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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
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![...]

I once threw a birthday party for my mom and invited all her friends to my house. She took the liberty of giving her guests “the tour” and since we happened to rent the rectory of a church at the time, a Heritage property (and the house where both my children came home from the hospital), it had the potential to be interesting. When my mom made the stop in my office / studio – she kept her friends in there for at least 10 minutes, offering a soliloquy of what I do for a living, or so I thought… Weeks later, my mom[...]

At eleven years old, I told a childhood friend that my mom had put me on a program called "25 Days to Better Health". My mother had no such plan. It was all me. I have no idea what I thought I was going to do, or where I came up with the idea, but I clearly had a penchant for self-improvement early on. In that vein, I have recently improved and refreshed my demos to better represent my voice. I've had the same commercial demo for about 4 years and it was time. [audio mp3="http://yourworkisallitalkabout.files.wordpress.com/2014/07/natasha-marchewka-commercial-demo-july-2014.mp3"][/audio]   However, in addition to my belief in[...]

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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Monday
Mar 2014

In the study of Meditation, we are taught to be in the “pause”.  Simply, this means to allow for space between thoughts. In voice-overs, equally important is the pause, also between thoughts, phrases, or sentences. Working with thousands of scripts over the years, I am always refining the pause, perfecting the timing.   It feels intuitive, something you just know.  But whether innate or learned, the rhythm of a script is indeed musical.  As each script hums along, slow and thoughtful or quick and high energy, the pauses are of utmost importance in bringing it to life, at times making it sound conversational,[...]

One of my Most Embarrassing Moments In 5th grade, I stood in front of the school and recited a line for our Christmas pageant.  My nerves got the best of me and I stuttered in front of hundreds of laughing children.  Not naturally a child who stuttered, I kept at it, confused as to why my mouth wouldn’t say the words I needed to say.  To say that was devastating at the time is an understatement.  Still, I chose the career of voice-overs, despite my 5th grade flop. Every day, as I record for clients and auditions, I witness my innermost self,[...]

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