Recently in Debbie’s Voice
I went to a little awards presentation at the local VFW for my daughter’s school last Thursday night. Middle schoolers were asked to write a short essay on why our armed forces are important. My daughter is a truly outstanding writer, but she didn’t win the contest.
In fact, she didn’t even place.
This was quite upsetting to her, as she has become accustomed to winning in most aspects of her 13 years of life. She’s a 4.0 student, a medal-winning member of her Science Olympiad team, sings solos in her choir, takes dance, has made a good income » Continue Reading.
My goal from the very beginning of my acting career was to be a successful working actor. I had the dream that I could make my living as an actor for my entire life, despite the discouraging statistics around job outlook and wage projections for working actors.
In the “old days” before the Internet, the acting landscape was a whole lot different than it is today.
The old-school way of building a successful acting career consisted of landing a job, doing it well, and then landing another job that was more visible, doing it » Continue Reading.
The battle of the sexes definitely rolls over into the voice-over arena these days. Actually, there’s not really a battle going on, but rather a very good question:
Is it better for your company or client to hire male or female voice-over talent?
Like most things in life, there is no cut-and-dried, right or wrong answer. But my experience as a professional female voice-over talent for a couple of decades has taught me that companies can uncover the best answer for their specific needs by keeping a few key points in mind.
Industry and Audience » Continue Reading.
Fear is one sneaky little critter, and it can be a pretty crafty foe when it comes to stopping us from doing all kinds of things…
Like asking for what we want.
I’m not talking about asking for what we want by slamming down our fist with a ridiculous demand. I’m referring to polite and non-threatening requests that can help us get ahead in our career – and the world in general.
What Can Happen When We Ask
Let me give a couple of examples from my own recent experience, both of which came up during projects I was » Continue Reading.
I found this article by James Clear to be very insightful and thought-provoking. It is relevant for voice artists and anyone who “creates” for a living, which includes a lot of people beyond our typical definition of what an artist is. He opens with a story about a very famous choreographer named Agnes de Mille…
“Agnes de Mille had just achieved the greatest success of her career, but right now the only thing she felt was confusion.
She was a dancer and a choreographer. Early in her career, de Mille had created the choreography » Continue Reading.
It never really gets old. As a voice over professional, when you hear your voice on a commercial spot, or a promo, or some animated project on TV or radio, it is always a bit of a treat.
It’s not quite like being a pop star and hearing your song played on the radio, but it’s still pretty cool.
These days, most of my commercial voice overs are for regional and local markets, so my clients are often in locations that are well outside of my viewing/listening range. Unless I ask for a final copy, I may never actually get » Continue Reading.
If you are a working voice over talent, you know it’s imperative that you have your own personal website to showcase your talent. Everybody knows that, right? But did you know that your site’s “mobile-friendliness” is going to become a more and more important factor when it comes to your search ranking and visitor interactions?
With the state of technology today, just having a voice over talent website isn’t enough. It also needs to be easily viewed on mobile devices.
Failing to address this aspect of your web design is likely going to hurt your search results at some point » Continue Reading.
As voice over actors, we talk, we write, we dialogue with other actors, and we commune.
The voiceover community as a whole has warmth among its members. Even though we are competing with each other (sometimes daily, and sometimes in the same casting studio) we are somehow part of the same team. We share in each other’s successes, and defeats. We support one another and cheer each other on.
I just found one of my most recently completed healthcare commercial voiceover spots on my client’s Facebook page. This spot is for the Nevada Health Co-op which helps people navigate various healthcare-related insurance decisions.
This is a great example of how to take some relatively bland information and make it very personable and engaging. A clever concept with the line, “you need a Vanessa (or other name)” demonstrates that throughout the process, the customer/patient is dealing with a real person, and they’re not going to be treated like just another number. It certainly takes the sting away from the perceived » Continue Reading.
For many retailers in today’s competitive market, Veterans Day is another opportunity for an advertised sale, along with special discounts for anyone who has served in the military. As voice over professionals, we often record commercial spots to sell furniture or cars or hardware supplies for the one-day holidays like Memorial Day, President’s Day and Veterans Day.
So, it’s nice to get a chance to be a part of something that is a sincere tribute to the men and women who sacrifice in service of our country.
I was lucky enough to be asked to do a TV commercial spot vo » Continue Reading.