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Guest Post by Jack Daniel, Voice Actor: As a practitioner of the art and business of voice acting, I am necessarily a student of the craft. Not a big surprise, I should think; I know vastly accomplished VO talents—men and women who I look up to and admire deeply—who never stop working to become ever better at their profession, and who regularly work with coaches and colleagues to stay at the top of their game. No doubt it’s partly this commitment to excellence that got them where they are, and that would raise them to the top no matter what path[...]

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Guest Post by Marc Cashman, V-O Coach: Voiceover is Show Business Finding legitimate people in any business is tough--not just show business. There are a lot of people out there who claim expertise in their field. And, only afterward, do we determine that they weren't as good as their promotion. Well, we all know that anything that sounds too good to be true, is.  But there are scammers out there--a LOT of people out there who would love to separate you from your money, promising you an instant career in very short amount of time for just a few thousand bucks! There are scammers who go[...]

"Unfortunately, having the proper equipment and knowing how to use it are two different things."   Dan Lenard GUEST POST by Dan Lenard, Voice Actor & The Home Studio Master: One of the things to consider when hiring a voice talent is, “How is their sound?” Does the recording sound like it could be on the radio? Is the size of the room they recorded in apparent from the echo you hear? Are there mic plosives or “popping “P’s? All of these questions are evidence of not understanding proper audio processing, a less than ideal recording space, and poor mic technique. When[...]

GUEST POST by Larry Hudson, Voice Actor: It was a random conversation in 2009 with a full-time voice & on-camera actor that led me to voice-over. I had spent the previous 20+ years in commercial real estate and, prior to that, as a professional musician. In the mid 90’s I had this idea of doing voice-over/announcing but didn’t know anyone in the biz and was distracted by the financial opportunity of commercial real estate... After this “conversation”, the bell went off in my head and there were 3 directives I was told to follow to get into Voice-over. 1) Do not do a demo for[...]

Ever heard of FOMO? UrbanDictionary.com helps with this: It's a "fear of missing out". "The fear that if you miss a party or event you will miss out on something great." Admittedly, I have it. I thought I was stronger than that. But, alas... no. (Eric Barker, one of my most favorite bloggers, who posts weekly for Time.com, helps us with FOMO: This is the Best Way to Overcome Fear of Missing Out.) In my case, VO FOMO is a fear of missing out on anything voice over related... and apparently, I really did. This past weekend, VO Atlanta was presented for it's 5th year.[...]

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,[...]

This year, I've given my entire voiceover business a total overhaul. Earlier in the year, I called it #VOUpgrade2016. I wasn't kidding. Once you start, its like peeling an onion... oh, the layers! The Studio There was a lot of experimenting, learning, equipment returns, and taking two steps back to take one step forward. Most notable is the studio. Going from a dynamic microphone (normally used for radio and TV) and moving to a shotgun condenser mic, is a game changer for me and had its growing pains. After several mic exchanges, I'm set - a Sennheiser 416. It's the current gold standard for many[...]

VO Mastery 2016 & That's Voiceover 2016 - Two Conferences, Back to Back I had the luxury of attending two voiceover events in L.A. recently thanks to my living close to the city. Panel discussions and Q&A, well known voice actors and industry players were all the order of the day...in both cases. VO Mastery 2016 We were entertained and hosted by illustrious voice talent, Randy Thomas, who put together a day full of information, kicked off by phenomenal one-man show, "Talking to Myself" by James Arnold Taylor. The renown voice of Obi-wan, Fred Flintstone, and many, many more recognizable voices, James is absolutely the real[...]

VO: Tales and Techniques of a Voice-Over Actor - Book Review by Tracy Lindley It all started one day when I was watching VO Buzz Weekly. You know, that invaluable and infinitely intriguing show dedicated to all things voiceover.  You’d have to live under a voiceover rock not to have heard of the personable and fun-loving co-hosts, Chuck and Stacey.  In their 123rd episode, they interviewed the legendary Harlan Hogan who was, by the way, a more humble and transparent man than I would ever suspect from someone with as many accomplishments as he has collected over his 30-plus years as[...]

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[...]

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