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10 of the Most Influential Voice Actors of All Time

By Lin Parkin

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Admit One.jpgWas there a voice actor in particular who inspired you to get into the industry?

Comedy is tough, but it's even more difficult when you don't have the benefit of expressing it through physical movement.

Breathing life into some of the most memorable family-friendly characters of all time these folks are just some of the incredibly talented voice actors who have been particularly influential for both what they've contributed to the industry and their inspiring talents.

Join us in today's VOX Daily!


 

Will You Learn The Gettysburg Address?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Abraham Lincoln face, Lincoln MemorialThis year marks the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, the most famous speech given by American President Abraham Lincoln, and undoubtably one of the greatest speeches given in US history.

Documentarian Ken Burns is producing The Address, a 90-minute feature length documentary to be released in April 2014. Burns, along with many others, invites Americans to make Abraham Lincoln's words their own by video recording themselves reciting the 150 year-old speech.

Will you learn the address?

Discover more about this opportunity in today's VOX Daily.


 

Does Celebrity Voice Acting in Animation Boost Box Office Sales?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Frozen animated filmIn less than a month, Disney will release its 53rd animated feature film, "Frozen" complete with a celebrity voice cast lead by actress Kristen Bell.

Elements of Frozen were loosely based on a fairy tale written by celebrated Danish author, Hans Christian Andersen, a longtime source Disney has used to inspire films such as The Little Mermaid, The Emperor's New Groove based upon The Emperor's New Clothes, the animated short The Ugly Duckling and now Frozen based on Andersen's The Snow Queen.

There's no doubt that Hans Christian Andersen + Disney = Success. The question I'm asking is, will the fact that Disney has a celebrity voice cast make a significant impact on the number of seats filled on opening weekend?

Have your say in today's VOX Daily!


 

Voice Over Royalty, June Foray, talks with VO Buzz Weekly

By Lin Parkin

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JuneForaywithVOBuzzWeekly.jpgJust prior to The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Board of Governors announcing that June Foray will receive the prestigious Governors Award, the "First Lady of Animation" talked with Chuck and Stacey J. of VO Buzz Weekly in a special two part episode.

June discusses her incredible career which has spanned over 60 years in the business. She has entertained and influenced the lives and careers of many both in the VO industry and outside the industry. In the first episode viewers are treated to a montage dating back to the 1950s to today of some of June's most cherished characters. As with many voice actors, June discusses how her start in the industry began in radio in her early teens and she talks briefly about the inspiration to write her autobiography titled "Did You Grow Up With Me Too?."

June also reminisces about her days teaching at USC, SC and Cal Arts and how she was instrumental in starting the ASIFA Hollywood, which introduced the world to the Annie Awards.


 

Voice Over Royalty, June Foray, talks with VO Buzz Weekly

By Lin Parkin

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JuneForaywithVOBuzzWeekly.jpgJust prior to The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Board of Governors announcing that June Foray will receive the prestigious Governors Award, the "First Lady of Animation" talked with Chuck and Stacey J. of VO Buzz Weekly in a special two part episode.

June discusses her incredible career which has spanned over 60 years in the business. She has entertained and influenced the lives and careers of many both in the VO industry and outside the industry. In the first episode viewers are treated to a montage dating back to the 1950s to today of some of June's most cherished characters. As with many voice actors, June discusses how her start in the industry began in radio in her early teens and she talks briefly about the inspiration to write her autobiography titled "Did You Grow Up With Me Too?."

June also reminisces about her days teaching at USC, SC and Cal Arts and how she was instrumental in starting the ASIFA Hollywood, which introduced the world to the Annie Awards.


 

A Shellabration with SpongeBob SquarePants

By Lin Parkin

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SpongeBob ShellabrationAre your kids (or perhaps yourself) SpongeBob SquarePants fans?

Have you heard about the "Shellabration" that will take place next weekend in honour of this quirky cartoon?

The talking Sponge and his crazy underworld adventures became an unlikely pop culture phenomenon over 14 years ago with the cartoon being an immediate hit with the kids, emerging as the most-watched animated program with kids 2-11 for more than 12 consecutive years.

Over the past several years, it has averaged more than 100,000,000 total viewers every quarter across all of Nickelodeon networks. A testament to its popularity, SpongeBob is seen in over 170 countries and translated in more than 35 languages.

Join VOX Daily to learn more about the event and a few interesting factoids around the iconic Nickelodeon character.


 

Voice Actors Who Can Perform Animal Noises

By Lin Parkin

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Cute Kitten and Microphone.jpgDo you need a voice actor to perform animal noises?

Are you a voice talent that specializes in mimicking sounds from the animal kingdom?

Rather than the typical prose that clients submit with their jobs, we occasionally we receive odd jobs that require a voice actor to utter noises like screams, grunts, or groans especially for video games and the occasional commercial project.

Nothing quite compares to the jobs requesting animal noises though. Picture yourself reviewing auditions with talent doing various takes of a bird, tiger, or monkey.

It is both delightful and surprisingly spooky to hear a talent go from their speaking voice into an authentic sounding animal noise. Join VOX Daily as we take a look at of one of the top voice actors who excels in this unique craft.


 

Mike Rowe Demonstrates VO Trick in "Adventures in Voiceover"

By Lin Parkin

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Mic and Headphones.jpgDo you ever receive scripts that are marked up and difficult to read?

Or creative direction that makes little sense?

Receiving scripts in that kind of shape can really slow a production down and cause unnecessary back and forth between the talent and producer.

Join us in today's VOX Daily to discover a trick used by voice-over great, Mike Rowe, when he runs into this situation.


 

Favorite Voice Overs Performed by Real Children

By Lin Parkin

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Whimsical childDo you have a child that would love to be in a voiceover production? Are you casting a voice-over project with child roles?

When it comes to casting a child's voice for a cartoon, or any voice-over project, nothing sounds quite as authentic as hiring a real child to voice the character.

Children relate to other children best so characters voiced by real kids will resonate more with the intended audience. A child's innocent, whimsical nature adds authenticity to the roles they play.

So who better to provide the voices for some of the most loved animated characters but child voice talents. Movies such as Bolt, Finding Nemo, A Bug's Life, The Incredibles and A Toy Story all have starred the voices of some of the most beloved child actors. The child voices in these films bring a realism to the characters that just could not have been obtained by adults mimicking a child's voice.

In today's VOX Daily we take a look at some of our favorite movie characters played by child voice actors.


 

Google Glass Demo for Paul Shaffer of the Late Show

By Lin Parkin

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Paul Shaffer and David Ciccarelli.jpgWhile visiting Toronto on a media blitz last week about being the first Canadian to receive Google Glass for the Explorer program, David Ciccarelli, the CEO of Voices.com, ran into a familiar face from late night television.

In the lobby of his hotel he ran into Paul Shaffer of the Late Show With David Letterman. Immediately recognizing Shaffer, David introduced himself.

Of course, he was wearing the signature Glass at the time which caused an impromptu demonstration for Shaffer.

Though their encounter was brief, the two were able to relate given their Thunder Bay connection and common musical background. There must be something in that Lake Superior drinking water!


 

Will "In a World..." Help More Women Break Into Movie Trailer Narrations?

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Success.jpgLake Bell's critically acclaimed feature film "In a World...," takes a comedic look into the fictional 'underground' world of Hollywood voice-overs.

The film was written by Bell, who also directed and starred in the film. It received accolades in the 2013 Sundance Film Festival earlier this year and is slated for limited US release in August.

The film follows the trials and tribulations of Bell's character, Carol Solomon, whose voice coaching career gets derailed. While struggling to regain her footing she sets her sights on becoming a voice-over artist herself, determined to break into the male dominated world of movie trailer narrations.


 

Scotty Newlands Talks with Vox Daily About Voice-Overs and His Performance Career

By Lin Parkin

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Scotty_022.jpgDo you ever wonder how voice actors get into the industry?

We do. We always enjoy meeting our customers and learning about your incredible journeys into the voice-over arena. We had the great pleasure of doing so with many of you at VoiceWorld Toronto 2013.

One such voice talent was Scotty Newlands, a National Anthemist for the Toronto Maple Leafs and Army Reservist.

Scotty took some time out of his busy schedule to talk with me about voice-overs, his career as a performer, being an officer in the Army Reserves and what it was like seeing the Leafs (finally!) make it to the playoffs.

He also explains how his experience appearing on Canadian Idol helped propel his career forward.

Join us today in this special VOX Daily interview!


 

The Vow By Kim and Krickitt Carpenter

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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The Vow audiobook published by Oasis AudioHave you ever faced a turning point in your life when everything changed?

One of life's undeniable truths is that you never know what tomorrow will bring. For Kim and Krickitt Carpenter, a car ride to visit family for the holidays literally turned their plans upside down and altered the course of their lives in a tragic yet beautiful way. You may recognize these names because of a Hollywood movie called "The Vow."

I recently listened to the audiobook featuring the voice talent of John McLain. John was kind to answer a number of questions for me about his experience that I am eager to share with you.

Read more about the story of Kim and Krickitt Carpenter and John McLain's experience narrating their book The Vow in today's VOX Daily.


 

Neil Young On A Quest To Rescue Audio Quality

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Neil Young, musicianMusician Neil Young wants to rescue the art form that he has practiced for the past 50 years.

In a world where the perception that poor quality seems to go hand in hand with convenience, Young hopes to see a shift in how people think about this, specifically where digital audio quality is concerned.

Hear more via video as Neil Young discusses his perspective on the state of digital audio quality in today's VOX Daily.


 

What Is Success And Happiness?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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John Wooden UCLA basketball coach NCAAWhat do you perceive success to be?

Is it possible to be contented in all circumstances?

Each day there is an inspirational quote read during the Voices.com team huddle. A number of quotes of late have been from a book by the late John Wooden, basketball player and UCLA coach.

Hear what Wooden had to say about success and happiness and share your thoughts in today's VOX Daily.


 

Peter Cullen Celebrates Optimus Prime's New Lease On Life

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Peter Cullen recording his lines for Optimus Prime, Transformers: Fall of Cyberton video gameTechnology has opened up many doors for franchises to expand. We're not just talking cartoons and talking toys!

Peter Cullen, the original voice of Optimus Prime in the 1980s cartoon Transformers, is astounded to see just how far his character has come over the past 30 years.

Hear more of Peter Cullen's thoughts and join the conversation in today's VOX Daily!


 

A Voice Sounding Not Unlike Sam Elliott

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Cowboy on horseback, silhouetteHave you ever seen a casting notice with specs indicating that they were looking for someone who could sound like you?

In an interview with Charlie Rose, we see one of the most imitated and frequently requested voices of Americana, Sam Elliott, talk about what it's like to come across direction with your name in it!

Watch the video and share your thoughts in today's VOX Daily.


 

4 Tips For Film Narrators

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Young woman holding a black and white film clapper. She is smiling and the clapper arm is up. White text says Studios, Scene, Take, Roll.Do you narrate audiobooks, documentaries or films?

While watching some bonus material on a DVD, I happened to come across an interview with the film's narrator.

Hear insights gleaned from veteran actor and narrator Christopher Plummer on what he believes the role of the narrator is 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.


 

Drop Page, Warbucks Continues

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Little Orphan Annie Postage Stamp, comics, USA stamp, 32 centsAre you familiar with the scene in Annie where Oliver Warbucks goes to the radio station to make an appeal to find Annie's parents?

The Oxydent radio scene in Annie relates to voice talent in many ways including on-air, jingle singing, ventriloquism, script reading and Foley artistry.

Join me in discussing one of the most comical exercises in reading copy and share your own comical mistakes 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.


 

One Thousand Gifts, An Attitude of Gratitude

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Ann VoskampDo you ever wonder how you can find joy in the midst of deadlines, debt, drama and daily duties?

Ann Voskamp has.

Author of the New York Times Bestseller, One Thousand Gifts, Voskamp penned a book addressing how to do just that and dares you to live fully right where you are.

In a day and age where culture tells us we should do more, be more and get more, isn't it refreshing to hear that we can be content with what we already have?

Hear more in today's VOX Daily.


 

June Foray Wins Daytime Emmy Award

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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June Foray wins Emmy AwardJune Foray finally got her Emmy!

For those of you familiar with June Foray, the first lady of cartoon voicing, you know that this has been a long time coming.

At the age of 94, the Emmy award recognized June for her work as Mrs. Cauldron on "The Garfield Show" on Cartoon Network.

Join in the conversation as we discuss roles June has voiced over the years and be sure to comment with your favorite ones in today's VOX Daily.


 

June Foray Wins Daytime Emmy Award

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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June Foray wins Emmy AwardJune Foray finally got her Emmy!

For those of you familiar with June Foray, the first lady of cartoon voicing, you know that this has been a long time coming.

At the age of 94, the Emmy award recognized June for her work as Mrs. Cauldron on "The Garfield Show" on Cartoon Network.

Join in the conversation as we discuss roles June has voiced over the years and be sure to comment with your favorite ones in today's VOX Daily.


 

Pixar Brave Voice Cast

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Brave character MeridaWhen Merida was first conceived of, her looks were drawn to reflect her spirit. The challenge for the crew was, "Can you animate this?"

You could say animating the hair in this film was both a nightmare and an animator's dream.

From wild characters to even wilder hair, Brave and its authentic Scottish voice cast will have you on the edge of your seat.

Have you seen Pixar's Brave?

Share your thoughts by leaving a comment after reading today's VOX Daily.


 

Pixar Brave Voice Cast

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Brave character MeridaWhen Merida was first conceived of, her looks were drawn to reflect her spirit. The challenge for the crew was, "Can you animate this?"

You could say animating the hair in this film was both a nightmare and an animator's dream.

From wild characters to even wilder hair, Brave and its authentic Scottish voice cast will have you on the edge of your seat.

Have you seen Pixar's Brave?

Share your thoughts by leaving a comment after reading today's VOX Daily.


 

Jake Foushee Represented By Abrams Artists Agency

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Jake Foushee youtube videoIn a world where putting a really awesome impression of Don LaFontaine on YouTube can get you on TV and agency representation offers, Jake Foushee is having the time of his life.

His voice changed at age 13 and by the time he turned 14, his instrument could rival Hollywood's finest in trailer and promo.

Hear more about his rise to stardom and share tips and words of wisdom with a very talented, yet very young, voice-over phenom.


 

Where Is Movie Trailer Voice-Over Going?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Don LaFontaine holding a microphone in his left hand, microphone cable draped over his left ear.Where do you think movie trailer voice-over is headed?

Although people are still trying to imitate Don LaFontaine's voice and signature style, there are rumblings that trailer VO might be experiencing some changes.

What have you heard lately? Is there a new trend we should be paying attention to?

Join the discussion in today's VOX Daily.


 

Singing And Speaking Through Tears

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Young woman crying, single tear running down her cheek, a hint of a smileCan you control your voice when you feel overwhelmed with emotion?

I'm intrigued by how some people seem to be able to hold it together and remain poised as they perform or speak publicly.

Many actors have found a way to do this. Have you?

Hear more about this interesting phenomenon in today's VOX Daily.


 

Angry Birds Interview With Sound Designer, Ari Pulkkinen

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Angry Birds Game, images of birds, pigs, castle

Do you play Angry Birds?

Ever wondered about where the voices came from or how the music came to be? If so, you'll love this post!

I hope you enjoy my interview with the sound designer and audio producer of Angry Birds, Ari Pulkkinen!


 

Voices of Influence

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Glamorous wavy haired brunette with bright eyes singing into a microphoneDo you hear voices?

Voice overs have worked themselves into our daily lives and few pause to consider how our perceptions have been shaped by various characters and advertising campaigns using voice.

Read this article on VOX Daily and then listen to a unique podcast celebrating voice artists and their contributions.


 

Nature's Narrators

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Rufous Hummingbird feeding on a purple Butterfly BushAre you fan of nature programs that zoom in on the lives of wild animals?

Who among us hasn't been drawn in by the warm, authoritative tones of Sir David Attenborough or James Earl Jones like a child sitting on their grandfather's knee listening to a story?

Join me in today's VOX Daily as we discuss the voices who've narrated the wonders of the world.


 

CBC Legend Don Brown Visits Voices.com

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Don Brown CBC producer/director at Voices.comLast weekend we had the privilege of hosting Don Brown, CBC veteran producer and director of 40+ years, at the Voices.com offices during one of Voice Over London's events.

Over the course of the afternoon, Don shared a wealth of tips regarding voice production and speech, including the one thing he'd improve if he could for on-air talent!

Hear more in today's VOX Daily.


 

Just Voicing To Amuse Yourself?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Woman painting in an Impressionist styleFor some people, voice acting is merely a hobby. For others, its a passion that is being developed with each syllable spoken and exploration of their voice.

If you were to stop now, would you miss out on a career that's spoken of for centuries?

Find out more in today's Vox Daily.


 

Apple iPhone 4S Siri Voice

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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siri-iphoneThe new Apple iPhone 4S release includes a new feature and companion...Siri!

Who couldn't do with a personal assistant at times, especially one that listens and helps to decipher what you might need in greater detail.

Hear more about what Siri is and how it works in today's VOX Daily.


 

Ultimate Dog Tease a Creative Take On Dubbing

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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The Ultimate Dog TeaseLast weekend I was introduced to a video called "The Ultimate Dog Tease" by someone who came by my booth at Culture Days.

After taking out my trusty iPhone and booting up the YouTube app, I could see why this video has amassed over 63 million views!

What can The Ultimate Dog Tease teach us?

Find out more in today's VOX Daily!


 

Little Known Facts About E.T.'s Voice

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Drew Barrymore as a child actress in E.T. The Extra Terrestrial pictured with E.T. holding flowers.Any movie buffs out there?

Recently I heard some interesting facts about the voice artist who recorded the voice of E.T. in Steven Spielberg's film E.T. The Extra Terrestrial (1982).

Who provided the voice? Why'd they get chosen? How much were they paid?

Find out in today's VOX Daily!


 

The Real King's Speech

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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George VI with Queen Elizabeth, the Queen MotherMany famous leaders and media personalities have risen above speech impediments including Moses who led the Israelites out of Egyptian captivity in the Exodus, modern day American actor James Earl Jones, and as you may have gathered, King George VI of Great Britain (pictured at right).

In this article, we'll take a look at the kind of challenges people with speech impediments encounter and also provide a venue for discussing how to overcome stuttering and other issues that make speaking difficult.


 

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!


 

How Do You Amplify Your Voice?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Large fake ear resting on a man's real ear.  The man has his hand placed on the ear in a listening fashion.There are many ways to make your voice sound louder whether it be through vocal acrobatics and projection or use of technology.

What's your favorite way to get loud?

Be sure to comment with your signal chain and projection tips!


 

Cool Audio Landmarks and Monuments

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Microphone bicycle rack in Nashville, TN

Have you noticed any landmarks relating to voice over or audio production?

I happened to see this image on a friend's Facebook page and decided to learn a bit more about it.


 

Interview with NASA Prelaunch Voice, Jim Conlan

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STS-135 Atlantis Crew

The NASA shuttle Atlantis will lift-off on July 8, 2011. This is the last mission for quite some time and is the 135th since the fleet began launching into orbit in 1981.

Have you ever given any thought to the preparation necessary for a space mission?

Houston-based voice artist Jim Conlan has served as the prelaunch voice for NASA since 2007. As this era of space exploration for draws to a close, Conlan shares his story and most memorable moments in this interview on VOX Daily.


 

The Voice (TV Show)

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Male silhouette on a yellow backgroundHave you heard of a television program called "The Voice" airing on NBC?

While many talent shows for singers have come and go, none that I'm aware of have evaluated talent based solely upon how someone sounds until now.

Are Christina Aguilera and friends taking a leaf out of a voice casting notebook?

Learn more about how The Voice resonates with casting in the world of voiceovers in today's VOX Daily.


 

Prince William and Kate Middleton's Royal Wedding

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Prince William and Kate MiddletonWill you be watching the royal wedding?

This question is being asked more and more as the date draws nigh. Many of the people I have spoken with will either be watching live or intend to catch the highlights afterward on television or via the Internet.

That being said, a number of people will be listening, even working behind the scenes to bring the royal wedding to the people.

Have you noticed any special voiceovers either promoting or narrating copy related to the royal wedding? Share your thoughts in today's VOX Daily!


 

Oscars Petition Gains Momentum And A Voice!

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Voices.com's Voice Girl dressed for the OscarsIn a world where an Oscar category for voiceover performance is nonexistent, five voice artists pour out their talent in an effort to make history!

If you think that voice actors who perform in animated films should be formally recognized with an award by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, be sure to share this page and also spread the PSA!

Learn more about this movement now in today's VOX Daily.


 

How Text-To-Speech Gave Roger Ebert His Voice Back

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Roger Ebert using TTSAfter losing the use of his voice following surgery for jaw cancer several years ago, media personality and film critic Roger Ebert has found new ways to communicate and be heard.

Through journal entries online and a TED Talk, Roger Ebert has been able to share more about what happened to him and how he has embraced technological advances to regain his 'voice.'

Learn more in today's VOX Daily.


 

Weird Al Yankovic Gets Serious About Audiobooks

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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You might have heard that there are now book trailers online with excerpts read from books promoting print publications.

Always one to follow the trends in pop culture, Alfred Matthew Yankovic, more widely known as "Weird Al" Yankovic, has also produced a trailer to promote his new children's book, "When I Grow Up" published by HarperCollins Children's. Yankovic has also narrated his book and published his latest work via HarperAudio.


 

3 Great Animation Voice Acting Resources

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Studious Dachshund puppy wearing black rimmed glassesLast night I came across an interesting article while searching for an online version of the Yogi Bear story.

This article was helpful and also served as an entry point for discovering a wealth of other pieces written about cartoon shows from the past complete with insightful commentary regarding historical facts and cultural context.

In today's VOX Daily, you'll discover a number of resources that you can draw upon when researching the history of voice acting in animation.


 

Oscars: Is It Time To Introduce a Voice Over Category?

By Lin Parkin

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Glamorous celebrity feet stepping on the red carpetA few weeks ago we posed this question on Voices.com's Facebook page and received some incredible feedback.

That got our wheels turning.

Do you think there ought to be categories at the Oscars that recognize voice actors for their roles and contributions to film?

Perhaps the time has come!

Learn more about how you can help out by reading today's Vox Daily.


 

Wheel of Fortune's First-Ever Female Announcer, Lora Cain

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Lora Cain with Vanna White and Pat Sajak of Wheel of FortuneWhat's that I hear? Why it's a female voice announcing on one of America's most popular and beloved game shows!

Voice over professional Lora Cain has proven that there's more room at the inn for ladies working on Wheel of Fortune.

While game show announcing has been relatively fair in terms of opportunities for both male and female voice over talent, the big game shows haven't given way to many female announcers but all of that could change.

For instance, Wheel of Fortune has not been graced by the voice of a female announcer... until now!

Learn more about how Lora got the opportunity to try out and also about her experience in today's VOX Daily.


 

Golden Voices Show Support For Homeless at Wilshire and San Vicente

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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John Taylor holding a sign mentioning Ted Williams and the homeless of L.A.Within the last week, we've observed how one man's life has changed dramatically because he was spotted, given an opportunity to share his story and thrust upon the global stage of social media.

Ted Williams, while talented, was first noticed because he was homeless. It was his vulnerability, not his gift, that first attracted the reporter from the Columbus Dispatch. Some have paralleled this modern day story to the parable of The Good Samaritan and rightly so.

Given the passage of time, clarity has shone through and a number of individuals have noted that the fact that Ted happens to be a voice talent is arbitrary in comparison to the fact that this story is really about redemption.

Where is this all going? Find out in today's VOX Daily.


 

A Golden Voice Rises in Columbus, Ohio

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Millions of people have heard about a homeless man with a golden voice named Ted Williams whose talent was recently discovered by a reporter from The Columbus Dispatch alongside the Hudson/I-71.

While Ted has captured media attention for his vocal gifts and current circumstances, it is clear that he has captured the hearts of many people who want to see him shine.

Learn more about how this story has unfolded in today's VOX Daily.


 

Rose Parade Features Announcing for the Blind

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Los Angeles Radio Reading ServiceAre you a fan of the annual Rose Parade and Rose Bowl football game in Pasadena, California?

Herb Merriweather wrote to tell me about the amazing opportunity he has to help the blind to see through his involvement as an emcee and commentator broadcasting the blind and handicapped portion of the Rose Parade.

Learn more about what announcing for the blind entails in today's VOX Daily.


 

It's Time To Meet The Muppets!

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Jim Henson with MuppetsDid you know that the puppeteers who control the actions of Muppets also do their voices?

Just as in other franchises, the Muppets and Sesame Street have seen roles passed over to new performers who take their jobs very seriously and with heart!

In today's VOX Daily, we're going to take a look at Jim Henson's legacy and a number of "Muppet Performers" to learn more about their multifaceted jobs as both puppet masters and voice artists.


 

Trends in Children's Voice Casting

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Dick Jones PinocchioHave you ever stopped to think about the ages of voice actors who perform child voice acting roles?

Sometimes the voices you hear in commercials and animation aren't the same age as they sound! A number of voice acting roles are voiced by grownups who either sound like children or who can manipulate their voices to sound younger.

In today's VOX Daily, we're going to take a look at some trends in voice acting where casting is concerned for child roles in animation.


 

Kari Wahlgren Returns to Adventures in Odyssey

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Kari WahlgrenEarlier today, I happened to be visiting the Adventures in Odyssey blog and noticed a great interview with voice actress, Kari Wahlgren.

Kari has been featured on VOX Daily a number of times and it is always nice to see continued success.

Kari Wahlgren has also voiced roles in animated films such as Kung Fu Panda and Bolt among others.

After a number of years, Kari's voice has returned to the Adventures in Odyssey radio program, voicing the role of a British Nanny, Maria, in episode 676: An Agreeable Nanny.

Hear about how she booked her first role as Gloria McCoy and also listen in to enjoy her most recent work in this series now!


 

TomTom Voice Contest Winner, Alan Medcroft!

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Alan MedcroftDo you remember when I mentioned the TomTom contest not too long ago?

TomTom is a company known for having both useful and entertaining voice overs in their satellite navigation devices.

Brian Blessed, a voice of TomTom, sent out a call for entries that met the following criteria:

๏ Energetic and Enthusiastic
๏ Easy to listen to
๏ Adhered to the voice entry instructions (As per the brief given online).

Alan Medcroft's entry was chosen! Learn more about the winner and runners up in today's VOX Daily.


 

What Happens When a Franchise Voice Changes?

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The voice that a company initially chooses to brand with, whether for commercial purposes or for sheer entertainment, often sticks in the minds of their audience as the best choice.

As time passes, there is the occasional recasting of the voice here and there, some of which are easier on the ears and rank higher on the believability scale than others.

Join me as we look at 5 popular examples of how a brand voice has changed and what the outcomes have been in terms of the public's reaction in today's VOX Daily.


 

Brian Blessed and The Voice of TomTom Contest

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Brian Blessed has just become a new voice of TomTom and is inviting you to try out!

TomTom's competition is open to residents of England, Scotland and Wales only.

In addition to becoming a voice of TomTom, the winner can also bag themselves a New Renault Mégane Coupé Cabriolet.


 

What Was the First Voice Over You Remember Hearing?

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Woman cupping her earPeople are surrounded by media, much of which includes voice over, and first encounter voice overs at a very young age.

What's the first voice over that you recall hearing?

Find out what some voice actors have to say about their earliest voice over memories and add your story as a comment in today's VOX Daily.


 

Voice Acting Videos You Might Enjoy via Voices.com

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Voice acting videos online at Voices.comAre you always looking for neat information, insight and excitement in the world of voice over?

If so, the Voices.com Video Blog is where you want to hang out!

Find out more about the videos featured on the blog and also make recommendations for videos you'd like to see in today's VOX Daily.


 

The Voice of God

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microphone-sky-hand.jpg"In a world..."

You might recognize that sort of phrasing and associate it with what some in our industry refer to as the Voice of God.

What defines "The Voice of God" when spoken of in voice over terminology?

Today, we're going to take a closer look at what the stereotypical sound is, why it became so popular and how the voice type, or rather the "sound," may have got its name.


 

Celebrity Voice Casting: Publicity VS Performance

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Female feet walking on the red carpetWhy are celebrities getting some of the top animation voice over gigs in feature films?

MJ Lallo, an animation voice actor and teacher in Los Angeles, has been known to say that celebrity casting is all about publicity rather than a fantastic voice.

When our Facebook group encountered MJ's quote, they started sharing their own ideas as to why this is the case and also what the outcome of celebrity voice casting is in terms of the quality of entertainment, viewer engagement and what the audience really takes away from the movie.

What are some potential long term outcomes of celebrity casting for the sake of leading the box office with "star" power? Find out!


 

Celebrity Voice Casting: Publicity VS Performance

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Female feet walking on the red carpetWhy are celebrities getting some of the top animation voice over gigs in feature films?

MJ Lallo, an animation voice actor and teacher in Los Angeles, has been known to say that celebrity casting is all about publicity rather than a fantastic voice.

When our Facebook group encountered MJ's quote, they started sharing their own ideas as to why this is the case and also what the outcome of celebrity voice casting is in terms of the quality of entertainment, viewer engagement and what the audience really takes away from the movie.

What are some potential long term outcomes of celebrity casting for the sake of leading the box office with "star" power? Find out!


 

The Don LaFontaine Voice-Over Lab Opens

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Don LaFontaine LabLocated at the SAG Foundation Actors Center in Los Angeles, the Don LaFontaine Voice-Over Lab's fully-equipped sound studio allows actors to work on voice-over craft, demos and auditions while classroom space is set to host workshops, seminars and demonstrations led by experts in the field.

Don's personal engineer, George Whittam, oversaw the design and execution of the Lab and Don's wife Nita Whitaker LaFontaine fully endorsed the project.


 

VOICE 2010 Diversity Panel Coverage

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Multiracial trio, two women and one manThe Diversity Panel has received a lot of attention post-VOICE 2010 and rightly so.

Big Llou Johnson was such a gracious host and the conversations during and after the panel were out of this world.

In today's VOX Daily, I'll be sharing what I took from the panel and hope that the exploration of this topic and discussions therein will be illuminating, encouraging and motivational.


 

Interview with Morgan Freeman Sound A Like, Larry Davis

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Larry DavisDuring VOICE 2010, I happened to meet a very interesting person who has the amazing ability to sound like one of the most beloved and universally recognizable voices working today.

Larry Davis, a professional voice over artist, is a man of many talents, including being able to sound like Morgan Freeman.

We got chatting after the Diversity panel and I'm excited to share my conversation with Larry about his work and how he has come to be known for delivering Hollywood style reads.


 

Invasion of the Headphone Snatchers!

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Trash headphonesTo use or not to use headphones?

That is the question:

Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous decibels or to take arms against a sea of sound waves and by opposing thine headphones, end them.

Dan Roberts joins us today to share his reflections on whether or not you should put the cans on while performing a voice over as inspired by sessions at VOICE 2010.


 

Promo Panel at VOICE 2010

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Microphones lined upThe Promo Panel is always a session to look forward to at VOICE and this one was no exception.

Joe Cipriano moderated the panel which was jam packed with top talent who do promos and trailers including Scott Rummell, Ashton Smith, Rino Romano, Sylvia Villagran, and Stew Herrera.

Glean some wisdom from promo royalty today on VOX Daily.


 

Voice Casting in Feature Films Based Upon Animated Series

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Male film producerWhat is the process for casting films based on an animated series when members of the original or current cast (for which a show, movie or otherwise gained its following) are still alive and well?

This question is a timely one and a topic that should be of great interest to the voice over community.

Join in this discussion now and learn more about what goes on behind the scenes.


 

PromaxBDA Honors Joe Cipriano with Don LaFontaine Legacy Award

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Joe CiprianoPromaxBDA and Brief Magazine are proud to present the 2nd Annual Don LaFontaine Legacy Award to Joe Cipriano.

Created collectively by PromaxBDA, Rudy Gaskins and Anita LaFontaine to honor the name, memory and defining legacy of one of the world's most famous voices, the Don LaFontaine Legacy Award recognizes a voice of impact as determined by a specialized industry committee.

Through the criteria filter of character, longevity, talent, professionalism and the passion for giving back, this year's recipient embodies much of Don's defining legacy.

The award will be presented to Joe on June 24, 2010.


 

How About Some Smurf Justice for June Foray?

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June Foray at VOICE 2010June Foray, now approaching 93 years of age, was the original voice of Jokey Smurf.

With a Smurf film coming down the pipe, Paul Reubens has been cast as Jokey and our June's name is nowhere in sight on the cast list... for shame!

That's exactly what Dave Courvoisier and Bob Bergen thought. Dave and Bob decided to help us take the matter into our own hands as a community and seek some Smurf Justice for June by utilizing social media.

Lend a hand and make your voice heard!


 

8 Elements of Comedy with Pat Fraley

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Can anyone learn how to be funny?

Comedy has a formula, and in today's VOX Daily, I'm going to share some of what master voice over instructor Pat Fraley had to share in his VOICE 2010 presentation that had people laughing into the aisles and falling off their chairs.


 

Awesome Voice Over Videos: Ratatouille Voice Cast

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Any animation fans out there?

This article features a couple videos giving you a backstage pass to voice over sessions for animated series and movies.

First off, enjoy a video featuring the comedic talent behind Ratatouille. Brad Bird takes you into the recording sessions with Patton Oswalt (voice of Remy), Brad Garrett (voice of Gusteau), and Janeane Garofalo (voice of Colette).


 

Awesome Voice Over Videos: Acoustics 101

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Need some help treating your audio recording studio?

In this awesome video, RØDE Microphones founder and company president Peter Freedman gives you a quick DIY class on improving room acoustics!


 

Awesome Voice Over Videos: The Santa Sessions

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Regardless of time or season, this video is an absolute winner!

For the uninitiated, The Santa Sessions illustrates what can happen when a voice over recording session runs off the rails. Even St. Nick needs to take more than a few spins around the copy to satisfy the crew.

Who would have thought that "Ho Ho Ho" could be so difficult to say?


 

Awesome Voice Over Videos: 5 Men in a Limo

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In a world where a select group of men use their unique voiceover talents comes the short film that brought a nation to its feet!

Experience this gem featuring some of the most beloved and recognizable voices in the movie trailer voice over business, Don LaFontaine, John Leader, Al Chalk, Mark Elliot, and Nick Tate with a cameo voice appearance by Hal Douglas.


 

Awesome Voice Over Videos: Voice Talkers

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Do you remember this video performed by the comedy group, Poykpac?

Voice Talkers: Living the Dream of a Voice Actor has become one of the most talked about voice over videos.

This week, we are going to take a look at some of the most popular videos from our industry as they appear on YouTube.

Watch Voice Talkers and also discover some cool facts about the cast here on today's VOX Daily!


 

Voices.com Member Lili Wexu Did Canada Proud in the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games

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Lili WexuIt isn't everyday that you get to announce for a captive audience the world over!

Canadian voice over artist Lili Wexu shone brightly during the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games as the French speaking announcer during both the Opening and Closing ceremonies.

At the top of her game, Lili has been announcing for a number of high profile national and international events via live broadcast.

Learn more about what Lili's been up to in today's VOX Daily!


 

Hats Off To Michael J. Fox!

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Michael J. FoxMidway through the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games, I thought it would be fitting to profile an actor whose voice stands strong and is a champion in his own right.

Michael J. Fox appears in a commercial promoting the Canadian province of British Columbia among other actors who call BC home... but perhaps the most memorable and touching is the commercial I'm about to share with you that aired before Canada's victory over Norway.

Take a look at the Michael J. Fox of today as he embraces his home once again in today's VOX Daily.


 

Simpsons Celebrating 20 Years and 450th Episode!

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Can you believe that The Simpsons has been on the air for 20 years?

According to ABC News, the cartoon has now seized the mantle of TV's longest-running scripted nighttime series!

What are your favorite Simpsons moments? Did the Simpsons inspire you to become a voice actor?

Share your memories and thoughts here on VOX Daily!


 

Old School Radio Pictures

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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.


 

Interview with Alicyn Packard of the Mr. Men Show

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Alicyn-Packard.jpgWhile in Los Angeles, I had the rare opportunity to conduct an interview for our reading audience at VOX Daily in person!

The week before I left, I happened to see a web cast Kevin Delaney produced featuring Alicyn Packard. Once I heard she was one of the voice actresses on the Mr. Men Show, I knew I had to hear more about her story.

Join me in this very off the cuff interview full of fun with Alicyn Packard.


 

Don LaFontaine Lab Fundraiser Fills Hearts and Building Plans

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The voice over industry paid tribute to the legacy of Don LaFontaine at the home of Ann and Joe Cipriano in Los Angeles on September 2, 2009.

I'd like to share a bit about the event with you here at VOX Daily.


 

Don LaFontaine's Legacy Lives On

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September 1st, 2009 marks the first anniversary of Don LaFontaine's passing.

To commemorate this day, I'd like to reflect on what has happened over the course of this year and also share some wonderful news about a project that is being worked on in his honor.

DLF, you are missed!


 

Epic Voice Actors Photo Gallery at LIFE

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Woman covering her eyes and smilingEver wondered what the faces behind the voices look like?

Some of them are familiar, iconic, and maybe even surprising!

Discover 17 visages responsible for creating the voices we all know so well, courtesy of the Epic Voice Actor collection at LIFE.com.


 

Voices.com Voice Acting Mixer in Los Angeles September 3rd, 2009

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People at a barLooking for an opportunity to network, socialize, and be merry?

As part of a trip I'm making to Los Angeles in early September, I've organized a voice talent meet up at a really great venue, with RSVPs pouring in through Facebook.

If you can make it, why not join your friends and others from the biz in Los Angeles for a voice acting mixer in Westwood?


 

Don LaFontaine Reasoned That Voice Over is All in The Read

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Man reading a scriptDo you need to have a voice hot enough to melt chocolate to do voice over?

What about a million dollar voice whose rich, luxurious timbre oozes cash?

While a pleasant, attractive, or otherwise unique voice is a definite plus, it isn't necessarily the quality of a voice that books... more often than not it's the interpretation of a script with the right delivery that finds its way to success.


 

Crispin Freeman Gives Tips on How to Fix Bad Voice Acting

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Crispin FreemanCrispin Freeman is one of the biggest North American Anime voice acting stars.

Not just a talented voice actor, he's also a wonderful speaker and insightful teacher as I have come to discover.

This year, Freeman spoke on the "Get Paid to Work in Anime" panel, hosted by the Japan Visual Translation Academy (JVTA).

I've included some tips from that panel here for you to discover and hope you enjoy them!


 

Voice Over Succession: The Elephant in the Room

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Passing the torchWhen people in the business of voice over retire or pass away, they leave a role (or a number of roles) behind them that need to be filled, especially those who record character voices, are the voices of a franchise, or are known for a very specific niche voice over.

Today, we're going to take a look at a few examples of people who have either vacated their posts out of choice or who were called away from their work (and this world), discussing the elephant in the room which is:

Who gets the gig when someone else has gone?


 

Casey Kasem Retires! A Top 10 List for a Top 10 Man

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Casey KasemDid you hear that Casey Kasem has retired from radio?

The voice of America's Top Ten and also Shaggy on Scooby-Doo has left the building!

With his first broadcast counting down the hits on July 4th, 1970 to his surprise retirement announcement live on the show on July 4th, 2009, Kasem has been part of American culture and has legendary status, the last of the great radio kings such as Alan Freed and Wolfman Jack.

Comment with your memories and farewell wishes for an American radio legend here at VOX Daily!


 

Joan Baker Seminar "Secrets of Voice-Over Success" in NYC!

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Secrets of Voice-Over Success Event 2009A woman of many talents, one of Joan Baker's chief skills is bringing people together for a good cause to mingle, learn, become empowered and celebrate their gifts.

I got word about an upcoming event in New York City that I thought would be of interest to you and am passing along some details. If you decide to go, let me know by commenting on the blog!


 

The Last Lecture: An Interview with Narrator Erik Singer

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The Last Lecture Audiobook CoverOn September 18, 2007, computer science professor Randy Pausch stepped in front of an audience of 400 people at Carnegie Mellon University to deliver a last lecture called "Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams." With slides of his CT scans beaming out to the audience, Randy told his audience about the cancer that is devouring his pancreas and that will claim his life in a matter of months. On the stage that day, Randy was youthful, energetic, handsome, often cheerfully, darkly funny. He seemed invincible. But this was a brief moment, as he himself acknowledged.

Randy's lecture has become a phenomenon, as has the book he wrote based on the same principles, celebrating the dreams we all strive to make realities. Sadly, Randy lost his battle to pancreatic cancer on July 25th, 2008, but his legacy will continue to inspire us all, for generations to come.

Narrator Erik Singer shares moving insight into his oratory, giving another voice to Randy Pausch's inspiring, informative and touching book, "The Last Lecture", winner of the 2009 Audie for Biography / Memoir.


 

Audiobook and Author Tea Coverage from BookExpo America 2009

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Woman leaning on a book with cup of teaOne of the most influential women in the audiobook industry, Robin Whitten, founder and editor of AudioFile Magazine, moderated a panel discussion at BookExpo America called, "The Heard Word: BEA's Audiobook & Author Tea", hosted by the Audio Publishers Association.

Hear some wisdom and sentiments from television personality Kathie Lee Gifford, author Lisa Scottoline and narrator Katherine Kellgren.


 

June is Audiobook Month!

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Audiobook Concept - headphones around book stackDid you know that the month of June is audiobook month?

For any of you who are audiobook enthusiasts, this may come as no surprise, however, I thought we should mark the occasion with a special blog post.

I've compiled a number of links and resources that relate to audiobooks, audiobook production, narration technique, communities and places where you can buy audiobooks.


 

Spotlight on Katherine Kellgren, Audie Award-Winning Narrator

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Katherine KellgrenKatherine Kellgren, though classically trained, sophisticated and sonorous, narrates stories from the depths of her soul, combining talent and skill with pure passion infused by a love of the spoken word, uplifted by her father's devoted ears.

I was there to see Katherine present at the Audies and also be acknowledged for her talent. Fortunately, I also was present to hear her speak at the BookExpo America Audiobook and Author Tea, discovering more about her creative process and hearing a reading from "Bloody Jack: Being an Account of the Curious Adventures of Mary 'Jacky' Faber, Ship's Boy."

Learn more about this lovely and gracious lady who not only walked away with three Audies this year but also with the hearts of those to whom she read.


 

Winners at the 2009 Audies in NYC

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The Audies 2009 Gala

Last weekend, I had the privilege to attend the 14th annual Audies, sponsored by the Audio Publishers Association, at the fabulous New-York Historical Society situated at 170 Central Park West, and believe me, the voices were just as sensational and decadent as the surroundings they were placed in.

For the remainder of this week, I'll be sharing more about our trip and highlighting special moments and intriguing topics that took shape at the Audies and at BookExpo America.

Curious to learn which audiobooks won awards? Read on!


 

A Look at Some of the 2009 Audie Nominees

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The Audies

Ever heard of the Audies?

The Audies is the annual awards ceremony, hosted by the Audio Publishers Association, that honors people in the audiobook industry for their achievements in a variety of categories, representing the cream of the crop in every genre.

This year, I will be going to the Audies with David, and I wanted to be sure that I gave a special shout out to all Voices.com members and friends of our company who were nominated for an Audie award in 2009.


 

From Mickey Mouse to Porky Pig, Character Voice Caretakers

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Mickey MouseWhen a character's voice is first created, something special happens, and although it may be voiced by different people over the decades, takes on a life of its own.

Meet a few caretakers who were chosen to pick up where one of their colleagues left off, preserving each character as an individual with great awe and reverence.


 

Voice For Hire Book Signing and Workshop

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Randy Thomas and Peter RofeRandy Thomas and Peter Rofe, co-authors of "Voice For Hire", are having a book signing and workshop hosted by the Washington, DC-Baltimore AFTRA/SAG Conservatory on Saturday, June 13th 2009.

Learn some interesting things, be directed by top talent and get your own complimentary autographed copy of Voice For Hire.


 

Hollywood's New Triple Threat? Acting, Looks, and Voice?

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Female film directorTraditionally, people known as Triple Threats have been performers who can sing, dance and act, but what if there is a new Triple Threat on the horizon?

The trend in casting lately is to not only pick people who are very good actors for roles, but, to also prominently feature actors who have great voices for the character roles they are playing.

With song and dance stepping to the side, and new variables coming into play, one has to ask:

Is the new triple threat acting ability, looks and voice?

Find out!


 

Star Trek Voices Play Red Hot Role in Film's Success

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Some of the Star Trek Cast Members from 2009

Star Trek is known for a number of things, but have you ever considered "Voice" to be a strong point for the franchise?

In this article, we're going to look very closely at how voice has been used in Star Trek, specifically at how J.J. Abram's film uses voice, and also reflect on how voices from previous series have figured prominently in the shaping of today's crew.


 

Voyages of Star Trek Computer Voice Majel Barrett Roddenberry

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Majel Barrett RoddenberryReleased in theatres on May 7, 2009, the newest Star Trek movie to grace the silver screen, directed by J.J. Abrams, received rave reviews from established fans and new Trekkies around the world.

While the plot features younger versions of the iconic characters from the 1960s television series, the movie paid homage to the franchise by casting a remarkably brilliant ensemble, including casting Leonard Nimoy as the older Spock, and maintaining one common element in particular that was omnipresent audibly throughout the entire Star Trek journey... Majel Barrett's (Gene Roddenberry's widow) voice as the computer.

I'd like to share some of my thoughts about Majel Barrett and explore more of her work here today with you on VOX Daily.


 

When and Why NDAs are Used in Voice Over Contracts

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Man covering his mouth with his index fingerIf you've been in voice over for any length of time and are doing well, you may have run across situations where your client has made you sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) or advised you not to share that you are the voice of their campaign, product or company.

Although you may have had to sign one, have you ever thought about why you were asked to and what the motivation behind that request was?

This article covers a number of reasons why non-disclosure agreements could be used in voice over contracts. If I've missed one, let me know!


 

Adam Caplan Shares Experiences Working With Don LaFontaine

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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.


 

Gwyneth Paltrow Narrates "Brown Bear & Friends"

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Brown Bear & FriendsDid you grow up reading Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

Mother and actress, Gwyneth Paltrow had a great time narrating this modern classic in a collection of recordings called "Brown Bear & Friends" (Macmillan Audio 2008) penned by Bill Martin Jr. with illustrations by Eric Carle.


 

Batman's Voice : An Exploration of Bruce Wayne's Vocal Alter-Ego

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batman-logo.jpgBam! Kapow! Zowie!

Have you ever wondered how Batman got his voice?

Discover some interesting things about Batman, the Caped Crusader's voices over the years, and draw some parallels here at Voices.com's VOX Daily.


 

Ben Burtt and Sound Design for Wall-E

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Ben Burtt Wall-EWall-E, while short on dialogue, is filled with incredible sound design courtesy of 4-time Academy award winner Ben Burtt, also known as "The Father of Modern Sound Design."

Learn more about how the movie was built from the "sound" up and how the voices of Wall-E and Eve were created here on VOX Daily.


 

3rd Annual Voicey Awards Live on VOX Daily

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Voiceys

Who are the Voicey award winners this year?

Find out now!


 

Horton Hears A Who! Narrated By Dustin Hoffman

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Published by Listening Library in 2006, Dustin Hoffman breathes life into one of Dr. Seuss' most beloved stories, reminding us that "a person's a person no matter how small" as narrator of Horton Hears a Who!

Aside from Hollywood and literary celebrity status, what else made this audiobook stand out?

Learn more about what I thought of this performance here at VOX Daily.


 

Voice Coaches Expo "Technology + You = Opportunity" on May 2, 2009

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Voice Coaches Expo 2009

In the near future, many of the voice over industry's brightest minds will gather for an event that is sure to knock your socks off.

Voices.com is pleased to announce that the Voice Coaches Expo, "Technology + You = Opportunity" will take place on Saturday May 2nd in Schenectady, NY at the GE Theater, featuring presenters and experts within the field of voice over and beyond, to name just one, Rodney Saulsberry!

Find out more about this event now.


 

Voicey Awards Finalists for 2009

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The Voicey finalists have now been announced!

Find out who they are now.


 

Paul Harvey Tribute; Off To Finish The Rest of the Story

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This beautiful tribute "Heaven Needed a Hero" was produced by Kipp Kelly in honour of the late Paul Harvey (1918-2009), an American broadcasting pioneer and radio legend.

The video's caption reads:

"In a world where people hurry by and life seems too hard. There once lived a man named Paul Harvey. This is a celebration of his life and love of his family and friends. Now you know the rest of the story."


 

Original "Dora" Voice To Judge Best Child Voice for 2009 Voicey Awards

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Kathleen HerlesDid you enter your child for the Best Child Voice category in the 3rd Annual Voicey Awards?

We have some exciting news to share regarding the judge!

Kathleen Herles, the original voice of Nickelodeon's Dora the Explorer, will be judging the category with her own brand of spunk and expertise.


 

51st Grammy Awards Announcer Heather Halley Chats with Voices.com

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Heather HalleyWere you taken aback when told to "Keep up with all the Grammy action on Facebook and Twitter!"?

If you watched the 51st Annual Grammy awards this year, you heard the voice of Heather Halley, a voice that has received numerous compliments from people inside and outside of the voice over industry.

Heather Halley
was kind to answer a number of my questions and connect with me on Facebook. Am I ever excited to share her story with you!

Join me now in this interview with the voice behind the Grammys, Heather Halley.


 

Google's Pulling the Plug on Google Audio Ads

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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.


 

Confirmed Voicey Judges for 2009 Thus Far

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Have you been wondering who the judges will be for the 3rd Annual Voicey Awards?

Wait no longer!

I am going to reveal six of the nine to you today.


 

Cher Narrates The Ugly Duckling by Hans Christian Andersen

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The Ugly Duckling Narrated by CherWho doesn't know this timeless tale by Hans Christian Andersen?

Cher narrated this beautiful children's classic in 1987, part of a series of audio recordings for children on the Windham Hill label.

Learn more about Cher's interpretation of this classic story and the ethereal music that accompanies her velvety voice.


 

Pat Fraley and Brad Garrett to Co-Present at the Annie Awards

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Brad Garrett and Pat Fraley

Here comes trouble!

Pat Fraley and Brad Garrett will be co-presenting awards at the Annies this year, hosted by Tom Kenny, the voice of SpongeBob.

Pat shares his thoughts here in this special edition of VOX Daily.


 

Melissa Disney Wants You To... Vote For The Cat!!!

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Melissa DisneyVoice actor Melissa Disney is featured in a commercial that could make it all the way to the Super Bowl, but she needs your help.

Starring in "The Chase", Melissa and her cast mates are finalists in Doritos' contest to select their official Super Bowl XLIII commercial.

Vote now before January 25th, 2009 to help clinch 1st place and some major air time for one of voice over's leading ladies (and, one might say, Dorito lover), Melissa Disney.


 

Global Warming : The Signs and the Science Narrated by Alanis Morissette

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Alanis Morissette Global Warming DocumentaryHave you watched this documentary?

Today we'll explore the voice over performance of presenter Alanis Morissette, Canadian musician and concerned environmentalist.


 

In A World Where Women Narrate Movie Trailers

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Two women watching a movie in the theatre

In A World...

In a world where the absence of one man left a massive void, a door of opportunity has flung wide open, waiting for the next great voice to take their rightful place in movie trailer voice overs.

What some people may see as 72 days of unbridled chaos, others have perceived as a light in the darkness.

Is this a turning point for female voice actors?


 

Andy Serkis Judges Best Gollum on Richard and Judy Show

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Andy Serkis with Matt Cowlrick

As promised in my interview with Matt Cowlrick earlier this month, I have some exciting news from the world of broadcast television that gives you a behind the scenes look at how the Gollum-Off went last week.

Pictured above are Matt Cowlrick with the man of the hour, Andy Serkis.

Watch the segment and hear about Matt's experience on VOX Daily!


 

My Precious! Matt Cowlrick To Voice Impression of Gollum For Andy Serkis on TV

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Gollum

There Can Only Be One!

For those of you who are fans of the Richard and Judy Show in the UK, some great news!

On Friday October 24th at 8 p.m. on 'Watch' (Sky Channel 109 and Virgin channel 124), Richard and Judy will have a feature showcasing a number of people who can imitate the voice of Gollum, a character in J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings (movies directed by Peter Jackson) whose voice has been made famous by the actor Andy Serkis.

In the presence of Andy Serkis, a number of contestants will get their inner Gollum on to be broadcast on the telly nationwide.

Our very own Matt Cowlrick, an Australian voice over artist, is one of the contenders.

Coming off a win in another competition sponsored by Three Mobile in Australia, wherein he also impersonated Gollum, Cowlrick's impression of Gollum won him and a friend $10000 worth of travel, which helped Cowlrick to get over to the UK.

Will lightning strike twice?


 

Have You Noticed A Difference in Dora The Explorer's Voice?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Caitlin Sanchez voice of Dora the Explorer

This September, voice actress Caitlin Sanchez, took on the role of Dora the Explorer.

Have you noticed any differences?


 

Voices Heard / Faces Unseen : The Credit Debate

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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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?


 

Beau Weaver Gives You a Tour of His Studio ~ Video

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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What's life like working as a professional voice over talent in LA?

In this 9 minute video, one of world's most in-demand voices, Beau Weaver, shows how he works as a voice over talent from home studios in Los Angeles and Ojai, CA.


 

In A World Without Don LaFontaine : Where Do We Go From Here?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Earth as seen from space

When it feels like the world has stopped turning, we must be reminded that it has not, and that we must continue to live, charge ahead and embrace the future while honoring the past.

As we have been told by someone far greater than any of us, we will not be left as orphans, but instead be guided and kept safe from harm to do further good for the glory of God.

This is one of the most difficult articles I have ever had to write from a personal stand point and I thank you on behalf of Don LaFontaine's family, his friends and colleagues for the overwhelmingly beautiful thoughts and prayers offered here on this blog for Don over the years in times of great joy, celebration, in times of need, and lastly in mourning, remembrance and tribute.

The question that we face now is where do we go from here?

With faith and trust, we can go far, and we will.


 

Don LaFontaine : The Legend Lives No More

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Don LaFontaine

In this time of sorrow, I want to express my deepest, heartfelt sympathies to the family of one man who meant the world to the voice over community.

Don LaFontaine, husband, father, grandfather, and hero passed away September 1, 2008 in the afternoon at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles at the age of 68.


 

Interview with Your Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man Josh Keaton

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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The Spectacular Spider-Man

Do You Watch The Spectacular Spider-Man?

If so, get set for a fun interview with none other than the voice of Spider-Man / Peter Parker, Josh Keaton here on VOX Daily.


 

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.


 

Dueling Narrators!

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Dueling Narrators

Audible.com has a really neat competition going on that pits narrator against narrator, pairing two different interpretations of the same audio book in a duel of feudal proportions.

Which narrators will win?


 

Financial Core VS Union : The Real Deal

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Oil and Water

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.


 

The Mystery of Flight 777 : Presented by a Voice Actor Who Lived To Tell the Tale

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Derek PartridgeOver the past several months, US-based (and British born) voice actor Derek Partridge had been traveling and working abroad in Europe on a number of exciting projects, one of which more than piqued my interest.

I've asked him to share his story with you and he was very pleased to do so.

For those of you who are familiar with the late British actor Leslie Howard and the flight that took his life, you'll be amazed to see how this story unfolds and how the Hand of God works in mysterious ways, giving a little boy who was unimportant enough to be taken off a plane for a VIP the opportunity to live to tell the tale of the grave day that ultimately changed the course of his life, and that of Leslie Howard's, forever.


 

Celebrity Interview with Growling Voice of The Incredible Hulk, J.D. Hall

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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J.D. HallFor those of you who are familiar with Marvel's Hulking protagonist Bruce Banner or are looking forward to seeing "The Incredible Hulk", I've got a treat for you!

I had the opportunity to speak with J.D. Hall yesterday afternoon just days before the cinematic premiere of The Incredible Hulk, due out Friday June 13, 2008.

Join me in this interview with J.D. Hall, veteran member of SAG and voice of the groaning, growling, grunting Hulk!


 

Prince Caspian Voice Cast and Voice Acting Review

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Prince Caspian

Based on C.S. Lewis' The Chronicles of Narnia : Prince Caspian, this action-packed movie from Disney is tops at the box office and boasts a great voice cast as well.


 

Grand Theft Audio? Videogame Voice Actors Making Some (Unpaid) Noise

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Grand Theft Auto

Are video game voice actors a bunch of whiners or is there justice to be served?

Read about the state of pay in video game voice acting and hear from one very vocal talent, Michael Hollick, star of Grand Theft Auto IV (GTA IV), voice of Niko Bellic.


 

Book Review : Word of Mouth: A Guide to Commercial Voice-over Excellence, 3rd Edition

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Word Of MouthSusan Blu, Molly Ann Mullin and Cynthia Songé's book "Word of Mouth: A Guide to Commercial Voice-over Excellence, 3rd Edition", is all about the rudiments of voice acting, giving yourself permission to play, and learning how to release the characters within.


 

Muppets Rickrolled : What Would Jim Henson Have Thought of This?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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As today is a holiday in Canada, I wanted to try something a little different and fun on the blog today. Trust me, if you are a first-time reader, this is not typical of VOX Daily but it's always good to shake things up now and then so I hope you'll see the humor in this!

Are you ready for some quirky entertainment?

I wonder what Jim Henson would have thought of this!


 

Interview with POYKPAC's Voice Talkers

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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poykpacMany of you have seen the Voice Talkers : Living the Dream of a Voice Actor video on YouTube and are loving it!

For those of you who haven't seen it yet, click here.

Now, for those of you who have, here's an awesome interview with three members of the comedy troupe that discusses how Voice Talkers came about.


 

NYC's Z100 Dave Foxx Shares Tips and Tricks to Produce Imaging and Promos

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Dave FoxxYou may have noticed a theme over the last few days that has to do with videos and voice acting.

Today, I want to share a link to another video with you that features a National Association of Broadcasters interview with Dave Foxx, one of the actors in the cast of "Voice Talkers : Living the Dream of a Voice Actor" that was featured yesterday on VOX Daily.

If you weren't familiar with Dave Foxx before seeing Voice Talkers, you're in for a treat.


 

Voice Talkers : Living the Dream of a Voice Actor

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“Voice Talkers : Living the Dream of a Voice Actor” was produced by P0YKPAC for the final round of YouTube’s Sketchies II sketch comedy video contest. Voting begins on April 9th.

Will you be voting for this video?


 

What's Going on with SAG and AFTRA?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Jason GeorgeAfter an announcement late last week, it appears that the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) wants to suspend joint bargaining with the Screen Actors Guild (SAG).

This may be the case for the current governing body of AFTRA but I heard straight from some heavy hitters that the move to suspend joint negotiations is not a decision representative of the entire body of membership, including individuals from the AFTRA Leadership Team who wish to see change, reconcile the differences between the two unions and hope for a merger.

Read this enlightening missive that debunks several myths and misinformation about what is going on behind the scenes from the perspective of working actor and current AFTRA National Board member, Los Angeles local member and LA's fourth vice president, Jason George.

Read this to help you research before making your decision at the vote.


 

Bee Movie Voice Acting Review

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Have you seen Jerry Seinfeld's animated feature with DreamWorks called "Bee Movie"?

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If so, take a couple of seconds to read this post and leave a comment with your thoughts!


 

LOST "Via Domus" Videogame

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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LOST Via DomusDo you watch the ABC show "Lost"?

I hadn't started watching the series until earlier this February, and last night, we completed our LOST marathon ending with last episode of season three.

Today when I read that the LOST videogame entitled "LOST Via Domus" was released a few days ago on the XBox 360, Playstation 3, and the PC, I thought it very timely to write about the series and also get your take on the game and the voices used in it.


 

Randy Thomas Voices Oscars for Seventh Time

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Randy ThomasDid you watch the Oscars on Sunday night?

I did but I must confess that it wasn't to see the dresses, red carpet shenanigans or the winners... I watched to hear the announcers.

Read more about announcing at the Oscars featuring the voice of Entertainment Tonight, The Insider, and seven-time Academy Awards announcer, Randy Thomas!


 

Conflict of Interest : Will Arnett Out, Val Kilmer In for KITT Voice on Knight Rider

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Did you hear about what happened with the voice of KITT in the new Knight Rider revival?

A conflict of interest has arisen for KITT car voice actor, Will Arnett, and now Val Kilmer has been recruited to replace him as the voice because of it.

Find out exactly what happened at VOX Daily.

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Movie Trailer Voice Actor Don LaFontaine On The Mend!

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Don LaFontaine News HeadshotI have some great news to share!

The King of Voice Overs, Don LaFontaine, is getting ready to jump back into his work and is rearing to go!


 

Unofficial Contest to Find a New Announcer for NBC Nightly News at audio'connell

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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audio'connellMy good friend audio'connell (Peter O'Connell) is never one to fall by the wayside.

The creative super brain behind voxmarketising has gone on a mission to save American ears. What's he up to? Read on to find out.


 

Disney and Warner Bros. Characters Summoned to Testify in Court?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Tweety BirdWho would have thought that the cute, cuddly personalities dreamed up by Walt Disney and the folks at Warner Bros. would one day be summoned to a court of law in Naples, Italy?

All it takes is one entrepreneurial Chinese gentleman who dabbles in counterfeiting with a penchant for cartoon characters to order these household names overseas to bear witness in a case that I had to Google for myself to see if it was true!


 

Update From Don LaFontaine

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Don LaFontaine, the king of the movie trailers, recently sent a message out to his friends with some updates concerning his health.

I was chatting with Don moments ago (it's past midnight here on the east coast) and since writing this email, he has been steadily improving and hopes to be back to work by the end of the week or the beginning of the next.

In order to provide you with the true story and an accurate account of what happened before the news gets into the hands of the media, Don and I agreed to share his letter with you here on VOX Daily first.

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Update From Don LaFontaine

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Don LaFontaine, the king of the movie trailers, recently sent a message out to his friends with some updates concerning his health.

I was chatting with Don moments ago (it's past midnight here on the east coast) and since writing this email, he has been steadily improving and hopes to be back to work by the end of the week or the beginning of the next.

In order to provide you with the true story and an accurate account of what happened before the news gets into the hands of the media, Don and I agreed to share his letter with you here on VOX Daily first.

Don LaFontaine News


 

History of the Screen Actors Guild

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SAG LogoEver wondered about how the Screen Actors Guild came to be?

Learn about the history of the Screen Actors Guild and discover little known facts about SAG in this article composed from information available on their website.


 

9 Legendary Cartoon Voices from Mental Floss

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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OK, so some of you were put off by the fact that the UGO's 11 Top Voice Actors List had count'em 0, ZERO, female voice actors on the list.

Here's another one that you may want to see.

Mental Floss

This week, Mental Floss published their own list of legendary voice actors and also where you might have heard their voices. Check it out via a link from VOX Daily.


 

Ugo's Top 11 Voice Actors List

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Is your favorite voice actor one of Ugo's Top 11?

Check out this neat tour of voice actors, including Mel Blanc, Frank Oz, and Seth MacFarlane to name a few...

Ugo's Tribute to Voice Actors


 

James Bond Voice Actor

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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James Bond Casino RoyaleThe name's Bond.

James Bond.

It is my great pleasure and honor to announce to the voice acting community that one of your own has been cast as the voice of the British super agent James Bond for an upcoming Bond video game to be released toward the end of 2008.

The character may look like Daniel Craig but his pipes belong to David Houston!


 

Does Your Bark Match Your Bite?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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female radio announcerAs a podcaster or radio personality, you probably have theme music that brands your show.

Music that you or your producer took great care to choose, no doubt.

Did that decision making process also ensure that your theme music matched your voice?


 

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...


 

Book Review : Step Up to the Mic

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Step up to the MicLooking for an uplifting, empowering and nourishing book to read?

Rodney Saulsberry's "Step Up to the Mic" is a book all about stepping up to life's challenges from the perspective of a voice actor.

Learn more at VOX Daily.


 

The Voice of Golf David Cook

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Ever been on a PGA, LPGA or Champions Tour?

David Cook has been announcing live at professional golf tournaments for five years, so one of the voices you may have heard on the course was likely his!

Join me for my interview with David Cook here on VOX Daily.

David Cook with Tiger Woods


 

British Animation Awards : Best Character Voice Performance - New Category!

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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British Animation Awards LogoWhile awards season is a wee bit off, the nomination season has just begun!

Learn more about a new category announced this year for the British Animation Awards.


 

Break Into Voice Over Teleseminar Wednesday Night with Nancy Wolfson and Anna Vocino

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Join Nancy and Anna on November 14th at 9pm Eastern/6pm Pacific for Acting for Advertising Part 3.

Ad Copy, Annouceriness, how you can benefit from the WGA strike, pointers from DLF - It's amazing just how much can be packed into 70 minutes... want to learn more?

Anna Vocino Don LaFontaine VH1


 

Jerry Seinfeld Gets Some Buzz in Bee Movie

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Bee MovieHey, what's all the buzz about?

Jerry Seinfeld, American comedian and television star, hits the silver screen as an animated bee, buzzing into a theatre near you on November 2nd, 2007.


 

DisneyPedia : Junglemania Voice, Brandon Hunt

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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The Jungle Book MovieHave you run out and bought the new limited edition of Disney's The Jungle Book Platinum DVD?

It's the fortieth anniversary of the celebrated release, but what you may not know is that it has a Canadian connection...

Watch the movie, but as soon as you're through, pop in the bonus DVD DisneyPedia : Junglemania and listen to the voice overs recorded by Canada's Brandon Hunt.


 

June Foray Birthday Bash

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Looking to glitz it up Hollywood style at a VIP birthday party in Burbank this month for one of the greatest voice actresses of all time?

Join ASIFA-Hollywood as they throw what promises to be the mother of all birthday parties for June Foray on October 19th in Burbank, California.

June Foray


 

Simpsons Tribute Podcast Now Out!

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Have you been waiting for the special Simpsons Tribute Episode of VOX Talk?

Hear some awesome demos and find out who won The Simpsons Sound Alike Challenge on the newly released podcast, fresh off the RSS!

Simpsons Couch


 

Transformers @ BotCon

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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TransformersWhat do you get when you combine crazy fans, Hasbro figurines, The Transformers, and voice actors Daniel Ross, David Kaye and Peter Cullen?

An awesome video segment on GameOne, that's what!

Want to see some Transformers coverage at BotCon 2007?


 

Joe Cipriano Interview Series in Full Swing on VOX Talk

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Jesse SpringerThis week brings us part two of three in an interview series with Joe Cipriano.

Listen to Jesse Springer's interviews with this VO great on the VOX Talk Podcast and discover some "behind the scenes" tales about how this project took flight here on the VOX Daily Voice Actor blog.


 

Voice of the Carolina Hurricanes Chuck Kaiton

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Chuck KaitonIs your contract up for renewal?

Chuck Kaiton just had has renewed his contract, continuing in full stride as the official play-by-play voice of the NHL's Carolina Hurricanes.


 

Brush With Greatness?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Red CurtainHave you ever had a brush with greatness?

Whether it's been a local on-air personality or a Hollywood Starlet, we've all had a 'brush' with greatness at some time or another.

Share your stories on VOX Daily!


 

Simon Cowell and Fearne Cotton Voice RSPCA Ad

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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RSPCASimon Cowell is best known as the hard hitting, merciless member of the triumvirate on American Idol, but as we've heard and seen in recent days, he's quite the opposite when taken out of the camera's glare.

Politics.co.uk has shone the limelight on a different Simon Cowell along with TV presenter, DJ and model Fearne Cotton, promoting the warm and fuzzy side of Cowell in particular.

Discuss the UK advertisement "I'm An Animal Help Me Out"!


 

Pierce Brosnan gives voice to Thomas the Tank Engine

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Pierce BrosnanWhat does 007 do after retiring?

Pierce Brosnan, known in North America for his former roles of James Bond and Remington Steele, has now moved on to greener pastures, literally.

Meet the new voice and narrator of Thomas & Friendsâ„¢.


 

Australian Voice Overs : Interview with Tim Stackpool

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Australian VoicesCan you tell if it's not an Aussie?

Tim Stackpool was kind to share some information on the Australian English dialect as well as some humourous video clips from YouTube.com that demonstrates what happens when a native speaker is not hired for the job!

Learn a whole bunch of interesting facts and watch some funny videos courtesy of Tim Stackpool, Australian voice talent.


 

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.


 

iPhone TV Commercial Voice

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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John Krasinski Apple iPodHave you seen the new iPhone TV commercials yet?

David blogged about the iPhone Voice on The Biz and I'm also going to share a bit more with you about the actor who narrated the commercial for Apple promoting the new iPhone.


 

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.


 

Shrek the Third Interview : Kari Wahlgren

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Kari Wahlgren Shrek Voice ActorWhat do you need to get some buzz?

All it takes is one line!

Kari Wahlgren's role in Shrek the Third may have been minor, but it got her foot in the door.

Read more about Kari's experience and leave a comment!


 

Shrek the Third

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Shrek the ThirdHave you seen Shrek the Third?

Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, and Antonio Banderas are back in The Land of Far, Far Away starring in the finale of the Shrek trilogy with a baby Shrek to boot.


 

VO Star Ben Patrick Johnson Video Interview

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Jesse Springer Voice TalentAnd now for something completely different!

Enjoy this break from academia courtesy of Jesse Charles Springer (pictured here) and his interview "Behind the Mic" with promo and movie trailer voice actor Ben Patrick Johnson.


 

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 : 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.


 

5 Men In A Limo Video

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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YouTube.comEver wondered what would happen if you got 5 of the top voice over artists in the US all in the same car?

You may have heard of this video already, but if you haven't seen it, this gem is available on YouTube.com.

Ready to see Don LaFontaine and his pals in a limo (Don's limo)?


 

Fallout 3 to Feature Liam Neeson

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Bethesda SoftworksNews in the video gaming industry spreads like greased lightning!

Totally360.com, an Xbox news and game reviews site, reported today that actor Liam Neeson will lead a cast of voice over talent in the video game Fallout 3.


 

Rodney Saulsberry on YouTube

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Rodney Saulsberry on YouTube.comHere's a fun post to get your articulators and your mental facilities going!

Rodney Saulsberry has posted an awesome vocal exercise video on YouTube.com chock full of tongue twisters that are sure to challenge even the most expert annunciator.

Are you game?

Take the test here at VOX Daily!


 

Who is Locking out Female Voice Talent?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Movie Trailer Voice OversWhen you think of movie trailer voice overs, what do you think of?

Perhaps, the better question to ask is: Which gender of voice do you think of?

Join us as we explore the world of movie trailer voice overs and the role of women in this male dominated sector of the voice over industry.


 

Stanley Cup Promos Starring David Boreanaz VO

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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David BoreanazDavid Boreanaz voices the "Quest For The Cup" commercial series profiling each of the Stanley Cup contending teams as they strive for greatness this NHL playoff season.

Have you seen these promos yet?

If you're a Bones (TV show) or a Buffalo Sabres fan, here's an opportunity to get an inside look at what makes David tick.


 

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!


 

Interview: Voice Acting in Video Games

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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David SobolovWhat's the life of a video game voice actor like?

Does it pay be a union talent in the field of video game voice acting?

Find answers to these questions and more by checking out the Voices.com interview with David Sobolov at VOX Daily.


 

VOICE 2007 : Bob Bergen

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Bob Bergen and Porky PigWho is the real Porky Pig?

How did he get there?

What keeps him going?

Read about Bob Bergen's extraordinary one man show "Not Just Another Pretty Voice" here at VOX Daily.


 

VOICE 2007 : Don LaFontaine

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Don LaFontaineWine, cheese, Don...

Couldn't get much better than that!

Want to know more?

Keep reading!

Discover the magic that is Don LaFontaine, the King of Voice Overs.


 

Celebrity Actors VS Professional Narrators

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Celebrity Actors VS Professional NarratorsDo celebrity actors draw in bigger crowds than established narrators in voice overs?

Who would you rather listen to?

I can tell this debate will be very interesting...

Share your .02 here at VOX Daily and let the conversation begin!


 

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.


 

Verbum Domini Joins SQPN

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Verbum Domini, a daily scripture reading podcast produced by voice talent Brian Noe, has just become part of the largest Catholic Podcasting Network, SQPN.

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Read more about the history of Verbum Domini and help us to pay tribute to a podcasting pioneer!


 

Oscars with Don and Gina

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Ever wondered who does the voice overs for the Oscars?

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Find out here at VOX Daily!


 

34th Annie Awards Winners

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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The Annie Awards were given out last night!

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Cars may have scored top honors with the Best Animated Feature but you'll need to click through to find out who swept them.


 

Garfield & Friends: Hide Your Lasagna!

By David Ciccarelli

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Garfield returns to the small screen!

GarfieldGarfield, the lovable, lazy feline with a penchant for lasagna created by Jim Davis, is due to make a triumphant return to television sets everywhere in a 26 episode season.


 

Do Radio Personalities Go Too Far?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Just how far will some radio show hosts go with their contests to endanger their listeners? As you may have heard, recently there was a radio contest in Sacramento where two radio personalities running a Nintendo Wii contest were prepared to take contestants to the grave... and did.


 

Previously On 24

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24 on FOXWith the sixth season of FOX's "24" now in full swing, I thought we'd take a look at how voiceover is used in this hit television series. For the past 6 years, we've become accustomed to hearing these three simple words:

"Previously on 24"

Although they are only three little words, they have made a significant impact on millions of television viewers around the world.


 

Charlotte's Web

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Charlotte's Web NovelIf you've read the classic children's novel Charlotte's Web by E.B. White, you've likely heard about the new Charlotte's Web movie (2006), complete with computer generated characters alongside a human cast, starring the voice talents of Julia Roberts as the beloved spider and heroine, Charlotte A. Cavatica.

Charlotte's Web is the story of how an ordinary pig, a runt in a reality, was saved by a little girl named Fern who lived on her family's farm.

Remembering the old and ringing in the new voice casts of Charlotte's Web.


 

John Tesh says: If you can imagine it, you can voice it

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Method ActingIf you can imagine it, you can voice it convincingly!

Want to make your reads more compelling? Read this post to learn how. Even the thought of something can stir up the same feeling or emotional response as actually experiencing it.


 

Global Warming: A Planetary Emergency

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Last week, I rented the movie An Inconvenient Truth, a startling documentary produced and narrated by former Vice President of the United States, Al Gore.

Al Gore may not have won the presidency, but he has won the hearts and minds of countless people around the world with his documentary "An Inconvenient Truth". Have you seen it?


 

Joe Barbera, Cartoonist, 1911 - 2006

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Joe Barbera, half of the Hanna-Barbera animation team that produced such beloved cartoon characters as Tom and Jerry, Yogi Bear and the Flintstones, died Monday, a Warner Bros. spokesman said. He was 95.


 

Santa Claus VO Session Gone Bad

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Find out what happens when Kris Kringle gets in the booth in "The Santa Sessions".


 

We Three Kings, Hollywood Style

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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We Three Kings Christmas

Enjoy a comical audio presentation of the three kings on their way to Bethlehem, performed by the man of over 4,000 voices, Pat Fraley.


 

Voices For A Change

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Are you aware of the genocide in Darfur? Dave Christi, a professional voice talent and copywriter is, and he's using everything he's got to help stop it. Will you join him?

Read the interview with Dave Christi, founder of Voices For A Change at VOX Daily.


 

Fred Cusick: Voice of the Boston Bruins

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Fred Cusick Boston Bruins VoiceAs Don Cherry would say, "What a beauty!". Fred Cusick has become a living legend in the history books of the Original Six Boston Bruins Hockey Club. Boston Bruin fans who tuned in on TV between the years of 1971 and 1997 will crack a smile when they see this.


 

Joe Cipriano Shares Voiceover Secrets

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Donna Papacosta exchanged a few words with voiceover star Joe Cipriano about voiceovers - 23 minutes of words to be exact! To learn more about this podcast, read on.


 

Princesses of Podcasting

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Leesa Barnes has just come out with her very own Top Ten Ladies of Podcasting list called "Top Ten Savvy Women in Podcasting" for 2006. Wanna see who made it on the list?


 

Happy Feet Stomps All Over Casino Royale

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Who would have ever thought that an animated feature film would beat out a James Bond flick at the box office... for several consecutive weeks?


 

Anime Cons

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Ever been to an Anime Con? Whether you went as a fan or a featured voice actor, we want to hear about your experiences.


 

Sara Mendes da Costa : The Voice of Time

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Recently, Sara Mendes da Costa of Brighton in the UK was chosen out of nearly 18,500 candidates to become the voice of time for British Telecom's Speaking Clock.


 

Some Lighter Fare: Frank and Gordon

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Need a change of pace? Take a break with us as we examine Frank and Gordon, the most talked about Beavers north of the 49th parallel, courtesy of Bell Canada and created by leading Quebec advertising agency, Cossette Communication Group.


 

Transformers Audition Reflection - Updated

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Read our exclusive on Bryan Cox's audition experience for the highly anticipated Steven Spielberg movie, "The Transformers".


 

Alicia Keys Guest Stars on The BackYardigans

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Alicia Keys voice over on The BackYardigansAre you a fan of singer Alicia Keys? Do you have kids who love the BackYardigans? If you said 'yes' to either of those questions, you'll want to watch a special episode of The BackYardigans featuring Alicia Keys as the characters entertain you in a new outer space musical adventure called, "Mission to Mars".

For those of you who have preschoolers at home, Pablo, Tyrone, Uniqua, Tasha, and Austin are familiar names and The BackYardigans television program is likely a part of your children's television viewing schedule.


 

The All-Time Top 100 Voices in the Movies

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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If you're a movie buff, you may want to check out this All-Time Top 100 Voices in the Movies article brought to you by the staff at FilmCritic.com. Who knew?


 

Anna Russell, 1911-2006

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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anna-russell-singing.jpgI was reading a blog this evening called TheGlitteringEye and discovered that one of the voices I had heard on the radio many a happy (and humorous) time, had passed away this Wednesday. Anna Russell, a singer who instilled a humorous appreciation for the opera in a variety of people and the musical community, has died.


 

Pat Fraley's ADR Adventure at Disney

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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walt-disney-building-a-film-studio.jpgPat Fraley has been kind to share his experiences onset at the filming of a Walt Disney movie this past week. Find out why ADR should be in your voice talent utility belt! I arrived at the huge, comfortable and famous Stage B at Disney Studios about a half hour early.


 

Robots Movie dubbed in Bahasa Malay

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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ac-mizal-dubbing-robots-fender.jpgSurprised to hear that the voice acting role that was written specifically for Robin Williams in the feature CGI animated film Robots is now being performed by someone across the ocean and in the Malay language?

Meet the Malay voice actor who is dubbing Robin Williams' role "Fender" in the Malay version of the CGI film "Robots".


 

June Foray starring in the Radio Adventures of Doctor Floyd Podcast

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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What do you get when you combine themes from Rocky and Bullwinkle, the magic of old-time radio, and a legendary voice actress?


 

Musings in a Hair Salon

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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What kind of voice-overs are talked about in a hair salon? Find out!


 

Foodfight IBM Voice Audition

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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An inside scoop on IBM's role in the animated feature film, Foodfight!


 

Halifax actress keeps Christopher Reeve film swinging

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Amanda Parsons of Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada helped "Everyone's Hero" to keep on swinging through production, bringing Christopher Reeve's final project to fruition.


 

Annie Award Nominations Are Now Open

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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The Annie Awards will celebrate the best in animation during the 100th year of animation on February 11, 2007.


 

Hollywood and Videogames

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Wondering where the videogame business may be going? Read this round table interview with four industry insiders conducted by The Hollywood Reporter to find out.


 

Antonio Banderas Voice Career and Nasonex Bee

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Antonio Banderas is known for his work on camera, but is quickly becoming recognized for his voice work behind the scenes.


 

Steve Irwin, Crocodile Hunter, Dies

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Popular Australian icon Steve Irwin (44) was killed when a stingray barb punctured his chest while he was filming an underwater documentary on the Barrier Reef.


 

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".


 

Primetime Voices on Entertainment Tonight

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Where can you find Don LaFontaine, Dave Fennoy, Joe Cipriano all in one place? Check out this Entertainment Tonight feature.


 

Voice Actors: Invisible Celebrities

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Want to know who your fans are? Let them know the roles you have performed and you'll find out!


 

Colin Farrell wants to be a voice actor

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Irish-born Hollywood actor Colin Farrell has had enough of the on-camera cinematic scene and now wants to pursue voice acting in an animated film geared toward children. Do you have any advice for Colin on how to get the gig?


 

My Dog Tulip Voice Actors

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Keep your eyes and ears on the lookout for "My Dog Tulip", an animated film due out in 2007 featuring the voice talents of Christopher Plummer, Lynn Redgrave and Isabella Rossellini.


 

Voice Actor Boot Camp

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Lex Lang and Sandy Fox have teamed up to give your their spin on everything you wanted to know about voice acting. Three workshops are available this fall in Burbank, California.


 

STAR TREK: Legacy - Voiceovers Announced

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Bethesda Softworks recently announced that the five lead actors who played the Star Trek series captains, William Shatner, Patrick Stewart, Scott Bakula, Avery Brooks, and Kate Mulgrew, would give voice to their characters in the new video game, STAR TREK: Legacy.


 

Sound Alikes: Not your Average Job Description

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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When Tom Hanks can't make it back to the studio to redo a line, what do the producers do? Well, hire a sound alike, of course!


 

Sound Alikes: Not your Average Job Description

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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When Tom Hanks can't make it back to the studio to redo a line, what do the producers do? Well, hire a sound alike, of course!


 

Elisabeth Schwarzkopf: Opera's Sleeping Beauty

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Farewell to one of the greatest voices of the 20th century, soprano Elisabeth Schwarzkopf.


 

Women in Technology: Where are you?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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


 

Ratatouille Voice Cast Announced

By David Ciccarelli

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Disney and Pixar's "Ratatouille", coming to theatres near you in the summer of 2007.


 

Nancy Cartwright wants to know who you are!

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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If you read Nancy Cartwright's column at AWN (Animation World Magazine), she's invited you to fill out a survey letting her know more about YOU!


 

Women in Animation Workshop

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Ladies, want to polish your animation voice-over skills? Well, don't wait a minute longer. Read this post!


 

Shrek the Third Voice Actors Announced

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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DreamWorks Animation SKG recently announced their celebrity voice actor cast for the third movie in the Shrek franchise, "Shrek the Third". Discover who has come on board and who kept their roles!


 

Bell Canada Mystery 519 Voice

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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


 

Bob Bergen's 2007 Voiceover Cruise - Update - Canceled

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Voiceover cruise set for 2007 has been canceled.


 

Ever wonder what Porky the Pig is really like?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Well, you can find out on Saturday and Sunday, July 15 & 16 at Bob Bergen's Animation Voiceover Weekend Workshop. That's right . . . Bob Bergen, the official Warner Bros. voice of Porky Pig will be teaching his full 2-day workshop on voiceover for animation at The Commercial Clinic in San Diego.


 

Kari Wahlgren, voice actor, Chats with Voices.com

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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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.


 

Tinker Bell to be voiced by Brittany Murphy

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Tinker Bell will speak for the first time in 2007 courtesy of the voice talents of Brittany Murphy, Hollywood actress.


 

Bill Nighy is Davy Jones thanks to CGI

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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The voice of Bill Nighy, thanks to Computer Generated Imagery, will star in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest coming to a cinema near you on July 7th, 2006.


 

Johnny Depp voices Jack Sparrow in Video Game

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Johnny Depp is reprising his role, Captain Jack Sparrow, in the blockbuster video game Pirates of the Caribbean: The Legend of Jack Sparrow, due for release today, June 27th 2006.


 

Voice Acting: Physical Disabilities are No Obstacle

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Catch some inspiration from CSI's Robert David Hall and find out why voice acting is not limited by physical infirmities.


 

Mel Blanc: Man of a Thousand Voices

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Can you believe he (Bugs Bunny's voice) was allergic to raw carrots? Read more here :)


 

"The Apprentice": Win a Task = Audition for DreamWorks?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Apprentice winner steps up to the microphone for Jeffrey Katzenberg in 'Over the Hedge' Audition


 

Celebrity Voices to Warn Thieves at Parking Meters

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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You'll never forget to lock your car and hide your valuables again!


 

Disney & Pixar's Cars: Watch a Voice Actor Recording Session!

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Even the King, Richard Petty got involved... This must be good.


 

Transformers Voice Actors: Have your Say

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Your turn to sit in the Casting Directors chair!


 

Celebrity Voices: Who is your Favorite?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Whether it's Mike Myers, Julia Roberts, or George Clooney, we want to know!


 

Gordon Pinsent: The Voice of Babar the Elephant

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Canadian actor Gordon Pinsent. No doubt, you're already acquainted :)


 

More Celebs Doing Voice-overs for Ads?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Although the high profile commercial world seems swarmed with celebrities, the bulk of the work is everything else and voiced by you!


 

Avril Lavigne and Bruce Willis, Over the Hedge

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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These two aren't usually paired together in the same sentence, but today, they are. Check it out!


 

The Simpsons Movie

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Hype is building a year in advance for this crowd pleaser!


 

Audio Books

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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


 

Where are Frank and Gordon Now?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Those amiable beavers from the Bell Canada Commercials are campaigning for a new holiday!


 

A Voice In Her Majesty's Service

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Ever recorded for crown corporations?


 

A Voice In Her Majesty's Service

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Ever recorded for crown corporations?


 

How 198 character voices got Kara into the Guinness Book of World Records

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Kara Tritton of the UK has set an extraordinarily high bar for multi character cartoon voice acting. Read on!


 

The Golden Age of Radio

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Poster boy Orson Welles and my personal fave... you'll have to read to find out!


 

Animal Voice-overs

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Do your pets steal the show in your recordings?


 

Wallace & Gromit win Oscar and Bafta awards

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Curse of the Were-Rabbit Receives Top Honours


 

Oscar Countdown

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Best Animated Feature Film Nominees


 

Corpse Bride VS. Wallace and Gromit

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Helena Bonham-Carter is in both of these voice acting films. Which will win out at the Oscars?

The Oscars are just around the corner, and the Best Animated Film nominations include Tim Burton's "Corpse Bride", "Wallace and Gromit - Curse of the Were-Rabbit" and "Howl's Moving Castle." Of particular interest are "Corpse Bride" and "Wallace and Gromit - Curse of the Were-Rabbit". Did you know that the lovely Helena Bonham Carter's voice acting skills are featured prominently in both of these Oscar nominated, full-length animated films?


 

Voice Actors Colin Mochrie and Debra McGrath

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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The twosome is 'getting along famously' and enjoying wedded bliss. Meet Colin and Debra!

Whose Line is it Anyway, This Hour Has 22 Minutes, Getting Along Famously, Blackfly... Who else could we be referring to other than Canadian comedic powerhouse Colin Mochrie?

Best known to the world for his on-camera television roles, Colin Mochrie also has an alter ego behind the microphone named "Two" in a cartoon series called "Seven Little Monsters", based upon Maurice Sendak's popular children's book "Where the Wild Things Are". Two has a reputation for being a bit of a know-it-all and a busy-body, clad with a prominent nose to match!


 

Frank and Gordon

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Mascots are great... Ever been one?

If you've been watching the Olympics on CBC up here in Canada, you've probably met Frank and Gordon, Bell Canada's newest patriotic mascots who are promoting their services during the Torino Olympic Games.


 

Joan Cusack draws Voice Acting Inspiration from her Kids

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Peep and the Big Wide World


 

Warren Buffett, Voice Actor?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Most people know Warren Buffett as the most prosperous and savvy investor in the world, but how many people know Warren Buffett, the voice actor?

Investor turned voice actor?

As the chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, Warren knows his fair share about finances and the stock market. Little did we know that his own voice-over star is on it's way up with DIC Entertainment.


 

Wiarton Willie VS Punxsutawney Phil

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Happy Grounghog Day!

This morning, in Wiarton, ON Canada's own Wiarton Willie proclaimed that there would be only 6 weeks until Spring. With all of the flowers peeping up and unheard of mild weather up in Canada (minus the East Coast!), it's no surprise that our friend declared an Ode to Spring.

Six more weeks of winter or six weeks 'til spring?

Punxsutawney Phil in Punxsutawney, PA USA however, saw his shadow and announced 6 more weeks of Winter...


 

Voice Acting Perks for Movie Actors

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Cameron Diaz

Working in your pajamas... welcome to one benefit of voice acting, Hollywood!

If you're an actor that works in the film industry (on-camera), have you ever wondered if the grass is greener on the other side?

Some of Hollywood's leading actors have discovered the hidden benefits of voice acting and eagerly jump at voice acting roles every chance they get.


 

Disney and Pixar Partner Up

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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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.


 

Mystery Celebrity Voice Over Revealed

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Apple / Intel's new voice... drum roll, please!

Remember when I asked you if you knew who the new voice of the Apple / Intel TV advertisement was? Well, it's time to reveal the identity of the celebrity voice talent behind the microphone.


 

Voiceovers Recorded by Celebrities

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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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...


 

Narrators of Thomas and Friends

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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For those of you familiar with the hit children's series Thomas and Friends, we're going to talk a stroll down memory lane. On our walk, we are going to visit the celebrity narrators on both sides of the pond that have provided voice-over narration for the Thomas and Friends television series for over twenty years.

Shining Time Station has had a number of fine gentlemen on board, maintaining a wholesome and genuine image for audiences in both Britain and North America. The first celebrity to take on the role of Mr. Conductor and narrate the series was Ringo Starr, a former member of the The Beatles. Ringo narrated from 1985-1991, associating his recognizable and authentic British accent with the Island of Sodor.


 

Animation Voice Overs

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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If you read one of my recent postings about the kinds of voiceover jobs that are available on the market, you'll love this in-depth blog posting about animation voiceovers and character voiceovers.

The character voiceover market is one of the most popular and competitive fields where voiceovers are concerned. Voice actors provide voiceovers for animation on the Internet and offline including voiceovers for cartoon characters, video game characters, computer game character voiceovers, and even the voices of animated characters in film.


 

AT&T: Your World Delivered

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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AT&T and SBC Communications Inc. just merged, and they're celebrating by launching a multi-million dollar advertising campaign in New York's Times Square, kicking it off tonight with an 'unfamiliar voice'.

Tommy Lee Jones, a well known celebrity who provided voice-overs for the company's most recent ad campaign, was passed over for a voice of the people.


 

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.


 

Toronto Podcasters Meetup

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Tod Maffin is the coolest podcasting / radio guy in Canada!

On Tuesday December 13th, we had the opportunity to attend the Great Canadian Podcasters Meetup in Toronto, Canada. There were podcasters, producers, radio, television personalities, and more, all looking to build a solid community during the early adoption phase of podcasting into the mainstream Canadian culture.


 

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