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On the Job Training: Voice Over As Education


By Stephanie Ciccarelli

January 19, 2010

Comments (11)

Alligator swimming Florida EvergladesWhat's the most interesting fact or piece of knowledge you've learned from reading a voice over script?

Have you discovered a new hobby or passion through your voice over work?

I'd love to hear about any educational tidbits, interesting facts and perks of pure enjoyment that you have received by virtue of reading a script. Share them with our community as comments now!

Learning a Thing or Two

When you audition and record for voice over projects, you are literally getting on the job training by virtue of cognition, artistic interpretation and vocal delivery!

Each day of reading and every job you produce has hidden benefits that expand your vision and teach you a thing or two.

The Exercise of Auditioning:

  • Keeps you in good form
  • Provides you with a diverse array of copy to experiment with and interpret
  • Stimulates your mind
  • Gives you a platform to strut your stuff
  • Exponentially improves your job prospects
  • Generates networking opportunities
  • Is a validation of the need for voice over as a service
  • Renews your faith that voice over work is out there
  • Teaches you things you didn't know before

One of my friends, Tricia Basanyi, recently recorded an audio tour for Flamingo Gardens in Florida. Courtesy of the script, Trish learned more about the differences between alligators and crocodiles. One interesting fact she picked up was that alligators don't like the taste of salt! Trish wouldn't have known this unless the information was present in the script... considering the years you've been in business, just think of how many neat things you've learned, too!

What's The Most Interesting Fact You've Learned?

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Best wishes,


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Update - January 20, 2010: Replaced any reference of the word "factoid" with "fact" as was the intended meaning.

Related Topics: Alligators, Flamingo Gardens in Florida, learning, talent, Trish Basanyi, voice overs, Voices.com


    MicroRNA's are these really cool RNA molecules that do not encode protein, but instead regulate gene expression. Their discovery is one of the most important scientific breakthroughs in the last decade. They are now considered master regulators of the genome. Based on their discovery, we can now target pathways of human disease with micro RNA based drugs - this may turn out to be an important step in significantly altering the outcome of certain cancers and heart disease. Pretty cool stuff!

    Here's the video I voiced.

    Posted by:

      I enjoy your daily posts. But I have to think you probably intended some meaning other than "factoid" in today's piece. Sorry for the following etymological account, but I'm old enough to remember when the word was invented and it pretty much means the opposite of "piece of knowledge."

      Factoid was coined by Norman Mailer in the 1970's to mean facts that "have no existence before appearing in a magazine or newspaper." He created the word by combining "fact" and the ending "oid" to mean similar but not the same (as in "android" -- something that looks and behaves like a human, but isn't.") Factoid refers something that looks like a fact, could conceivably be a fact, but is not a fact.

      Posted by:
      • HB Zane
      • January 20, 2010 9:49 AM

        Hi Stephanie,

        Actually I have learned about how lentils are made in Germany, the rigorous field work, even the lentil dealers version of a a stock market conversing over the price of the lentil. Absolutely amazing stuff!

        Oh yeah, and then there was the voice over about the new Mercedes Maclaren SLR Stirling Moss and how they cost 750,000 € and only 75 have been made. Crazy fun facts you can throw around at a cocktail party when the conversation starts to lull.

        Thanks for the Vox Daily. Love getting it.


        Jonathan Tilley

        Posted by:
        • Jonathan Tilley
        • January 20, 2010 9:58 AM

          Hi HB,

          Thank you for writing in and I hope all is well with you. You are right, I did mean real facts and have made the change. Thank you for pointing that out.

          Best wishes,


          Posted by:

            Hi Stephanie,
            On a daily basis, something new is learned from scripts I have the opportunity to voice. One particular project included the description of various dermatological procedures offered by a physician's office and the science behind them.

            Fraxel technology treats microscopic volumes of photo damaged skin with short bursts or "pulses" of light without affecting the area around it. Gradually, the skin repairs itself by creating new, healthy tissue. Watch and learn about it here:

            Posted by:

              Always carry a salt shaker when swimming with alligators!

              Posted by:

                It's true as a voice actor, you become very well read!

                Posted by:
                • Chris Wagner
                • January 20, 2010 10:51 AM

                  Recently I've learned a lot about the H1N1 virus and new tax laws.

                  Posted by:

                    I have an ongoing gig in voicing classes for an online Master's degree program in Marketing. Marketing is not at all my background and it has been a real learning experience in being exposed to the content. I have not looked at ads the same way since, and it has made my approach to communications stronger!

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                      I read weekly podcasts of political editorials from major pundits, and I have learned a heck of a lot about extreme liberal and conservative policies, politics and related items. It's fascinating, and I always end up doing my own extensive research after reading some of them! It has given me more power to understand what is going on in Washington during these crazy economic times!

                      Tansy Alexander

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                        About recording and learning. Having done a quantity of books on tape I learned a lot about the creation of Florida by Henry Flagler---that Bird Watching has a life of its own and a national contest-plus a good bit about Joseph Smith and the creation of the Mormon Church--always something to learn. Best to you and yours for a great 2010.

                        Del Roy----aka Methuselah

                        Posted by:
                        • Del Roy
                        • January 22, 2010 5:46 PM

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