By Lin Parkin
September 9, 2013
Do you love learning about the people in the industry and the business of voice-over?
At VO Buzz Weekly an email and a password is all someone needs to begin the voice-over adventure of their dreams!
Created and hosted by Chuck Duran and Stacey J. Aswad, VO Buzz Weekly brings you face to face with the unseen actors in animation, video games, films, and more. Started as a labor of love to give back to the voice-over business they are so honored to be a part of, the show is free to watch and offers an incredible wealth of information and loads of fun packed into every single episode.
Recently Chuck and Stacey reviewed Voice Acting for Dummies, written by Voices.com co-founders David and Stephanie Ciccarelli. So I checked in with them to see what they thought of the book and what inspires them to create their show. Join us in today's VOX Daily.
When did you start VO Buzz Weekly?
VO Buzz Weekly premiered on January 8, 2012 and we are currently being watched in more than 85 countries around the world.
Why did you start a videocast as opposed to a podcast?
You can't see people in a podcast and we have great hair. We wanted to put a "face to the voice" and allow people to get to know our amazing guests, face to face. Our cozy set makes viewers feel like they're right there with us having a cool conversation with an industry superstar about their life, career struggles and triumphs, and personal stories that have made them who they are today.
Ultimately, what do you hope VO Buzz Weekly accomplishes?
We want to offer people from all over the world an invaluable resource for continuing education about voice-over, strategies for career success, and longevity and support and inspiration to go after your biggest and wildest dreams. We also want to give all the different voice talent and fans around the world a chance to meet the best in the business from animation, promos, trailers, commercial, talent agents, casting directors, voice directors and other industry professionals that can offer wisdom and guidance.
In one of your episodes you reviewed Voice Acting for Dummies. What did you find most compelling about the book?
Voice Acting for Dummies explores important aspects of the voice-over business in detail and gives tangible and relevant steps to easily follow to get started on the right track or get back on the right one.
In your opinion, how is the book helpful for new voice actors?
It focuses on the essential elements of training and auditioning without being overwhelming. It sets aspiring voice actors up for success from the very beginning.
How is the book helpful to the experienced voice actor?
It addresses the fact that the business aspect of voice-over is as important as the performance aspect. One cannot exist without the other, whether you are represented by an agent or acting as your own agent. The book offer lots of tips and advice for organizing and maintaining a successful business that are really great.
About VO Buzz Weekly
VO Buzz Weekly is the global web sensation that is inspiring, educating and entertaining viewers in over 85 countries around the world.
Aspiring voice actors, established VO pros and curious fans alike can finally put a "face to the voice" of the mega-talented voice actors from cartoons, animated films, movie trailers, video games, TV promos and commercials, to getting the inside scoop from the best voice over agents, directors and others, in a way that has never been done before.
Every week, hosts Chuck Duran and Stacey J. Aswad get up close and personal with their special guest as they share fun and poignant personal stories, insights on how they became so successful, reveal tips, techniques, products and equipment they use to maintain their voice, create characters and continue to stay at the top of their craft.Related Topics: agents, animation, cartoons, films, industry, TV, video games, videogames, VO Buzz Weekly, Voice Acting for Dummies, Voice Actors, Voice-over Business