Are the words you're using to draw attention to your voice working for you?
Every now and then, it doesn't hurt to take an inventory of the language we use when describing our vocal talent and abilities. Your voice may have changed in some way or perhaps you've acquired a new skill!
Whatever your reason for taking a turn around your profile, be sure to do it regularly and with words that best reflect your unique voice and style.
Interested to learn more? Take in today's Vox Daily!
Remember Voices.com's Promoted Jobs feature?
We've given it a new name. Say Hello to Rush Jobs.
Take a look now at what this means for you and how these jobs appear within your Voices.com account in today's Vox Daily.
If you've been using the Voices.com website to find jobs and audition for them, we've got some great news for you.
We've introduced some exciting new features to make it easier to sort through the list of available jobs in your account. We listened to feedback from you - our community of voice over professionals - and are pleased to share these updates with you now.
Read on for more details on what's new, and how everyone benefits.
Voices.com has become the world's largest voice talent marketplace based on the strengths of the voice professionals who make our clients' projects come alive.
Lauren Holladay is one of our leading talent, a 20-year industry veteran who, when she isn't behind the radio mic, has voiced a wide range of e-learning and training projects for clients including Delta Airlines, Neiman Marcus, Novartis and Xerox.
We asked her for some advice on her journey to the top tier of the industry, and are pleased to share the resulting Q&A here. Read on for Lauren's guidance.
By Carmi Levy
Here at Voices.com, we love spending every minute of every day on the phone with our talent and clients. Along the way, we hear a lot of inspiring stories.
We've also learned a thing or two about what works best as you build your career in this industry - and what behaviors, tactics and strategies might merit a bit of a re-think.
Because sharing knowledge is what we're all about, we've gone straight to the source - our own talent and promotion experts - for some tips on getting your career off the ground, and growing it from there.
Read on for more on how you can tweak your own voice career.
By David Ciccarelli
Over the past year, the team at Voices.com has been working hard on creating a new website with an updated look-and-feel.
We refresh the site every couple of years to be sure we're giving you the best experience possible by taking advantage of new technologies.
Plus, it's important for us to create a positive first impression which can be achieved through good design, simple navigation and a memorable experience.
This weekend, on Saturday June 8, 2013, the new Voices.com website will be going live.
By Ashley Davidson
The Voices.com iPhone app is mere days away from being released!
We've created a video to show you more of what the app can do.
Take a sneak peek at what the app can do from the perspective of someone searching for voice-over talent in today's VOX Daily.
The VoiceMatch feature has been in place now for over a month.
How has VoiceMatch affected the way you approach your auditioning opportunities?
Hear about how some talent are using their personalized VoiceMatch scores to their advantage in today's VOX Daily.
How do you identify positive feedback regarding auditions you submit?
At Voices.com there are a number of ways you can measure feedback from clients using the site to hire talent but we'd love to hear your thoughts on what this kind of feedback means to you.
Share your thoughts now by commenting on today's Vox Daily!
Are you interested in increasing your VoiceMatch scores?
How about getting more opportunities at Voices.com?
I've compiled some tips on how you can not only see more auditions coming your way but to also be better matched.
Find out more in today's VOX Daily!
After a dialogue of nearly 80 comments, we have decided to change one aspect of how VoiceMatch works.
We listened to you and reconsidered showing clients the VoiceMatch score in audition responses. As a result, the VoiceMatch scores will not be displayed in talent responses.
Hear more in today's VOX Daily.
By Stephanie Ciccarelli
You might have noticed some icons on the jobs board and in your Answered folder that weren't there last week!
We're working hard to make your experience better and trust that these additions will do just that.
Curious to learn more?
Find out what these icons represent and why they were added in today's VOX Daily.
By Stephanie Ciccarelli
Do you audition more than you'd like to?
Having any trouble deciding which job postings are best matched with your individual abilities and skills?
Voices.com is releasing a new feature called VoiceMatch that will be beneficial to both talent and clients using the site.
To learn more about VoiceMatch be sure to read this post!
Did you know that clients have the ability to "send a thank you" from the page where they review talent auditions?
Maybe you've been a recipient of one!
This feature has been in place now for a number of months and it's always a pleasure to hear about how improvements to the site are affecting our customers.
Find out more about how these Thank Yous work in today's VOX Daily.
Have you noticed a new look at Voices.com?
Talent profiles at Voices.com have been newly improved and are working harder for you!
Find out more in today's VOX Daily.
Over the past several days, we've taken a look at how you can prime your profile and make it the best that it can be.
Now that you've got a profile that's promotion-worthy, it's time to start actively directing traffic to your Voices.com profile!
Find out how you can do that in today's VOX Daily.
Do you know how your Voices.com profile appears to prospective clients?
You'd be surprised by how many talent add content to their profile and don't take a look at how the information displays on the site.
If you're one of these people, (or even if you're not!), this article will give you some insight on how evaluate your profile and fine tune it to better attract customers online.
Join me for this short series on the ins and outs of your Voices.com profile in today's VOX Daily.
Thinking like an agent will make it a lot more interesting for you and also help you to book more of the jobs that you audition for.
Watch the video above to learn more!
From feedback we've received, there are still many people who are unable to open .docx files... while older software may be the issue, did you know that there are tools that you can use online that will do the job for free?
Voice talent member Dale Wilson sent in a tip for how you can open .docx and .rtf files, among others, using Open Office.
Find out more about this solution in today's VOX Daily.
By Lin Parkin
Do you wonder what the most popular job posting categories at Voices.com are?
In this article, you'll learn more about the kind of work that is posted with greatest frequency at the site and which demos.
Which rank in the top 5?
Which pay the highest?
Are you looking for some help with your Voices.com account?
Wonder if you can get another set of eyes and ears on your profile to attract more clients?
I'm pleased to formally announce that Voices.com subscribers now have access to a wonderful resource in the form of a new position created at the company to serve our talent members, the Voices.com Success Manager.
Learn more about how you could benefit in today's VOX Daily.
Are you interested in voicing for animation, video games and more?
Want to learn more about getting into character?
Voices.com is pleased to share the stage with MJ Lallo on Wednesday November 17th as she teaches us about character development for a number of voice over applications.
Interested in joining the webinar?
Learn more in today's VOX Daily!
Have you heard about our newest webinar program?
Earlier this week, we had our very first Makeover Monday at Voices.com.
What an exciting and interesting way to spend an hour!
Hear more about how the webinar went, listen to the show and read some feedback from those who were on the call.
By Stephanie Ciccarelli
Wonder what it takes to attract clients seeking voice over talent online?
Join the women from Voices.com as they give live reviews of voice actor profiles, helping a different person each week to take their web presence, marketing and auditioning strategies to the next level.
Learn more about how you can get involved in this new initiative now!
Have you ever looked at something on the surface only to realize that once you dug a bit deeper, there was more to it than you imagined?
Upon that discovery, clarity comes and your eyes are opened to the realities before you, which may be contrary to your initial perception.
Maybe you've told yourself that it's all the same only to discover that it's clearly not.
Find out how this relates to voice over in today's VOX Daily.
At Voices.com, we serve a global membership base and as such there are talent and clients registered with us who live in virtually every time zone.
When I was at VOICE 2010, I learned that some talent work their businesses around when our offices are open in London, ON Canada.
Learn more about how one voice talent overseas manages their time and keeps the pulse, or minute hand, one the activities at Voices.com in today's VOX Daily.
Is your Voices.com profile completed?
Do you have loads of demos uploaded for people to hear to sample your voice?
Even people who have 100% profile completion and a wide assortment of voice over demos struggle with getting hired and promoting their talent effectively.
In today's VOX Daily, you'll meet someone who meets this description and learn more about how you can make a good thing even better.
By David Ciccarelli
Have you ever searched for your name in Google or any other search engine?
How about your Voices.com profile?
Recently I answered a question about why someone was showing up in Google, but they couldn't yet find their profile in Microsoft's Bing or Yahoo! Search.
Here are some suggestions that I think would benefit all members of Voices.com. Find out more in today's VOX Daily.
When is the last time you updated your Voices.com profile?
In a recent teleseminar called "Power Profiles," David and I spoke in detail about how important it is that your profile be complete and presented to visitors at the site in the best possible way.
Why is this important?
Find out in today's VOX Daily.
Wish you could be getting more business online?
In less than the time it takes for a pizza to be delivered to your house, your experience at Voices.com could begin to change drastically for the better!
How can this be? What do you need to do?
Read this article about a recent profile review I conducted and see if any of these tips could turn your Voices.com experience a full 360 degrees in the direction of success.
Ever wondered if your profile might have something to do with why you are or aren't booking jobs at Voices.com?
While posting a job is the most popular option for clients hiring talent, direct contacts occur frequently and often result in a talent getting a job without even having to audition!
Completing your profile and keeping it up to date with your career makes a big difference in how you are found and how present yourself to prospective customers online.
Learn more about 10 common areas that most voice over professionals can improve upon in today's VOX Daily.
What happens when you don't complete your profile at Voices.com?
Silence... you may end up hearing nothing but silence!
Discover more about how you can ensure that your profile is the absolute best that it can be from someone who has learned the hard way.
Earlier this month we made some improvements to our SurePay escrow service. SurePay ensures that you get paid for any work that is completed using the Voices.com website.
In today's VOX Daily, you'll get to hear the audio content from a webinar that Laurynda Pasma and Scott Lumley gave last week regarding these improvements and how the service works.
The audio program lasts about 30 minutes and we hope you find it useful.
What's been improved? What's changed? Hear more now!
Have you been part of our teleseminar series, "The Future of Voice Overs," over the past couple of weeks?
Tomorrow marks the third and final teleseminar in this particular series. We'll be talking about podcasting, where the opportunities lie and how you can best position yourself as a service provider in this exciting area of New Media.
Leesa Barnes joins us to share her expertise in "From iPods to Podcasting" live at 1 p.m. EST on Tuesday March 23rd, 2010.
What are the realities facing today's voice over talent?
As a voice over professional, you have three main ways of getting work:
à¹ Using a voice over marketplace
à¹ Being represented by an agent
While that may seem obvious, at times the lines are blurred between how some talent may perceive these separate and unique roles.
Put your business hat on and take a spin with me here as we discuss what having representation or access to auditions really means in today's VOX Daily.
By Scott Lumley
Is voice over work not finding you?
What if you were to find it?
In today's VOX Daily, Scott Lumley, one of the team members here at Voices.com, talks about how you can use your gifts as a professional voice over artist to source your own work, gain business, and create a legacy in the process.
Want to do voice overs in video games?
Curious about the market?
Voices.com's teleseminar "Gaming on the Go" takes place tomorrow! We'll discuss the current landscape, trends, celebrity voice acting in video games and more. Find out how you can reserve your seat in today's VOX Daily.
By David Ciccarelli
The mobile space is awash in applications, or "apps," as they are commonly called. On the heels of Apple's success with the App Store, unveiled in July 2008, other device manufacturers and operating system providers, including BlackBerry and the Android platform championed by Google, opened their own virtual storefronts.
As a result, people feel emboldened to do more with their mobile devices. eMarketer, the Internet market research firm, projects that mobile Internet access, through either traditional browsers or installed applications, will see significant gains over the next five years, reaching 134.3 million mobile Internet users in 2013 in the United States.
By David Ciccarelli
The 2010 Redesign has two main purposes: to improve the speed of the website and improve the usability of the website.
First up, improving the speed and responsiveness of the website. This means faster page load times which can be accomplished by cleaner code, less graphics and a more streamlined look that is faster for the web browsers and mobile browsers to display.
Second, Voices.com aims to improve the usability of the website. Usability is a quality attribute that assesses just how easy user interfaces are to use. The word "usability" also refers to methods for improving ease-of-use during the design process.
Before revealing the new look, know that you can sign up as a beta tester by leaving a comment below. Here we go...
How can you work toward getting an increased number of opportunities and booked voice over jobs?
I've got a few ideas for you on what seems to be working for a number of talent experiencing success at Voices.com... that, and some bonus tips and hints that may change the way you attract business for the better.
Have you been wondering how you can make your profile at Voices.com even more attractive?
In our first teleseminar "Power Profiles," we covered a number of ideas that sparked a great deal of interest and follow up questions.
Over the next little while, I'm going to be publishing the responses to some of the questions we received during the teleseminar, starting with this one about how to add testimonials to your Voices.com profile.
Are you trying to get more jobs in the online voice over marketplace?
In need of some ideas to help you succeed at Voices.com?
Dana Detrick, a Voices.com member, recently discussed some of the activities that she does on a regular basis to leverage the tools and resources available to talent at Voices.com when chatting with a fellow voice talent on Facebook and has permitted me to share them here on VOX Daily with you.
Read Dana's tips now!
Have you been wondering what all is entailed in how jobs get from Point A to Point B?
Ever pondered the sequence of events taking place behind the scenes before you are invited to audition?
Today we'll talk about what happens between a client posting a job at Voices.com and the job notification reaching your email.
Believe me, there's a lot of ground to cover!
For those of you who crave being "in the know," quickly discover how Voices.com vets job opportunities for our talent and how you can do the same.
Do you have any client testimonials on your website?
If you've ever been hired because someone read about how you served one of your clients, you know the value of adding testimonials and the instant credibility they can instill for prospective customers.
Were you nodding your head in agreement (or at least agreeing) with what I just said? If so, I have some great news for you!
By Stephanie Ciccarelli
When a customer presents you with a script that has grammatical errors, missing words, or poorly phrased sentences and the like, do you edit the text to make it more comprehensible for you and the intended audience on behalf of your client?
You may find that a client has unwittingly hired a voice talent and an editor.
We're out to find out whether or not massaging copy is a service commonly provided by voice over talent.
Read one voice actor's account and add your views to the conversation.
If you could send a voice over recording into space, what would you send?
Would it be a message of hope? Of love?
Maybe you'd send a personal message or an account of history.
Be sure to leave a comment with your selections and why you chose them.
When customers present you with copy that has grammatical errors, missing words or abbreviations, do you edit the text to be more comprehensible?
Is massaging copy a common practice by voice over talent?
Read one voice actor's account and add your voice to the conversation.
What is SurePay and why should you use it?
SurePay has been around for over a year and from time to time, I find it's beneficial to talk about how it works, why it's there and how it can make a world of difference in how business is done.
Been looking for a safe, easy way to make or receive payments online at Voices.com?
Discover how SurePay can help you (as well as some little known facts!).
Not Getting Job Notifications?
There have been a lot of improvements made to the site, and along the way, these improvements have also given rise to some changes that you should know about in order to fully maximize your experience at Voices.com.
You'll want to log in to your account and take a good look around.
To learn more about how you can set yourself up for success, read this article and make some additions to your profile that will go a long way!
Are You Promoting Your Image Professionally?
The web is a visual medium... embrace it!
Discover 19 ideas and websites that will help you to make your Voices.com presence stand out, showcase your personality, and brand your profile.
You may have noticed that the newest version of the Voices.com web service has some new features and benefits that you may be unfamiliar with.
We've developed new user guides, one for clients looking for voice talent and one for voice talent promoting their services at Voices.com.
Get your All-New Voices.com User Guide here!
By Stephanie Ciccarelli
As you've been reading, we've left no rock unturned and are pulling out all of the stops for this redesign and reprogramming of the Voices.com website.
Today, we'll discuss some improvements made to the auditioning process and the SurePay Escrow Service as well as how they will benefit you.
Continuing our "First Look" theme, let's take a look and the new Profiles.
Profiles Now Have Four (4) Unique Sections:
à¹ The main Profile page
Since many of you have such impressive resumes and also a growing portfolio of demos, separating the two only makes sense and gives you more room to shine.
Learn more about the new Profiles now!
When you're working on a long term or ongoing voice over project, do you set milestones for your clients?
Today, we'll discuss how you can keep your schedule on track and become more accountable for your work by setting goals with reasonable deadlines that mark important phases in the life of a project.
Did you know that when you audition at Voices.com, you don't need to type in a new proposal message from scratch each and every time?
If you haven't discovered and made use of this feature, Templates is the private storage area of your account that can be used to create and store text templates used for audition purposes.
It's really easy to use! Learn more about Templates and how they can speed up the auditioning process here at VOX Daily.
Recently, I was asked about getting on the Favorites list, one of three voice actor listing pages linked off of the Voices.com home page.
These listings update on a daily basis.
Favorites is one of the more rewarding yet challenging lists to get featured on which is why I thought it would be good to write about this topic.
Do you want to know how to get listed in the Top 100?
Want to make better use of your Facebook profile?
If you've got too many applications that don't do much for your voice acting career, you'll want to consider the newest app to hit Facebook created specifically for you to take your social networking to the next level.
Discover "My Voices.com Profile" at Facebook and turn some of your "social networking" friends into business clients.
By David Ciccarelli
Need a place to find excellent royalty-free scripts to practice from and an awesome how-to book for voice overs?
If you're a Premium or Preferred member at Voices.com, you need not look any further than your new library of resources, accessible to you absolutely free!
We're pleased to announce our new relationship with WebEx and are excited about what that bridge we've built means for you!
Starting this coming week, you'll be able to enjoy world class webinars from your friends at Voices.com.
Want to know more?
Are you a voice actor who also uses the Voices.com website to outsource work?
If you are, you're invited to attend a webinar hosted by Erica Bontje of Voices.com tomorrow at 2 p.m. EDT (Wednesday May 16, 2007).
Learn more about how the service works from a client perspective and experience aspects of the new Voices.com!
One of the keys to success is knowing your strengths. When you become aware of your strengths, you can focus more clearly on them and continue to excel.
Why did you choose to work with Voices.com? We'd appreciate hearing your thoughts :)
If you have a busy schedule recording voice over work every day but would still like to be a member at Voices.com, why not ask your manager or agent to sign you up for an account with us?
By Stephanie Ciccarelli
Firsthand account from a voice talent in the director's chair: tips for auditioning that you can't go without.
Making the decision for your business.
Is it better not to have a photo at all? Do you have a photo or a graphical image that represents you as a voice actor?
Let's have a debate and discuss the pros and cons of including a headshot on your Voices.com profile.
Converting files to MP3 from a CD is not terribly difficult, but it helps to have a step by step guide.
At Voices.com, we developed a short tutorial on how to do this quickly and easily using your own computer. Here's some rudimentary info about MP3s and a guide to help you to create an MP3 file from an existing audio file.
Let's get into the step by step guide to converting to MP3 with Apple iTunes.
One of the single most important marketing tools at your disposal is your voice description, as presented on your website and on your profile at Voices.com
You might be wondering, "How do I describe my voice and what words should I use?"
In Episode 4 of the Vox Talk Podcast, we visited this topic in the Biz segment. When it comes to describing your voice, there are several factors that come into play, both creative and technical.