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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.


Walt Disney On Value Proposition

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

January 5, 2015

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Walt Disney Monument, Walt smilingDo you cut corners?

Are you giving all that you can to make a project remarkable?

The amount of heart and soul that you infuse into each job will determine whether or not someone becomes a repeat customer.

As 2015 spreads its wings, I invite you to take inventory of your work and pit it against the high standards that Walter Elias Disney set out for his staff. Take a leaf out of Walt's book and apply it here and now in today's Vox Daily.


The Making of Frozen: How Disney Creates an Animated Classic

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

December 22, 2014

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Queen Elsa from Disney's FrozenDid you watch The Story of Frozen on ABC?

Disney execs graciously shared the origins of how this animated film took the world by storm, took many by surprise and gave everyone, even a group of US Marines, something to cheer about.

Hear just some of the amazing experiences, memories and little known facts about the 600-person crew who worked for over two-and-a-half years to bring Frozen to the silver screen.


Voices.com Premium Membership Giveaway!

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

December 16, 2014

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Carmi Levy and Stephanie Ciccarelli, Vox Talk co-hosts, Voices.comFrom time to time, we like to give away prizes because, well, we love to do it. And since this is the holiday season, we're in a giving mood.

If you've been listening to Vox Talk or are following Voices.com on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn, you might have already heard about the contest.

On our latest show, Carmi and I gave instructions on how to enter for a chance to win.

So how about it: would you want to win a Premium membership to Voices.com?

Read on to hear more on how you can be a part of our last big giveaway of the year!


Facebook at Work Speaks to Voice Talent

By Carmi Levy

December 4, 2014

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Facebook logo on Mac - 320.jpgYou know the drill about Facebook at the office: Don't do it.

Many companies have a no-Facebook rule for their employees, hoping to prevent them from endlessly sifting through their timelines, watching countless cat videos, and playing Candy Crush like there's no tomorrow.

That old assumption may need a re-think as reports that Facebook is working on a business-specific offering, called Facebook at Work, have emerged. While the company isn't commenting directly, reports suggest it could combine the professional appeal of LinkedIn with the social media virality of Facebook's existing services.

Read on for more details on how this could make online life for voice professionals that much easier.


4 Sounds You Can Create at Home

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

December 1, 2014

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David Goldberg, Chief Edge Officer of Edge Studio in NYCHave you ever watched a film only to realize that the sights you are seeing and the sounds that you're hearing aren't necessarily the same thing?

Foley Artists are responsible for recreating sound for a variety of applications such as animation, film, audiobooks, video games and more. While some of the more complex sound challenges require specialized equipment, you'd be surprised how much you can get done on your kitchen table or in your home studio.

Take a step with me into Edge Studio to get an appreciation for how sound is made in today's Vox Daily.


YouTube Hits The 60 fps Gas Pedal

By Carmi Levy

November 8, 2014

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YouTube Logo - 320.pngFour months after first promising one of the most anticipated features in its history, YouTube has made 60 frame-per-second (fps) video uploads available to everyone.

Although the site had been demonstrating a few 48 and 60 fps videos in recent months to stoke interest in the new format, last week's move opens it up to everyone. Effective immediately, users can both submit and view videos shot at the new higher framerates.

What does faster video mean to the industry? And can it have an impact on the voice industry, as well? The short answer is yes. For the longer answer, read on.


Toy Story 4 Set for June 2017 Release

By Carmi Levy

November 7, 2014

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Toy Story Logo - 320.pngIf you're a Toy Story fan - and who isn't? - Pixar has some great news for you: Toy Story 4 has just been given the green light, and it's been scheduled for a June 2017 release.

Although Toy Story 3 seemed to be the end of the Sheriff Woody/Buzz Lightyear story, original Toy Story director John Lasseter said they love the characters so much that they just couldn't resist coming back for a fourth time.

The new film is expected to pick up where Toy Story 3 leaves off, and will reportedly be a love story. Pixar is understandably tight-lipped about the plot, but has confirmed that Rashida Jones and Will McCormack will write the screenplay.

Read on for the latest on what's fast becoming the biggest news story in animation in a while.


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