Recently in Debbie’s Voice
This article is part of a series of articles exploring various aspects of what is involved in getting paid well as a working female voice-over talent in today’s highly competitive voice over industry. You may want to also read the first article in this series, Getting Paid by Voice-Over Clients – An Overview of What Matters Most, and look for more blog posts on this topic in the coming weeks.
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Finding That Perfect Balance of Pricing Your Services
Despite spending much of my work day seemingly cloistered from the world in my studio, I still find myself keeping up with some of the latest trends. That’s especially true when I land voice over acting jobs for new computer technologies and anything that involves rolling out, as long as the “rolling out” comes with audio.
One of those recent rolling-outs was for a client promoting magnet schools. I’ve done radio and tv commercial voice overs for charter and magnet schools before and I was, as usual, focused on reading the script in a way that would get the » Continue Reading.
Like it or not, we live in a whirlwind world where we’re expected to deliver so much more in a very compacted period of time. This means loads of pressure on all fronts and in every profession. And the voice over acting industry is certainly no exception.
With more than two decades of experience as a female voice over talent, I’ve come up with a handful of strategies to help ensure I deliver what my clients want, exactly how they want it and by their deadline – if not earlier.
How I Help You Get WHAT You Want
What » Continue Reading.
At some point in the last several months, Facebook business pages changed their terminology, so that instead of having “fans,” my female voiceover services page now has “followers.” Call me old-fashioned, but I prefer the term “fans!” The word not only seems germane to the business of being a professional voice artist, but it also speaks to a new word I encountered recently: “fandom.”
Fandom refers to the community that springs up and surrounds a popular movie, television show, book, or even a single character. Those lines of folks dressed in costume as well-known characters? The wildly » Continue Reading.
As a mother, wife, homeowner, engaged theater community member, and, oh yes, a busy professional female voice actor, I find myself nodding in agreement at Paul Strikwerda’s November post on “overdoing.”
Each day, it seems we’re confronted with an increasing number of things to do, processes to manage, opportunities to pursue. At this point in my career, I feel blessed to be in a position to choose work that fuels me, both creatively and financially. But staying balanced amidst the demands of my personal and professional life as a female voice actor is both a challenge » Continue Reading.
When I begin a voice acting job, the questions I ask myself aren’t too different from those I would ask if I were starting a role for film or stage: who am I, what am I trying to get across, and who am I talking to?
As a voice actor however, I cannot use my eyes, my body, or my face to communicate my identity and my intentions. I only have my voice, and, more often than not, a page of informational script that is more procedural than character driven. So how do I create the kind of emotional connection » Continue Reading.
The very funny writer/entertainer Amy Sedaris writes in one of her tongue-in-cheek books, “I think it’s good for a person to spend time alone. It gives them an opportunity to discover who they are and to figure out why they are always alone.”
In the case of voice actors, we often find ourselves professionally obligated to be alone for hours at a time. We ply our trade in the studio, respond to emails from potential leads, and read over scripts for voice auditions to decide how to best approach our next opportunity.
This time can feel isolating, especially compared to » Continue Reading.
I get a lot of emails and an occasional telephone call from men and women who think they want to get into voice over acting. Usually it’s because someone (friend, family member, co-worker) has told them that they have a great voice and that they should look into voice over acting. Or, they read somewhere online that voice over acting is a super easy way to make loads of money, just for speaking words into a microphone.
So, they eventually arrive at the question of how to start “doing” voice over acting as a new part time job or full » Continue Reading.
As a professional voice actress, I’m often tasked with creating accents ranging from foreign accents and regional dialects to fun and crazy characters. Just this past week, I had requests from clients for a variety of voice over accents including European accents, a Texas accent, an Asian accent, and a voice like the computer in 2001 A Space Odyssey.
Some of my voice over clients have even told me that research has shown that the buying public will give greater credence to a speaker who has a British accent, than one with an American accent. And even more so, if » Continue Reading.
The glory of fall in the Midwest still feels fairly new to me, which makes it particularly awesome. Since I’m originally from Southern California, where leaves pretty much stay the same color all year round and generally refrain from disembarking their respective limbs, I never really got the full gist of what autumn was all about until I moved to our cozy home in the Southwest corner of Michigan. We really lucked out with a house nestled neatly on 1.5 acres of beautiful wooded terrain.
In a word: Wow.
In three words: It’s absolutely fabulous.
My mouth is still agape, » Continue Reading.