Recently in Debbie’s Voice
When I hear the word “sensuous,” I usually think of things like steamy novels, bubble baths and fleece blankets. But a documentary I narrated for the American Steam Railroad Preservation Association (ASR) did it’s very best to add another item to the sensuous list: the steam locomotive.
Entitled “Fire Up 2100: A New Chapter,” the documentary contained a quote from author William Young, who referred to the steam locomotive as:
“One of the most sensuous machines ever devised.”
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Young’s quote » Continue Reading.
This article is written for anyone who might hire voice-over talent, but especially for those who may have never hired voice talent in the past, or who have done so only a few times.
In today’s competitive and diverse market, a little guidance can be helpful in finding the best voice-over talent for your current project, and ongoing voice-over needs. These 10 factors can save you a lot of time and trouble, by steering you away from voice-over talent who may » Continue Reading.
You liked the sound of the voice-over demo, so you hired the talent. But something happened on the way to the final video, and now your client is upset over the less-than-ideal voice-over recording that was supposed to be the perfect fit for their project.
You found out the hard way that a good-sounding demo is not the only factor you should consider when selecting voice-over talent for your project.
In the Voice-Over Market Today, It’s Buyer Beware
Because there is an influx of new voice-over talent flooding the market with minimal experience and skill, it is imperative » Continue Reading.
If You MUST Act, Do it For the Right Reasons
For anyone who gets into acting for egoic reasons, to feel special, famous, have adoring fans, etc… This truth is a harsh wake-up call. If you’re in it to be rich and famous, you’re likely in it for the wrong reason and it’s probably going to be a very painful ride sooner or later. Even if you have a lucky break early in your career, it is extremely difficult to sustain a level of success without a deep love FOR and desire to BE an actor.
The unemployment » Continue Reading.
The Working Actor and the Relentless Pursuit of the Next Gig
The desperation in acting is so strong you can actually feel it in casting waiting rooms. I remember that feeling back when I started out in the acting world in the Southern California market. At that point in my career path it was all about landing leading roles in stage productions and going after film and TV opportunities. Armed with a degree in theatre, I pounded the pavement, joined forces with a few agents, went on auditions and booked some » Continue Reading.
The 69th Annual Tony Awards aired last night, and being a Broadway nerd (my car radio is permanently tuned to the Broadway Channel on Sirius XM) I always enjoy the build up, listening to interviews with the nominees, and anticipating the live performances. It was a fun show to watch this year, with one of the best opening numbers in recent memory. My daughter, a child voice over talent, budding stage actress and fellow Broadway nerd, stayed up for most of it with me. It is so great to » Continue Reading.
In today’s world of VO, the successful voiceover talent is not only proficient in the art of voiceover, but he/she is also a savvy entrepreneur. The days of working only in a major market, through reputable talent agencies, and having billing go through a third-party (like the union/payroll service, agency, etc.) are forever changed for many talent. That type of payment may account for only a small portion of a voiceover actor’s income now.
Most of my work nowadays comes through production companies, advertising and marketing firms and corporate or small business voiceover clients. In this current voiceover » Continue Reading.
If you’ve ever felt “over your head” in a VO session while trying to direct voice over talent, OR if you’ve been underwhelmed with the final recording from your selected talent, even though you thought you gave them proper direction, here are a few easy things you can do before you get into the session that will help to guide you and your voice talent to the best possible end result.
Experienced voice over talent may not require much directing at all, although it never hurts to cover your bases to ensure your end result is exactly » Continue Reading.
Raise your hand if you ever turned off the radio, TV or Internet video just because you didn’t like the sound of the person speaking? Most of us probably have, proving that the voice-over read of any given project can make or break that project’s success.
A high-quality voice track is a key part of the communication of the message, and that communication involves a lot more than just the words being spoken. Combined with the visuals and music, the voice-over read is what pulls the entire presentation together in the heart and mind of the audience. Five tips » Continue Reading.
Let’s say you’re looking to buy a new book, pair of shoes or computer, or even scoping out hotels near your upcoming vacation destination. If one of the first things you do is check out online reviews, you’re certainly in good company.
Nearly 80 percent of Americans have taken to reading reviews before purchasing any type of product or service, MarketingCharts reported in December 2014. Those purchases can range from small, inexpensive items like books, all the way up to luxury items, such as cars and vacation stays.
And, yes, even » Continue Reading.