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5 No-Nos for Voice Actors

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Microphone in a circle with a line through it - i.e. Don't do this, like No Smoking or No Dogs. 5 No-Nos for voice actors

Never walked into a studio before?

Just getting into voice acting?

Here are 5 No-Nos for all actors to think about (hopefully before the fact!), learn from and apply in today's Vox Daily.


How Do You Get into Character?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Female actress holding up a two-tone theatrical mask. Spin on comedy and tragedy.

Getting into character is a job actors do multiple times a day, whether they're auditioning or working on a project they booked.

With all that jumping about character wise, do you find it easy or hard to get in the zone?

Setting the stage for a great performance is easier than you think if you have a plan.

Learn more in today's Vox Daily!


How Disney-Pixar's Inside Out Helps Actors with the Creative Process

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Variety of moods and emotions displayed on an actress' face. Range of feelings including joy, anger, fear and grief.

A few weeks ago, I watched Disney-Pixar's Inside Out, a 2016 Oscar nominee in the category of Best Animated Feature Film.

As a fan of personality types and understanding human behavior, there were a number of things that struck me as interesting and immediately applicable from the perspective of someone from the performing arts.

What did I learn? Let's connect the dots together in today's Vox Daily!


Do You Dread Public Speaking? Try These Exercises!

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Female public speaker in a business conference setting. Holding a microphone.From what I've heard, the fear of public speaking is rampant, and is even more of a frightful thing for most people than death itself!

Where do you stand on public speaking? Does it come easily to you or would you rather get a root canal?

Guest blogger Remie Purtill-Clarke shares her story of overcoming fear and provides tips that anyone can use, regardless of profession to get over the anxiety that often comes with giving a public address of some kind.

Join us in today's Vox Daily to learn more about how you can cope with this fear and get to a place where you have overcome it.


3 Simple Steps to Better Communication in Voice-Overs

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Senior couple watching television. The wife is not enthralled but the husband is content with the programming. Husband is holding a remote control.When reviewing a piece of copy, how much attention do you pay to its intended audience?

How well you know your audience determines how well you read a script.

Determining 3 simple things in advance of voicing a script will improve your read dramatically.

Find out what you can do to communicate better as a voice actor in today's VOX Daily.


How to Ensure Your Voice is Consistent from Audition to Job

By Lin Parkin

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African American Man Mic Close Up.jpgYesterday we posted an interview with voice-over artist, Jay Britton, in which he discussed the lengths he's gone to get into voice-overs full time. One of the ways he did this was by flying all the way from the U.K. to L.A. to train with some of the top voice-over coaches on the West Coast.

He made a travelogue of the whole experience, a clever way of getting people's attention and getting discovered as a talented up-and-comer.

In his video he mentions that, for him, the early morning hours are the perfect time to record voice-overs that need a deeper or intimidating masculine voice (to paraphrase). That caught my interest. It's true that at certain times of the day our vocal qualities sound different than others.

Occasionally clients raise concern that their voice talent sounded different on the job than their audition. It's not a performance based issue but rather how they sound.

Join VOX Daily for some tips on making sure your voice sounds consistent from audition to job.


English Version: Spanish Voice Over Talent in the Industry Evolution Spiral

By Lin Parkin

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female hand clap board.jpgLast week Silvana Lombardini joined us as a Guest Blogger to discuss the changing landscape of the Latin American voice-over industry.

The original version was posted in Spanish. By popular demand, we are re-posting the article in English as well so that all of our readers can enjoy Silvana's article.

A special shout-out goes to Voices.com employee and valued colleague, Sergio Cordoba, who provided the English translation.

Thanks for all you do, Sergio!

Join VOX Daily today to some gain insight into the Spanish voice-over market and to get Silvana's sage advice on voice acting.


What Jobs are there for Spanish Speaking Voice Talent?

By Lin Parkin

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VO Mic.jpgHow many people speak Spanish worldwide?

As one of six official languages recognized by the United Nations, Spanish is spoken by approximately 400 million people as a native language and a total of 500 million people worldwide.

It is the official language of Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Spain, Uruguay, and Venezuela. In Puerto Rico, Spanish is the co-official language to English.

Each country has different flavours of Spanish and can be broken down into four dialects; Argentinian Spanish, Castilian Spanish, Latin American Spanish, and Puerto Rican Spanish.

Across all dialects, the Spanish entertainment industry is huge and growing. Join VOX Daily as we take a look at some common voice-over jobs for Spanish-speaking voice talent.


How To Make Reading Aloud More Exciting

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Mother and daughter reading a book together. Smiling :)Are there times when your voice needs to work double duty?

In addition to keeping hydrated, breathing well and regularly modulating your voice, doing silly characters and vocal acrobatics can also keep your mind and voice engaged during long periods of vocalizing, particularly as it relates to the spoken word.

How do you keep going? What can you do to spur yourself on?

Whether you're practicing, proofreading or simply reading aloud for the sheer joy of it, you'll want to try some of the ideas shared in today's VOX Daily!


What Can Music Tell You?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Male hand holding a piece of medieval/baroque music. Latin text penned beautifully in calligraphy.When a voice actor auditions for a role, useful information is presented alongside the copy that outlines artistic and technical requirements over and above what's meant to be read aloud.

Like a musical score, the voice-over script contains more than just choice words to be spoken. It's a roadmap infused with direction that goes well beyond the printed page.

Find out what an acting script can tell you by visiting its cousin, the musical score, in today's VOX Daily.


A Discussion on Gender Specific Vocal Stereotypes

By Lin Parkin

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Lake BellAre you ever asked to perform in a vocal style that drives you up the wall?

Do you have a pet peeve about uptake speech patterns?

Actress Lake Bell can relate. In her new film "In a World" the audience follows Carol Solomon (played by Bell) as she competes for "voice of God" roles rarely bestowed upon women in the movie trailer voice-over niche.

A running joke in the film is the characters' annoyance that so many young women speak in the uptake voice, or, in other words, sound like they're asking a question at the end of every sentence.

In many recent interviews Bell reveals that, like her character, she can't stand hearing young women speak that way. Understandably so. It is a learned dialect, akin to the "valley-girl," combining a light vocal pitch with an attitude of ambivalence.


Voice Acting For Dummies Book Signing

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Voice Acting For Dummies, Author Signing, local author, Stephanie Ciccarelli

Voices.com founders, David and Stephanie Ciccarelli, authored Voice Acting For Dummies, now available wherever books are sold!

The first of many book signings to come takes place on Sunday March 3rd at 1pm in London, Ontario Canada.

Hear more about this event in today's VOX Daily.


Surround Sound

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Man with a set of speakers resting on his shoulders, wearing headphones, safety glasses

Have you ever taken a moment to marvel at sound design in movies?

Surround Sound takes your viewing and listening experience to the next level, prominently featuring the work of sound designers who painstakingly create unique soundscapes.

Whether going to a movie theatre or watching a film from the comfort of your own home, no doubt you have noticed background noises seeping in through your stereo speakers that you wouldn't generally hear without surround sound.

Hear from members of the Voices.com team about their experiences with surround sound and share your own in today's VOX Daily!


Who Is Your Voice Acting Hero?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Herb Merriweather, voice actorWhen you first fell in love with voice acting, was it because you were inspired by the vocal talents of a certain actor?

While many of today's voice artists look to voices the likes of the late, great Don LaFontaine, the original poster boy for voice acting, Mel Blanc, laid the foundation of many voice acting careers, including the career of one Herb Merriweather.

Who is your voice acting hero?

Be sure to watch the interview with Herb and share who your voice acting hero is by leaving a comment!


How's Your Daily Grind?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Woman drinking from a plastic water bottle after working out at the gym. A towel is draped around her neck.What's your daily grind?

Whether you are behind the microphone or in any other line of work, the daily grind as many call it, is what helps to put bread on your table. Elements of the daily grind can also help build momentum for you and your business.

Hear voice actor Kabir Singh's perspective on the daily grind and how he makes it through in today's VOX Daily.


Satomi Suzuki, Olympic Medalist, Wants To Be A Voice Actress

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Man wearing a Union Jack t-shirt with an Olympic medal around his neck, showing shirt only and cut off just above the shoulders.  London 2012What would you do after winning three Olympic medals?

While some athletes get signed to million-dollar endorsement contracts, others apparently would rather be voice acting!

Such is the case for Japanese Olympian Satomi Suzuki.

Hear more about Suzuki's dream in today's VOX Daily.


Refer a Friend, Get a Free Month at Voices.com

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Voices.com referral program contest - win an iPad!

Have you been looking for a way to refer people to Voices.com that gives you something in return?

We've just launched a referral program that gives you one free month of service for every new customer you refer to Voices.com!

During the first month of our new program, you will also have a chance to win an Apple iPad.

Interested in learning more? Read this edition of VOX Daily for details on how you can benefit.


Two Skype Clinics Offered by Edge Studio

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Woman doing a Skype conversation, video conferencingHave you ever been directed or completed a voiceover job via Skype?

New technologies can be intimidating but there are classes being offered on how to record and deliver voice over work via Skype.

Learn more about two upcoming webinars that you can participate in taught by trainers at Edge Studio.


Yakkin' With Yakko

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Rob PaulsenAs you may have heard, prolific voice actor Rob Paulsen is now sharing a generation's worth of experience with the industry. Additionally, he is also providing unique insight through private coaching via Skype, by phone or in person in Los Angeles.

As I write, I'm listening to Rob Paulsen's new weekly podcast called "Talkin Toons with Rob Paulsen" available for free in iTunes. Rob has a lot of ideas and dreams for this chapter in his career which he details in his first podcast running 20 minutes.

When I heard Rob was coaching, I knew I had to draw attention to that fact! To hear more about what it is like to work with Rob, hear a first-hand account from voice talent Lisa Biggs who studied with the legend earlier this week.


Are Cold Reads Really "Cold"?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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A warmly dressed woman reading a book while sitting on the rocks on a cold and windy day at the beach.A cold read is usually defined as reading a piece of copy that you've never seen before... while that may be true, just how cold is a trained voice actor and interpreter of the written word?

Guest blogger Tim Lundeen explores this question and challenges us to rethink how we perceive reading copy aloud that has never graced us before in today's VOX Daily.


After The Classes: Where Do I Go From Here?

By Lin Parkin

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Woman with a confused expression on her face in front of chalk drawn question marks on a blackboard behind her head.Have you recently completed voice over classes?

Are you asking yourself "Now what?"

Many voice talent who are new to the industry tell us that after they've developed the basic performance skills with a voice over coach they have no idea where to go from there in order to develop their careers.

In today's Vox Daily, we'll explore what to do next...


Self-Assessment: Is Voice Over The Right Career For You?

By Lin Parkin

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woman-thinking-pen-eyes-upward.jpgAre you considering a career in voice overs?

A voice over career requires a well-rounded set of skills.

In this article we'll take a look at some of the most critical skills aspiring talent should develop in order to have a fulfilling career as a voice over artist.

Learn more in today's Vox Daily.


The Emotional Voice

By Lin Parkin

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Woman cupping her mouth with her hands, green shirt, blonde hair, yellow backgroundWhat makes a listener perk up their ears to receive a message?

Is it the sound of the voice that captures an audience or the motivation behind how the voice over artist paints their words and delivers the copy?

Let's explore this topic together in greater detail in today's VOX Daily.


How Can Your Child Get Into Voice Overs?

By Lin Parkin

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Boy smiling and holding a microphone in front of a red studio wallHas your child shown an active interest in doing voice over?

Is there a flair for the dramatic in your house?

Learn more about how you can help to both nurture their interest and avenues for pursuing training and representation for child voice actors in today's VOX Daily.


Keep It Simple!

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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White flashing light bulb drawn on a green chalkboardIs your business all about hype or is it about the simple joy of doing what you love best and getting paid for it?

Guest blogger Tim Lundeen shares his perspective on how to perceive success while keeping yourself grounded.

How do you keep it simple? Hear more in today's VOX Daily.


Stop Doing That Voice!

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Grandma kissing her annoyed grandson's cheekDo you have any annoying character voices in your repertory?

It isn't unusual for a voice over talent in-the-making to develop some character voices along the way based upon voices they hear around them or have created on their own.

Hear about one voice over professional and how a character voice she currently uses finds its roots in her childhood... and how she didn't even realize it!


Another Spin on the Stereotypical Voice Actor Portrait

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Alison MatthewsWhat does it take to make a profile picture stand out?

Usually voice over talent veer toward images and headshots that show them in studio at the microphone but every once in a while, you come across something really unique.

Earlier today I was glancing at the Recently Hired list at Voices.com and was struck by one of the most interesting and original profile images I have ever seen.

Hear Alison Matthews' story, pictured at right, and learn more about why she chose to show her face after years of voicing behind the mic in today's VOX Daily.


What Happens When a Voice Person Goes On-Camera?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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woman holding a film clapboardGoing from behind the mic to in front of the camera is a BIG difference, in fact, it's so huge that I've decided to share my own experience with you.

Fortunately, I'm working with someone who understands where this audio girl is coming from. This same person worked with Don LaFontaine at one point in Los Angeles so you know he's good.

Hear what I've come to learn and also find out what worked for me on VOX Daily.


Maurice LaMarche's Take on Voice Acting

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Rob Paulsen and Maurice LaMarcheWhat makes voice acting special to you?

How do you feel when you step up to the mic, get into character or create something worth hearing with your very own voice?

Each voice actor may articulate their feelings in a different way, however, there are some common threads that bind.

Voice actors Maurice LaMarche and Rob Paulsen were kind to share how they felt at the VOICE 2010 Celebrity Banquet.

Hear how Maurice LaMarche describes character voice acting and share your own thoughts and feelings on the subject here at VOX Daily.


Why Cold Reading Skills Are a Must For Voice Actors

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Book with sunglasses, palm leafHave you ever thought of why cold reading skills are necessary?

The ability to think and speak on your feet is essential to a number of voice over jobs including animation, video game voice acting, live announcing and more.

Find out why this skill is a must from real voice over pros in today's VOX Daily.


Spoken Word Performances in Vogue

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Julianna Margulies, WordTheatreWhen's the last time you heard a live performance of the spoken word?

Artistic hubs such New York and Los Angeles are brimming with opportunities to hear written works performed by talented actors.

One organization in particular, WordTheatre, has become an amazing force in preserving the art of the spoken word and involves talented actors, such as Julianna Margulies (pictured at left) to give live performances to fortunate audiences.

Learn more about how the spoken word, both live and recorded, is making an impact on our culture.


Animators Are Nourished By Voice Actor Performances

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Artist sketchingHave you ever noticed how some animated characters tend to resemble their voice acting counterparts?

Whether it's outright physical similarities or intentionally incorporated mannerisms, Hollywood has made an extra effort to bring more of the actor into their animated selves, in fact, an actor's mannerisms will often inspire the physical appearance of their character!


Marc Cashman Shares 12 Top Voice Over Skills

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Marc CashmanWhat can you do to improve your voice over performances?

Voice over instructor and performer Marc Cashman identifies and describes 12 voice over skill sets that will help you to refine your current skills and develop new ones!

From clarity to consistency to cold reading and more, you'll find new ways that you can leverage your talent and make it shine brightly for all to hear.

Learn more about what successful voice over artists master and the skills that matter in today's VOX Daily.


Becoming More Than Just a Voice Over Talent

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Over-sized goldfish in a small bowlHave you ever noticed that the growth of a goldfish is only limited by the size of its environment?

The dimensions and confines of a fishbowl greatly determine how large a goldfish can become.

Similarly, your potential to grow as a voice over artist is only limited by the boundaries and glass ceilings that you impose upon yourself.

What if you could enlarge your environment and allow for growth?


Does Font Choice Influence Artistic Interpretation?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Woman with an ideaDo you experiment with fonts when you read scripts?

Does changing up the font alter your interpretation?

Perhaps you have a favorite font and even change the font that your scripts are sent in!

Whatever you do, I'd love to hear about it! Share your font preference here at VOX Daily.


How To Keep One's Ego Out of Acting

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Egotistical coupleThe human ego is a very fragile thing, but when it comes to business, it's your ego or your lunch!

Perhaps it's not so much about the bruising of your ego but approaching each situation and client you encounter with a positive attitude.

How can you remain composed and flexible during an audition or a recording session?

Is the customer really always right?

The answer may happily surprise you!

Read this helpful article about what you can do and why it helps here at VOX Daily.


How To Learn a Dialect

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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boy-megaphone.jpgSo, how do you learn and use dialects and how do you make sure you're on the right track? And where do you start?

In today's VOX Daily, Deborah Sale Butler shares a number of applicable tips pertinent to speech and the voice-actor.

This article explains the uses and acquisition of dialects and character voices for voice-over work!


3 Voice Overs That Meant Something To Me in Los Angeles

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Woman watching televisionWhile away on my trip, I happened to watch CNN and heard a number of voice overs that I not only recognized but knew who was performing!

Don't you find it refreshing when you can recognize not only a voice but also who it belongs to?

Hear about three broadcast voice overs I heard while away and share some of your own!


Do You Have Low "Voice" Self-Esteem?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Elvis impersonatorAre you being true to your own voice?

What's the price one pays for trying to sound like someone else?

Richard Weirich returns with more commentary that will get the wheels turning here on VOX Daily.


How To Work With Independent Audio Theater Producers

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Man doing a voice recordingBrian Price joins us again with some insight for those who'd love to become part of an audio theater production.

Acting is at the very heart of it all, and if you've been thinking about entering into the theater of the mind, this article is up your alley!

Find out who to contact as well as how to research audio theater.


Crispin Freeman Gives Tips on How to Fix Bad Voice Acting

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Crispin FreemanCrispin Freeman is one of the biggest North American Anime voice acting stars.

Not just a talented voice actor, he's also a wonderful speaker and insightful teacher as I have come to discover.

This year, Freeman spoke on the "Get Paid to Work in Anime" panel, hosted by the Japan Visual Translation Academy (JVTA).

I've included some tips from that panel here for you to discover and hope you enjoy them!


How To Become A Voice Actor Fresh Out of High School

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Teenage girl in recording studioThe voice over industry is growing very quickly, due much in part to affordable and generally more accessible technologies.

Many people who enter this field have already had other careers and find voice over later on when making a change, however, just because this is the most typical route at present doesn't mean that it is the only one.

Discover how you can make voice over your first career fresh out of school.


If I Don't Believe in My Own Voice...

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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I believe written on a palmWhat happens if you don't believe in your own voice?

Will anyone else?

Find out what a couple of industry professionals have said about this here on VOX Daily.


Voice Acting? It's All Character Work!

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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DC GoodeVoice over is really voice acting!

Learn more about how in the end, it's all character work from voice over talent, DC Goode, our guest blogger today on VOX Daily.


Voice Acting : A Critical Component of Characterization

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Mickey Mouse, Pluto and Chip or Dale in the Disney Parade

Ever thought about characters who run around at theme parks, at the fair or visit at shopping centers?

They all have one thing in common...


3 Words That Should Be Eliminated From Voice Acting Jargon

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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You know those words, phrases or terms that kind of make you go "hmm hmm" and wonder why they're still around?

3 specific terms are among my pet peeves. Maybe they're yours, too?


Opportunity for Voice Actors Who Love to Talk

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Voices.com Podcasts

Are you a voice actor who loves to talk?

Itching to let your voice and perspectives take center stage in a new, exciting way to an audience of thousands?

If you want to be on a podcast and enjoy the perks without having obligations to produce the show, distribute the podcast and market it, this is a golden opportunity for you.


5 Ways to Tell if Your Voice Acting Has Hit a Glass Ceiling

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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From time to time, we all get into a routine of doing things in our comfort zone, and for many, this comfort zone may also become a limitation for your creativity as well as narrow the kind of work you are hired for.

Have you thought about the kind of voice acting work or style of voicing you provide to your customers?

Discover 5 points that may suggest you are in a voice acting rut.

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How Do I Get Started in Voice Acting?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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New Online Training for Voice Actors

With the field of voice acting growing at an accelerated pace, there are no shortage of "getting started" questions circulating the web.

In effort to help answer some of those questions, we've compiled an article with links to some of the best free resources for beginner voice actors and those who are seriously considering a look at studying voice over.


What Do Gamers and Voice Actors Have in Common?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Video game controllerWherever there are video games, there are voice actors and there are gamers, and there are all kinds of opinions on the subject of the voice overs in games...

While the two groups of people may be worlds apart, one deeply affects the other to the extreme and may even determine the overall success and sales of a video game.


Voice Acting Trends

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Retro Couple Dancing 1950sHave you been monitoring the latest trends in voice acting?

I've noticed a few but want to know if you're also keeping an eye out too.

What's going on in audio and voice recording now?

Take a look at vintage voice over, the recent past, current trends and toward the future of voice over as it fits in with Advertising and Entertainment here at VOX Daily.

Noticed anything on the up and up?


Celebrity Voice Actors VS Pro Voice Actors Debate

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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MJ LalloIs celebrity voice casting for animated films and cartoon series all it's cracked up to be?

MJ Lallo, voice acting coach, gives her .02 on the subject in an interview with Animation World Magazine's Karen Raugust.


10 Cool Things You Can Do as a Voice Actor

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Green DoorWhen someone asks you why you are a voice actor, what do you include on your list of reasons?

We've compiled a Top Ten List of cool things that voice actors can do that make working for yourself day in and day out very attractive from more than just a performance point of view.

If you're a voice acting entrepreneur and skilled audio engineer, you probably already know what some of these are.

What's on the other side of the green door? A wealth of benefits! Come on in :)


Headshot Debate - Join In!

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Headshots for voice actorsDo voice talents and voice actors need headshots?

This topic came up on a panel at VOICE 2007 and there were many opinions presented.

What do you think?


The Many Hats Voice Talents Wear

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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You do literally everything where performance and production are concerned, but do your fees reflect that?