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VO Audition Theft: Simple Things You Can Do To Make Sure You Don't Get Taken Advantage Of

VO Audition Theft: Simple Things You Can Do To Make Sure You Don't Get Taken Advantage Of | Voice Over News & Tips | Scoop.it

"Working in the voice over industry via the internet can be risky. Knowing that the internet is full of unsavoury characters, you want to make sure you are protected... You know that when you send an audition to a potential voice seeker...there are ways for that client to simply take your audition and use it without paying you a dime for your services. So how can you protect yourself?"


Via Sirenetta Leoni
Marc Schwarz's insight:

Often you will never know if your audition has been used without permission, so taking precautions is a must.

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Sirenetta Leoni's curator insight, January 17, 2014 5:29 PM

The bad news...there are in fact, a few unscrupulous voice-seekers out there who seek to use your voice tracks without paying you for your work.

 

The good news is that there are some very simple things you can do to protect yourself from falling victim to them.

 

The good folks at Piehole UK have posted some excellent and simple tips on ways to safeguard your work from would-be pilferers. 

 

We recommend the selective copy reading method. As Piehole points out, it's less offensive and inobtrusive and less likely to interfere with your performance. Some very legitimate clients get turned off by the "beeps," and they can distract from your performance, no matter how subtle they are. 

 

Unfortunately, it's hard to use selective copy reading on short scripts, like tags, and sometimes you just have to take your chances. If you're ever in doubt, it never hurts to do a little due dilligence. If you're dealing directly with a major client or ad agency, you should be okay. If it's a small company, start-up or independent producer, Google can really be your friend. If the audition is comining from an online-casting site, you can see how many auditions they've submitted in the past and how many they've hired/completed. While they might end up being the best client ever, if there's no track record, no google history, no client reviews, and no news anywhere, caveat vocalis. (Let the  voice actor beware!)

 

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Dan's Two Cents - Worth Much, Much More!

An excellent article from Dan(Daniel Eduardo) Hurst!THE BRUTAL TRUTH Published April 15, 2011 A young man I know that’s trying to break into the voiceover business asked me what advice I might give him.
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How Much Money Can You Make In Voice Overs?

This video, Anatomy of a "Winning" Week Recording Voice Overs, by Bill DeWees is a down to earth look at a successful, working voice over performer.
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How your voiceover coach can help you launch your VO career and take it to heights you never expected!

Almost everyone can agree that a voiceover coach is essential to launching your voiceover career. A voiceover coach will refine your raw talent and help you learn so much about making money by using your voice.
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Marketing Tip of the Month: Give Back to Your Community!

As voiceover artists, we are always looking for new and creative ways to increase our clientele. One of the easiest ways to do this also has a "feel-good" aspect to it: volunteer your voice to a non-profit, charity or even an event!
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What does it mean to be a Successful Voice Over Talent?

Bill DeWees shares another of his voice over videos on being successful as a voice over talent. Good points and interesting info. I enjoy watching Bill's videos and find that he's no nonsense when it comes to running your voice over business.
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10 Ways to Have Great Handouts

10 Ways to Have Great Handouts By Susan Berkley - INCLUDE ‘DO IT” PAGES Help attendees take action after hearing you speak by giving them lots of pages with blank space for writing down: - Key idea - How I can apply it - My action items...
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How to Avoid the 9 Most Common Pronunciation Mistakes

How to Avoid the 9 Most Common Pronunciation Mistakes
By Susan Berkley
Pronouncing words incorrectly can make you sound uneducated and less intelligent than you really are.
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Voice-Over Techniques, Marketing & Opportunities: Working on the ...

A few of you probably don't put much thought into any potential voiceover jobs that may come in while you're away. To some people, a vacation means NO work whatsoever, others may want to make sure they're available to ...
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Top 3 Ways to Help a Nasal-Sounding Voice

Top 3 Ways to Help a Nasal-Sounding Voice
By Susan Berkley
A subscriber writes:

“I enjoy reading your newsletters – Like many people I want to improve my speaking voice as I am keen to help with my work on radio.
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Ever Feel Like You Want to Run and Hide? Here’s Help for Nervous Speakers

Ever Feel Like You Want to Run and Hide? Here’s Help for Nervous Speakers
By Susan Berkley
A subscriber writes:
“I am considering going for an audition with a local radio station. I tried last year, but walked out before my name was called.
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Do You Suffer from “Voice Immodulation”?

Do You Suffer from “Voice Immodulation”?
By Susan Berkley
Some years ago on TV’s Saturday Night Live, actor Will Ferrell played Jacob Silj, a newscaster who suffers from “Voice Immodulation Syndrome” or the inability to modulate his voice.
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Are you a “Doer” or a “Congregator?”

Let's be honest. The real work of building a voice over business can be difficult and requires us to face rejection at every turn. We need a good support group in place to affirm us and help encourage us to move forward.
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VoiceOverXtra - Voice Over Fees - How To Respond To Low-Ball ...

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He volunteers his services for ASPCA - the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and is managing partner and creative director for the Voice Over Club, a voice over training organization.
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Info from one of the 'best' VO guys in the trade...be kind to animals they have souls to ....I believe God made Dogs and Cats for us for a special reason.

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i JUST LOVE HIS WORK....PERIOD!!
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Voice Over "Salad"

Interesting and helpful VO news and information posted by Dave Courvoisier in his blog Salmagundi :Salmagundi "…a hodgepodge or mix of widely disparate things…” usually in relation to a salad presentation, but I was just tired of the word...
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Talent of the Month: An Interview with Allenda Harris

"Make sure you have a solid marketing plan in place and that you're diligent because voiceover jobs ARE out there, they're everywhere!
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Marketing Tip of the Month: Use Email Marketing!

Email marketing has been proven to be one of the best marketing strategies for many businesses. Why? Essentially you'll be putting your message right into your target contacts lap. That's right, email marketing is DIRECT marketing!
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The 10 Keys To Voiceover Success

Success in voiceover is of course a complex topic. There are many elements to success – including your definition of it – and any one could be the subject of many blog posts.
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How to Maintain Energy on the Phone

How to Maintain Energy on the Phone
By Susan Berkley


A subscriber writes:
“My wife has commented that when I take a call on the phone that I start out with high energy and enthusiasm, and then my voice and energy fades as the call progresses.
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My Top 7 Ways To Read A Script Without Gasping For Air

My Top 7 Ways To Read A Script Without Gasping For AirBy Susan Berkley An Inside Voice Over subscriber writes: When I read scripts, I often run out of breath and make big, sloppy slurping sounds as I gasp for air How can I improve my breath...
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4 Simple Secrets For Getting Them To Return Your Calls

4 Simple Secrets For Getting Them To Return Your Calls
By Susan Berkley
If I do say so myself, this weeks article is so important you’re going to want to print it out and save it, especially if you’re just starting out.
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Business Basics for voiceover artists: VoiceOver and ... - BG Market

Business Basics for Artists Voice: VoiceOver and Social Media Marketing So what is the story of social media marketing? I know some of you have been so.
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Voiceover Coaching-Voiceover Demos: The truth or the Lie ...

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The voiceover industry is in many ways not unlike any other industry. Specifically in terms of the process of building a business that will bring income to you. I offer marketing services that prioritize they process of building a ...
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My most Important voice over revelation

My most Important voice over revelation By Susan Berkley At last week’s “6 Figure Shortcut Event” I walked participants through my exclusive “Monetize Your Voice System” and shared the key distinctions that have allowed the great voices who follow...
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Positioning Yourself as a Voice Over “Player”

Sometimes the steps required to grow your voice over business are simple but not so obvious.
In this video, Bill DeWees offers suggestions that will position you as a "player" and increase your demand with prospective voice over clients.
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