Recently in Debbie’s Voice
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.
Working for myself as a female voice over talent and independent contractor, I enjoy the luxury of having some degree of control over key aspects of my business such as my rates, my time, my schedule, and my terms of working with my voice-over clients.
I really love the work I do. I suspect it could be a bit of a shock for newbie voice over talents to know that I spend more than half of my day sitting in my business office engaged in email and phone conversations with current and prospective voice-over clients, quoting voice over services, firming » Continue Reading.
Corporate Narration Voiceovers provide the perfect opportunity to use my female voice talent in an effort to assist companies with delivering their product and service messages.
While corporate narration voiceover may not seem as attractive as the glamorous and high profile national commercial spots that so many voice over talents love to chase, I tend to love to do these type of recordings. Much like commercial voiceover, these jobs allow me to communicate marketing messages directly to the targeted audience.
Corporate Narration Voiceovers – A Sample Video
Here is a sample of a recent Corporate Narration Voiceover » Continue Reading.
Published by Debbie Grattan on 10/02/13
One of the best things about being a professional female voice talent is having the chance to meet and work with some truly exceptional people. I was fortunate enough, in the beginning of my career, to connect with voice over artist Scottie Rummell.
As we were both living in Orange County, CA, and shared mutual professional voice over clients, we would sometimes find ourselves sitting across from each other in the booth at Audio Images in Irvine, playing some husband/wife couple searching for a new car, or other familiar scenario.
Professional Voice Talent » Continue Reading.
Published by Debbie Grattan on 09/13/13
So, what happens when you’re known in a local, regional or national market, as “the voice” for a particular product, store, or brand, AND a competing vendor wants to use your voice for their product too?
Here we get into another form of the question of “exclusivity” and how a voice can have an association with a product, or a segment of products. The branding of a product or service, which is so critical in today’s business world, is a reason we must always be aware of in our everyday work as » Continue Reading.
Published by Debbie Grattan on 08/21/13
When a client asks you to be an exclusive voice over for a particular share of the market, there are several things to consider.
I recently had this dilemma come up for me, when a direct response end-client (not the producer of the commercial spots, but the actual manufacturer and VP of the company that develops the “as seen on TV” or infomercial products,) came to me to ask what my price would be as a professional voice over actress exclusively for them.
Since I happened to land the commercial voice » Continue Reading.
Published by Debbie Grattan on 08/08/13
One of the truly unexpected pleasures of being a voice over actress is working with people all over the world. Just this past week alone, I had the opportunity to share my female voice over talent with clients in Singapore, Australia, Spain, and Canada, all while working with my regular voice over clients here in the US.
Having clients all around the world is mind-blowing—and I am grateful for today’s technology including PayPal, immediate payments and currency exchange all in a single invoice.
Experience as a Worldwide Professional Voice Over Service Provider » Continue Reading.
What are the secrets behind being a successful professional voice over talent?
This is a question I am asked regularly, and I also see it often in online voice over talent groups and forums.
Of course, there are no real secrets. The idea of a “secret” anything is usually just a tactic used to sell more books, seminars, etc.
In my experience, I’ve found there are only one thing you can do to become a successful professional voice over talent and that one thing isn’t the same for everyone. Do things that work for you and take » Continue Reading.
From time to time, I receive requests for female voice oves from student filmmakers. For some reason, I’ve gotten more requests from students in foreign countries than from here in the US. I really don’t know why that is. Often, I’m not sure what country they are from, but they usually speak enough English to email me, and write a script for me to record. I would guess most are from Europe.
My willingness to take part in these voice over projects usually depends on my availability, the length of the script, and frankly, my mood at the » Continue Reading.
Published by Debbie Grattan on 06/19/13
Company name changes…when they happen, they can be a challenge.
Having worked through a few over the years, I can say that I am now well-prepared for those situations when a company approaches me in need of voiceover solutions related to a name change.
The trick is being able to edit the new company name into old voice tracks (maybe several years old), and have it sound seamless. If I can’t do that effectively, then I’ll have to re-record huge chunks of scripts to make it work. That will be time-consuming and expensive for » Continue Reading.