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Voiceover Experts is the industry's most downloaded educational podcast featuring renowned voice over coaches from US, Canada and abroad.

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Men VS Women: Making the Ugly Face to Get the Perfect Voice


17 Nov 2009

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Products, Packaging and Promotion!

Need some help marketing your talent? Dave DeAndrea invites you to consider your voice work as a product. Similar to how a grocery store is stocked with food items, you could be stocking your shelves with voice over products such as commercials, telephone messaging and more. Once you’ve figured out what your products are, Dave will help you to package it and also give you tips for best positioning your voice both online and offline. (more…)

7 Apr 2010

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Information You Need to Know : What 100 Clients Told Me

Join Voice Over Expert Julie Williams as she shares the results of a brief yet telling survey that reveals some startling data specific to how clients really feel about being approached by voice over talent, where they go to get their voice overs, how often they receive cards, gifts or promotional materials from voice talent and more. Download Podcast Episode 25 » (more…)

4 Dec 2007

Rank #3

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Tips and Tricks for Auditioning

https://www.voices.com/podcasts/voiceoverexperts/voice_over_experts_episode_04/Welcome to Voice Over Experts. Brought to you by Voices.com. The number one voiceover marketplace. Voiceover Experts brings you tips, pearls of wisdom and techniques from top instructors, authors, and performers in the field of voiceover. Join us each week to discover tricks of the trade that will help you to develop your craft and prosper as a career voiceover talent. It’s never been easier to learn, perform, and succeed from the privacy of your own home and at your own pace. This is truly an education you won’t find anywhere else. This week, Voices.com is pleased to present Debbie Monroe.Auditioning. That’s a word you need to get used to if you’re a voice talent. You better get used to the word because you’re going to audition more than you’re ever going to work. So you need to learn to get good at it. That means there’s a few tips and tricks that you could learn to help you get through that stage. Before we get to the tips and tricks, I really want to talk to you about what joining sites like Voices.com can do for you when you’re auditioning every day like that. Where else can you get this many auditions every single day and have the opportunity to practice all these different scripts all the time? You’ve got narration, message on whole, commercials, talking toys, animations even. There’s a lot of opportunity here for you to experiment.So even if you’re not getting the jobs, I know it’s very discouraging. You need the jobs to pay back all the money that you’ve invested into this so far. Hopefully that’s something you’ve really worked hard to do, is invest well in your craft. Because I’m telling you those of us that are at the professional stages right now, we have worked hard to get where we are and we’ve educated ourselves. And this is just a perfect opportunity for the most minimal amount of dollars to be able to have your own website, be able to audition all day long, respond, and actually get an opportunity to get some work out of it. I’m hearing a lot of complaints that, you’ve been auditioning every day and you’re not getting anything. Well, there’s a couple of things to think of in this case. First of all, competition is getting tougher. That’s the bottom line. The more we train, the more the competition will be out there.But there’s still over a million commercials aired every day. There’s always room for more personality voices. When I first started, it took me six months to land my first job. And I was so excited when I did. I wasn’t discouraged by all the auditions, in fact, I thought they were excellent for me to practice with and to get better at. And then I finally landed my job which paid for more than my membership and probably into the next years too. So, I was so thrilled when I got that. The harder I worked at my auditions, the more work that came to me. Now, I’m in a position where I get a lot of auditions that I auditioned for, but I certainly don’t get them all. And you have to remember when you’re competing on sites like this, you have no idea who you’re competing against.You could be competing against professionals that have been doing this for 25 years, and you could be competing against people who have done it for two days. So you just never know. Don’t let the numbers discourage you of how many people are auditioning, and don’t keep track of your auditions. Once you perform them, let them go, don’t depend on them. There’s great steps to positive thinking and I do want you to think positively. But just know that there’s more auditions ahead. Put that one out of your mind, go on to the next. Some quick tips and tricks for voiceover artists and their auditions. Let’s talk first about going to actual studios to audition. Number one, fears, nerves. The best thing you can do in an audition is walk in with confidence and walk out with confidence.I learned this best from one of my acting coaches, Tom Logan. He talks about, if you hire a painter to paint your house and he’s sitting there painting, and he turns around and looks at you and says, oops, can I start over? How are you feeling about that paint job? Well, that’s what we do as performers. We get into that audition room and we start apologizing. We start asking to do it over. We make mistakes, and instead of just acknowledging them in character and continuing on, we point them out and we draw more attention to them than we need. You’re going to get more no’s than you’ll ever get yes’s. So get comfortable with them now and quit worrying about how many no’s you have. Just keep persevering.If I didn’t keep persevering, I would never would’ve made it to where I am today. Another great tip for you for the audition room, walk in happy. And when you do your slate, that’s when you say your first and last name, please be happy. Show them your personality, show them you’re excited to be there. That gives you two opportunities to audition two different people. You audition first as yourself. Then you audition as whatever character is that you’re auditioning for. Now, let’s talk about auditions at home. What kind of things should you and shouldn’t you do. Well, first and foremost, try not to do the entire copy if it’s an audition, so that way you’re protecting your work, they can’t steal it. The other option, of course, is watermark where you hear something like Debbie Monroe, Debbie Monroe, Debbie Monroe, in the background, and then they can’t use your work that way either.With sites like Voices.com, they screen their clients quite carefully. The risks are so minimal. So don’t worry about them. Another thing that I do with the at home auditions, is I will give them two or three different reads of their script. I won’t do the entire thing obviously for time’s sake, but I will give them three varieties. Maybe I’ll give a bit of the full script first, and then two different reads on the next clips. It just allows them more opportunity to hear a little more from you, but you want to be careful not to give them too much either. If you don’t know how to pronounce something when you’re auditioning, and you can’t ask the client. Number one and the first and best thing to do is go to www.m-w.com, which is Miriam Webster’s website. And it’ll voice back the pronunciation to you in a Midwestern American accent, which is what you want to cater to anyway.If you’re in a position you can’t ask, just go ahead and do your best. And let them know in your cover letter that you didn’t know how to pronounce the name and you would ask if you had the job. Just so that they’re aware that you are a professional. The more you show professionalism in your auditions, the more chances you have at landing the job. How do you learn professionalism? Educate. Get yourself in some classes and find out the do’s and don’ts of auditions. Most importantly, do yourself a favor, have some fun. Don’t look at auditions as just work. Look at them as your opportunity to play, just to let go. So get in there and have some fun. Quit getting discouraged. Just keep trying. If I didn’t keep trying, I wouldn’t be where I am now. If you want to know more from me, just go to my website, www.debsvoice.com, or email me info@debsvoice.com. Thanks, Voices.com. Take care.Thank you for joining us. To learn more about the special guest featured in this Voices.com Podcast. Visit the Voice Over Experts show notes at podcasts.voices.com/voiceoverexperts. Remember to stay subscribed. If you’re a first time listener, you can subscribe for free to this podcast on the Apple iTunes podcast directory, or by visiting podcasts.voices.com. To start your voiceover career online, go to Voices.com and register for a voice talent membership today.

3 Jul 2007

Rank #4

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Adjusting Interpretation to Book your Brand

Join Voice Over Experts Nancy Wolfson in her lecture “Adjusting Interpretation to Book your Brand”. Kara Edwards poses a question on a live call with Nancy Wolfson and Anna Vocino about getting the perfect read. Nancy advises Kara to move outside of her comfort zone and readjust her audience to achieve a desired affect. Experiment now with Nancy’s advice and apply it to your own reads. (more…)

21 Jul 2009

Rank #5

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Getting Started in Audiobook Narration

Join Voice Over Expert Bettye Zoller as she introduces you to “Getting Started in Audiobook Narration”. Bettye is a veteran audiobook narrator and coach who has been there, done that and got the t-shirt. Listen to this snippet from her audiobook about… audiobooks! Download Podcast Episode 46 » (more…)

30 Apr 2008

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10 Tips For Successfully Getting Started on Voices.com

What can you do to improve your odds of booking work at Voices.com? William Dougan shares 10 tips from his own experience covering a wide array of topics such as recording equipment, profile completion, auditioning and how to treat your clients. Knowing your strengths and auditioning accordingly will help you to give prospective customers your very best in an audition. Hear about all this and more on Voice Over Experts. (more…)

29 Jul 2014

Rank #7

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Put First Things First! The Newcomer’s Training

Join Voice Over Expert Bettye Zoller in her lecture “Stop! Put First Things First! The Newcomer’s Training”. People everywhere are spending money and maxing out credit cards building home studios when it is premature to do so. Don’t get stuck in this trap — listen to Bettye’s advice first and get trained! Download Podcast Episode 41 » (more…)

25 Mar 2008

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Sounding Clean While Speaking Naturally

Join Voice Over Expert Deborah Sale Butler as she teaches you about “Sounding Clean While Speaking Naturally.” Deborah enlightens us on how to become aware of your speech, discover how it affects your voice over career, and learn how to acquire a range of speech skills. Download Podcast Episode 08 » (more…)

31 Jul 2007

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Accent Reduction and the Standard American Accent

Do you have a regional American accent? Sharon Feingold, the founder of Babel Consultants, discusses an emerging trend in communications called accent reduction. Accent reduction may also be referred to as accent modification, accent neutralization and so on. In the US, the goal of accent reduction is to adopt the Standard American Accent. This accent is most frequently heard on NPR and other national-level media outlets. Sharon touches on the International Phonetic Alphabet and how it factors into accent reduction for the Standard American Accent, provides real life examples of accent reduction and explains how being able to modify your accent opens more doors of opportunity for voice-over work in different markets. (more…)

14 Oct 2014

Rank #10

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A Gift You Can Give

Join Voice Over Expert David Bourgeois as he shares information about “A Gift YOU Can Give”. David suggests that the best gift you can give to a client is the ability to deliver the same skill level, professionalism and sound quality that is presented on your voice over demo. This episode will help you to see things from the point of view of a client or producer, and along the way, you’ll realize that the gift you will be giving to your clients is really the best gift you can give to yourself. Download Podcast Episode 26 » (more…)

11 Dec 2007

Rank #11

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Making the Most of Your Message

Join Voice Over Expert Bettye Zoller as she discusses “Making the Most of Your Message”. Bettye reminds us that the voice over biz is about more than just having a great voice, it’s about branding, marketing and serving your clients. Download Podcast Episode 05 » (more…)

10 Jul 2007

Rank #12

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Setting Up a Voice Over Business

Join professional voice talent Alison Pitman of the UK in her second podcast lecture “Setting Up A Voice Over Business “. In this episode, you’ll discover five tips that will help you take the plunge into professional voice acting. Alison also shares that if you love what you do and believe in your talents, success is within your reach. Download Podcast Episode 55 » (more…)

3 Jul 2008

Rank #13

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Developmental Tips For Aspiring Voice Talent

People listening on the other end of the speaker are taking in your every word. Make them count! James Minter, of Buckeye Media Services realizes that a voice actor’s role as storyteller in the theatre of the mind is paramount. In this podcast, James draws attention to the granularity a voice talent needs to consider in the business of voice over from character development, script interpretation, understanding your audience, reading aloud and more. (more…)

27 Mar 2014

Rank #14

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Taking Your Voice From 2nd Place To 1st

Join Voice Over Expert Phyllis K. Day as she explores “Taking Your Voice From 2nd Place To 1st”. In this episode, Phyllis works with award-winning voice over professional Vicki Amorose and spots the X, helping Vicki to find her natural voice and retrieve her vocal roots once lost in the mists of time. Download Podcast Episode 77 » (more…)

21 Jan 2009

Rank #15

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Primer For On-Camera Talent Transitioning To Voice-Overs

Have you spent more time in front of the camera than behind the mic? Becky Shrimpton shares her tips, both on an intellectual and practical level, for how you can make the shift from on-camera work to voice-over work. Even if you see voice acting as just a way to supplement your on-camera work, you’ll be surprised by just how much experience in this area can inform and improve your performance on set. (more…)

26 Aug 2014

Rank #16

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7 Steps to Becoming A VO-preneur

Without a proper foundation, you’ll find yourself going from one gig to another without any particular direction. David Tyler encourages you to build a professional support team, trademark your business name, setup a business banking account, a business phone line, website, develop branding and more. Use David’s tips to help you establish yourself and promote your voice in the global marketplace. (more…)

28 May 2014

Rank #17

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VO Genres and Styles

Join Voice Over Expert Pat Fraley as he discusses “Knowing VO Genre & Style”. In this episode, Pat helps you to discover the importance of knowing voice over genres and styles, and being able to adjust your performance level to them. Download Podcast Episode 59 » (more…)

29 Jul 2008

Rank #18

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Audiobook Good News

Join Voice Over Expert Pat Fraley in his lecture “Audiobook Good News”. Pat shares his vast knowledge about the audiobook industry and instructs you on how to take advantage of the booming market for audiobook narration. Don’t miss this episode with tips and insight from an expert audiobook producer. Download Podcast Episode 28 » (more…)

27 Dec 2007

Rank #19

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Recording and Producing Your First Audiobook

Have you ever recorded an audiobook before? Producer Paul Fegan shares his experience working with a narrator on their first audiobook at Bitsixteen, Fegan’s professional recording studio in Dublin, Ireland. Learn about what worked and also what Paul would have done differently! This is a must listen for anyone who wants to narrate or produce audiobooks. (more…)

6 May 2014

Rank #20