By Lin Parkin
Was there a voice actor in particular who inspired you to get into the industry?
Comedy is tough, but it's even more difficult when you don't have the benefit of expressing it through physical movement.
Breathing life into some of the most memorable family-friendly characters of all time these folks are just some of the incredibly talented voice actors who have been particularly influential for both what they've contributed to the industry and their inspiring talents.
Join us in today's VOX Daily!
By Stephanie Ciccarelli
This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, the most famous speech given by American President Abraham Lincoln, and undoubtably one of the greatest speeches given in US history.
Documentarian Ken Burns is producing The Address, a 90-minute feature length documentary to be released in April 2014. Burns, along with many others, invites Americans to make Abraham Lincoln's words their own by video recording themselves reciting the 150 year-old speech.
Will you learn the address?
Discover more about this opportunity in today's VOX Daily.
Have you felt the call to donate financially to help the Filipino people affected by Typhoon Haiyan?
Earlier today, I received an email from a friend about a Public Service Announcement sharing information about the horrific typhoon that washed away lives, land and resources. The time to act is now.
Will you help?
Learn more about what you can do by reading this post.
In this, the final segment of our Veterans in Voice Over special, we feature Linsay Rousseau, who served in the Iraq War, OIF IV. 2005-2006 as a public affairs sergeant for the U.S. Army's 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), working as a journalist, photographer and videographer. She spent a year in the northern Iraq province of Kirkuk documenting and reporting on combat and humanitarian operations.
Linsay co-founded the Appeal for Redress during her time in the Army to educate service members on their rights and called for an immediate withdrawal of all U.S. forces from Iraq. The Appeal received the 2007 Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Award, presented by the Institute for Policy Studies.
Join VOX Daily today to hear Linsay Rousseau's experiences in the Army and how she became a voice actor after her service ended.
Many people use Twitter to get up-to-the-minute news and information as well as keep in touch with individuals, whether friends or celebrities, in a fast, succinct and exciting way.
From my experience, Twitter has been an exciting tool to use professionally for business, and quite quickly is becoming one of my favourites. It's delightful to see a stream of activity that can, if used effectively, result in both the "warm and fuzzy" as well as solid opportunities for collaboration, social introductions and even earning someone's business.
Join me in today's VOX Daily as we take a look at 7 Twitter interactions you could call your own and how you can use this particular network to your advantage.
By Stephanie Ciccarelli
Website maintenance for Voices.com will take place from 10am EST to 2pm EST on Saturday November 9th, 2013.
You will be unable to login to your account between those times, may not be able to visit profiles or navigate through the search engine.
Additionally, you may not be able to access the Voices.com apps including those designed for iPhone, iPad, Android devices or BlackBerry.
Just what are we working on?
Click through to find out!
In the second edition of Veterans in Voice Over, I had the pleasure of getting to know Karl Zinchak, USN (Retired).
Karl was first introduced to voice over early in his 20-year US Navy career while working as a combat photojournalist. Both the Department of Defense and the Navy needed voice talent for military and civilian media relations and he was later sent to the Defense Information School to learn voice and diction, radio and television production and has extensive experience working in front and behind a camera.
Later in his career, he was assigned as station manager for American Forces Radio and Television affiliates in Adak, Alaska and McMurdo Station, Antarctica, aboard various Naval ships and also served as Media Relations Officer. A native New Yorker, now living in Kansas City, he credits his early voice training for eliminating his 'Brooklyn-ese' accent.
After his years in service, Karl immersed himself in all aspects of voice-over education, training and personal coaching. He is now a professional non-union voice talent with his own home studio.
Join VOX Daily to learn about his life in service and exactly how he became a full time voice-over artist.
By Lin Parkin
Known as Remembrance Day in Canada and Veterans Day in the United States, on November 11th we honor those how have fought for their countries, some fortunate to make their way back home, some making the ultimate sacrifice, with a minute of silence at 11 am.
As a special tribute to those in our industry who've put themselves on the front lines for their families, friends, and their fellow citizens, we present "Veterans in Voice Over" to highlight members of our voice-over community who've served their country.
Join VOX Daily as we hear about the life and stories from some of those who've bravely faced the perils of war so that we may enjoy a safer world.
In less than a month, Disney will release its 53rd animated feature film, "Frozen" complete with a celebrity voice cast lead by actress Kristen Bell.
The plot itself is based on a fairy tale written by celebrated Danish author, Hans Christian Andersen, a longtime source Disney has used to inspire films such as The Little Mermaid, The Emperor's New Groove based upon The Emperor's New Clothes, the animated short The Ugly Duckling and now Frozen based on Andersen's The Snow Queen.
There's no doubt that Hans Christian Andersen + Disney = Success. The question I'm asking is, will the fact that Disney has a celebrity voice cast make a significant impact on the number of seats filled on opening weekend?
Have your say in today's VOX Daily!
By Stephanie Ciccarelli
When you find a new book to read, where do you first look?
Many people seek out reading material at their local libraries and we're no exception.
I got curious about how many copies of Voice Acting For Dummies were in circulation at libraries closer to home in Canada.
What I discovered was simply amazing!
Hear more about how Voice Acting For Dummies is making the rounds and check to see if there's a copy at your local library in today's VOX Daily.
By Lin Parkin
Have you ever wondered how some of the faces that appear on the Recently Hired keep making the list?
You've likely seen Deborah Sale-Butler on that list many times.
How does she do it?
She has taken her years of voice-over experience and coaching hopeful voice-over students and adapted that to the modern marketplace to complement her existing marketing efforts.
By adapting to the changing landscape of the industry that she has been able to build a successful career both at Voices.com and outside the site.
Join VOX Daily today as Deborah offers you some valuable marketing advice for those new the industry and those new to marketing themselves on Voices.com.
In a world that seems to keep getting smaller and smaller, the need for localization has never been greater.
You may have heard the term "native speaker" being used, particularly in translation circles or when spotting a job posting targeted to people living in a specific geographical area.
Why should companies hire native speakers? What sort of an edge do native speakers have over other voice talent who, while capable of communicating in said language, were not raised speaking it?
Find out why your mother tongue can make all the difference in today's VOX Daily!
When I set out to compile a list of the most beloved and memorable branding characters, I really didn't know what I was in for.
How can I choose only ten?
There are many companies, big and small, that really get this. There have been so many companies that are incredibly successful at creating brand awareness through animated characters and casting the right voices that bring them to life.
When a careful pairing of voice and character comes together in perfect synergy it creates a lasting legacy in the hearts and minds of consumers, building brand trust and loyalty.
It was on that notion that I selected the following companies and their characters, performed with some of the most memorable voice-overs, in my list of the top 10 most successful brand mascots of all time. Will you join me in today's VOX Daily?
By Stephanie Ciccarelli
When a voice actor auditions for a role, useful information is presented alongside the copy that outlines artistic and technical requirements over and above what's meant to be read aloud.
Like a musical score, the voice-over script contains more than just choice words to be spoken. It's a roadmap infused with direction that goes well beyond the printed page.
Find out what an acting script can tell you by visiting its cousin, the musical score, in today's VOX Daily.
I don't know about your neck of the woods, but in Ontario autumn came in like a lamb, with summer-like temperatures through to the begining of October. It was a beautiful thing.
But will it go out like a lion?
There are whispers of potential snowfall this weekend here in London, Ontario which is an unfortunate but enviable forecast. Why is it that despite the fact that winter comes each year, bringing with it blustery winds and snow; we always seem to be surprised by its arrival?
We are a hearty breed though; like many communities throughout North America the kids are no strangers to walking around on Halloween night with winter coats stuffed under their costumes, while the parents of all the little ghouls and goblins clutch warm beverages as they make their rounds. And as the days grow colder we close up our homes, shutting the windows and doors to the brisk air outside; effectively locking out some allergens while locking others in.
Much like having a sinus cold, suffering from allergies can be detrimental to the sound of one's voice. Although with allergies it hangs around causing the voice to sound nasally, raspy and hoarse for weeks and weeks. By trapping air inside the house during the autumn and winter months indoor allergies can significantly worsen.
Keeping the voice healthy is the number one priority for anyone who uses their voice for a living. Join VOX Daily as we put together 7 tips on reducing household allergens in your home.
Have you ever been labeled a one-hit-wonder?
Voices.com member Jerry Buckner can relate.
A successful songwriter, producer and voice-over artist Jerry was labeled a one-hit-wonder himself for his 80's hit single "PacMan Fever."
What many people don't know is that Jerry remained active in the entertainment industry producing numerous hits such as the theme song to "WKRP In Cincinnati," the Top 10 hit "On and On" by Anne Murray and, more recently, as the narrator on The History Channel's reality TV show "Big Shrimpin."
As a keyboardist and arranger, Jerry has scored original music for countless television and motion picture soundtracks, including the Oscar nominated title track for Disney's 2012 remake of "Wreck-It Ralph."
He realized that, like himself, most people labeled as one-hit-wonders continue to have fruitful careers. With that in mind Jerry created an online video talk-show called "The 1 Hit Wonders Show," set to air November 1st, 2013.
I reached out to Jerry to learn more about what people can expect from his show and how he manages to stay on top of his busy career.
Tim Burton, a celebrated and mysterious film director, producer, writer, poet, artist and animator, has produced some of the most intriguing animated movies of our time. His originality and slightly awkward sensibility shines through all of his films.
While searching for Halloween movies to watch with my son, Burton's films came up over and over again. It's no surprise. His movies contain an element of the macabre, but delicately balance the spooky with humour.
While some of the animated films may not be appropriate for children under 8, they are a perfect combination for celebrating Halloween, especially for those looking for a fun spooky romp without being subjected to the horrors contained in what I refer to as "terror films."
Join VOX Daily as we take a look at some of Tim Burton's animated feature length films to watch this Halloween.
By Stephanie Ciccarelli
Time is finite.
It has been said that time is one of life's great equalizers. We all, without exception, are granted 24 hours each day.
Even so, professional voice actors finds themselves invited to more opportunities than they can possibly do (or do well) on a daily basis.
How do you determine what you should audition for versus which auditions you should pass on?
We've created a handy dandy audition flow chart to help you decide which auditions to pursue and why in today's VOX Daily. Click through for the downloadable PDF!
Are you booking a voice talent for a major client? Did you sign a secrecy agreement?
Have you considered all parties involved?
At Voices.com we often marvel at the incredible voice-over work produced by the talent at our site for every kind of company from Fortune 500's down to small mom and pop shops that need a quality IVR recording.
As a general rule of thumb, and sometimes because we've signed a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) ourselves, we keep the names of the companies within these walls unless we're granted permission to speak about them publicly.
However if you are commissioned to hire a voice actor for your clients project, and you signed an NDA with the company, you should in turn consider issuing an NDA for the voice talent you hired to record the project.
Join VOX Daily today as we explore the what, why and who of issuing a non-disclosure agreement.
Are you a SAG-AFTRA talent trying to find work at Voices.com?
Thinking about joining the union but don't want to lose out on all the non-union work?
Many of the jobs posted at Voices.com are non-union, yet we have numerous SAG-AFTRA voice talent on the site.
How is this possible?
With a little extra effort a voice actor can remain honest with their union and still accept non-union work by turning it into a union job. All without causing additional work or hassle for the prospective client.
Joins VOX Daily today as Voices.com talent member and professional voice-over coach, Mike Brang, explains how it's done.