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  For all the communication technology we possess, why is it we still have difficulty getting our message across? For business and for life, here's some help with a round-up of 10 relevant posts: Are you communicating in your "business voice"? Are you undermining your point? How to say it right the first time Is it professional to give out your phone number? Making a speech requires more Telling your story to sell yourself Ten Top Tips for Talking Top Tip for Talking: Self-Awareness What is the truth about your urgent deadline? What is your most genuine, confident voice? Please share, that is, if you[...]

I love to inspire and to be inspired! Here is a collection of 14 of my own inspirational, voice-over business, blog posts for an uplifting, productive day…   Are you enough? Expert advice, the f-bomb, and a VO breakthrough Home is in our heart I Have Confidence! (or do I?) Is it possible to be a Professional Voice-over Mom? Know Thyself – as a voice and in the world Marketing 101 - a life of service Small changes make a big impact The spirit of the entrepreneur Time is a level playing field. Time. Is it worth your investment? Top Tip for Talking: Self-Awareness. Use what[...]

Now in the Pacific Time Zone, I’m up a little later than my friends and colleagues in the Eastern Time Zone where most of my voice work comes from… This means, if I wake at 6am, it’s already 9 and scripts are hopping, work is moving…but, my voice is not. Vocal warm-ups are now more important than ever for me, since I often have to hit the ground running vocally in the mornings. Once everyone has cleared out of the house, my first order of business is to vocally warm up as best as I can, as quickly as I[...]

When anyone asks me if I am passionate about doing voice overs, I respond by saying I’m not passionate about voice overs, but I AM passionate about owning my own business… Rightly or wrongly, it was my honest answer, and yet, this was my closely guarded secret from the voiceover industry and my clients. I figured if I let the cat out of the bag, that I really didn’t have a passion for voiceovers, the coach, producer, or clients would then say, “If you aren’t passionate about voice-over, then you’ll never succeed.” Or worse, say nothing at all and move on. Well, as[...]

Lots going on in the voice-over industry this month! A change of pace from my usual blogs...here are some events that I’m drooling over… Mid-Atlantic VO "Get Inspired" Conference 2015 - November 7 & 8 at the Westin Dulles Hotel in Herndon, VA THAT’S VOICEOVER!™ CAREER EXPO and The Voice Arts™ Awards - November 14th &15th, Pacific Design Center in Hollywood, CA Randy Thomas Presents: The Second Annual VO Mastery Summit 2015 - November 20 to 22nd, Fort Myers, FL A couple of timely interviews with Voices.com CEO that many voice talent will be listening closely to: 1 - Edge Studio interview with David Ciccerelli 2 - Q&A[...]

I don't trust people who speak with a "Radio Voice". It's another sign that there's a wall up, a barrier to the real person. At one point, I worked with a new hire at a radio station. Every time this young guy spoke, he spoke at a volume too loud for the intimate surroundings of the management floor, in a real showy style. I recall questioning (perhaps inappropriately) his need to speak so loudly. His response was that it was his RADIO VOICE. (echo, echo, echo) I told him to "can it". (…hopefully in the most kind and compassionate way.) A renowned blogger[...]

The current lifestyle of a voice-over professional is one of isolation. While this can work really well for some of us who love to work independently, it also implies being at a disadvantage when it comes to communication…that is, communicating with our colleagues and clients. Further, I pride myself on brevity. I know my clients appreciate the simplicity that comes with hiring me – sending a script, often with no direction or message, and having the work turned around quickly, no questions asked. As a result, this modus operandi means I don’t know very much about my clients or the specifics[...]

nah – TAH – shah mar – CHEF – kah (CHEF with "ch" , not "sh") [audio mp3="http://natashamarchewka.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Natasha-Marchewka-pronounciation_01.mp3"][/audio] The topic of "Pronunciations" is always timely in my business, as it is a daily function of my job as a voice-over talent. Whether reading a script or simply needing the correct pronunciation of a name, it's always best to get it right the first time by looking it up or asking for the correct pronunciation. Forvo.com, Dictionary.com, AND Youtube.com (type in a name – it is sure to be pronounced somewhere on video) are great places to start. However, many proper names and[...]

They say if you can dream it, you can achieve it. I'm a dreamer by nature. So, I hope you'll humor me with my idea of "The Perfect Voice-over Client". Tongue in cheek? Perhaps. Putting my wishes out to the Universe? Indeed. With reverence to my beloved loyal clients who check off all the reasonable requests, here is my wish list…'cause you know what's coming around the corner! THE PERFECT VOICE-OVER CLIENT… reveals their budget upfront. …because knowing this avoids the dicey risk of my both over and under bidding. specifies how the audio will be used. Besides basing our rates on word count[...]

If you are recording your outgoing message for your company, there are a few things you should keep in mind. Are you comfortable with your voice? How is your tone of voice? Would your voice fall into a certain category of voicemail "styles"? Your voicemail messages represent your company. The outgoing message is often the first point of contact for your clients and customers – an opportunity to create a professional branding image! If you, or an employee, are recording the company message, here are some basic voice presentation reminders for your outgoing message: Be happy - Put a smile on your face. It[...]

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