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Primetime Voices on Entertainment Tonight


By Stephanie Ciccarelli

August 31, 2006

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Where can you find Don LaFontaine, Dave Fennoy, Joe Cipriano all in one place? Check out this Entertainment Tonight feature.

A partial episode of Entertainment Tonight has made it up on YouTube.com, a website where anyone can upload video content to share with the world.

In the Entertainment Tonight segment Stage 28, Don, Dave, and Joe, three members of PrimeTime Voices, were interviewed and let North America in on their highly lucrative careers as professional voice talent.

If you've heard a movie trailer, you know the voice of Don LaFontaine. Don has voiced over 4,000 movie trailers and recorded somewhere in the neighborhood of 375,000 - 400,000 commercials and television promos, tags, and so on for stations around the world. Don revealed that he doesn't have to work a lot, and when he does, he simply goes downstairs and sits in front of his microphone.

Years ago, Don used to write movie trailers in the 1960s. Now he gets paid handsomely to voice them. Recording movie trailers earns Don LaFontaine million of dollars a year and he believes that recording voice-overs is truly a dream job. "It's the worlds' dream gig. That's why everyone wants to do it, and you can... just wait until I die".

Former DJ and CBS voice Dave Fennoy agrees that voice-over is a dream job that pays more than enough. Dave says "You don't have to spend a whole lot of time, you don't have to dress up. You just show up, you do the work and it happens fast, then, you wait by the mailbox for checks. Thankfully they pay you stupid money to do it."

The constant sound of Joe Cipriano's voice on CBS and FOX keeps him busy, and although his voice is a mainstay on the station, Joe does most of his recording from home at his Beverly Hills estate, complete with a tennis court and professional-grade home recording studio. "It certainly beats working, that's for sure," Cipriano said.

Joe Cipriano began his voice career in radio. About 16 years ago, an executive from FOX TV heard him on the air and thought his voice was perfect for the network.

"It's something that I've always wanted to do, so I think I bring with me, when I go to a session, kind of a 'I can't believe I'm doing this' and just a true joy."

As it happens though, Joe is not signed to a contract and faces the same occupational fears as most freelance voice talent, always looking for the next job.

"For me, heaven is a Friday, and you get a call that you have a Monday booking. It's always good to know that you've got a job come Monday."

These gentlemen mainly perform voice-overs for broadcast, so what you are about to see appears to be very easy, takes nearly no time at all, pays extremely well, and is a lot of fun.

How do you perceive voice-overs? Any comments?



P.S. You can also track down the rest of the PrimetimeVoices.com crew here.


Related Topics: radio, TV, YouTube


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