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Want to Create Sound? Check out some Foley in Zootopia!

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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'Want to create sound? Check out some Foley in Zootopia!' - Voices.com #1 Voice Over Marketplace for Voice Talent. Male Foley artist standing in a sand box-like structure. The microphone is pointed down at his feet. He has running shoes on.

Ever tried to recreate sound?

If you've tried your hand (literally) at Foley, you know what I mean!

Wired.com did a segment that took its viewers into the Skywalker Sound foley studio to design sound in a scene from Zootopia. Curious to learn more?

Check out the video in today's Vox Daily!


Looking for Authentic Wildlife Vocalizations? The Cornell Lab of Ornithology Can Help!

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Penguin photo, sound captured on microphone. Article from Voices.com about the CornellLab of Ornithology's Macaulay Library re: Wildlife recordings.

For those of us who work in the world of sound design, creating authentic SFX or casting the right voice matters a great deal.

That's why we stood up and cheered when we heard that the Macaulay Library recently released over 7500 hours of audio online, featuring onsite wildlife recordings from around the world.

Does this sound like something that would make your life easier (or in the very least, intrigue you?)

Hear more in today's Vox Daily.


Making the Case for a Home Studio

By Carmi Levy

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Home Studio - Closeup - 320.jpgVoice professionals know the secret: Having your own studio is the key to getting more work done in less time, and with impeccable quality.

Having your own home studio means you not only control when you audition, but also the final outcome.

Setting up your own home studio need not be prohibitively expensive or complex. Read on for more insight into how you can make the business case for building your own.


Cheap Computers for Voice Pros: A Bad Bargain?

By Carmi Levy

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Home Studio - 320.jpgVoice professionals rely heavily on their computers for lots of reasons: To manage their auditions, record and produce demos, and maintain their online presence, among other things.

Most voice pros also don't have an unlimited budget to play with. So when buying computers and related equipment for the home studio, they're always looking for a better deal.

But is the latest wave of ultra-inexpensive computers worth considering? The answer depends on what your specific needs are. Read on for more.


Movie Sound Effects - a Look Behind the Sound Designer's Curtain

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Foley artist at work, nutri-grain bar wrapper, recording studioHave you ever wondered about how sound is made?

What about the sound effects that you hear in film?

Matthew Polis, SoundSpace studio founder and supervising sound editor, contributed this great article to Vox Daily to give you a window into his world.

You might remember me mentioning Matthew before in an article here on Vox Daily about creating sounds at home.

Want to learn more about how Matthew creates sound for film?

Discover more about the creation of sound so that you can watch movies with a greater appreciation for Foley artistry now!


Voices.com Premium Membership Giveaway!

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Carmi Levy and Stephanie Ciccarelli, Vox Talk co-hosts, Voices.comFrom time to time, we like to give away prizes because, well, we love to do it. And since this is the holiday season, we're in a giving mood.

If you've been listening to Vox Talk or are following Voices.com on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn, you might have already heard about the contest.

On our latest show, Carmi and I gave instructions on how to enter for a chance to win.

So how about it: would you want to win a Premium membership to Voices.com?

Read on to hear more on how you can be a part of our last big giveaway of the year!


Voices.com Interview With Karen DeBoer

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Karen DeBoer, the voice that turns heads, Voices.com talentWhat has your career path looked like?

If you were to chart your course, I think you'd be amazed by how far you have come!

Andrew Amos at Voices.com interviewed Karen DeBoer to learn more about how the "voice that turns heads" built her career, the obstacles Karen faced and how she overcame them.

You may find that you have a lot in common with Karen DeBoer and can relate to some of her experiences.

Hear Karen's story in today's VOX Daily and join the conversation by leaving a comment on the blog!


Freelancer Tips For Working From Home With Kids

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Mother working from home with youthful daughter looking onDo you run a business based out of your home?

The Internet has opened many doors including the ability for freelancers to work from the comfort and privacy of their own homes. That being said, many freelancers are parents with preschool aged and home schooled children!

Hear from some professionals who have found a way to make working from home (with kids!) work for them in today's VOX Daily.


How Strategic Partnerships Can Get You More VO Work

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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

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

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


The 7 Most Common Bilingual Voiceover Mistakes And How To Avoid Them

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Rosi AmadorWhen clients hire talent to record bilingual voiceovers, what should they be taking into account?

Finding the right professional to record is of the utmost importance when presenting a target audience with accurately communicated information in their native language.

As a voice over artist, what do you need to know in order to provide the best service possible to those hiring?

Rosi Amador, a professional voice over artist who speaks fluent, accent free English and Spanish, joins us today in her guest article about the 7 most common bilingual voiceover mistakes and how you as a voice artist can avoid them.


How To Soundproof Your Home Recording Studio

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Purple soundproofing acoustic foam in studio with microphoneNot sure about your where your studio stands in terms of soundproofing?

From time to time, we'll receive emails from members who are concerned with the quality of their recordings due to noise, echoes or slap-back.

Today's VOX Daily will give you some tips for what you can do as well as point you in the direction of coaches and consultants who are versed in this area of treating your home recording studio and then some.


Voices.com Helps Give Talent The Edge Studio Advantage

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Voices.com and Edge Studio

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!


5 Tips For Decluttering Your Studio

By Lin Parkin

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Man with a worried expression his face trying to control the paper on his deskIs your recording studio a little on the unmanageable side?

Have you become accustomed to working in a workspace that really isn't workable or healthy for that matter?

If so, today's the day to get moving! Learn about five things you can do to decluttering your home recording studio environment in today's VOX Daily.


Who Won Voices.com's Photo Contest? Find Out!

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Laura Chase Voices.com Photo Contest winnerWe received many amazing, hilarious and creative photos this week from people who are members of our Voices.com Facebook page.

Our team is grateful for the 150+ pictures that were received and we are eager to acknowledge the winner and eleven other people whose photos stood out and were designated as finalists.

This contest gave us a means to get to know more people in our community and also gain a better appreciation for what your home studios are like and how Voices.com plays a role in your business.

Picking a winner for the Voices.com Photo Contest wasn't easy, but we're pleased to announce that we have chosen someone!

Find out who the winner is and also who the finalists are in today's VOX Daily.


You Could Win an iPad! Enter Voices.com's Photo Contest.

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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There's nothing like a cool contest to help drive away the winter blues!

Voices.com is giving away a 16GB iPad to the person who submits the coolest and most creative photo to our Facebook Fan Page.

What does it take to win and how do you enter?

Find out in today's VOX Daily!


Making Your Childhood Joy Your Living

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Ruth RosenHave you been wanting to use your voice as an actor since childhood?

Maybe you've had a change in your life that has given you the opportunity to go after your dreams and this is the perfect time for them to take flight.

Whether you were the class clown and now find yourself in animation or mimicked news announcers and found yourself in the producer's chair, everyone has a story to tell.

Ruth Rosen was kind enough to share hers with us at Voices.com and you too in today's VOX Daily.


10 Benefits of Working From Home-based Recording Studios

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Woman working from homeDo you work from home?

If you do, you're likely aware of the many benefits that go along with being able to conduct business when you want, wherever you want.

Join me now in a Top 10 style list of why it's awesome to work from home in today's VOX Daily.


What's Cooking in Your Voice Over Studio?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Voices.com Voice Acting VideosAs you may have noticed, there are many professional voice over talent who are creating videos of themselves and uploading them to YouTube.

Do you have a video we could watch of you working in your home recording studio?

Comment with the YouTube URL where we can discover your voice acting video via today's VOX Daily!


Home Recording Studios: Big or Small, We Love Them All!

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Karen Commins recording studio

From time to time I am asked to post a question via my Facebook status to gain feedback or advice on behalf of one of my friends.

Today's posting is the fruit of one such effort.

Is there an average size for home recording studios? Find out in today's VOX Daily.


Your Language is Your Home

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Man holding a speech bubbleHave you ever thought of your language as being your home?

Wherever you go, your language goes with you. Sometimes it's one of the only things you can take with you when traveling to a foreign country!

Let's explore this idea a bit further and how voice over can help.


A Familiar Voice in the Gardens of the Palace of Versailles

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Latona Fountain at VersaillesEver strolled through a place and found yourself accompanied by a familiar voice?

This happened to me a few weeks ago when I was in the gardens of Versailles. To my pleasant surprise, I discovered that the voice I heard belonged to one of Voices.com's talent members!

Find out whose voice over is currently playing on the grounds of the Palace of Versailles in today's VOX Daily.


Voice Artist Mike Cooper Narrates Televised Series "Britain at War"

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Britain at War

British voice over artist Mike Cooper was chosen to narrate the televised series "Britain at War," airing on Military History starting Thursday of this week.

Mike's voice joins those of veterans who lived through the terrors of World War II, helping to give context and a foundation for interviews featuring many of the people who lived it.

Learn more about this series now at VOX Daily.


How Old is Too Old For Voice Over?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Senior coupleCan you ever be too old to get started in voice acting?

How old is too old?

Are there any limitations that age may impose upon someone who wants to use their skills as a professional voice over artist?

Hear the concerns of one of our senior voices here at Voices.com and share your thoughts in today's VOX Daily.


Want to Build a Home Recording Studio?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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

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

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


How To Get an ISDN Line

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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ISDN phoneWhat's the best source to acquire ISDN service?

If you are someone who wants to get an ISDN line and are curious about how to go about it, a number of pro voice talent with ISDN equipped home studios have shared their insight with you!

Thoughts regarding Source-Connect and other technologies are also expressed.

Read more now in today's VOX Daily.


What Not To Wear in the Recording Studio

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Fashionable female voice artistCarrying on from yesterday's post about just how sensitive microphones are in a recording studio, we're going to talk fashion for a moment and share some do's and don'ts from professional voice talent and recording engineers with regard to what you should and shouldn't wear in the booth.

There are a variety of things you should not wear when in an audio recording session, some of which we detailed yesterday... in today's article, we'll take a closer look at the kind of clothing real working talent wear when doing voice overs.

Are voice over talent fashion plates in the booth? Could they ever be?

Find out at VOX Daily!


Location, Location, Location? Does Location Really Matter in VO?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Map of MinnesotaDo you have to live in New York or Los Angeles to be a voice over professional?

I received a question from a Chicago-area high school student who had heard that in order become a voice actor, you needed to live in NYC, LA or Houston.

A reply was sent which I believe will be of great comfort! Since this is a wide reaching topic, I've elaborated on my answer here on VOX Daily.

When you're done reading, comment with where you are living as a voice actor!


Caution! Coffee Mugs Don't Play Nicely in the Home Studio

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Coffee mugs beansEver find that you have to rerecord something that should have been perfect because of oddball noises?

Does your studio go bump in the night?

Yea, even the humble coffee bean plays a role in such a trial, especially if the contents within its cup are as the Maxwell House slogan goes, "good til the last drop."

Know where I'm going with this? Hear about John Taylor's frustrating nightmare of an audiobook editing (and subsequent recording) session today on VOX Daily.


15 Things N-O-T To Say In Your Voice Over Cover Letter

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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When you send a cover letter or email to a prospective client, you've got to make sure that everything is just right... say the wrong thing or omit important information and you've lost the contact!

Edge Studio in New York has compiled 15 things you should avoid in such communications for your reading pleasure.


Why Is Practicing So Important?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Young man practicing violinDoes 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.


Working at Home... With Kids!

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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

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


Home Studio Recording Using a Macintosh Computer: Part 1

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Apple Garageband screenshot

Do you own a Mac or wish that you did?

Perhaps you've been curious about making the leap from a PC to a Mac and would appreciate an insider's look at how the Mac operates and what using a Macintosh computer could do for you and your voice over business.

James T. Dawson joins us today as a new contributor to VOX Daily, and as a Macintosh Technical Support Specialist, is writing from the perspective of someone who knows more than the average Mac enthusiast about how they work.

In his debut article, James discusses some basics and gives you a lovely introduction to working with Macs to make audio recordings.


Getting Started in Voice Overs: What To Do and in Which Order?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Female looking through a magnifying glassWhen 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!


Voice For Hire Book Signing and Workshop

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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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.


Building Your Home Recording Studio? Advice from Sweetwater Sound

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Bluebird microphoneHaving a home recording studio is a given if you want to be a professional voice talent in today's world.

Even if you do most of your work outside of your home in local studios, you will still need to have a basic setup available to you 24/7 in the comfort and convenience of your own home.

Hear about some new pieces of audio recording equipment that might be an attractive fit for your digital home recording studio via advice from Sweetwater Sound's Mark Magdich courtesy of the Voice Coaches Advanced Marketing Expo.


You Gotta Have Friends in Voice Over

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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FriendsVoice over is a friendly business and certainly the having of friends in voice over makes a big difference in your career, whether you're just getting started or you're in a position to give a helping hand.

Read this fab article from guest blogger Bill Oxley, someone who grew up on the greener side of the proverbially industry grass, and learn how you can make career changing connections today, even if you didn't go to elementary or high school in Southern California.


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

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Chenonceaux Castle in France

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

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


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

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Cowboy riding horse at dawn

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

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

What will you be harvesting?


Sweetwater Sound Drills Down Basics of Home Recording for Voice Actors

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Mark Magdich Sweetwater Sound

Mark Magdich from Fort Wayne, Indiana flew in and gave a whirlwind talk featuring audio recording equipment and basic concepts of home recording for voice actors.

Discover the benefits of investing in quality gear and learn about standard technologies you should have in your studio.


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

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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

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

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

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Bobbin Beam's Do it Yourself Home Recording Sound Booth

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Bobbin BeamTo kick off our Family Week here at VOX Daily, I'd like to start with this gem of a story that features husband and wife collaboration.

Recently, Bobbin Beam and her husband Pete completed the building of Bobbin's home recording booth.

To learn more about the process of building a booth in your own home and find about how Bobbin and Pete successfully completed the booth on their own, read this interview with the one and only, voice actress Bobbin Beam!


Review : The Gypsy's Guide to Professional Home Recording

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Pat Fraley Voice Over Coach
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.


Second-hand recording studio equipment

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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recording-studio-equipment-voice-overs.jpgIs buying used gear just 'as good as new' for aspiring talents starting out in the business? Let's tackle the realm of second-hand recording studios, what to look for, and your return on investment (ROI).

When a business is in startup mode, usually the entrepreneur looks for ways to cut costs while obtaining all of the necessary objectives to run their business.

In the case of a voice talent, building a home recording studio is paramount to their success and fundamental to conducting business on a daily basis.