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When you hire a voice actor for any aspect of your business, the actor becomes the voice of your business. Whether for marketing, explainer or product videos, for websites and social media, radio and TV commercials, voicemail, they represent your brand. Hiring a voice can be affordable, or cost prohibitive... ...depending upon at least three variables including who you hire to produce a project, the script lengths, and the usage of recordings. You can hire an ad or media agency, a video production company, or a marketing company to produce everything for you. The choices and price points are endless. They will in turn, hire talent for you. However, if YOU[...]

HEADSHOTS: How important are they? I've had A LOT of headshots. Lucky for me, and you, I've lost my shots from the 80's in one of my cross-country moves. If you are building a career or a business, you need one. Our online image is highly relevant in expressing (and subjectively determining) our credibility. Yes, this is unfortunate, but proven. CNN: Avatar, shmavatar: Online profile pics really do matter  BUFFER: The Research & Science Behind Finding Your Best Profile Picture A professional headshot is key on LinkedIn and on other mediums where you need a profile image. Even on personal social media, we are (definitely) judged on how we look and a[...]

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Tuesday
Feb 2017

It's that time of year when the focus is on staying well, avoiding illness... Every year, my kid's schools have a Valentine's Day dance and every year, my daughter misses it resentfully due to illness. Like clockwork, both my kids have just been sick and I'd like to PROUDLY say, I've avoided it. Vocal Health Ninja! Voice Talent, Dave Courvoisier writes parents off, tongue in check, in this voice-over wellness post saying that "if you have school aged children...you're screwed". Well, yes, it's a major challenge, but I have a business to run... I need to do EVERYTHING in my power to stay healthy.  (I've written[...]

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[...]

Moving close to L.A. is providing me with amazing opportunities that will continue be revealed with time. This Saturday, January 23rd, I'm attending the 200th episode taping of VO Buzz Weekly. This event will have Voiceover "All-Stars" attending - actors and industry professionals. I'm kinda freaking out... Not only because I have not yet driven down the I-5 into the city by myself (AND need to squeeze into Spanx), but because I'll be faced with a theatre full of people who do what I do daily and yet, have absolutely no idea who I am. Initially, I consciously decided that I would pass on attending because of the[...]

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[...]

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[...]

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Tuesday
Apr 2015

A stranger asked me for my expertise the other day…that is, a follower on Twitter whom I'd never personally met. I was delighted to hear he'd been reading my blog regularly and asked me to critique a sample of his narration as he is interested in working in voice-overs and considering posting samples on Voices.com. While his voice timbre was nice – consistent with what he has heard from others, ("You have a good voice!"), I needed to let him know what needed work. Helping him may help you, if you are wondering about your own vocal delivery. Working with your voice,[...]

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Tuesday
Dec 2014

Have you seen some of my posts specific to working in the voiceover business? In case you missed them, here are my most popular posts in that category this year. "Say You, Say Me" – Pronouncing words correctly. "I Will Remember You" – Nervousness in auditions. "She Works Hard for the Money" – Working with integrity. "The Sound of Silence" – The isolation of working in voiceovers. If you find my posts about working in voiceovers interesting, please let me know! I love hearing feedback. Very best wishes for a happy holiday season![...]

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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