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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 Talent

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.


 

It's Your Choice: Professional Services or Self-Serve?

By Carmi Levy

May 7, 2015

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Professional Services - 320.JPGIn business as in life, choice is a good thing. And having more choices available to you, no matter what you're doing, is always preferable.

Here at Voices.com, we believe in maximizing choice, and want you to have as much of it no matter what you're up to. If you're working on or planning a project that involves voice over work, we leave it entirely up to you.

Read on to learn more about how our flexible services - ranging from self-serve all the way to Professional Services - can help you deliver your projects successfully every time so you can move your business forward.


 

Movie Sound Effects - a Look Behind the Sound Designer's Curtain

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

May 5, 2015

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Foley artist at work, nutri-grain bar wrapper, recording studioHave you ever wondered about how sound is made?

What about the sound effects that you hear in film?

Matthew Polis, SoundSpace studio founder and supervising sound editor, contributed this great article to Vox Daily to give you a window into his world.

You might remember me mentioning Matthew before in an article here on Vox Daily about creating sounds at home.

Want to learn more about how Matthew creates sound for film?

Discover more about the creation of sound so that you can watch movies with a greater appreciation for Foley artistry now!


 

Midwest Voice Over Conference: Get Ready To Learn

By Carmi Levy

May 4, 2015

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MWVOC Logo.jpgThe Midwest Voice Over Conference promises to be one of the biggest voice over events of the season.

Scheduled for May 7, 8 and 9 at the Worthington, Ohio Holiday Inn, some of the top talent in the industry will be there to share experiences, learn from each other, and move their careers to the next level. Whether you're just starting out or are an experienced voice over professional, there's plenty of opportunity to learn and connect at the MWVOC.

We'll be there - as both event sponsors and attendees - and we hope you'll be there, too. We've also partnered with one of the most experienced voices in the business, and he's shared some of his best advice for succeeding in voice over. Read on for more.


 

ipDTL Opens Doors For Remote Voice Talent

By Carmi Levy

May 1, 2015

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ipDTL screen shotDo you want to record top-quality live audio from a home studio - without the expense and complexity of traditional solutions like ISDN?

An exciting technology, called ipDTL, promises to deliver the goods to voice talent who up until now couldn't justify paying enterprise rates for an ISDN line.

Read on for more details on ipDTL, and on how you could qualify to win a free month of service.


 

Software Won't Replace Human Translation Anytime Soon

By Carmi Levy

April 30, 2015

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Skype Translator - 320.jpgAutomated translation tools like Google Translate and Bing Translator have gotten lots of headlines in recent months as they've added features and languages and have become available within a wider range of apps and services.

This technology trend is also sparking fears for the future of human translators as the capabilities of machine translation solutions continue to advance.

Yet despite the rhetoric, the technology isn't anywhere near close to replacing real people, and it isn't clear that it ever will be. Read on to learn why.


 

Voices.com Website Now Features Advanced Job Filtering

By Carmi Levy

April 30, 2015

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Table Filters Open 320.JPGIf you've been using the Voices.com website to find jobs and audition for them, we've got some great news for you.

We've introduced some exciting new features to make it easier to sort through the list of available jobs in your account. We listened to feedback from you - our community of voice over professionals - and are pleased to share these updates with you now.

Read on for more details on what's new, and how everyone benefits.


 

Q&A With Voice Professional Lauren Holladay

By Carmi Levy

April 15, 2015

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Lauren Holladay.jpgVoices.com has become the world's largest voice talent marketplace based on the strengths of the voice professionals who make our clients' projects come alive.

Lauren Holladay is one of our leading talent, a 20-year industry veteran who, when she isn't behind the radio mic, has voiced a wide range of e-learning and training projects for clients including Delta Airlines, Neiman Marcus, Novartis and Xerox.

We asked her for some advice on her journey to the top tier of the industry, and are pleased to share the resulting Q&A here. Read on for Lauren's guidance.


 

NAB Show Highlights Fast-Changing Industry

By Carmi Levy

April 14, 2015

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NAB Show 2015 - 320.jpgIf you're wondering why the broadcast world is a little quieter this week, that's because all the heavy-hitters in the business have headed to Las Vegas to talk shop.

The 2015 NAB Show, organized by the National Association of Broadcasters, has evolved into more than just a get-together for radio and television executives. These days, it's a multifaceted convergence point for the entire digital media space, where traditional broadcasters connect with video post-production professionals, programmers, Internet specialists, media and entertainment experts and, yes, voice talent and producers, among others.

We wouldn't miss it for the world, and we've got a team right in the middle of the show floor. Are you there? Read on for more.


 

Voices.com Prepares Its Own Apple Watch App

By Carmi Levy

April 10, 2015

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VoicesAppleWatchApp - 320.jpgAre you planning on buying an Apple Watch?

If so, we've got exciting news: Our very own Apple Watch app is on the way.

Our development team has been working on new ways for voice professionals to take advantage of this revolutionary new device, and we think you'll be just as excited as we are to give it a try.

Read on for more information on Voices.com's next big (little) thing, and how it'll help you get more out of your next voice project.


 

Why Do You Work?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

April 8, 2015

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Pearls With Purpose strandsDoes your work have purpose?

Perhaps the better way to phrase this question is, do you find purpose in your work?

Many people in business are driven by something deep within themselves that compels them to serve others. Maybe you can relate.

Learn more about three organizations and the role social enterprise plays in our economy, and in your business, in today's Vox Daily.


 

Where Does Your Voice Naturally Shine?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

April 7, 2015

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Metropolitan Opera ticket for Ernani starring Placido Domingo, March 2015.In the wonderful world of voice, there is such a thing as a vocal comfort zone. Classically trained vocalists understand this to be the optimal collection of notes falling within their tessitura, an Italian term that describes a singer's most comfortable, full and resonant vocal range.

While singers and voice actors are certainly not limited to pitches within their tessitura, one can tell at times when an artist has gone outside the boundaries of his or her tessitura.

Have you explored the outer limits of your vocal comfort zone? Be sure to comment with the results (be they favorable or not!) in today's Vox Daily.


 

How Much Does Honey Really Help?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

April 3, 2015

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Tea book and honeyYou might not think about it, but the sugar in your coffee or tea could adversely affect your voice and the level at which you are able to perform!

I recently experienced this to be true and was shocked by the difference a couple spoonfuls of honey made.

Now, I'm not a doctor, but I do know what I experienced. Have you benefitted from the healing properties of honey, too?

Hear from a variety of voice professionals and share your thoughts honey in today's Vox Daily.


 

Finding Free Voice-Over Resources Quickly Online

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

March 31, 2015

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Voice Acting For Dummies book at Barnes & NobleAre you looking for voice-over resources that you can locate quickly and access at low or no cost?

This edition of Vox Daily contains links to gems you won't want to miss, highlighting educational aids, both old and new, to help you succeed as an actor, whether you're on-camera or stepping up to the mic.

Here's your invitation to explore some of the wonderful blogs, podcasts and tools that have helped launch successful voice-over careers.

What are you waiting for?

Discover our picks and why you'll find them useful now!


 

The Writers and Actors Group in NYC

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

March 20, 2015

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Rehearsal at the Writers and Actors Group in Studio B.Looking for some neat things to do in New York to sharpen your acting skills?

Want to get some face time in studio, stretch your creativity and make some new friends?

After going through what seemed like hundreds of Meetup events, I picked a handful to pop in my calendar.

Where did I go? Who did I see?

Find out in today's Vox Daily!


 

Using Quora to Drive Your Content Marketing Strategy

By Carmi Levy

March 17, 2015

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Quora_logo.pngEditor's Note: At Voices.com, we often work with trusted partners to highlight the content you need to bring your business or voice practice to the next level.

As part of this process, our founder and CEO, David Ciccarelli, will be joining a panel next week, March 24th at 2 p.m., as part of a free online event hosted by Grasshopper, How to Scale Your Business: From One to Many. He'll be focusing on online entrepreneurship and small businesses, areas where he has been recognized globally as a thought leader and subject matter expert.

Grasshopper Content Marketing Specialist Emma Siemasko has written an article for Vox Daily on how businesses can leverage the power of Quora to drive their content marketing efforts. Content marketing is taking the Internet by storm, but many niche professionals can't keep up. Read on to learn how to get un-stuck for good.


 

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