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How To Improvise and Ad Lib as a Voice Actor

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Male actor wearing a bowler hat and black bow tie, smilingDo you ad lib?

Are you someone who can create copy off the cuff?

For most people, ad libbing is scary but for actors, it's all part of the creative process!

There is certainly a time and place for improv. When done recreationally, the sky is the limit but when you're using that skill on an audition or for a paid job, you need to be more selective.

Join me in this interview with voice actor Jonathan Hanst as he shares how improvisation makes him stand apart from the competition and improves his ability to book jobs in today's VOX Daily.


Pirate Talk Takes Over the World on September 19th

By Lin Parkin

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Pirate.jpgHave you ever heard of International Talk Like a Pirate Day?

Started by John Baur and Mark Summers "in a moment of temporary insanity" while playing racquetball, September 19th marks the 11th annual International Talk Like A Pirate Day.

The event went viral after the two were interviewed by Dave Barry who wrote about them in his nationally syndicated newspaper column in 2002. Since then it has continued to grow in popularity each year, now reaching all corners of the globe.

What's the point?

There isn't one. But, hey, why not talk like a pirate for a day?

Join VOX Daily today as we take a look at some of the top pirate movies ta gets ye in d' mood. Arrr!


For Whom The Egg Boils

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Brown eggs boiling in a silver pot. Hand holding a silver spoon with an egg on it.Have you ever heard a strange sound in your kitchen?

The kitchen is one of the busier, more useful and productive areas in a home so it's no surprise that an eclectic assortment of sounds can be heard within its walls.

If only kitchens could talk!

Obscure noises tend to come out of nowhere, and in my case, the one I heard while cooking up a snack could be easily explained, and was quite literally, all it was cracked up to be!

What noise did I hear?

Join me now for a little eggventure in today's VOX Daily!


Coffee vs Tea Which Do You Prefer?

By Lin Parkin

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tes vs coffee.jpgHow does the Voices.com team stay alert to serve you during the day?

If you were to walk the halls at Voices.com HQ, would you be greeted by the aroma of coffee brewing or the sound of a kettle boiling?

We polled the team to find what they drink and how the beverage of choice helps them get through their day.

Join us for a lighthearted look into some Voices.com culture as some members of the team share what their preferred beverage is while at work.


Do You TOOBALOO? A Tool Designed For Reading and Speech.

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Toobaloo used for reading and speech.Can listening to yourself read make a difference in how you deliver copy?

The TOOBALOO, a tool designed to help children and adults listen more clearly to their reading rate, phrasing and expression, could also be an inexpensive way for voice actors to get instant auditory feedback when reading copy.

Using a TOOBALOO will give you the inside track on your vocal sound, duration, pitch and stress.


Learn more about TOOBALOO and how it works in today's VOX Daily.


How To Talk Like A Pirate

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Older male pirate with a gray beard holding his sword on a beach.September 19th marks International Talk Like A Pirate Day.

Many people have been conversing like pirates on the 19th of September for a decade now...and this year, you can too!

Do you speak Pirate?

Learn how in today's VOX Daily!


The Longest Words Ever Spoken

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Sheep saying LlanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogochWhat's the longest word or name you have every had to pronounce?

Of the words you've come across, surely one sticks out as being the longest, most challenging word you have ever spoken.

I'm curious to hear what word stands out in your memory as the looooooooooooooooooooonnnnnnnnngest word you have ever seen in a voice over script or have had to say.

Comment with your longest word ever and join the conversation!


Will The World End In 2012?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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New Year Fireworks 2012Many people are speculating that the world will end in 2012.

While I don't subscribe to what the Mayans predicted, although I do acknowledge that the world could end at any time, Herb Merriweather shares some predictions of his own as we go from 2011 into 2012.

Join Herb and see if his predictions and hopes for the New Year are doable in today's VOX Daily!


Mario Teaches Typing 1992

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Do you remember this computer game from 1992?

While the video plays for about 10 minutes, it will only take a matter of seconds for you to be flooded with Mario Bros. memories and feel the nostalgia.

Why am I posting about this? Find out in today's VOX Daily!


Voice Acting Videos You Might Enjoy via Voices.com

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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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.


Get Off My Lawn! There's a Recording Session In Progress

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Man using landscaping toolHas a lawnmower suddenly started up next door while you were recording a voice over?

Do you ever need to quarantine family or friends in opposite ends of the house or shoo people out because of a session?

Read about what can happen when noise pollution strikes your studio and how you can creatively combat it in today's VOX Daily.


8 Elements of Comedy with Pat Fraley

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Brad Garrett and Pat Fraley

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.


Bringing Humour Into Audiobook Narration

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Yes, humour can reside in the booth when recording long form narration!

Watch Kirby Heyborne as he talks about narrating audiobooks.


Awesome Voice Over Videos: Acoustics 101

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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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

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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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

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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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

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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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!


Jeff and Erin's Epic Wedding Trailer

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Have you heard of the couple who made a movie trailer to announce their wedding date?

With over 1 million views on YouTube and a number of features on morning shows, everyone from The Huffington Post to NBC Los Angeles is talking about it... even Voices.com as it would have it!

Jeff Wong and Erin Martin hired one of Voices.com's talent to narrate their now famous "Save-the-date" movie trailer style wedding video.

Want to know who voiced it? Find out now at VOX Daily!


The Story of the Donut Games Jingle

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Donut Games logoEver wondered about the backstory for certain voice overs you have heard?

There's an app on my iPhone that was created by Swedish game developer, Donut Games, and upon hearing the voice over used to brand their apps, I just had to find out where the voice came from and who it was!

Read the story behind the Donut Games VO and share your own stories here on VOX Daily.


The Funniest, Most Ridiculously Bizarre Voice Direction Ever

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Funny direction actorWe've all heard nonsensical vocal direction but few of us are given the opportunity to share it!

Recording in a studio outside of your home affords you interesting opportunities to be directed and to receive interesting direction.

I'm curious to learn more about the funniest, most absurd or ridiculous vocal direction ever given... anything that made you scratch your head or crack you up?

Share the most ridiculous voice over direction you've ever received here with your friends on VOX Daily!


3 Creative Ways to Use Your Voice on Hallowe'en

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Halloween Cow trick or treatCan you do funny voices?

How about some character voices with some spook in them?

Today on VOX Daily, I'll give you 3 ideas for how you can use your voice and add some spice to Hallowe'en festivities.


10 Guinness World Records that Relate to Voice Overs

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Guinness_World_Records_2008.jpgTime to talk world records!

Here are 10 Guinness World Records from the 2008 edition that are related to voice over and voice acting.

I hope you'll find these particularly interesting.

Enjoy :)


Giggles Be Gone! 4 Tips for Stifling Laughter

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Silly businesspeopleEver laughed out loud or found it hard to contain yourself when you were on the air?

Jeremy Jacobs, a presenter, corporate host and radio broadcaster in the United Kingdom, posted 4 great tips for how to crack down on laughter for broadcast radio professionals that are sure to get you out of jeopardizing binds.

Whether you are on the radio, in front of the camera, speaking in public or simply find yourself about to laugh at an inappropriate time, these tips will do wonders to help you stop laughing or prevent embarrassing laughter altogether.


Interview with the Voice of Dilbert Dan Roberts

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Dilbert Fans Rejoice!

In April, Dilbert and his fellow comic strip buddies hit the animated scene on the official Dilbert.com website, enjoying coverage from Reuters and now an exclusive interview with Dan Roberts, the voice of Dilbert, at Voices.com.


Test and Improve Your Vocabulary at FreeRice.com

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Need to change things up a bit?

If you have a spare moment or two, check out this really nifty website I was referred to called FreeRice.com.

Free Rice Website


Need to Take a Break?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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healthy-heart-relax-at-work.jpgBombarded by work, email, phone calls or tedious tasks. We've all been there.

There are times in your day when sometimes all you need is a break or a distraction to rejuvenate yourself - these little actions can even save your life. How do you relax in the midst of a busy day?


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!