Recently in Debbie’s Voice
This post is the first installment in this series written for people and companies who have the need to hire professional voiceover talent. This series discusses the contrast between what services and qualities a full-time voiceover talent can offer versus a part-time voice talent.
Even though just dealing with life’s daily demands can sometimes feel like a full-time job, most of us have to take on a real career to pay the bills, feed the kids and keep our Netflix subscription in check. I’m lucky to have discovered voice-over acting as my calling and career. It’s a vocation that » Continue Reading.
When your income totally depends on your voice staying healthy and sounding good, some voice over actor health tips are useful to keep in mind. I try to practice these as much as possible and I rarely have vocal health issues, so something must be working.
My Top 10 Voice Over Actor Health Tips
1. Drink plenty of good quality water
2. Don’t smoke (unless a raspy voice is your niche – and even then, I would never recommend smoking)
3. Avoid alcohol (except maybe a little bit on the weekends, but never during a workday)
4. Humidify your » Continue Reading.
Creating a new Narration Voice Over Demo is something that every voice over talent has to do from time to time. These days, because I have so much content on Youtube in the form of video samples of my work, I have been moving more and more toward creating video versions of my voice over demos, or in the case of my latest Narration Voice Over Demo, a completely unique video demo compiled from samples of my Narration video portfolio.
This latest narration voice over demo covers several categories of narration that I record on a regular basis including: » Continue Reading.
In my daily work as a professional voice-over actress, I get to be both the voice talent and the audio engineer. It’s empowering to edit and mix my recordings in my home studio, and I like that I can offer my clients a full-service professional voice-over experience. Technology has made this possible, but I know only too well the perils of relying too heavily on technology as the be-all-end-all solution to life’s problems.
Even with the best intentions, the best equipment, and many years of professional voice-over experience, at some point, something can (and eventually will) go wrong. I’ve learned » Continue Reading.
ISDN (Integrated Services Digital Network) is a system of digital telephone connections, which enables recording studios anywhere in the United States, Canada and abroad to connect digitally with voice over talent working remotely in their home recording studio. When I use ISDN for a voice over session, it is as if I am standing in my client’s recording booth wherever they are — the quality of sound transmitted is THAT good!
The quality is so good, in fact, that the voice over audio is actually recorded by my client’s recording studio in real time during the session. That means that » Continue Reading.
I began writing this post while sitting in the Cancun airport waiting to board my flight back to Chicago, en route home to Michigan. My husband and I were (sadly) coming to the end of our six day getaway, having enjoyed tons of sun, delicious cuisine, and the chance to have pretty much zero responsibilities.
While we were away, we did have our laptop so we could keep up with emails. I found it curious that there were a couple of blog posts and group comments during that time about voice talent taking working voiceover vacations, and exploring questions like:
As a commercial voice over professional, I end up fielding a lot of email inquiries from prospective clients, and one of the big questions I always get asked is, How much is this going to cost? Quoting commercial voice over projects is certainly part of my daily routine. My responses can vary depending on the situation, the client, the relevant aspects of the project and how the finished project will be used.
Before reading this article, you might want to check out the first part, Voiceover Audition Psychology – Part 1, to get up to speed with where this next part is headed.
Keys to Positive Results in Your Next Voiceover Audition
There’s no Ph.d at the end of my name, so what I will assert here just comes from my personal experience, and is in no way meant to be the only set of solutions for this daily voiceover audition process. But, when I dissect how I am able to keep chugging along day after day and feeling positive and » Continue Reading.
The other day, as I was just submitting my last voice over audition for the week, I got an email from an actor friend of mine. He’s someone who I’ve had the pleasure of working with on stage in recent years. He has honed his talents and acting craft over a long time and he’s a very skilled actor.
Of all the folks who’ve asked me about getting into voice over acting, he is one of the few to actually take it from the “just curious” stage to a more serious committed level. He attended some live voice over workshops, » Continue Reading.
Call it a phone patch or just a nifty add-on feature of my Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN) connection… I call it a lifesaver, which again came to the rescue just the other day to help identify and deliver the exact type of voice-over recording my client wanted. But let’s back up and explain things a bit.
What Is a Voice-Over Phone Patch?
A voice-over phone patch is a feature on my ISDN codec that lets me connect my voice-over recording studio directly to the phone line. I can still have a standard telephone conversation with my clients, but » Continue Reading.