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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.


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.


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