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Get People to Listen to Your Podcast

Get People to Listen to Your Podcast | Make Your Voice Heard | Scoop.it

You may have done everything right - purchased the best hardware, practiced your enunciation, trained your voice, acquired the appropriate software for your podcast - yet people still aren't listening. What to do now? Read on to find out.

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anthony bates's curator insight, July 21, 12:13 AM
I feel your voice should be heard around the world. Everyone should get a chance to be heard. It's neat how  are voices can change from singer and rapping rock and country. It's like our voice is a instrument. Yes your voice has to do with audio industry.
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Finding Your Natural Voice

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Every individual has a unique “natural” voice that is comfortable and easily-produced. Because natural voices are centered on an individual’s optimal pitch, it is vital for prospective voice-actors to find and utilize their natural voice. Read on to find tips and exercises that will help you find your own natural voice.

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anthony bates's curator insight, July 21, 12:17 AM
Exercise , practice and feeling out your voice. Feel comfortable in your own skin when singer. practice different beats when rapping slow down go fast. Your voice defiantly has to do with audio industry.     
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Final Cut Pro’s Voice Over Tool is a Time Saver

Final Cut Pro’s Voice Over Tool is a Time Saver | Make Your Voice Heard | Scoop.it

Voice-actors can greatly increase their likelihood of success by creating a podcast or video series that plays to a wide audience. This article aims to help all voice-actors – up-and-coming AND established – who use Final Cut Pro to edit their work. FCP’s Voice-Over tool is a welcome addition to the already-popular software.

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Best Agencies for Voice-Overs: Reviews and Ratings

Best Agencies for Voice-Overs: Reviews and Ratings | Make Your Voice Heard | Scoop.it
Find and compare talent agencies who specialize in representing Voice-Overs based on agency name, location, industries covered, number of agents, number of clients, and more.
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Taking Care of your Voice: Tips for Individuals who Use their Voice Professionally

Did you know that shouting can strain your voice? Of course. But did you know that whispering can also strain your voice? This video is filled with little tips and tricks for taking care of your vocal cords and voice, an all-important task for aspiring voice-actors.

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craniumburrito's comment, April 16, 2012 4:57 AM
yo eric, this video rules even for those of us who aren't aspiring to use our voices professionally. since we don't have to worry about overworking out voice normally, about half way in the video when she describes how to project your voice properly during presentations and such is that much more valuable. thanks!
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Top 10 Voice Actors: Disney Films

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One of the challenges of becoming a known voice-actor is remaining fluid enough to switch up your voice when portraying different characters in order to avoid similarity issues. These ten famous individuals succeeded at this task in an unprecedented manner, resulting in their indelible relationships with Disney.

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Voice-Over Exercises

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Voice-actors, much like professional athletes, must practice their craft for years in order to reach the pinnacle of their profession. These voice-acting exercises will help you control your breathing, improve your articulation, and master tongue twisters!

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Erin Smith's comment, April 12, 2012 10:38 AM
Okay -- That picture is a little creepy...
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Basic Podcasting Software

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I've covered podcasting hardware such as microphones before, but this time the spotlight is focused on podcasting software such as Audacity, which allows you to record and edit your shows on a PC or a Mac. Follow the link to learn more about MP3 encoders, file transferal, and media players. 

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craniumburrito's comment, April 9, 2012 11:20 PM
Oh man! This is such a classic program. Have you experimented with it? Back in the day, this baby helped me achieve so many songs... (I mean...) before there was Limewire and other horrible virus ridden software. Audacity will always have a place in my heart, long live freeware!
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Hollywood Drive: What it Takes to Break in, Hang in & Make it in the Entertainment Industry

Hollywood Drive: What it Takes to Break in, Hang in & Make it in the Entertainment Industry | Make Your Voice Heard | Scoop.it

This book focuses primarily on getting actors started in film and television, but it also offers several insightful chapters on issues affecting voice-actors, such as interview techniques, showbiz survival strategies, and networking. "Hollywood Drive" can be found online at http://www.amazon.com/Hollywood-Drive-Takes-Entertainment-Industry/dp/0240806689

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Voice-Acting Community Forums

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They say it's not WHAT you know, but WHO you know. Relationships with individuals in the voice-acting industry are vital for prospective voice-actors. These community forums just might help you land your first gig. 

 


EDIT: The original URL in this post's title seems to direct you straight to this page. To access Voice Acting Allegiance's community forums, click on the following link: 
http://voiceactingalliance.com/board/forum.php

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ATA and NATR: Talent Agents and Agencies

ATA and NATR: Talent Agents and Agencies | Make Your Voice Heard | Scoop.it

As many voice-actors know, acquiring an agent to represent you in the voice-over industry is critical to launching a successful career. The following link lists a variety of ATA (Association of Talent Agents) and NATR (National Association of Talent Representatives) locations and contact information. Simply search for agencies listed as “VO” – these agencies focus exclusively on voice-actors.

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Voice-over Demos: Royalty-Free Music and Sound Effects

Voice-over Demos: Royalty-Free Music and Sound Effects | Make Your Voice Heard | Scoop.it

Music and sound effects are vital tools in a voice-actor’s arsenal, be they for voice-over demos or podcasts. Take advantage of the plethora of sites on the Web offering royalty-free music and sound effects.

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Everything You Need to Know (And Then Some)!

This free PDF may SAY it’s for beginners, but anyone interested in the voice-over industry is doing themselves a great disservice by not looking over Voices.com’s “Getting Started in Voice Overs.” With multiple sections detailing where and how to start, creating your own unique presence, acquiring an agent, and offering your services online, this document is one you should not pass up!

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Agents Offer Tips on the Best Ways to Contact Talent Reps

Agents Offer Tips on the Best Ways to Contact Talent Reps | Make Your Voice Heard | Scoop.it

We've previously posted articles on finding talent agents, but none straight from the horse's mouth. Read on for advice from four different talent agents on how to properly conduct yourself while trying to contact talent agencies.

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Prepare for Luck

No matter how much preparation you put into becoming a voice-actor, the difference-maker that often decides whether you strike it big or wallow in mediocrity is luck. However, luck shines on the prepared. Train your voice. Purchase and master proper podcast equipment. Create a brand presence. And one day? You may just get lucky, like this amazing 14 year old kid.

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10 Best Voice Acting Schools

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The title of the article may be questionable, but the schools listed are not. If you are looking to continue training and improving your voice, consider looking into one or more of these institutions.

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20 Ideas for a Great Podcast

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Previous posts have covered the hardware and software necessary for setting up a successful podcast. Now what? This article lists twenty good ideas for creating, editing, and maintaining your very own podcast, be it video or audio.

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Getting That First Voice-Over Role

Getting That First Voice-Over Role | Make Your Voice Heard | Scoop.it

In September 1999, Animation World Magazine compiled an article comprised entirely of interviews, advice, and input from a variety of producers, directors, and casting and voice directors on getting your first voice-over role. This article is still extremely relevant today. 

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Voice-Over Gateway: Resource Guide

Voice-Over Gateway: Resource Guide | Make Your Voice Heard | Scoop.it

This publication is a phenomenal resource that lists recording studios, casting services, talent agencies, classes, training and workshops, VO demo producers, and CD duplicators in multiple major cities. Select the city you are closest to and start working! 

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How To Think Like a Talent Agent

Once you are able to ask yourself what an agent would do, you can improve first impressions, honestly evaluate yourself, and greatly increase your chances of landing your dream job.

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Raise Your Voice-Acting

Raise Your Voice-Acting | Make Your Voice Heard | Scoop.it

Unlike recent posts, which focus more on the intangibles of voice-acting, this post dives directly into tips and techniques for recording voice-overs. From vocal exercises such as “mimicking fight sounds” to complete body warm-ups, this website will teach you everything you need to learn about elevating your voice-acting.

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Keith David Talks Voice-Acting

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Though this interview with legendary documentary and video game voice-actor Keith David is a few years old, his tips and tricks for recording perfect lines are spot-on. David also discusses the world of voice-recording in video games. 

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Voice-Over Auditioning Techniques

In this short video, the uploader runs through a single highlighted paragraph multiple times to demonstrate varied reading styles. Voice-over training often looks just like this - practicing a short segment repeatedly, until you get just the right pitch and intonation. 

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Learn to Podcast: How To Podcast For Free

Learn to Podcast: How To Podcast For Free | Make Your Voice Heard | Scoop.it

Podcasting requires more effort than simply acquiring the right hardware and speaking. Oftentimes, podcasters must deal with financial, social, and PR issues, all while focusing on continuing their vocal training. This article demonstrates how voice-actors can podcast for free, but also includes a discussion on why this may not be the best idea. Readers may be surprised at the multitude of factors that play into creating a successful podcast.

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Samantha Allen's comment, April 2, 2012 2:21 PM
Good to know! In Science Writing right now--we are all required to make podcasts. (maybe you should take that class next fall!)
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The Perfect Storm: Writing, Characters, and Voice-Actors

The Perfect Storm: Writing, Characters, and Voice-Actors | Make Your Voice Heard | Scoop.it

The voice-actors in Mass Effect 3 take time out of their busy schedules to share how quality writing, immersive character backgrounds, and compelling action can make voice-acting a one-of-a-kind experience. 

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Erin Smith's comment, April 3, 2012 12:16 PM
That was fun to watch. Thanks for the scoop!