Recently in Debbie’s Voice
We’ve all heard the saying that change is the only constant in life – but I ran across another quote that sums up my recent encounter with change even more accurately. Writer and motivational speaker Robin Sharma says:
Change is hard at first, Messy in the middle And gorgeous at the end.
The recent change I had to » Continue Reading.
Your script is written and ready to go. It’s short, straightforward and simple. It doesn’t contain anything about complicated medical procedures, highly technical computer jargon, or words that have been translated from a different language. You’ve hired a professional voice-over talent to record it, and have about one hour to deliver the finished recording to your boss. No problem, right?
The world of voice-over may be drawing you in with its bright promise of exciting work, big bucks and loads of fame to come. But like any other industry, a voice-over career has a slightly dimmer side that comes with the territory.
If you’re in the midst of making a decision to jump off into the pool of voice-over actors » Continue Reading.
Changes in VO Styles Over the Years: From Big Booming Voice Overs to a More Natural, Conversational Style
Once upon time, the big thing in voice-overs was that big, booming voice – the very polished, voice-over announcer type, with a strong kind of yelling-at-you delivery and feel. People listened. People purchased. That was simply how sales were made.
As times have changed, so have selling strategies. Most folks are no longer apt to listen to the very » Continue Reading.
Some seekers of voiceover talent may say they’re looking for a voice-over actor. But what they really need or expect may be someone who is much more than just a voice-over actor. It’s someone who can do double or even triple duty. In addition to playing a variety of roles in front of the microphone, professional voice-over actors often have » Continue Reading.
While the concept of “free” anything is often attractive, when it comes to using free voice-over talent, the downside risks will usually far outweigh the upside cost savings.
Head into a store, any store, and bring your selected item up to the cashier. Then tell him or her you’d like to have this particular item for free, with the promise of » Continue Reading.
So, you probably already know about vocal fry, valspeak and uptalk, right? I mean, everyone has heard plenty of examples of those speech patterns that have made perfectly well-educated college grads (mostly female) sound like Kardashian wannabes.
Vocal fry refers to a low, glottal, animal-like sound that speech pathologists consider a vocal disorder.
Halloween is the third-biggest party day, the sixth-most popular card-giving day, and totally beats the pants off Valentine’s Day when it comes to candy sales. This ancient celebration has a history that stretches back some 6,000 years, rich with tradition, ghoulish trivia and plenty of candy corn. Check out some other fun and creepy facts about this howling holiday.
The question of hiring a female voice over talent vs. a male voice over talent has pretty much joined the ranks of other age-old debates. The topic has been covered by many, myself included (“Exploring the Decision to Hire Male vs. Female Voice-Over Talent”), yet there’s one angle I felt deserved a more intense look: the » Continue Reading.
Mozart wasn’t born great. And the same holds true for any phenomenal musician, artist, engineer, writer, party clown or voiceover talent you may want to be or hire. While great talent was once thought to be innate, research psychologist Anders Ericsson argues it is something most people can achieve, in just about any » Continue Reading.