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Saturday Giveaway : Word of Mouth

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

August 9, 2008

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word-of-mouth-320.jpgEver heard of the amazing voice actor and casting director Susan Blu?

Susan co-authored the third edition of "Word of Mouth : A Guide to Commercial and Animation Voice-Over Excellence" with Molly Ann Mullin and Cynthia Songé, a book all about the rudiments of voice acting, giving yourself permission to play, and learning how to release the characters within.

Want to win Word of Mouth? Leave a comment to get in on the fun!

First published in 1987, "Word of Mouth" was the first-ever book written that focused on voice-overs. The edition printed in 2006 addresses technological changes that have developed since the initial printing.

The book has 160 pages of core content, a glossary, an industry contact list and also includes an entertaining instructional CD that was recorded at the time of the book's first release in 1987.

Many of you know about Susan Blu's extensive career in animation voice overs (Transformers, Smurfs, etc.) and also know her as a casting director and instructor.

If you'd like to read the review, click on this link:

Word of Mouth, 3rd Edition


How Do You Enter For a Chance to Win?

All you need to do is comment on this article and let us know that you'd like to win the book!

Each week, there will be something different, so be sure to subscribe to VOX Daily to get the Saturday Giveaway notices as well as other voice acting articles throughout the week.

The giveaways will include voice acting:

๏ Books
๏ DVDs
๏ Coaching Sessions
๏ Recording Equipment
๏ Gift certificates
๏ Workshop / Conference Passes
๏ Unique Promotional Opportunities


When is the Winner Chosen?

Winners will be drawn randomly from the comments left on the blog and announced the following Saturday. Those who win will be notified by email at which time we'll confirm their shipping address. On the following Saturday, the winner will be announced and another opportunity to win a Saturday Giveaway will present itself.

I'd like to say congratulations to last week's winner, David Rodwell, who will be receiving his copy of "Step Up to the Mic" in the mail soon.

Looking forward to hearing from you! Don't forget to comment for your chance to win :)

Best wishes,

Stephanie

Related Topics: animation, cynthia songe, how to, industry, molly ann mullin, saturday giveaway, susan blu, voice acting, voices.com, vox daily, word of mouth


Comments


    Thanks for the reviews! They are awesome.

    Posted by:
    • Elli
    • August 9, 2008 9:49 PM

      It is alwasy a true pleasure when someone with vast knowledge of a certain niche of the VO business is willing to share a little of that knowledge with others.

      I'm glad to see that they updated the classic version to include the technologies that are available today as well as how those technologies have changed the way the business works.

      Posted by:

        'word of mouth' was the first book recommended to me when i began doing freelance voiceover work, and it's the first one i recommend myself. ms. blu and ms. mullin created a friendly, easy-to-follow narrative that covers all the bases.

        i'd be most interested to see what's been updated (my edition has photos of demo "tapes"...actual 5-inch reels!)in the new edition.

        Posted by:
        • rowell
        • August 10, 2008 2:06 AM

          Thanks to my kids, I know Susan's work on Handy Mandy, and Clifford! WOO HOO!. And since I am 44, I'm SURE I saw her in the "Will The Real Jack Tripper" episode on Three's Company!

          Posted by:

            What an incredible artist and gifted casting director Susan Blu is. I'd love to win the latest edition of her book. Thanks for having this contest and as always your insight, help, and caring for your fellow voice actors.
            Maggie Reed

            Posted by:
            • maggie reed
            • August 10, 2008 8:21 AM

              Hi Stephanie,

              I just got back from Ottawa, but before I got back to my home studio and all the voiceover opportunities, I made a stop and picked up this amazing reference!
              'Word of Mouth' has already shown me I can't put the book down!! It's great for this voice actor! I immediately turned to "The Demo CD" in chapter 7 and was really impressed with the information.
              It's straight, to the point, clear and concise with a no hold barred approach! Chapter 9 is even better! This is where the trio of authors (Susan Blu,Molly Ann Mullin and Cynthia Songe)discuss how to promote yourself! Perfect!
              It also provides sample resumes for those who have an agent and for the beginner. Before I begin reading from front to back, I want to turn a few more pages on to "Animation". This is where professional animator and author Susan Blu will teach the craft of creating cartoon voices! I'm totally exited about this one!
              I'm sure I will read this book over and over again. I also look forward to hearing the instructional CD!
              Great value and a termendous resource for anyone wanting to learn commercial and animation voiceover excellence!

              Thanks for the post Stephanie!

              Blair Wilson
              (Preferred Member)

              Posted by:

                I really appreciate Vox Daily and the information you provide in them. I woud love to win this book.

                Posted by:
                • Matt Wiewel
                • August 10, 2008 10:37 AM

                  Sounds like a great book to have! This coming week I will be in the studio with my teacher and mentor Lainie Frasier. We will be doing all the post production work on my first professional demo. This will the the culmination of 21 months of entensive training and practice and it all comes together on Thursday.

                  This will mark the beginning of a budding new career for me. I'm 61 years old and raring to go!

                  "There are no magic words...There is only magic in your words." -w.t.dunn

                  Posted by:
                  • Thomas Dunn
                  • August 10, 2008 10:44 AM

                    Thanks for all the info in your blog! I'd love a copy of "Word of Mouth".

                    Posted by:
                    • Elazar Nudell
                    • August 10, 2008 10:58 AM

                      Susan Blu is an amazing lady, both in her voicework and in what she knows. She brought so many characters I watched to life, and I'm a life-long fan of hers. I've always wanted her book, so I hope this post gets picked. :-)

                      Posted by:

                        WoW! great review. I'm gonna buy this one (if i don't win)!

                        Posted by:
                        • Debra Mulcahy
                        • August 10, 2008 12:05 PM

                          This sounds like fun! I would love to win this book, it would be really useful.

                          Josh

                          Posted by:
                          • Josh Snyder
                          • August 10, 2008 12:25 PM

                            I have the passion and a big dream of becoming a great voice over actor someday. It always has been a rough ride since I set off, however, I've been blessed to have Voices.com to go along with me. Here in the Philippines we're not that big in the industry. My voice is only but one of those who are in the depth shouting so loud for some SOS in the voice over universe, hoping someone would notice. But here I am, my voice is drowned by the deafening bustling of those folks who call themselves VO pro. What can I do? I'll be more than glad to have this piece of wealth...Thanks voices.com

                            Posted by:
                            • Arnel Dable Amena
                            • August 10, 2008 2:04 PM

                              Win or lose, this book is definitely going on my gotta-get-it list. I want this book mainly for my older daughter, who has decided on a career in the dramatic arts and is sure to go well beyond my level as an "occasional voiceover guy".

                              Posted by:
                              • John Acheson
                              • August 10, 2008 2:10 PM

                                Congrat's David on being last weeks winner! Stick my name for this week if you would Stephanie. Busy, busy... good day to all!!!

                                Tom

                                Posted by:

                                  Love to read this blog, even without the shot at a prize. But what a great prize this week...will have this book whether I win it or not! Susan Blu has been doing what I've always wanted to do...cartoon voices. Let me add some clarity...she gets PAID to do what I've always done for free for anyone who'll listen. :-D

                                  Thanks for an always-helpful blog, Stephanie!

                                  Posted by:

                                    Good stuff! I love reading and keeping up on VO. This sounds like a great addition to my library!

                                    Posted by:

                                      Already got the book read it played the cd just awaiting the T Shirt!
                                      But on a serious note the book & accompanying cd are excellent & a must read for any newbie.
                                      I keep mine close to hand & often revisit portions of it as well as replay the well put together cd .
                                      If ever I was in the states I would certainly like to meet the gang that put it together.

                                      Posted by:
                                      • Mydrim Ballantyne
                                      • August 10, 2008 3:53 PM

                                        YES! I want to win this book. Sounds like a great addition to the other books, articles and mp3's that I have used to grow my voice business. Recently, my 14 year old daughter was in my studio while I worked on a project and commented that she would like to do what I do. So now I am using the "voice over world" to connect with my daughter in a much deeper way! I hope to give this book to her for an early Christmas present!

                                        Posted by:

                                          Hey Stephanie,

                                          Count me in for the drawing :-)

                                          Thanks,
                                          Daniel

                                          Posted by:
                                          • Daniel Schwab
                                          • August 10, 2008 5:59 PM

                                            If I don't win, is there a place where I could purchase this?

                                            Posted by:

                                              Hi!

                                              Very informative :) Looking forward to thanking you for winning it!

                                              xoxo
                                              Luna

                                              Posted by:
                                              • Luna
                                              • August 10, 2008 9:54 PM

                                                As a voice over artist and coach with the New York Talent Club, I'm always looking for ways to improve my voice over work and the work of my students. I was recently on hold for a national television commercial and one of my students recently booked an online video game! Thanks for the great giveaway and great place to book talent Voices.com.

                                                Wayne Pyle

                                                Posted by:

                                                  Hi Stephanie,

                                                  The reviews of this book are all very positive. If I am not chosen I will absolutely purchase this book. Thank you for the opportunity.

                                                  Greg

                                                  Posted by:

                                                    Stephanie, I have the 2nd edition and have read it several times. it is on my shelf of VO books and it is a good resource. I will get a copy of the new book to add to my collection of well worn books. Greg

                                                    Posted by:
                                                    • Gregory Best
                                                    • August 11, 2008 11:32 AM

                                                      I have only read the article and the comments posted regarding the book, but it sounds very practical and insightful. As someone who is fairly new voice over world, I appreciate the insights I learn from other professionals. I know I would enjoy reading this book.

                                                      Posted by:
                                                      • Paul Hernandez
                                                      • August 11, 2008 11:33 AM

                                                        Hey Stephanie,

                                                        Finally in my life I have found my passion, and it's in voice acting. I have always been told how lovely my speaking voice is and wanted to expand my skills. Thanks to your site, I now have 'Step up to the Mic' and this one. Just wanted to say thanks a TON for all of the hard work and the huge amount of information that is available here.

                                                        Hugs n Snugs, Heather Wireman

                                                        Posted by:
                                                        • Heather Wireman
                                                        • August 11, 2008 11:35 AM

                                                          ohh Wow now that would be a book to read. I am new to all this VO and do not have any one to turn to regarding the subject such as this. I have most of what I need to get started. A computer, software program, and head phones to listen to my recordings intently. Now all I need is that book and a better mic system ^_^ Yah this will be great addition to what I need to get started.

                                                          Posted by:
                                                          • Twyla April
                                                          • August 11, 2008 11:37 AM

                                                            What a great idea Stephanie. Certainly appreciate the way you rally the efforts to reward your membership. It is most appreciated.

                                                            Regarding Susan's, "Word of Mouth" book - I read it about a dozen years ago and left a review on Amazon that I still thinks hangs there today. Great stuff for novice or pro. A must read for all voice talents. Many obvious things that we may think individually, but don't realize everyone else is doing are nice touches that keeep the publication grounded. I plan to grab this next edition to bone up on her latest.

                                                            Thanks again. (Now of course if you wish to save me a buck...)

                                                            All my best,

                                                            JG

                                                            Posted by:

                                                              Hey Stephanie!! This field is something I have been investigating for just a few weeks, and with the positive feedback given by you and the others, I think that even if I don't win the book, I will purchase it and begin to build my resources.

                                                              Thanks,

                                                              Mona

                                                              Posted by:
                                                              • Ramona
                                                              • August 11, 2008 11:49 AM

                                                                This looks like a good read. I am also surprised to find the comment on non-union work, but perhaps this is the author's perspective. The inclusion of practice commercial scripts is a big plus for me.

                                                                Posted by:
                                                                • Philip A. Thompsen
                                                                • August 11, 2008 11:50 AM

                                                                  Never heard of the book, would love to win it!

                                                                  Thanks,

                                                                  Jessie Gilman

                                                                  Posted by:
                                                                  • Jessie Gilman
                                                                  • August 11, 2008 11:58 AM

                                                                    Oh... pick me... pick me! I'd like a copy of "Word of Mouth"!

                                                                    Posted by:
                                                                    • Dave DeAndrea
                                                                    • August 11, 2008 11:59 AM

                                                                      I'm glad to see that "Word of Mouth" has good reviews from your subscribers! I hope to be reading it soon!

                                                                      Thanks for all you do!

                                                                      Posted by:
                                                                      • Ronnie B Hyer
                                                                      • August 11, 2008 12:25 PM

                                                                        As a matter of fact I'm in the middle of yet another read of Susan's terrific book as it sits, calling to me from the other room. I don't need another copy, but wanted to comment on how much it's helped me over the years! Thanks Sue!

                                                                        Cheers,

                                                                        David

                                                                        Posted by:

                                                                          Hey Stephanie,
                                                                          Please put my name in the hat for the giveaway. I enjoyed the 2nd Updated Edition of this book & would like to move up to the 3rd edition.
                                                                          Thanks!
                                                                          Brian

                                                                          Posted by:

                                                                            I definitely want to expand my education and craft when it comes to voice acting. I would love a copy of the book!

                                                                            Thanks (my fingers are crossed).

                                                                            Posted by:

                                                                              Hi Stephanie, Nice review and it sounds like something I need to read!! I've heard great things about Susan and would love a peek!!! No matter how long someone has been in the biz, you can always learn something new and like you said 'be willing to have fun!'!! That's what this is all about right?? If you don't like your job, get a new one! :)

                                                                              Thanks again!!!

                                                                              Kelli Casey "Pick The RED One!!"

                                                                              Posted by:
                                                                              • Kelli Casey
                                                                              • August 11, 2008 3:22 PM

                                                                                Hi Stephanie,

                                                                                I have been thinking of expanding into Voice Acting for a while and I have been sometimes encouraged by your articles and other times I feel I will be way over my head. I have taken one course a few years back and it was the best in class experience I have ever had. I do feel I need more training and confidence to make the leap. Thanks again for all your input.

                                                                                Regards,
                                                                                Bruce

                                                                                Posted by:
                                                                                • Bruce Phillips
                                                                                • August 11, 2008 6:12 PM

                                                                                  Being new to the world of voice over, is it wonderful to see many passing along their experience and wisdom to those who are entering the business.

                                                                                  Posted by:

                                                                                    Susan Blu is one of the elite in the industry that has a reputation so sound that it requires no hype. I love seeing the book focuses on having fun at the microphone. It's something I really need improvement.

                                                                                    If I can learn how to bring my own "fun" personality into more of my work, it would expand my business.

                                                                                    Thanks for this opportunity!

                                                                                    Posted by:

                                                                                      Hi Stephanie,
                                                                                      I admit I bought the 1st edition back in the '80s. A LOT has changed & I'd love to hear what Susan Blu is saying about making money in voice overs now.
                                                                                      Best,
                                                                                      Bobbin Beam- Voice Actress

                                                                                      Posted by:

                                                                                        Looks like a great read. A must have. I must have one...

                                                                                        Posted by:

                                                                                          Hey Stephanie!
                                                                                          Looks like a great resource!
                                                                                          I would love to add this to my library...and will anyway...but "FREE" is always good! :-)

                                                                                          Peace!

                                                                                          Liz

                                                                                          Posted by:

                                                                                            I would *love* to win this book! Thank you so much for having these Saturday Giveaways!

                                                                                            Posted by:

                                                                                              I would love to be entered in the drawing. Thanks for doing this kind of stuff. It is just one of the many things that make Voices the best.

                                                                                              Posted by:

                                                                                                Hello again Stephanie,

                                                                                                Let's see if lightning can strike twice....

                                                                                                I can't remember ever winning anything but my life has been on a roll lately!!! You never know.

                                                                                                If I don't win "Word of Mouth", I will have to buy it. It's my primary question... how to unlock those characters inside!!!

                                                                                                Thanks,

                                                                                                David

                                                                                                Posted by:

                                                                                                  Very cool what you are doing with the giveaways, this is a great community! As I don't have this book in my library, gotta have it!

                                                                                                  Good Reads,

                                                                                                  TJ

                                                                                                  Posted by:
                                                                                                  • TJ Jones
                                                                                                  • August 13, 2008 5:23 PM

                                                                                                    Just starting out and looking to learn as much as I can about the field. This is a post retirement "fun" job after being an RN for 45 years!

                                                                                                    Posted by:

                                                                                                      Susan Blu is one of the coolest people on the planet. I once got to see her direct a Ninja Turtles episode WOW! I first read Word of Mouth in 1990 while sailing in the Sea of Cortez Mexico. The sea creatures got an earful of playful under water gurgles. I can't wait to read this edition on dry land.

                                                                                                      Posted by:
                                                                                                      • Sammy Dean Kusler
                                                                                                      • September 12, 2008 2:26 AM

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