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VOX Talk #58 - Unofficial Jimmy Fallon Contest, Hillary Huber Announces at People's Choice Awards, Marc Cashman one of AudioFile Magazine's top voices, Tips for self-directing during auditions

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

January 8, 2009

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Unofficial Announcer contest for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Hillary Huber Announces Live at the People's Choice Awards, Marc Cashman named one of AudioFile Magazine's top voices and what to do when artistic direction is lacking in audition scripts.

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Unofficial Announcer Contest for NBC's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
Interview with Hillary Huber, People's Choice Awards Announcer
Marc Cashman


Transcript of VOX Talk Episode 58

Welcome to VOX Talk, I'm Stephanie Ciccarelli. In this edition of the program, we'll hear about the goings on of some movers and shakers and also talk shop.

Making voice over headlines this week are Marc Cashman and Hillary Huber but first, if the end of the holiday season has got you down, it may time to clown around a bit and throw your hat in the ring for a chance to win the title of unofficial announcer for Jimmy Fallon's new late night show.

The brains behind the unofficial contest to unseat Michael Douglas as the voice of the NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, has developed a similar contest to unofficially become the voice of Jimmy Fallon's new late night show on NBC this spring.

Organized by Peter O'Connell through his voxmarketising blog, voice talent are invited to record a brief intro under a music bed and jockey for a position on the list of nominees. The deadline for entries is Friday January 9th, 2009 at 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

For more information, visit Peter's blog at audioconnell.com or click through the link in the VOX Talk show notes.

Want some glitz and glamour? Voice Actress Hillary Huber was interviewed on Voice Over Times about her recent announcing job at The People's Choice Awards, held on January 7, 2009 at the Shrine Auditorium. Hillary dishes about clothing, what it's like behind the scenes, microphones and more. To read the interview in full, visit voice over times dot com.

To conclude, Marc Cashman has been named as one of AudioFile Magazine's top voices of 2008. Marc caught their ears with his skillful interpretation of nonfiction for audio on diverse topics ranging from evolution (YOUR INNER FISH) to a very modern affliction, TRAFFIC of which he narrates the unabridged version.

For more information about Marc Cashman, head over to his website cashmancommercials.com


Today in the Biz, I'm going to talk about how you can make more than just an educated guess when auditioning for jobs that provide you with little to no artistic direction.

You may have noticed that there are some people who list more details than others, and have likely observed that there are a number of people, usually first time job posters, whose goal is primarily to find someone to record their voice over.

Sounds pretty basic, doesn't it?

If someone is used to working with professional voice over talent, or has particular requirements or preferences, they will give you more than enough information to work with, and while voice talent see artistic direction as a must, it is wise to look at the other end of the spectrum and realize that the information provided is relative to the person posting the job and what their goals are.

So, instead of thinking that a person whose voice over job lacks in detail is robbing you of your rights, consider this:

People who are not fully convinced of what they want are actually gifting you with the opportunity to project yourself as their voice, welcoming voice samples that demonstrate a variety of interpretations of their script, not just their own narrow perspective of what they think you ought to sound like to get the job.

When you find yourself in these situations, what you'll need to do is use your instincts and draw upon the clues in the job posting.

You know, ask yourself who the message is meant to be heard by, what it means, why it is relevant to the people it's reaching and how you could best communicate that message to them. In other words, do some sleuthing so that you can make informed creative decisions while reading the copy that will help you to self-direct, an important skill that sets beginners apart from truly gifted professionals.

All it takes is a quick analysis to make a world of difference. Will you be the right person for the job? You'll never know if you don't try!

I'm opening the floor up to you: Do you have any tips to share about interpretation and self-direction?

If so, be sure to visit the VOX Daily blog and share your thoughts or record them and email me at Stephanie at Voices.com and I'll air them on our next show.

Thank you for listening. If you haven't yet subscribed, you can find the VOX Talk podcast in the iTunes podcast directory or enter in your email address at the VOX Talk blog to receive the podcast directly to your inbox!

I'm Stephanie Ciccarelli. Thank you again for joining me and we'll see you next time.

Related Topics: AudioFile Magazine, Hillary Huber, Marc Cashman, People's Choice Awards, Peter O'Connell, scripts, Self-directing, voice acting, voice overs

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