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The Big Squeeze

Globalization, the digital revolution, and the internet are all combining to make safe job niches obselete. Are voice actors on the choppping block?

…and the answer is…

Feedback from yesterday’s post on the odd juxtaposition of two well-known voice-actors on my email feed.

Two-fer Tuesday

The arcane, obtuse, and esoteric reaches of the internet catch my eye. In this case two visuals, and a call for your feedback. Got a moment?

…On Minimizing Mumbo Jumbo

When the details become too…detailed, your excuses start sounding like a bit of “bull” offered in lieu of substance. Here’s what the client REALLY wants.

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...

World Voices #WoVochat

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...

13 Days…and Counting

OK, I admit it, I'm totally biased about WoVO.  Of course I am.  I'm a founder and the current president. With over 800 members, World-Voices Organization is now more than just a cozy little group of like-minded souls.  It's a movement.  A movement about to celebrate...

The New NAB

National Association of Broadcasters.  One of the biggest conventions on the calendar of a city that has more/bigger/better conferences than any other place on the planet. But why?  I mean, I get CES (Consumer Electronics Show)...THE highest attendance at any Vegas...

Long Live Atlanta…

...until 2018. Now what?  There's a lot of 2017 left! Gerald Griffith pulled off a masterful and edifying voice over conference again.  500+ newcomers and seasoned pros made the scene, and made memories.  I'm still smiling. But you know what?...thousands of voice...

A Few Last Pics From VOA

I'll have some thoughts about the conference tomorrow, but 'thought you might enjoy a few more shots from the event.  Recognize anyone? The Spanish-Speaking attendees broke out in song on the final night. Closing Ceremonies, VO Atlanta 2017 from Dave Courvoisier on...

VO Business & Compensation

Voice Over Education

Go With What You Know

Ask me what got me into being a voice-actor, and I'd tell you "AudioBooks". It seemed like a perfect fit for me.  I was interested in it, and pursued it whole-heartedly for about 5 years. I ended up narrating some 40 titles, attended APAC twice, was a beta tester for...

Too Many Coaches, Not Enough Mentors

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

A Defense of the “First Take”

The main point of this blog is not going to sit well with many...least of all the accomplished voice coaches I've worked with. So, consider this point of view more as an idea I'm floating out there as an alternative.  It's a counter-argument to the other end of the...

Cipriano Career Consulting

Ha!..and you thought he was only a pretty face!OK, so maybe you thought he was just one of those uber-successful and ubiquitous network promo voices.You'd be right on both counts, but you also know there's a depth and a generosity to Joe Cipriano that harkens back to...

The Case For Face

Everything you do online for your VO business:  Demos, Blogs, Twitter posts, FaceBook updates, profiles, newsletters...even email signatures should have a picture.I used to sit on the fence on this debate...you know...the debate over whether a...

The Voice-Actor’s Law of Diminishing Returns

Franklin wanted to better his chances at getting documentary voiceover jobs, and sought out a top producer to help with a killer demo.  He was taken aback by the quote he got.  Would it be worth it?Barbara just knew she'd improve the sound of her VO auditions if she...

Don’t Dread Drymouth

Tonight, I'll climb into my studio, and once again face the spectre of dry-mouth.Dry mouth equals mouth clicks, and mouth clicks equals a noisy recording, and a noisy recording means longer editing time.  Yes, I drink gallons of distilled water every day (I get...

Incoming!

Two Things:#1Anytime Pat Fraley shows up in Las Vegas, it's a good thing.Everybody's favorite VO Coach is making his appearance in So NV in early  October for an AudioBook Narration Master Session.  'Not sure how Pat does it, but no matter how many times you've...

VO Rates Roundtable

Don't fault me or WoVO for focusing so much on voiceover compensation rates lately.  We're only trying to keep up with the crazy pace of this industry.  No one topic garners more interest among freelance voice actors than this issue. World-Voices Organization members...

Voice Over Hardware & Software tools

The REAL Reel

Who calls them “reels” anymore? That and other myths about voiceover demos — dashed — in this blog.

They Just. Won’t. Die.

Voice Actors need reliable and useful tools to have a successful freelance business. Two entrenched tools are showing surprising resilience.

Rockin’ It

Talent Liz Atherton and I were interview subjects on a recent podcast still trying to dissect the effect of VDC’s buyout of VoiceBank. You should listen!

Threefer Thursday

Ya know, there’s just SO MUCH STUFF flying around the internet these days, you might’ve missed these three big announcements!

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?

Voice Over Events

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...

13 Days…and Counting

OK, I admit it, I'm totally biased about WoVO.  Of course I am.  I'm a founder and the current president. With over 800 members, World-Voices Organization is now more than just a cozy little group of like-minded souls.  It's a movement.  A movement about to celebrate...

The New NAB

National Association of Broadcasters.  One of the biggest conventions on the calendar of a city that has more/bigger/better conferences than any other place on the planet. But why?  I mean, I get CES (Consumer Electronics Show)...THE highest attendance at any Vegas...

Long Live Atlanta…

...until 2018. Now what?  There's a lot of 2017 left! Gerald Griffith pulled off a masterful and edifying voice over conference again.  500+ newcomers and seasoned pros made the scene, and made memories.  I'm still smiling. But you know what?...thousands of voice...

A Few Last Pics From VOA

I'll have some thoughts about the conference tomorrow, but 'thought you might enjoy a few more shots from the event.  Recognize anyone? The Spanish-Speaking attendees broke out in song on the final night. Closing Ceremonies, VO Atlanta 2017 from Dave Courvoisier on...

Why I Love VO Conferences

Voice Over Atlanta launches Thursday.  It's turned into one of the more encompassing of the many VO conventions that have sprouted-up over the years.  The last I heard, upwards of 500 will be attending in one capacity or another.  That's awesome, and shows the growing...

Ethics in Voice Acting

Ethics?  Really?  I just need VO jobs! OK, I hear ya, but believe it or not it's all tied in together, and it's also best described in the context of community. Next week at VoiceOver Atlanta, J Michael Collins is moderating a panel on this very topic.  As an intro to...

Voice Over Niches

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Voice Over Hardware & Software tools

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.

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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.

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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