Are you running dry on ideas for creating characters?
When developing new characters, you need to think about who they are, where they're from, what they do, how they think and what matters most to them.
What if instead of starting from scratch every time, you were able to streamline the process by drawing upon a reservoir of personalities from which to shape your character?
Enter the 16 personality types as defined by Myers-Briggs.
Learn more about how to leverage online resources about human behaviour to enrich your character development now.
Have you ever found yourself in a situation where it seemed that mountains needed to move in order for you to complete a task?
Recently, one of our voice talent members at Voices.com faced a tight deadline and went way above and beyond the call of duty, showing us all that no matter how challenging a situation may appear, choosing to rise to the occasion can make all the difference.
When you put your mind to something, is there anything you can't do?
Hear Albert Hensley's story in today's VOX Daily!
When you first meet another voice actor, what is the first thing you notice about their voice?
I asked a number of professional voice talent their thoughts on the matter and some of their observations are really quite intriguing!
What sort of things are you listening for?
How might your peers be hearing you?
Join the conversation in today's VOX Daily!
In this, the final segment of our Veterans in Voice Over special, we feature Linsay Rousseau, who served in the Iraq War, OIF IV. 2005-2006 as a public affairs sergeant for the U.S. Army's 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), working as a journalist, photographer and videographer. She spent a year in the northern Iraq province of Kirkuk documenting and reporting on combat and humanitarian operations.
Linsay co-founded the Appeal for Redress during her time in the Army to educate service members on their rights and called for an immediate withdrawal of all U.S. forces from Iraq. The Appeal received the 2007 Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Award, presented by the Institute for Policy Studies.
Join VOX Daily today to hear Linsay Rousseau's experiences in the Army and how she became a voice actor after her service ended.
By Lin Parkin
In the second edition of Veterans in Voice Over, I had the pleasure of getting to know Karl Zinchak, USN (Retired).
Karl was first introduced to voice over early in his 20-year US Navy career while working as a combat photojournalist. Both the Department of Defense and the Navy needed voice talent for military and civilian media relations and he was later sent to the Defense Information School to learn voice and diction, radio and television production and has extensive experience working in front and behind a camera.
Later in his career, he was assigned as station manager for American Forces Radio and Television affiliates in Adak, Alaska and McMurdo Station, Antarctica, aboard various Naval ships and also served as Media Relations Officer. A native New Yorker, now living in Kansas City, he credits his early voice training for eliminating his 'Brooklyn-ese' accent.
After his years in service, Karl immersed himself in all aspects of voice-over education, training and personal coaching. He is now a professional non-union voice talent with his own home studio.
Join VOX Daily to learn about his life in service and exactly how he became a full time voice-over artist.
Known as Remembrance Day in Canada and Veterans Day in the United States, on November 11th we honor those how have fought for their countries, some fortunate to make their way back home, some making the ultimate sacrifice, with a minute of silence at 11 am.
As a special tribute to those in our industry who've put themselves on the front lines for their families, friends, and their fellow citizens, we present "Veterans in Voice Over" to highlight members of our voice-over community who've served their country.
Join VOX Daily as we hear about the life and stories from some of those who've bravely faced the perils of war so that we may enjoy a safer world.
By Lin Parkin
When I was young I was inspired by an unlikely teacher. He was brash and yelled a lot at the students. He didn't take anything from anyone and, while his bouts of classroom fury were not projected in my general direction, it accomplished what I can only presume it was meant to do. I was intimidated.
To add a little perspective, I come from a quiet family. We never raised our voices. If for whatever reason we were mad we did not yell at each other. We discussed it, sometimes heated, but never loud. So his way of 'reasoning' with students was a little scary to me.
I have always had a vivid imagination. My dreams are dreamt with such clarity that in my pre-teens I started writing short stories of them and when I would have nightmares, as many children are prone to, I would end up writing thrillers or suspense stories.
Have you ever heard of the TalkRocket Go app?
Do you know someone who would benefit from a communication aid?
If someone you know is unable to speak due to illness or injury the good folks at MyVoice Inc., makers of the TalkRocket Go app, just shared some good news that might be of interest to you, particularly if you are a resident of Ontario, Canada.
The Ontario government will now cover 75% of the price of an iPad or iPod Touch when installed with the TalkRocket Go app, in either the English or French versions.
Do 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.
Would you consider yourself to be someone who is strong-willed?
People who exhibit strong-willed behaviors are typically more creative, stand by their convictions and assume roles of leadership.
Strong-willed children grow up to be strong-willed adults and many of these folks tend to go down the entrepreneurial path and start their own businesses.
Does that sound like you?
Find out more about how having a strong will can help you to succeed in the realm of business and more in today's VOX Daily.
Do you know what it's like to make a new friend?
Starting friendships in the voice acting business can be easy given you have so much in common that nearly no one outside of voice-over understands.
I happened to find a quote that puts words to the moment a friendship begins and thought you might enjoy it!
If this post resonates with you, add your thoughts as a comment on today's VOX Daily.
The sort of work you do, even though it may be acting, is telling of who you are, what matters to you and what you're willing to have your voice associated with.
How do the scripts you read reflect you and your heart?
Join in the discussion in today's VOX Daily.
Has voice acting become more about you and less about your audience?
What happens when we place more significance on ourselves and how we perform than on the message and the people it is intended for?
A number of voice over folks chimed in on this and I hope you enjoy it!
Hear more in today's VOX Daily.
Is this what Christmas looks like?
The popular John Lennon song "Happy Christmas (War Is Over)" speaks to us about how we have not done much for those who are suffering yet fails to share suffering's remedy; the true meaning of Christmas and the hope it brings through perfect love that drives out fear.
What if we were to cease starring in the role of Bystander and not just hope that the coming year is indeed a good one without any fear?
Join me in today's VOX Daily as we explore what this time of year is truly calling us to and how you can make a difference, despite the odds.
By Stephanie Ciccarelli
Many people tend to separate their work from their personal life and guiding principles in the name of acting.
Does the art of "acting" excuse compromising on morals or violating personal beliefs?
Acting doesn't have to mean leaving your morals at the door...in fact, acting can mean bringing them through the door and into the studio.
Read more in today's VOX Daily.
Are you looking for a reason to give to a worthy cause?
How about recording a voiceover and donating your work to a charity or an organization whose work you support?
Find out how you can help make stretch a charitable organizations' dollar a bit further by participating in Terry Daniel's 10 Week VO Holiday Challenge.
Have you been looking for a way to give back?
Interested in narrating audiobooks?
Why not consider narrating audiobooks for the blind and partially sighted?
Canadian vision health charity, CNIB (Canadian National Institute for the Blind), offers a program that voice talent or people in general can apply for to become narrators for CNIB.
Learn more in this article on VOX Daily.
By Stephanie Ciccarelli
Ever thought about what you read can help save lives?
The way you interpret a script can make a difference in how people perceive the vital information you're expressing in your read.
If you've been able to convey critical information that you feel has saved lives, be sure to comment on today's VOX Daily!
What would you say are the most wonderful sounds you've ever heard?
Does hearing anything in particular lift your spirits?
Whether it's music, the voice of a loved one, or birds who sing sweetly in the trees I'd love to hear your thoughts!
Share them today on this VOX Daily article.
Do you ever feel like all you can do is take things one day at a time?
I've found that to be true for me as we continue to try to find a balance and adjust to life with a baby at home.
After you've read this piece, join the discussion in today's VOX Daily by leaving a comment!
Feeling the least bit discouraged?
Take heart, my friend!
Herb Merriweather shares a number of statements that when delivered with gusto will make an enormous impact on your outlook, performance and spirit!
Strike your best heroic pose and prepare to be inspired in today's VOX Daily.
Have you been doing a lot of gardening, landscaping or hiking in the great outdoors?
While gardening and exercise is a wonderful thing but have you given any thought to protecting your instrument when working out of doors?
Do you have any proven strategies to share?
Hear a couple of excellent tips for how you can do more to serve and protect your voice in today's VOX Daily.
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.
Father's Day is celebrated by different cultures everywhere.
In Canada, the US, Japan, India, Africa, the United Kingdom and many other countries across the globe Father's Day is celebrated on the 3rd Sunday in June.
Today's Vox Daily pays special tribute to all the Dads who have helped shape our lives and cultures.
Has your ability to multi-task affected your ability to remain focused and retain important information?
This can happen at home or at work. When you work from home, watch out!
Terry Daniel shows us what can happen we we stop paying attention to details and run full-steam ahead on the "I'm doing everything (but not anything particularly well) train" in today's VOX Daily.
Voice acting affords many opportunities to record for projects that are meaningful to you.
Even if you aren't booking a large quantity of work of this kind from other people, isn't it wonderful to know that you can still record it on your own and use your gifts as a voice artist to extend yourself beyond what others might have in store?
Learn more in today's VOX Daily.
By Stephanie Ciccarelli
Have you ever had a dream about your work, gear or coaching sessions?
Many people from radio tend to dream (or have nightmares!) about being on-air but I wasn't sure if voice over people in general had these sort of reoccurring cinematic slumbers related to voice acting.
If you have, be sure to comment with your story!
Have you ever given much thought to how you got to where you are today?
The people you were surrounded by, everything you learned, worked toward or experienced have contributed to what you find yourself doing now.
If you had to chart your course, what would it look like?
By Stephanie Ciccarelli
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.
By Stephanie Ciccarelli
If you could record your voice from anywhere in the world, whether a private venue or a public space, where would your ideal "studio" be and why?
This question was posed to our Voices.com community on Facebook and some of their answers were very creative.
Discover some interesting ideas and learn more about how you can recreate the environment you're voicing about and set the stage for theatre of the mind in today's VOX Daily.
If you are reading this, chances are you are seeing it with your eyes and running them from left to right, left to right... did that just create a mental picture for you?
While word painting is often associated with aural imagery, did you know that there are other ways that words can be painted?
Find out more in today's VOX Daily.
Can too much positive thinking be bad for you?
Vicki Amorose shares some ideas and poses the question of whether positive thinking can leave you in a position to be blindsided in your voice over career and beyond.
Read Vicki's article and then add your own voice to the conversation in today's VOX Daily.
The idea was that by not wearing headphones you could thereby avoid or distance yourself from the possibility of "falling in love" with your own voice. I then wondered if this happened and what one might do to avoid it.
When this concept was posed to our Voices.com Facebook group, the responses started to pour in with people overwhelmingly stating that they did not love their own voices... in fact, some hated them!
Find out what was said in today's VOX Daily.
The voice over community is grieved to learn of Cynthia Songes passing at the age of 58.
Cynthia died on Wednesday, May 19 of a brief illness in Arroyo Grande, California.
At this time of sorrow, I thought it would be fitting to remember and celebrate Cynthia's life by sharing her insight and wonderful contribution to the Voice Over Experts podcast with you, entitled "Debating The Signature Voice."
Have you ever had an experience related to voice over that made a significant impact on you?
Recently Linwood Powell was invited to an event where the live announcing was provided by Steve Zirnkilton, the Voice of Law & Order.
Hear more about his experience now on VOX Daily and share your story, too!
By Stephanie Ciccarelli
A dream team represents the best of the best.
We've seen this phenomenon play out in sport, film, and sometimes if we're lucky, in the realms of politics and or leadership within an industry.
Have you ever thought that this too might be something we experience and can identify with in terms of the voice over industry?
By Stephanie Ciccarelli
Have you wondered what you are being called to as a professional voice over talent?
Did you know that your vocation to speak means more than just giving lip service to words?
Being who you are with the gifts you have, and living in this time, did not happen by chance.
Just as Mordecai said to Esther in Esther 4:14, you too are here for such a time as this.
What does it all mean? Find out in today's VOX Daily.
Ever noticed that a few simple and carefully chosen words can go a long way?
When in the business of elocution, you tend to come across messages, many of which need to be shared.
You may have also noted that some of these messages are more urgent, empowering and uplifting.
How can you incorporate more of these words into your work and everyday life?
Join VOX Daily contributor Herb Merriweather in his newest article where he discusses words fitly spoken and share your thoughts!
By Stephanie Ciccarelli
Have you been trying to live out your dream to become a full-time voice over artist?
Linwood Powell is approaching the end of his journey working in a different field and is about to pursue a life of delivering meaningful messages from behind the mic and behind the scenes.
Having met Linwood on two occasions, I want to share his story with you and trust that it will give you hope and may inspire those who may be on the fence about committing to voice over as a career.
Find out more about Linwood's story and discover what it means to give your all in today's VOX Daily.
Has the bleak midwinter got you down?
Are you taking voice over too seriously?
Enjoy some laughter and holiday cheer in this contribution from voice over talent Vicki Amorose!
Are you ready for what next year will bring?
I'm excited to share an inspiring and encouraging article with you that acknowledges individuals and reminds us all to be grateful for our blessings and the people in our lives.
Written by a constant source of encouragement and light, Herb Merriweather joins us through this festive article leading us toward 2010.
Have you ever thought of volunteering to make a difference in the lives of others?
Getting involved with a cause or helping with something dear to your heart can give you an amazing feeling of satisfaction and fulfillment.
Now, imagine would could happen if you married your talent as a voice over artist with an impassioned voice to champion a cause.
How powerful and life-changing could that be?
Hear Joan Baker's story about how she is doing just that here in a very special article on VOX Daily.
When people are voice acting, their names are not generally associated with the voice over or the product they are selling.
The one exception that I can think of is in the world of character voice acting where there may be credits included at the end of a cartoon, film, or in a video game.
Bearing that in mind, how does this affect the voice acting profession?
Share your thoughts on the topic here at VOX Daily!
Have you received opportunities only to turn them down because you're not giving yourself enough credit?
Many people find it difficult to identify the value or beauty in within themselves that others can plainly see.
Opportunity can come knocking when you least expect it... opportunities also present themselves to you for a reason.
Are you seizing the day? If not, let this VOX Daily article convince you otherwise!
Lost a gig?
Today I'd like to talk about what happens when someone doesn't renew a contract to use your voice.
It is not a subject that we touch on much but is an important reality nonetheless.
Hear some sage advice from Ann DeWig on the realities of moving on here at VOX Daily.
The voice over community lost a great champion of educational excellence late last year when Bernard Shaw passed away.
Upon learning about this startling truth, I asked one of the people who worked closely with Bernard Shaw to share some of his remembrances in a tribute that we could all read and enjoy celebrating the life of a giant in Great Britain's voice over world.
A teacher, talent, and man who had a way with words, Bernard shall be remembered by the voice acting community in verse and through his contributions to the Voice Over Experts podcast.
Do you have the auditioning blues?
If you're feeling discouraged because the jobs are just not coming in from your auditioning efforts, I trust this story will do much to lift your spirits!
Enjoy this expository piece by voice over talent Michael Morgan today on VOX Daily.
We all have our reasons for doing what we do.
Maybe it makes you feel alive, like you're contributing in a positive way, or simply feels "right."
There must be something in you somewhere that drives your passion as professional.
Have you ever stopped to think about what motivates you to be a voice artist and where your energy is derived from? Why do you record voice overs?
Add your comments and join in the conversation!
When you spend enough time doing something, it's likely to stick in your subconscious mind and manifest itself in your dreams.
Do you dream of voice overs?
Hear about one voice talent, Lisa Foster, whose radio experience won't leave her alone!
Want to help change the world?
You can do so through the kind of projects you take on in your voice acting career.
Discover 3 factors that determine how you contribute and find out why they are so very important.
Have you ever heard that it's the journey that matters, not just getting to the destination?
You may find in your travels that going to events issues opportunities to learn, to admire and reminisce in a beautiful and historic setting, combining voice over with the local culture.
Voice talent Linda Ristig shares her experiences in the American city of Schenectady, NY. By setting aside time to explore her surroundings, Linda was introduced to people, places and things within the city gates, connecting with her in meaningful ways.
Already a member of Voices.com, Voice Over Universe, and the online group Teen Talk V.O. Style, Travis is well on his way to achieving his goal of becoming a career voice over talent.
Hear about how one boy is making a big difference in shaping the future of the voice over community.
Every now and then, you come across something in your work that is more than just work, it's a labour of love.
What have you found to be "more than just a job"?
Prime Time Voice Dave Fennoy, spokesvoice for numerous commercial campaigns, including McDonald's, Corona Beer, KFC, Toyota, Chrysler, and ATT shares his most meaningful job and invites you to share yours as well by leaving a comment.
Are you ever too old to learn?
Find out what Herb Merriweather, voice of many video game characters, medical documentaries and voice of "The Iguana Summer King" in the "Vipo, the Flying Dog" series, has discovered and how his realizations can help you too, whether young or young at heart.
Glad tidings we bring to you and your kin, in this, the bleak midwinter, that your hearts may be filled with comfort and joy, for unto us a child is born!
Brian Haymond has much to be grateful for this year, including sharing in a recently awarded accolade that included his voice over narration in a Samaritan's Purse commercial / PSA that garnered a National Religious Broadcasters Media Award.
Although the award is worth writing about, the real story here is about how Brian Haymond's association with the organization and joyful parenting with his wife have inspired the Haymond daughters to give back to those in need using their voiceover talent.
The passing of Don LaFontaine leaves us with a number of questions including how public perception will influence the future of voice over in theatrical trailers.
While we're ready for change, is everyone else?
This morning, I had a wonderful visit at a local high school where I spoke to a broadcast technology class about voice overs, showed them around the site and also took some questions about the industry.
Have you ever given some of your time to share about voice overs with the public?
Comment with your experiences!
There must have been something along the way in your past that sparked your passion for voice over.
Today, I'd like to share a story of my own about how I came to be fascinated with and love voice over, something that perhaps many of you can relate to.
After you've read my account, I'd love it if you shared your story too!
As you may have noticed over the past couple of days, a lot about being a successful business has to do a great deal with having a solid vision, living that vision and inspiring others to help you to meet your goals.
Anne Becker, former CEO of the London Public Library, gave a very impressive lecture on what it takes to be a leader who can instill passion and purpose as well as gather a group of committed people who contribute to make the vision a reality.
Oh look at that... it's Valentine's Day!
I thought it would be nice for everyone to give a shout out to the community by leaving Valentine's Day greetings here as comments on the blog.
Do you have any idea of what is in store for you this year?
If you let go of the past, the present day and days to come hold innumerable blessings...
Want to know more?
Does your brain hurt?
Check out 3 solutions that will help you to start 2008 off right here on VOX Daily.
Have you started on your New Year's Resolutions yet?
A few minutes of sitting down to distill your goals for the coming year in your voice over business could mean hundreds of dollars in prizes for you!
Want to know more?
What do you do after you're finished recording for the day?
Share how you unwind or reward yourself after a long day in front of the mic with your friends at VOX Daily.
It's the time of year when prime time television is decked out with the holly and the ivy, visions of sugarplums, and the jingle of sleigh bells.
A look back at the voices who have made Christmas television programming a national treasure and part of family holiday traditions over the years.
By David Ciccarelli
Yesterday, we brought some gingerbread cookies that I had baked to the office. It was nice to have some Christmas cheer a bit early, and the cookies were very well received!
Are you baking already for the holiday season? If you have a favorite recipe that you'd like to share, leave it as a comment here on the VOX Daily blog and get some extra publicity for your voice.
Catch some inspiration from CSI's Robert David Hall and find out why voice acting is not limited by physical infirmities.
The art of song and speech go together like peanut butter and jelly - just ask the Angels in Lockport, NY.
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