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So, you probably already know about vocal fry, valspeak and uptalk, right? I mean, everyone has heard plenty of examples of those speech patterns that have made perfectly well-educated college grads (mostly female) sound like Kardashian wannabes.
Vocal fry refers to a low, glottal, animal-like sound that speech pathologists consider a vocal disorder.
Valspeak is, like, short for the way Valley Girls talk that was, like, you know, so big Frank Zappa sang about it in 1982.
Uptalk, a subset of valspeak, is the habit of producing a » Continue Reading.
As a voice seeker, whether you have a precise vision, general idea, or absolutely no clue about the type of voice you’re seeking for your next project, most voice-over talent searches involve a multi-step, all purpose process. Perhaps you’re new to the game and are not sure what to expect, in which case this guide will fill you in. Or maybe you’ve already been through the selection process before, in which case this guide may contribute some helpful hints.
In either case, the best place to start (of course) is with Step 1.
Step 1: Know the Ground Rules
Halloween is the third-biggest party day, the sixth-most popular card-giving day, and totally beats the pants off Valentine’s Day when it comes to candy sales. This ancient celebration has a history that stretches back some 6,000 years, rich with tradition, ghoulish trivia and plenty of candy corn. Check out some other fun and creepy facts about this howling holiday.
And for my personal take on what I like most about Halloween, you can read “Why Halloween is Special to Me” which also includes a mini photo album of our family’s costumes over the years.
Original jack-o’-lanterns were made » Continue Reading.
Whether they’re written by fellow voice-over actors, life coaches, artists or folks in any other industry, I read a lot of blogs. Reading blogs is a great way to gather information, gain a fresh perspective, enjoy a lot of interesting takeaways and, in many cases, relate an intriguing topic back to the professional voice-over industry.
That’s what happened when I ran across James Clear’s article about The 3 Stages of Failure in Life and Work (And How to Fix Them). Clear introduces a framework that gives a solid rundown on three main areas where individuals can » Continue Reading.
The question of hiring a female voice over talent vs. a male voice over talent has pretty much joined the ranks of other age-old debates. The topic has been covered by many, myself included (“Exploring the Decision to Hire Male vs. Female Voice-Over Talent”), yet there’s one angle I felt deserved a more intense look: the proven reasons behind the fact that people tend to trust female voices over male voices.
While my past blog touched briefly on the point, I wanted to more deeply explore why female voices tend to instill trust in the audience » Continue Reading.
Mozart wasn’t born great. And the same holds true for any phenomenal musician, artist, engineer, writer, party clown or voiceover talent you may want to be or hire. While great talent was once thought to be innate, research psychologist Anders Ericsson argues it is something most people can achieve, in just about any area, as long as they’re willing to put in the work required to get it.
He also argues that even if folks are born with great talent in any given field, their talent will amount to nothing unless, again, they put in » Continue Reading.
The Internet can do some pretty strange things. Like cut out in the middle of your favorite Netflix series. Or send your emails off into cyber nowhere land. Or shuttle search traffic to your voiceover talent website when users search for the “voice of Ooma.”
If you’ve landed here searching for the voice of Ooma, you already know what Ooma is. The small, stand-alone electronic device replaces traditional landline telephones with VoIP, or Internet phone service, with a reportedly lower rate and higher quality.
Based on the number of searches launched for the voice of » Continue Reading.
My husband recently took my 11-year-old son to get a new pair of shoes. He just needed some all-purpose, everyday sneakers to wear to school, so they headed to a popular brand name shoe store known for discount prices, hopefully to get a deal around half of what the mall stores would cost. They came home with the same style of shoe that my son had been wearing for the past several months, and they’d gotten a good price for them. We were expecting these to last the rest of the school year and probably a ways into the » Continue Reading.
As author and management company founder Mike Mack explains in a podcast interview (start at 7 minute mark), remarkable service is simply service that’s so good your customers remark upon it. While plenty of folks are prone to hit the social media arena remarking on extraordinarily bad service, Mack focuses on key points that can make your service extraordinarily good.
His plan of action is really not that tough – but it does require constant diligence. And here’s what remarkable customer service would look like in the voice-over industry.
Process and People
While Mack » Continue Reading.
When voice-over talent and clients use an agent or casting service, they can typically expect to pay a fee of 10 to 20 percent for agency services. But when voice-over talent and clients use the pay-to-play site of Voices.com (referred to as VDC in this article), the overall amount of fees charged has become a bit of a mystery as of late.
The VDC fees topic has been brought up recently: