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How to Effectively Work with a Newcomer in the Voiceover Industry

By Amber O'Neill

October 2, 2015

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When you want a voice-over job to go smoothly, good communication goes a long way.

While this is true of all working relationships, it's especially important when you are taking on a project with someone who has recently entered the world of casting and working with voice over talent.

How can you make the process easier on everyone?

Find out in today's Vox Daily!


3 Reasons Why Your Ads Get Skipped on YouTube

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

September 24, 2015

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Sad child, facial expression

How do you get people to watch your entire YouTube advertisement?

What stops someone from clicking "Skip Ad" to jump ahead and fulfill the immediate gratification they desire?

In this hasty, soundbite world, drawing an audience in by appealing to their emotions is absolutely critical. Whether on the computer or watching via a mobile device, millions of heartstrings are waiting to be pulled and thousands upon thousands would welcome an impromptu bout of the giggles to pass the time and get through their day.

Hear from members of the Voices.com team as they share insight on why ads get skipped and what you can do to increase the amount of time your ad is viewed in today's Vox Daily.


Recording Voice-Overs on the Road

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

September 23, 2015

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Road, horizon, highway, driving

When's the last time you booked a gig and had to record from somewhere other than your studio?

Are you equipped to voice a project from a hotel room?

What do you even need to do this effectively?

Julie Williams shares her tips for how to record voice-overs on the road in today's Vox Daily.


Synesthesia: What "Sound Purple" Really Means

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

September 21, 2015

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Speaker and sound colors. Synesthesia - hearing color through sound.Have you ever been on the receiving end of confusing artistic direction?

Whether it's your drama teacher asking you to "be a tree," or a director telling you to "sound more purple," we've all be given direction that we didn't understand that seemed entirely clear to the director.

How can this be?

So far as audio goes, did you know that there are people in our midst who hear through color?

Find out more about what the phenomenon of Synesthesia is and how it can be used in today's Vox Daily.


Updating Your Phone System? Read This First!

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

September 16, 2015

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Cat sitting near a rotary telephone

When is the last time you updated your corporate phone system?

Whether you're researching a new phone system right now to accommodate your growing team or are finding ways to make your current messaging more effective, it's always a good time to assess where your phone system is at and how it helps your customers achieve their goals.

Are you about to make a change? Should you be making one?

Read all about our new Phone System Solution Center in today's Vox Daily!


Cold Reading Gold: Why Thinking Less Can Help Your Acting

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

September 14, 2015

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Talent tips: get more workWhat yields better reads from a voice artist?

Conventional wisdom would suggest that the more someone studies something, the better they understand it and the more informed they are on the topic.

When attending a voice acting workshop recently in New York, the most astounding thing happened! Is it possible to nail a read with no preparation whatsoever?

Find out in today's Vox Daily!


Voices Where You Least Expect Them

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

September 11, 2015

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Audio - voices at the speed of sound - streets

Have you been surprised by a voice before?

Almost any device, toy or inanimate object can be given a voice. There are no shortage of opportunities for the human voice to take center stage.

Where have you heard a voice where you least expected one?

Hear about some interesting venues for spoken word recordings in today's Vox Daily.


Why You Might Not Be Booking Work at Voices.com (and what you can do about it)

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

September 8, 2015

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Are you on the brink of success but just don't know it?

It wasn't until the 10,001st attempt that Thomas Edison successfully invented the light bulb. While you may not have auditioned 10,000 times on Voices.com, not booking a job after dozens - or even hundreds - of audition submissions can be discouraging.

Want to change things up?

Here are 4 tried and true tips on how to get your first job.


3 Ways to Do What You Do Well Even Better

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

September 2, 2015

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Yellow flowerDoes your career bring you joy?

Would you say that the job you're doing now is something you were made to do?

Everyone has natural talents and a desire to put those gifts to work. Doing what you were made to do on the job is highly satisfying and gives meaning to your day to day activities.

Join me as we explore what purpose and design have to do with excellence in your career in today's Vox Daily.


Introducing Multi-User Accounts at Voices.com

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

August 31, 2015

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Multi-user accounts at Voices.comDo you wish you had a better way to collaborate with your team on the projects you're working on?

If you routinely involve co-workers or decision makers when reviewing auditions or making payment via Voices.com, you're going to love our new multi-user account for clients that we've got in the works!

As I type, there's a group of select client members testing this feature with our team before it rolls out this fall.

This highly anticipated feature is almost here!

Discover a feature we're developing to allow your team to collaborate more effectively through online casting at Voices.com in today's Vox Daily.


How To Create Great Fictional Characters

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

August 27, 2015

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Bryant Park Reading Room in New York CityWhen preparing to write a book, what comes first?

Some authors have a story in mind at the outset while others start with characters and weave threads of the story together from there.

Whether you're writing fiction for children, young adults or grownups, you're going to need believable characters that audiences are drawn to.

That means creating characters that they root for, and, some they might not be able to stand! All in all, you've got to pique the interest of your audience. One way to do that is through character development.

So, what goes into a great fictional character?

Find out in today's Vox Daily.


Voices.com Survey On How Voice-Over Impacts Ad Industry

By Trisha Beausaert

July 10, 2015

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2015 Survey PromoAdvertising companies use a variety of services and facilities offered by sound recording studios, including commercial spot production, audio post-production and duplication services.

There is a shift happening in this industry that is greatly impacted by an often overlooked, yet significant component; voice-over.

Agencies and brands are switching from large outside recording studios to independents to meet their budgets, shortened project timelines, and a growing network of talent who are ready to collaborate.


3 Tips on How to Improve Communication

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

July 6, 2015

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Jack and Suzy Welch being interviewed on Charlie Rose.Do you struggle with communication?

How about communication at work, with your family and those around you?

In a recent interview on Bloomberg, Charlie Rose sat down with power couple, Jack and Suzy Welch. One of the topics discussed was effective communication and how you can make sure what you mean to say gets across to your listeners each and every time.

Discover 3 things you can do to improve communication and use the Welches takeaways to help you the next time you're delivering a message at work, giving instructions or when collaborating on a project.


Constructing Languages for Hollywood Films

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

July 1, 2015

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Minions movie posterThe spoken word goes back a long time.

With over 6,800 languages spoken in the world today, you might wonder why we need any more.

That's a good question.

Enter Hollywood!

As we draw nearer to the highly anticipated release of Minions, it makes sense to delve into this arena of storytelling.

Join us as we take a look at languages specially created by linguistic anthropologists to bring more authenticity and identity to fabricated worlds and their inhabitants on the silver screen.


Voices.com Opens New York Office

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

June 1, 2015

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Charging Bull in NYCDo you have aspirations?

Maybe you've just opened a new studio or recently celebrated a significant milestone in your family or career.

The team at Voices.com is about to embark on a new part of our journey!

Hear more about our American company and how having feet on the ground in the Big Apple has helped us achieve bigger and better things for our members in today's Vox Daily.


Making the Case for a Home Studio

By Carmi Levy

May 22, 2015

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Home Studio - Closeup - 320.jpgVoice professionals know the secret: Having your own studio is the key to getting more work done in less time, and with impeccable quality.

Having your own home studio means you not only control when you audition, but also the final outcome.

Setting up your own home studio need not be prohibitively expensive or complex. Read on for more insight into how you can make the business case for building your own.


7 Great Ways to Promote Your Voice

By Carmi Levy

May 21, 2015

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Shaking Hands - 320.jpgAre you doing everything you can to promote yourself as a voice professional?

In between all the day-to-day activities necessary to build your voice career - from working with a coach and exercising your voice to auditioning and then auditioning some more - finding the time to promote yourself and your brand understandably isn't always at the top of your priority list.

While plenty of voice artists manage to succeed without a focused effort to promote themselves, it's equally true that today's online, mobile, and social media-driven economy has raised the stakes somewhat.

If you've been wondering how to amp up the volume when it comes to promoting your brand as a voice artist, read on.


Cheap Computers for Voice Pros: A Bad Bargain?

By Carmi Levy

May 13, 2015

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Home Studio - 320.jpgVoice professionals rely heavily on their computers for lots of reasons: To manage their auditions, record and produce demos, and maintain their online presence, among other things.

Most voice pros also don't have an unlimited budget to play with. So when buying computers and related equipment for the home studio, they're always looking for a better deal.

But is the latest wave of ultra-inexpensive computers worth considering? The answer depends on what your specific needs are. Read on for more.


Why You Need A Demo Reel - Now

By Carmi Levy

May 12, 2015

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Reel to Reel - 320.JPGAs a voice professional, how do you market yourself?

Do you have a demo reel? If you don't, what's keeping you from making it happen? If you do, is it a one-size-fits-all package or have you more precisely targeted the kinds of work you'd like to do?

In today's increasingly attention-challenged market, demo reels - also known as voice-over reels - are rapidly becoming your most important marketing tool.

Read on for more information on getting the most out of your demo reel. Or reels.


Google Mobilegeddon Touches Voice, Too

By Carmi Levy

May 11, 2015

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Google Mobilegeddon Screenshot - 320.pngAre you getting the most out of your marketing efforts on the web?

Whichever side of the mic you're on - talent, producer, or maybe both at the same time - using the web is a critical component of anyone's marketing mix. But a recent change by Google to the way it ranks websites could be bad news for a lot of website owners.

Read on to find out if Google's so-called "Mobilegeddon" affects you, and what you need to do to avoid getting lost in the shuffle.


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