call from a member of the staff congratulating me on booking so quickly- that was surreal! From then on, Voices.com was my #1 ally when it came to booking my early work. My resume formed in my first two years in the industry almost exclusively from the site!

As it stands today, I've now booked 100 jobs on the site, have 700 likes, 50 clients have added me to their favorites list, and I've received 85 positive reviews (out of 85, thankfully)!

Even though I'm sure some of my colleagues are leaps and bounds ahead of me, seeing all those numbers tick up on the same day was a really nice visual marker of how much experience I've accrued on the site.

I've now been set loose on the local voice-over scene in my city, but Voices.com is still a place where clients reach out to me, and I couldn't be more thankful!

- Marissa Lenti


 

71 Years Old and Having the Time of My Life

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By Trisha Beausaert

December 4, 2015

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Burt Clemons.edit.jpgLike a lot of people who get into voice-over, someone told me that I had a nice, pleasing voice and that they could listen to me all night long. Okay, it was my wife. I took her up on her compliment and promised to give her all the money I made if someone else thought the same thing.

After taking a class and signing up for a membership with Voices.com, I was off and running. I immediately saw the opportunities offered on Voices.com's platform and quickly joined the Premium level of membership.

The tips and learning videos on the site are outstanding. I'm a visual person so I simply love how the website is set up.

There are also so many job postings that I knew I'd get an opportunity someday. I will never forget that email saying I had been chosen to do a project for the YMCA. Just prior to that, I had told my wife that I wanted some feedback because I just didn't know how I was coming across in my auditions. This project provided instant feedback from at least five professionals across the country. The Voices.com Account Manager worked with me to set up the phone patch. I was finally living my dream!

After about an hour, we wrapped it up and I was on my proverbial cloud nine. Seeing that YMCA promotional video made me feel so proud and honoured to be part of something bigger than myself.

I couldn't have done it without the professional help of Voices.com. I am 71 years old and having the time of my life doing something I never even dreamed of being a possibility. Thanks Voices.com and your team of professionals who have coached, encouraged, and provided a vehicle for me to do this craft.

I'm going to be true to my word and give my wife every penny I make because she heard something in my voice and encouraged me to join Voices.com.

Burt Clemons


 

A Positive Process

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By Trisha Beausaert

December 3, 2015

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Monik Vincent.small.jpgTwo months ago, I became a member of Voices.com. So far, my experience has been very positive for a number of reasons.

Right off the bat, the website was very clear, well-organized, and extremely helpful whenever I had a question or an interest in learning more. The answers I get from members of the Voices.com team are always fast, helpful, and respectful.

With Voices.com, I have had the opportunity to voice a variety of projects. I appreciate being evaluated by the clients based purely on my voice, not because of other subjective things that can inhibit actors in this industry. This way, we are able to stay positive in the process because we know that if we are THE voice the client needs, we will be hired. If not, we know that it's just because somebody else's voice is better for that kind of project. It's ethical, objective, and very just.

My first voice contract experience via Voices.com was a complete success. I want to thank the team at Voices.com, especially Account Manager Sergio Cordoba, for the invaluable support.

- Monik Vincent


 

Welcome to the Club

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By Trisha Beausaert

December 2, 2015

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Adam Beauchesne.small.jpgMy background is in theatre and film performance, but I've always had a strong interest in getting into voice-over work. My hesitation in jumping into the industry was this sense that it was an elite club, that agents were hard to come by, and casting directors only hired people with extensive resumes. Once I managed to land an agent, it confirmed my passion for the work, but I still had that feeling of being on the outside looking in. I didn't know what jobs might be passing me by, what class I might take that could get me in the door, whose hand I needed to shake to make the right connection. The task of breaking into the club still felt daunting.

After only two weeks with Voices.com, I've auditioned over two hundred times and booked three gigs. I have so much fun cold reading scripts from around the world, expanding my range, trying new dialects, and brushing up on old characters. I love that I'm able to see who has listened to my audition - it gives such transparency to an industry that has always felt a bit inaccessible.

I finally feel in control of my career as a voice-over artist, and the amount of work that I put in directly reflects my success going forward.

While I remain with my voice agent and love the work I get sent out for, Voices.com allows me to keep up and hone my skills, forge new connections, and build my resume with some really impressive clients. I can't wait to see what the next year brings!

- Adam Beauchesne
www.adambeauchesne.com


 

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