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Must See YT: Sheppard/Daniel

Are there two people who you would count on more to tell it like it is than Terry Daniel and Erik Sheppard? I think not. 17 mins well spent on the VDC-VoiceBank deal.

Crossroads

Every generation feels they’re in the middle of a sea change…or not. Some don’t see it. This one is like getting smacked in the face with a cold Mackerel.

Voice Over Education

No SEO Will Survive THIS Search Method

Just when you think you might be gaining ground in the holy grail of search optimization, along comes a method for finding voice actors from way out in left field.

VO Coaching Conundrums

Apparently, a lot of people want to coach voice acting these days. But why?…and who? When does a voice talent become a voice coach…and where are the rules & regs? A few observations within…

Creative VO Prospecting

Yesterday, I was reading through my Google Alerts, and came across a Craigslist ad placed by a seasoned VO pro.  I've re-printed most of it for you to see below the line-break.  The ad came complete with a graphic, phone #, website address, a map to his major U-S city...

Clearing Out the Crud

When your speaking apparatus is gunked-up... you can't keep up your VO commitments so well. And Boy Howdy, this is the season for gunking! How many times have I seen anguished posts on social media groups begging anyone for quick-fix solutions that will allow the...

Starting Out

Launching into the world of voice acting is a steep challenge.  There are no manuals, but plenty of "opportunities".  The opportunities range from legitimate offers of help to outright predation, and everything in between...including the costs involved. As you would...

Qualified to be a VO Coach?

The estimate that only 5% of voice actors are truly supporting themselves and their families with strictly voiceover work is probably close to correct. (remember, 47.93% of all numbers quoted online are made-up). Whatever the number (almost impossible to discern),...

My Monday Night Visitor

What day of the week would you say comes with the highest concentration of VO audition requests? Uh-huh.  Monday. Now, let me explain that my prime daypart for recording auditions is midnight to 3am.  Lately I've also adding 11am - 1pm after I rise, for doing...

Your Homework Assignment for Tonight

Does anybody watch TV without the DVR running in the background any more?  Either way, your homework assignment for tonight is to play back pay a prime-time or prime-time access program and pay special attention to the commercials. Right.  The thing that we all...

Lookin’ For a Reason To Come To Vegas?

...like you really needed one, right? Well, September 10th-11th is apparently a very popular VO weekend in Las Vegas. Two coveted voice acting coaches will be here for weekend workshops. #1.  Pat Fraley Pat is hands-down one of the top VO coaches...he could do this on...

World Voices #WoVochat

Find One More

Putting on Voiceover conferences is a lot of effort! Finally emerging from the surplus of work waiting for me after a busy weekend… this message for WoVO members and non-members.

Such a Blur

Didn’t this conference just start? Well, now it’s over…and there’s so much to do!

WoVO Week

How many things have you nurtured through thick ‘n’ thin for five solid years? WoVO is that kind of “thing”…that kind of committment.

VO Business & Compensation

No Shortage of Advice

People wanna know. They have questions. What’s the secret to VO marketing? How do I get clients? Well, there’s marketing wisdom. Then there’s you.

Voice Over Education

VO Email Marketing

Your email signature bookends your salutation.  Both are perfunctory, and yet pertinent.As overlooked as the signature can be...don't you always notice when it's missing?...or minimal...or overdone?The email signature for a voice-actor is part marketing, part...

3 Warnings About Blog Titles With Numbers in Them

Why?  Because it’s a manipulative device to get you to read it!  That’s the #1 reason.  You don’t want to be manipulated do you?  Virtually every last blog about and for bloggers mentions this magic formula.  I’m sure there’s some psychological reason behind it…so let...

Break the Mold

It's late...or early...whichever.  The clock says 3:32am as I write this.We're creatures of habit, tending to keep the same schedules.  Mine is a late one.  Yes, I do sleep.  My sleep hours are just not YOUR sleep hours.  Personally, I believe the hours from  midnight...

What AGE is Your Voice?

Does a voice HAVE an age?  Well, I mean, of course it has the age associated with the cords' owner but can you tell a person's age by their voice? Or vice-versa...does a certain timbre/quality of voice HAVE an age?I go back to the analogy surrounding race.  The...

Does Voice Acting Have a “Slow” Season?

Time and again I see online posts asking if anyone else is experiencing downtime.  It's almost as if people are trying to reassure themselves that their own reduced workload mirrors the experience of others (the old "misery loves company" thing).There are all sorts of...

The Ultimate Authority

Just when I think I've got a bead on the people who make up this voice over community, I find out I really know nothing.I mean, I've been to umpteen VO conferences, I write a widely-read VO blog, I administer some social media VO forums, I'm the president of...

Are You “Studio Approved”?

World-Voices wrestled with this issue from day one.WoVO is not in the business of making subjective decisions about whether you are a good talent, can give a compelling promotional read, or can kill it on a commercial read.But, there are some objective and measurable...

Studio On Wheels

Most voice actors seem obsessed with obtaining, and having at-the-ready, a mobile recording solution.I get it.  I'm a geek too, and I've got several iterations of an "away" recording configuration.But let's face it, you can have a U-87  in your hotel room, and your...

Cracking the “Newbie” Nut

Every day a new voice is born.  When they get older people tell them "you should be in radio" (not knowing that radio these days hardly has any live humans to speak of anymore). When that happens often enough, the person with the golden pipes starts to believe they...

Voice Over Hardware & Software tools

Fool Me Once…

Some CEO’s should really not attempt their own PR…especially if they’ve already been burned once. Nonetheless, here’s the painful video evidence.

Thank You Gabby!

A simple website with a plain and powerful message. Not everyone will agree with it, but I do, and maybe you should too?

CourVO’s Zoho Memo

An online suite of applications with complimentary mobile apps, and all at a kickin’ price. Zoho’s new offering might just be what you’re looking for.

Outspoken Spot On

Online casting sites might be here to stay, but that doesn’t mean we should participate in the abuse certain P2P’s bring on our business.

Here Fido!

All manner of online identity theft is possible and happening with greater frequency. Even 2-factor-authentication — while good — is fallible. That’s why you may want to invest in a USB gizmo that ups the security.

Do This Instead of Buying a New Mic

Today’s freelance voice actor working in a home studio needs to understand their unique recording environment, and match a good mic to it (not the other way around). There’s help, and here’s how.

Microphone Hygiene

Your microphone is not just a hunk of metal and wires. It’s delicate, and requires care. Here are a few simple suggestions.

Voice Over Events

Such a Blur

Didn’t this conference just start? Well, now it’s over…and there’s so much to do!

WoVO Week

How many things have you nurtured through thick ‘n’ thin for five solid years? WoVO is that kind of “thing”…that kind of committment.

Rates Roundtable is Back!

Video Game voice-actors and SAG-AFTRA negotiators discuss the Interactive Strike. A Gold-Ribbon panel of experts talk about progress being made in SAG’s longest-ever strike.

…Just Days

Not to beat a dead horse... but to beat the deadline and attend one of the best VO conferences of the year, you're down to a matter of days and hours. WoVOCon IV in fabulous Las Vegas Nevada happens the last week of June, and we need to know...

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Tools, Toys, & Time

A video admonition to not overload yourself with the myriad of tools and digital toys available right now. Tips on how to find the right ones and make them work for you.

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PhotoShop for Voice

Has PhotoShop been good for photography?  Don't answer that.  Either way, does it follow that an analogous device or program would be good for voice-acting? That's the basic question, I guess.  The only reason I can think of as to why someone...

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Transcribe Your Audio on Video

Hmmm, not sure what happened there, but Tuesday's blog ended up being deleted.   I'll chalk it up to new website blues.  Regardless, I'm posting it again for those who missed it. Video Transcribing App from Dave Courvoisier on Vimeo. The app is by Apple itself (so...

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Prepare for PreAmps

Next to the all-important microphone, voice-actors wring their hands over their choice of pre-amp almost as much. I confess to not being worthy of expert advice in these matters.  I can tell you I've tried a bunch of 'em, and currently use the Universal Audio Apollo...

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Source-Elements at NAB

Robert Marshall is a genius with a Beatles haircut.  It works for him...the haircut...AND the brains.  I sought out his humble booth at NAB, because I know he's always improving the Source-Elements prodigious product line...and would have news to share.  I wasn't...

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ipDTL at NAB

The folks at in:Quality did it up right for the big NAB show.  Kevin Leach bought a nice big booth in the North Hall with excellent visibility and steady foot traffic. Upon arriving, I was happy to see any number of Vegas-based voice talent manning the booth, handing...

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Did You See What I Did There?

I miss a day of blogging, and ****BOOM**** alla sudden I got a new website! Do me a favor? Kick the tires, and let me know if you see any mistakes?...any gitches....anything that doesn't look right? My developer Brett Bumeter of Softduit Media is the man behind all...

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MXL DX-2 Mic Review

People read my blog who I don't even know.  Usually it's a good thing. Take David G Beneke for instance; an audiobook narrator, and a geek like me when it comes to audio hardware (only his expertise vastly supersedes mine). Beneke sent me an email a few days ago...

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Find One More

Putting on Voiceover conferences is a lot of effort! Finally emerging from the surplus of work waiting for me after a busy weekend… this message for WoVO members and non-members.

Voice Over Community