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Casey Kasem Has Just Months To Live

Casey Kasem Has Just Months To Live | Voiceover BlogTalk | Scoop.it
When I was a kid I wanted to be Casey Kasem. He provided half the character voices for my favourite cartoon, Scooby Doo, and he hosted my favourite radio show, American Top 40.
I would watch, and listen, faithfully every weekend!
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Google Calendar + Desktop Timer - Frank James Bailey - Voice Over Blog

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Frank James Bailey - Blog
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8 Ways to Get a Well-Rounded VO Education Without Hiring a Coach

8 Ways to Get a Well-Rounded VO Education Without Hiring a Coach | Voiceover BlogTalk | Scoop.it
First of all, I'm not saying you should never get good VO coaching.   You should.  Regularly.  I'm just saying it might be possible in today's world of content overload, to fill-in a lot of blanks FIRST with an incredible line-up of available resources. Because good coaching costs good money...save the really important stuff for one-on-one encounters...in person if possible. But in advance of that months-long Voice-Over encounter with Nancy Wolfson, or the weekend workshop with Marice Tobias (I could go on naming names, but you get the idea)...there are just tons of FREE (or bargain) voiceover resources that are readily available NOW. First: the free stuff BLOGS: Not just mine, but Paul Strikwerda's, Marc Scott's, Joe Thomas', Randye Kaye's, and more.  The list is incredibly long, and the level of competence on nearly ALL of them is high.  Best place to go to discover all the VO bloggers is the Google+ Community hosted by my friend Derek Chappell:  [...]
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voice registry teams up with i-acting studios

voice registry teams up with i-acting studios | Voiceover BlogTalk | Scoop.it
It used to be that when you clicked on the "Online Classes" section in the Voice Registry website they had half a dozen recorded classes, interviews and the like with some heavy hitters in the VO i...
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RADIO ADVERTISERS SHOULD MAKE THIS TYPE OF OFFER

RADIO ADVERTISERS SHOULD MAKE THIS TYPE OF OFFER | Voiceover BlogTalk | Scoop.it
This is the kind of "free" offer your radio advertising clients should be making when they want to increase "sampling" of their products or services.
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Every Once In a While There’s an EXTRA Special Book…

Every Once In a While There’s an EXTRA Special Book… | Voiceover BlogTalk | Scoop.it
and today I have the great pleasure of sharing one of these rare projects with you!
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Insanely Busy, Sane Productivity

Insanely Busy, Sane Productivity | Voiceover BlogTalk | Scoop.it
Nine weeks ago I enrolled myself in a twelve-week course created and offered by Darren Hardy, publisher of Success Magazine, named "Insane Productivity"
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Filter The Mourning Dove Hoot Out Of The Voiceover Recording

Filter The Mourning Dove Hoot Out Of The Voiceover Recording | Voiceover BlogTalk | Scoop.it
I was working on a long voiceover recording job last week. After it was all recorded, I began the long process of editing it for the client. That involved not only optimizing the volume and minimizing the noise, but also creating ...
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Social Capital and Voiceovers – The GKN Weekly Update 7/29/14

Social Capital and Voiceovers – The GKN Weekly Update 7/29/14 | Voiceover BlogTalk | Scoop.it
Hello and Happy Lasagna Day! Need I say more…?   For the past two weeks I’ve had the pleasure of recording “Freemasons for Dummies” at Audible Studios in Newark. The facility is wonderful, everyone there is super-friendly, and even the food is good!
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Directed vs Directing

Directed vs Directing | Voiceover BlogTalk | Scoop.it
I once helped someone renovate a bathroom. While I’ve got some skills in the plumbing department, I know my limits. When it came time to install the shower / tub unit, I was wise enough to reach out to a plumber.
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How To Respond To “So…Tell Me About Yourself.” | vo2gogo.com

How To Respond To “So…Tell Me About Yourself.” | vo2gogo.com | Voiceover BlogTalk | Scoop.it
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Debby Barnes SideLines + Rah-Rah's!: Blessings & Blows

Debby Barnes SideLines + Rah-Rah's!: Blessings & Blows | Voiceover BlogTalk | Scoop.it
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Lock Down Your WordPress Sites – Step 2 of 2

Lock Down Your WordPress Sites – Step 2 of 2 | Voiceover BlogTalk | Scoop.it
Hey, there!
There is a constant, world-wide war being waged against WordPress sites.
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12 Voiceover Podcasts You Should Not Miss (Pt 2)

12 Voiceover Podcasts You Should Not Miss (Pt 2) | Voiceover BlogTalk | Scoop.it
Previously in part one of 12 Voiceover Podcasts You Should Not Miss, I introduced you to six podcasts to educate and inspire you about voiceover. I'm amazed at the amount of FREE information availa...
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Name That Webinar And Win That Mic | vo2gogo.com

Name That Webinar And Win That Mic | vo2gogo.com | Voiceover BlogTalk | Scoop.it
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VoiceOverXtra - Audiobooks - Romance Narrators Ilyana Kadushin, Carrington MacDuffie

VoiceOverXtra - Audiobooks - Romance Narrators Ilyana Kadushin, Carrington MacDuffie | Voiceover BlogTalk | Scoop.it
Isn\'t it romantic? Narrating the Romance audiobooks, that is. Well, yes. But that genre is not without evolving challenges. Top narrators Ilyana Kadushin and Carrington MacDuffie explore why Romance audiobooks capture our hearts and imagination - plus how men are portrayed, and why Paranormal is IN!
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More Than Words*

More Than Words* | Voiceover BlogTalk | Scoop.it
Approximate Reading Time: 50 seconds The written word can be so beautifully expressive, entertaining, and educational. However, the spoken word, and even non-verbal communication, can add so much m...
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Acting Myth - Should You Burn Bridges?

Acting Myth - Should You Burn Bridges? | Voiceover BlogTalk | Scoop.it
 YES!  Absolutely!  Burning bridges is a healthy, natural part of life and at times it’s the best thing you can do to ensure your own success and happiness.  Now before you skewer me, write...
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VO4TA: Pairs - No. 1

Pairs, trios and more are most common in radio ads but occasionally they are voices for characters in a TV or online spot.
 
Let’s go through a few things.
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The Ultimate Podcasting Resource

The Ultimate Podcasting Resource | Voiceover BlogTalk | Scoop.it
There are a lot of reasons people Podcast, but probably the biggest, is that it WORKS!  It works especially well as a marketing tool...or in today's parlance: a content marketing tool.  In the process -- much like blogging -- you learn a lot, and you earn a lot of good will in your professional community. Maybe that's why the New Media Expo earlier this year in Vegas was dominated by podcasters.  Maybe that's why Voices.com...with all the marketing resources they have at their disposal, chose to resurrect their VOX Talk podcast (see my blog about Voice.com's decision). But don't take my word for it.  One of the most savvy podcasters I know lives in Las Vegas, and makes a good living doing podcast work for businesses. His name is Scott Whitney, and you can see his website at PODWORX.com. The other day, I ran across an incredible resource from the folks at New Media Expo and Deborah Cole (@CoachDeb).  I'm repurposing it here in its entirely, 'cause it's [...]
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Signs Your Voiceover Website Needs to Change | Realtime Casting

Signs Your Voiceover Website Needs to Change | Realtime Casting | Voiceover BlogTalk | Scoop.it
Whether it be a casting website, business website, or personal website for a voice talent to market themselves, watch for these signs In 2014, the process of working online is now old enough that certain life cycles have been ...
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Interviewing Two Audiobook Pros

Interviewing Two Audiobook Pros | Voiceover BlogTalk | Scoop.it
So if there’s one thing that I’ve found as true in this business is you really never know what will happen next! I got invited to interview two fantastic audiobook
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Julius Sumner Miller

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Julius Sumner Miller An inspiration in science, learning, and character I first saw Julius Sumner Miller (pictured above) on reruns of his science show “Why is it so?
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Do You Sound Too Posh To Do Voice Overs?

Do You Sound Too Posh To Do Voice Overs? | Voiceover BlogTalk | Scoop.it
By Gary Terzza.
Is your voice too upmarket to do voice overs? Do you speak with an upper crust accent? If so, will that preclude you from doing voice over work?
Accents change over time and are shaped by fashion and social events.
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Agent Common Sense

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In today’s market, many working voice talents have multiple agents advocating their work across the country. A good majority of them are non-union and non-exclusive (meaning you are free to submit to as many other agencies as you’d like) Perhaps some dabble in the occasional “union” job and everyone on their roster jumps at the opportunity to audition. Some also don’t. Because they’re happy just doing non-union work. And that shouldn’t be a problem.



Regardless, it is always a good idea to examine the relationship you have with all of your current representatives. Ask yourself the following questions:



Are they sending you out for the right material?



Are they updating their website with your current demos? (Past agencies I’ve worked with complain it’s “too much money and time to add new reels”)



Or do they not use discretion when home auditions are sent out via email? Meaning they just bombard you with mass material that doesn’t always suite you.
Now I’ve certainly gotten my fair share of “African American 50+ deep resonant voice a la Morgan Freeman or Dennis Haysbert” and hit the DELETE button. On the contrary, I’m sure some talent think “Why not? What have I got to lose?” even if they’re not right for it.



But here’s the thing.



Wouldn’t you rather be selective and not jeopardize your current relationship with an agent by going half-assed on a project and risk them not taking you or your work seriously? You should never do something you’re not comfortable with. A good agent knows what you’re right for and doesn’t blindly send you material that’s incompatible. Or take it personal. (we’re getting to that)



And then of course you have to be careful of the “old timers”, someone who has an overall antiquated idea of how the business works based on their “experience” during the Golden Age of Voice Over. Most likely they haven’t adjusted to the current industry climate or take issue with everything under the sun— the paucity of union jobs, online sites, self-marketing voice talents stepping on toes etc. Someone who creates a scene when you turn something down. Someone who refuses to honor your being mindful of all the jobs you audition for. If your agent keeps hassling you that any job is good because it’s financially and mutually beneficial. “This is good money for us! We cannot turn this down!” And I’m sure everyone has their reasons but there is a difference between a $500 National TV Buyout and a $20,000 one. You’ll know.



It’s time to re-examine that relationship. Is it helping or hurting you?And do you believe everything this person says because they’re more experienced than you? Just because they think they know what’s best for you and them, doesn’t mean they’re right. They could just be getting in your way.



And when that said agent/agency then takes all your decisions personally and drops you from representation after you politely decline to read for something because of common occurrences in today’s market like:



1.) Your other rep got it to you faster



2.) The pay is too low



3.) The specs aren’t right (it’s too much of a stretch for you even if you tried) 4.) Or you don’t feel a connection to the material
….it is probably time to move on anyways. Another door is bound to open.
Know that you are talented, business savvy and resourceful no matter what you do. Their loss. NEXT!
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3 Simple Steps to Better Communication in Voice-Overs

3 Simple Steps to Better Communication in Voice-Overs | Voiceover BlogTalk | Scoop.it
When reviewing a piece of copy, how much attention do you pay to its intended audience?
How well you know your audience determines how well you read a script.
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