VOICE. TALENT.
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Monday
Mar 2014

When talking about feedback in the realms of audio, we are all familiar with what that sounds like!  In regards to feedback from our clients or boss, or friends and family for that matter, it’s a very different thing, but it can sometimes sound as excruciating! Personally, I LOVE feedback… the verbal kind, that is.  This could be a result of growing up in a family where everything was judged, for good or for bad...you become addicted to it.  Even as a very young child, I would ask at the dinner table, “How am I doing, Oma?”  That was a bit[...]

I’m so glad it’s over! For the first time in decades, I recently had an on-camera commercial audition.  You would think, since I have VOICED thousands of commercials that it might be a walk in the park.  More like a trudge up one side of the mountain and a very fast descent! There are so many scenarios that could throw one for a loop in an audition.  For me, it’s usually about “messing” up the words, out of nervousness. So, I memorized the very short script for days in preparation.  I must have said the four short sentences 200 times! The feedback from the[...]

Tone of voice is pretty much everything in the business of voice-overs.  I am often amazed at how many different voices and feelings I can express, simply with a shift in my tone.  Even within one sentence, I can change my tone to offer my clients very different interpretations of their scripts. When recording an audition, I (used to) record my name at the end of my audition. That is, I recorded the script sample and then, in the same tone of voice, I recorded my name which I then cut and paste to the beginning of the audition.  That ensured that I'd[...]

Sometimes I feel like a terrible Mom. With a voice-over business at home, there are times I sit, feeling guilty, in my studio thinking I could be interacting with my kids, listening to them read, or helping them with an activity.  Instead, I make them their afternoon snack, put on a moderately educational show, and make use of the 30-60 minutes I have while they are quietly zoned out on the tube.  Or, I put them to bed and tell them I can only lie with them for 5 minutes because I have to record.  Or, I yell at them to[...]

Learning more about my Self is my ultimate goal in my process of evolution and enlightenment.  Knowing thy self, in the voice-over business, is as important as anywhere else.  I attribute much of my success in my business to just that: knowing who I am as a voice-talent and therefore, where I fit in. Fortunately for this business, voice-over work is available in so many directions! Indeed television, radio, and documentary films are where one traditionally might find voice-overs.  However, voicemail has been around for decades now, and business narration is absolutely exploding…not to mention overhead voices, tour voices, video games,[...]

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Monday
Feb 2014

In 5th grade, I stood in front of the school and recited a line for our Christmas pageant.  My nerves got the best of me and I stuttered in front of hundreds of laughing children.  Not naturally a child who stuttered, I kept at it, confused as to why my mouth wouldn’t say the words I needed to say.  To say that was devastating at the time is an understatement.  Still, I chose the career of voice-overs, despite my 5th grade flop. Every day, as I record for clients and auditions, I witness my innermost self, coming through the words onto[...]

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Monday
Feb 2014

I have struggled with the idea of starting a blog for a long time.  Bombarding people with yet another email or blog post has not sat well with me.  However, I have come to realize that now is a time when having a blog is essential in business, as a tool to demonstrate professionalism in one’s field. Over the past couple of months I have been writing steadily, in hopes of finding “my voice”.  In broadcasting school, we learned that television was meant to be educational, entertaining, and enlightening, and while we can all attest to the fact that it can[...]

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