VOICE. TALENT.
"...ability with pronunciations is remarkable!..."
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Tuesday
Aug 2015

I've had a manager fired at almost every job I've ever had. This is not intentional and I can't say I wear this experience proudly. On the other hand, I AM proud of my demand for professionalism, no matter what job I held. Plus...I'm a stickler for "do as I do" and not "do as I say". I like to think of myself as a customer service expert. Working in the hospitality industry for twelve plus years gave me a great education. And, owning a business as a voice-over professional is no different. In fact, I believe most of my clients[...]

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Tuesday
Aug 2015

Call me unsophisticated, call me uneducated, call me what you will, but I have never heard of the term “vocal fry” until last week. Still, I am VERY familiar with it on an experiential basis. Wikipedia: The vocal fry register (also known as pulse register, laryngealisation, pulse phonation, creak, croak, popcorning, glottal fry, glottal rattle, glottal scrap, or strohbass) is the lowest vocal register and is produced through a loose glottal closure which will permit air to bubble through slowly with a popping or rattling sound of a very low frequency. I was turned onto a very interesting debate last week on CBC[...]

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Wednesday
Jul 2015

Moving. Moving. Moving…I believe it is my destiny to move, like a gypsy, from home to home, city to city… Though enamored by the romanticism of a gypsy, you would never likely guess that is who I am. A (somewhat reluctant) resident of the suburbs, someone who likes to dig in, a homebody… Through destiny and fate, I happened to marry someone who is also destined to move frequently. Here I am, in my new home in California. Studio up. No furniture yet. And, INCREDIBLY blessed. My business of voice-overs allows me to flexibly work ANYWHERE! Working from home isn’t without[...]

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Wednesday
Jul 2015

[gallery ids="574,1396,1397,1400,1401,578"] Working from home in the best neighbourhood of all Working as a voice-over talent from my home for ten years has allowed me to live a very flexible life. That’s fortunate, because in twenty two years, my husband and I have moved about nine times, but not just across town. We tend to go to the extreme, moving thousands of miles each time – Toronto to Vancouver to New York to California to Ontario to Grand Cayman to Nova Scotia. And, since we were way out on the Atlantic Coast, our next move would naturally be 1000’s of miles back[...]

Adding Audio to Your Content - Part Three - Perfecting the Vocal Presentation Even an experienced and articulate business person can use help with their presentation skills and could be speaking and communicating in a way that may be hindering their professional image. As a follow-up to my "Adding Audio to Your Content" blogs, Part One and Two, I had the privilege of offering Presentation Skills Coaching to Linda Daley of Daley Progress. We took our blog theme of producing audio content one step further to help Linda add audio to her own webpage. What needed to happen before recording her audio was[...]

Adding Audio to Your Content - Part Two - What and Where? Creating and sharing audio content makes good business sense for me as a voice actor. In Part One of my blog "Adding Audio to your Content", I mentioned that ALL business owners and sales professionals could benefit from adding the element of audio, not just those of us who are selling our voice. What to say? Introduce your business, or yourself, with a recorded greeting. Here's an example:[audio mp3="http://natashamarchewka.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/natashas-greeting.mp3"][/audio] An elevator pitch - a compelling 30-60 second story of what you do… A call to action - something you would[...]

Adding Audio to Your Content - Part One - Who? As a voice actor, someone who uses and sells their voice for a living, showcasing my voice and having an archive of recorded blogs is an obvious choice for me. Adding audio to marketing adds to the multi-media dimension, offering readers more for engagement. Lucky for me, Linda Daley of Daley Progress has embraced my audio blogs as she is able to listen to it weekly while completing other tasks! But adding the element of an audio file isn’t limited to voice actors. Including a voice in your content, be it a[...]

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Tuesday
May 2015

When talking to others, in casual conversation or a formal setting, being aware of where you put the emphasis on your words is important to communicate more clearly and effectively and to avoid misunderstanding. I’m a stickler for HOW people speak. And, word emphasis fascinates me because it changes the meaning of a sentence, phrase, or idea, simply with the tone, energy, modulation of our voice. Consider this sentence with the emphasis on each separate word: HOW do you know Bessie Smith? How DO you know Bessie Smith? How do YOU know Bessie Smith? How do you KNOW Bessie Smith? How[...]

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Tuesday
Apr 2015

You have time…as much as any other person in this world, Einstein, Oprah, Bill Gates, or Beethoven - anyone else you deem having more time to learn, progress, gain money, experience, build an empire. Time is a level playing field and this is what is meant by “In good time” and “God speed”… Today is Tuesday. I had to consciously remember today because every day is blending into the next as it does in busier times in our lives. For many of us, it’s a constant barrage of to do lists, emails, and go, go, go. Remember the time when we used to[...]

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Tuesday
Apr 2015

Reading a great post from fellow voice talent, Paul Strikwerda, led me to learn about World Voice Day. An annual event, it celebrates and highlights all things “Voice”, that is, vocal health and the power of the instrument that is our voice. Intrigued by the idea, I found lots of interesting information and offer you a concise version of what World Voice Day encompasses… From world-voice-day.org: The general idea underlying the World Voice Day is to demonstrate to the general public that Voice Matters. 2015 the motto is – VOICE, The Original Social Media. The strategy is to arrange a global celebration in terms of an impressive[...]

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