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3 Things to Double Check Post Redesign at Voices.com

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

June 28, 2010

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Woman with a string tied around her index fingerNow 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.

3 Things You Can Do at Voices.com with Immediate Results

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

Language Fields

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:

๏ First Language
๏ Second Language
๏ Third Language
๏ Fourth Language
๏ 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.

Profile Personalization

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:

๏ Blue
๏ Grey
๏ Green
๏ Orange
๏ Pink
๏ Purple
๏ Yellow
๏ Red

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.

Tagging Demos

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:

African American
Animated
Announcer
Attitude
Australian
Authoritative
Amusing
Antagonistic
British
Biting
Booming
Bully
Caring
Characters
Child
Cartoon
Classy
Coach
Cocky
Concerned
Confessional
Conversational
Corporate
Country
Cowboy
Crazy
Deadpan
Dangerous
Executive
Extreme
Father
Folksy
Foreign
French
Friendly
Funny
Game Show Host
Generation X
German
Chinese
Girl Next Door
Genuine
Grandfather
Grandmother
Guy Next Door
Hard Sell
High Energy
Holiday
Humorous
Imaging
Italian
Impressions
Informative
Irish
Jamaican
Jewish
Kid Next Door
Kooky
Mobster
Mother
Happy
Deep
Gravelly
Husky
Motivational
Movie Trailer
Narrator
New York New Jersey
Newscaster
Mature
Drill Sergeant
Sophisticated
Hip Hop
Ominous
Perky
Pompous
Preacher
Raspy
Religious
Midlife
Youthful
Retail
Retro
Romantic
Scottish
Sultry
Singer
Smooth
Snob
Softspoken
Southern American
Spanish
Latino
Sportscaster
Storyteller
Interviewer
Superhero
Surfer Dude
Sweet
Sincere
Medical
Technical
Scientific
Thoughtful
Tough
Urban
Upbeat
Valley Girl
Warm
Wimp
Nerd
East Indian
Canadian
Strong
Uplifting
Teenager
French Canadian
Bilingual
Multilingual
Translation
Natural
Believable
Transatlantic
Elderly
Generation Y
Playful
Professional
Educational
Sarcastic
Explosive
Creepy
Soothing
Calming
Country
Burly
Exotic
Lyrical
Political
Attractive

Happy Branding!

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.

Best wishes,

Stephanie

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