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If you are everywhere, you will end up nowhere: Why you should NOT make too many Social Media profiles| Marko Saric

If you are everywhere, you will end up nowhere: Why you should NOT make too many Social Media profiles| Marko Saric | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it
Good article about using social media to market yourself effectively and intelligently. Shorter version: Don't try to do it all. Pick the ones that make sense for you and are most likely to help you achieve your goals.

Marko Saric/HowToMakeMyBlog: "Having a minor amount of influence on a large amount of inactive social media profiles is not something to write home about. On the other hand a concentrated effort on the most relevant platform(s) is."
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The Voiceover Work - Explanation of Common Voiceover Studio Requests and Recording Specs | Serious Vanity Music

The Voiceover Work - Explanation of Common Voiceover Studio Requests and Recording Specs | Serious Vanity Music | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it
Helpful explanation of what some common studio voiceover terms really mean and why you can get yourself into trouble if you don't fully understand a client's request.
Word: When in doubt, call or email. You won't appear "dumb" or "inexperienced" if you take the time to double-check or clarify a clent's request; however if you don't ask, and end up sending the client something totally different from what they wanted, you might...

Serious Vanity Music: "I recently had a project where an ad agency client requested raw files, but I thought a little noise reduction and compression wouldn’t hurt, and would present my studio in the best light. Horrible move! The producer working on the project freaked out, and ended up making me look very bad to my new client. Once I gave them the raw file, they were able to do exactly what they needed to with it, and the day was saved. But I could have been fired from the project."
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Women's Words vs The Message Their Voice Sends | femme-o-nomics.com

Women's Words vs The Message Their Voice Sends | femme-o-nomics.com | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it

Everything in this article applies to women who are trying to come across authoritatively in their voiceover performances, too. I've had to remind my fellow female voice actors NOT to phrase a statement in the form of a question so many times, that I feel like the Anti-Trebek. (And I've caught myself doing it, too.) It does undermine your power, authority and confidence; which are all, of course essential, if you aspire to book narration work. You can change it, if you're aware that you're doing it. Just takes work, vigilance and patience.

Femme-o-nomics.com:"I realized it was all about staying within a common female comfort zone: being liked. When we don’t commit to our ideas, when we make statements sound like questions, there’s no danger of offending anyone. We’re off the hook. 'But if we don’t *sound* sure of ourselves in the workplace, will anyone else want to entrust us with anything?'"

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When’s the Best Time to Publish Blog Posts? HubSpot/Dan Zarrella.

When’s the Best Time to Publish Blog Posts? HubSpot/Dan Zarrella. | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it
Someone asked me this question recently, so here's an analysis of that topic. Interetstingly, Friday afternoon are peak times for Twitter retweets, which I suspect might have something to do with the tradition of #Follow Fridays though not specifically mentioned in this analysis. (If you don't know what that is, google #Follow Fridays or #FF.) Bottom line is though that even this analysis concludes that though some days and times may be better than others to blog, post or tweet, consistency and persistence seems to be the key. Keep on keeping on...
(H/T to fellow Scoop.iteer, Martin Gysler for posting this article by social media scientist, Dan Zarrella.)

HubSpot’s social media scientist, Dan Zarrella: "Of all the data analysis that I’ve done, day-of-week and time-of-day data has been consistently the most popular. So in preparation for my upcoming webinar, titled Science of Blogging, I decided to combine all of my existing data on timing with my new research into one master post on the subject..."
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Comedy Genius Jonathan Winters Gives Voice To "Papa Smurf" in New Film; Reflects On A Lifetime Of Laughs | NPR (Podcast)

Comedy Genius Jonathan Winters Gives Voice To "Papa Smurf" in New Film; Reflects On A Lifetime Of Laughs | NPR (Podcast) | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it
Jonathan Winters has done a great deal of animation voice acting in his career. Not surprising when you consider his wildly vivid imagination and ability to visualize better than any one else, and reputaion as the Grandaddy of improvisation. The way he describes his approach to comedy and performing below, is perfect for voiceover...take note!

NPR: "Jonathan Winters says he doesn't tell jokes.
"I have always classified [myself] as an actor/comedian, a humorist," he says. "I started out as an artist and what I do is verbal paintings. I paint a picture. Hopefully you'll see the characters and what they're doing and what they're saying."
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New Free Tools Make It Easy To Broadcast Live Online...Mixlr announces integrations with SoundCloud, Dropbox and other online platforms | AudioSilverLining

New Free Tools Make It Easy To Broadcast Live Online...Mixlr announces integrations with SoundCloud, Dropbox and other online platforms | AudioSilverLining | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it
This is a VERY COOL TOOL…Mixlr, lets you do live broadcasts online, and afterwords, uploads the audio to SoundCloud. or other popular online audio sharing services. What's even better is that it's all FREE.
I have a very creative following of VO peeps, who I'm sure you can think of 1 million very creative ways to use this... Let me know what you come up with.

AudioSilverLining: "It’s always good when you find out that platforms you like are working together and so I’m pleased to have found out today that the guys behind the superb online music streaming platform Mixlr are revealing a load of new integrations this week – with SoundCloud, Dropbox and Audioboo having been announced already."
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Faux Freeman Voiceover Uncovered! Morgan Freeman's voice faked for political ad | Politico.com

Faux Freeman Voiceover Uncovered! Morgan Freeman's voice faked for political ad | Politico.com | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it
Funny that just yesterday I posted the link to that Mel Blanc interview where he spoke at length about how unethical he believed it was to impersonate another voice actor, unless that other voice actor was dead.

And now today, coincidentally, the Morgan Freeman impersonator strikes again... Yes, again! This same guy was used for another ad last November, and got busted then, too. (I'm pressed for time today, but I'll post more on that story and the Faux Freeman this weekend.) What is wrong with this guy? Clearly, the man has talent. You'd think that he should be able to find work as himself, or as an above-board celebrity impersonator. Hope that Mr. Freeman takes the media firm to the cleaners.
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My Infamous Life: The self-narrated audiobook of Prodigy's memoir might be the best rap album of the year. | Slate.com

My Infamous Life: The self-narrated audiobook of Prodigy's memoir might be the best rap album of the year. | Slate.com | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it
Interesting read. Maybe it's time to brush up on your rapping skillz audiobook narrators...

Slate.com: "The best way to experience Johnson's epic, if meandering, journey: his audio book, which is among the most riveting recordings any rapper will release this year, or any year."
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#Voiceover Pick-ups...Why Voice Actors Who Are Able To Read "Cleanly" Still Have A Big Edge | SOUND4VO.COM

#Voiceover Pick-ups...Why Voice Actors Who Are Able To Read "Cleanly" Still Have A Big Edge | SOUND4VO.COM | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it
Excellent recent post by audio engineer, Dan Friedman, on how some actors have become far too reliant on digital editing, and can't seem to make it through a take without stumblling multiple times. He explains why even nowadays, actors with reputations for reading scripts cleanly and clearly---without doing excessive pick-ups---still retain a big edge.

Sound4Vo.Com: "It is frustrating when a voice over "talent” is unable to get through more than a few sentences without multiple pick-ups ... and don’t even get me started on the editing. Editing should be a tool for choosing the perfect nuances, eliminating clicks, noises and other anomalies, removing breaths and trimming a read so that it will fit into time constraints.
It should not be required to simply get a complete read."
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Royal Shakespeare Company's Cicely Berry, voice coach to the stars I Guardian.co.uk

Royal Shakespeare Company's Cicely Berry, voice coach to the stars I Guardian.co.uk | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it
I've run across at least 5-6 articles about "Britain's top voice coach," and they've each been about a different person... However there seems to be no dispute that Cicely Berry was, without question, the first one.

I'd also recommmend checking out the series of YouTube videos mentioned in the article when you have time. Interetsing exercises and fun to see many well-known actors struggling in a workshop, just like all the rest of us do...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9XR0TUYeXWA
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Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception Nolan North and Voice Cast Discuss Working Together As A Team (Video) | Gamespot

Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception Nolan North and Voice Cast Discuss Working Together As A Team (Video) |  Gamespot | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it
Okay. I give up! I was trying to find an article, video or post that wasn't somehow related to ComicCon this weekend, but my efforts were futile. It's pretty much all ComicCon, all the time, on the web today...so why fight it? So get ready for a barrage of ComicCon voiceover stories...

First up, a story on Uncharted 3 and how being able to record and act together (mo-cap) as a team has raised the quality of the acting in the and the game itself...
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Audiobook Spotlight on "great audio version" of Sarah’s Key read by voice actor Polly Stone | Listen Up/PublishersWeekly.com

Audiobook Spotlight on "great audio version" of Sarah’s Key read by voice actor Polly Stone | Listen Up/PublishersWeekly.com | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it
A BIG Congratulations to Polly Stone, friend of InsideVO, who deservedly received many publishing-industry accolaides for her stellar performance on the audiobook for Sarah's Key, and with the movie version opening this week, the folks at Listen Up (PublisherWeekly) figured that now would be a good time to remind everyone to listen or re-listen to Polly's stand-out performance! Très bien fait, madame! It's downloadable through iTunes, so what are you waiting for?
H/T to fellow Scoopiteer, Byron Wagner for this one.

Listen Up/PublishersWeekly.com: This Friday, the film adaptation — staring Kristen Scott Thomas! — of Tatiana de Rosnay’s best-selling novel Sarah’s Key hits theaters. And we — here at Listen Up HQ — thought it would be a good time to remind readers about the great audio version of Sarah’s Key from Macmillan Audio.
The audiobook is read by Polly Stone and received a Starred Review from Publishers Weekly, which praised Stone’s performance and her ability to give a captivating novel even more impact via powerful narration."
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Perfect Your Personal Brand – Without Coming Across Like a Narcissist | TheGlassHammer

Perfect Your Personal Brand – Without Coming Across Like a Narcissist  | TheGlassHammer | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it
I've heard the following excuses for not using social media so often, that the excuses themselves have become cliché: "I don't want to come across like a narcisissist," "Who cares about what I had for breakfast?"and the ever popular, "I'm not about to post on Facebook every time I brush my teeth!"

Here's a good article that discusses how to go about using social media to promote your brand in the right way, so that you won't come off like a self-obsessed jerk. Truth be told, if you're a decent human being who likes to engage with other people, most of these suggestions are just good common sense and will come to you naturally; if you're genuine, dyed-in-the-wool narcissist, all the blog posts in the world aren't going to help...
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Being a Voiceover Professional is the Best Job in the World | Cissy Jones/Audiocatch.com

Being a Voiceover Professional is the Best Job in the World | Cissy Jones/Audiocatch.com | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it
Congratulations to good friend and colleague, Cissy Jones, who has done herself proud with this very honest article about the joys of being an voice actor, as well as its challenges and frustrations. Nice job, Ms. Jones-Lin! We're looking forward to more articles, as promised...

Cissy Jones/Audiocatch: "It's true. I am one of those sick people who loves my job. I mean, really loves my job. But there is one thing I want to clarify: Just because it’s the Best Job in the World certainly does not mean it’s the easiest..."
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The science of the movie trailer: Why a pop song can be just as key as a classy voiceover | The Independent UK

The science of the movie trailer: Why a pop song can be just as key as a classy voiceover  | The Independent UK | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it
Interesting article from the Independent UK on article on the history and production of movie trailers. Coming soon to a computer monitor, tablet or mobile device near you...

The Independent UK: "Let us not forget, too, the gravelly tones of the voiceover, which is nearly always a man. "A male voice brings a sense of authority and gravitas," says Malki. "I don't know what this implies about us culturally. TV adverts are much more egalitarian."
Some trailer producers like to steer away from voiceovers. "I prefer to have the movie's characters and dialogue tell the story," says Woollen. "A couple of strong lines of dialogue or voiceover from a character can really set-up the premise...A good trailer is all about seduction. It should tease you, make a strong impression, and then leave you wanting more."
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Voice Acting and the Future of RPGs (Role-Playing Games): Why there's no going back | Gameranx.com

Voice Acting and the Future of RPGs (Role-Playing Games): Why there's no going back | Gameranx.com | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it
We've been seeing more and more articles cropping up about how voice acting is becoming a more important and necessary component of video game design, and that the roles for voice actors keep expanding and growing, especially as games become more and more like movies. In the recently-released, "Bastion" game, the voice acting is the undisputed "star" of the game. Bottom line: Expect bigger, more important, cinematic roles for voice actors in games, All very good news indeed for our character voice actor peeps, and those aspiring to become character voice actor peeps.

Gameranx: "Voice acting is as ubiquitous as loot gathering in RPGs today. With a few exceptions, every character in modern RPGs has a voice. The reason for this is because in addition to the visual upgrades that every game has received over the years, the move towards cinematic presentation has made voice acting a necessity."
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Harry Potter cast talk voice over work for Deathly Hallows2 video game | Snitch Seeker News-

Short video on voiceover work for the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 video game. Rupert Grint, Matthew Lewis, Warwick Davis, Joshua Herdman (Gregory Goyle), Louis Cordice (Blaise Zabini), and Ralph Ineson (Amycus Carrow) discuss the differences between bringing their gaming and on-screen characters to life.
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More Marketing Ideas for Voice Actors: How to Get a Response from Your Promo Mailings | Sound Advice

More Marketing Ideas for Voice Actors: How to Get a Response from Your Promo Mailings | Sound Advice | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it
Here's a helpful article on a tried and true method of marketing yourself that you can try if you're looking for promo work. It's cheap, low-tech and still seems to work when it's done frequently and persistently over time. So, traditional marketing methods, can still work pretty well; but when used in conjunction with a social media campaign, they can work even better...
Sound Advice: "The fact remains, if you aren't continually promoting you will simply have a remarkable promotional vehicle that remains parked in the garage where no one can utilize it, and that leaves a great potential for your best efforts to die on the vine...So, unless you have a publicist, it's your responsibility to make your demo accessible to those most likely to hire you and to make yourself known."
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Marketing Tips for Voice Actors: How to Build a Strong Internet Presence Quickly (Video) | SEO Alien

Marketing Tips for Voice Actors: How to Build a Strong Internet Presence Quickly (Video) | SEO Alien | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it
Just discussing this very topic with a group of voice actors yesterday...good video on how to build a online presence quickly and fairly simply (you have to scroll down the page a bit to play video)

SEO Alien: "If you are just starting to build your internet presence or want to be sure that you have built your online presence correctly, there are some simple steps to follow. Rather than having a shotgun approach and hoping it works, use these simple proven techniques to get more traffic and visibility to your product or niche."
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Great radio Interview with the legendary Mel Blanc on Voice acting method, creating characters and ethics (4/26/71) | SpeakingofRadio.com

Great radio Interview with the legendary Mel Blanc on Voice acting method, creating characters and ethics (4/26/71) | SpeakingofRadio.com | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it
If you want to be the best, learn from the best. Spend 30 minutes listening to voiceover genius, Mel Blanc as he discusses how he created characters, his approach to the voice acting craft and the ethics of "copying" others. And of course, he's also very, very entertaining.

SpeakingofRadio.com: "Voice of Warner Brothers cartoons for scores of years, [Mel] created many memorable characters...He was...63 when we met at the WLS-TV studios in Chicago."
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Voice Actor Jennifer Hale Speaks: Talks About Acting in Video Games | Rock, Paper, Shotgun

Voice Actor Jennifer Hale Speaks: Talks About Acting in Video Games | Rock, Paper, Shotgun | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it
Jennifer Hale, veteran of over 100 video game roles (and animated series and commercials), talks about how acting for games differs from other forms of voice acting, the combination of anonymity and fame, and some of her most notable roles, including the voice of the female Commander Sheppard in "Mass Effect" and "Bastilla Shan" in Star Wars "Knights Of the Old Republic."

RockPaperShotgun: "...it’s basically the art of cold-reading and acting on the spot. I’ll ask physically where am I, what’s going on, how much ambient noise, how much battle – just standard acting questions. But you’ve got to hold them all in your head, you’ve also got to know your history with the other person you’re talking to and what you want from them, and then drop into that moment, and let it rip."
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Interviews With The Voice Cast Behind "Batman: Arkham City" (Videos) I G4tv.com

Interviews With The Voice Cast Behind "Batman: Arkham City" (Videos) I G4tv.com | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it
Just when I thought we were done with ComicCon voice actor interviews, they keep pulling me back in!

But it's a good one...Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill talk about voicing Batman and the Joker.
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Comic Con 2011: Futurama Panel with Voice Actors & Creatives Live Blog | Cinemablend

Comic Con 2011: Futurama Panel with Voice Actors & Creatives Live Blog | Cinemablend | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it
Here's the Futurama panel live blog.

Cimemablend: "On stage we have Bender, Hermes, Leela, Fry (plus every other possible character since Billy West does them all) and executive producers David X Cohen and Matt Groening "who failed to fulfill his lifelong dream of becoming an underachiever."
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Voice actors talk tips and tricks of their craft at Comic-Con | Gamespot

Voice actors talk tips and tricks of their craft at Comic-Con  | Gamespot | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it
Highlights from one of the many panels at Comic-Con...video game voice-over director Chris Borders and voice actor Dee Bradley Baker, talk about character development, handling direction, and what separates the pros from the wannabes, among other things...

Gamespot: "Takeaway: A great voice actor is a diverse voice actor. Even if the actor isn't a fan, studying and absorbing the latest in pop media is essential to being prepared for whatever the actor is being asked for. Once that knowledge is achieved, it's then necessary to hone one's skills with some live stage performance--not to mention make some money. From there, just keep an open mind and a health reserve of energy, and success is possible."
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Are You Gasping for Air? Learn How To Breathe Silently in 3.5 Minutes! (Video) | OnlineVoiceCoaching.com

Are You Gasping for Air? Learn How To Breathe Silently in 3.5 Minutes! (Video) | OnlineVoiceCoaching.com | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it
I happened to run across this video as I was researching something else, and thought that I should share it with you, because all actors and broadcasters encounter this "gasping" problem from time to time. Dr. Ann Utterback explains it simply and provides sound, practical advice on how to deal with it.

Online Vocal Coaching: "This short video covers audible intakes of air how to get rid of them. In just 3+ minutes you will learn how to breathe silently. Check it out!"
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