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Slate In Character Or Don't Slate At All

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Pirate on the shore, wearing a black pirate's hat.Do you slate before auditions these days?

More and more, we're finding that it is far more effective for voice talent auditioning online not to slate. Accordingly, we've stopped recommending that talent slate before custom reads when auditioning through the site.

That said, if you do slate (the choice is yours), especially if auditioning for a character role, you'll want to heed the advice in this article.


Most Common Languages Other Than English and Spanish Spoken in the US

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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American flag map of United States of AmericaHave you ever stopped to think about the languages that are being spoken all around you?

Aside from English and Spanish, what do you think are the most commonly spoken languages on a state by state basis?

With over 6800 languages spoken in the world today, the answers may surprise you.

Find out in this neat language map of the United States.


Who's the Voice on the MLB Perfect Inning App?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Joe Buck MLB Perfect Inning app voice-overAre you a baseball fan?

The MLB Perfect Inning app has just been updated to include voice-overs from a seasoned Major League Baseball commentator.

Recently reviewed on 148apps.com, MLB Perfect Inning is free to download, and if you're a budding sportscaster, serves as an education in voicing itself!

Find out more by reading today's VOX Daily.


Dissolve: The Rest Is History

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Dissolve and Voices.com video, The Rest is HistoryIf you're reading this article, there's a high probability that you're in the business of storytelling.

Voices.com is home to storytellers using the human voice. Dissolve is home to storytellers who use video to enhance their stories.

What happens when you put Voice-Over and Video together?

Find out in "The Rest Is History."


Raise Your Recording Studio Fashion with VOXTees

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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As Heard On TV, voice artist t-shirtDo you have any t-shirts that let people know you're a voice actor?

Bilingual voice over artist, Luis Garcia, launched a new website where you can find a variety of cozy t-shirts to record in and other accessories to complement your home studio.

The online store is available now with the brand launching next month at VOICE 2014.

Take a look at VOXTees now in today's VOX Daily!


3 Simple Steps to Better Communication in Voice-Overs

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Senior couple watching television. The wife is not enthralled but the husband is content with the programming. Husband is holding a remote control.When reviewing a piece of copy, how much attention do you pay to its intended audience?

How well you know your audience determines how well you read a script.

Determining 3 simple things in advance of voicing a script will improve your read dramatically.

Find out what you can do to communicate better as a voice actor in today's VOX Daily.


The 1 Thing It Takes To Be The Right Voice

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Man thinking, reviewing information on a tabletHave you ever wondered what clients on the other side of the computer screen are thinking when reviewing voice-over auditions?

Brandon Faris, Director at LEAPframe, pulls no punches.

Make sure you're sitting down!

With a coffee or tea in hand, you'll be sure to get through.

Find out what you can do to make your audition stand out for all of the right reasons in today's VOX Daily.


Voices.com Exhibiting at VOICE 2014

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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James Alburger, Dave Courvoisier, Penny Abshire at VOICE 2012 Red CarpetDo you have any plans this year to step up your game as a career voice artist?

The VoiceOver International Creative Experience, lovingly known as VOICE, will take place in Anaheim, California from August 27th through August 30th, 2014.

Over the years, Voices.com has enjoyed participation at VOICE on multiple levels including sponsorships, serving on panels, media coverage of the conference and more.

Will we see you there?

Be sure to let us know by commenting on today's VOX Daily!


Do You Know Where to Find Children's Voice Acting Jobs?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Young tween boy actor, smiling mischievously at the camera, standing between two red theatre curtainsDo you have children who love acting?

How about singing?

Recently, a flurry of advantageous opportunities were posted for child voice actors, tweens in particular, to audition for through the Voices.com website.

Could there be an opportunity here for your family?

Is there a shining star living under your roof?

Find out how you can enrol your son or daughter in a Child membership at Voices.com to receive auditions for work they'll be proud of in today's VOX Daily.


How To Cast Like Marion Dougherty

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Marion Dougherty on the phoneWhen a producer goes about auditioning talent for a film or special project, every role has to be cast just right or their overall vision will be compromised.

No one understood this better than Marion Dougherty, a woman who almost singlehandedly set the bar for casting in feature films.

There's nothing like extraordinary casting when telling a story well.

Want to cast like Marion Dougherty?

Be sure to read this article and pick up 9 casting tips in today's VOX Daily!


Tips for Broadcast Journalists from the World of Voice Acting

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Middlesex College at Western University (UWO)When you listen to journalist, whether on radio or via television, you can't help but notice that they bear a great responsibility as communicators reporting information to the public.

Telling stories in an eloquent and objective way, many times as they are breaking, is a skill that requires poise, accuracy and an authoritativeness that only informed presenters can exude.

How does one develop these skills?

Find out how you can apply voice acting skills to your current job to help you land more freelance voice-over gigs in today's VOX Daily.


Otishia Emmens on Cross-Referencing Your Voice-over Career

By Lin Parkin

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Woman Plan BAre you at a cross-road in your career?

Still working a day job but feel uninspired and unmotivated in your current line of work? Have you been moonlighting as a voice-over artist?

This may be your cue that it's time reignite your mind and pursue Plan B. If you're ready to change into a career you can be passionate about, we applaud you! You're in for an exciting journey.

Just don't burn any bridges to your past.

Every industry benefits from voice-overs. Those connections you've made throughout the years in your former career can be re-purposed as potential voice-over work. Every business should have a professional IVR or phone prompt. Most businesses have corporate videos and presentations that require narration. Businesses everywhere produce commercials for television and radio. If you know a business inside and out that could be what makes you the ideal voice for their brand.

Otishia Emmens, a former Litigation Paralegal, recognized this when she made the leap into voice-overs and turned the connections from her law career into a source of potential voice-over clients.

Join VOX Daily to learn more about Otishia's story and receive tips on how to effectively transition your connections from a former career into your new career as a voice-over artist.


Upcoming Changes to Terms of Service

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Terms of Service Update.jpgToday, we are posting our 30 day notice for upcoming changes to our Terms of Service.

The new Terms of Service are available online now and can be read in our company section here.

We're providing this 30 day notice as we have committed to doing so in previous blog posts.

In other words, whenever we make an update to our agreement with you, we want to provide you with enough time to read through it and ask questions of us if needed.

What are Terms of Service?

Terms of Service, sometimes referred to as a User Agreement or a Master Licence Agreement is a legally binding agreement between an organization and the user.

Every website or downloadable app has a set of rules which define the use of the website, prohibited use, ownership of content and termination and survival rights.

Learn more about this update in today's VOX Daily.


Do You Want to Get into Cartoon Voice Overs?

By Lin Parkin

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Sunday MuseIf you've always wanted to do voice-overs specifically for cartoons, we've got some great news!

The prolific Sunday Muse, whose voice-over work can be heard on Total Drama Island, Undergrads, Rolie Polie Olie, Care Bears, JoJo's Circus, Time Warp Trio, Jane and the Dragon, Odd Job Jack, The Future is Wild, Jimmy Two-Shoes, and Arthur & Franklin - to name a few - is teaching a new workshop with her company Great Big Voices.

As a leading voice actor and teacher at NYU's Children's Theatre Company, and the National Theatre School, Sunday has become celebrity voice actor and the "go-to" person in the animation voice-over industry. Her students have gone on to book roles in major cartoon series including, Franklin (Nickelodeon), Chuck & Friends, Cat In The Hat, and Super Why (PBS).

Join VOX Daily to learn what's involved with her course.


What's New with the Voices.com iOS App?

By Lin Parkin

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Thumbs Up TeamOn May 7th, 2012 we released the first version of our Voices.com iOS App.

The Voices.com iOS App was designed to give talent the opportunity to audition for jobs while on the go, even record an audition with the built in microphone, and clients the ability to review auditions, search the directory, and hire talent right from their mobile device.

Several iterations later, and after exhaustive testing, we're pleased to announce some changes that we know you'll be happy about too!

Do you use our iOS app?

Join VOX Daily to learn what you can expect with the upcoming release of the newest version of the Voices.com App for your Apple mobile device.


Enhancing Your Social Media Marketing with Audio

By Lin Parkin

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social media icons.jpgSo you've got a visual presence online. You're on all of the social networking sites.

You regularly update your status and news feeds but you're finding that something is oddly ... missing.

How is it that you can have a photo, an about me paragraph, and hundreds of virtual friends but still feel like your efforts are missing the boat somehow?

It's likely the human element. Although seemingly everywhere you look, it is often the missing piece of the puzzle in social networking. Join VOX Daily to learn more.


Does Gender Matter When Casting a Voice Over?

By Lin Parkin

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Couple.jpgIn the past, voice-overs were recorded predominantly by men with the occasional female voice being present. Those were the days of "Father knows best", the stereotypical announcer, and the "Voice of God".

There was work available for women but their voices were almost exclusively used for telephone recordings and character roles in commercials and animation productions.

While some areas of voice-over still favour the male voice, particularly for movie trailers, radio station imaging, and sports announcing, many doors have been opened to women in those same areas.

Join VOX Daily as we explore how to decide which gender may be best suited to represent your brand.


Need Resources for Auditioning and Casting Voice Overs?

By Lin Parkin

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Female Assistant_Lightstar59.jpgAre you new to casting voice-overs?

Do you need advice on what to look for when casting voice talent?

If you know you will need a voice-over for your project but you've never auditioned voice-over talent before there are a number of things you will need to take into consideration depending on your project.

We've compiled a list of resources that will help you, from writing the scripts to listening to auditions and typical voice-over rates we've got you covered.

Join VOX Daily to learn more.


Why Add Narration to Your Travel Package Videos?

By Lin Parkin

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Business Man on BeachAre you involved in producing travel marketing videos?

Do you operate a travel and tourism business?

Travel companies are getting in on a growing movement to use video as a means to sell travel packages, which is great - albeit little behind the times.

Much like the traditional voice-over industry was resistant to change ten years ago, traditional brick and mortar travel companies have been resistant to competing in an online environment.

Today, more travel organizations are realizing it won't cost them an arm and a leg, that they can expand their reach exponentially online while establishing themselves on a fair playing field with the top dogs in travel. Learn more in today's VOX Daily.


We're Bringing VOX Talk Back!

By Lin Parkin

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Vox_Talk_Logo_300.jpgDo you like listening to podcasts?

Well, we're adding another one to our podcast centre!

Actually, this is really more of a reintroduction. For those of you who have been with us for a number of years you may remember VOX Talk.

We're bringin' it back!

On January 2nd, 2007 we launched the very first episode of our weekly in-house podcast VOX Talk. Hosted by Voices.com co-founder and CMO, Stephanie Ciccarelli, the podcast ran for approximately two years with 60 episodes produced.

Due to the rapid growth of Voices.com, finding the time to continue recording the podcast was next to impossible. So the podcast took a sabbatical. Now, five years later, Stephanie is elated to be hosting it again!

Join VOX Daily to learn what the VOX Talk podcast series is all about and how it will serve to help you.