2nd Edition - More Than Just a Voice, The REAL Secret to VOICEOVER Success!

Dave Courvoisier releases a new edition of his popular book More Than Just a Voice, The REAL Secret to Voiceover Success. This new book has all new content, a full six years in the making!

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This book is a great resource for virtually professional voiceover talent of any achievement level.
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A Few Chapter Titles:

  • Are You Your Own Worst Enemy?
  • Cracking the “Newbie” Nut
  • Studio on Wheels
  • 4 Reasons for VO Agility in a Changing World
  • The Trouble with Trainers
  • 3 Irrefutable Facts About Choosing Mics
  • Make These 7 Processes Work for You
  • The Worst Inquiry of All Time
  • Too Many Coaches, Not Enough Mentors
  • Working Your Niche
  • Your Homework Assignment for Tonight
  • Don’t Make This Freelance Mistake
  • Creative VO Prospecting
  • Your VO Business Plan
  • That One Thing That Will Help You Fail at Voiceovers
  • An Open Letter to Instructional Designers
  • The Sin of “Shoulda”
  • 4 Things That Will Make Your Client Love You
  • When One Size DOESN’T Fit All
  • The One Thing That Defines VO Success or Failure
  • Conversational is the New Announcery
  • A Dozen Directives for Avoiding VO Burnout
  • One Surefire Way to Find New Clients
  • Why You Flunked (or Won) That Audition
  • Google Searches Demystified
  • Don’t Make This Freelance Mistake
  • Handling Overload
  • Three Mindsets Every Voice Actor Must Have
  • Gold in the Voiceover Frontier

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There are some amazing lessons in this 2nd edition of More than Just a Voice.
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Conversational, Schmonversational

Why is “conversational” the magic word?   When a client says “conversational” it really means you are likely to deliver a contrived creation of sentences that while articulate, nonetheless flows, and sounds “natural” or non-contrived.  Friendly? Convivial?  Neighborly?  Comfortable?
My head is spinning.  This is why clients ask for “conversational”, ’cause we all think we know what it is, so the greater challenge is delivering “conversational” when the client asks for it.  
So what I’ve come to is that “conversational” is more about listening than it is speaking.  That’s what a good conversationalist does, right?  They listen.  So listen to yourself.   Are you making sense?  Would you convince you if you said that, that way?

Red Flags for the "New" Broadcast Rates

Those familiar with the broadcast status quo understand the formula that goes into calculating rates for Radio and TV.  It includes length of play of the spot in the marketplace, size of the marketplace, type of spot, length of spot, and geographic distribution (those are the biggies…other criteria can come to bear).  Again this is BROADCAST rates.  Radio and TV.
Even the most successful broadcast operations have known for years that a big change is in process.  The term “broadcast” now assumes a different complex…a different character (think NetFlix, Amazon Prime, Roku).  While Radio and TV will likely survive the digital revolution better than most print publications, there’s no doubt the delivery mechanism for broadcast will have a new meaning going forward.  New masters will own the word, and they are NOT familiar with broadcast rates.

Does Voice Acting Have a "Slow" Season?

There are all sorts of sensible arguments to explain perceived slow-downs in work flow.
The truth is, voice-acting encompasses such a wide variety of endeavours that no one part of the calendar year can claim a dearth of work across the spectrum.
The smart move might be to spread yourself across some fall-back areas to ll the gap.  For instance, if you normally do long-format narration, and there’s a drop-o for a while, would it kill you to attempt an audiobook?  You’re the voice of choice for Hollywood animation shorts, but the bottom falls out because of a writer’s strike.  Could you shore up your pro t center doing video games
characters?  Corporate internal video work disappears, but explainer videos are out there for the taking.  [just some ideas]

Dave Courvoisier does it again!
“CourVO” doubles-down as a great
follow up to his first go-round.
Having both of these collections
on your bookshelf will provide
you a solid resource for
all things VO
.”



Joe Cipriano

Network Promo Voice Actor

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photoGraeme Spicer

    Toronto

Dave Courvoisier is one of the voiceover industry’s true seers. For over ten years he has documented the evolution of our business on his blog with startling clarity. Don’t be fooled by the sometimes folksy anecdotes – in these stories are important insights about the state of voiceover. A not-to-be missed book.

Melissa Moats

   Las Vegas

 

Dave has a knack for sharing his knowledge and experience in an easily digestible way. Every page you land on is filled with insightful, practical, and useful information for both new talent and seasoned professionals alike.  If you read one voice over book this year – read this one.  It’s ALL in there. 

Erik Sheppard

 Texas

If you’re a reader of Dave’s industry leading blog (and who isn’t?) then you are going to love this.  All of his usual insight, wit and wisdom wrapped up in a fun and colorful flipbook format that makes for an easily digestible read for voiceover industry people of all levels.  Who knows VO?  Courvo knows!”

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Dave Courvoisier releases a new edition of his popular book More Than Just a Voice, The REAL Secret to Voiceover Success. This new book has all new content, a full six years in the making!

150+ short, digestible chapter that stand on their own.  Open up the book anywhere!

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Dave’s first book, published in 2014, is still in print!

More Than Just a Voice: The REAL Secret to Voiceover Success is like getting continuing education credits in voice-acting. A practicing journalist of 30+ years, Dave Courvoisier began researching the voice-over profession for his own enlightenment early in the last decade. Then he began blogging — sharing his findings with anyone who was interested. Apparently a lot of people were. Voted as one of the top VO Bloggers in 2011, Dave started getting a following of interested readers in the freelance business of voiceovers.

After 2,500 blog articles, friends began urging Dave to publish a collection of his best blogs. More Than Just a Voice is that book. For those seeking answers about getting into the business, to others who needed a refresher on the latest techniques and trends, More Than Just a Voice is the perfect answer. It’s also some common sense advice in the face of rumors to the effect that voice-acting is a license to print money. After all, it’s just talking, right?

Voice-acting is a lot more than “just talking”, and this book proves that the VO hopeful needs to develop some good freelance business practices, get some coaching, and start practicing. In other words, one must do their homework. More Than Just a Voice is your first assignment.

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Dave Courvoisier, author of More Than Just a Voice: The REAL Secret to Voiceover Success, is a highly successful TV news anchor(retired) in one of America’s most high-profile cities (Las Vegas). But he is also a busy voice-actor! He speaks and writes prodigiously for the voice-acting community, blogging for “Voice Acting in Vegas,” the popular blog on his Courvo.com website.

Among his myriad of achievements, Dave is proud to count several Emmys to his credit. He administers many online VO communities and forums, and as the Vice President of the Executive Board of World-Voices Organization, helps oversee the voice-over community’s only Industry Trade Association. He has earned national respect for his work helping the plight of disadvantaged children through his weekly “Wednesday’s Child” reports.

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