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Voiceover Agent's perspective on the Voice Acting Business: Podcast with agent from LA Voice Talent Agency, AVO | The Work: Ep. 14

Voiceover Agent's perspective on the Voice Acting Business: Podcast with agent from LA Voice Talent Agency, AVO | The Work: Ep. 14 | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it
Casting director Bonnie Gillespie and crew interview voiceover agent Jermaine Johnson from AVO Voice Talent in LA. Good info and advice for both professional actors looking to break into voiceover; and professional voice talent looking for LA representation. Valuable insights that could save you time, money and aggravation. BTW He also confirms what most of us have already figured out...Demos on CD's are dead.

Please note that interview with Jermaine starts @7:15. Also make sure to listen, until the very end, b/c additional valuable tips are shared after the "end" of Jermaine's interview.

REALLY IMPORTANT NOTE: This podcast is geared to actors who are living and auditioning in LA, so the basic assumption is that their listeners are trained actors and have some professional acting auditioning experience. If you have no prior acting training or experience, you'll need to look for and get high quality on-camera acting and voiceover training first, before you can even think about approaching an LA agency. Otherwise, don't waste their time and yours.
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Voice Actors & Broadcasters: Keep Allergies From Wrecking Your Voice | Online Voice Coaching

Voice Actors & Broadcasters: Keep Allergies From Wrecking Your Voice | Online Voice Coaching | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it
To take antihistamines or not take antihistamines...THAT is the question.

I find that Ann Utterback, PhD's web site, OnlineVoiceCoaching.com is a great resource of information on vocal health and how to maintain it. Here's a recent post on how to best deal with allergies if you're a voiceover or broadcast talent...
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Radio Ranch's Voice Director Demonstrates How Smart Text Analysis Can Help You Nail a Voiceover Dialog Audition

Radio Ranch's Voice Director Demonstrates How Smart Text Analysis Can Help You Nail a Voiceover Dialog Audition | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it
In this excellent 8-minute video from a recent voice acting seminar, veteran voice director, Christine Coyle, the Creative Director from Dick Orkin's famous Radio Ranch, walks two participants step-by-step through the process of looking for clues and cues in the commercial dialog copy that lead them to make more interesting and far funnier choices. You really get a good glimpse into the creative process of this experienced and talented voice director; and how it is that she's been able to consistently draw such great, funny performances out of voice actors for years.

Event sponsor, Danoday.com: "Text analysis is the most vital skill for voice overs. Christine Coyle (Radio Ranch) demonstrates how to get the most..."
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Finally...Top Voiceover Recording Software, "Adobe Audition for MAC" Available...for real!! Try It For Free During Beta - VU

Finally...Top Voiceover Recording Software, "Adobe Audition for MAC" Available...for real!! Try It For Free During Beta - VU | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it
Attention Audition Aficionados - News from Voiceover Universe founder, Zurek - The long-awaited Beta version of Audition for MAC is now available for FREE through Adobe. Check it out...

Voiceover Universe: "Recently I've entered the world of Apple! Yeah, Yeah.... don't start on me. But, after years of crashing computers, viruses, and waiting for my pc to load... "
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"'How To's' For Voiceover Professionals"—How To Fire a Freelance Client | TalentZoo.com

"'How To's' For Voiceover Professionals"—How To Fire a Freelance Client | TalentZoo.com | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it
You know the ones...they only give you a small percentage of your income, but demand 80% of your time...they constantly ask you to do lots of "extra" work they have no intention of ever paying you for...they keep changing their mind and asking you to do it over...or the worst, they're downright rude or abusive... Sometimes, you have no other choice. Fire them. It may be scary to lose the revenue in the short-term, but you'll be much better off in the long run...

Talent Zoo: "As your freelance or consulting business grows, not all of the clients you have today will stay with you forever. But how do you shake off old clients who still want to use your services, even though you're ready to move on? You need to come right out... (It's time to fire...that freelance client. But how? http://tzoo.bz/fc7)"
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How Broadcasters and Voiceover Announcers Pronounce Foreign Names And Tricky Words? Very carefully...BONUS: Includes Great Online Pronunciation Resources| David Houston's blog

How Broadcasters and Voiceover Announcers Pronounce Foreign Names And Tricky Words? Very carefully...BONUS: Includes Great Online Pronunciation Resources| David Houston's blog | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it
Thanks to voice actor, David Houston, for posting this fun segment from "Rachel Maddow Show" on the peculiarities and difficulties of pronouncing proper names and certain words properly---even for TV Broadcasters. (e.g., "ar-KAN-zis River" vs. "AR-kin-saw," the state.)

Bonus: Several excellent online pronunciation resources are provided so that if you ever have to pronounce the President of Algeria, Abdelaziz Bouteflika's name in a script, you'll actually know how to say it...

David Houston blog: "This segment from Wednesday's The Rachel Maddow Show serves to remind that, even (especially?) for those of us who talk for a living, some words and names are more problematic than others."
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Keep Learning, Stay Engaged, Try Something New. Don't Become A "Been There-Done That-Doesn't Work" Cynic |The Actors Voice/Bonnie Gillespie

Keep Learning, Stay Engaged, Try Something New. Don't Become A "Been There-Done That-Doesn't Work" Cynic |The Actors Voice/Bonnie Gillespie | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it
Even when you think you know-it-all...you really don't. Not only CAN you learn from others in the voiceover industry; you MUST learn if you want to stay relevant, fresh and keep your skills up to date.

The Actors Voice: "You know the type. The actor friend who knows EVERYTHING. She's seen it all. He's done it all. She's heard it all. He's experienced it all. Absolutely nothing you tell these folks comes as a surprise because apparently there are no surprises in their lives, since they're experts on all things, ever...How sad."
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Voice Actors & Broadcasters (and Everyone Else): What You Need To Do To Keep Your Voice Young | Online Voice Coaching

Voice Actors & Broadcasters (and Everyone Else): What You Need To Do To Keep Your Voice Young | Online Voice Coaching | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it
Smart, easy-to-understand advice on what you need to do and what you should avoid doing to keep your voice in top competitive form as you get older.

There are definitely fairly simple things you can do to keep your sound-making apparatus in top shape. The good news is that it DOESN'T require Botox, or other expensive treatments, but like any exercise regimen, it will only work if you commit to doing it regularly.

Ann Utterback, PhD, Online Voice Coaching: "In my last post, I looked at the effects aging has on the voice.  Several of my tweeps have expressed concern about how this ..."
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Nationwide Voice Talent Search To Replace AFLAC Duck Is On & Open To All! Get Quacking! | SFGate

Nationwide Voice Talent Search To Replace AFLAC Duck Is On & Open To All! Get Quacking! | SFGate | Inside Voiceover—Cutting-edge Insights + Enlightening, Entertaining News for Voiceover Professionals | Scoop.it
H/t to Friend of InsideVoiceover, voice actor, Aileen Casas (via Bay Area voice talent, Owen Thomas) for this breaking story; a follow-up to last week's post about Gilbert Gottrfried's firing and AFLAC's plans to replace him through a nationwide open casting search. (http://bit.ly/hWd0vB)

SF GATE: "Aflac is opening the field to people who want to take a quack at doing the new voice of the insurer's ever-abrasive duck mascot. Aflac Inc. will begin accepting submissions on Wednesday..."
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