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Saturday Giveaway : Julie Williams' Proven Voice-Over Techniques


By Stephanie Ciccarelli

October 11, 2008

Comments (73)

Animated figures and winner

Do You Know Any Proven Voice-Over Techniques?

Julie Williams of Voice-Overs.com has generously donated a copy of her CD "Proven Voice-Over Techniques", an edited version of Julie's 11-hour voice-over workshop.

You might recognize Julie as one of our experts on the Voice Over Experts podcast and from a previous giveaway. If you click on her name above, you'll be taken to her profile and will be able to listen to her speak to learn more about her and her teaching style.

Want To Win This CD? Leave a Comment!

Proven Voice-Over Techniques

Last summer we held a Julie Williams workshop at Voices.com. A group of voice actors from London and the surrounding area gathered together and listened to Julie's CD as we ate some pizza and networked.

Vince Londini, Randy White, Michele Dyck, Pete Newman, Jorge Mendoza, and Bob Purssglove were there with several members of the Voices.com team including Laurynda Pasma, Erica Bontje, Carol Mroz and myself.

Here's a picture I took later on, but since we're on the topic of who was there, I'll insert it just below. We were on the phone with Julie Williams at this point, listening intently as she told us a story and shared more tips about voice over marketing.

Julie Williams Workshop Voices.com

In between tracks, we'd take breaks to discuss the material presented which often segued into other conversations about technology, marketing and how to use your voice.

During one of these instances, the question of "Should I invest in an ISDN line or Source-Connect" came up, one that is being asked quite a bit more these days with the new (and less expensive) technology on the market.

It was conversations like these with banter or "talking shop" that really helped to unite our band of guests and believe me, with Julie's CD as the inspiration, we could have talked all day!

One aspect of Julie's CD was about promotion and production of voice over demos. Everyone found these insights very useful and also appreciated the "Coloring Words" segment to help them really give life to the copy that they read.

Jam packed with information and audio samples, this workshop concentrates on Julie's first and most important step in the 1-2-3 Start of Voice-Overs: Your VO Delivery: refining your craft.

Topics Covered:

  • Interpretive reading: Making it "real"
  • Developing your "half voice" for intimacy
  • Emphasis with: punching & coloring
  • Handling humor and emotional material
  • Dialog Copy: Interacting with another
  • Subtly improving your less talented partner!
  • Pacing for each type of job
  • Producing a "killer" demo tape
  • Merchandising your talents

How Do You Enter For a Chance to Win?

All you need to do is comment on this article and let me know that you'd like to win Julie's CD!

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 contest winner, Jim Lankford, who will be receiving a 1-hour Promo / Trailer demo coaching session with David Alden.

Comment Now for an Opportunity to Win Julie Williams' CD "Proven Voice-Over Techniques" from Voices.com!

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Don't forget to comment for your chance to win :)

Best wishes,



Related Topics: how to, ISDN, Julie Williams, Proven Voice-Over Techniques, techniques


    I'll take it!

    Posted by:
    • Jerome Santucci
    • October 11, 2008 7:09 PM

      Julie is great. Any time I hear her speak I come away with something new to use. Would love to hear this CD. Thanks

      Posted by:
      • Ed Hunter
      • October 11, 2008 7:44 PM

        Oh yes! I'd be thrilled to learn from an experienced voice talent with obvious success tips given her own successes. Count me in, definitely.

        Posted by:

          Sounds like the perfect piece of pumpkin pie! Thanks for the post! Count me in!


          Blair Wilson

          Posted by:

            Wish I'd been in on that conference. Really curious about Source-Connect and how you get a client to pay for that. Here's letting you know that I'd like to win Julie's CD! Thanks!

            Posted by:
            • M Reed
            • October 12, 2008 8:40 AM

              Since I tend to be an audible/hands-on learner, the idea of a CD jamed packed with all of this information is very appealing.

              This is especially true because if I need a refresher on any of the material, I can just replay the information for clarification. This CD would also use the hour drive time to my day job productively by being able to enjoy the CD while I drive.

              CD-based or online-based learning opportunities are especially helpful for those of us that don't live in a major VO market where well known instructors usually concentrate their class offerings.

              Thanks for an opportunity to win this wonderful instructional CD from Julie Williams.

              Posted by:

                Here’s my comment! I’d love to win Julie Williams’ CD!!! I’ve done radio for 15 years but can’t get a gig through Voices.com. Either I’m really awful or just doing something wrong. If it’s the latter, I need to know how to improve!

                Thanks for the opportunity,

                Ellen Dolan

                Posted by:
                • Ellen Dolan
                • October 12, 2008 9:07 AM

                  I would love to win the CD. Thanks for the chance to do so.


                  Posted by:
                  • Kai Kirk
                  • October 12, 2008 10:21 AM

                    This CD you are giving away sounds like it could really help me! My fingers are crossed that I win it!

                    Maggie M. - NJ

                    Posted by:
                    • Maggie M
                    • October 12, 2008 10:44 AM

                      Both my husband and daughter are trying to break into the voice field... This CD would be such a boost to them! Count me in. :)

                      Posted by:
                      • Heather
                      • October 12, 2008 11:27 AM

                        sounds like a valuable resource!!

                        thank you for the saturday giveaway.. that's a good thing!!

                        Posted by:
                        • Rob Taylor
                        • October 12, 2008 11:35 AM

                          If there's a discussion on Julie's CD about ISDN vs. Source Connect vs. not having either, I'd love to learn more. I had an ISDN line installed in my production studio in 2001 for about $440, then purchased the audio codec ($2600) and paid $90 a month to have it ready to go. Not one client requested its use in more than a year, so I had it disconnected and sold the still-unused codec at a huge loss on Ebay. Right now I'm just getting by with a phone patch, but some clients specify only ISDN is acceptable. And, of course, we can all learn how to market ourselves better. Thanks, Julie!

                          Posted by:
                          • Robin Rowan
                          • October 12, 2008 11:55 AM

                            I love hearing about people working together to eliminate the mystery of show business. By supporting each other, we all benefit! Let me know if I win the CD! Thanks! Barbara

                            Posted by:

                              I'm a newbie to the biz and would love every opportunity to learn. I am having some success and am tracking Voices.com and will become a member as soon as I have my inhome recording set up. Hints from Julie are just what I need.

                              Posted by:

                                I met Julie on the last day of VOICE 2008, speaking to her about Deb Munro's VO cruise in 2009. I'm sure I'd learn a great deal from Julie's cd.

                                Posted by:

                                  Anything Julie has to say is worth its weight in gold-and today that still says a lot! Sign me up!


                                  Ed Mace

                                  Posted by:
                                  • Ed Mace
                                  • October 12, 2008 12:34 PM

                                    The titles alone are a lesson on what to do to be a voice talent. I am a professional actor, but I am just starting in the voice talent arena and I can use all the help I can get. I am especially interested in the "Killer Demo" part.
                                    Michael Maurice

                                    Posted by:
                                    • Michael Maurice
                                    • October 12, 2008 12:35 PM

                                      Hi Stephanie-

                                      I keep commenting, in the hopes of winning, and can promise you a more interesting in depth comment on the CD if I do win!

                                      Sounds very helpful and like there are some topics discussed that I haven't heard a whole lot about before...

                                      Where can I get the CD if I don't win....??



                                      Posted by:
                                      • Debbie Irwin
                                      • October 12, 2008 12:36 PM

                                        Please include me in the drawing for this CD.

                                        Thank you,
                                        Donna Bensink

                                        Posted by:
                                        • Donna Bensink
                                        • October 12, 2008 12:37 PM

                                          Just listening to the hint on "not whispering" in the sample was a great tip.

                                          Posted by:
                                          • John James
                                          • October 12, 2008 12:39 PM

                                            Count me in for a chance to win!

                                            Posted by:
                                            • Gord Bailey
                                            • October 12, 2008 12:40 PM

                                              Please enter me, Steph. Thanks!

                                              Posted by:
                                              • Tom Dheere
                                              • October 12, 2008 12:40 PM

                                                Oh Yes ! It would be so nice to win this CD. I'd talk to everybody in France !

                                                Posted by:

                                                  Me too!

                                                  Posted by:
                                                  • Elli
                                                  • October 12, 2008 1:47 PM

                                                    Hi Stephanie,

                                                    I don’t have a comment but I sure wish I could win Julie’s book. The book would supplement all the things I’m learning on my own piece meal. I would love to win a copy. Please add my name to the pool.


                                                    Posted by:
                                                    • Colleen Ann Barrett
                                                    • October 12, 2008 1:48 PM


                                                      Please toss my name in the hat to win Julie's CD. I'm looking to learn all that I can from the pros!

                                                      Robert Pankau

                                                      Posted by:
                                                      • Robert Pankau
                                                      • October 12, 2008 1:49 PM

                                                        Absolutely...I'm in.

                                                        Posted by:
                                                        • George Washington III
                                                        • October 12, 2008 2:29 PM

                                                          As I am trying to really break in, this sounds like the course I need.

                                                          Posted by:
                                                          • Doug Winkler
                                                          • October 12, 2008 2:34 PM

                                                            Sure I'd love to enter for this. Sounds like a great learning tool.

                                                            Posted by:

                                                              I want to win this CD!

                                                              Posted by:
                                                              • Elazar Nudell
                                                              • October 12, 2008 3:07 PM

                                                                Thanks for including me!

                                                                Posted by:
                                                                • Daniel Schwab
                                                                • October 12, 2008 4:29 PM

                                                                  I'm fairly new to the world of VO and need all the help I can get.


                                                                  Posted by:
                                                                  • Bren Hill
                                                                  • October 12, 2008 4:41 PM

                                                                    Love Julie Williams! I'm learning everything I can to break into the VO business, so sign me up too please!

                                                                    Posted by:

                                                                      Another dynamite prize! Please toss my name in the hat, Stephanie, and many thanks.

                                                                      Posted by:

                                                                        I would love to win Julie's CD... anything to help me further my career!

                                                                        Posted by:
                                                                        • Michael Montgomery
                                                                        • October 12, 2008 7:15 PM

                                                                          Considering I am cutting my first demo this upcoming week with CVDG, yes indeed I am in.

                                                                          Posted by:
                                                                          • Scott Fields
                                                                          • October 12, 2008 7:34 PM

                                                                            Me too please! Thank you:)

                                                                            Posted by:
                                                                            • Jennifer Robertson
                                                                            • October 12, 2008 7:34 PM

                                                                              I have always wanted to develop my "half voice" might come in handy in life as well as VO... count me in!

                                                                              I haven't done "punching and coloring" since the second grade!

                                                                              Posted by:
                                                                              • Michael J. Schoen
                                                                              • October 12, 2008 7:35 PM

                                                                                Another great article...please keep up the good work. It's truly an inspiration to have this on a daily basis !!!


                                                                                PS Please enter me in the contest !

                                                                                Posted by:
                                                                                • Matthew M. Phillips
                                                                                • October 12, 2008 7:36 PM

                                                                                  I am new to this industry and would greatly appreciate being entered into the contest!

                                                                                  Many Thanks,

                                                                                  Posted by:
                                                                                  • Sue Queue
                                                                                  • October 12, 2008 8:26 PM

                                                                                    Me moi me...I would like the C.D heeeee

                                                                                    lol :)


                                                                                    Posted by:
                                                                                    • Khady
                                                                                    • October 12, 2008 9:58 PM

                                                                                      Julie teaches lifting the words off the page...truly a gifted teacher and voice over pro.

                                                                                      Posted by:
                                                                                      • gary hood
                                                                                      • October 12, 2008 10:02 PM

                                                                                        Hi Stephanie,
                                                                                        Yet another fabulous give away. Julie is awesome. Thank you for the opportunity!

                                                                                        Posted by:

                                                                                          Sounds awesome... me me me!

                                                                                          Posted by:

                                                                                            Marketing info. Technology info. Voice improvement and demo info. This looks like "one-stop shopping" to me. Outstanding give-away, Stephanie!

                                                                                            Posted by:
                                                                                            • Glenn Carella
                                                                                            • October 13, 2008 12:27 PM

                                                                                              Looking forward to learning as much as I can here!!!

                                                                                              Posted by:
                                                                                              • Lisa St. Regis
                                                                                              • October 13, 2008 12:52 PM

                                                                                                I'd love a copy!! Trying to learn as much as possible.

                                                                                                Posted by:
                                                                                                • Ed Sylvain
                                                                                                • October 13, 2008 1:55 PM

                                                                                                  I'm all about learning more and more, especially from someone like Julie! Place my name on the roulette wheel of voice-over goodies.

                                                                                                  Happy Thanksgiving to my Canadian VO friends!

                                                                                                  David Alden

                                                                                                  Posted by:
                                                                                                  • David Alden
                                                                                                  • October 13, 2008 5:21 PM

                                                                                                    This sounds like very good and practical information. I love learning from others and I'm sure I would enjoy listening to this CD!

                                                                                                    Posted by:

                                                                                                      As a newcomer to the Voiceover industry, I'm always eager to learn more about how to improve and how to use the latest technologies to advance. This sounds like it would have been a great session to participate in. I would be particularly interested in the conversation regarding the ISDN line and other alternatives.

                                                                                                      Please count me in for the give-away of the CD!

                                                                                                      Posted by:
                                                                                                      • Randy Bloyd
                                                                                                      • October 13, 2008 8:38 PM

                                                                                                        Thank you for the CD giveaway contest. Who wouldn't want Julie Williams' CD?? Please throw my name in the hat!

                                                                                                        Posted by:
                                                                                                        • Norma Wallace
                                                                                                        • October 13, 2008 10:42 PM

                                                                                                          What a great prize to win! I had the pleasure to meet Julie and hear her speak at VOICE this past August. I had heard about Julie's coaching through many VO friends and she was an incredible knowledgeable speaker.

                                                                                                          Thanks Stephanie!

                                                                                                          Talmadge Ragan

                                                                                                          Posted by:
                                                                                                          • Talmadge Ragan
                                                                                                          • October 14, 2008 8:49 AM

                                                                                                            I love Julie's work, and I'd love the opportunity to win her CD. These weekly giveaways are great!


                                                                                                            Posted by:
                                                                                                            • Ashley Huyge
                                                                                                            • October 14, 2008 9:09 AM

                                                                                                              You can never learn too much. Act like a sponge and soak everything up. Thanks Julie, great stuff.

                                                                                                              Posted by:

                                                                                                                Im in! More! Must...learn...MORE!

                                                                                                                Posted by:
                                                                                                                • Daniel Merriman
                                                                                                                • October 15, 2008 5:43 PM

                                                                                                                  Would love to win the CD. I would also love to see some discussion about the difference between being a voice talent and being a voice actor. I think there are distinct differences. But, I'm just a guy that's been doing voice work professionally for many years with as many opinions.


                                                                                                                  Posted by:

                                                                                                                    Would love to win this
                                                                                                                    sounds wonderful
                                                                                                                    thanks for doing this
                                                                                                                    love it
                                                                                                                    ellen dubin

                                                                                                                    Posted by:
                                                                                                                    • Ellen Dubin
                                                                                                                    • October 15, 2008 5:58 PM

                                                                                                                      I am trying to break into the industry and would LOVE any advice I could get!

                                                                                                                      Fingers Crossed,


                                                                                                                      Posted by:
                                                                                                                      • Nick Joyce
                                                                                                                      • October 15, 2008 6:07 PM

                                                                                                                        I could use as much instruction I can possibly find.
                                                                                                                        Thank you for the opportunity.



                                                                                                                        Posted by:
                                                                                                                        • Joeran
                                                                                                                        • October 15, 2008 6:29 PM

                                                                                                                          Hi Stephanie! Thanks so much for all your efforts and getting strong VO talent to share their knowledge with all of us!

                                                                                                                          I'd love to win Julie's CD!!!


                                                                                                                          Jay Lerner

                                                                                                                          Posted by:

                                                                                                                            I'd love to win it myself. :) Please enter me in the drawing!

                                                                                                                            Posted by:
                                                                                                                            • Julie Baron
                                                                                                                            • October 15, 2008 7:43 PM

                                                                                                                              I would love to win this. It's always great to learn something new in this business, no matter how long you've been in it. Thank you for the opportunity.

                                                                                                                              Best Regards,
                                                                                                                              Martin Victor

                                                                                                                              Posted by:

                                                                                                                                Count me in! I'd love to learn from Julie's CD!

                                                                                                                                Posted by:
                                                                                                                                • Elizabeth Wiley
                                                                                                                                • October 15, 2008 8:18 PM

                                                                                                                                  Nice article. Looks like there'll be some stiff competition for the CD, but I'd definitely like to be in the draw.

                                                                                                                                  Posted by:

                                                                                                                                    i want one! :)

                                                                                                                                    Posted by:
                                                                                                                                    • melannie
                                                                                                                                    • October 16, 2008 9:51 AM

                                                                                                                                      I would love an opportunity to win Juile's CD. I've been doing voiceovers for a while now and have seemed to have hit a wall since moving back to NYC. I think this would be just what I need to get back on the right road.


                                                                                                                                      Posted by:
                                                                                                                                      • Roderick Garr
                                                                                                                                      • October 16, 2008 11:01 AM


                                                                                                                                        I'd love to be in the drawing!! I need some great info to get me on track and bump up my work... this could be it!



                                                                                                                                        Posted by:
                                                                                                                                        • Tana
                                                                                                                                        • October 16, 2008 3:34 PM

                                                                                                                                          I gotta get some new techniques!!
                                                                                                                                          The economy stinks, gas is through the roof and I've got 2 kids I've got to put through college soon!! I am a man in need of the "Big Gig" and would love to have the great inside tips and techniques from the one and only Julie Williams!
                                                                                                                                          Help boost the economy by helping show me how to get "The Right Stuff" for the job!
                                                                                                                                          Kirk Greenhill

                                                                                                                                          Posted by:

                                                                                                                                            Love to win the CD! Thanks for the chance.

                                                                                                                                            Posted by:
                                                                                                                                            • Martin
                                                                                                                                            • October 17, 2008 6:51 PM

                                                                                                                                              YES! I'd really like to win this CD!

                                                                                                                                              Posted by:
                                                                                                                                              • Tarun
                                                                                                                                              • October 18, 2008 10:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                There is one thing that we can never stop doing in this business (or any other for that matter) and that is to stop learning. I strive to constantly improve my craft, when I think I know enough, I haven¨t even begun.

                                                                                                                                                Thank you for this CD opportunity!


                                                                                                                                                PJ ADAM
                                                                                                                                                Professional Voice Talent

                                                                                                                                                Posted by:
                                                                                                                                                • PJ Adam
                                                                                                                                                • October 20, 2008 10:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                  Hi Julie,

                                                                                                                                                  Definately would love a chance to win the CD. I am excited about this new career and all learning tools are cherished by me. Love
                                                                                                                                                  this informational site.



                                                                                                                                                  Posted by:

                                                                                                                                                    Sounds great. At this stage I need all the instruction I can get.
                                                                                                                                                    be blessed

                                                                                                                                                    Posted by:
                                                                                                                                                    • Roy King
                                                                                                                                                    • June 4, 2009 12:22 AM

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