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VOICE MESSAGES: A Documentary About the Unsung Power and Beauty of the Human Voice "… many of us are unaware of how important our voices can be in our personal relationships and work lives. Does voice play a role in whom we choose as a mate? Do we form opinions of others based on the sound of their voices? Do we sound like our parents? And how many different voices/tones do we possess for the myriad of situations we face in our daily lives?" – Martin Zied, Producer, Director, Writer of "Voice Messages" Voice Messages is currently looking for funding. Its message resonates with[...]

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[...]

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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
Mar 2015

Whether it's a nervous laugh after each sentence, a quiet talker, or an overly confident communicator, I tend to "hear" a lot more than words when listening to someone. I've talked about tone of voice in "Listen to the Music" and "More than Words", among others, and while that is an aspect of today's theme, there are other qualities or habits that we demonstrate while talking. Even a broadcast professional, in their banter on the radio or in their personal life, have off-putting habits that dilute clear communication. Everyone has their "thing". What are your "go to" habits in communicating, and, are[...]

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 –[...]

The written word can be so beautifully expressive, entertaining, and educational. However, the spoken word, and even non-verbal communication, can add so much more intent to a conversation, something that is glaringly missing in email … or even in a script. Just as a picture says a thousand words, the tone of voice says so much. Are you able to get a "sense" of someone when you meet them, talk to them, engage with them? Whether it's a teller, a cashier, your best friend, or your partner I know that everyone has a sense of what another person is "feeling" through[...]

I had the privilege of leading a portion of a communications workshop with Mary Jane Copps, The Phone Lady, and coached two dozen people on how to voice a commercial. Breaking down the steps for the workshop was a great exercise in my own recognizing that there is indeed skill and talent required to record scripts that I have honed over the years.  You see, I didn't really realize all that goes into voicing material, until I had to dissect it because, to be honest, I never thought what I do is all that unique or skillful. While I am[...]

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