By Stephanie Ciccarelli
June 28, 2010
Now that the new Voices.com is live, there are a few things that you can do to help make your experience using the site even better!
While it's good to periodically update your profile from time to time, I thought it would be beneficial to send a group reminder out today with a few tips to help you get even more out of your profile at Voices.com.
Find out how you can do more to personalize your profile, rank more accurately in the search results and package your demos with precision and pizazz in today's VOX Daily.
With the launch of the new site, you may have noticed some changes and additions to your ability to more accurately present yourself in terms of skills and also personalize your profile.
Three Areas to Focus on that Will Yield Immediate Effectiveness Are:
1. Language Fields
2. Profile Personalization
3. Tagging Demos
Some aspects regarding the language fields have changed with the redesign. Laurynda Pasma, Voices.com's Product Manager, has recommended that all voice over talent double check their languages to ensure that they are presented in the best possible way.
What has changed?
There are now 5 separate drop-down menus to select individual languages from instead of 1 drop-down menu where multiple languages were selected.
You'll see the menus in the following order:
à¹ First Language
à¹ Second Language
à¹ Third Language
à¹ Fourth Language
à¹ Fifth Language
Language drop-down menus are ordered in terms of most fluent language to least fluent (yet competent) language.
For the sake of demonstration, let's pretend you're a British voice over artist.
When updating your profile, the first thing you'll see upon scrolling down a bit is the pull-down menu to pick your "first language." What you'll do is select "English British" as you're a native speaker of that English dialect.
Following that, you'll be able to pick languages that are secondary or tertiary and so on to you.
What's the next obvious choice for a British talent who wants to get jobs in the English language in addition to jobs specific to their accent? You'd select "English" as your second language of choice.
To reiterate, the language pull-down menus are programmed to reflect your skills and performance in those languages in order of greatest fluency (First language) to least fluency.
You will still receive jobs for each of the languages you specify, but be sure to order them in terms of what I described above with your native tongue (and dialect in this case) first as it may be used in future improvements to the search engine.
Did you know that you can now select a color theme to brand and personalize your Voices.com profile?
Choose from 8 different color themes, including:
To get moving on this, simply click on the following link to select a color theme at Voices.com. Be sure to "save" your changes once you've picked a theme.
Choosing 5 tags to describe your demos should be sufficient when giving clients a good idea of what the audio file contains.
Here are all of the different tags that you can choose from at Voices.com. Keep in mind that your tags need to reflect what is on the demo including tags that pertain to or describe:
1. Tone of voice (mood, emotions, attitude, etc.)
2. Demo theme
3. Language(s) spoken or accents
4. Who you are / character persona / stereotype
5. Vocal characteristics (timbre, voice ages, voice type, etc.)
If you pick one tag from each of these areas, you'll be able to share a lot of information yet still maintain a clean profile with a manageable number of relevant tags per demo.
To add or update the tags you currently have on your demos at Voices.com, all you need to do is log in to your account, navigate to your Demos, and then edit each demo individually to assign appropriate tags.
Wonder what's out there to choose from?
Here is a comprehensive list of the 142 tags that you can choose from and use to describe your audio files at Voices.com. Keep in mind that these tags are being added to regularly and are subject to change:
Game Show Host
Girl Next Door
Guy Next Door
Kid Next Door
New York New Jersey
I hope these 3 tips have been helpful. If you have any questions about how to tag or anything else related to this posting, you're welcome to comment here on VOX Daily or email us at support (at) voices.com.
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