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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


 

Ability to Record in Multiple Languages

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By Trisha Beausaert

December 1, 2015

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Katia Borras.edited.jpgAs a voice-over professional recording in English, a language in which I don't feel as fluent as in my mother tongue, Spanish, I feel the support of the entire Voices.com team. You're not only able to take as much time as needed to become fluent on the script you're supposed to record, but you're also able to do a better job overall with their help!

When recording in a different language than the one you're native in, you have to feel comfortable. For this reason, I really enjoy working with Voices.com and all the team members.

For a recent project, they expressed their belief in me and knew that I was able to record fluently in Spanish-accented English - to my own surprise, they were right and I WAS! The team's encouragement really made the difference in my success.

Thanks to Voices.com for widening my voice-over capabilities in another language I could already speak, but didn't know I was also able to record in! It feels good!

- Katia Borras


 

Feels Like a Mini-Oscar!

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By Stephanie Ciccarelli

November 18, 2015

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Howard Ellison, British voice talent in Devon, UKVoices.com keeps me on my toes.

Not knowing what might come in, and then shaping an audition pretty darn quick, has developed a discipline that's an asset whatever I do.

This TV trailer gig called for a Churchill voice.

Not the first time I've done that of course, being 'senior' British, but every script is different.

It was smooth and straightforward working with director Marc Oestreich - and even after several years in membership of Voices.com it still feels like a mini-Oscar to be awarded five orange stars!

Howard Ellison


 

Hired for a Voice-Over for a Major Athletic Brand

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By Stephanie Ciccarelli

November 18, 2015

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Ed Spillers voice talentHello Voices.com Team,

I have been on Voices.com since 2013. I may have been off and on with a paid subscription versus a basic subscription, but, I always maintained and kept up with my profile. That's the only way you can keep your Voices.com profile relevant. This is true whether you get hired by a client or not.

I was hired for a voice over for a MAJOR, and I mean MAJOR athletic brand for a promotion in the midwest region. I had to travel to the session, in another state, in order to complete the project. The session was a success and I was super excited because this was the first major project I worked on since Disney in 2008. Needless to say, I nailed the campaign and I feel proud of the entire experience.

The client found my profile on Voices.com. How blessed am I? When I ask other great talents they have told me, sometimes it just works out that way. Because they heard a certain read in my demo, they hired me.

Now, I only have the basic subscription. But, what if I didn't keep up with my Voices.com profile because I was only at a basic subscription? I don't think I would have won that campaign.

I would tell people that you should have, keep and maintain a Voices.com profile on any program level. It is SO worth it.

Ed Spillers


 

The Audition Intrigues

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By Trisha Beausaert

November 11, 2015

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Richard Mann.small.jpgOne of many great things about Voices.com is the sheer diversity in the jobs posted. This makes it exciting to audition and keeps me on my toes. I may be recording a serious corporate voice-over one moment, and then an exaggerated cartoon character the next. Sometimes, though, there is an element of mystery...

For example, this past summer I applied for a voice-over job entitled "British intrigued voice for manifesto film," which I really liked the sound of, but was not too sure how to place it. The film was a manifesto about how we experience the non-food and drink-related parts of a meal, and the script was a joy to read. I made a decision on style and pace, sent off my audition, and then moved on.

The next day I was awarded the job and it turned out to be for AEG. The film is shot beautifully and I am delighted to have provided the voice for it.

I love the collaborative nature of working with Voices.com. For this job, the film was shot in Sweden, the VO recorded in England, and team who brought us together based in Canada.

I look forward to more exciting ventures!

- Richard Mann

www.voiceovermann.com


 

Money in My Account

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By Trisha Beausaert

November 11, 2015

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JannaPolzin_Small.jpgMy decision to join Voices.com came after feeling like my Music Theatre career wasn't right for me anymore. At the time, I had just had a baby and was looking for new work that still used my performing skills while keeping me at home with flexible hours. Every professional I talked to about the voice-over industry said that it was very difficult to break into. I was prepared to be patient.

My first audition on Voices.com was early June and, to my shock, I booked my first job just over a month later. I have been depositing money into my account almost every Friday ever since.

I never expected this job to happen so quickly or be so right for me. One of my big goals was to be a character in a video game which ended up being my second booking and I now have three game characters under my belt.

Thank you for opening up a world where I feel like my skills and personality belong. Voices.com is a fantastic site!

- Janna Polzin


 

Opportunity in Online Casting

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By Trisha Beausaert

October 5, 2015

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Ian-Russell-headshot-180.jpgEarlier this year, I auditioned for and was awarded the opportunity to record for a speculative ScI-Fi piece for Ice Cream Entertainment. It turned out to be quite the dramatic story.

A couple of days after the audition, Andy Garcia, the director, sent me a message saying they liked my voice and were 99% likely to use me. As it was a Friday, I had to wait through the weekend to get the final nod, half expecting another message saying they had decided to use someone else. We all know that happens!

Well, not this time. They awarded the job to me. They sent me a copy of the music, which helped me a great deal with the characterization and I played it really loudly through my headphones while recording. Once I was happy with the result, I edited and sent two final versions of the audio back the same day.

They said that they were particularly happy with my vocalization of the word "war" at the end of the script. I thought no more of it but when they sent me a link to the finished piece, it looked and sounded amazing and they told me it had been entered into the San Diego Film Festival Qualcomm 4G Challenge.

In June, I heard that it had been shortlisted for the prize along with two other films. You can imagine my delight when in July it was announced as the winner of the 4G challenge.

I am so pleased for Ice Cream Entertainment and it's a great feeling to have been a part of the success of this piece.

A lot has been written about online casting, but I think it is fair to say that this opportunity would not have arisen without online casting. Second Mile would probably have used local talent and the boost it has given to my VO profile, would have been lost to me.

- Ian Russell
www.thebritishvoice.net


 

One of the Best Decisions

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By Trisha Beausaert

September 22, 2015

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Carrie Olsen.edit.jpgFrom the time I heard that voice acting existed to the time I booked my first national radio campaign was about two months. Two months after that, I quit my job because I had replaced my income doing voice-over on Voices.com. I am still floored by the growth of my business in such a short amount of time, and I think every day about how fortunate I am to get to make a living doing something so fun and fulfilling that allows me to spend time with my family.

My voice-over journey began in July of 2014 when I heard another voice actor, Alyson Steel, being interviewed on a podcast as I was driving to work. I had never heard of voice acting before, but the interview intrigued me. When Alyson mentioned at the end of the episode that she does voice-over coaching, I called her up. During our initial one-hour consultation, Alyson told me about Voices.com.

Joining was one of the best decisions I have made for my VO career.

I feel so grateful to have stumbled upon an industry that I absolutely love, that allows me to spend more time with my family, and that makes me pinch myself every morning and think, "I get to do this for a living?!"

Carrie Olsen


 

100th Job Milestone

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By Trisha Beausaert

September 2, 2015

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Bryan Saint.BW.cropped.jpgI had a milestone on Voices.com yesterday; I booked 2 jobs during the day and then right before midnight, one more booking came in, which made it my 100th job on the site.

It's hard to believe that 2 years ago, I wasn't even doing this.

Only thing I could say to anyone getting started: don't quit! My 244th audition booked my first job, and I almost quit 2 weeks before it happened. I appreciate all the advice and support I've had from so many fellow voice-over artists.

Thanks again so much! You guys do such an incredible job at Voices.com. I've seen other online casting sites and even been a part of some. I've never seen the support like I've seen from all of you. Thanks again!

Been a great ride and can't wait for the next 100!

Bryan Saint


 

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