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How to Effectively Work with a Newcomer in the Voiceover Industry

By Amber O'Neill

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When you want a voice-over job to go smoothly, good communication goes a long way.

While this is true of all working relationships, it's especially important when you are taking on a project with someone who has recently entered the world of casting and working with voice over talent.

How can you make the process easier on everyone?

Find out in today's Vox Daily!


Are Movie Trailer Voice Overs Becoming Extinct?

By Lin Parkin

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Retro Man illsHave you noticed a decline in movie trailer voice-overs?

Yesterday, The Globe and Mail published an interesting article written by Stuart A.Thompson which takes an in-depth look at the decline of narrated movie trailers over the past 23 years. The results are staggering.

In 2013, only one of all 10 top box-office hit movies used a voice-over artist to narrate their movie trailer. That film was Disney's "Frozen," which used a classic booming voice to introduce the story-line to movie-goers. However, not one of the anticipated 2014 summer blockbusters have used a narrated movie trailer.

From 2006 to 2013, with the exception of "The Pursuit of Happiness" (2006), "Harry Potter and the Half Blood" (2009) and Seth McFarlane's slapstick comedy "Ted" (2012), only two or three of the top 10 blockbusters had a narrated movie trailer, and those that did were animated films. That seems logical as animated films tend toward more traditional forms of movie magic.


8 Audio Production Tips for Voice Actors

By Lin Parkin

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Audio Production.jpgAre you thinking about offering audio production services in addition to providing voice-overs?

Some voice-over artists have as much talent for the technical side of the business as they do for the creative, while others have to work hard on developing those skills.

If audio production just isn't your thing you could consider outsourcing that part of the job.

However, especially for freelance voice talent, having production skills adds a great deal of value to the services you can offer by saving clients time and money. Those are beautiful words to all potential buyers!

We reached out to the community through our social media channels to get some sound advice for those thinking of branching into production services. Hear what they had to say in today's VOX Daily.


The First Commercial VoiceOver Ever?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Bisque antique doll face. The doll is from the 1880s.When was the first commercial voiceover recorded?

An article was recently published via the San Francisco Chronicle proposing that the very first commercial recording ever made relates to a project Thomas Edison worked on.

Just what was this invention?

Find out in today's VOX Daily!


Narrating For Local TV

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Factory turned into condos in Kitchener, ON CanadaHave you ever been the narrator for a local television station?

Sometimes it's easiest to get your foot in the door by doing some narration on a volunteer basis for local programming. That, or it does help to know the producer!

Hear about voice major Sarah Widmeyer's story in today's VOX Daily.


Don't Drop The Copy!

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Nancy WolfsonWhile doing voice over isn't necessarily the easiest gig out there, keeping your eyes on the copy shouldn't be a difficult task... that being said, you'd be surprised by just how many people stray from the script!

In a recent podcast by Nancy Wolfson, she noted that voice over is an open book exam, and given that fact, why would someone risk their read by taking their eyes off the copy?

Take a listen for yourself and be a fly on the wall during one of Nancy's private voice over coaching sessions.


Mixing Voices in Unison

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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A woman and a man biking on a trailThere are a lot of interesting things that happen at our Voices.com page on Facebook including conversations among members that generate some very interesting and useful ideas!

One of these insightful encounters involved Ben Straley and Doug Brunelle.

What were they talking about and how could it help you?

Find out!


12 Intricacies of Voice Acting and Production

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Glistening spider's web in the forest with dew drops in the morning sunHave you ever thought about just how intricate some of your voice over work is?

Whether it's painting words, deliberate markings made in your script or the meticulousness of audio production, this work can be quite intense!

Find out more in today's VOX Daily.


How Researching Can Enrich Your Reads

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Woman smiling in the library with a bundle of books in her armsWhen you prepare to narrate for a voice over project, do you ever stop to think of the premise of the story and its plot?

While character development is important, it is something altogether different to fully identify with the structure of a piece and understanding its premise and plot in relation to character(s) in a story.

In today's VOX Daily, we're going to explore ways you can study a script to create a more engaging and motivated read.


When Sounding Too Pro Can Lose You The Job

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Authentic female smiling on the edge of a streetHave you ever thought of the potential ramifications of sounding "too" professional?

Even though you have a polished, trained voice and that usually serves as a benefit, sometimes you'll find that no matter how well you believe you did, the client would beg to differ.

Learn more in today's VOX Daily.


How Uncredited Voice Over Roles in Disney Films "Kept the Magic"

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Empty mirrorHave you ever considered how many voice over roles went uncredited in the earliest days of animated film?

This article looks at a specific example regarding one of Walt Disney's most famous animated masterpieces and explores the lengths Disney went to in order to stake his claim to a franchise voice.

Which film and voice artist am I talking about?

Find out in today's VOX Daily!


Voice Overs Heard in Arcade Games

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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NASCAR ShowdownHave you ever been to an arcade or an amusement park and purposefully listened for voice overs?

Voice over is used in a variety of games and activities, employed for a number of reasons.

Recently, I spent some time studying the smorgasbord of sound that emanated from an arcade and a go kart track.

What did I hear and what was learned?

This article will detail some of the auditory experiences gleaned researching how voice over is used in arcades and at theme parks.


Knowing How a Story Ends Before You Get There

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Woman holding a cat and reading a bookAs Scott Brick says, with regard to audiobook narration, you need to keep the end of the story in mind even at the beginning.

By starting your work with the end in sight, you are able to lead your listeners through the peaks and valleys of a well-woven tale and truly function as the omniscient narrator you are meant to be.

Although reading the book before recording is the most obvious way to gain pertinent information, how else can you acquire it if unable to dedicate sufficient time to read the book in full or conduct an in depth analysis?

Find out how you can do this when in a pinch via today's VOX Daily.


How To Decode Artistic Direction in Voice Overs

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Confused male child touching his earEver get a casting call that provides contradictory information or is asking for you to sound like a particular celebrity?

This happens everyday and as a voice over talent, you need to be able to decipher what the director really means when they put something out there and hope for the best.

Learn how you can crack the artistic direction code in 3 different ways in today's VOX Daily.


When Voice Acting for Video Games Improves, Gamers (and Actors) Rejoice

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Man and woman playing video gamesRemember the first video games featuring voice over?

Do you recall the quality of the voice acting?

Suffice to say audio, specifically the voice acting aspect, has come a long way in gaming since the early 1980s.

Hear what professional voice actors have to say about this blessed phenomenon here at VOX Daily!


95+ Podcast Resources for Voice Actors

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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White ear buds on orange backgroundAre you studying the art of voice acting or looking for resources to get started in voice overs online?

If you love learning, you'll love this list of 95+ educational voice over podcasts, sorted by category!

Find voice acting podcasts to help you grow in your business, develop your artistry, hone your technical savvy, spice up your auditioning techniques, demos, and of course a healthy selection of tips to do with "getting started" in voice over here at Voices.com's VOX Daily blog.


Why Voice Overs Are Necessary at Theme Parks

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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boy-riding-on-carousel.jpgVoice overs may be good fun, didactic, and so on for those visiting a theme or amusement park, but have you ever considered what the benefits are to the park owners?

There are are number of practical reasons why voice overs are used in addition to entertaining, educating and protecting people who visit the park.

If you're a theme park owner or operate rides at an amusement park, I'm sure this article will resonate with you!

Today, we'll take a closer look at why voice overs are useful, if not entirely necessary, at parks meant to amuse the public.


Roles that Voice Overs Play in Amusement Parks

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Mother and daughter on a rideHave you ever noticed the voice overs that are played at amusement parks and on rides?

From my experience, voice overs at theme parks, fairs, and the like have one of three purposes, which are to Entertain, Teach, and help keep you Safe.

You may have also noticed that often two of those purposes are combined, if not all three.

Learn more now!


Belonging in the Voice Over Industry?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Woman pointing and smilingYou know when you're at a gathering, and all of a sudden a group of people come in and "crash" the party leaving all who are present wondering, "Who invited them?"

Ever been to a wedding where an uninvited guest arrived and you could cut the tension in the air with a knife?

Perhaps you witnessed something of this sort in our industry, whether it be in person, on chat boards, blog postings or around the water hole.

I've seen this happen and am now proposing a new direction for us to go in.


How Much Should Voice Talent Know About Audio Production?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Audio Engineer Mixing or EditingAs a voice over talent with a home recording studio, how much should you concern yourself with learning more about (or becoming proficient at) mixing, editing, adding sound effects, and music?

Is it of vital importance that you learn all you can about audio engineering?

Hear some expert advice from David Goldberg of Edge Studio.


Voice Artists, What Would You Do For The Perfect Take?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Blue acoustic guitarWhen you get ready to do a voice over recording, what lengths do you go to in order to get the perfect take?

I asked some of my friends on Twitter and I couldn't believe how far (and how unplugged) some people go to make a simple voice over recording.

Want to know what they said? Read on!


What's This Industry Called? Voice Over, Voice-Over or Voiceover?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Who Wants to be a Millionaire Voice OverErik Sheppard is trying to get a consensus on how our industry's name is spelled.

That's right, is it voice-over, voiceover or voice over?

Do you have a preference?

Find out what some of my fellow bloggers think as well as our take on the spelling here at Voices.com.


What Do To When Artistic Direction Is Lacking in a Voice Over Script

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Hand holding a magnifying glassWhen you are auditioning online, it's nice to see some kind of artistic direction as to what type of voice and delivery style is required, but what happens when that information is not as specific as it could be?

Find out how you can turn what seems to be a lack of information into your own personal creative platform in this helpful article at VOX Daily.


Self-Direction a Must for Freelance Voice Actors

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Woman with various facial expressions

What's one of the biggest challenges for voice actors in today's industry?

It's not getting work... it's self-direction!

Find out more about how you make each performance a dynamite one here at VOX Daily.


A Little ADR Goes a Long Way

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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ColumbiaSome people call it "Automated Dialogue Replacement" or "Additional Dialogue Replacement", but everyone agrees that it is called "ADR" for short.

Find out what it is, why it's important and how it is used here on VOX Daily.


What Attracted You To Radio?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Microphone and RecordsRadio has always been a medium for all seasons, presenting news, talk, and music.

Working in radio has also been a profession with literally decades of history... what we want to know is what attracted you to radio?

Share your stories on VOX Daily and pass the torch with your inspiring comments.


Voice Overs for Tourism

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Mexican FlagWith Summer's glory turning to Fall overnight, a new season is afoot for travel and tourism!

While many Canadians and Americans may find themselves attracted further south, other people from around the world are descending on North America with the help of travel and tourism adverts.

Hear about one such story involving Brits, Mexicans and The City of Toronto.


Batteries Not Included : How About Editing Copy?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Copy editing for voice over scriptsJust how far do you need to take your added value services for clients?

Is tweaking scripts for grammatical errors and spelling mistakes a part of the business, or is that something that should be charged for in addition to the voice over work?

Share your opinions here at VOX Daily.


Voice-Overs: New York & Los Angeles

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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If you work in one of these cities, share your stories of life in the fast lane!