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Giving Back as a Professional Voice Talent

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

January 27, 2015

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Have you ever considered volunteering your voice? Professional voice talent Amy Weis describes her own journey on this path and shares her reasons for doing pro bono work. Giving back should come from the heart with no strings attached. Listen in to discover how giving your voice to select organizations can enrich your life, touch countless others and on occasion, lead to paid work from business clients.

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3 Key Priorities For Continued Success in Online Casting

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

January 20, 2015

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Look or leap? Never mind the hardware - it's about you. English voice actor Howard Ellison plunged in, then surfaced to discover the life-saving value of a plan. In these six minutes, he shares three key priorities for continued success in online casting ...assisted by Inadequate Ingrid and an Obnoxious Orcan.

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Being Conversational in Narration and eLearning

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

January 13, 2015

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Does voice-over for eLearning and narration need to be boring? Voice-over coach and talent, Julie Williams, shares how you can make reads for applications such as medical narration conversational by doing two things: coloring your words and paying special attention to phrasing. Hear samples from a variety of Julie's students to see how they go about coloring their words and delivering copy in an engaging and meaningful way. Stay tuned for a couple bonus tips at the end of Julie's episode!

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Taking Care of Your Voice

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

October 21, 2014

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How often do you consider the health and maintenance of your voice? As a professional voice artist, you rely on your voice for your livelihood, so doesn't it make sense to take good long term care of what pays the bills? You may also be unwittingly damaging your voice with bad lifestyle habits and by using your voice incorrectly. In this podcast, veteran VO Pro and Coach Tommy Griffiths, creator of the "5-Minute Voice Workout" chats with a renowned Speech and Voice Pathologist about how you should care for your voice, and how you might be unknowingly damaging your vocal cords.

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Accent Reduction and the Standard American Accent

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

October 14, 2014

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Do you have a regional American accent? Sharon Feingold, the founder of Babel Consultants, discusses an emerging trend in communications called accent reduction. Accent reduction may also be referred to as accent modification, accent neutralization and so on. In the US, the goal of accent reduction is to adopt the Standard American Accent. This accent is most frequently heard on NPR and other national-level media outlets. Sharon touches on the International Phonetic Alphabet and how it factors into accent reduction for the Standard American Accent, provides real life examples of accent reduction and explains how being able to modify your accent opens more doors of opportunity for voice-over work in different markets.

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Finding Your Unique Voice

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

October 8, 2014

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How can you stand out amongst other people with your specific style of voice? Kabir Singh invites you to dig a little deeper, to think of your voice as a tool...but what does that really mean? According to Kabir, your voice is directly in between your thoughts in your mind and your heart, which holds your feelings. Your voice truly starts inside of you, connecting your logic and your emotions.

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What's a Talent Agent and What Do They Look For?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

October 1, 2014

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Agents are people, too! In this episode, Toronto-based talent agent Roger King discusses the relationship between voice artists and their talent agents. The agent/talent relationship is a strange dynamic as the agent works for the talent yet the talent is the one who is interviewed. Looking for representation? Agents are always keeping their eyes and ears open for new talent who present themselves to be authentic. Listen to Roger's podcast to better understand how to approach an agent.

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Auditioning Dos and Don'ts: Knowing What You Can Control

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

September 24, 2014

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With so many different factors at play, it's crucial that voice artists focus on what they can control in order to make the most of every single audition opportunity. Voice over artist, Bev Standing is successful because she is selective with the auditions she sends. That said, Bev also believes that the number of auditions you submit directly correlates to how successful you will be. In this episode of Voice Over Experts, Bev shares strategies for how to maximize your opportunities while still taking care to only present yourself for the jobs best suited to your voice, technical skill and studio capabilities.

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Using Gesture, Imitation and Sound Effects To Get Into Character

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

September 16, 2014

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How are you using gesture, imitation and sound effects to create believable characters and performances? Sunday Muse shares how being mindful of physical gestures and attributes can affect your read and how it comes across. Borrowing the essence of someone's voice or physical attributes can also serve as a point of reference to build a character upon. Allow your character to build gradually. Sunday finishes her lesson with sound effects that your character makes, whether a sigh, a push or a laugh. These three considerations provide an excellent foundation for developing characters with personality, depth and believability.

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3 Demo & Auditioning Tips For Booking More Work

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

September 9, 2014

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Are you booking as much as you could be? Jerry Buckner encourages you to hone your acting skills, explore your voice and work on a natural delivery that has some feeling in it. Highlights include practical examples from his own voice-over demos and a trio of trending voice-over reads he's been tracking of late. Lastly, you'll hear Jerry's perspective on how to reply to clients when writing your proposal and his thoughts on setting fair rates for a job. Ultimately you are competing with yourself. Learn what you do best and then get better at it. Experiment with your voices and delivery and charge a fair rate.

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