VOICE. TALENT.
"...ability with pronunciations is remarkable!..."
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Tuesday
Oct 2014

Due to my half-hearted efforts to drink enough water, I am never quite hydrated enough as evidenced by the mouth "clicks" I hear in my recordings. I've heard someone call them the dandruff of voice actors. Much of the time, I edit out the clicks, but sometimes they are within a word itself and impossible to remove. Being well hydrated is therefore always important to me for recording clearly and is my 4th tip from my 10 Tips for Talking. However, staying hydrated is not just for voice talent…no, no! Water is for everyone, despite what some water bottling companies will[...]

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Tuesday
Oct 2014

My husband was teasing me recently about a client I was working for…chortling about the company I keep, so to speak. Medication for crusty elbows to loans from questionable banks and even non-narcotic herbs, I've written and recorded a lot of material that I wouldn't necessarily buy into myself. As "the queen of retail voiceovers", as I lightly call myself, there is only one script I have ever turned away, uncomfortable about selling the product. It comes down to a question of integrity. Integrity – I do love that word because, despite human mistakes I have made along the way, I always[...]

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Tuesday
Sep 2014

Like many, I originally dragged my feet about joining Facebook and then, up until Easter of this year, dragged my feet about joining Twitter. Life is SO full already, adding more things to do seemed like a frivolous luxury.  However, if the “things” are helpful to us, in life and/or in business, then by all means, why not?! No one can deny that as a tool to be in touch with friends all over the world, Facebook has proven to be outstanding.  As a tool to share my business, my enthusiasm for marketing and entrepreneurship, social issues, and anything I deem worthwhile, Twitter allows[...]

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Tuesday
Sep 2014

I've spoken about how good health can positively affect your speaking voice. (Ten Top Tips for Talking) Admittedly, I am on again, off again, with the healthy eating plan I profess. My penchant for food – all food really – has had me fall "off the wagon" more than a few times. For me, a diet free of dairy, wheat, and sugar, feels most healing and healthy. I am my best self when eating this way. Unfortunately, this eliminates such things as traditional pizza and pasta, bagels with cream cheese, mac and cheese – you know, the good stuff. However, once I[...]

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Tuesday
Sep 2014

While recently recording a couple of scripts, I recognized how I "put love" in my recordings and what that means… Not every script is necessarily loveable, but I do treat each script with love and care. So, what the heck does that mean?!? Integrity. I set my intention to work and read and deliver with the integrity that comes from putting my heart into my work. Otherwise, to me, there is no point in being in business. Whether to be in best voice, to be an effective entrepreneur, or to give my best to my family, setting an intention is a remarkable[...]

In keeping with my series on Ten Tips for Talking, a key element to success in using one's best voice is mental state. In preparation for any interaction, be it business or personal, starting with a positive mental outlook makes a big difference, with the first impression we leave with others, how we carry ourselves, and how we proceed in business and life. Given that our mind and body are so completely connected, it would stand to reason that what's going on in our mind would be reflected in the sound of our voice, an audible expression of our physical[...]

As part of my series on Ten Tips for Talking, "Be Self-Aware" is my number one tip. What does that mean in regards to speaking, presenting, and communicating? In short, becoming aware of HOW you sound can help you improve the sound. #1 TIP FOR USING SELF-AWARENESS TO IMPROVE YOUR VOICE: LISTEN! But how? Record your voice… ...when randomly making assorted types of personal and business phone calls – with a microphone on your phone, computer, or by webcam ...when presenting material to a group ...when working with your voice professionally (listen back to samples of your work) You will hear different tones depending[...]

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Monday
Aug 2014

For those working with your voice – as a trainer, speaker, on the phone or even those interested in tweaking the sound of your voice, here are my personal top ten tips: Be Self-Aware – if interested in improving the sound of your voice for business, or even in general, an awareness of how you sound is the first step. Start by thinking about the following: Do you have a sense of the different voices you use in differing situations? With different people? At various times of day? With certain thoughts or feelings in any given moment? Mentally Prepare –[...]

Is there a specific marketing tool that works best for your unique business? As a “solopreneur”, I am currently obsessed with marketing. I am most intrigued by finding the right combination of advertising and marketing for any given business. With all that is now available to us in the way of marketing, the mix can be very diverse. I am currently on a mission to figure out what are must have’s in business in general. I realized nine years ago that simply a web presence for my own business was vital. I knew that a website, or even just a webpage,[...]

If you are a human on the planet earth, you can benefit from eLearning. If you are a business in the global marketplace, or a shop on the corner, there is an even greater potential here! Stay with me… From corporate presentations to pre-school education, what can be taught, can be delivered through some version of eLearning. Aside from the fact that I’ve managed to find everything from how to roll sushi to how to pronounce French words on YouTube, the potential for eLearning beyond YouTube can benefit all people and all businesses. A blog article from Edge Studio, NYC experts in[...]

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