Mobility, flexibility, and autonomy; It's the beauty of being a voice over artist.
Thanks to advances in technology - for example, industry-specific equipment becoming more compact and affordable - a voice talent can work from virtually anywhere, and be a success while doing it. Nobody demonstrates this agility better than Lili Wexu, a French-Canadian, perfectly bilingual, voice over talent, who has recently transplanted to LA.
An open mind; that's what cross-over talent Timothy Hill credits with putting him in a position to work with some pretty high profile people - and one famous horse.
Ross Huguet has voiced campaigns for well-known companies like Red Bull, Infinity, Tradeweb, Gulfstream, GE, PIMCO, McDonald's, Disney and Honda. Now, he is translating his insight to the voice over industry via a wildly successful career group. What started as a simple marketing tool for his brand on the social networking site LinkedIn has quickly evolved into a 1000+ member assembly.
An audiobook in the works, a successful, growing production company, and firmly ranked in the top ten, all-time favorite female voices since 2010 on Voices.com, Lauren Holladay is a voice talent who has carved out an impressive corner of the industry for herself.
Adriana E. Molina is the voice of the Mom in a two-minute animation just released by Picture Alternatives, an L.A.-based nonprofit organization that uses creative media to combat violence.
Have you met Barney?
It is almost needless to say that Dean Wendt, the man behind the purple dinosaur, has led a colourful career. Known for his "friendly, welcoming tone", Dean's voice has appeared in various mediums and concert tours around the world, such as "Barney's Colorful World" and "The Let's Go Tour," as well as in over 250 television shows and videos.
You have definitely heard Jerry Buckner more than once. Following a career in the music business that produced several hits including the classic 80's hit, "Pac Man Fever," the theme to "WKRP In Cincinnati," and the Top 10 hit "On and On" by Anne Murray, Jerry was a character actor doing a variety of voices on a network of radio stations.
That success led to being a highly-sought after voice talent for a number of major clients, including The History Channel, where you may recognize Jerry's voice as the narrator for the reality show "Big Shrimpin." This industry maverick is now taking the next step, and combining his voice talent with his music savvy.
With that in mind the idea for an internet video program was born called "The 1 Hit Wonders Show."
Stephanie Ciccarelli, Chief Marketing Officer and Co-Founder of Voices.com, has been named one of Canada's Top Female Entrepreneurs as part of the 15th annual W100 ranking of Canada's Top Female Entrepreneurs, produced by PROFIT Magazine and Chatelaine. With over 1 million female entrepreneurs in Canada, PROFIT and Chatelaine ranked the top 100, with Stephanie coming in at number 55.
Established in 2004, Voices.com is the industry leading website that connects companies with professional voice talent. The company was founded by Stephanie and her husband, David Ciccarelli, who serves as Chief Executive Officer. Their unique combination of technical and artistic skills, as well as their passion for the industry, is demonstrated by their decade of service and dedication. The award-winning company has grown into an internationally-recognized brand, and Stephanie is considered one of the most connected people in the industry.
Bill DeWees does not fit the typical actor mold. A self-described "business guy," DeWees broke into the voice over industry 8 years ago after the corporation he worked for downsized operations. Known for his genuine "guy next door" approach to voice overs, DeWees is now a full-time voice over actor, and was recently signed as the global signature voice in Chevrolet's "Find New Roads" campaign.
Working his way through the industry, the projects have become more and more global in nature. After securing actor John Cusack for the American market, Chevrolet was seeking a voice to represent the brand for their worldwide ad campaign.
DeWees became their answer when the auto giant revealed that he was on their shortlist and Bill immediately sent in his audition. He was signed on for the German commercial and the Chevy Spark ad and became the "American voice that helps project a great American brand throughout the world."
Mary Jane Wells is a UK voice talent and performance transplant who brought the audiobooks that inspired the award-winning series Downton Abbey to life. With another 11 audiobook projects being published this year, and a world class entertainment career behind her, Mary Jane will be an expert panelist for The Digital Author and Self-Publishing Conference this Sunday, October 13th, 2013.
The conference is a full weekend focused on the new paradigms for authors in an increasingly digital world. Workshops, inspirational sessions, and focused panels will be attended by professionals representing every genre and level of the industry.
Today, it's almost too easy. Voice actors can be their own agent. Clients find them through personal
Web sites or via talent-congregation sites Voices.com.
- Steve Mollman, CNN
Rather than hiring local voice talent for $250 to $500 per hour we
searched the Internet for high-quality voices that we could afford. We
found several sites offering various forms of narration or voice-overs.
We selected www.voices.com. In less than one minute, we created an
account, posted our requirements and solicited bids. Within five
minutes, we had 10 to 15 applicants charging 10 percent of what
Greer would have paid live talent.
- Thomas L. Friedman, NYTimes
Voices.com has been helping to match advertisers with voice talent and
ad production for the last couple of years.
- Michael Arrington, TechCrunch
Voices is larger, but tighter. More technically productive, but simpler to
use. It has evolved, really. It is hard to make something of Voices'
proportions into a truly elegant thing, but Voices may well have done
- Paul Glazowski, Mashable
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