"In a world..."
You might recognize that sort of phrasing and associate it with what some in our industry refer to as the Voice of God.
What defines "The Voice of God" when spoken of in voice over terminology?
Today, we're going to take a closer look at what the stereotypical sound is, why it became so popular and how the voice type, or rather the "sound," may have got its name.
What brought some of voice over's finest into the industry and what motivates them to stay?
Andy Boyns has started a new podcast series that takes a look at the person behind the voice, profiling a number of voice actors and personalities.
While at VOICE 2010, Andy graciously extended opportunities to many people to be interviewed and to share their story.
Find out more about these interviews and how you can listen to them in today's VOX Daily!
Are you the voice of a SitePal or a talking character on a website?
You've probably seen these virtual spokespeople on many websites. Perhaps you have even given voice to one, two or more!
We'll learn about SitePals, take a look at a SitePal in action and discover more about this kind of voice over work in today's VOX Daily.
Remember seeing the graphic above?
During the month of June 2010, clients who posted jobs and completed them at Voices.com were entered into a contest that qualified them for the opportunity to win up to $500 cash back on business conducted through our website.
After reviewing many fabulous jobs that were completed via our SurePay escrow service this month, we've decided to award the honor to Laurence Ardouin of Tribal Nova!
Find out more about why we chose Laurence's job and also who booked it in today's VOX Daily.
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.
By Stephanie Ciccarelli
Have you noticed a slightly different look to the blog?
We started a few weeks ago with a redesign of the blogs, podcasts and videos and on June 25, 2010 our team will be launching the full redesign for you to discover!
Learn more about how this will happen, how it may affect you and also what you can do in the meantime as we make this exciting transition.
During VOICE 2010, I happened to meet a very interesting person who has the amazing ability to sound like one of the most beloved and universally recognizable voices working today.
Larry Davis, a professional voice over artist, is a man of many talents, including being able to sound like Morgan Freeman.
We got chatting after the Diversity panel and I'm excited to share my conversation with Larry about his work and how he has come to be known for delivering Hollywood style reads.
For those who were at the Diversity Panel moderated by Big Llou Johnson at VOICE 2010, it was hard to leave unmoved spiritually or emotionally.
The panel explored issues that some people in this industry prefer not to acknowledge resulting in a new understanding of the struggles and prejudices that minorities, specifically people of colour, face when on the job.
Herb Merriweather was also in attendance at this breakthrough panel and has some thoughts to share with us in today's VOX Daily.
The Promo Panel is always a session to look forward to at VOICE and this one was no exception.
Glean some wisdom from promo royalty today on VOX Daily.
By Stephanie Ciccarelli
Created collectively by PromaxBDA, Rudy Gaskins and Anita LaFontaine to honor the name, memory and defining legacy of one of the world's most famous voices, the Don LaFontaine Legacy Award recognizes a voice of impact as determined by a specialized industry committee.
Through the criteria filter of character, longevity, talent, professionalism and the passion for giving back, this year's recipient embodies much of Don's defining legacy.
The award will be presented to Joe on June 24, 2010.
Looking to get more insider knowledge and tips on how you can leverage today's fastest growing markets for voice overs?
After receiving positive feedback about our previous teleseminar series for Premium members, we've decided to offer another series that explores the Future of Voice Overs in the context of mobile technologies including audiobooks, video games and podcasting.
To kick off our teleseminars for March, I'm thrilled to announce that industry expert Robin Whitten, founder and editor of AudioFile Magazine, will be joining us as our guest on Tuesday March 9, 2010 from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m. EST.
Robin is one of the most knowledgeable, influential and passionate people in the audiobook industry. She is a current board member of the Audio Publishers Association, an excellent moderator and is fabulously connected to people who are involved in the business of audiobook publishing... she also has hear ear to the ground, interviews narrators, knows the trends and keeps the pulse of the audiobook industry via AudioFile Magazine.
Learn more about Robin Whitten and submit questions to be discussed in the teleseminar now!
Have any plans for the evening of Friday February 19th, 2010?
Live in, around or close to Toronto?
Voices.com is holding a mixer for our customers and we'd love to see you there!
Join David Ciccarelli and members of the Voices.com team Ben Jackson, Brogan Wilson and Ashley Hall in this evening of fun and networking.
Learn more and RSVP now.
If you live on the west coast of the United States or Canada, you may feel like you're slightly behind when it comes to auditioning for jobs that are posted earlier in the morning on the eastern coast of North America.
The truth? You are!
Getting up may be hard to do but knowing that you may be missing opportunities is an even harder pill to swallow.
How can you get your character vocalizing even before they're supposed to speak?
"Pre-life" is the improvised audible utterance you might make before delivering a scripted line. You could also see it as a vocal form of preparation for what is to come.
Find out how pre-life comes into play and how you can use the technique to improvise in character while adding more context to your read.
Picking the right voice for the job is all about selection, not rejection.
That being the case, it makes sense that only the selected talent is given feedback ratings or reviews... doesn't it?
In this follow up posting to yesterday's article, I'd like to briefly discuss another reason as to why we do not allow clients to rate auditions at Voices.com.
Receiving feedback (when in context) can be a wonderful thing, however, in the world of applying for work it is rarely given if at all!
Many voice talent have asked why feedback is only limited to Ratings and Reviews for work that's booked at Voices.com.
In this article, I'll explain why this is the case and also give you some perspective on how we came to make this decision.
On September 18, 2007, computer science professor Randy Pausch stepped in front of an audience of 400 people at Carnegie Mellon University to deliver a last lecture called "Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams." With slides of his CT scans beaming out to the audience, Randy told his audience about the cancer that is devouring his pancreas and that will claim his life in a matter of months. On the stage that day, Randy was youthful, energetic, handsome, often cheerfully, darkly funny. He seemed invincible. But this was a brief moment, as he himself acknowledged.
Randy's lecture has become a phenomenon, as has the book he wrote based on the same principles, celebrating the dreams we all strive to make realities. Sadly, Randy lost his battle to pancreatic cancer on July 25th, 2008, but his legacy will continue to inspire us all, for generations to come.
Narrator Erik Singer shares moving insight into his oratory, giving another voice to Randy Pausch's inspiring, informative and touching book, "The Last Lecture", winner of the 2009 Audie for Biography / Memoir.
What new developments have taken shape at Voices.com?
Discover new features, improvements and more in this Spring '09 Release prepared by Laurynda Pasma.
Do clients using Voices.com want to hear custom demos?
How many auditions on average are reviewed?
What's the most important factor when picking a voice talent to record?
Find out the answers to these questions and more in the most recent Voices.com Client Survey published by our CEO David Ciccarelli and Product Manager Laurynda Pasma.
Katherine Kellgren, though classically trained, sophisticated and sonorous, narrates stories from the depths of her soul, combining talent and skill with pure passion infused by a love of the spoken word, uplifted by her father's devoted ears.
I was there to see Katherine present at the Audies and also be acknowledged for her talent. Fortunately, I also was present to hear her speak at the BookExpo America Audiobook and Author Tea, discovering more about her creative process and hearing a reading from "Bloody Jack: Being an Account of the Curious Adventures of Mary 'Jacky' Faber, Ship's Boy."
Learn more about this lovely and gracious lady who not only walked away with three Audies this year but also with the hearts of those to whom she read.
Herb Merriweather treats us to another article sure to pique your interest!
If you have ever wanted to make history while calling the shots, announcing at a championship sporting event may be just the ticket.
When a character's voice is first created, something special happens, and although it may be voiced by different people over the decades, takes on a life of its own.
Meet a few caretakers who were chosen to pick up where one of their colleagues left off, preserving each character as an individual with great awe and reverence.
Creating characters, while fun in itself, provides a real opportunity to stretch your imagination and vocal versatility.
People watching is one way to conduct your research as you build a repertory of characters.
Going to different places to seek out interesting people to study often yields more than what you bargained for!
That being said, where is the strangest place inspiration has struck you to create a character voice?
Traditionally, people known as Triple Threats have been performers who can sing, dance and act, but what if there is a new Triple Threat on the horizon?
The trend in casting lately is to not only pick people who are very good actors for roles, but, to also prominently feature actors who have great voices for the character roles they are playing.
With song and dance stepping to the side, and new variables coming into play, one has to ask:
Is the new triple threat acting ability, looks and voice?
Star Trek is known for a number of things, but have you ever considered "Voice" to be a strong point for the franchise?
In this article, we're going to look very closely at how voice has been used in Star Trek, specifically at how J.J. Abram's film uses voice, and also reflect on how voices from previous series have figured prominently in the shaping of today's crew.
By Stephanie Ciccarelli
Do you have any questions that you've always wanted to ask people who buy voice over services that you haven't been able to ask?
Each client who posts a job at Voices.com is surveyed about their experience. Our team releases a quarterly report sharing results from these surveys, and this time, we're looking for your input!
Comment with your questions...
this is an invitation and your opportunity to impact what is included in our newly revised client satisfaction survey!
The Voices.com Store is an exciting feature that gives members of Voices.com the opportunity to be hired straight off product samples instead of cutting custom demos.
I had the opportunity to learn more about how voice talent are using their stores and thought you'd be interested in what's going on!
Hear about some experiences had by voice talent who have sold products in their Voices.com Stores and discover how easy it is to create and list your own products.
You might have wondered how you use the Internal Messaging system at Voices.com.
This article will show you how to do just that and also give you some tips on how you can maximize communications with clients and even fellow talent members at Voices.com.
How does the Voices.com search engine work?
What can you do to rank higher and be found for the kind of jobs you hope to receive?
Learn how you can improve and increase your rankings in this tutorial.
*This post has been updated to reflect changes made to membership levels in January of 2011
What happens when you've been studying for years and it seems as though your newly acquired education is contradicting or not in sync with what you've learned (and paid good money for) in the past?
A conversation sparked in the Working Voice Actors Group on LinkedIn has inspired this post.
What do you think?
Ever needed to contact someone at Voices.com and weren't sure who to shoot that email to?
If so, my goal is to give you a solution!
Meet some of our team members in this "get to know" Voices.com post and discover more about who we are, who does what and how we can help you and your voice over career.
Have you ever noticed that there isn't an amateur tradition for those aspiring to be professional voice over talent?
My friend Pat Fraley has some thoughts to share, as have I, in hopes that this article opens up discussion for how we might establish an amateur tradition for our industry that we can be proud of.
We'd love to hear your thoughts too, so be sure to read the entire article before commenting with your ideas. Thanks!
In direct defiance of global economic woes, London's business community gathered for an evening of celebration at the London Convention Centre in style, marking a stark contrast to what you hear, read and see in the media.
What a night!
Hear about our experience and also learn more about the announcer of this event, Craig Rockford.
Who are the Voicey award winners this year?
Find out now!
Published by Listening Library in 2006, Dustin Hoffman breathes life into one of Dr. Seuss' most beloved stories, reminding us that "a person's a person no matter how small" as narrator of Horton Hears a Who!
Aside from Hollywood and literary celebrity status, what else made this audiobook stand out?
Learn more about what I thought of this performance here at VOX Daily.
In the near future, many of the voice over industry's brightest minds will gather for an event that is sure to knock your socks off.
Voices.com is pleased to announce that the Voice Coaches Expo, "Technology + You = Opportunity" will take place on Saturday May 2nd in Schenectady, NY at the GE Theater, featuring presenters and experts within the field of voice over and beyond, to name just one, Rodney Saulsberry!
Find out more about this event now.
Water is bar none the most important beverage on the face of the earth. In fact, our bodies are made of a significant amount of water which means it is of extreme importance to be hydrated.
When you're working in your recording studio, how much water do you consume on average throughout the day?
Chime in with your daily H2O consumption!
Most business relationships start out great, but how do you keep them that way?
Maintaining a business relationship is something you have to work at and can be likened to a marriage, which as you may know, needs constant TLC.
Find out what to do, and perhaps most importantly, what NOT to do to keep your business relationships healthy at VOX Daily.
We're pleased to announce that Voices.com has partnered with VoodooVox to bring even more opportunities to the voice over marketplace.
While any Voices.com member may be contacted for these jobs, an invitation has been extended to Voices.com paid members to be included in a special program and presented as preferred vendors.
The Voicey finalists have now been announced!
Find out who they are now.
Over the years, we've spelled out the name of this industry in a number of ways, however, those differences have never changed what the term means.
This word represents our world, so to speak, and we need to protect it!
What does the word "voiceover" mean to you and what makes it uniquely ours?
Share your thoughts and let the conversation begin!
After reviewing some amazing slogan ideas, the time has come to announce the winning slogan.
Out of the 357 comments submitted before 12 p.m. EST, we have narrowed the slogans down to 10.
There were so many wonderful slogans submitted and we're grateful to everyone who participated in this exciting contest!
Is your slogan one of the 10?
Find out who the finalists are in the Voices.com Slogan Contest!
When reviewing the 300+ slogan submissions last night, we came across many that made us laugh out loud, a number of which we thought would be fun to share with you.
Take a gander at these entries and let us know what you think!
Isn't the voice over community a hotbed of creativity? Some of these would make for excellent t-shirts :)
What do you do when spam becomes a problem?
This passed week, we have experienced an unprecedented amount of spam and we'd now like to address this publicly for the sake of our members.
To learn more, read on.
This beautiful tribute "Heaven Needed a Hero" was produced by Kipp Kelly in honour of the late Paul Harvey (1918-2009), an American broadcasting pioneer and radio legend.
The video's caption reads:
"In a world where people hurry by and life seems too hard. There once lived a man named Paul Harvey. This is a celebration of his life and love of his family and friends. Now you know the rest of the story."
Need some good news?
Join Pat Fraley in his New Year's 2009 podcast "9 Tips For Yielding a Bumper Crop of Voice Overs in 2009".
Enter the bunkhouse and sit in on this witty conversation that includes a variety of ideas that will both inspire and inform, and most importantly, help to prepare you for what 2009 has in store for voice over talent.
New York, New York!
On Friday December 5th, 2008 voice over talent will be descending on New York City and partying it up at a networking event in Manhattan presented by Erik Sheppard of Voice Talent Productions.
Admission is free with your RSVP.
If you can make it, you should be there, because David and I would really love to meet you!
Find out more about this event here at VOX Daily.
As promised in my interview with Matt Cowlrick earlier this month, I have some exciting news from the world of broadcast television that gives you a behind the scenes look at how the Gollum-Off went last week.
Pictured above are Matt Cowlrick with the man of the hour, Andy Serkis.
Watch the segment and hear about Matt's experience on VOX Daily!
By Stephanie Ciccarelli
What do you do when your best efforts yield no fruit?
This article was inspired by the story of one voice talent who hasn't found work online through the marketplace in over a year.
Want to read his story?
It's time for some fun!
There are so many wonderful videos out there on YouTube that celebrate voice acting and voice overs.
What are your favorites?
Comment with the video URL (the web page the video is hosted on) and let me know why you chose to submit it :)
Have you ever taken a moment to think about whether or not your signature voice (the voice that makes you the most money) and your personality are related?
Let's take a look at these two elements and consider how they are connected.
When we're through, comment to let me know if your signature voice and personality are alike!
Are you feeling icky?
I've asked a couple of very helpful voice over coaches to share how they get through yucky voice conditions including their preferred methods of going from sickness to health during cold season.
Graciously sharing two different perspectives gained from years of experience and practical application, take heed to what Bettye Zoller and Debbie Munro have to say and get yourself on the path to feeling better, for you and for the good of your voice over career!
There Can Only Be One!
For those of you who are fans of the Richard and Judy Show in the UK, some great news!
On Friday October 24th at 8 p.m. on 'Watch' (Sky Channel 109 and Virgin channel 124), Richard and Judy will have a feature showcasing a number of people who can imitate the voice of Gollum, a character in J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings (movies directed by Peter Jackson) whose voice has been made famous by the actor Andy Serkis.
In the presence of Andy Serkis, a number of contestants will get their inner Gollum on to be broadcast on the telly nationwide.
Coming off a win in another competition sponsored by Three Mobile in Australia, wherein he also impersonated Gollum, Cowlrick's impression of Gollum won him and a friend $10000 worth of travel, which helped Cowlrick to get over to the UK.
Will lightning strike twice?
Did you know that October is a month set aside to raise awareness for Breast Cancer?
There are many people out there doing their part to spread the word, from pink avatars on Twitter to running for a cure and for hope.
I'd like to invite you now to watch a couple of short videos and listen to the messages.
Through your actions, you could help save someone's life.
Jeff Gelder will be producing a Holiday Magic CD for Children's Hospitals for the 6th year running and is looking for inspired voice over artists to submit recordings with holiday flair for inclusion on the Holiday Magic 2008 CD.
These CDs are given out to children in December and bring great joy to little ones and their families who because of health reasons cannot come home for the holidays.
With a deadline of November 7th, you've got to get moving if you want to be part of this! Keep reading for more details.
How Much Do You Love Your Business?
Discover 3 reasons why you should be your staunchest supporter and your hardest hitting critic.
Learn how being both of these things in relation to your business will help you to achieve success.
This September, voice actress Caitlin Sanchez, took on the role of Dora the Explorer.
Have you noticed any differences?
By Stephanie Ciccarelli
Some people have nicknames that they call their studio.
Similarly to how Batman has the Batcave, I'm sure you have a name for where you do your voice over recordings.
What do you call your recording studio?
Want to take a closer look at the New Community area at Voices.com?
I'm pleased to share some information on how you can get involved and be an active part of the vibrant community that all voice over talent can call "home" online at Voices.com.
To wrap up this First Look series and glimpse into the all-new Voices.com, we're going to talk a bit about two new features that you'll be able to make use of when you are working for clients.
These features include the ability to request Approval of Files and Release of Payment.
Learn more now!
Audible.com has a really neat competition going on that pits narrator against narrator, pairing two different interpretations of the same audio book in a duel of feudal proportions.
Which narrators will win?
Are you looking for a destination this summer to take your family to?
Learn more about this unique audio tour here at VOX Daily.
This week, Lisa Rice is the featured lecturer on Voice Over Experts and I'd love to share her unique episode with you today on VOX Daily.
The topic Lisa chose to present is something that will help you with day to day business operations when working with your clients.
As Lisa says, there is something extremely satisfying about a job well done.
The world of talking toys is big business.
Everywhere you look, there are toys that talk, whether they be stuffed animals, plastic action figurines, dolls, racing cars or otherwise.
You can walk into literally any department store and find an assortment of talking toys that represent an exciting and entertaining aspect of this industry in the realm of character voice acting.
Have you and your voice over business been sharing in those profits?
Patrick Fraley is one of voice overs greatest living legends.
Earlier this year, he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2008 Voiceys, a distinguished honor bestowed upon him with great humility.
During the nomination process for the finalists, those nominated were asked to submit information about how they had given back to their community, how they've impacted those around them and what they have done to invest in the voice actors of tomorrow.
It gives me great pleasure to honor Pat and share more about his work with you through three people he has inspired, affected and championed over the years, presenting to you a greater picture of the voice actor, the man, and the mentor.
Want to pick up a new English dialect for your voice over business?
Check out IDEA, which stands for International Dialects of English Archive, featuring audio samples of dialects for theatre and film artists.
I had a chance to catch up with my friend Charlie Bennett to see what was cooking.
Turns out, he's been doing a lot of video game voice acting lately for companies who supply games to Nintendo!
Charlie was kind enough to answer 10 questions for me to share with you here at VOX Daily. Enjoy!
Want to be cast based upon your voice and not your quote?
For those of you feel you should be cast based upon your voice and not because of what you've quoted, I am going to propose something that should help remedy that age old concern and level the playing field as well, ultimately making it easier for clients to quickly pick a voice and for you to be hired without having to quote.
For those of you who are familiar with Marvel's Hulking protagonist Bruce Banner or are looking forward to seeing "The Incredible Hulk", I've got a treat for you!
I had the opportunity to speak with J.D. Hall yesterday afternoon just days before the cinematic premiere of The Incredible Hulk, due out Friday June 13, 2008.
If you've seen the movie "Pay It Forward" you know what it means to give back to your community and help build other people up.
Are you paying it forward?
The team at Voices.com is always raising the bar and we're about to do so again big time.
Have you ever found yourself voicing the role of your dreams?
Mark Silverman shares his story about how growing up Disney prepared him to became the voice of Disney's attraction "The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror".
Have you found yourself in a similar position?
Do you know how to properly look after your voice?
Guest blogger Gary Terzza provides some excellent tips on how to preserve your voice and reasons not to take it for granted.
Although the 2008 Audies have already happened (May 30, 2008), I didn't want to miss the opportunity to shine the spotlight on a member of our community whose work was nominated for an Audie this year.
I'm pleased to present an interview with voice actress Vanessa Hart.
Essentially, it's a catalog of up-to-date information on who is starring in what. Many actors maintain their own IMDb presence and add roles to keep their resume current. People in the media refer to it all the time when discussing films and link back to IMBb as an authority on the subject of who's starring in what.
Voices.com Viewed as Authority for Voice Acting Roles
Interestingly enough, bloggers, including those in the press, have started referencing Voices.com as a source of information about voice acting roles and who voices them just as they refer to IMDb for on-camera actors and their roles in film.
Do you see the opportunity?
Does a particular brand of word processor make people better writers? Can amateur videographers make a killer music video with a simple camera phone?
In short, it's not what you have, it's what you bring to the table as a professional that truly makes the difference.
By Stephanie Ciccarelli
As voice professionals, I can confidently say that each one of you has your own favorite tea or beverage of choice, but to that end, I know not what!
What's steeping in your studio?
This week marked the 50th episode of the Voice Over Experts podcast!
Once a week for the past 50 weeks, voice actors have been able to listen to tips, pearls of wisdom and learn trade secrets from voice acting educators around the world for free via Voice Over Experts, produced by Voices.com.
If you're a fan of Voice Over Experts, we want to hear from you! Please take a moment to leave a comment.
Based on C.S. Lewis' The Chronicles of Narnia : Prince Caspian, this action-packed movie from Disney is tops at the box office and boasts a great voice cast as well.
Are video game voice actors a bunch of whiners or is there justice to be served?
Read about the state of pay in video game voice acting and hear from one very vocal talent, Michael Hollick, star of Grand Theft Auto IV (GTA IV), voice of Niko Bellic.
Noticed anything different lately when taking a bus ride in London, Ontario Canada?
According to some people I've spoken with, riding the bus in London has never been so exciting, or for that matter, sensationally sonorous.
Who's calling the stops?
If you're feeling some tension I've got a neat idea you can try to release your stress.
This tongue twister might just do the trick!
Susan Blu, Molly Ann Mullin and Cynthia SongÃ©'s book "Word of Mouth: A Guide to Commercial Voice-over Excellence, 3rd Edition", is all about the rudiments of voice acting, giving yourself permission to play, and learning how to release the characters within.
Many of you have seen the Voice Talkers : Living the Dream of a Voice Actor video on YouTube and are loving it!
For those of you who haven't seen it yet, click here.
Now, for those of you who have, here's an awesome interview with three members of the comedy troupe that discusses how Voice Talkers came about.
IVONA is the leading text-to-speech software program in Europe and its notoriety is spreading quickly.
Watch this video and let me know what you think.
You may have noticed a theme over the last few days that has to do with videos and voice acting.
Today, I want to share a link to another video with you that features a National Association of Broadcasters interview with Dave Foxx, one of the actors in the cast of "Voice Talkers : Living the Dream of a Voice Actor" that was featured yesterday on VOX Daily.
If you weren't familiar with Dave Foxx before seeing Voice Talkers, you're in for a treat.
œVoice Talkers : Living the Dream of a Voice Actor was produced by P0YKPAC for the final round of YouTube™s Sketchies II sketch comedy video contest. Voting begins on April 9th.
Will you be voting for this video?
Getting a job doing voice overs is about more than just your voice.
This Howcast video goes through some of the steps any person encounters when they first get serious about training and launching a voice acting career.
By David Ciccarelli
USA TV Ads have been collecting TV commercials for 33 years.
Their team also identifies and classifies all new commercials and adds them to the USA TV Ads library which contains more than one million commercials.
Is your voice over work featured on any of them?
When you are auditioning online there's something very important that will either make or break your chances of getting the gig.
Find out how one simple realization will save you hours of frustration and hundreds of unsuccessful auditions.
Ever wondered how you could get a free link on the Voices.com home page?
We've just created 3 new opportunities to get your name front and center.
Want to find out how?
This weekend we'll be going live with a number of new and exciting updates to Voices.com.
You know that Spring is in the air when there's a new look and feel...
Whether it's the sight of green grass after the snows, longer daylight hours or a birdsong whistling through the trees, you know there are brighter days ahead.
All of the waiting for change and renewal was worth it. Here's just a taste of the renaissance about to burst at Voices.com.
Feeling gross, yucky, icky or have no voice at all?
There's something going around again and an email request prompted me to write some tips for soothing a sore throat.
Try these 12 tips at home -- they work!
To continue on our verbal trail we've got a link to a site that lists one hundred of the most often mispronounced words in the English language.
Want to take a guess as to which words are mentioned?
If you live in the United States, you're likely aware that there are a handful of regional accents across that great country of yours, many of which are immediately recognizable before even three words are strung together.
We've found a map that details the boundaries of each of the major regional American dialects.
Where do you fit in?
Have you seen Jerry Seinfeld's animated feature with DreamWorks called "Bee Movie"?
If so, take a couple of seconds to read this post and leave a comment with your thoughts!
When you direct people to your website, the goal is to be hired, is it not?
What happens when you have multiple websites to choose from and don't know which one to send your clients to?
Check out 4 questions you should ask yourself before you invite people to visit your business on the web.
Ever heard of the Buzz blog at Voices.com?
What goes on there?
If you haven't popped by, you're going to get quite the surprise!
Do the people you just auditioned for know who you are?
If you didn't slate your name, chances are they don't remember!
Discover more about slating and how the simple act of slating your name in an audition or on your voice over demo can go a long way.
To wrap up our week of online resources, tools, services and hidden gems we've put together an exhaustive list of industry-specific resources that we hope you'll enjoy.
Earlier this week, two lists were posted with links to hundreds of resources, and over the next couple of days there will be more.
I thought we'd take a mini breather from all of the link love to talk a little bit about lists and what makes them so attractive.
So, do you like lists?
Let us know by leaving a comment on this article.
To bring some closure to the posting I wrote earlier this week, I have an announcement to make regarding the topic of daily themes and voice over workshop listings.
One of the many freeing benefits of blogging is that so long as there is consistency, there is structure.
That being said, there will be one day a week that has a predictable theme.... oh, the suspense!
Want to learn more?
If there's one thing that has guided us when making decisions in terms of functionality, design and overall business direction, it's been the fundamental principle of listening to our customers.
That being said, we're reaching out to you again to ask for your feedback regarding a number of areas pertaining to Voices.com through an online survey.
Learn more about the survey and how you can participate here.
Do you watch the ABC show "Lost"?
I hadn't started watching the series until earlier this February, and last night, we completed our LOST marathon ending with last episode of season three.
Today when I read that the LOST videogame entitled "LOST Via Domus" was released a few days ago on the XBox 360, Playstation 3, and the PC, I thought it very timely to write about the series and also get your take on the game and the voices used in it.
Did you watch the Oscars on Sunday night?
I did but I must confess that it wasn't to see the dresses, red carpet shenanigans or the winners... I watched to hear the announcers.
Read more about announcing at the Oscars featuring the voice of Entertainment Tonight, The Insider, and seven-time Academy Awards announcer, Randy Thomas!
Looking for a voice over coach?
We have recently developed a network that connects voice acting instructors with students seeking voice over training.
Check out more information here at VOX Daily!
OK, so some of you were put off by the fact that the UGO's 11 Top Voice Actors List had count'em 0, ZERO, female voice actors on the list.
Here's another one that you may want to see.
This week, Mental Floss published their own list of legendary voice actors and also where you might have heard their voices. Check it out via a link from VOX Daily.
By Stephanie Ciccarelli
It's the middle of the week and time to shake things up a bit.
What American accent do you have?
I came upon this quiz and would love to hear what your results are!
Trying to find a voice to brand your company or hire for your project online?
Voices.com's newest podcast œVoice Casting is now at your service.
Learn how to find a voice actor, what to look for in a voice, how to work with voice actors, and most importantly, how to brand your company using the power of the human voice.
The name's Bond.
It is my great pleasure and honor to announce to the voice acting community that one of your own has been cast as the voice of the British super agent James Bond for an upcoming Bond video game to be released toward the end of 2008.
The character may look like Daniel Craig but his pipes belong to David Houston!
As a podcaster or radio personality, you probably have theme music that brands your show.
Music that you or your producer took great care to choose, no doubt.
Did that decision making process also ensure that your theme music matched your voice?
Been listening to any audiobooks lately?
Over the next four years, there will be 24,000 audiobooks recorded...
the audiobook market is booming!
Share your favorites and hear about some other great audiobooks from your friends at VOX Daily.
Looking for an uplifting, empowering and nourishing book to read?
Rodney Saulsberry's "Step Up to the Mic" is a book all about stepping up to life's challenges from the perspective of a voice actor.
Learn more at VOX Daily.
Knowledge is power.
If you know how (and have the courage) to ask the right questions, the answers will give you the direction and strength that you need for continued growth and success.
Have you asked yourself "why" lately?
Discover what Why can do for you.
Ever been on a PGA, LPGA or Champions Tour?
David Cook has been announcing live at professional golf tournaments for five years, so one of the voices you may have heard on the course was likely his!
Join me for my interview with David Cook here on VOX Daily.
So far, you've really only heard unbiased reporting or relative support for the writers strike.
What I am privileged to share with you today, however, is a bird of a different feather, and potentially writing that may have severe consequences for the writer, and if not heeded, members of several unions in the United States, and by default, unions sympathetic to the cause in nations abroad.
One man, a member of SAG and AFTRA has taken a stand against the strike, and the following revelation, uncensored, is how he feels.
What does Remembrance Day mean to you?
Discover a couple of stories that will warm your heart and remind of you what Remembrance Day is all about.
I also look forward to hearing your stories, so let the sharing begin!
Perhaps you've been wondering why Leno and Letterman are in reruns...
Since early November, the Writers Guild of America has ceased to script, affecting soap operas, late night comedy shows, and all episodes of series in preproduction.
This strike is affecting more people than just the writers, in fact.
Don't know why the writers are striking in Hollywood?
Watch this video featuring writers from the hit NBC show "The Office" as they stand on the picket lines and share their story with you.
Do you listen to VOX Talk?
Check out Adam's Tech Talk segments and leave comments about what you've heard on the Defiant Digital Productions Blogcast.
Have a Facebook Profile?
Are you into voice acting?
Do you looooove voice overs?
If you answered yes to any of those questions, you're going to want to add Voices.com to your Facebook products... but how?
Find out at VOX Daily!
Voices are literally everywhere...
On TV, radio, grocery stores aisles, malls, kiosks, podcasts, video games, mobile devices, GPS systems, talking toys... the list goes on!
That being the case, as a voice actor, you may have unintentionally heard yourself when you were least suspecting it!
Do you have a story to share?
Where have you accidentally heard your voice over work?
What do you have that you can use to promote yourself at any given time, no matter where you are, what you are doing, or what you've brought with you?
Find out how to make a great first impression and stand out from the crowd while marketing your voice acting business with another marketing tip from VOX Daily.
Who doesn't like a hearty laugh now and then?
Marc Cashman, also known as the voice over expert behind the popular blog Ask the Voice Cat, is compiling a book of all things funny related to voice acting and experiences had throughout a voice over career.
Do you have something to add to the book?
How can one little link have a significant impact?
When it looks just as good as the place it is going to, there's more to a graphical link than just the search engine optimization benefits.
Make a visual impact and get the click-through!
There's no place like home for the holidays, however, what happens if you aren't at home for Kwanzaa, Hanukkah or Christmas but are in the hospital instead?
Find out how you can make this holiday season a bit brighter for sick children by donating your voice for a noble cause.
Ever thought about how to get somebody's attention in an email?
I know whenever I see it, it intrigues me and makes an impact.
Try this little tip - it'll go a long way.
Are there any recordings of you from when you were younger that helped shape the voice actor you've become today?
Maybe you've got an old tape kicking around in the basement or, better yet, have digitized the old analog recording.
Let us know at VOX Daily!
By Stephanie Ciccarelli
Ever wondered how radio stations get their call letters?
Those 4 somewhat random alphabetical wonders do have a rhyme and reason and this article sets out to discover what it may be.
How's this for a whale of a tale?
What do you do when you're not recording voice overs?
Share your stories at VOX Daily.
How does your voice behave for you on a daily basis?
Share your vocal stories and let us know whether your vocal performance is likened more to a morning glory, an afternoon delight or a nocturnal wonder.
Add a comment now!
A story idea from one of our readers!
What do you think of Vox Studio Software? Ever heard of it? Need it, love it, use it, or what?
Share your thoughts on this piece of software by adding a comment here on the VOX Daily Blog.
An awesome video segment on GameOne, that's what!
Want to see some Transformers coverage at BotCon 2007?
Hearing children's voice overs sometimes makes me wonder if they are being fed direction through a line read.
Is the tone of voice and artistic interpretation we hear emanating from the mouths of babes actually of their own inspiration, or is it the guidance of a voice over coach or director in the booth?
New to Voices.com?
If you'd like to learn more about our SurePay Escrow Service ( in other words, how you can get paid for work directly at Voices.com and earn feedback ratings ), read this tutorial created by Laurynda Pasma.
How can you use SurePay? Find out!
This week brings us part two of three in an interview series with Joe Cipriano.
Listen to Jesse Springer's interviews with this VO great on the VOX Talk Podcast and discover some "behind the scenes" tales about how this project took flight here on the VOX Daily Voice Actor blog.
Are you a voice actor who also does on camera work for a living?
Having good on camera skills is a plus and many people who do voice overs do not live on voice over alone.
If you fall into that niche, share some trade secrets here with your potentially camera-destined colleagues about how voice actors can make a splash on the screen as well as off.
What do you look for in a workshop?
We've compiled a brief survey that will give you the opportunity to make your voice heard! Let us know your opinions on what you prefer, what you're looking for, and also just how important food and socialization is at these events!
Want a workshop to come to your neck of the woods? Participate in the Voice Acting Workshops Survey Now.
Do freelance voice over professionals need a code of ethics?
Evaluating the construction and adoption of a code of ethics may be something to consider.
How do you feel about the idea and what would you hope to see in a code of ethics for the voice over profession?
Is your contract up for renewal?
Chuck Kaiton just had has renewed his contract, continuing in full stride as the official play-by-play voice of the NHL's Carolina Hurricanes.
When it comes to voiceovers, how effective are they as in-store advertisements?
Has your voice been used to accompany in-store advertisements?
Have you ever had a brush with greatness?
Whether it's been a local on-air personality or a Hollywood Starlet, we've all had a 'brush' with greatness at some time or another.
Share your stories on VOX Daily!
Simon Cowell is best known as the hard hitting, merciless member of the triumvirate on American Idol, but as we've heard and seen in recent days, he's quite the opposite when taken out of the camera's glare.
Politics.co.uk has shone the limelight on a different Simon Cowell along with TV presenter, DJ and model Fearne Cotton, promoting the warm and fuzzy side of Cowell in particular.
Discuss the UK advertisement "I'm An Animal Help Me Out"!
Have you experienced Voice Over Experts yet?
If you haven't, here's a quick intro to the podcast and a taste of what you can expect from the Voice Over Experts Podcast at Voices.com.
Catch episode 08 with Deborah Sale Butler here and find links to other episodes as well.
This is definitely a podcast you should be subscribed too!
Had a cup of Joe yet today?
The 2007 London Fringe, a festival that features new and upcoming actors, is now in full swing in London, Ontario Canada.
Have you seen the Simpsons Movie yet?
Find out more about the movie and also discover a cool website where you can make your very own Simpsons avatar.
Want to know what mine looks like? Check it out!
What does 007 do after retiring?
Meet the new voice and narrator of Thomas & Friends.
What do you love about VOX Daily?
What would you like to see more of and is one post a day enough for you?
Here's a chance for you to leave your suggestions and help shape future publications at Voices.com via the VOX Daily blog.
What do you have in mind?
How are voice actors found and who hires them?
What do clients look for and are there any similarities?
Learn more about the kinds of jobs voice actors are hired for and the kind of businesses that are researching the voice over industry and progressively going online to work with voice actors directly at voice over marketplaces.
Want to know more?
What is a union?
What can unions like SAG, AFTRA, ACTRA, and Equity do for you, and to be considered a professional, does everyone need to be in a union?
This article about unions is one of the more controversial topics we'll be exploring this week. Unions are part of the voiceover ecosystem, and they have done quite a bit to secure particular benchmarks and benefits on behalf of all performers who use their services.
How do you feel about the union(s)? Add your thoughts here at VOX Daily.
When you hear the word casting, do you think of going fishing?
If so, you're going to learn about a whole new world... the world of the voice casting and the casting director!
What is a casting director, what do they do, who hires them and how do you go about getting in front of one...
And once you do, what do they want?! Find out at VOX Daily.
Now, we enter into waters where it's all about selection and not rejection!
Agents are very selective, but as we've said earlier, there is a voice for every job and a job for every voice.
Does an agency shoe fit for you?
Learn more about voice talent agents, what they do, how to find one, approach one and what happens if you are offered a contract.
Voice Over Experts is the #1 Educational Voice Acting Podcast that features voice over coaches from the US, Canada and abroad.
Want to get on the roster at Voice Over Experts?
If you ask Apple, iTunes is defined as the entertainment center of your world.
To bring Podcasting Week 2007 to a close, we'd like to ask one question of you...
What's in your iTunes?
Ever heard of The Everything Acting Podcast?
Find out more about this awesome podcast and how you can listen in.
Want to make your own podcast?
Follow this recipe, being sure to account for all of the ingredients ahead of time.
If there is anything that most podcasters will tell you, it pays to be prepared!
Learn how to make your own podcast at VOX Daily with our Small Business Podcasting Kit.
Why are people podcasting?
What's going on out there that inspires so many people to book time at professional recording studios, build their own home studio, or carry portable devices to record their thoughts and those of others and make them public?
Find out why people are Podcasting and why Podcasting is a frontier that no Marketer should ignore.
Whose voice hosts the Voice Over Experts Podcast?
We had very specific voice casting requirements in mind when we set out to find the perfect voice to host Voice Over Experts, and this charming voice actress from the UK met and exceeded all of our expectations.
Want to meet her?
Looking for advice from the best in the business of voice acting?
A brand new podcast christened œVoice Over Experts has just entered into the world of podcasting, offering a unique perspective on the art of voice acting and the business of voice overs from a variety of acclaimed instructors hailing from North America and abroad.
Need a helping hand finding a podcast you like, listening to it and then subscribing to receive it on a regular basis?
This article will help you do just that!
Learn more about how to browse, listen and subscribe to podcasts at VOX Daily.
Hey Hey, it's Podcasting Week!
At Voices.com, we're covering the ins and outs of podcasting including how to find, listen to and subscribe to podcasts as well as the business side of podcast production and making some dough as a podcaster or as the voice of an independent or corporate podcast.
Looking for specific articles or themed blogs online?
Ever thought of searching for content on blogs using a tool other than the Google Blog Search?
Try Technorati, your gateway to tens of millions of blogs and the stories they tell.
If you think something is "delicious", you can share that fact with everyone by bookmarking the page or website using a service aptly named...
Learn more about the social bookmarking tool del.icio.us at VOX Daily.
Where can you meet up with old friends, make connections, and join countless groups that align with your hobbies or career?
Why, Facebook.com of course!
If you haven't yet checked out this free Social Networking site, it's well worth the time.
What is Digg?
Why are there so many Diggs on a given article at Voices.com?
Find out how you can leverage the power of Digg and help the most relevant content get to the top of the charts!
Have you seen the new iPhone TV commercials yet?
It seems like everybody is talking about getting started in voice acting!
While that may be true having a trusted news source such as CNN.com validate the market by covering the opportunities therein confirms to the rest of the world that voice acting has hit the mainstream and is now officially a part of pop culture.
What do you need to get some buzz?
All it takes is one line!
Kari Wahlgren's role in Shrek the Third may have been minor, but it got her foot in the door.
Read more about Kari's experience and leave a comment!
Have you seen Shrek the Third?
Ever been in a scenario when someone asked you if you had a business card and you had to write your contact information on a slip of paper or a napkin?
It's not the ideal situation, is it?
Find out how you can make a good first impression with a professional business card at VOX Daily.
In the wake of the Voice Coaches Expo, I thought it would be appropriate to follow through in the same vein with articles about how to run your business.
Let's kick this off with some branding tips!
Enjoy a Q&A period at the Voice Coaches Advanced Marketing Expo!
Learn from industry experts Jim Sciancalepore, Heather Frenz, Bob Souer, David Ciccarelli, Billy Serow, Evan Farmer, and David Bourgeois.
Moderating the discussion was Voice Coaches Marketing Director, Warren Garling.
David and Stephanie Ciccarelli presented on the topic of Voice Over in the Google Era.
With so many ways to promote your voice using the monolithic conglomerate that is Google, there's no stopping the voice over industry online!
Discover ways that you can improve and increase your presence on the Internet as a voice over talent regardless of your location.
Does your demo have a case of the uglies?
Join the graphic design experts Dan Dinsmore and Phil Montelone from Overit Media as they give tips on how "putting on the makeup" for your Demo CD and branding materials.
Looking for a voice over agent in top tier commercial voice casting?
Learn more about Billy Serow, a commercial voice talent agent at the Abrams Agency in New York City.
Marketing yourself as effectively as you could locally?
Learn some hot tips on how to grow your circle of influence and increase your bottom line with tips from Stacey Nooney, Marketing Director / Project Director for Working Pictures in Albany, NY.
Meet Jay Silverman, the resident Advanced Self Marketing Guru at VoiceCoaches.com.
Learn about the concept of how to make the administrative assistant (or bulldog) your friend to get to where you want to go when marketing your talents for voice over work!
Not all audio engineers have the vocal gifts to be voice over talent and not all voice over talent have the technical knowledge and experience to be audio engineers.
But, when you do get the desired combination of technical skill and artistic competence, something special happens...
Just how important is it to possess a mixture of the qualifications described above as a professional voice over talent working online?
Getting started in voice overs?
Not sure how to get experience or build a portfolio of voice over work?
There are many practical and rewarding ways to go about gaining experience and prospective clients.
Discover some here at Voices.com!
When you think of movie trailer voice overs, what do you think of?
Perhaps, the better question to ask is: Which gender of voice do you think of?
Join us as we explore the world of movie trailer voice overs and the role of women in this male dominated sector of the voice over industry.
David Boreanaz voices the "Quest For The Cup" commercial series profiling each of the Stanley Cup contending teams as they strive for greatness this NHL playoff season.
Have you seen these promos yet?
If you're a Bones (TV show) or a Buffalo Sabres fan, here's an opportunity to get an inside look at what makes David tick.
Giving and receiving feedback is an important part of any business transaction. As either a buyer or seller at Voices.com, feedback is used to show your professionalism and provide a measure trust.
By Stephanie Ciccarelli
Never get stiffed or hear "The check's in the mail" again!
When you work with clients using our new SurePay system at Voices.com to get the job done right, good things will happen.
Want to learn more?
New vocab lessons from Voices.com!
To get comfortable with the future lingo ahead of time, read this brief glossary of terms.
What will your Voices.com website look like?
Well, that's up to you!
Discover some updates to the Profile, Files, Themes and Feedback Sections - you're going to love it!
Is your voice on a current television commercial or movie trailer?
Are you being recognized in grocery stores for your commercial voice talent?
Whether it be local, regional or national coverage that your voice is enjoying right now, leave a note on the blog!
What comes after the job offer?
Does it always involve negotiation or do you accept the first offer that is presented to you?
Whether it's smooth sailing or back to the drawing board a few times, we want to hear from you!
PayPal, check, money order, cash, credit card...
The list goes on!
How do you accept payment for your voice over services?
Leave a comment at VOX Daily!
Ever had a client who didn't pay you for your work?
What did you do?
Did you ever get paid?
Share your VO trials and payment tribulations here.
Do you know how to interpret the signs?
Are clients easy to read?
Just when do you know that you've nailed a contract?
Share your stories at VOX Daily!
Want to be a video game voice actor?
Learn the biz of video game voice acting and secrets on how to keep Gamers happy with your performance by reading this wonderful article about DB Cooper's VOICE 2007 lecture "Infinite Ammo".
Get ready to rock!
Who is the real Porky Pig?
How did he get there?
What keeps him going?
Read about Bob Bergen's extraordinary one man show "Not Just Another Pretty Voice" here at VOX Daily.
Looking for a Character workout?
MJ Lallo brought the house down with her comedic personality and unique character voice acting techniques.
Learn some tips on how to make the most of your character voice acting career from a pro's point of view.
Wine, cheese, Don...
Couldn't get much better than that!
Want to know more?
Discover the magic that is Don LaFontaine, the King of Voice Overs.
It's 2007... is your commercial demo out of date?
What are the indicators that you need to update your commercial demo? Find out here.
If you think there's something wrong with that subject heading, you should read Kara Edwards' blog post called Worm Poop VS Voice Acting.
I did, and it makes perfect sense to me ;)
Before you get in front of the mic, do you have anything special that you do to get in the 'zone'?
Even the VOX Talk Podcast has a story to tell!
Share your "pre-game" rituals and recording session routines with your friends at VOX Daily.
Voices.com is home to all English dialects, aye mate, even British.
Learn more about how Voices.com has worked to promote British voice overs, British voice over talents, and the reasons why more North Americans are hiring British voice talents online.
Ready to go?
Friday's post was necessary for a number of reasons, but I want to share the most important one with you now.
Find out what makes the staff at Voices.com tick.
Find out why we do what we do.
By Stephanie Ciccarelli
Highlighting the differences between Voices.com and voice123 from a customers perspective.
It's your experience and your career, so choose wisely and choose the best!
By David Ciccarelli
With mobile technology really taking off, cheaper wireless Internet access and a host of tools such as maps and recommendation engines, local search is a hot topic and one that you should build into your marketing program.
Want to know the behind the scenes story from the Oscars? Read announcer Don LaFontaine's account here.
AudioFile recently honored Marc Cashman with an Earphones Award for his narration of the audiobook "Ship of Ghosts".
Read the review here.
Peter O'Connell of audio'connell wowed PodCamp with expert advice and hot tips on recording equipment, teaching the crew about PodPresence.
Getting tired of seeing "announcer" everywhere you turn?
So's Marc Cashman!
Read his solution to this problem here.
When it comes to mimicry and imitation, you've got two different ball games, my friend.
Podcasting Advertisings Shooting Star
Is podcast advertising worthwhile?
Read these stats and then decide for yourself.
Looking for the industry's hottest and most current voice over podcast?
VOX Talk is your connection to the voice industry covering news about voice overs and voice actors, hot tips on how to grow your voice over business, technology, and a little help from your friends.
Check out VOX Talk and find out how you can get involved.
Find out why some American and Canadian companies prefer to go with voices from the United Kingdom as opposed to homegrown voice talent in North America.
By David Ciccarelli
Garfield returns to the small screen!
Garfield, the lovable, lazy feline with a penchant for lasagna created by Jim Davis, is due to make a triumphant return to television sets everywhere in a 26 episode season.
Robert Jacobs, commercial, narrative and promo voice talent, shares his story with Voices.com.
With radio station licenses few and far between for regular people, many in India are turning to Narrow Casting, a means of talking to their community, reaching thousands through local 'radio' stations.
Recently, a link from IndianExpress.com was sent to me as a story idea.
Read a review of Rodney Saulsberry's "You Can Bank on Your Voice".
Should Wikipedia be trusted to make or break a case?
Watch the SAG Awards this Sunday and see a salute to those who work in the voice over field.
With last year now in the recent past, Bob Souer took time to reflect upon some of his voiceover highlights of 2006 with VOX Daily.
Among Bob's favorite jobs of this past year were recording voiceovers for two PBS specials which were both edited and produced by Northern Light Productions. One is called "Making Sense of Place", and is part 2 of a series. Bob narrated this hour long documentary.
Read about Bob Souer's favorite jobs from 2006 and share yours with Voices.com.
The Voiceover Dynamic Duo, otherwise known as Jessica Gee-George and Grant George, was formed over four years ago, bonded with an engagement and sealed with a marriage certificate.
The Voiceover Dynamic Duo, a real husband and wife voiceover team, bring authentic chemistry to voiceovers, winning Best Production and Best in Show at the 2006 Electronic Media Awards.
Ever wondered what you can do to find an agent?
Leesa Barnes has just come out with her very own Top Ten Ladies of Podcasting list called "Top Ten Savvy Women in Podcasting" for 2006. Wanna see who made it on the list?
Help this York University Masters student score big on his thesis - it's all about voice actors and animators.
Who would have ever thought that an animated feature film would beat out a James Bond flick at the box office... for several consecutive weeks?
Ever been to an Anime Con? Whether you went as a fan or a featured voice actor, we want to hear about your experiences.
Did you know that we're on MySpace.com?
Do people hear your voice on their commute getting from place to place? If your pipes are featured in the transportation industry, we want to hear from you!
We've received this question quite a bit, so now it's time to address it...
As a reader, you probably like reading the comments that are left on blogs and perhaps you even leave comments on posts that you enjoy. While you may just like comments, I want to let you know that we love them!
Recently, Sara Mendes da Costa of Brighton in the UK was chosen out of nearly 18,500 candidates to become the voice of time for British Telecom's Speaking Clock.
Yesterday, I read one of the most honest, no-holds-barred blog posts from a professional voice talent about what people who are not making ends meet in the voiceover business should consider regarding the future of their career. Want to read it too?
Check out this article at BackStage.com, and I guarantee you'll find something useful for your voice acting career!
Need a change of pace? Take a break with us as we examine Frank and Gordon, the most talked about Beavers north of the 49th parallel, courtesy of Bell Canada and created by leading Quebec advertising agency, Cossette Communication Group.
What's the difference between a Seeker and a Client? Find out at Voices.com.
Have you heard this voice-over podcast? Check out Avi Melman's new Voice-Over Podcast here at VOX Daily.
Read our exclusive on Bryan Cox's audition experience for the highly anticipated Steven Spielberg movie, "The Transformers".
Brian Haymond, a voice actor whose talent features prominently as the Head Coach in EA Sports' NFL Head Coachâ€ video game, recently renewed his contract with Voices.com, the #1 voice marketplace.
Does recording voice-overs for food commercials make you salivate? Do hunger pangs appear out of nowhere when describing delectable dishes? We want to know!
What kind of voice-overs are talked about in a hair salon? Find out!
Find out why professional voice overs have stopped investing in search engine advertising and are doing all of their online voice marketing at Voices.com.
New to the industry and need some tips? Read this comprehensive guide on what you'll need to get started and develop your talent for voice overs.
A 25-year veteran of the entertainment industry, Garland Thompson's calendar is filled with theatrical roles, podcasting, and voice over work.
An inside scoop on IBM's role in the animated feature film, Foodfight!
Find out what makes us different and how the job postings at Voices.com set us apart from other websites.
Corporate podcasting is growing by leaps and bounds, and so are the opportunities available to you. You could be making money by recording podcasts for businesses! Ready to dip your toes in podcasting?
Amanda Parsons of Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada helped "Everyone's Hero" to keep on swinging through production, bringing Christopher Reeve's final project to fruition.
Wonder why clients are particularly fond of and often require custom MP3 demos for auditions?
Want to know how we picked the voice for our telephone system?
Wondering where the videogame business may be going? Read this round table interview with four industry insiders conducted by The Hollywood Reporter to find out.
If you have a busy schedule recording voice over work every day but would still like to be a member at Voices.com, why not ask your manager or agent to sign you up for an account with us?
Changing our name was more than just a fun project, it was part of our strategy to get more work for you. Read our Top Ten list to find out how this change affects you!
If you are a member of Voice123 or are considering it, you need to read this post.
Bob North professional voice talent has renewed his relationship with Voices.com, the voice marketplace.
Cleaning the Instrument: Guest Blogger David Houston shares his experiences as a voice actor with pointers on oral hygiene.
You might have discovered your new Templates section in your Account & Settings at Voices.com. We've come up with a few ideas that will help you use your new templates to your advantage!
Where can you find Don LaFontaine, Dave Fennoy, Joe Cipriano all in one place? Check out this Entertainment Tonight feature.
Want to know who your fans are? Let them know the roles you have performed and you'll find out!
Looking for a way to build your portfolio while contributing to your community? Consider volunteering your voice talents and record audiobooks at LibriVox.org.
Beli Sullivan, a fan favorite from "Stellaluna" and heard nation wide on Clear Channel Worldwide, has recently joined Voices.com.
Wonder what a 'tag' is? You're not alone. Tags are one of the newest feature additions to Voices.com. Tag your demos to increase your search rankings at Voices.com!
Bobbin Beam signed up with Voices.com within the last year and launched her new website, bobbinbeam.com, which she designed herself.
Peter Prins went from stand-up comedian in the Hollywood Hills to voice-over talent.
Modern grandparents and great grandparents know a thing or two about the 'web' and have embraced the Digital Age with flying colors. Technology pioneers of the 20th century share how the Internet has affected their lives.
September Leach, an Atlanta voice professional, provides voice overs with style and a smile at Voices.com.
Farewell to one of the greatest voices of the 20th century, soprano Elisabeth Schwarzkopf.
Karen Hutton recently signed on with Voices.com and launched her new website, KarenHutton.com.
For many ladies out there, the world of technology can be a very lonely planet. Would the female techies please stand up!
By David Ciccarelli
One of the biggest trends in recent audio production involves merging digital recording with computer technology. The recording of audio onto a computers' hard drive allows you to edit and manipulate your sound files.
But what if the sound going into the computer wasn't recorded using a good microphone?
Meet Stefanie Dell'Aringa, a voice talent with an ardent love for the written word.
Bob Worthington, an on-air talent who made the leap from radio to voice-overs works on his own schedule, 15 hours a day.
Dita Jansen's holidays in England and France paid royal dividends in voice-over work.
Rick Reid has recently partnered with the #1 voice marketplace, Voices.com.
Diane Burket's voice resonates well with online customers and audiences at Voices.com.
Ilari Hoevenaars' voice is a delight for clients in Dutch, English and German at Voices.com
From the theatre to the microphone, James Hrkach's voice artistry services are unparalleled.
Voice of the current UK X-Box campaign in movie theatres and on television, Laurence Fuller aspires to achieve vocal greatness online at Voices.com.
DreamWorks Animation SKG recently announced their celebrity voice actor cast for the third movie in the Shrek franchise, "Shrek the Third". Discover who has come on board and who kept their roles!
Business cards open up endless possibilities and connect YOU with other people... if you let them.
By David Ciccarelli
As the imminent launch of Voices.com approaches, we thought we'd share the top 10 feature requests received in recent months. What's good, what's terrible? Let us know.
* These features are listed in the logical order of activities when using Voices.com, not by most important.
Bell Globemedia's success in passing its C$1.7 billion purchase of CHUM Limited leaves many uprooted and 281 people unemployed.
Where do you find your royalty-free music and sound effects?
By Stephanie Ciccarelli
After much debate, the new rates sheet is ready! Click to download your copy now.
Help solve the mystery of the Bell Canada 519 prefix voice!
One of the enigmas in the publishing industry is quoting for long form narration and audio books. Let's figure this one out together!
When you have a sore throat, phlegm up to your ears, or are vocally tired, what do you do to make your voice sound (and perform) as usual?
Recently, the enchanting Kari Wahlgren agreed to do an interview with Voices.com. An extraordinary voice actor and wonderful person to boot, this conversation is sure to win the hearts of all voice acting fans and talent alike.
What can I do as a Guest? Get the answers here!
3 Ways to Ensure Prompt Payment from Customers
We've all seen the Apple Computer commercials, but which computer is better for recording and editing voice-overs?
The voice of Bill Nighy, thanks to Computer Generated Imagery, will star in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest coming to a cinema near you on July 7th, 2006.
If you've been wondering the average number of words per page, you've gotta read this!
What do Mac Mcdonald and the Gershwins have in common?
Where do you draw the line?
"It's a great time to be in VO"
Do you remember the old cartoon series Transformers (1984-1987) and the movie in 1986? Well, a remake of the hit movie is coming to the big screen next year with live action and CGI, brought to life by Steven Spielberg and Dreamworks.
Your turn to sit in the Casting Directors chair!
Toledo Blade trumpets one of Voices.com's own, Mike Shepherd
Canadian actor Gordon Pinsent. No doubt, you're already acquainted :)
Get yourself on the air!
Although the high profile commercial world seems swarmed with celebrities, the bulk of the work is everything else and voiced by you!
SAG flexes some muscle and the hourly voice acting session rates go up.
Get a piece of this $900 Million Dollar Industry.
It only took Steve Jobs one listen and he was hooked on the medium. How 'bout you?
Charging fees for voice work is normal... Right?
We get this question all the time. Here's the answer!
Opportunity is knocking in this hot market for voices. Strategize with us :)
Save yourself sleepless nights by setting the rules for your voice acting career in advance.
As a professional voice talent or voice actor, have you turned down work because it was against your moral, ethical, or religious beliefs?
Find out how Time, Desire, and Ego can rob you of voice-over jobs
There is big money to be spent in the new wave of in-game advertising. Could this lead to more money for voice actors in games with in-game advertising placements?
Which is better? Share your opinions!
The age old question... Should you join a union or remain a free agent?
Many professional talent endorse joining a union in order to get all of the career benefits that are available. Union work pays nearly twice as much money and provides retirement benefits and medical coverage that would not be available to non-unionized voice talents. Not only that, but some unions even act legally on a talents behalf should the need arise.
Most people know Warren Buffett as the most prosperous and savvy investor in the world, but how many people know Warren Buffett, the voice actor?
Investor turned voice actor?
As the chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, Warren knows his fair share about finances and the stock market. Little did we know that his own voice-over star is on it's way up with DIC Entertainment.
How is Voices.com like the IOC? Now it's time to examine why Voices.com and the IOC are related.
Both Voices.com and the IOC are neutral organizations that oversee activities related to their areas of affiliation. The IOC is the international governing body serving the athletes who are competing in the Olympics and countries hosting the Olympic Games. Voices.com is the trusted neutral party serving voice actors at the Voices.com website and clients who are seeking voice acting services.
It's almost time for the Olympic Games in Torino, Italy. Have you ever wondered what the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) slogan "Citius, Altius, Fortius" means? When literally translating from Latin, the motto means Faster, Higher, Stronger.
What's the connection between the Olympic motto and Voices? We believe that our service and voice-over talents perform with the same ardour, intensity, and agility as the athletes that compete at the Olympic Games.
When it comes right down to it, you should all get medals!
Working in your pajamas... welcome to one benefit of voice acting, Hollywood!
If you're an actor that works in the film industry (on-camera), have you ever wondered if the grass is greener on the other side?
Some of Hollywood's leading actors have discovered the hidden benefits of voice acting and eagerly jump at voice acting roles every chance they get.
The headlines have been all a buzz with Disney and Pixar speculation. Well, the cat's out of the bag and Steve Jobs is now a proud part of the Disney board of directors, bringing along all of the good folks at Pixar Animation to the Disney fold.
What does this acquisition mean? First off, it means that blockbuster feature animated films will be produced more frequently and Disney will show a trendier, more technically advanced visage to the world.
Congratulations Mr. Prime Minister!
Are they worth the money spent on them?
A little while ago, we wrote a blog post about a study that proved celebrity voiceovers are not as effective as voiceovers performed by professional voice actors.
Let's open this up to debate...
Do political voice-overs influence your voting decision?
Political voice overs have been making the news in Canada as of late due to the impending federal election. Typically, voice overs for political campaigns are chosen carefully with the objectives of instilling trust, camaraderie, and, over the course of the campaign, to successfully persuade the voter to concur with the values and mission of the political party.
Run your business smoothly and safely incorporating these tips.
By following these simple guidelines, your experience at Voices.com will be greatly enhanced in many ways, including your abilities to:
1) Attract qualified clients to your web page
2) Receive work through the auditioning process
3) Successfully invoice clients when you have landed a job
We developed a document called the "10 Best Practices for Voice Over Talents" and are publishing it here on Vox Daily to help you grow in your voice acting career.
For those of you familiar with the hit children's series Thomas and Friends, we're going to talk a stroll down memory lane. On our walk, we are going to visit the celebrity narrators on both sides of the pond that have provided voice-over narration for the Thomas and Friends television series for over twenty years.
Shining Time Station has had a number of fine gentlemen on board, maintaining a wholesome and genuine image for audiences in both Britain and North America. The first celebrity to take on the role of Mr. Conductor and narrate the series was Ringo Starr, a former member of the The Beatles. Ringo narrated from 1985-1991, associating his recognizable and authentic British accent with the Island of Sodor.
There has been a lot of buzz surrounding the term "Web 2.0" online, although, the term itself hasn't quite made it to the dinner table yet.
Nowadays, any company jumping on the web likes to consider themselves "Web 2.0", with or without the prerequisites that constitute the 2nd Generation of the World Wide Web. O'Reilly Media and MediaLive International co-created the Web 2.0 concept two years ago and their theorem is still used today to define Web 2.0.
When podcasting first came on the scene, there was a flurry of speculation concerning the future of radio and if podcasting would remain as a viable method of consuming audio content.
Critics were torn. Some said that podcasting would mean the death of radio, while others thought that podcasting would drop of the face of the Earth. A while ago in an interview, someone asked me what I thought about this subject. My answer to their question was that podcasting would not disappear and radio would have to adapt in order to compete with the new medium and its extraordinarily diverse content and time-shifting convenience for listeners.
It's now the end of 2005 and at least 4 months have gone by since that interview was conducted. What do you think? From my vantage point, podcasting has grown, has gained acceptance, and continues marching toward the critical adoption of the majority as a medium that can be relied upon for accessibility, variety, and most importantly, on demand podcast consumption. Mind you, radio is catching up by podcasting some of their programs for free and an assortment of TV shows can be purchased in the iTunes store for a dollar a piece...
Check out what we've been up to this year!
Well, we've made it through another year of innovation and expansion! As is the custom, we'd like to share our Interactive Voices 2005 "Year in Review" with you.
Have you found yourself innocently watching television only to be bombarded by famous voices sending you messages that may or may not agree with their perceived "image"? Celebrities have been known to endorse products or services by means of voice-overs, sometimes coupled with on-camera acting.
While celebrities have notoriety and influence, their reputations from their acting careers or choices made in the public eye may also carry certain connotations or excess baggage that is not intended to coincide with the advertiser's marketing pitch.
The good folks at Gartner Research have come out with their list of tools that retailers should be taking advantage of in the New Year, one of which is, you guessed it.... Podcasting!
This may not be news to us audio geeks, but it IS helpful and encouraging to see that a research company with the authority of Gartner has come forward with a new recipe for retail success that includes our beloved podcasting medium.