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Want to Act Full-Time? How to Go from Hobbyist to Acting Pro

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Going from part-time to full-time voice-over work

If you've been wondering about what it takes to make voice acting (or acting in general) a full-time gig, you're about to discover how to go about it!

Heidi Dean of Marketing4Actors shares her tips and insight with us in today's Vox Daily.


10 Mistakes to Avoid When Filling Out Your Voices.com Profile

By Jennifer Smith

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Woman dressed in red pointing at the screen of her laptop in surprise.

Is your Voices.com profile generating enough audition opportunities for you?

Do you think you could be doing better on the site?

If you want to get ahead of the competition in 2016, cozy up with a cup of coffee or tea and take some notes! The top ten profile mistakes voice talent make are completely avoidable. Find out what you can do right now to start the new year off right in today's Vox Daily.


Why Voice Actors Need Headshots in Today's Marketplace

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Headshots and style advice for voice actors

Thanks to social networking sites like LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook, having an image that represents you online has become commonplace.

Do you have a professional headshot and is your voice working with your image?

Gain a new appreciation for how your voice works with your visual brand thanks to insight (and practical tips!) from Jessica Myhr of Inherent Style.


Is Your Profile Headshot Limiting Your Voice Over Opportunities on Voices.com?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Multiple faces, headshots, profile pictures

The age old debate resurfaces, but in a different form!

Rather than, "Should I have a headshot?" actors should be asking themselves whether the headshot they are promoting themselves with is the best representation of them and their abilities.

Kate McClanaghan of Sound Advice joins us, sharing her thoughts on how your professional headshot can help or hinder your ability to book work from your profile at Voices.com.


7 Great Ways to Promote Your Voice

By Carmi Levy

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Shaking Hands - 320.jpgAre you doing everything you can to promote yourself as a voice professional?

In between all the day-to-day activities necessary to build your voice career - from working with a coach and exercising your voice to auditioning and then auditioning some more - finding the time to promote yourself and your brand understandably isn't always at the top of your priority list.

While plenty of voice artists manage to succeed without a focused effort to promote themselves, it's equally true that today's online, mobile, and social media-driven economy has raised the stakes somewhat.

If you've been wondering how to amp up the volume when it comes to promoting your brand as a voice artist, read on.


5 Steps To Building A Great App Preview Video

By Carmi Levy

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Voicesdotcom iTunes app page - 320.PNGIf you're one of the growing numbers of businesses or individuals who are thinking of creating an app to market yourself, you need to know this.

For the first time ever, Apple has decided to allow the app preview page in its online App Store to include videos. Up until now, app preview pages have been static, with only snippets of photos, graphics and text to tell your app's story.

All that changes with video, and it's a great way to stand out from the crowd - 1.3 million apps and growing - and get your app the attention it deserves.

For a rundown of the 5 things you must keep in mind as you begin building your video app preview, read on.


Vanishing Act: Movie Trailers Are Going Voiceless

By Carmi Levy

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Theatre and projector - 320.jpgYour ears aren't playing tricks on you. In recent years, fewer and fewer movie trailers use voice over narration.

Instead, the previews that pierce the darkness increasingly use mixtures of content lifted directly from the movie to tell the story in a couple of minutes and capture the attention of theatregoers.

Thanks to the Internet, how we tell stories is changing, and where we learn about upcoming movies is similarly evolving. Since Twitter and Instagram might already tell us all all there is to know about a movie before we even step into the theatre, the traditional trailer is no longer the only marketing tool available to producers.

Read on for more on how the trailer is evolving, and why.


Enhancing Your Social Media Marketing with Audio

By Lin Parkin

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social media icons.jpgSo you've got a visual presence online. You're on all of the social networking sites.

You regularly update your status and news feeds but you're finding that something is oddly ... missing.

How is it that you can have a photo, an about me paragraph, and hundreds of virtual friends but still feel like your efforts are missing the boat somehow?

It's likely the human element. Although seemingly everywhere you look, it is often the missing piece of the puzzle in social networking. Join VOX Daily to learn more.


Deborah Sale-Butler: Fake It Till You Make It

By Lin Parkin

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deb-and-mic-622x466.jpgHave you ever wondered how some of the faces that appear on the Recently Hired keep making the list?

You've likely seen Deborah Sale-Butler on that list many times.

How does she do it?

She has taken her years of voice-over experience and coaching hopeful voice-over students and adapted that to the modern marketplace to complement her existing marketing efforts.

By adapting to the changing landscape of the industry that she has been able to build a successful career both at Voices.com and outside the site.

Join VOX Daily today as Deborah offers you some valuable marketing advice for those new the industry and those new to marketing themselves on Voices.com.


Top 10 Most Successful Brand Mascots of All Time

By Lin Parkin

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Happy Man and Woman Looking at Computer Screen.jpgWhen I set out to compile a list of the most beloved and memorable branding characters, I really didn't know what I was in for.

How can I choose only ten?

There are many companies, big and small, that really get this. There have been so many companies that are incredibly successful at creating brand awareness through animated characters and casting the right voices that bring them to life.

When a careful pairing of voice and character comes together in perfect synergy it creates a lasting legacy in the hearts and minds of consumers, building brand trust and loyalty.

It was on that notion that I selected the following companies and their characters, performed with some of the most memorable voice-overs, in my list of the top 10 most successful brand mascots of all time. Will you join me in today's VOX Daily?


How Are You Promoting Your Voice?

By Lin Parkin

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Idea, Plan, ActionDo you actively seek out new and interesting ways to market your business?

Knowing how to connect with your intended customer is what marketing is all about. Recognizing that the voice-over service you offer is a business-2-business operation and advertising to them in a 'language' they'll understand is key in finding new clients and reminding past clients that you are still there and available for work.

Finding new memorable ways to reach out to your clients will help you stand out and be in the forefront of their minds.

In today's VOX Daily learn about a fantastic example of a voice talent who really gets this aspect of the voice-over business.


5 Stages for Creating a Killer Explainer Video

By Lin Parkin

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YumYumVideos.jpgAre you embarking on an explainer video for your business?

Have you ever wondered what actually goes into the making of explainer videos?

Animated explainer videos require the hands on skills of a number of different disciplines from script writing to voice-over to animators and marketers there are a number of things that bring together a great video for your business.

Today VOX Daily welcomes guest blogger Karina Sacco, co-founder of Yum Yum Videos to speak about the process of making an animated explainer video.


The Future of Voice-Overs

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Terry Daniel voice talentWhen did you realize that you loved voice-overs?

If you used to create character voices as a kid, made up weird voices or mulled over how you could use your voice to make money, you can probably relate to voice talent and coach, Terry Daniel.

There is so much work out there nowadays and so much has changed for the modern voice-over professional.

Do you ever dream about the future of voice-over?

I know we do!

Hear Terry's story and make a new friend in today's VOX Daily!


The Gig That Keeps On Giving

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Minnesota Vikings NFL, helmet, purple, white viking horns, resting on a fencepost.Have you ever booked a voice-over gig that just keeps on giving?

Voice talent, Rick Riley, recently shared an extraordinary story with me that was too good not to pass along.

Hear about how one gig can go a long way in today's VOX Daily.


12 Trends of Voice Acting for 2012

By David Ciccarelli

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12 Trends for Voice Acting in 2012 by Voices.com CEO, David CiccarelliEach year, we shed some light on where we believe the voice over industry is headed with a number of observations from the unique perspective of the voice over marketplace.

Significant ground has been broken in many areas and opportunities for voice talent, regarding both scope and prosperity, have increased.

Access your free copy of 12 Trends for 2012 in today's VOX Daily!


8 Reasons Why You Should Host a Party For Your Business

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Ribbon being cut by scissors surrounded by confettiEveryone likes a party, right?

Friday September 16th, 2011 marks the date of Voices.com's Launch Party in celebration of our company's expansion and move into downtown London.

Hear about our preparations and gather ideas on how you can host a party or open house to attract new clients and rekindle relationships with existing clients.


Tips For Researching And Developing Characters

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Mother reading to her young daughter while resting on a hammockA short time ago we took a look at how you can differentiate between characters in a script when reading an audiobook or multi-character project.

In today's VOX Daily, guest blogger John McLain offers his perspective on how you can get to know the characters featured in a book before you start the recording process.


How Testimonials Build Trust Online

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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When you shop online, what do you find helps to build trust before making a purchase?

By thinking like a consumer, you'll be able to add a significant amount of trust through your words, testimonials and feedback ratings and reviews.

Learn more about how you can create a glowing first impression of what you offer and how others perceive your work in this third installment of our Voices.com Profile Basics 101 series.


20 Marketing Ideas For Voice Over Actors

By Lin Parkin

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woman-hire-me-sign.jpgDo you need help marketing your voice over business?

Many talent have got the creative side of their businesses down to a fine science but lack the marketing know-how to keep their business growing.

We're offering up twenty marketing ideas that will help put some step into your marketing stride!

Learn more in today's Vox Daily.


Client Experience Report Winter 2011

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Woman doing a survey and checking boxes on a clearboardWhat do clients using Voices.com want?

Surveying our customers is important to us at Voices.com and we hope you find this information to be useful.

So, what do people looking for voice talent online have in common and how can you use that knowledge to your advantage?

Find out in today's VOX Daily as we discuss results from our Client Experience Report from Winter 2011.


Trends in Children's Voice Casting

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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

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

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


VOpedia.com, New Wiki Resource for the Voice Over Community

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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VOpedia logoHave you created a listing for yourself on VOpedia.com?

Similar to Wikipedia, VOpedia is a wiki specific to voice over talent. Developed by Mahmoud Taji, a Canadian voice talent based in Cairo, VOpedia is a repository of knowledge for all things related to the Voiceover Industry.

Learn more about VOpedia in today's VOX Daily.


Building Relationships and Ongoing Business Through Revisions

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Woman painting the trim on a windowsillWhat's a revision?

Why are they relevant and how do they contribute to long-term business relationships and corporate branding?

Learn more about voice-over revisions and how they factor in via today's VOX Daily.


Marketing Your Voice Through Local Networking

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Three people sitting on a couch with laptopsIn which ways are you marketing your voice locally? Are you part of an ad club or chamber of commerce?

Promoting your voice should be a multi-pronged strategy that involves more than just social networking online... in other words, don't get stuck sitting on the couch when you could be among the people!

Learn more about how you can get the word out to those who may hire you in town in today's VOX Daily.


How to Beef Up Your Brand Through Storytelling

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Mother reading to her young daughterWhile voice actors are paid to talk, many have difficulty speaking to what they provide and attracting people to more than just keywords describing their instrument.

How can you become more than just a teller of other people's stories?

Learn how to tell your own effectively in today's VOX Daily.


Should You Have a Stage Name?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Man wearing a Venetian maskWhat is a stage name?

Why do people use stage names?

How does someone decide whether or not they might want or need a stage name?

Recently a member of our service asked me about stage names and wanted to know more about why people might take one on and what a stage name could do for your career.

Find out the answer to these questions and more in today's VOX Daily.


Promoting Yourself: Ask Before You Tweet and Other Encouragements

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Marketing and strategy street signsJust like you look both ways before you cross the street, you need to ask before you tweet.

Most companies will be open to you publicizing good experiences working with them but it's important to realize that public relations specific to a project, especially one in development, belongs within the realm of the company who is producing the project.

Learn more about how you can ask a company you're working for about sharing your involvement and also how to become part of what they may already be doing in this regard in today's VOX Daily.


Client Experience Report from Spring 2010

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Woman pressing a button on a screenHow do clients make their decisions when it comes to hiring talent at Voices.com?

What matters to them most?

What can this mean for you?

Find out the answers to these questions and more in today's VOX Daily.


Is There Room Enough For Two?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Woman in fencing clothesWas it a crime for Christopher Marlowe to have written plays at the same time as William Shakespeare?

Should political candidates stop campaigning because someone else with similar hopes and objectives is running for office?

Would it make sense for a production company to cease creating films because there are other companies that are also making films?

Rivalries have existed throughout history and are still part of our lives today. Working in the same space as someone else may be challenging but it doesn't mean that you won't succeed... you just have to be more agile, unique and clearly positioned.

How can you step out from the crowd and leave the notion of competition behind you? Find out in today's VOX Daily.


Bringing The Brand!

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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sherlock-holmes.jpgDo you have what it takes to represent someone else's brand?

When you step up and audition for a voice over job, you've got to bring it!

Looking for some tips on how you can impress people you're auditioning for?

Discover how to quickly identify with prospective clients and give them what they may not ask for but definitely want to hear in today's VOX Daily from Voices.com.


How To Make People Crave Your Voice

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Wine bottles with blank labelsIf you're like me, you are always looking for more ways to engage current and prospective customers... there is no better way than to tell a good story!

How are you getting people to buy into your brand and its promise?

Take a leaf out of the vintners playbook! Learn how to build a world around your voice and its properties today on VOX Daily.


When Should You Ask for a Testimonial?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Boy holding a card that says Thank YouWhen is the best time to ask a client for a testimonial about their experience working with you?

On the Power Profiles teleseminar, we covered various aspects of how you can be recognized for your work including feedback ratings and reviews, testimonials, and your client list.

If you already have some testimonials but are looking to obtain more, this article will help!

Learn when the absolute best time to ask for a testimonial is and be sure to take advantage of a free template that details what you can say to your client to receive a testimonial for promotional use.


Client Experience Report Fall 2009

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Voiceovers 10 Billion Worldwide Market

Wonder what clients are looking for, thinking about, and doing at Voices.com?

Entrusted with the unique position to monitor industry activity, but also act as a catalyst for future growth, we asked our clients a number of questions that give you a glimpse into their Voices.com experiences and also tell you more about how they are choosing to use our service.

Find out more by reading our Voices.com Client Experience Report at VOX Daily.


How To Make Traditional Self-Marketing Work in a Virtual World

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Man networking with a womanThe first presentation at the Voice Coaches Expo this year was delivered by Jay Silverman, discussing how technology can help to facilitate traditional marketing techniques while reminding us that offline marketing is still one of the most personal and effective ways to self-promote.

I've taken some time to jot down much of what Jay advised as well as added my own thoughts in this article about how you can leverage technology combined with the personal touch.


Photo Shoot! Tips For How to Have an Awesome Head Shot Session

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Have you ever considered having a professional photograph taken to help you promote your career?

Last night I had my first session with London, ON photographer, David Raposo, and I'd like to share a bit about my experience with you.

As a voice actor, you might think that head shots aren't a priority or good for business, however, you may change your mind after you read this.


Statistics Don't Lie: Introducing Voices.com's New Home Page

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Voices.com home page

Over a period of several weeks, we had been conducting layout tests to see which home page layout was preferred by clients using our service to hire voice over talent.

As you may have noted today, we have a winner.

While it may not be what you are used to seeing, statistics don't lie, and frankly, this is what works!

Learn more about why we waited until now to announce this and also about the positive changes we are already seeing thanks to some research, tracking and implementation.


4 Fibs of Marketing: The Worst Advice Ever Given

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Pinocchio business manEver found that the challenges we as people face are often of our own making?

Perhaps its a nagging voice from our childhood or a preconceived notion that rears its head, serving as a stumbling block or hurdle to achieving a goal.

Whether it's about success, business, money making, or marketing, each of us has our own established beliefs and behaviors that formed over years of living, including accepted beliefs from the families we were raised by, other influences, and experiences we've had throughout our lives.

Can you relate to any of the fibs in this article? Read on to find out!


Report on the Voice Over Industry : 2009

By David Ciccarelli

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Voice talent, agents, casting directors and unions face a changed environment. The convergence of media and technology, combined with the fragmentation and personalization of media, is affecting all industry players in unprecedented ways.

This report aims to identify the key players who participate in the industry, describe behavior and trends, but most importantly, highlights areas of opportunity that should be capitalized upon in 2009.


It's Like Jaws in Space, or, The Power of a Good Metaphor

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Shark jawsIf you had only a few words to describe your voice, what would you say it sounds like?

One of the easiest and fastest ways to get your point across is to use metaphors.

Discover how you can create your own metaphor by reading this article inspired by a lecture I heard given by Dr. Michael Sider at the Ivey School of Business in London, ON Canada.


How Many Irons In The Fire Do You Have?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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IronGetting voice over work is easier than you think if you have your eggs in more than one basket.

How many irons do you have in the fire for acquiring voice over work?


Philip Banks Teaches You How To Get and Treat Prospects

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Philip BanksLooking for more clients who want to purchase your voice over services?

Philip Banks, a voice over talent based in Scotland, is always entertaining, consummately witty and perfectly blunt.

How do you get your demo in front of potential customers while being respectful and staying on good terms?

Today's guest blogger answers these questions and more for your reading pleasure.


The Difference Between Advertising and Marketing

By David Ciccarelli

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woman thinkingDo you know the difference between marketing and advertising?

Those two terms are often confused, however, as you'll discover, they are entirely different.

Today, we'll take a closer look at how you can really get a hold on your marketing and advertising activities by clearly identifying what's what and executing on a plan to get your voice over business on the road to substantial growth.


Got Yours Yet? Download The Newest Client Experience Report from Voices.com

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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We're pleased to present you with the results of our Voices.com Q2 Client Experience Report for 2008.

By providing quarterly documentation to our community members, we are able to share how Voices.com has progressed and reveal detailed reports consisting of significant information regarding the experiences of clients (buyers of voice over services) who use the service to hire voice talent at Voices.com.


13 REs of Self-Marketing for Voice Actors

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Jay Silverman of Voice Coaches took his bulldog at the gate lecture to new heights with a baker's dozen of self-marketing tips specific to offline marketing for voice actors.

While these tips are based upon traditional marketing procedures elements of this presentation can also be applied for auditions online through the voice over marketplace.


Secret Playbook for Marketing on Voices.com

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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The Secret Playbook For Marketing On Voices.com

As promised, here starts the coverage of the presentations at the Voice Coaches Advanced Marketing Expo and Conference that was held in Schenectady, NY.

To kick things off, I'd like to share the Voices.com presentation with you and other articles will follow throughout the week.

Check out the Secret Playbook for Marketing on Voices.com and the Internet!

You can revisit this playbook once per year. Just like you would a business plan or doing an annual check-up at the doctors who looks for the same stuff year-over-year, itâ„¢s important to have a solid foundation for your voice acting career.


Download The Client Experience Report

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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As an Internet company who truly values the feedback we receive from our customers, Voices.com conducts on-going industry and market research to ensure that we are meeting your needs, whether you are using the site to find voices or to showcase your services.

This report focuses specifically on how clients (buyers) use Voices.com to search for, audition and hire voice over talent (sellers) as well as the most important factors taken into account during the hiring process.


Creating a Visual Identity for Your Voices.com Website

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Man Playing ChessThe majority of emphasis is placed on how audio demos sound, however, it's important to remember that website visitors will often *look* at your website first before listening to your demos.

How can you make this work to your advantage?

What does it take to get noticed?

Make your move by creating a stunning visual identity that is unique, instantly revealing something about you that evokes emotion.


Branding 101 for Voice Talent

By David Ciccarelli

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Light bulb with money insideDespite that the majority of your working day is consumed with auditions, emails and delivering finished work, time should be set aside to make sure that you're consistently putting the best foot forward.

Smart voice talent take a few minutes every so often to polish up a few key areas of their career online.

This isn't hard to do and the results will be immediately evident.

So with that in mind, let's explore the five (5) key "touch points" that you will likely have with prospective clients.


Market Research : Report on the Voice Over Industry 2007

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Wondered where the voice over industry is sitting at present?

Read this 12 page review by the Chief Executive Officer of Voices.com, David Ciccarelli.

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Internet Marketing for Voice Actors

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Do you have a blog?

Do you like reviewing products?

We've got a new product about to go to market... in a nutshell, it's about how individual voice actors can become their own Internet marketers and get ahead in the competitive world of online voice overs.

Want to learn more?


Website Referrals : Where Do You Send Your Clients To?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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When you're getting ready to market your voice, which of your web properties (or websites) do you send your prospective clients to?

First impressions are key when you're promoting your voice so I thought I'd ask how you incorporate psychology into direct marketing.

Does the website you send your clients to make a difference to you?


How to get your name in Google & Yahoo!

By David Ciccarelli

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voice-talent-search-engines.jpgGetting your name to the top of the major search engines is key to your Internet Marketing strategy. Here's a tutorial that will guide you through 5 simple steps on how to get your Voices.com website listed in Google & Yahoo!