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Otishia Emmens on Cross-Referencing Your Voice-over Career

By Lin Parkin

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Woman Plan BAre you at a cross-road in your career?

Still working a day job but feel uninspired and unmotivated in your current line of work? Have you been moonlighting as a voice-over artist?

This may be your cue that it's time reignite your mind and pursue Plan B. If you're ready to change into a career you can be passionate about, we applaud you! You're in for an exciting journey.

Just don't burn any bridges to your past.

Every industry benefits from voice-overs. Those connections you've made throughout the years in your former career can be re-purposed as potential voice-over work. Every business should have a professional IVR or phone prompt. Most businesses have corporate videos and presentations that require narration. Businesses everywhere produce commercials for television and radio. If you know a business inside and out that could be what makes you the ideal voice for their brand.

Otishia Emmens, a former Litigation Paralegal, recognized this when she made the leap into voice-overs and turned the connections from her law career into a source of potential voice-over clients.

Join VOX Daily to learn more about Otishia's story and receive tips on how to effectively transition your connections from a former career into your new career as a voice-over artist.


 

6 Ways to Get Organized and Increase Productivity

By Lin Parkin

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man-woman-thumbs-up.jpgDo you sometimes end your day thinking, "what did I accomplish today?"

Whether you're a voice actor, copywriter, ad executive, or video producer feeling productive in a creative field can be difficult. On top of that, managing your time around the random demands of others can totally throw off your day.

In voice-over, a lot of clients who call today say they need the file yesterday. In this industry you need to be flexible to a point, but it is human nature to need some kind of routine.

There are some things that you can strive to do, no matter your profession, which will help you feel more organized and productive each day. Join VOX Daily to learn more.


 

3 Tips for Spanish Voice Talent Wanting to Work in the US Market

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Young hispanic professionalsAre you an Hispanic voice artist looking to expand your horizons doing voice overs in English?

If so, you might want to consider what it takes to successfully approach the American market!

There are a few key things you can do to stand out from the crowd that will help you to meet the needs of North American clients.

Who better to learn from than someone who's been there and knows how it's done?

Spanish voice artist Simone Fojgiel, a Uruguayan now residing in the USA, shares her tips in today's VOX Daily!


 

Your Business Has a Story to Tell!

By Lin Parkin

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What's Your StoryDo you own a business? How did it start?

What was your reason for going into business for yourself?

Every company has a 'brand story.' But did you know that your startup story could make compelling content for your customers?

By creating a video to tell the story of how your company went from concept to fruition, you are able to humanize your brand and become more than just a corporate entity.

When consumers can relate to your business on an emotional level, you will instill trust with them and build loyalty with your brand.

Join VOX Daily as we take a look at how explainer videos can help you tell your story.


 

8 Audio Production Tips for Voice Actors

By Lin Parkin

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Audio Production.jpgAre you thinking about offering audio production services in addition to providing voice-overs?

Some voice-over artists have as much talent for the technical side of the business as they do for the creative, while others have to work hard on developing those skills.

If audio production just isn't your thing you could consider outsourcing that part of the job.

However, especially for freelance voice talent, having production skills adds a great deal of value to the services you can offer by saving clients time and money. Those are beautiful words to all potential buyers!

We reached out to the community through our social media channels to get some sound advice for those thinking of branching into production services. Hear what they had to say in today's VOX Daily.


 

J Michael Collins Shares His Voice Over TACO

By Lin Parkin

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Taco.jpgRecently we came across a blog post by J Michael Collins, voice-over artist and professional voice-over coach, called "How Voiceovers are like Tacos."

The article presents an entertaining and informative read about developing the best strategies for embarking on a career in voice-overs.

J Michael graciously allowed us to share an abridged version of his article with the community on VOX Daily. Join us as we dive into his secret sauce for the voiceover TACO.


 

9 Tips To Help You Succeed

By Lin Parkin

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Strategy Sign Lrg.jpgAre you new to the voice-over industry?

New to Voices.com? Could you benefit from some auditioning tips?

Many talent, especially those new to the online marketplace, have a difficult time knowing whether or not they are using the right tactics when auditioning.

While everyone's success varies, with the talent and a knack for auditioning online, there are some people that just seem to hit the ground running.

Join us today as our Guest blogger, Laci Morgan offers up some tips and tricks which have helped her land work at Voices.com!


 

Starting Your Own Business

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Randye Kaye, voice artistDid you get into voice acting because you were pregnant or on maternity leave?

Many on-camera and stage actresses discover voice acting when they are at home with their little ones and see it as a great way to keep acting from the privacy of their own homes and out of the spotlight...and most importantly, at their own pace!

Hear about Randye Kaye's start in voice acting and let me know if you can relate by commenting on today's VOX Daily!


 

What Does The Voice-Over Community Mean To You?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Andy Boyns, British male voice talent based in Istanbul, Turkey.In a world where most voice actors work alone from home recording studios, one man sees the often solitary business of voice acting through the lens of community.

What does the online voice-over community mean to you?

Are you connected?

Watch this video of Istanbul-based voice artist, Andy Boyns, as he shares how you can still be in community with other voice talent by being part of the voice-over family online.


 

The Gig That Keeps On Giving

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Minnesota Vikings NFL, helmet, purple, white viking horns, resting on a fencepost.Have you ever booked a voice-over gig that just keeps on giving?

Voice talent, Rick Riley, recently shared an extraordinary story with me that was too good not to pass along.

Hear about how one gig can go a long way in today's VOX Daily.


 

Trusting Your Instincts in Online Voice Casting

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Young, fair-haired man in a plaid shirt wearing a backpack, hiking through the forest. Lots of green trees, mountain-like terrain and a bright blue sky.How do you determine which jobs you audition for?

With so many auditions flying your way, you need to be able to think on your feet so far as qualifying opportunities that both suit you best and make for a good use of your time and effort.

Voice talent Marc Scott shares his thoughts in this guest blog post on VOX Daily.


 

Voice-Over Scripts: Screens VS Paper

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Screens versus paper debate for voice actors reading scriptsWhen you audition or record a voice-over project, do you print your scripts off or do you choose to read them off a screen such as your computer, smartphone or tablet?

There are many different ways that voice talent choose to read their scripts depending on the situation.

Find out more in today's VOX Daily!


 

How "Green" Is Your Home Recording Studio

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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The earth sitting on the grass, bright sky overhead.Are you concerned at all about the environment?

If you're trying to minimize your carbon footprint or save trees, there are many things you can do working from a home-based recording studio to make as little an impact on the earth as possible.

What can you do? Find out more in today's VOX Daily!


 

Take 1. Take 2. Take 3. How Many Takes Are Reasonable?

By Lin Parkin

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Matryoshka dollsWe are often asked how reasonable it is for a client to request multiple retakes when working on a job.

How much is too much?

When is it appropriate to request additional compensation?

I'd like to explore this topic with you in today's Vox Daily.


 

Do You Use Double Spaces After Punctuation Marks?

By Lin Parkin

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Young woman typing on a laptop computer, sitting on a couch.The great debate lives on...should you hit the space bar twice after a sentence ending period?

There are strong views on the topic, that's for sure!

Given that you read copy all day long, we're curious to hear your thoughts on the matter.

Tell us what you think in today's Vox Daily.


 

Are You Bringing It?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Rowan AtkinsonWhen you audition for a role, let's say a character role, are you "bringing it" to the audition or merely paying lip service to the script?

After reading an article posted by Dave Courvoisier, it's sad to say that not everyone auditioning does.

Hear more about what some casting directors and producers expect when holding auditions in today's VOX Daily.


 

The Voice Contestant Jesse Campbell

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Jesse Campbell, former contestant on the NBC program, The Voice, 2012, Voices.com memberAre you a fan of The Voice?

When the show first came out, we did a little write up about it. Little did we know that one of our Voices.com members was a contestant on the show!

Hear about Jesse Campbell's story here and discover where his voice is taking him today on VOX Daily.


 

The Power Of Being A Mentor

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Frank Welker with Jonathan Murphy recording in studio; the mentor and his mentee.Have you ever been taken under the wing of someone who was more experienced and far more wise than you?

Jonathan Murphy's recent experience with a number of voice acting greats, including Frank Welker (pictured with Murphy at left), helped him grow and learn to appreciate the benefits of being mentored.

Hear his story and perhaps become inspired to mentor someone else in today's VOX Daily.


 

Narrators North Of 60

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Mature man, smiling eyes, greying hair and beardDoes age equate with authority and wisdom?

If you enjoy listening to documentaries, no doubt you've noticed that the majority of documentaries and similar programs are narrated by gentlemen who have crossed a certain threshold age wise.

Why is it that some of the most trusted, busiest voices working today in narration are over sixty years of age?

Find out in today's VOX Daily.


 

How Being Strong-Willed Can Help You Succeed In Life

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Confident brunette smiling, two male co-workers blurred in the background.Would you consider yourself to be someone who is strong-willed?

People who exhibit strong-willed behaviors are typically more creative, stand by their convictions and assume roles of leadership.

Strong-willed children grow up to be strong-willed adults and many of these folks tend to go down the entrepreneurial path and start their own businesses.

Does that sound like you?

Find out more about how having a strong will can help you to succeed in the realm of business and more in today's VOX Daily.


 

Je Ne Sais Quois: Getting Voice Work You Can't Explain

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Human hand holding a globe made of glass with frosting on where the continents are.Do you book work consistently in certain countries and don't know why?

When you do, have you noticed that the work is similar and are you able to spot a trend?

Voice over talent Christina Smith certainly has!

Hear her story in today's VOX Daily.


 

What Is A Lingua Franca?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Businessman in a gray suit walking with his briefcase on a bridge near Big Ben in London, UK.In many countries a variety of languages are spoken, and sometimes, a common or bridge language is used for commerce and governance which connects people who do not speak the same native language.

Do you use a lingua franca to do business?

Join the conversation in today's VOX Daily!


 

Yodeling Pickles And Rubber Chickens

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Joe J. Thomas with the yodelling pickleJoe J. Thomas gave a presentation at VOICE 2012 sharing useful tips for navigating your career through the interesting twists and turns that come your way entitled, You Can't Get There From Here.

During his presentation, he gave away some funky prizes, including yodeling pickles!

There's always a story...and in today's VOX Daily, you'll get to hear something that could only happen in the wonderful, sometimes zany world of voice acting.


 

Leaping Lizards! $250,000 That Could Pay It Forward in Voice-overs

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Mission Small Business Chase Bank Living SocialJames Herron Voice Actor has applied for a $250,000 grant from Chase & Living Social. People need 250 votes to be considered for the grant. Voting has been going on for a couple days now and he's less than 46 votes away from 250!

Help a voice-over brother out and in the process "pay it forward" to aspiring talent representing the next generation of voice-over artists.

Learn more about how you can be part of this exciting possibility in today's VOX Daily.


 

VOICE 2012 Day 2: Beverly, Celia And The Super Socials

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Terry Daniel, Trish Basanyi and Dave Courvoisier are the Super Socials!Day 2 was incredibly busy, bursting from the seams with content.

This article features write ups on sessions conducted by Beverly Bremers, Celia Siegel, and the Super Socials, Terry Daniel, Dave Courvoisier and Trish Basanyi.

Grab a coffee/tea, sit back and let the show begin!


 

VOICE 2012, The Week That Was

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Stephanie Ciccarelli with Ashley Davidson at Disneyland, VOICE 2012.Disneyland was hopping with voice over artists from all over the world!

Voices.com was the premiere sponsor for VOICE 2012 and we were thrilled to be part of this wonderful conference again.

Ashley and I took some notes on our great California adventure and want to share a bit of the awesomeness that was VOICE 2012 with you.

Find out more in today's VOX Daily.


 

Voice Acting For Dummies, Coming Soon!

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Voice Acting For Dummies book coverGetting started in voice-overs is about to get even easier for aspiring souls determined to learn the craft.

Voices.com co-founders, David and Stephanie Ciccarelli, signed with Wiley Publishing. Their book, Voice Acting For Dummies, will be in a store near you in December 2012!

The excitement has been building at the Voices.com offices for quite some time and it has been difficult to keep this cat in the bag.

What's the back story?

Learn more about how this all came about in today's VOX Daily.


 

How Have Celebrity Narrators Affected The Audiobook Market?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Empty star shape on Hollywood's Walk of FameWhat kind of a role do celebrity narrators play in audio books and the success of audio publishing?

Has their participation brought new business to the industry? How has the impact of celebrity narration shaped consumer behavior?

Hear the musings of one narrator, Tim Lundeen, as he explores the impact celebrity narrators have had on the audiobook industry in today's VOX Daily.


 

How To Choose Music For Voice-Over Recordings

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Mariachi man wearing a sombrero playing a guitar, woman watching with hands crossed over her chest, smiling. Mexican atmosphere, very colorful house in the background and colorful traditional dress.Is music the world's universal language?

When you select music to go along with a voice-over, whether it be a demo, an audition or something you're producing for a client, there's a lot more to consider than what meets the eye!

Discover how music choices can affect the way your work is received by its intended audience with insights from linguist-translator and ethnomusicologist, Rebekah Drew.


 

SurePay Is Getting Faster!

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Red sports car racing ahead with blurred motionWant to hear some good news?

For voice talent who use our safe payment service, SurePay, you'll be getting your payments even faster! We're now making payment to talent on a weekly basis.

Voices.com's Finance Manager, Kevin Ronson, has prepared an excellent article that explains how this works and what you can do to get your payments even faster in today's VOX Daily.


 

Voices.com for iPhone is Pending Approval

By David Ciccarelli

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iPhone app screen shot, Voices.com, talent profile, scripts for recording auditions or demos on the iPhone.

The day we had been waiting for since the beginning stages of developing the app has finally come and gone...we've submitted the Voices.com App for iPhone to Apple for approval!

In the very near future, this free app will be available to you via Apple's AppStore.

You'll be able to do some very cool things with the app and we're excited to share this news in advance of its launch with you!

Learn more about how you can get involved in making the Voices.com App launch a roaring success in today's VOX Daily.


 

Do You Build Time In For Resting Your Voice?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Woman dressed in green covering her mouth, smiling eyes, blonde hair, yellow backgroundMany people who rely upon the use of their voices for work tend to schedule periods of quiet time into their days for vocal rest.

As the songwriter penned, silence is golden.

Hear from professional voice talent who've found a way to create space for a little peace and quiet in between sessions in today's VOX Daily.


 

Investing In Yourself As A Voice Actor

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Woman and man (couple) getting advice from an adviser or consultantAre you doing everything you can to make your career in voice over amazing?

Deb Munro shares why it's important to invest in yourself and your career, especially when you feel that things could be going better for you or that your dream is fading away.

Hear more of Deb's advice in today's VOX Daily.


 

How We Built The iPhone App

By David Ciccarelli

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Voices.com app on iPhone, held in hand, Arielle DeLisle profileAre you curious about the Voices.com iPhone App?

Maybe you design apps and are interested in learning more about how they are made.

Find out how our team designed the Voices.com app and get on a list to be one of the first people to know once it's launched!


 

Making It In Voiceover

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Man smiling while holding a vintage microphone in one handThe voiceover trade can be hard to get into and it can be just as hard to get ahead. You need to have a voice that people want to hear, a voice that can morph into a number of different accents, pitches and tones and a self motivation that won't allow you to slow or quit.

There may be many times when you won't see where the next voiceover role is coming from or how you'll track down a lead for a job.

In today's Vox Daily Guest Blogger Jeff Jackson provides sound advice on what it takes to succeed as a voice over artist.


 

London ABCs App Voiced By Voices.com Talent

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Julie Brandl at the London Public Library using the London ABCs appDo you know your ABCs?

Looking for an app that makes learning the alphabet fun?

A new app in Apple's App Store will do more than simply teach you alphabet...it will also introduce you to the many wonderful things you can see and do in London, Ontario Canada!

Hear more about an app that got its voice at Voices.com in this review of London ABCs.


 

12 Trends of Voice Acting for 2012

By David Ciccarelli

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12 Trends for Voice Acting in 2012 by Voices.com CEO, David CiccarelliEach year, we shed some light on where we believe the voice over industry is headed with a number of observations from the unique perspective of the voice over marketplace.

Significant ground has been broken in many areas and opportunities for voice talent, regarding both scope and prosperity, have increased.

Access your free copy of 12 Trends for 2012 in today's VOX Daily!


 

Andrew Amos, Employee of the Month

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Andrew Amos, Voices.com Employee of the Month, November 2011We're pleased to announce that Voices.com recently instituted a program honouring our staff as Employee of the Month!

The team at Voices.com thought it would be wonderful to profile each month's Employee of the Month in recognition of their hard work and dedication to serving our customers.

Andrew Amos is the first official Voices.com Employee of the Month and I'm privileged to share more about him with you in today's VOX Daily.


 

Reaching The On-Demand Generation Through Advertising

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Dad holding his two young sons on the couch using a laptopHave you noticed just how easy it is for young people to dismiss advertisements?

Just this morning I heard my kids say "There are too many advertisements!" when they were waiting for a feature film to start playing. Who's to fault them? As young parents who remember using the Internet for the first time as teenagers, we even skip ads if and when we can.

While previous generations were able to tolerate advertisements in exchange for quality entertainment, the consumers of tomorrow are growing up online where selection is huge and mainly free with immediate gratification often achieved by the power of a click.

Just how can advertisers and those they work with reach and engage digital natives?

Find out in today's VOX Daily.


 

How Strategic Partnerships Can Get You More VO Work

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Many people putting their hands together to hold a green leafy plant in a handful of soilWhat can you do to help bring more business your way?

Have you ever thought about leveraging the networks of other business professionals?

Dana Detrick explores the concept of strategic partnerships and the sort of businesses voice talent can align themselves with to get more work in today's VOX Daily.


 

Can Voiceovers Hinder Business?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Green man pushing a boulder up a hillHave you ever heard a voiceover that actually did a company, and more importantly their customers, a disservice?

A voiceover shouldn't make doing business harder...right?

Today's VOX Daily takes a look at how voiceovers, if recorded poorly and used improperly, can take a toll on business and render the initial goal ineffectual.


 

Can Voiceovers Hinder Business?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Green man pushing a boulder up a hillHave you ever heard a voiceover that actually did a company, and more importantly their customers, a disservice?

A voiceover shouldn't make doing business harder...right?

Today's VOX Daily takes a look at how voiceovers, if recorded poorly and used improperly, can take a toll on business and render the initial goal ineffectual.


 

Outsourcing Audio Editing

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Audio editing, two tracks, wave formsAre you finding that audio editing is becoming a hindrance to marketing yourself and recording work for your clients?

Many voice talent are outsourcing audio editing to capable audio engineers who can get the job done for a reasonable price and in a timely fashion working half a world away.

To learn more, check out today's VOX Daily!


 

How Do You Talk About Voiceovers?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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The Art of the Voiceover: MyFoxTWINCITIES.com

Voice talent and coach Terry Daniel recently had the opportunity to share some wisdom and practical knowledge on a television interview about entering the business of voice overs.

How do you explain what your job is, why it's important and how it impacts others?

Share your insight and tips in today's VOX Daily!


 

Narrating Fairy Tales A Good Niche For Voice Artists

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Father with young daughter reading a bedtime storyAre you interested in getting into audiobooks?

How about taking some baby steps before embarking on a 3-week long recording marathon?

Learn how starting out with short stories such as timeless fairy tales can help you cut your teeth on audiobook narration, recording and editing.


 

How To Research Job Opportunities Before Auditioning

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Businessman thinking about a decisionDo you audition for every job that comes your way or do you only audition for opportunities that you'd be proud to associate with your name and business?

Some due diligence on your part, especially with brands you are unfamiliar with, can help inform you beforehand when making the decision to audition or not. Understanding how a voice over can impact you personally should factor into this process.

In today's VOX Daily, we'll be discussing the significance of the work you choose to do and provide you with tools to discern opportunities that may prove invaluable to your career.


 

Insights on Corporate Narration from Voice Over London

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Voice Over London meeting at Voices.com. Pictured from left to right; Bob Purssglove, Doug Jeffery and Jeremy Dziewurski.

Are you interested in narrating for businesses, organizations and educational institutions?

Voice Over London, a Voices.com sponsored networking and meetup group, met last weekend and delved into many facets of narration for businesses and have some takeaways and tips to share!

Find out what we learned and discussed in today's VOX Daily.


 

Why Businesses Should Have A Pro Voice On Their Voicemail

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Friendly female customer service representative on the phoneDo companies from big corporations to independent practitioners realize how important the voice they choose for their telephone system is?

Voice talent and speech coach Jill Tarnoff shares her experiences calling in to book appointments with a healthcare provider and how the voice on an automated telephone system recording sets tone for the remainder of a call and speaking with a real person.


 

How To Find Public Domain Works To Record

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Man's hand holding a CD with a C for copyright on itHow do you know if you can record a published work or if it is off limits?

Most talent are aware of copyright issues but not all are confident in identifying which pieces of copy are safe to record without acquiring a license or paying royalties.

In today's VOX Daily, we're going to explore ways to determine what copy is available to you in the public domain when recording voice over demos or audiobooks.


 

How Do You Stay Motivated and Self-Assured In Your Work?

By Lin Parkin

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Dark haired businesswoman smiling confidentlyDo you find it difficult being completely self-reliant in your work?

You're not alone.

It can be tough when you don't receive feedback on your work but that's the reality many freelancers and independent business people face.

Let's explore how successful business people are self-assured and how that key attribute can help freelancers stay motivated and on the road to success.


 

After The Classes: Where Do I Go From Here?

By Lin Parkin

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Woman with a confused expression on her face in front of chalk drawn question marks on a blackboard behind her head.Have you recently completed voice over classes?

Are you asking yourself "Now what?"

Many voice talent who are new to the industry tell us that after they've developed the basic performance skills with a voice over coach they have no idea where to go from there in order to develop their careers.

In today's Vox Daily, we'll explore what to do next...


 

20 Marketing Ideas For Voice Over Actors

By Lin Parkin

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woman-hire-me-sign.jpgDo you need help marketing your voice over business?

Many talent have got the creative side of their businesses down to a fine science but lack the marketing know-how to keep their business growing.

We're offering up twenty marketing ideas that will help put some step into your marketing stride!

Learn more in today's Vox Daily.


 

Living and Working Together: How Do You Make It Work?

By Lin Parkin

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Smiling couple in business attire, African descentWorking from home is one thing but what about working from home... with your spouse?

Finding a balance in your home life and in your work is crucial for everyone, particularly those whose offices are a flight of stairs away or mere steps from the breakfast table.

If you're working with your spouse, whether from home or in an office setting, we'd love to hear from you!

Share your story in today's VOX Daily.


 

Are You a Farmer or a Hunter?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Farmer's hands holding grain with a great field of wheat in the backgroundWhen it comes to your business, are you a farmer or a hunter?

There are benefits to both, however, you're going to want to evaluate each before making your choice.

Guest blogger Tim Lundeen shares his perspective in a unique article about the differences in today's VOX Daily.


 

Why Voices.com's SurePay Service Exists and How it Can Help You

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Gold lock sitting on a green credit card with a chip in itWhy does Voices.com have SurePay?

Recently a voice over talent asked me about why we offer a safe payment service at Voices.com. The information I shared with him was quite extensive and I thought you might also benefit from what was shared.

Learn more about this aspect of doing business at Voices.com in today's VOX Daily.


 

Are There Any Men in Telephony Voice Over?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Man wearing a headset and answering calls at workUsually the voices you hear on auto attendants, interactive voice response, messaging on hold and voice mail services are female but that doesn't mean that there aren't men recording for telephony.

On my quest to highlight this avenue of work for male voice over talent, I heard from a number of your colleagues who do voices for telephone systems.

Find out how many male voice talent featured on Voices.com are offering these services in today's VOX Daily.


 

Are You Living Up to Your Demos?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Frog prince with a kiss me sign on his lipsJust how important is it that you can replicate everything on your demo?

Whether it's production, vocal artistry or interpretation, people get the distinct impression that what they hear is what they'll get.

How's your demo representing your abilities? Explore this topic with me now in today's VOX Daily.


 

Is Your Business Ready For 2011?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Bobbin BeamAre you ready for the new year?

Bobbin Beam shares ideas for making plans and preparations that will jump start your new year in a big way while everyone else is spending the last two weeks of the year relaxing.

I thought you'd enjoy receiving this one-of-a-kind podcast from Voice Over Experts via VOX Daily. Listen in to learn tips for communicating with current and past clients, relationship building, saving time, creating value and being different and unique.

Get your business into shape before the New Year with inspiration from Bobbin Beam.


 

iAudition App Helps You Audition On The Go

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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iAudition App IconHave you heard of the new iPhone app, iAudition?

Designed by voice over artists for voice over artists, iAudition enables you to cut audio files on the go to send to your agent, casting directors and more!

There's a cool way that iAudition can be used in conjunction with your membership at Voices.com.

Learn more in today's VOX Daily.


 

A Champion for Spanish Voice Artists Rises to the Challenge

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Knight on horseback jousting, championHave you been looking for more educational, artistic and business resources pertaining to voice overs in Spanish?

I'm pleased to announce that there is a new resource for Spanish speaking voice over talent!

Pablo Hernandez is championing the cause and has been translating a number of VOX Daily articles into Spanish. These articles now provide additional educational resources for Hispanic voice talent online.

Learn more about Vox Latino now.


 

Why Submitting Auditions Isn't Always a Race To The Finish

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Two jockeys racing thoroughbred horsesDo you get deterred whenever a job you're interested in gets more than 20 replies?

How often have you decided not to pursue an opportunity based upon the assumption that the client will never review more than a certain number of auditions?

My friends, if any of the above resonates with you, you're about to get some surprising and liberating news!

Today's VOX Daily contains the proof you need to dispel these misconceptions and give you the encouragement you need to go for the gold.

Want to know more? Read on!


 

Leveraging Your Intellectual Strengths in Voice Overs

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Surgeon examining a girl's neckHas voice over been your only field of study and profession?

Most people become voice artists after they have already had a career or pursued studies in a different field.

That being said, you can consider your education and work experience, even special interests, as relevant information stored in your mind that could help you shape and define your niche as a voice over artist!

Learn more about how you can go about defining your niche in today's VOX Daily.


 

Adventures in Profile Reviews

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Man holding a magnifying glassEver wondered if your profile might have something to do with why you are or aren't booking jobs at Voices.com?

While posting a job is the most popular option for clients hiring talent, direct contacts occur frequently and often result in a talent getting a job without even having to audition!

Completing your profile and keeping it up to date with your career makes a big difference in how you are found and how present yourself to prospective customers online.

Learn more about 10 common areas that most voice over professionals can improve upon in today's VOX Daily.


 

Mid-Year Reassessment a.k.a Check Up From The Neck Up

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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doctor with patientSummer is heating up and so are your resolutions for your business that were made going into 2010!

Are you still on track?

6 months later, It's time to check!

Guest blogger Bobbin Beam joins us in her mid-year reassessment, or, check up from the neck up in today's VOX Daily.


 

Why Does a Completed Profile Matter at Voices.com? Find Out!

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Empty houseWhat happens when you don't complete your profile at Voices.com?

Silence... you may end up hearing nothing but silence!

Discover more about how you can ensure that your profile is the absolute best that it can be from someone who has learned the hard way.


 

Promoting Yourself: Ask Before You Tweet and Other Encouragements

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Marketing and strategy street signsJust like you look both ways before you cross the street, you need to ask before you tweet.

Most companies will be open to you publicizing good experiences working with them but it's important to realize that public relations specific to a project, especially one in development, belongs within the realm of the company who is producing the project.

Learn more about how you can ask a company you're working for about sharing your involvement and also how to become part of what they may already be doing in this regard in today's VOX Daily.


 

VOICE 2010 Audiobook Panel: Pat Fraley, Hillary Huber and Scott Brick

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Books with headphones around themThree big name narrators were on hand for the VOICE 2010 audiobook panel to share insider tips, dispel myths and direct volunteers in long form narration.

Patrick Fraley, Hillary Huber and Scott Brick set the record straight on a number of fronts and provided information that is critical for anyone aspiring to record audiobooks, even for seasoned audiobook narrators, to hear.

Join me now in this coverage of the audiobook panel and an awesome display of talent. Enjoy!


 

Perceived Value Means Everything

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Pensive young womanDo you base your worth upon a client's word count?

How do you perceive your time, talent and skills?

In today's VOX Daily, hear from an industry veteran who knows her worth and isn't afraid to stand by her rates. Sound like something you could get into? Find out!


 

4 Less Than Obvious Reasons Why Authors Hire Narrators

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Man smiling with pencil behind earWhy do most authors prefer to have someone else narrate their books?

Considering how many audiobooks are recorded by professional narrators versus audiobooks recorded by authors, you'll find that the vast majority of audiobooks are read by someone other than the person who penned them.

Today we'll explore 4 reasons from an author's point of view as to why hiring a professional narrator may be their preferred option.


 

Why is the Business of Voice Over So Enigmatic?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Venetian MaskThe last couple of articles discussing voice over rates and rates for audio editing have been very interesting to explore as a community. This topic has also sparked some wonderful conversations bringing new insight, opinions and realities to light!

That being said, because comments are added online, some readers of VOX Daily (especially email subscribers) may not see the valuable comments that are left after the fact... I'll do my best to bring more of those to you in the form of inspired articles.

Today's posting was inspired by a comment I just approved on the topic of rates for audio editing.

Dana Detrick has a different perspective having come from a production background before pursuing voice over. I think you'll find what she has to say very interesting and also very true!

Might Dana's thoughts help us to learn more about why doing business and quoting for work seems so enigmatic? Will her words give you a new perspective on quoting and on audio editing?

Find out!


 

Why is the Business of Voice Over So Enigmatic?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Venetian MaskThe last couple of articles discussing voice over rates and rates for audio editing have been very interesting to explore as a community. This topic has also sparked some wonderful conversations bringing new insight, opinions and realities to light!

That being said, because comments are added online, some readers of VOX Daily (especially email subscribers) may not see the valuable comments that are left after the fact... I'll do my best to bring more of those to you in the form of inspired articles.

Today's posting was inspired by a comment I just approved on the topic of rates for audio editing.

Dana Detrick has a different perspective having come from a production background before pursuing voice over. I think you'll find what she has to say very interesting and also very true!

Might Dana's thoughts help us to learn more about why doing business and quoting for work seems so enigmatic? Will her words give you a new perspective on quoting and on audio editing?

Find out!


 

When You Quote, Remember To Include Editing

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Man editing a waveformIn our previous article about rates, specifically to do with audiobooks, one comment sparked an idea for further discussion regarding editing as a separate fee to charge if you are required to provide more complex engineering services to your clients.

Editing is its own service.

The cost depends on how long the voice over is and how complicated the editing requirements are.

Learn more about why editing should be accounted for now in today's VOX Daily.


 

A Discussion about Rates

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Benjamin Franklin imageRates is a sensitive topic regardless of industry.

As we begin, let me first say that as a marketplace our primary responsibility is to facilitate business relationships that yield fruitful returns for our customers. A person in need of a custom voice over recording can visit Voices.com and find someone to work with quickly and cost-effectively. Similarly, a voice over professional who wants to market their voice and obtain business opportunities for work may also use Voices.com to achieve their goals.

Our role is to connect people and provide a platform for them to conduct business.

Setting rates is not part of what a marketplace does.

While we understand our unique role in the industry as facilitator, we are keenly aware of the need some talent have for establishing a rate sheet that indicates a range they may choose to quote within. Similarly, there are some clients who also appreciate resources and who have asked for a road map to follow with regard to how much they could budget for their voice overs.

If you're curious about some of the challenges we face and want to further explore the topic of voice over rates, read on.


 

Leading, Following or Wallowing?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Pigs wallowing in the mudAre you a leader, a follower or someone who prefers to wallow?

This afternoon I attended a track presented by author Jim Clemmer about leadership at a business conference called "Gearing Up For Growth" presented by the TechAlliance of Southwestern Ontario.

Your choice, whether it be to lead, follow or wallow will greatly determine your success, your personal well being and the opportunities you choose to take advantage of.

In this article, we'll profile each personality type as it relates to voice over. Take a minute to see where you fit in!


 

Want to Build a Home Recording Studio?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Curt PalmerOver the course of last summer, voice over talent Curt Palmer completed his first professional-grade home recording studio, going from nothing to something that is serving him very well.

Building a home recording studio takes a lot of thought, planning and the implementation of good advice. If you've gone through the process already, you know what I mean!

Learn more about how Curt chose a location in his home, how he constructed the studio and how you can too in today's VOX Daily.


 

Voices.com is Writing a Book!

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Woman smiling with arms resting on a bookI've finally taken the plunge and have committed to writing a new book on the voice over industry!

There are so many ideas steeping in my mind and taking shape, some old and some new, that are ready to be expressed in print to inspire and educate voice over artists.

Learn more about this journey and how you can be part of it in today's VOX Daily.


 

How To Think Like an Agent

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Baby choosing a cupWant to see your audition to booking ratio increase?

Who doesn't?!

Voice over professionals applying for work via the voice over marketplace do a lot of unsupervised, self-directed auditioning. In some cases, this independence and liberty may result in some talent auditioning for jobs that they aren't qualified to do, which negatively affects their audition to booking ratio.

In today's VOX Daily, I'm going to give you some tips and insight that will help you to audition yourself more like an agent would... the application of which hopefully translates into more bookings and less auditioning for you!


 

Reality Check: The Cost Of Customer Acquisition

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Woman smiling her store is open for businessDo you know people who think subscribing to online voice over marketplaces are a waste of their time and money?

What these people may not be aware of is that any way you measure it (hits, pageviews or unique visitors), Voices.com is the most active website within the industry where businesses search for, audition and voice talent like yourself.

Are you curious to learn more about how we attract business and why voice talent pay membership fees to access job opportunities?

In today's article, my goal is to present a different perspective on what a membership subscription fee at Voices.com actually pays for and why it is in the best interest of any working voice over professional to participate and receive the full service.


 

How Do You Define ROI?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Happy businessmanPeople define ROI (that is, return on investment) in a number of ways.

Traditionally, ROI refers to a financial return on investment, however, returns can be made on various investments such as education, time, networking and personal development.

We'll discuss the different ways that you can measure return on investment in today's VOX Daily.


 

Reciprocate! Clients Want Your Feedback, Too.

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Business team smiling at the computerHave you taken a stroll down the Recently Hired list at Voices.com?

Do you ever review feedback ratings that you receive or view those that are given to your peers?

If you've gone that far, you might also be wondering what the talent thought of working with their client... and you can view that information if the voice talent took the time to rate and review in return!

Discover how to give clients feedback ratings and reviews at Voices.com and also learn just how important it is that you reciprocate.


 

How To Become Socially Responsible as a Company

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Global boyWhat are you doing through your business to make a difference in your community?

How can you as an entrepreneur and small business owner contribute in a meaningful way?

Using your gifts to benefit others ultimately benefits you and makes the world a better place to live in. Have you considered how to put your gifts, energy and resources to use?

In today's VOX Daily, we'll discuss how you can give back in three wonderfully gratifying ways.


 

10 Things Voice Talent Could Be Doing For a Better 2010

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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2010 New YearWhenever people talk about resolutions, they usually are referring to their own personal set of objectives they resolve to accomplish in the coming year.

What if we as a community tried to observe some common resolutions that would make voice over an even better, more productive and prosperous industry?

Join me now in our countdown to 2010 with some industry-wide resolutions!


 

Can Success Ever Be Guaranteed in Voice Overs?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Hello, my name is OpportunityWill you succeed as a professional voice over talent?

Only you can determine that!

There are many people seeking to work professionally as voice artists who set themselves up for failure because they limit their own potential, don't invest in the fundamentals, or shy away from basic business practices.

My hope is that this article will help newly aspiring talent, whether trained or having just embarked on their journey of discovery, to work methodically through the industry's expectations of voice over talent in order to adopt realistic goals and expectations of themselves.

Even if you don't work in the voice over field, you may find this applicable in your industry... let me know by leaving a comment!


 

7 Ways To Please Clients and Get the Gig

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Woman reading a book outsideDon't you just love feedback from people hiring voice over talent?

I spoke with a long-time client of ours on Thursday who had shared some of their thoughts about what voice talent could be doing to positively catch the eyes and ears of a customer in an audition situation.

Ready to take a few leaves out of our book?

The recommendations are good for any situation, regardless of project type, lead source, or client.


 

5 Mistakes Voice Talent Make and How To Avoid Them

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Caution, slippery when wetHave you ever heard that experience is the best teacher?

While that may be true, experience also happens to take the longest to accumulate, sometimes accompanied by unpleasant situations and hard lessons learned.

If you don't have time to make mistakes, and I mean, some really big ones, check out this cathartic article by Dan Hurst.

He wants you to learn from his experiences... better than finding out for yourself in addition to be mighty convenient!


 

Old School Radio Pictures

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Larry Wayne Radio Days 1968

Look familiar to you?

About a month ago, I asked people via social networks to send in their pictures from back in the day at broadcast radio stations.

Do you know who is pictured above?

Find out who this gent is and see more retro radio pictures from voice over artists in today's VOX Daily.


 

Let's Hear It For Working Class Voice Over Talent!

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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working-man-microphone.jpgWhat does it mean to be a working class voice over talent?

Whether you're doing voice over full-time or if you're pursuing voice acting part-time while another job pays your bills, being down in the trenches has its benefits.

Curious to learn more?

Vicki Amorose joins us with her perspective on what it means to be a working class voice over talent, championing the artists who persevere each day to make a living and build a life for themselves behind the microphone.


 

Safe Business Practices For Freelancers

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Smiling baby in a car seatEver get an RFQ (request for quote) for a job that is paying way too much for what you would have to do?

Came upon any leads that made you nervous?

If something looks to good to be true, it probably is...

Your business is your baby and you've got to put its best interests ahead of those of someone else with a completely different set of priorities.

Discover 5 ways you can investigate opportunities to protect both yourself and your business.


 

Are You Your Own Worst Critic?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Man yelling at himselfEven in your darkest moments of dread when you feel that your client won't be satisfied with your work, you'd be surprised!

Just because you feel you weren't up to snuff doesn't mean that your client thinks you stink.

In fact, sometimes their reaction is the complete opposite!

There's no need to beat yourself up, and if you are, this article may give you the courage to stop!

Join me in welcoming Richard Weirich as he shares his experience with us here on VOX Daily.


 

3 Reasons Why Telephone Voice Over Jobs Rock

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Woman on the phoneTelephony has an undeserved reputation for being "entry level" voice over work.

Whether true or false, that doesn't mean that the recordings are worth less or should go for dirt cheap simply because they are:

A) Some of the shortest recordings
B) For a company that is small or starting out, or
C) Perceived as easy cash

Do you think that a company wants to hire just anybody to represent them on their front line of customer service?

Not a chance!

Find out three reasons why telephone voice over work is one of the sweetest (and most important) gigs here on VOX Daily.


 

Working at Home... With Kids!

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Family of 3 on computerHow do parents working from home juggle kids and voice acting?

Hear from four voice actresses who have young children, run voice over businesses, and manage to keep it all together here on VOX Daily.


 

4 Ways to Increase Your Voice Acting Income

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Man and woman budgetingIsn't it great to be in business for yourself?

While you may be enjoying the successes you have now, are you aware that you could be paying yourself more and reaching greater financial goals?

Here are 4 practical ways that you can increase your income as a voice actor.


 

6 Ways To Get Experience in the Business of Voice Acting

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Blonde haired woman smilingIn a previous article, we talked about the benefits of hiring or apprenticing an aspiring voice talent. The response was so great that I decided to write a follow up article on the subject.

Today, we're going to look at how that aspiring talent can present themselves for opportunities working with companies in the voice over industry, identifying six of the most appropriate placement venues in the industry.

Have you thought about any of these?

Find out!


 

Voice Casting at the Speed of Sound

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Business man holding a clockWhy are most voice over casting calls opened and closed within a matter of hours?

I received a comment on an article I wrote a while ago that posed a similar question and thought that now would be a good time to address how the industry works with regard to time frames for auditioning talent.

Why are deadlines for auditioning so short?


 

Leave a Message After the Beep!

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Voice MailInevitably you won't be able to pick up every call that comes to your business, and because of that reality, we have something ingenious called voice mail!

When it comes to recording a message for your business voice mail, do you entrust the ears of your customers to one of your peers, or do you record the messaging yourself?

Add your comments with your voice mail style and join the conversation here at VOX Daily!


 

Compelling Reasons To Have an Apprentice or Hire an Assistant

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Female working in an officeThere is no shortage of people looking to gain experience in the business of voice overs.

Some seek apprenticeships and internships which are difficult to find, while others learn the ropes by working in the field, concurrently earning a wage and gaining an education.

Do you remember what it was like to work for someone else before starting your own voice over business? Are you now in a position to offer such opportunities?

Learn more about the benefits of working with others to achieve your goals and also how you can make a positive impact through your business.


 

Selling Homes Online with Voice Over Narration in Virtual Tours

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Real Estate for sale onlineHow can a remote destination shown through a virtual tour evoke feelings of warmth, comfort and desire?

Whenever you list something for sale on the Internet, you have to humanize the experience for potential buyers to make what you are selling seem more accessible, meaningful and attractive.

Find out how voice over can add that lovin' feeling and also how voice talent can make selling homes online even easier.


 

How Low Will You Go?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Man high jumping over a poleWhen work is harder to come by, have you found yourself lowering your rates to remain competitive, or have you been sticking to your guns to ensure that the bar doesn't drop?

How do you cope with the "out of work blues" when you hit a dry spell?

Robin Rowan presents us with her thoughts on this issue and would love to hear what you have to say!


 

East Coast VS West Coast: Glimpse into the Voiceover Agency and Casting World

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Brunette making a decisionWhat's the difference between how voice overs are auditioned for and cast on the east coast versus the west coast of the US?

Which coast is it easier to get representation on?

What challenges face talent, casting directors and agencies alike?

Find out the answer to these questions and more today at VOX Daily.


 

Voices.com Spring '09 Release

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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What new developments have taken shape at Voices.com?

Discover new features, improvements and more in this Spring '09 Release prepared by Laurynda Pasma.


 

Client Experience Report 2009

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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client-experience-report-2009.jpgDo 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.


 

Adam Caplan Shares Experiences Working With Don LaFontaine

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Don LaFontaineAdam Caplan gave an amazing presentation at PodCamp London called "The Practice of Brevity", teaching us how to deliver a compelling, educational and entertaining message in two minutes or less.

Don LaFontaine's name came up as someone he had worked with and I decided to follow up with Adam to discover more about his experiences with "The Don". Adam has graciously shared some of his insight and memories here with us at VOX Daily for you to enjoy.

Learn more about how Don LaFontaine's masterful application of the art of brevity helped him to make a significant and profound impact while maintaining his trademark delivery and singular style.


 

Hidden Features: Get Free Publicity by Writing an Article

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Welcome matDo you have voice over musings spinning around in your head that you'd like to share with an audience?

Maybe you'd like to step up as a guest blogger!

Find out how you can get even more publicity through Voices.com by becoming a contributor to the VOX Daily blog.


 

Hidden Features: Add a client list and testimonials to your profile

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Trustworthy young manDo you have any client testimonials on your website?

If you've ever been hired because someone read about how you served one of your clients, you know the value of adding testimonials and the instant credibility they can instill for prospective customers.

Were you nodding your head in agreement (or at least agreeing) with what I just said? If so, I have some great news for you!


 

Hidden Features: Selling Products in the Store

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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How to sell your products at Voices.comThe 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.


 

What Happens When Your VO Education Starts to Conflict?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Education definitionWhat 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?


 

Want To Be Paid More for Voice Over Work?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Woman screaming holding an empty purseThe online marketplace for voice overs can be a wild place, however, if all voice talent band together and commit to sticking to some standard practices, it can be a friendlier, more prosperous environment.

Quoting for voice over jobs is one of these areas where mutual respect and business acumen comes in handy. It also doesn't hurt to stick to the guidelines.

How do you get paid more for your work?

Hear about an experience voice talent Karen DeBoer had here at Voices.com.


 

Meet The Voices.com Team: We're Here to Help!

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Customer Service RepresentativesEver 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.


 

London Chamber of Commerce's 26th Annual Business Achievement Awards

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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26th Annual Business Achievement AwardsIn 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.


 

Fireproofing Your Business Relationships

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Fireman gear and clothingMost 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.


 

Editor-in-Voice: Do You Rework Sloppy Copy?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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woman-editing-copy-on-laptop.jpgWhen a customer presents you with a script that has grammatical errors, missing words, or poorly phrased sentences and the like, do you edit the text to make it more comprehensible for you and the intended audience on behalf of your client?

You may find that a client has unwittingly hired a voice talent and an editor.

We're out to find out whether or not massaging copy is a service commonly provided by voice over talent.

Read one voice actor's account and add your views to the conversation.


 

Bettye Zoller Shares Experiences in the Celebrity Voice Over Arena

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Gold starVoice actress and coach Bettye Zoller presents an interesting case for why you shouldn't touch unlicensed celebrity voice over impersonation work with a ten foot pole.

While not all voice over jobs for celebrity or sound alikes are to be avoided, it is wise to make sure you are fully aware of the lay of the land and take any necessary precautions.

Hear about some experiences Bettye's had, come to your own conclusions, and comment sharing your thoughts.


 

Google's Pulling the Plug on Google Audio Ads

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Google Audio Ads Map of the USYesterday, some breaking news emanated from the Google campus in Mountainview, CA via Google VP of Product Management, Susan Wojcicki, announcing that they would be closing the door on their foray into connecting advertisers purchasing remnant air-time with audio producers and voice over talent.

The news has come as a shock to some and the program will officially wrap up by the end of May 2009.


 

The Tricky Business of Getting an Agent During a Recession

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Woman and man sitting down for a job interviewWhen times get tough, the first instinct many people have is to start throwing more irons in the fire, and in this business, sometimes that means looking for representation to expand your reach for voice over work and or auditions.

Although more than a few voice talent are hoping to find an agent to help smooth the waters, agents are not necessarily on the lookout for new talent, perhaps even more so now than ever before.

I received a question from a voice actor who asked if I could refer any agents to them and I said I'd see what I could do. A couple of days ago I wrote to one of my friends, a voiceover agent, who was kind to share more information from the agency world and where things stand at present.

Are talent agencies scouting or accepting new talent?


 

How To Get Some Link Love

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Figure connecting two wiresDid you know that if you comment on blogs you can increase your website's search engine rankings in Google, Yahoo! and MSN?

Link love is a great thing.

It's what happens when you get a link to your website.

You want to get this boost whenever you can...

Want to learn more?

Here's how!


 

1,850 Laid Off At Clear Channel, Layoffs in Broadcast and Beyond To Trigger Boom in Voice Over Market?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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On The Air MicrophoneThe economic downturn has changed the priorities and makeup of many companies, including some in the broadcast media industry, causing thousands of people to lose their jobs, many of which are now turning to voice over as a career alternative.

I was curious to see who among those already doing voice over part-time are now finding themselves full-time due to the loss of their positions...

From what I've heard, read and been told, it sounds like there is going to be a wave of people hoping to make voice acting their primary source of income.

Hear from many people affected by this and add your voice to the mix. Anonymous comments in good taste will be approved on this article.


 

Producers Respond To Open Letter on Voice Over Demos

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Audio engineer at deskIf you're one of my friends on Facebook, you may have run across a note I wrote entitled "An Open Letter to Voice Over Demo Producers" where I posed a number of questions that had to do specifically with the norms, best practices and so forth of producing demos for promotional purposes for voice over talent.

I received two, quite detailed responses from two gentlemen who produce voice over demos in the United States, and the answers to some of the questions may surprise you!

First read my questions and then the answers supplied. After that, let me know what you think by leaving a comment.


 

Report on the Voice Over Industry : 2009

By David Ciccarelli

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Voice talent, agents, casting directors and unions face a changed environment. The convergence of media and technology, combined with the fragmentation and personalization of media, is affecting all industry players in unprecedented ways.

This report aims to identify the key players who participate in the industry, describe behavior and trends, but most importantly, highlights areas of opportunity that should be capitalized upon in 2009.


 

Voices.com Nominated for Business of the Year through London Chamber of Commerce

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Business Achievement Awards London Chamber of CommerceThe news in voice over just keeps getting better and better!

We're pleased to announce that Voices.com was nominated in the category of Business of the Year, the highest honour in the city for businesses as awarded by the London Chamber of Commerce.


 

New York Voice Over Mixer 2008

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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New York Voice Over Mixer 2008

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.


 

3 Reasons Why You Should Be Your Business's Greatest Ally and Worst Critic

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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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.


 

Vital Signs : How To Lose The Dreaded Radio Voice

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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In this final chapter of the series "Vital Signs", I have two fabulously talented educators with me here on VOX Daily sharing their thoughts on how those of you who come from radio can free yourself from broadcast radio bondage.

What I'm saying may come as a surprise to many people but just because you come from radio doesn't mean that you're by virtue of that fact already a voice actor or that voice acting will come easily to you.

This article will explain how voice acting and radio differ and will help those who come from radio lose their "radioness", ditching the sing-songy sound that some women carry over from broadcast and also the announcery baggage that men bring to the table when they enter the business of voice over.


 

Voices Heard / Faces Unseen : The Credit Debate

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Voice Heard + Face Unseen = Very Little Credit

This is one of the classic truths that plagues narrators and voice actors.

How many of you have watched a documentary with minimal participation from an on-camera presenter but a gargantuan amount of voice over from a narrator whose name isn't even credited on the DVD literature?

What about watching a movie with a great opening narration that goes unacknowledged even at the end?

This isn't news for many of you who narrate, however, I feel that narrators should be given more credit.

What do you think?


 

There's No Better Time To Go Platinum and Here's Why

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Did You Know There is Another Way To Get Voices.com Working For You?

Earlier this summer, we launched a new membership level called "Platinum", a service designed for voice over talent who want to get the absolute most for their career out of the Internet by way of greater visibility in the search engines, insider tips and some major publicity.

The Platinum Membership Includes:

  • All of the features and benefits of the Premium membership at Voices.com
  • Top rankings in the Voices.com search engine
  • Personalized Publicity Campaigns
  • Advertisements throughout the Voices.com Advertising Network
  • Expedited Platinum VIP Service and Support

There have been a number of impressive success stories so far, two in particular that are detailed below.

I'll also share a compelling reason to join that you've never heard before. Is becoming a Platinum member the right decision for you? Find out here at VOX Daily.


 

Do Workshops Get You Work In Voice Overs?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Do You Get Work as a Result of Education?

Have you experienced success studying with a voice over coach or by applying something you learned at a workshop, from listening in on a teleseminar or a podcast?

Share your insight as a comment.


 

Dressing Up The Booth : Where Does Your Studio Take You?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Your studio is your workplace, and also as a voice actor, it's your castle!

When so much of your time and energy is spent behind the microphone, now may be the perfect moment to consider how you can make your studio not only an abode but an inspiring environment that serves as a muse for your performances.


 

Projects & Milestones

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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When you're working on a long term or ongoing voice over project, do you set milestones for your clients?

Today, we'll discuss how you can keep your schedule on track and become more accountable for your work by setting goals with reasonable deadlines that mark important phases in the life of a project.


 

3 Reasons To Use Pro Voice Overs (even if people think they can do it themselves)

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Ever find it hard to explain to people why they should hire a professional voice actor to record their voice overs?

Here are 3 solid reasons you can give them for why they should be working with you and how you can make a difference.


 

Will SAG and AFTRA Merge? It Could Happen and Here's How

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Edoardo BalleriniThe face of the Screen Actors Guild may start to look a little bit different this year.

For tens of thousands of people in the acting and voice acting professions, particularly those who are members of SAG and or AFTRA, this change could make all the difference in the world.

Find out more in my special interview with Edoardo Ballerini, a candidate for the SAG Board of Directors and member of Unite For Strength, a group seeking the merger of SAG and AFTRA.


 

New Facebook Design

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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facebook_app_logo.jpgDo you have a Facebook account?

Facebook makes it easy to stay connected and share information with friends. You can started a conversation with Facebook Chat, check your friends' latest photos and status updates, look up a phone number, or upload your own mobile photos to Facebook on the go.

The new Facebook design is about highlighting new content relevant to the user and fostering conversations about that content. Today, we'll do a crash course on what's new, and what's changed to help you get the most of Facebook, with a special spin for voice actors.


 

7 Ways How You Can Sell Your Vision

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Dr. Theresa TopicDr. Theresa Topic, former principal of Brescia University College who has recently retired from her post, gave a lecture called "Do You See What I See?".

The goal of this presentation was to help those in positions of leadership align people behind their vision by offering value, attainability and benefits directly related to their participation.

Voice actors can use this information when building a team of service providers around your company to help you succeed and when applying for work.


 

Do You Have a Vision for Your Business?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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A few weeks ago, I attended a conference for women's leadership offered at Brescia University College first Institute for Women in Leadership (IWIL) professional development conference for women on June 19th, 2008, with the inaugural conference program entitled, "When opportunity knocks, are you ready?".

The focus of the stream I was in had to do with leadership and what it means to have a vision.

Do you have a vision for your voice over business? If not, learn more about how you can write one here at VOX Daily.


 

Financial Core VS Union : The Real Deal

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Public skirmishes between SAG and AFTRA have got the unions in the headlines quite a bit in the past few months.

To sum up, AFTRA went on to talk up the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) on their own after suspending their joint bargaining agreement with the Screen Actors Guild, and came out with some kind of solution.

AFTRA's parent union, SAG, is now embroiled in talks following their expired contract (July 1, 2008) with the AMPTP, bargaining for more money and residual pay. The AMPTP has made their final offer (July 2, 2008) and SAG requested more time to study it. No further meetings are scheduled at this point.


There's a lot going on between SAG and AFTRA

AFTRA has an election coming up this fall and SAG is currently running a campaign of their own to the chagrin of AFTRA. For two unions that represent a significant portion of the same people and overlap in a variety of ways, it would be nice if they could get along for the sake of their members, or as some have suggested, merge and unite under one banner.


Where does this leave those in the middle? Is there a middle?

As SAG and AFTRA continue to spar, take a moment to read this article written by a former union member with Financial Core status, Lani Minella, and her take on this often intentionally neglected yet very real dues paying non-member union designation.


 

There's Something Extremely Satisfying About a Job Well Done

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Voice_Over_Experts_Logo.gifThis 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.


 

Know of any Talking Toys With Great Voice Overs?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Rescue Heroes ToysThe 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?


 

How To Use "Templates" To Save Time

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Did you know that when you audition at Voices.com, you don't need to type in a new proposal message from scratch each and every time?

If you haven't discovered and made use of this feature, Templates is the private storage area of your account that can be used to create and store text templates used for audition purposes.

It's really easy to use! Learn more about Templates and how they can speed up the auditioning process here at VOX Daily.


 

International Dialects of English Archive

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International Dialects of English Archive

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.


 

Buy Now Packages Designed to Make Selling Your Voice Easier

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Buy Now Voice Over Packages

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.


 

Voices.com Developer Program & Web Service API

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We're pleased to announce the launch of the Voices.com Developer Program and Web Services API.

Software developers will be able to build more sophisticated applications around Voices.com’s services and content.

We're confident that you'll see a massive increase in activity at Voices.com and you'll also see an increase in work opportunities as well as the diversity of voice over requests.


 

Are You Paying it Forward?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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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?


 

Dream Voice Acting Roles

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Twilight Zone Tower of TerrorHave 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?


 

Voice Acting in Today's Industry : Are you Ready for it?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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The age of the agency is crumbling and the rise of the marketplace has begun.

In our present day the reality of freelance work comes with new and exciting opportunities. Those who are part of this paradigm shift will reap what they sow.

What will you be harvesting?


 

Looking For Who Voiced What? IMDb is for Actors, Voices.com is for Voice Actors.

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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The Internet Movie Database (known to those who visit lovingly as the IMDb), is a website that lists the resume list of actors as well as tracks casts and crews.

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?


 

Need to Outsource Voice Overs?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Do you have a voice over that you need recorded but can't do yourself?

When your clients make voice over requests that you can't personally fulfill, there's always the option to hire someone else to record the voice over for you, and you'll find that someone at Voices.com.

Want to know more about outsourcing VO?


 

It Pays To Be Organized

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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A couple of keys to success are being organized and possessing confidence in your abilities.


Do you have a strategy for your business?


 

3 Basic Fundamentals for Business Success in Voice Acting

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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What does it take to get work in the voice over business?

It certainly takes more than a voice, a computer and a microphone.

Discover the three basic elements that you need to build your success upon and learn how you can set yourself apart from other voice actors in this increasingly competitive field of work.


 

4 Ways To Ensure Promotional Excellence Online

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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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.

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Blogging and Citizen Journalism Etiquette : Images

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Blogging has become easier and more attractive in recent years to a number of people who run their own businesses.

While many use blogging as a tool for self-promotion, it is also a fantastic way to comment on things that are happening of interest to you on other blogs or websites, creating community and bonds through niceties I'd like to call blogging and citizen journalism etiquette.

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80+ Online Marketing Resources for Voice Over Talent

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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What if you could instantly increase your visibility online in a matter of clicks?

Today, you'll discover links on how to select a domain name, how to register your domain, online advertising, ad management tools, press release distribution services, search engine marketing, online directories and lastly blog search engines and blog directories.


 

10+ Podcasting Resources, Tools and Services

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Podcasting continues to grow at an incredible rate. The listening audience is increasing in size, and along that comes growth in advertising spending tied to podcasts.

If you haven't taken a moment to get caught up on one of the fastest growing areas of technology, now's your chance.

Today, you'll find a list of hand-picked podcasting resources, software tools, tutorials and services to help you create a podcast of your very own or be prepared when a client approaches you with a podcasting project.


 

100+ eBusiness Resources for Voice Over Talent

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When you are doing business online, there are a whole different set of challenges and opportunities to consider than when operating a brick and mortar business in the physical world.

From getting your business up and running to sealing the deal, the web offers a fantastic variety of resources that will help you manage your business, connect with other people and make a profit.

These are just 100 eBusiness resources -- but they're among the best!


 

How's your batting average?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Have you been beating yourself up over your ratio of auditions to jobs secured?

Guest blogger Bobbin Beam takes a swing in the right direction and hits one out of the park with her article featured here on VOX Daily called "The Art of Risk".

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Voice Coaches Network at Voices.com

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Voice Coaches NetworkLooking 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!


 

Why YOU NEED ME as Your Voice

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Have you ever thought about why people should be hiring you to record their voice overs?

Caryn Clark attended a local business networking event recently and found that upon introducing herself as a professional voice actor, she had some explaining to do.

Learn more about how Caryn justifies her professional voice over services to people outside of the industry in this feature article.

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Interview with AFTRA Voice Actress Denise Dal Vera

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Denise Dal VeraCurious to know more about AFTRA?

I've been given permission by Paul Horn, President of the New England AFTRA Local, to publish an interview conducted with AFTRA voice actress Denise Dal Vera about her experiences as a member of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.

Check it out here!


 

Self Assessment Quiz for Voice Actors

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Debbie MunroVoice over coach Debbie Munro submitted this quiz to me to share with you here on VOX Daily.

I think it's a great exercise for any of you who might be wondering about your career or would like to get more voice over work.

Take the quiz and let us know how you did!


 

How is the WGA Strike Affecting You?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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After yesterday's post, I got an email from a concerned member of the union who would like to share his point of view.

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What everyone needs to know about Voice Over work on the Internet

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Think you know everything about marketing your voice acting services on the internet?

Even if you do, there's always more to learn!

Read Carol Mroz's article on what you need to know about doing business on the web as a freelance voice actor.

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Is Your Voice Acting Business Winter-Proof?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Have the heavens graced your city with white fluffy stuff or have you had a dumping that's set records?

While you get your measuring stick out, come chill out at VOX Daily.

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Voice Casting How-To ~ New Podcast!

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Voice CastingTrying to find a voice to brand your company or hire for your project online?

Voices.com's newest podcast “Voice 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.


 

My Voices.com Profile App at Facebook

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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My Voices.com ProfileWant to make better use of your Facebook profile?

If you've got too many applications that don't do much for your voice acting career, you'll want to consider the newest app to hit Facebook created specifically for you to take your social networking to the next level.

Discover "My Voices.com Profile" at Facebook and turn some of your "social networking" friends into business clients.


 

Dan Aykroyd Winery Brands With Microphone

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Dan AykroydAccording to WineSpectator.com, Canadian comedian and film actor of Blues Brothers fame Dan Aykroyd now has a winery named after him slated to be opened in 2008 in the Beamsville Bench area on the Niagara Peninsula located in Ontario, Canada.

What interests me at present, however, is the image and branding the firm has decided to go with...


 

A dangerous, perhaps deadly, email to SAG, AFTRA and Writers Guild of America members

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Square peg round holeSo 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.


 

Marketing Tip : Work That Gift of Gab!

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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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?

Goldfish in Bowls

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.


 

Marketing Tip : The Power of Names

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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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.

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Internet Marketing for Voice Actors

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Do you have a blog?

Do you like reviewing products?

We've got a new product about to go to market... in a nutshell, it's about how individual voice actors can become their own Internet marketers and get ahead in the competitive world of online voice overs.

Want to learn more?


 

Jason McCoy Wins 1st Place in Voices.com 60 Second Pitch Contest

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Voice Talent Jason McCoy’s elevator speech garnered him the grand prize at Voices.com’s 2007 60 Second Pitch Contest this summer.

Learn more about Jason McCoy and his voice over journey here at VOX Daily.

Jason McCoy Voice Talent


 

The Ultimate Business Plan for Voice Over Talent

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Ultimate Business Plan for Voice ActorsVoice Actors now have their very own business plan template made specifically for freelance talent to build their dream voice acting business upon or update their current operations from.

Looking for a ready-made business plan that you can customize and take to the bank?

Check out Voices.com's Ultimate Business Plan for Voice Actors.


 

The Ultimate Business Plan for Voice Over Talent

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Ultimate Business Plan for Voice ActorsVoice Actors now have their very own business plan template made specifically for freelance talent to build their dream voice acting business upon or update their current operations from.

Looking for a ready-made business plan that you can customize and take to the bank?

Check out Voices.com's Ultimate Business Plan for Voice Actors.


 

How to Use SurePay at Voices.com

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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SurePayNew 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!


 

Get a Taste of Voice Over Experts!

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Voice Over ExpertsHave 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!


 

Meet the Industry : Voice Talent Agents

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Voice Talent AgentsNow, 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.


 

60 Second Pitch Contest @ Voices.com

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Is your voice acting business something to cheer about?

What makes you different and why should people work with you?

Define yourself through a 60 Second Pitch and also qualify to win one of three prizes at Voices.com!

60 Second Pitch Contest


 

Small Business Week : 6 Ways to Become Your Own #1 Fan

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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#1 FanWant to make more connections?

Interested in increasing your bottom line?

In order to do that, you need to become your own #1 Fan...

Find out how at VOX Daily!


 

Small Business Week : 10 Ways to Build Credibility

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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American coinDo people trust you when they visit your website?

Need some ideas to get you going?

Discover 10 ways to help increase, improve and showcase your credibility as a professional voice actor here on VOX Daily during Small Business Week.


 

Small Business Week : Your Online Storefront

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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French Bakery BoulangerieThere are many parallels between brick and mortar businesses and their online counterparts.

Today, we'll explore the components of a typical voice acting business and identify the key areas you should be focusing on to make the most of your Online Storefront!


 

Small Business Week : The Business Plan

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Woman drawing a databaseHave you given your voice acting business any thought lately?

This week, we're focusing on how you can grow your business and get ahead in the voice over industry, one building block at a time.

Introducing the Voices.com Voice Actors Small Business Week, starting off with a Business Plan, no less!


 

Review : The Gypsy's Guide to Professional Home Recording

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Do you want to learn the basics of recording from home quickly with the minimum amount of time and expense?

Check out this review on Pat Fraley's book / CD combo, "The Gypsy's Guide to Professional Home Recording" to learn the rudiments of producing professional audio at home on your PC or Mac.


 

Are you a Voice Coach? Get on Voice Over Experts!

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Voice Over ExpertsVoice 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?

Here's how!


 

Free Small Business Podcasting Kit

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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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.

Small Business Podcasting Kit eBook - FREE Download

Small Business Podcasting Kit

 

Why Start Podcasting?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Podcasting as MarketingWhy 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.


 

Facebook : Get Connected

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Facebook LogoWhere 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.


 

Voices.com on CNN.com

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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CNN International LogoIt 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.

Catch a link to a fascinating article on the state of the biz from industry leader Voices.com and voice actors Kara Edwards, Moe Egan and Michiru Yabu at VOX Daily.


 

Voices.com Webinars Are Here!

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Voices.com and WebExWe're pleased to announce our new relationship with WebEx and are excited about what that bridge we've built means for you!

Starting this coming week, you'll be able to enjoy world class webinars from your friends at Voices.com.

Want to know more?


 

Why You Need a Business Card

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Business CardsEver 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.


 

Going Green and Branding Your Web Presence

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Environmentally Friendly BrandingIn 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!


 

Voice Coaches Marketing Expo : Experts Panel

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Hilton Garden Inn Albany NYEnjoy 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.


 

Voice Coaches Marketing Expo : Voices.com

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Voice Over in the Google EraDavid 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.


 

Voice Coaches Marketing Expo : Overit Media

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Overit MediaDoes 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.


 

Voice Coaches Marketing Expo : Billy Serow

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Billy Serow Abrams ArtistsLooking 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.


 

Voice Coaches Marketing Expo : Albany Ad Club

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Albany Ad ClubMarketing 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.


 

Voice Coaches Marketing Expo : Jay Silverman

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Jay SilvermanMeet 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!


 

Hillary Huber Nominated for Audie Award

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Hillary HuberHave you read “A Field of Darkness” by Cornelia Read?

Ever listened to it?

If you have and it’s among one of your favorite audiobooks, you’ll be happy to know that Hillary Huber, narrator of “A Field of Darkness” has been nominated to win an Audie Award!


 

Voices.com VS voice123 on Jobs

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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voice123_vs_voices-com_job_opportunity_comparison_250.gifEver wondered what the difference really is between Voices.com and voice123 on jobs?

If it all comes down to jobs for you, this article is must-read. It answers the age old question.

Discover the truth here at VOX Daily.


 

Official Voices.com User Guide Now Available!

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Official Voices.com User GuideThe new Official Voices.com User Guide is now ready for download!

With anything new, it helps to have a play book or guiding light - here's yours for Voices.com :)

Get your copy of the PDF User Guide here at VOX Daily.


 

Choosing Your Business Partners Wisely

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Pride and Prejudice DVDWhat qualities must a company or person possess for you to do business with them?

Don't end up with a Wickham when you could have a Darcy...

A little bit of research goes a long way!

Let's build a list of criteria for good business relationships here.

Ready to join in?


 

Break Into Voice Over Teleseminar Monday Night!

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Break Into Voice OverEver wondered what advertisers really expect of your voice over talents?

Want an insider's view on the topic?

Join Nancy Wolfson and Anna Vocino on Monday May 7, 2007 for another stellar Break Into Voice Over teleseminar, sponsored by Voices.com.


 

The Difference Between Audio Engineers and VO Talent

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Recording Engineers and Voice TalentsNot 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?


 

Spring '07 Release - SurePay

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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SurePay at Voices.comNever 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?


 

Spring '07 Release - Leads Updates

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

Comments (6)

New vocab lessons from Voices.com!

To get comfortable with the future lingo ahead of time, read this brief glossary of terms.


 

Increased Security with VeriSign and SSL

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Verified by VeriSignMoving forward, the new generation of Voices.com will not only be equipped with VeriSign Security, but also an SSL Certificate.

Now folks, that's some heavy duty security and peace of mind.

But, just what is SSL? Find out here!


 

Voices You Know On TV

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Voices on TVIs 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!


 

How Do You Negotiate When You Receive a Job Offer?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Negotiating Job OffersWhat 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!


 

How Do You Accept Payment?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Accepting PaymentsPayPal, 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!


 

Have You Ever Been Stiffed?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Ever Been Stiffed?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.


 

How Do You Know You've Won The Job?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Winning the voice over jobDo 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!


 

Voice Over Blogosphere

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Voice Over BloggersJust how big is the voice over blogosphere?

Discover the who's who of voice over blogging!

Take the opportunity to meet some of your colleagues who blog about the voice industry, business, and their lives in general.

You might just find a new friend or a great blog that you can subscribe to about your craft.


 

Public Relations for Voice Talents

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Have a story to tell but don't have the words?

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We can help you to share your news with the world in a professional and concise manner - let us do the public relations work for you while you do what you do best - voice overs.


 

Union VS Non-union : Have Your Say

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Whether you wear your union status proudly on your sleeve or prefer to stay among the majority of folks working freelance and setting their own rates, we want to hear from you!

The age old question of Union VS Non-union has reared its controversial head again, but there's a different twist this time.


 

Canadian Voice Over Coaches, Stand Up!

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Canadian Voice Over CoachesAny Canadian voice over coaches in the house?

From sea to sea to shining sea, this land was made for voice over and the teaching of it!

If you teach the art of voice over in Canada, leave a comment on this post for potential students!


 

Voice Over in the Google Era

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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The ways of the past are no barrier to success for savvy voice over entrepreneurs of the new Google Era.

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Updated Your Commercial Demo Lately?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Bobbin BeamIt's 2007... is your commercial demo out of date?

Bobbin Beam recently whipped up a new commercial demo and posted a link to it from her blog.

What are the indicators that you need to update your commercial demo? Find out here.


 

How Do You Get Into Character?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Podcast BootsBefore 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 Presents at the Canadian Venture Forum

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Canadian Venture ForumThis could be the beginning of a new adventure for the voice marketplace.

Angels will be watching and listening in Toronto, perhaps making a decision that will significantly change the way people think of voice overs and potentially, your voice over business.


 

British Voice Overs

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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British Voice OversVoices.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?


 

Why We Do What We Do

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Voices.com Global MarketplaceFriday'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.


 

Voices.com VS voice123

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Voices.com VS Voice123
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!


 

Oscars Behind the Scenes

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Don LaFontaine Oscars StoryWant to know the behind the scenes story from the Oscars? Read announcer Don LaFontaine's account here.


 

Earphones Award for Marc Cashman

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Ship of GhostsAudioFile recently honored Marc Cashman with an Earphones Award for his narration of the audiobook "Ship of Ghosts".

Read the review here.


 

Why you should be blogging

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Want to get into blogging?

Woman bloggingBlogging is not a passing fad...

it's another channel for you to use as a marketing tool and a creative outlet to get more mileage out of your voice over business!

Learn more about the benefits of blogging and how you can get started to make your mark in the blogosphere. There's no better time to get typing :)


 

VOX Talk Podcast

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Vox_Talk_Logo_225.jpgLooking 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.


 

Why North Americans Hire British Voice Talents

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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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.

Union Jack and US flags When you think of Britain and the British, images of pomp, chivalry, royalty, tradition, authenticity, and power come to mind.


 

Robert Jacobs, Second-Generation Broadcaster

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Robert Jacobs, commercial, narrative and promo voice talent, shares his story with Voices.com.


 

Book Review: You Can Bank on Your Voice

By David Ciccarelli

Comments (3)

Read a review of Rodney Saulsberry's "You Can Bank on Your Voice".


 

How to make money from Podcasting

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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We've all heard how to monetize a podcast, but just what does it take to make money as a producer of one?


 

What were your Favorite Jobs of 2006?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Bob Souer ProductionsWith 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.


 

Voices for Planes, Trains and Automobiles

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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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!


 

Affiliate Program at Voices.com

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

Comments (2)

We've received this question quite a bit, so now it's time to address it...


 

Is Voiceover really for you? Read this first.

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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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?


 

Website Completeness

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Want to know how to achieve website completeness? Check out these tips on what you can do to get ahead.


 

Seekers VS Clients

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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What's the difference between a Seeker and a Client? Find out at Voices.com.


 

Top 100 Movers and Shakers

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Discover the newest, hottest way to search for and hire voice talent... Announcing the Voices.com Top 100, powered by our new VoiceRankâ„¢ technology!


 

New Color Themes For Your Voices Website

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Did you know that you can customize your Voices.com website? Take a look at some of the cool things you can do to differentiate yourself.


 

Something to Consider

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

Comments (1)

How do you treat your customers?


 

Get Your Voice Featured at Voices.com

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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If you're a Premium or Preferred member at Voices.com, you have the ability to be showcased in a variety of Featured Talent Categories; invaluable pieces of real estate for your voice online.


 

How to Accept PayPal Payments at Voices.com

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Do you know how easy it is to get paid for voice over work? Clients can now pay you directly with PayPal at your Voices.com website by clicking on your PayPal link!


 

Voice Marketer

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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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.


 

Getting Started in Voice Overs

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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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.


 

Want to know about Voices.com Jobs?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Find out what makes us different and how the job postings at Voices.com set us apart from other websites.


 

Podcasting for Businesses

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

Comments (3)

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?


 

Custom MP3 Demos Validate Studio Quality

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

Comments (1)

Wonder why clients are particularly fond of and often require custom MP3 demos for auditions?


 

Case Study - Voices.com Telephone Job Posting

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

Comments (6)

Want to know how we picked the voice for our telephone system?


 

Why Change the Name to Voices.com?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

Comments (4)

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!


 

Voice Actor Blogs on the Rise

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Voice actors have started to blog, giving the public an intimate view into the lives of professional voice actors.


 

Make Millions With Your Voice

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Gary Owens video interview featuring his voice acting book "How to Make a Million Dollars with Your Voice".


 

Search Engine Ranking Tool

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

Comments (1)

We've made checking your search engine rankings easy with new tools found within the 'Account & Settings' area of your account.


 

IVRs: Getting to the heart of it all

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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How can you help make your clients' telephone systems and customer service even better? The answer lies in the IVR menu.


 

IVRs: Getting to the heart of it all

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

Comments (11)

How can you help make your clients' telephone systems and customer service even better? The answer lies in the IVR menu.


 

What Clients Really Want: Answers to the Million Dollar Question

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

Comments (34)

Firsthand account from a voice talent in the director's chair: tips for auditioning that you can't go without.


 

Women in Technology: Where are you?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

Comments (8)

For many ladies out there, the world of technology can be a very lonely planet. Would the female techies please stand up!


 

Want to Sound Great? Try Voice Styling.

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

Comments (3)

If teachers were coached by professional voice instructors to improve their voices and public speaking, would their students get higher marks?


 

From Singer to Voice Talent: Making the Transition

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

Comments (12)

Same instrument, different way of using it! Learn how to go from singing to speaking.


 

Audacity Recording Software

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

Comments (31)

Do you have questions about Audacity?


 

Business Cards and Websites

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

Comments (2)

Business cards open up endless possibilities and connect YOU with other people... if you let them.


 

Top Ten Features to REMOVE from Voices.com

By David Ciccarelli

Comments (22)

Like the grapevine that needs to be pruned in order to yield a fruitful harvest, we've been exploring a few under utilized features that, well, simply put - need to go.


 

Podcast Commentary in Israel

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

Comments (2)

Dan Lenard, a professional voice talent, records a monthly feature called Looking Outside the Box - listen to this months feature from the heart of Israel.


 

Former CHUM Employees: There is Hope at Voices.com

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

Comments (0)

Bell Globemedia's success in passing its C$1.7 billion purchase of CHUM Limited leaves many uprooted and 281 people unemployed.


 

Royalty-Free Music and Sound Effects

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

Comments (8)

Where do you find your royalty-free music and sound effects?


 

New Voices.com Standard Rates Sheet!

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

Comments (41)

After much debate, the new rates sheet is ready! Click to download your copy now.


 

The Psychology Behind Custom Demos

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

Comments (10)

Why custom demos are more attractive - for different reasons than you may think!


 

Bell Canada Mystery 519 Voice

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

Comments (1)

Help solve the mystery of the Bell Canada 519 prefix voice!


 

How do you keep your Voice Healthy?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

Comments (17)

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?


 

Kari Wahlgren, voice actor, Chats with Voices.com

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

Comments (1)

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.


 

Non-union Standard Rates: Help Set the Industry Benchmark

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

Comments (52)

Want to make a difference? Now's the time for your voice to be heard! Leave a comment on this post to help develop the new Voices.com Standard Rate Sheet for Non-union Voice-over work.


 

What is the Guest Membership?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

Comments (0)

What can I do as a Guest? Get the answers here!


 

The Essentials of Billing

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

Comments (0)

3 Ways to Ensure Prompt Payment from Customers


 

I'm a Mac. I'm a PC.

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

Comments (31)

We've all seen the Apple Computer commercials, but which computer is better for recording and editing voice-overs?


 

Voice Acting: Can just anyone do it?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

Comments (3)

Voice acting is one of the hottest "me too" careers right now, but does that mean that everyone should do it?


 

Average Word Count Tool

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

Comments (0)

If you've been wondering the average number of words per page, you've gotta read this!


 

Voice Actor Workshop Listings

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

Comments (3)

Coaches, this is your opportunity to fill me in on what you're up to so that you can promote your workshops and courses on Vox Daily!


 

Welcome to Vox Daily!

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

Comments (9)

We've just finished moving our entire blog over to Voices.com. Whew, what a journey!


 

Still Nice Folks in Voiceovers

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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“Hey! Voiceover people are NICE PEOPLE”.


 

Unlimited Auditions - Period.

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

Comments (4)

Limiting your ability to audition is counterproductive, not to mention undemocratic...


 

Words of Wisdom: Choosing a Business Partner

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

Comments (3)

Choosing a business partner is very similar to getting married.


 

The Fine Art of Orating

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

Comments (1)

What's in a name? Almost everything when it comes to being an orator!


 

Do you Charge for Revisions?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

Comments (32)

With over 30 comments, this post is a hot topic!


 

Bob Souer says "A Change, the Good Kind, Is Coming"

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

Comments (0)

Boblog blogs Voices.com


 

Saving the Voice-over Industry: Will you Help?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

Comments (4)

Join the fight and stand up for the voice-over industry with us!


 

Competing VS. Choosing

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

Comments (19)

Is the best voice for the job that gets the gig, right?


 

Jamey Lewis, A Different Breed of Voice Talent

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

Comments (0)

A voice that brings extra life to your project


 

Featured Talent Categories

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

Comments (0)

How much visibility do you have online?


 

Accepting Payments with PayPal at Voices.com

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

Comments (0)

What is PayPal and how do I use it?


 

Spring Cleaning for Voice Actors

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

Comments (0)

Sprucing up your website just might be the ticket to get more work this Spring.


 

Dirty Politics: When Voiceovers Go Too Far

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

Comments (0)

Where do you draw the line?


 

Job Posting Guidelines at Voices.com

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

Comments (1)

Want to learn more about how we review and approve jobs?

Read this article to find out!


 

Has Your Voice been Typecasted?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

Comments (0)

Just because voice-over roles are behind the scenes doesn't mean that voice talent can't be pigeon-holed or typecasted for specific work, voice types or character roles.

Where does typecasting come from? Who is responsible for typecasting actors?

Stuck in a pigeon hole? Break free!


 

Voice-Overs: New York & Los Angeles

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

Comments (0)

If you work in one of these cities, share your stories of life in the fast lane!


 

Royalty-Free Music for Voice Recordings

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

Comments (1)

Find some great samples here.


 

The Many Hats Voice Talents Wear

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

Comments (9)

You do literally everything where performance and production are concerned, but do your fees reflect that?


 

Getting a Telephone Voice-over Job

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

Comments (0)

Tips on how to land a telephone gig.


 

Telephone Recordings for Businesses

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

Comments (2)

Entry level or bread and butter?


 

Local Radio Stations - Getting That First Gig

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

Comments (0)

Get yourself on the air!


 

First Impressions with Clients.

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

Comments (0)

How's Yours?


 

Cartoon Voice Actors Get a Raise!

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

Comments (0)

SAG flexes some muscle and the hourly voice acting session rates go up.


 

Audio Book Explosion

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

Comments (1)

Get a piece of this $900 Million Dollar Industry.


 

Audio Books

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

Comments (1)

It only took Steve Jobs one listen and he was hooked on the medium. How 'bout you?


 

A Voice In Her Majesty's Service

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

Comments (0)

Ever recorded for crown corporations?


 

Who Ever Heard of a Free Voice-over?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

Comments (7)

Charging fees for voice work is normal... Right?


 

Real Estate Voice-overs

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

Comments (0)

Opportunity is knocking in this hot market for voices. Strategize with us :)


 

Voice-over Jobs: Where do you draw the line?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

Comments (0)

Save yourself sleepless nights by setting the rules for your voice acting career in advance.


 

3 Reasons Why Voice Talent Don't Get Work

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

Comments (1)

Find out how Time, Desire, and Ego can rob you of voice-over jobs


 

What's a Full Buyout, anyway?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

Comments (4)

What is a full buyout? Learn more about billing options and gain access to valuable business templates here.


 

Union VS. Non-union

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

Comments (30)

Which is better? Share your opinions!


 

#1 on Google

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

Comments (0)

Natural Listings are very different from Paid Search listings. Find out the differences here.


 

Getting Voice Work Locally

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

Comments (0)


 

Do Photos Sell Voice Talent?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

Comments (2)

Is it better not to have a photo at all? Do you have a photo or a graphical image that represents you as a voice actor?

Let's have a debate and discuss the pros and cons of including a headshot on your Voices.com profile.


 

Voice Acting Coaches

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Welcome to our second feature article about getting started as a voice actor. In this article, we're going to tap into the world of voice acting instruction.

Studying one on one has its benefits, so let's discuss voice acting coaches.


 

Voice Actor Support Groups and Forums

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

Comments (0)

It's always good to have a circle of friends who understand your career. Thank you for reading our feature on voice acting support groups. Let's explore this a bit further, shall we :)


 

Voice Actor Career Musts

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

Comments (1)

Has it been your heart's desire to make money with your voice? If so, buckle up and hold on tight - you're about to experience our new series of mini articles that will help you to make your transition into the world of professional voice-overs!

Over the next few days, I'll be writing a series of blog posts to help you get started in voice-overs.

But first... let's identify the biggest misconception about voice-overs...


 

Blueprint for Voice-over Success

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

Comments (0)

An exclusive resource, brought to you by InteractiveVoices.

Have you ever wondered if there is a formula for voice-over success?


 

Disney and Pixar Partner Up

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

Comments (1)

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.


 

Google Radio Ad Voiceovers

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

Comments (3)

If you're advertising in radio, you'll need a voice!

As you may have heard, Google flexed their muscles and recently bought dMarc Broadcasting of Newport Beach, California. dMarc is a media buying service and digital automation provider for radio. The idea is to capitalize on the radio advertising market, and what better way to be the king of the radio ad slots than to purchase a company that is responsible for doing just that?

This may help out with buyers that want to purchase radio advertising slots, but there is something missing from this equation... Voice-overs.

This begs the question of "Where will Google's future radio advertisers get their voice-overs?"

Consider this. Each voice talent is unique, not to mention each custom recording required of a given company's script. In light of this information, Google advertiser's will have to have a hearty database of professional voice talents to choose from and a proven system for hiring the perfect voice.

Why do advertisers need such a system for hiring voice talent? Just as in any marketplace, the players in the market can vary substantially. One must keep in mind the individual talents experience in the field, their artistic abilities, access to a recording studio, recording fees, and whether or not they are affiliated with a union.


 

Voiceovers Recorded by Celebrities

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

Comments (0)

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...


 

Political Voice Overs

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

Comments (1)

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.


 

10 Best Practices for Voice Talents

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

Comments (1)

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.


 

Need more storage for your voice work?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

Comments (0)

This is even better than having your own website and maintaining an FTP! You might just decide not to host your audio anywhere else!


 

Podcasting Voices 411

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

Comments (0)

Are you looking for voice-overs to use in your podcast or are you considering adding voice-overs to your current podcast?

This blog posting will help you to learn about the many uses of voice-overs in podcasts, how to go about finding a pro to record for you, and the significant influence that a professional voice-over can have on your audience.

Learn how to find the perfect voice for your podcast.


 

Ideas for Getting Started in Voiceovers

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

Comments (0)

Ever wondered how to get started in voiceovers? We are asked that question quite a bit, so I thought I would cover this one in our blog.

Aspiring talent can find a wealth of resources and guidance at Voices.com. Our FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) section provides solutions to nearly every "getting started" voice-over question and the resources section has an abundance of business templates and strategies for you to discover.


 

What's Web 2.0?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

Comments (0)

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.


 

Voice-overs: What's in your Pic-a-Nic Basket?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

Comments (0)

I was just taking a look at our website and was inspired to write about the many applications for voice-overs. It's not hard to think of ways to use voice-over once you start to brainstorm a bit (well, this is off the cuff for me!). While you're reading, check to see how many of these voice-over goodies you are using.


 

Interactive Voices 2005 Year in Review

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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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.


 

Animated Speaking Characters and SitePal

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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We recently received a job posting for a company using a SitePal on their website. These jobs are usually exciting because not only can the voice-over content vary from company to company, but the SitePals themselves are also quite diverse.

Similar to talking heads, the animated SitePal, paired with a professional voice-over, is able to convey the website owner's message to customers and prospects visiting the website.


 

Study: Unfamiliar Voice-Overs are Most Effective

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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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.


 

Podcasting: Commercially Viable?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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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.


 

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