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Someone called me out recently on having a Canadian accent, in a social setting, and wondered if that hindered my voiceover business. Actually, she assumed it did. If I wasn't so polite, I'd have bit her head off...in the kindest, most gentlest way, of course... It is my job to make certain I'm reading all scripts with neutrality and pronouncing words appropriate for each region. I pride myself on having clients all over North America, two thirds from the US...  In casual conversation, my "out and about's" come out... but no, my Canadian-ness does not hinder my business. HOWEVER... in 11 years in business,[...]

Ever had the chance to go back and look at work you've done in the past, only to realize what you might have done differently? There are only six lines in this commercial I voiced for Leon's Furniture, Canada, in 2012, but three of those lines, I would do over. I would finesse it and make more natural. While I received great feedback at the time, I would give it a failing grade today. Given what I now know and hear, I would change the following in the first three lines: Pitch - like a song, the melody needs to be taken[...]

As a waitress, I used to know, almost to the minute, when food should be up in the window after I placed the order. In voiceovers, we are able to read scripts to time almost to the second. This sort of internal clock seems to come automatically, (after repeated practice, of course.) Timing is everything. In conversation, in comedy, in cooking…it’s crucial. Turns out, this is my 100th blog. 99 blogs and I’m proud to say I haven’t dropped the ball. My favo(u)rite subject? Time. Last blog, I wrote about finding my inner meter. A couple of times, I’ve blogged about our investment[...]

Voice Talent

Creating a list of unique selling points is important to help you stand out as an employee, an interviewee, a company What makes me stand out from any other female, middle-age voice talent?  It’s taken me years to know why and how I was in any way different from another. Standing out in a crowd of other voice talent, voice actors, and radio announcers is no easy task. In digging deep and truly thinking about what I uniquely offer, I came up with a list of a dozen points that I can confidently state as my Unique Selling Points. I support anyone in creating a[...]

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Tuesday
May 2016

I've spent the month in all things real estate. While it is my favorite type of script to read, real estate scripts haven't been my main focus overall. As written in a blog almost a year ago, we put our house up for sale and still…it sits…waiting for its perfect buyer... In an attempt to use every resource I can think of to have my house sell, I had an aerial and interior video produced, creating the script, adding the voice, and hiring out a video production company that specializes in aerial videos with real estate experience. I am very happy with the results! 240[...]

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[...]

While reading through a copy of "The Phone Book" by The Phone Lady, Mary Jane Copps, we are reminded that the clear repetition of your phone number in a voice message is important to communicate effectively. Reading about the repetition of phone numbers reminded me of when NOT to provide your phone number. That's, when NOT to provide your phone number… When's the last time YOU wrote down a phone number when listening to the radio (or watching TV for that matter)? Dare I say, RARELY? If you are a retail advertiser, a business owner wanting to promote your business, DO NOT put your[...]

I will no longer provide rate quotes. A mechanic’s business would fall apart if they set a price before seeing the whole job. It’s an estimate that needs to be given based on the information one is provided upfront. The job reveals itself right up to the end. One can’t possibly quote on a job with exactitude at the outset. It’s a lesson that’s taken me a very long time to learn. In an attempt to be efficient in the past, I would respond to rate inquiries FAST…and in doing so, realized that providing a quote is not in my best interest,[...]

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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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