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Networking Tips for Voice Over Talent

 
Networking Tips for Voice Over Talent
By Susan Berkley
When you meet someone at a networking event, don’t start blabbing about yourself.
Ask questions and listen. Here are 4 great networking questions:
1.

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"Guess What Day It Is? It’s Hump Day..." An Interview with Voice Actor, Chris Sullivan, the Geico Camel

"Guess What Day It Is? It’s Hump Day..." An Interview with Voice Actor, Chris Sullivan, the Geico Camel | Voiceovers | Scoop.it
Paul Robins and Bethany Crouch talk to actor and Sacramento Native Chris Sullivan. He's been on television, film and on Broadway. One of his latest projects includes the voice of the Geico Camel in a new commercial.

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Sirenetta Leoni's curator insight, September 25, 2013 8:50 PM

An inspiring "voice actor makes good" story...

 

On-camera and voice actor, Sacramento-native, Chris Sullivan moved to New York to pursue his dreams years ago. Chris had a moderately successful career going---working on stage, on camera, in small indy films and vo---but had toiled in relative obscurity until the day he auditioned to play a camel for a Geico ad. The rest, as they say, is history, and now, some 14.6 million YouTube hits later, Chris, is now in an HBO film with Julia Roberts and Mark Rufalo. 

 

Just a lucky break where an actor just happenes to stumble upon a role for which he is perfectly suited? Sure, some luck is involved, but if Chris hadn't been doing the work, day in and day out, preparing for years, he would not have been in the position to take advantage of this opportunity.

 

Chris is a perfect example of why you should never underestimate the importance of acting skills when it comes to creating characters and why there's so much more to it than just "doing a voice." Chris invests the camel with a personality that you recognize immediately...he's all of those obnoxious, loud-mouthed, but well-meaning and ultimately endearing guys, you have worked with all rolled into one. 

 

If an opportunity like this presented itself to you, would you be ready? If not, why not and what are you doing to change that?

 

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Which Microphones & Preamps To Use & Which To Avoid For Audiobook Recording | ACX Studio Gear Series, Part 1

Which Microphones & Preamps To Use & Which To Avoid For Audiobook Recording | ACX Studio Gear Series, Part 1 | Voiceovers | Scoop.it
Mics and preamps are the first pieces of equipment that will pick up and process the sound of your voice. Remember, any piece of studio equipment you buy is meant to capture the true sound of your voice in your recording space, so don’t buy an expensive microphone to improve or compensate for the sound quality in the room. We’ll cover how to get great room sound in a future post.

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Sirenetta Leoni's curator insight, September 5, 2013 7:39 PM

Very basic information on mics and amps, but worth reading if you're interested in finding out which work best for audiobook recording according to the post-production specialists at Audible Studios. 

 

They provide recommendations for every budget---starting from $150 mics and pre-amps all the way up to the $3000+ Neumann U87, and pre-amps in $1000 range----however Audible strongly recommend that you steer clear of all USB mics, because they necessitate "various 'fixes' during post production."

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Adweek's Top 10 Commercials of the Week: Aug. 16-23

Adweek's Top 10 Commercials of the Week: Aug. 16-23 | Voiceovers | Scoop.it
Adweek's Top 10 Commercials of the Week: Aug. 16-23 http://t.co/nBjRBI7yIk
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Mike Rowe teaches voice-over (and a musical bonus) - CBS News

Mike Rowe teaches voice-over (and a musical bonus) - CBS News | Voiceovers | Scoop.it
Mike Rowe teaches voice-over (and a musical bonus)
CBS News
(CBS News) Ever listen to a commercial and say to yourself, "That voice sounds familiar?" or "Who is that, I think I know him/her?" And it's usually Jon Hamm or Lisa Kudrow -- or Mike Rowe!
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Ireland's unique selling points: warm people and wet weather - Irish Times

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Ireland's unique selling points: warm people and wet weather
Irish Times
In this case the latter strategy is likely to much more effective and that's exactly what IDA Ireland has done in its new television commercial.
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The Stupidest Thing I Ever Did as a VO Newbie

The Stupidest Thing I Ever Did as a VO Newbie | Voiceovers | Scoop.it
Even now…years later, I’m embarrassed about my misstep.  But I’m big enough to admit it.  I made a tactical mistake.  Maybe you’ll learn from it.
…and the whole thing left me with a question I still have not answered today.  Below.

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Nelly Explains His New Honey Nut Cheerios Commercial - Riverfront Times (blog)

Nelly Explains His New Honey Nut Cheerios Commercial - Riverfront Times (blog) | Voiceovers | Scoop.it
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Nelly Explains His New Honey Nut Cheerios Commercial
Riverfront Times (blog)
The end of the summer has brought us one of the more surprising collaborations of the year: Nelly and the Honey Nut Cheerios bee (his name is Buzz).
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Retail's BIG Blog | Walmart, Kmart, Target tops in back-to-school commercials

Retail's BIG Blog | Walmart, Kmart, Target tops in back-to-school commercials | Voiceovers | Scoop.it
Prosper Insights & Analytics polled more than 5,000 families about their favorite commercials and websites of the summer. These retailers came out on top. (RT @AccentureRetail: .@Walmart, @Kmart, @Target tops in back-to-school commercials.
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Vocal Opposition: Women Want Work Doing Movie-Trailer Voiceovers - TIME

Vocal Opposition: Women Want Work Doing Movie-Trailer Voiceovers - TIME | Voiceovers | Scoop.it
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Vocal Opposition: Women Want Work Doing Movie-Trailer Voiceovers
TIME
And voice-over work is hardly limited to movie trailers. As Carol learns in In a World…, at least one path available to women is in commercials.
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The Inspiring Story of a Man With No Vision, but a Big Voice - Mashable

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The Inspiring Story of a Man With No Vision, but a Big Voice
Mashable
Once upon a time, Pete Gustin dreamed of becoming a voiceover artist.
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Caring For Your Voice When Wildfires Burn - Voice Over Times

Caring For Your Voice When Wildfires Burn - Voice Over Times | Voiceovers | Scoop.it
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Caring For Your Voice When Wildfires Burn
Voice Over Times
There's nothing quite like the smell of a campfire, that is unless it's the result of a wildfire.
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