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The Ultimate VO Guide Really Is Ultimate

By Carmi Levy

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Ultimate VO Guide Logo 320.pngHow do you feel about giving back to the VO community? If you've reached any level of achievement in the industry, do you take time to help those just starting out?

David Tyler believes in giving back to the community that helped him become what he is today. The 20-plus-year veteran of the VO industry promised himself years ago that once his business was firmly established, he'd help others move their own careers to the next level.

His just-launched video series, The Ultimate Voice Over Guide, is designed to help serious voice over artists go even further. Read on to learn more about this exciting new resource - and for your chance to win free access to it.


Edge Studio Exclusive Event with 3 Top Performing Voice Actors

By Lin Parkin

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Kaplan_Collins_Ziffer.jpgHave you ever wondered how to get on the Recently Hired list at Voices.com?

Well, three of the most frequently hired male voice talent on Voices.com are willing to share their expertise and knowledge with you at an exclusive Edge Studio event - and you don't have to be in New York to attend!

Join J. Michael Collins, David Kaplan, and Brand Ziffer for a 4 part webinar series as they demystify how to effectively utilize online casting services.

Suitable for voice actors of all experience levels, from those just getting started or those with existing subscriptions who want to up their ratio of auditions to awarded projects.


Voice Acting For Dummies at a Library Near You

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Stephanie Ciccarelli, author of Voice Acting For DummiesWhen you find a new book to read, where do you first look?

Many people seek out reading material at their local libraries and we're no exception.

I got curious about how many copies of Voice Acting For Dummies were in circulation at libraries closer to home in Canada.

What I discovered was simply amazing!

Hear more about how Voice Acting For Dummies is making the rounds and check to see if there's a copy at your local library in today's VOX Daily.


Taking The Plunge as a Voice Actor

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Joe J Thomas Joe ActorDo you do voice acting as a hobby but wish it were your career?

Joe J Thomas worked as a computer programmer by day and did theatre at night. When his career as a programmer took an abrupt turn leaving him unemployed, a door opened for Joe to pursue voice acting full-time.

Are you ready to make the leap from simply acting on the side to making voice-over and voice acting something you do professionally?

Hear how Joe got into voice acting full-time and about where he thinks the industry is headed in today's VOX Daily.


Radio Can Prepare You For Voice Acting. Here's How!

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Dave DeAndrea smiling and looking downward, microphone off to the sideDo you get up every morning happy that you do voice-overs for a living?

Voice talent and audio producer Dave DeAndrea always did voice-overs as a kid.

When he grew up, he veered into radio and learned the foundational production skills that would help him transition into voice acting.

Hear Dave's story in today's VOX Daily.


Creating Opportunities For Your Voice

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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The Lonely Doll by Dare Wright, book coverAre you out pounding the pavement for your voice?

Do you seek out specific opportunities where you believe your voice would shine?

While not all marketing efforts lead to a warm microphone, they can certainly help you to build relationships and create bridges to better business.

Such has been the experience of one talented lady in my acquaintance.

Hear more about one voice artist's inspiring story about how she is making inroads with prospective clients in today's VOX Daily!


How To Keep Characters Straight When Reading Multiple Roles

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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marionettes-prague.jpgWhen you're reading for a project that involves multiple voices and drastically different characterizations, how do you keep all of those voices straight while maintaining a steady read as each word dances off the page?

Hear about several techniques that professional voice actors use to distinguish character voices when reading in today's VOX Daily.


Theophilus Thistle Tongue Twister

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Weeding thistles in the gardenDo your articulators need a workout?

Are you fresh out of ideas for vocal warmups?

Check out this cool tongue twister that was brought to my attention called "Theophilus Thistle" in today's VOX Daily.


Some Tips For Celebrity Voice Matching

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Celebrity couple smiling in HollywoodHas anyone ever told you that you sound like a celebrity?

Can you imitate famous cartoon characters?

In today's VOX Daily, we'll take a look at some factors that play into voice matching and discover a couple of resources specific to the art of voice matching and imitation.


Only Voice the Ages You Sound Authentic Voicing!

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Man swinging into a blue skyHow well do you know your voice?

Knowing your voice is very important for a number of reasons, especially when you are using it professionally as a tool to get work.

Are the character roles or voice ages you're auditioning for or performing believable?

In today's VOX Daily, we're going to talk a bit about sounding authentic and real when doing character voices.


Using Your Hands To Free Your Voice

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Teenage girl gesturing, peace signsDo you use your hands to help direct the flow of your phrasing while voice acting?

Many talent make use of their hands when recording. Getting your entire body involved can be necessary to get the perfect read or characterization.

Learn more about who is using their hands and why in today's VOX Daily.


Getting Your Voice Over Career Going with Voices.com

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Woman sitting at her deskMany people considering voice over as a profession have three basic areas of concern that need to be addressed before they can fully commit to training up and pursuing a career as a professional voice over artist.

Voices.com is offering a series of webinars that cover home recording studios, making a voice over demo and the steps one can take to promote their voice online and off.

If this sounds like something you'd be interested in, read more and reserve your seat for the webinars you'd like to participate in.


The Announcer's Test

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Female radio announcer testEver heard of The Announcer's Test?

One of my friends on Facebook happened to mention it to me and I thought you might be interested in learning more about this challenging yet fascinating elocution exercise.

This is the sort of thing that people wishing to enter into broadcast television and radio may encounter and warrants featuring and discussion amongst the voice over community.

Learn more in today's VOX Daily!


Do You Know What Your Signature Voice Is?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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SignatureDo you know what your signature voice is?

What does it take to find it?

Can you have more than one?

By identifying your signature voice, you take the guess work out of your brand and give what your client wants to hear.


Words To Warm Up By!

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Woman warming upDo you have a favourite word or string of words that you use to warm up your voice and get ready for the day?

Any particular words that can "articulate" that "resonate" well with you (pardon the puns!)?

As a voice major, I've encountered hundreds of different vocal warm ups and it is always interesting (and entertaining) to add more to the old repertory... I hope you find some neat ones here!

Inspired by a thread in the Voices.com LinkedIn Group by Dave Justus, I present to you a number of warm up words that will keep your articulators and resonators in check for 2010.


How Well Do You Know Your Voice?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Woman laying in the grass listening to audioHave you ever really listened to your own voice?

Do you take time to soak in the work of others in the voice over field?

I'd like to try a little experiment and hope that you'll get back to me with your findings. Take part now... instructions are in this VOX Daily!


What Does it Take to Be a Voiceover Professional?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Rainbow stockings feet climbing ladder into the skyBeing a voiceover professional takes a great deal more than you might think.

Is this a career for the faint of heart?

How can you become a career voice over artist?

Vicki Amorose shares her insight and unique take on how you can achieve your dream of being a pro voice artist.


Keep On Top of Your Game By Choosing Proper Training Options

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Debbie MunroIn this world of technology and the global advancement of the voice industry how do you decide what course of action to take to advance your career?

Whether you're new to the industry or a working pro keeping on top of your game is NUMBER ONE.

Each talent requires different training based upon their individual needs.

Debbie Munro has generously shared a list she compiled for evaluating voice over training options and addresses many of the questions, concerns, myths, successes and methods that she hears on a consistent basis when choosing the right training options.


How To Remain Genuine and Pace a Conversational Read

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Mature woman walking a dog in the forestDon't want your read to get away on you? Just like walking a dog, you've got to train your read to stay with you, and that takes discipline!

My friend David Bourgeois, President of Voice Coaches, is one smart cookie.

When he's coaching people in the booth who are trying to create a "real person" read, he uses a simple technique that helps you as the voice talent stay genuine while maintaining your creative flow.

The same technique applies to any kind of read where you need to be consistent in your delivery.

Want to learn more? Keep reading!


How To Adjust Your Interpretation To Book Voice Over Work

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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ChameleonEver find that no matter how hard you try, achieving the right sound or read eludes you during an audition?

Do you think that your interpretation may sometimes be responsible for what fails to get you bookings?

Top voice over coach Nancy Wolfson recently shared tips on how you can adjust your interpretation to get more voice over gigs.

Interested in learning more?

Read on!


Narrator Lorelei King Teaches You How to Create Believable Characters

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Lorelei KingHow do you create your character voices?

In a recent interview via AudioFile Magazine, Lorelei King shared some of her character creation tips with Robin Whitten.

Hear some of what Lorelei shared as well as my take on the application of her recommendations here on VOX Daily.


Voice Over Experts is Nearing its 100th Episode!

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Voice Over Experts 100th EpisodeDid you know that the Voice Over Experts podcast is about to reach a centennial milestone?

For 2 years now, you've been able to hear pearls of wisdom from top voice over educators around the world, learning from the privacy of your own home and at your own pace.

To mark this occasion we want to do something special and are inviting you to take part.

Want to learn more about this opportunity? Read on!


It's A Small (Voice Over) World After All

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Happy business teamVoice acting was once a relatively minuscule world that involved about the equivalent of a small village full of people, and after a few decades, it's still a small world yet voice over is even more intimately connected!

How many degrees of separation are there between you and your voice over colleagues?


Vital Signs : Has The Internet Changed The Way You Interpret Copy?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Typewriter back to back with a laptop

Today, we're going to start engaging in a series of articles called "Vital Signs", an innovative and thought-provoking tour that explores and questions how technology has affected the voice over industry and those within it.

These posts were inspired by an article in The Atlantic written by Nicholas Carr titled "Is Google Making Us Stupid?"

First up to bat is interpreting copy.

Does reading a script on your computer screen as opposed to a printed copy make a difference in your preparation, interpretation, and performance?


Self Assessment Quiz for Voice Actors

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Debbie MunroVoice over coach Debbie Munro submitted this quiz to me to share with you here on VOX Daily.

I think it's a great exercise for any of you who might be wondering about your career or would like to get more voice over work.

Take the quiz and let us know how you did!


Meet the Industry : Audio Engineers

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Audio EngineersWhat does it mean to be an audio engineer?

How do audio recording engineers fit into the mix of the voice over industry and why is there an entire profession dedicated to making everyone sound good?

Learn more about audio recording engineers, the people with the golden ears, here at VOX Daily during our Meet the Voice Over Industry Week.


Meet the Industry : Voice Over Coaches and Instructors

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Voice Over CoachesWhat is a voice over coach?

What do they do and what qualifies them to teach?

Why would you need one, how do you find one, and what can they offer you?

That's a lot of questions, isn't it? Good thing we have the answers!

Learn more about this integral role in the voice over ecosystem and why it pays to be educated and trained as a voice over actor.


Meet the Industry : Voice Actors

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Voice ActorsWhat is a voice actor?

Many people want to be one, others think they are one, and some people just plain don't know what they are!

Why do they exist and what do they do?

How do you become one?

Find answers to these questions and more at VOX Daily.


Meet the Voice Over Industry

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Meet the Voice Over IndustryThis week, we'll be looking at all the different people and the roles they play in the voice over industry.

If you're new to voice overs, consider this a tour of the community that you'll be part of for years to come where you'll get to know who is who and how each person in the mix plays a contributing role that propels the voice over industry, and, even your career.

Who are the people in your neighborhood? Find out this week on VOX Daily.


The Voice Actor's Resource List

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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New Online Training for Voice Actors

To wrap up our week on education, today you'll get a comprehensive list of everything on the website that can help you succeed in voice overs!

From blogs, podcasts, videos, free downloads, and educational packages, whatever you're looking for is right here in this article with handy links to get right to the source.


What To Look for in a Voice Over Coach

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Picking a Voice Over CoachNeed help finding a coach to study with?

Perhaps the question really is who should YOU study with...

Pick up some tips on how to find the best voice over coach for you at VOX Daily.


Getting Started in VO, Part II

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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learn about voice over in theatreAs I mentioned before in my first article, some degree of training is essential, and it should happen before you begin creating demos and trying to market your services.
In the first installment, we addressed some general points designed to help the newcomer decide whether to pursue a VO career. If you do, great! We'll now take a look at your next steps, a bit more specifically.


Getting Started in Voiceovers: My Take

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Learn how to get started in voiceovers with colorful advice from pro voice talent, David Houston.


Videogame Voice Acting: Battle for Residuals

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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In 2005, the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) signed the Interactive Media Agreement, an agreement that raised the fee of videogame voice-over recording sessions. Will there be more on the table in 2008?


Want to Sound Great? Try Voice Styling.

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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If teachers were coached by professional voice instructors to improve their voices and public speaking, would their students get higher marks?


From Singer to Voice Talent: Making the Transition

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Same instrument, different way of using it! Learn how to go from singing to speaking.


Voice Acting: Can just anyone do it?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Voice acting is one of the hottest "me too" careers right now, but does that mean that everyone should do it?


Has Your Voice been Typecasted?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Just because voice-over roles are behind the scenes doesn't mean that voice talent can't be pigeon-holed or typecasted for specific work, voice types or character roles.

Where does typecasting come from? Who is responsible for typecasting actors?

Stuck in a pigeon hole? Break free!