When you develop a character, what do you do to really give them a life of their own?
The best way to draw an audience in is through good storytelling and believable characters.
Sometimes, the script gives you clues that you can work with and other times, you need to create a backdrop of your own.
How do you infuse authenticity into a character?
Find out in today's VOX Daily!
Are you new to the voice-over industry?
New to Voices.com? Could you benefit from some auditioning tips?
Many talent, especially those new to the online marketplace, have a difficult time knowing whether or not they are using the right tactics when auditioning.
While everyone's success varies, with the talent and a knack for auditioning online, there are some people that just seem to hit the ground running.
Join us today as our Guest blogger, Laci Morgan offers up some tips and tricks which have helped her land work at Voices.com!
Do you read take after take trying to get your audition just right?
Are artists the masters of their own demise?
A paradox of the creative process is definitely over editing.
Whether that's reworking a sentence until the meaning is lost, adding more detail to a painting until the image is obscured or editing an audition until the voice is raw, we have all experienced the nagging urge of perfectionism.
On his blog renowned voice actor and voice over coach, Rodney Saulsberry, shared how you can save time and energy by avoiding the pitfalls of perfectionism and offers this expert advice in today's VOX Daily.
Are you spending more time and energy nitpicking reads than you should?
Join us now to learn how you can decrease your energy output and increase your auditioning results!
Have you been thinking about a career in voice-over? Perhaps you've started down the road but feel a lack of direction?
Voice-over coach David Goldberg of Edge Studio will be hitting the road this summer to help your discover if voice-over is right for you!
Goldberg will offer up some practical ways to determine how marketable your voice is and provide educated advice on how to increase the momentum of your career.
Are you doing everything you can to make your career in voice over amazing?
Deb Munro shares why it's important to invest in yourself and your career, especially when you feel that things could be going better for you or that your dream is fading away.
Hear more of Deb's advice in today's VOX Daily.
Is your recording studio environment set up to get the best possible performance out of your instrument?
Are you maximizing your voice while performing comfortably?
Voices.com's Jessica Campbell shares her perspective on how you get the most out of each take, whether sitting or standing, in today's VOX Daily.
How do authors, copywriters and screenwriters select names for characters?
Are they swayed by trends or is there more thought, perhaps research, that goes into giving a name to a character?
Hear how real authors name their characters and chime in with names of characters you've voiced by commenting on today's VOX Daily.
Do you write?
Perhaps you blog and decide to share select thoughts with anyone who happens to come across them. Those writings might also lend themselves to be read and subsequently interpreted by voice artists in an audiobook.
Whether you write, read, or do both, I'd love to hear your thoughts on translating an author's innermost thoughts in today's edition of VOX Daily!
Do you use your vocal, musical or audio production gifts in non-traditional ways?
No doubt you have seen a variety of different if not quirky ways that people express creativity.
Hear about what I do in today's VOX Daily and join the conversation by adding your amazing applications of creativity that help to jazz up the mundane.
Are you just starting out in voice over and looking for tips on building your home recording studio?
Need some ideas?
I hope that this posting gives you at least one aha moment or a takeaway you can put into practice today.
Author, audio recording engineer and voice over talent Dan Friedman joined Voices.com for a webinar recently and shared tips that are taught in audio recording schools from his book, "Sound Advice Voiceover From an Audio Engineer's Perspective."
Continue reading to access the webinar recording and be sure to comment on Vox Daily with your thoughts.
Voices.com was a featured exhibitor at SLOME, an event geared toward students in London and the surrounding area in grades seven through twelve.
With over 3000 students registered to attend throughout the day, the atmosphere at the Western Fairgrounds in the Agriplex Building was exciting to say the least and our team met with hundreds of students.
Hear more about our experience exhibiting at SLOME and what it meant to us in today's VOX Daily.
Are you looking to further develop your voice over career through education?
Voices.com is working together with Edge Studio to bring you a variety of courses under the banners of Acting and Performance, Business and Marketing, and Technology that can help bring talent to the next level, regardless of where you are in your career.
To learn more about what is being offered course wise and also about a special discount for Voices.com members, be sure to read on!
By Lin Parkin
Ever had to scream, sneeze or laugh for a voice over job?
When you get a script, sometimes there are extra vocal bits that you need to include aside from the copy presented, particularly in entertainment.
Learn more about the kind of work that's out there for voice over professionals in today's VOX Daily.
By Lin Parkin
Vox Daily welcomes guest blogger Lora Cain!
Communicating effectively can be a challenge for both men and women, however, women have a unique set of challenges to overcome.
Lora offers up ten practical tips that will help women to be heard more in both their personal and professional lives.
Learn more in today's Vox Daily.
Are you considering a career in voice overs?
A voice over career requires a well-rounded set of skills.
In this article we'll take a look at some of the most critical skills aspiring talent should develop in order to have a fulfilling career as a voice over artist.
Learn more in today's Vox Daily.
What makes a listener perk up their ears to receive a message?
Is it the sound of the voice that captures an audience or the motivation behind how the voice over artist paints their words and delivers the copy?
Let's explore this topic together in greater detail in today's VOX Daily.
Have you been looking for more educational, artistic and business resources pertaining to voice overs in Spanish?
I'm pleased to announce that there is a new resource for Spanish speaking voice over talent!
Pablo Hernandez is championing the cause and has been translating a number of VOX Daily articles into Spanish. These articles now provide additional educational resources for Hispanic voice talent online.
Learn more about Vox Latino now.
Have you ever wondered how long it might take you to record a given script?
If all you are armed with is a word count, the script of number of lines, have no fear... Edge Studio's voice over words-to-hours converter is here!
Take a look at this reference chart and see if you can make use of the information for your voice over career.
Three big name narrators were on hand for the VOICE 2010 audiobook panel to share insider tips, dispel myths and direct volunteers in long form narration.
Patrick Fraley, Hillary Huber and Scott Brick set the record straight on a number of fronts and provided information that is critical for anyone aspiring to record audiobooks, even for seasoned audiobook narrators, to hear.
Join me now in this coverage of the audiobook panel and an awesome display of talent. Enjoy!
What can you do to improve your voice over performances?
Voice over instructor and performer Marc Cashman identifies and describes 12 voice over skill sets that will help you to refine your current skills and develop new ones!
From clarity to consistency to cold reading and more, you'll find new ways that you can leverage your talent and make it shine brightly for all to hear.
Learn more about what successful voice over artists master and the skills that matter in today's VOX Daily.
While sitting in Debbie Munro's workshop over the weekend at Edge Studio in NYC, I was twittering fast and furiously, sharing some insights gleaned from Deb's wealth of knowledge in the world of voice over.
In today's VOX Daily, I'm going to share those insights with you!
One of my favorites had to do with making sure that the words you breathe life into are driven by clear and deliberate intentions.
Learn more about the art of voice acting in a sweetly succinct manner now.
Johnna Gottlieb (pictured at left) is teaching an online course in "How To Become a Successful Voice Over Artist" via UCLA Extension this spring!
Regardless of where you are, you could be learning from one of the industry's best on Wednesdays starting April 14th through May 19th. As a former agent working with top talent in NYC, Johnna has the inside scoop on what it takes to make it in the biz.
I've included more information for those interested here in today's VOX Daily.
By Scott Lumley
Is voice over work not finding you?
What if you were to find it?
In today's VOX Daily, Scott Lumley, one of the team members here at Voices.com, talks about how you can use your gifts as a professional voice over artist to source your own work, gain business, and create a legacy in the process.
Want to do voice overs in video games?
Curious about the market?
Voices.com's teleseminar "Gaming on the Go" takes place tomorrow! We'll discuss the current landscape, trends, celebrity voice acting in video games and more. Find out how you can reserve your seat in today's VOX Daily.
When you're networking with other adults you tend to share a common lexicon, appreciate shared analogies, and are capable of maintaining focused attention.
What happens when you need to explain what you do as a voice over professional to a pint-sized audience?
In today's VOX Daily, I'm going to reveal how you can adapt your networking skills to suit younger listeners to educate and inspire.
By Stephanie Ciccarelli
I've finally taken the plunge and have committed to writing a new book on the voice over industry!
There are so many ideas steeping in my mind and taking shape, some old and some new, that are ready to be expressed in print to inspire and educate voice over artists.
Learn more about this journey and how you can be part of it in today's VOX Daily.
What's the most interesting fact or piece of knowledge you've learned from reading a voice over script?
Have you discovered a new hobby or passion through your voice over work?
I'd love to hear about any educational tidbits, interesting facts and perks of pure enjoyment that you have received by virtue of reading a script. Share them with our community as comments now!
Here's another opportunity for you to pick up your phone, listen and learn! On the evening of January 12, 2010 find out the answers to the following questions:
What will the voiceover industry look like in 2010?
How has the economy affected the voiceover industry?
What challenges should voice talent prepare for as we enter a new decade?
Will there be work? Who will get it? and HOW?
Here's your invitation to Join Voice Over veteran Steve Brezzo and Edge Studio for a unique Tele-Conference discussion while Steve moderates a panel of 8 industry heavyweights as they detail trends, tactics and technology for the next decade.
Are your stockings hung by the chimney with care?
The professional voice actors of the VO-BB.com set the stage for St. Nicholas with a dramatic, on-camera reading of "Twas the Night Before Christmas."
Looking for a great present for a child with a flair for the dramatic?
Want to know the ins and outs of voice acting for kids?
Voice actress and teacher Sunday Muse's new book "You Can Do Cartoon Voices, Too!" is an absolute must for the aspiring voice actor in your home that educates using accessible terms that children can understand.
The book also has a special section for parents that prepares them for the business side of what their children will encounter, including a Q&A with 3 top tier voice over agents.
If there was ever a getting started in voice overs guide for kids, this is it!
Want to learn more? Enjoy this review of Sunday's book!
So, how do you learn and use dialects and how do you make sure you're on the right track? And where do you start?
In today's VOX Daily, Deborah Sale Butler shares a number of applicable tips pertinent to speech and the voice-actor.
This article explains the uses and acquisition of dialects and character voices for voice-over work!
Does practice makes perfect?
Marc Cashman shares some wisdom with regard to how to develop a good practice regiment while still feeling good about practicing!
Great artists all struggled (and some still struggle!) with practicing. Marc gives you the inspiration you need to overcome the urge not to practice and the encouragement to better your craft.
Learn from one of the great masters here today on VOX Daily.
When you first get started in voice overs, what sort of things should you be spending your money on (and in what order) when building your business?
I was asked a question similar to this at the Voice Coaches Marketing Expo on the expert panel, and due to the panel's immense popularity, I'm going to be including the five most interesting and applicable nuggets of information shared that day from industry panelists representing various branches of voice over.
Yesterday, we talked about how proficient a voice talent should be when working with audio, and today we'll talk about which areas you'll need to invest your money in business wise and when it's appropriate to do so.
What should you invest in first when getting your voice over business off the ground? Find out!
Have you ever volunteered as a reader in a school or library?
Maybe you've always wanted to do so but haven't researched the opportunities available to you.
Hear about Elaine Victoria Grey's experience as a "Celebrity Reader" in the school system and how volunteering her gifts as a narrator and artist impacted children and inspired her in her career.
What happens when you've been studying for years and it seems as though your newly acquired education is contradicting or not in sync with what you've learned (and paid good money for) in the past?
A conversation sparked in the Working Voice Actors Group on LinkedIn has inspired this post.
What do you think?
Have you ever noticed that there isn't an amateur tradition for those aspiring to be professional voice over talent?
My friend Pat Fraley has some thoughts to share, as have I, in hopes that this article opens up discussion for how we might establish an amateur tradition for our industry that we can be proud of.
We'd love to hear your thoughts too, so be sure to read the entire article before commenting with your ideas. Thanks!
Weren't born in a studio nor raised behind a mic?
I've got some great news for you!
Today, you're going to discover how your unique life experiences and prior occupations can infuse a wealth of knowledge and value into your voice over business.
Find out how your background, including degrees and experiences from completely unrelated disciplines, can help you in your voice over career, right now at VOX Daily.
By Stephanie Ciccarelli
When you read something aloud, you're employing a great number of your faculties, and more often than not, the very act of reading aloud is a revelation in itself!
Why should you try reading aloud?
Discover 7 wonderful benefits that will get you going here at VOX Daily.
In this final chapter of the series "Vital Signs", I have two fabulously talented educators with me here on VOX Daily sharing their thoughts on how those of you who come from radio can free yourself from broadcast radio bondage.
What I'm saying may come as a surprise to many people but just because you come from radio doesn't mean that you're by virtue of that fact already a voice actor or that voice acting will come easily to you.
This article will explain how voice acting and radio differ and will help those who come from radio lose their "radioness", ditching the sing-songy sound that some women carry over from broadcast and also the announcery baggage that men bring to the table when they enter the business of voice over.
Have you experienced success studying with a voice over coach or by applying something you learned at a workshop, from listening in on a teleseminar or a podcast?
Share your insight as a comment.
VO: Tales and Techniques of a Voice-Over Actor, published in 2002, takes you on Harlan Hogan's journey from the mischievous to the magnificent, complete with colorful anecdotes, real life experiences and insightful "been there done that" takeaways that you can apply to your career found throughout this unique education, the tales and the techniques of a voice-over actor.
Your daily challenge is to make the words that are penned by a stranger your own.
Are you up for it?
Read more about this great book here on VOX Daily.
Today I'm pleased to present a good friend of mine, Marc Cashman, and some wonderful words he jotted down for you as a companion to this week's episode (#62) of Voice Over Experts.
Some of you may have heard Marc lecture a few weeks ago in Los Angeles, and for those of you who did, you know that Marc Cashman is a wonderful teacher and excellent orator.
Here's a taste of what you'll hear. Enjoy!
This week, Lisa Rice is the featured lecturer on Voice Over Experts and I'd love to share her unique episode with you today on VOX Daily.
The topic Lisa chose to present is something that will help you with day to day business operations when working with your clients.
As Lisa says, there is something extremely satisfying about a job well done.
Check out IDEA, which stands for International Dialects of English Archive, featuring audio samples of dialects for theatre and film artists.
By Stephanie Ciccarelli
Feeling gross, yucky, icky or have no voice at all?
There's something going around again and an email request prompted me to write some tips for soothing a sore throat.
Try these 12 tips at home -- they work!
By Stephanie Ciccarelli
To wrap up our week of online resources, tools, services and hidden gems we've put together an exhaustive list of industry-specific resources that we hope you'll enjoy.
Looking for a voice over coach?
We have recently developed a network that connects voice acting instructors with students seeking voice over training.
Check out more information here at VOX Daily!
Been searching for a voice acting class that will help to propel your career in the real world of voice acting?
"Voiceover: Beyond the Boothâ€, formerly called "The Business of Voiceover" is now open for enrollment at NYU for Spring 2008. The first class begins Wednesday, February 13th at 6:45 p.m. and runs through May 7th.
Learn more here at VOX Daily.
The audiobook industry is worth billions of dollars with an ever-increasing number of titles being recorded.
Have you thought about recording your voice for audiobooks or narrating other projects?
Read this interview featuring a voice actress who has used LibriVox to help her do just that.
This week, I had the privilege to sit in on a high school broadcasting course at Clarke Road Secondary School in London, ON.
Under the tutelage of Brent Bissell, veteran radio broadcaster turned inspiring mentor of young minds, these teens are exploring careers in creative fields such as broadcast for television, radio, sound editing and film.
Voice over coach Debbie Munro submitted this quiz to me to share with you here on VOX Daily.
I think it's a great exercise for any of you who might be wondering about your career or would like to get more voice over work.
Take the quiz and let us know how you did!
Think you know everything about marketing your voice acting services on the internet?
Even if you do, there's always more to learn!
Read Carol Mroz's article on what you need to know about doing business on the web as a freelance voice actor.
One of the best in the business of voice over education has decided to kick it up a notch!
Are your auditions up to snuff?
Learn how to avoid mediocrity, senseless rejection and prevent being perceived as an idiot by listening to this how-to podcast, hot off the RSS.
Looking for an uplifting, empowering and nourishing book to read?
Rodney Saulsberry's "Step Up to the Mic" is a book all about stepping up to life's challenges from the perspective of a voice actor.
Learn more at VOX Daily.
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?
Live in and around New Hartford and want to get into voice acting?
Try out this introductory class "Getting Paid to Talk" on November 5th, 2007 taught by our friends at VoiceCoaches.com.
Many moons ago, we did a round up voice actors who write blogs relating to voice over and since then, there have been many more blogs added to the community!
Just how are these people starting blogs and why is it important?
By Stephanie Ciccarelli
When you describe your vocal range and voice type, what do you say you are?
Learn how to discern what your voice type is and also discover many different vocal classifications.
How do you define or classify your voice?
Today may be Saturday, but all of our VOX Daily email subscribers will receive this on Sunday...
How very apropos :)
Is recording on both sides of the fence for political campaigns kosher?
After our call for political demos, I received an excellent question from voice actor John Wallman and I'd like to ask for your help.
Read John's question and let him know what your practices are note any unwritten rules we should all be aware of.
Have you met Johnna Gottlieb?
If you haven't, she's pals with Joan Baker, teaches a VO class at New York University and is going to be on Voice Over Experts this September!
Find out more about Johnna and her class that runs this Autumn.
This Fall, why not treat yourself to some voice over training over the phone in movie trailers and promos?
You don't have to be in New York or Los Angeles to take advantage of this teleclass series brought to you by A1 voice talent, Rodney Saulsberry.
Learn more about how you can Spice up your September now.
In the spirit of wrapping up the summer with some voice acting classes as we turn away from August running for September, here's another one you don't want to miss...
Sacramento, watch out, a Whirlwind of Voice Over in the form of Julie Williams is due to hit on September 16th!
Were you on the call for the first lecture from Nancy and Anna on Acting for Advertising?
If not, be sure to jump in on the highly anticipated sequel tonight!
If you're in Dallas or planning to be for September 15-16, 2007, it is worth your while to consider attending a voice over workshop instructed by Bettye Zoller, a weekend she promises to be exceptional and requested by popular demand.
Learn more about the workshop agenda, socialization and food that comes with the weekend!
What do you look for in a workshop?
We've compiled a brief survey that will give you the opportunity to make your voice heard! Let us know your opinions on what you prefer, what you're looking for, and also just how important food and socialization is at these events!
Want a workshop to come to your neck of the woods? Participate in the Voice Acting Workshops Survey Now.
Have you experienced Voice Over Experts yet?
If you haven't, here's a quick intro to the podcast and a taste of what you can expect from the Voice Over Experts Podcast at Voices.com.
Catch episode 08 with Deborah Sale Butler here and find links to other episodes as well.
This is definitely a podcast you should be subscribed too!
Keeping things all in the family, we thought we'd invite members of the Voices.com family who can make it to London on July 21st, 2007 for a very special review opportunity of voice over coach Julie Williams "Proven Voice-Over Techniques" CD.
To learn more about this event, keep reading!
Do you want to learn the basics of recording from home quickly with the minimum amount of time and expense?
Check out this review on Pat Fraley's book / CD combo, "The Gypsy's Guide to Professional Home Recording" to learn the rudiments of producing professional audio at home on your PC or Mac.
Just learning the business of how to set up your home recording studio?
Do you need some assistance learning how to use the software or equipment?
Consider acquiring an education in audio production and audio engineering and find out where people with the proverbial "golden ears" go to school.
Voice Over Experts is the #1 Educational Voice Acting Podcast that features voice over coaches from the US, Canada and abroad.
Want to get on the roster at Voice Over Experts?
Want to make your own podcast?
Follow this recipe, being sure to account for all of the ingredients ahead of time.
If there is anything that most podcasters will tell you, it pays to be prepared!
Learn how to make your own podcast at VOX Daily with our Small Business Podcasting Kit.
Looking for advice from the best in the business of voice acting?
A brand new podcast christened â€œVoice Over Expertsâ€ has just entered into the world of podcasting, offering a unique perspective on the art of voice acting and the business of voice overs from a variety of acclaimed instructors hailing from North America and abroad.
What is Digg?
Why are there so many Diggs on a given article at Voices.com?
Find out how you can leverage the power of Digg and help the most relevant content get to the top of the charts!
We're pleased to announce our new relationship with WebEx and are excited about what that bridge we've built means for you!
Starting this coming week, you'll be able to enjoy world class webinars from your friends at Voices.com.
Want to know more?
David and Stephanie Ciccarelli presented on the topic of Voice Over in the Google Era.
With so many ways to promote your voice using the monolithic conglomerate that is Google, there's no stopping the voice over industry online!
Discover ways that you can improve and increase your presence on the Internet as a voice over talent regardless of your location.
Does your demo have a case of the uglies?
Join the graphic design experts Dan Dinsmore and Phil Montelone from Overit Media as they give tips on how "putting on the makeup" for your Demo CD and branding materials.
We're at the Voice Coaches Advanced Marketing Expo just outside of Albany, NY.
Learn more about this fantastic organization of progressive and caring instructors through the VOX Daily blog!
Live in or around Toronto and want some voice over training from a real pro?
Guess what? We're bringing Debbie all the way from Beautiful British Columbia to Toronto, Ontario!
To register for Mic & Me in Toronto on June 9th and 10th, 2007, simply click the "Register Now" button to get started on the road to learning from and working with top Canadian voice over coach Debbie Munro!
See you there :)
The new Official Voices.com User Guide is now ready for download!
With anything new, it helps to have a play book or guiding light - here's yours for Voices.com :)
Get your copy of the PDF User Guide here at VOX Daily.
Are you a Canadian voice over talent in Ontario?
Have you been looking for a workshop to attend that you didn't have to travel to the USA for?
Voices.com is bringing top voice over coach Debbie Munro and her Mic & Me Workshop series to Toronto this June! Learn more about this awesome opportunity here at VOX Daily.
Want to expand your voice acting abilities?
Try reading a book by Dr. Seuss!
It's not just child's play, it's good for your voice acting career.
Discover what a good old fashioned dose of Dr. Seuss could do for you!
Here'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!
Ever wondered what advertisers really expect of your voice over talents?
Want an insider's view on the topic?
Join Nancy Wolfson and Anna Vocino on Monday May 7, 2007 for another stellar Break Into Voice Over teleseminar, sponsored by Voices.com.
By Stephanie Ciccarelli
Not all audio engineers have the vocal gifts to be voice over talent and not all voice over talent have the technical knowledge and experience to be audio engineers.
But, when you do get the desired combination of technical skill and artistic competence, something special happens...
Just how important is it to possess a mixture of the qualifications described above as a professional voice over talent working online?
Getting started in voice overs?
Not sure how to get experience or build a portfolio of voice over work?
There are many practical and rewarding ways to go about gaining experience and prospective clients.
Discover some here at Voices.com!
Want to be a video game voice actor?
Learn the biz of video game voice acting and secrets on how to keep Gamers happy with your performance by reading this wonderful article about DB Cooper's VOICE 2007 lecture "Infinite Ammo".
Get ready to rock!
Looking for a Character workout?
MJ Lallo brought the house down with her comedic personality and unique character voice acting techniques.
Learn some tips on how to make the most of your character voice acting career from a pro's point of view.
A member of the Canadian contingent that came to VOICE 2007 in Las Vegas, Debbie Munro has some insight to share with you!
Find out what one of Canada's top VO coaches thought of the VOICE conference.
As Deb says, "We discovered that weâ€™re still in the baby steps of something huge about to burst."
Been looking for an opportunity to study with Rodney Saulsberry?
Have we got the perfect solutions for you!
Check out Rodney's teleclasses and on location workshops, starting as early as two weeks from now. Reserve your spot now!
By Stephanie Ciccarelli
Any Canadian voice over coaches in the house?
From sea to sea to shining sea, this land was made for voice over and the teaching of it!
If you teach the art of voice over in Canada, leave a comment on this post for potential students!
An automobile is only of use if you know how to drive it! The same can be said of using your voice as a vehicle to acquire voice over work.
Find out why it is important to hone your voice over skills before you set out to get work - and also how go about doing it.
The ways of the past are no barrier to success for savvy voice over entrepreneurs of the new Google Era.
By Stephanie Ciccarelli
Highlighting the differences between Voices.com and voice123 from a customers perspective.
It's your experience and your career, so choose wisely and choose the best!
Attention Dallas talent: Bettye's giving two workshops this month... want to know more?
By David Ciccarelli
Read a review of Rodney Saulsberry's "You Can Bank on Your Voice".
How can you get your voice moving early in the morning? Read our run-down of the best vocal warm-ups that work wonders in the morning - or any time of day for matter.
Coming from a classical singing background and years of 7 a.m. choir rehearsals, I find it really helps if you are up at least one hour before you are expected to perform.
Think you have the voice for promos and movie trailers? Check out Rodney Saulsberry's teleclass.
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.
Help this York University Masters student score big on his thesis - it's all about voice actors and animators.
If we were to run a tele-class, would you dial in?
Building a home recording studio? Got questions of a technical nature? Direct your questions to Master VO!
Ever wondered how to interpret voiceover jargon? Get the lingo down with the help of this handy Glossary of voiceover terms, the perfect companion for voice actors and those who work with them.
Want to know how to achieve website completeness? Check out these tips on what you can do to get ahead.
Check out this article at BackStage.com, and I guarantee you'll find something useful for your voice acting career!
What's the difference between a Seeker and a Client? Find out at Voices.com.
Have you heard this voice-over podcast? Check out Avi Melman's new Voice-Over Podcast here at VOX Daily.
We've been hearing you loud and clear! Yesterday afternoon, we added some new Featured Voice Talent Categories to showcase your voice demos in.
When you're trying to get a message across, it all comes down to vowels and consonants. Performing a voice-over targeted to adults who have excellent language skills is easy. They know for the most part exactly what is being said, recognize context, and relate to tone of voice.
The littlest ears are often the most receptive! If you are voicing characters for cartoons, animated films, or audiobooks, be sure that you read this post.
We're pleased to announce a new blog in the Voices.com blog network, "Ask the Voice Cat", authored by professional voice coach Marc Cashman. If you've got voice questions, just send them to the Voice Cat himself!
Ever wondered what a watermark is, why you need one, and where to get one? We'll chat about that and more here on the VOX Daily blog.
Need help uploading audio to your Voices.com Studio? Follow this step-by-step tutorial and learn how to upload, tag, and feature your demos.
What is a voice over faux pas, how does a voice talent commit one, and just how easy is it to take a 'false step' in this industry? As the French would say, first declared in the late 17th century, a "faux pas" is a "false step".
If you're a Premium or Preferred member at Voices.com, you have the ability to be showcased in a variety of Featured Talent Categories; invaluable pieces of real estate for your voice online.
New to the industry and need some tips? Read this comprehensive guide on what you'll need to get started and develop your talent for voice overs.
The first and only Dialect System designed specifically for Voice Over, held on Saturday September 23, 2006 in Hollywood. Four masters guide you through the invaluable voice over skill of dialects!
What's sitting on your bookshelf? Let's start a voice acting book club :)
Gary Owens video interview featuring his voice acting book "How to Make a Million Dollars with Your Voice".
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.
If teachers were coached by professional voice instructors to improve their voices and public speaking, would their students get higher marks?
Same instrument, different way of using it! Learn how to go from singing to speaking.
Ladies, want to polish your animation voice-over skills? Well, don't wait a minute longer. Read this post!
Have vocal problems and need to find help? The multi-disciplinary voice clinic at London Health Sciences Centre may be just the ticket to diagnose and treat your vocal ailments.
By Stephanie Ciccarelli
After much debate, the new rates sheet is ready! Click to download your copy now.
Voiceover cruise set for 2007 has been canceled.
When you have a sore throat, phlegm up to your ears, or are vocally tired, what do you do to make your voice sound (and perform) as usual?
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.
By Stephanie Ciccarelli
Want to make a difference? Now's the time for your voice to be heard! Leave a comment on this post to help develop the new Voices.com Standard Rate Sheet for Non-union Voice-over work.
What can I do as a Guest? Get the answers here!
Find out what's going on where in July 2006!
Audit a class for free this July at the "Cashman Cache of Voice Acting Techniques"
Voice acting is one of the hottest "me too" careers right now, but does that mean that everyone should do it?
Whether you're starting out in voice-overs, honing your craft or would like to belong to an offline (face to face) voice actor community, this calendar is for you!
If you've been wondering the average number of words per page, you've gotta read this!
Coaches, this is your opportunity to fill me in on what you're up to so that you can promote your workshops and courses on Vox Daily!
By Stephanie Ciccarelli
Add-on courses? Voice-over internships in India on the rise.
If you live in South Africa and are looking to pursue an academic career in voice overs, check out this post!
Scott Shurian and Utah colleagues recognized by the press
Contest closes August 31st, 2006. Click here for more details.
"It's a great time to be in VO"
The voice acting demo is a must have for any voice actor. In this instalment, we'll feature the importance of having a stellar voice acting demo and also how to go about making one.
Nowadays, clients only have a matter of minutes to find a voice that meets their needs. Without a sample of your voice available online as an MP3 file or even a few voice acting sampler CDs on hand for agencies, chances are you'll be overlooked.
Looking for a great book to help you run your voice-over business? As a part of our featured series on getting started as a voice actor, we are going to delve into the world of literature and how-to and hit the books with you!
One of the easiest and fastest ways to get a handle on the voice acting field and voice industry as a whole is to sit down and read a good book. Aside from either going to the local library or ordering a book or voice-over ebook online, there isn't much legwork! Simplicity at its very best.
Welcome to our second feature article about getting started as a voice actor. In this article, we're going to tap into the world of voice acting instruction.
Studying one on one has its benefits, so let's discuss voice acting coaches.
A seminar is an open class that is run by a voice acting instructor and attended by voice actors who want to improve particular skills, such as character voice acting, for example.
These seminars are often followed by a question and answers period. The environment is often more casual and freespirited than a private lesson and enables you to network with people within your field, perhaps even meet colleagues who will become your friends.
Let discuss learning in groups and how it can be both fun and cost-effective.
It's always good to have a circle of friends who understand your career. Thank you for reading our feature on voice acting support groups. Let's explore this a bit further, shall we :)
Has it been your heart's desire to make money with your voice? If so, buckle up and hold on tight - you're about to experience our new series of mini articles that will help you to make your transition into the world of professional voice-overs!
Over the next few days, I'll be writing a series of blog posts to help you get started in voice-overs.
But first... let's identify the biggest misconception about voice-overs...
It's longer, it's been updated, and it's available for purchase!
Did you know that the 2nd Edition of the Definitive Guide to Voice-Over Success is hot off the Voices.com press?
You'll learn industry secrets, how to run a business from the ground up, and everything you need to know about how to compete and thrive using your voice-over skills.
Run your business smoothly and safely incorporating these tips.
By following these simple guidelines, your experience at Voices.com will be greatly enhanced in many ways, including your abilities to:
1) Attract qualified clients to your web page
2) Receive work through the auditioning process
3) Successfully invoice clients when you have landed a job
We developed a document called the "10 Best Practices for Voice Over Talents" and are publishing it here on Vox Daily to help you grow in your voice acting career.
Many talents that use the Voices website to host their audio files and resumes are finding that they don't need to have their own business website, i.e. www.your-name.com
Because of the amount of storage for voice-over demos, easy-to-use profile editing tools, and superior search engine rankings in Google, talents are recognizing that they don't need to spend thousands of dollars a year on other websites and web services to promote themselves.
Ever wondered how to get started in voiceovers? We are asked that question quite a bit, so I thought I would cover this one in our blog.
Aspiring talent can find a wealth of resources and guidance at Voices.com. Our FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) section provides solutions to nearly every "getting started" voice-over question and the resources section has an abundance of business templates and strategies for you to discover.
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.
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