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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.


The Pivot: An Ed McMahon Lesson from David Goldberg

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

March 16, 2015

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David GoldbergVO Atlanta was a blast for those who attended!

David Goldberg of Edge Studio gave some amazing advice on how to deliver copy during an epic copy workout late on Saturday night. He ran a copy workout last year, too, to resounding success, again replete with fantastic takeaways.

One of those insights had to do with a technique he calls the pivot.

Find out what a pivot is and how to do one in today's Vox Daily!


The Ultimate VO Guide Really Is Ultimate

By Carmi Levy

February 18, 2015

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Ultimate VO Guide Logo 320.pngHow do you feel about giving back to the VO community? If you've reached any level of achievement in the industry, do you take time to help those just starting out?

David Tyler believes in giving back to the community that helped him become what he is today. The 20-plus-year veteran of the VO industry promised himself years ago that once his business was firmly established, he'd help others move their own careers to the next level.

His just-launched video series, The Ultimate Voice Over Guide, is designed to help serious voice over artists go even further. Read on to learn more about this exciting new resource - and for your chance to win free access to it.


6 Tips From Voices.com's Talent Pros

By Carmi Levy

February 11, 2015

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Talent at the mic - 320.jpgHere at Voices.com, we love spending every minute of every day on the phone with our talent and clients. Along the way, we hear a lot of inspiring stories.

We've also learned a thing or two about what works best as you build your career in this industry - and what behaviors, tactics and strategies might merit a bit of a re-think.

Because sharing knowledge is what we're all about, we've gone straight to the source - our own talent and promotion experts - for some tips on getting your career off the ground, and growing it from there.

Read on for more on how you can tweak your own voice career.


3 Tips For How to Pronounce Difficult Names

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

February 10, 2015

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Dinosaur Natural History Museum - Flickr CC, Mat HampsonDo you find yourself having to say difficult names in a newscast or on-air?

Maybe you've encountered names in a variety of languages that you needed to pronounce in a voice-over script, at a university convocation or an awards show.

While everyone has come across names that are difficult to say, not everyone is in the limelight when they need to say them.

Here are a few ideas you can use to prevent mispronouncing the names of celebrities in today's Vox Daily.


Getting Ready For VO Atlanta

By Carmi Levy

February 4, 2015

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If it's true that sometimes there's no substitute for being there - and we absolutely believe it - then you may as well pick the biggest conference you possibly can. VO Atlanta, the largest voice over conference on the east coast, is set to get underway March 12th in Atlanta.

The third-annual conference has quickly become a must-attend event on the VO calendar thanks to its comprehensive schedule of activities and a who's-who list of attendees.

We'll be there, too, as we're Gold Sponsors of this year's four-day event, and we can't think of a better place to be.

Read on for more details on this important addition to the VO calendar.


Two Mics With Game-Changing Appeal For Voice Pros

By Carmi Levy

January 27, 2015

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iRig Mic Field - 320.pngFinding the right recording and production equipment that opens up new work opportunities without busting the budget has always been a key challenge for voice professionals.

To help narrow the field somewhat, we looked over the shoulder of none other than George Whittam, Edge Studio's director of technology and host of the popular Whittam's World podcast, as he attended the 2015 NAMM Show. The annual gathering of the National Association of Music Merchants has always been an important source of learning for the industry, and this year's show had plenty on tap for the voice community.

For a closer look at a couple of microphones that could change the game for mobile and in-studio work, read on.


3 Ways Narrators Can Use Goodreads.com

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

January 26, 2015

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Goodreads logo, 320 pixelsAre you on Goodreads?

If not, you should be!

There are so many wonderful reasons to become part of the Goodreads community online.

Take a few minutes now to learn more about Goodreads and how it can fit into your life as a tool for professional development, marketing and networking.


3 Ways To Protect Your Voice

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

January 21, 2015

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Woman wearing a warm scarf covering her mouth and nose, texting on a chilly day in Trafalgar Square.Do you take extra care when it comes to protecting your voice?

While waiting at a stoplight in my car watching gusts of exhaust swirling outside, I got to thinking about how grateful I was for the panes of glass separating me and my breathing apparatus from nearby toxins.

If you don't have your breath, it makes everything so much more difficult, especially if you depend on your voice for work.

Here are just a few ways that you can protect yourself from the elements and external sources of irritation.


Using MBTI For Character Development

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

January 20, 2015

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The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, the Keirsey Temperament SorterAre you running dry on ideas for creating characters?

When developing new characters, you need to think about who they are, where they're from, what they do, how they think and what matters most to them.

What if instead of starting from scratch every time, you were able to streamline the process by drawing upon a reservoir of personalities from which to shape your character?

Enter the 16 personality types as defined by Myers-Briggs.

Learn more about how to leverage online resources about human behaviour to enrich your character development now.


Let It Go: The Song That Made Frozen

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

January 13, 2015

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Queen Elsa from Frozen out in the open air, bright desolate area, looking back at the camera.If you're a fan of musicals, animated feature films and the like, no doubt you have an appreciation for the art of singing.

Song plays an essential role in film, especially Disney films.

That said, do any of the roles you take on require you to sing?

See how one song changed the course of Disney history and resulted in at least 41 language translations anchored by a melody recognized all over the world.


Art Imitating Life: Physicality in Frozen

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

January 12, 2015

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Portrait in the National Museum of Art in Mexico City. Life imitating art, imitating life. Museo Nacional de Arte INBA. In photo: Janet AnguloHave you ever noticed how sometimes animated characters resemble the actors who voice them?

Adopting physical mannerisms into a character's animation is rather common, as we have seen in a variety of animated films. The gregarious nature of James Earl Jones is evident in his character, Mufasa, in The Lion King and there's no mistaking Will Smith's character, Oscar, in Shark Tale. John Lasseter also served as an inspiration for animating Olaf in one of Frozen's unforgettable sequences.

Hear how art imitated life, and how physicality was incorporated into Frozen, the most successful Disney movie of all time, in today's Vox Daily.