By Stephanie Ciccarelli
January 14, 2009
Erik Sheppard is trying to get a consensus on how our industry's name is spelled.
That's right, is it voice-over, voiceover or voice over?
Do you have a preference?
Find out what some of my fellow bloggers think as well as our take on the spelling here at Voices.com.
Erik Sheppard has asked a number of us to pose a question to our audiences, which is, how do you spell out the acronym for VO?
a) Voice Over
Perhaps what truly matters in this case is not what our community thinks and practices but what the people who search for it are thinking and which variation they adopt when conducting a search online.
One of the only reasons why you'd want to limit yourself to one way of spelling the term is to save yourself time and effort doing search engine optimization, however, it is wiser to optimize for any variation of the word if your purpose is to attract attention from the masses who clearly have their own perception of how the word, or like terms, are made manifest.
You may not have cared, wondered at all or even known about this quandary before today, but in the name of free speech, I'm going to ask you what you believe to be the proper way to spell the name of our industry.
Usually I'm one for having consensus, but given that so many people search for different things, it would be extremely difficult to educate the world and enforce a uniform spelling.
That doesn't mean that it can't be tried, though!
Some people have variations for the acronym itself while others still are even calling it Voice Acting and any number of its variations, as Dan Nachtrab pointed out, in addition to voice over, voice-over or voiceover...
Leave a comment with how you spell voice over and let the games begin!