National Voice Over Month
Whereas Voice Over talent live and work in communities everywhere across the globe, supporting their families and their cities and towns with their talents…
Whereas Voice Overs ubiquitously and quietly contribute to many and varied sorts of original productions, benefiting businesses, advertisers, and consumers with their creativity…
Whereas the business of Voice Overs has grown, matured, developed, and achieved an indispensible status in the marketplace…
Whereas the community of Voice Over talent by and large comprise a most singular and exceptional hard- working support group for each other…
Whereas the abilities required to be a successful voice talent borrow from and demand proficiency in many endeavors (not the least of which are marketing, promotions, sales, bookkeeping, hardware, software and internet)…
And whereas Voice Over artists everywhere strive to elevate the status of their industry and their professional excellence to a higher standard…
….We Therefore, as the Executive Board of the Society of Accredited Voice Over Artists (SaVoa) do hereby declare September to be:
NATIONAL VOICE OVER APPRECIATION MONTH.
Most people are familiar with the art of acting, having watched performers on stage in a play, on television or in the movies. Using the physicality of their bodies, their facial expressions and their voices, actors bring to life a multitude of characters from a script.
But the arts are home to another kind of actor who most often resides behind off camera or stage but may actually be experienced by the public much more frequently (often daily) than stage or screen actor. This artist is called a voice actor and his/her business is known as voice over. It is this industry that September’s National Voice Over Month celebrates and honors.
While voice actors can also act on the stage and screen and vice versa, many voice actors (also known as voice over talents or voice talents) remain off camera, using their only their significant vocal skills to bring a writer’s script to life – much in the same way radio actors did before the advent of television.
But the mediums that voice over talents work in today is much wider today than it was in the early part of the 20th Century when radio was the dominant media. Today, with the explosion of communication tools brought on by the success of the internet, just a small; sample of the places voice talents’ work can be heard around the world include computers, stadiums and arena, video games, telephone systems, airports, colleges and universities, the internet as well as television and radio.
The specialized work of voice over talents is featured in commercials, video and DVD narrations, e-
learning programs, cartoons and other animation, message on hold, political announcements, radio and television station promotional announcements, documentaries…basically anywhere a story needs to be told with more than pictures.
For the thousands of professional male and female voice over talents, the joy of participating in this industry is recognition enough. But with National Voice Over Month allows everyone the chance to understand and appreciate these special artists.
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Voice Over Talent Celebrate September as
National VoiceOver Appreciation Month
(Las Vegas, NV 9-
A host of prestigious Voice Over companies are joining forces to recognize the largely unseen contributions of many thousands of voice actors nationwide during the month of September.
Most viewers and listeners of popular media will encounter numerous professional voices as they go about their day. Professional voice talents are heard on almost every media platform including radio and television commercials, podcasts, audiobooks, movie and television documentaries, websites, instructional and sales videos, radio stations, and YouTube, just to name a few examples.
The men and women who specialize in this field are different from stage and television actors (although those performers sometimes perform voiceovers as well) because professional Voice Talents use only their vocal range and acting abilities to create the viewer reaction the production requires, sometimes with accompanying pictures/video and sometimes without. Triggering “the theatre of the mind” within the viewer or listener, Voice Artists expertly create the proper mood, feeling, sentiment with just their voices.
Dave Courvoisier, Advisory Board member of the non-
profit Society of Accredited Voice Over Artists (SaVoa), says “…the depth and breadth of talent represented by various actors in practically every city in the U- S is astounding.” Courvoisier further states, “Voice Overs is a thriving and creative freelance enterprise being quietly practiced by people who take their craft seriously, and contribute greatly to the advertising and media marketplace .”
Advances in digital technology have transformed much of the Voice Over landscape in recent years…allowing the lion’s share of voice talent to practice their business from their homes or private studios, transmitting a finished audio file to their client instantaneously. That convenience, though, also individuates the voice actors from one another.
“Calling for a month-
long appreciation of the Voice Over Artist will serve to draw the far- flung personalities of this unique industry into a sense of community and support,” says Courvoisier.
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Voice Over Events & Holidays
National Voice Over Month is September and this coincides often with Faffcon. There are lots of other great Voice Over Events too.
VO conferences are kinda like VO Coaches. Everybody is counseled to get at least one new one a year. True? Maybe, but is it right? A quick guide from some people who’ve been there.
A Blue-Ribbon Panel examines the ins and outs of demo production and VO coaching…offering a spectrum of what you should reasonably expect to pay.
Instead of discussing the rates voice actors should charge for their work, we’re examining what we should EXPECT to reasonably be charged for coaching and demo production.
A Blue-Ribbon Panel of experts discusses the aftermath of VDC’s purchase of VoiceBank in this latest version of Rates Roundtable.
Didn’t this conference just start? Well, now it’s over…and there’s so much to do!
The first official day of WoVOCon IV began Saturday morning. Wow, what day! Incredible information-sharing. See some pics here.