Rank #1: Episode 4 - Recording 101 with Amanda Rose Smith & Tim Tippets
What is the first and most important consideration? Do you have to spend a lot of money to get professional results? Do you have to be a tech expert? And what common mistakes can you avoid?
We also share some insider tips to optimize your recorded sound without having to spend any money at all!
Joining me this week are Amanda Rose Smith - audio engineer and producer from New York City, and Tim Tippets - voice talent, audio expert and educator from Chicago.
Embrace your inner geek and join us for a chat about all things audio!
Sep 27 2017
Rank #2: Episode 13 - The Voiceover Guide Part 1
Think of these episodes as a pocket guide to starting out as a voice actor, and also a quick reminder of best practice for those who are more established.
We take a look at the current state of the voice industry, what qualities you as a voice actor need to develop, where you should go for advice, how you can avoid being exploited by unscrupulous coaches and demo producers, and we talk technology as we dive into microphones, audio processing and file formats.
Join myself and 7 of the industries top professionals as we examine some of the most important factors to consider when starting out in voiceover.
Dec 13 2017
Rank #3: Episode 3 - Avoiding Predators with Erik Sheppard & Paul Strikwerda
In this episode we explore new talents vulnerabilities and what they can do to recognize and mitigate predatorial tactics.
Joining me this week are two industry veterans with over 50 years of voice industry experience between them. They are known and respected for their honesty and they do not disappoint in this episode!
Paul Strikwerda is an experienced Dutch talent and writer who moved to the US in 1999 and is the author of one of the industries most popular blogs, with over 39,000 subscribers.
Erik Sheppard started in VO as a talent 25 years ago, he is owner and head agent at Voice Talent Productions, president of the VO Agent Alliance and host of ‘The Outspoken’ a no-holds-barred YouTube channel devoted to the reality of a career in voiceover.
Prepare yourself for an unflinching look at the reality faced by new entrants to the voiceover industry.
Sep 20 2017
Rank #4: Episode 27 - Commercial Voiceover with Alison Freed & Roger Leopardi
This week on the VO School Podcast we are exploring the commercial voiceover genre.
Commercial voiceover is one of the most sought after genres of voiceover, it can also be one of the most lucrative. So how do you break into this part of the industry?
We discuss the skills you need to have and/or learn to not only break in, but continue to work in this ever changing industry. We also find out the importance (or not) of training, what the work is like day to day, how you adapt to shifts in style, what is popular in commercials right now and where the commercial world will be in five years time.
Alison Freed is a Los Angeles based voice actor. Her clients include: Netflix, AT&T, Disney, Dunkin Donuts, CNN, Buick, Whole Foods, eBay, Twitter and M&M’s.
Roger Leopardi is a 16 year veteran of the industry. He is based in LA and Florida. His clients include: AARP, Sprint, Taco Bell, Go Daddy, Toyota, Geico, McDonald’s, Disney, Nickelodeon and Michael Kors.
Apr 18 2018
Rank #5: Episode 50 - Agents and Managers
VOcation is a conference devoted entirely to the business of voiceover, co-chaired by VO School host, Jamie Muffett.
In this wide ranging discussion we cover what it takes to be signed by an agent and/or manager in 2020 and beyond - how best to get an agents attention, what they are looking for and when to approach them. We also find out how to maintain a healthy relationship with your representation and a few no-no’s that could get you fired.
Our panelists this week are Tim Walsh from Atlas Talent, Eileen Schellhorn from DDO and Phil Sutfin from ACM Talent.
The panel concludes with an audience Q&A featuring questions about demos, age, accents and genres of voiceover.
Dec 04 2019
Rank #6: Episode 44 - Recording Space
The space you record in is the single biggest factor determining the quality of your voiceover recording, so we are devoting an episode to this extremely important subject!
What are the qualities of a good studio space? What is the difference between acoustic insulation and treatment? How much do I have to spend on this stuff? And can I record from home if I live above a subway line.
We also look at the realities of some of the acoustic products currently on the market, and whether a talent would need to purchase or construct a VO recording booth.
Joining me this week are audio engineers and respected audio professionals in the voiceover world, Emmett Andrews and Tim Tippets.
May 15 2019
Rank #7: Episode 5 - Voice Coaching with MaryLynn Wissner & Anne Ganguzza
Who needs coaching? Where do you find reputable teachers? And what can a great coach do for your career? These are some of the questions we delve into.
I’m joined by two extremely well respected coaches, who offer their services to voiceover professionals across the globe.
Anne Ganguzza is an LA based voice talent, coach and business and technology expert. She utilizes her background in technology and education to help students meet the ever-changing demands of the current voiceover marketplace.
MaryLynn Wissner is a legend of the voiceover industry. With 30 years as a casting director for some of the worlds biggest corporations, film and TV companies and video games studios and over 25 as a coach and mentor, MaryLynn is a highly sought after and widely known teacher at the top of her game.
Join us as we take deep dive into the world of coaching, workshops, scams, plans and social media for cats!
Oct 04 2017
Rank #8: Episode 28 - Rejection with Kathleen Gonzales Tim Friedlander and Jason Linere White
This week on the VO School Podcast we are taking a deep dive into the murky waters of rejection and failure. Every actor has to deal with rejection, at all stages of their career, indeed it is a crucial part of the job, so how do you learn to befriend it?
We take a look at the many ways actors face rejection and learn that rather than viewing it as a negative aspect of this career, we discuss ways to use it as motivation, an opportunity to learn and a way to build confidence.
So what steps can you take to cope with constant rejection or negative feedback? How can you reframe failure as a positive experience? How do you deal with negative people or influences? And when is enough enough?
Joining me this week are three voice talents who all have a great perspective on failure and rejection and have fought their own battles with rejection and failure on their own voiceover journey.
Listen below to my interview with Kathleen Gonzales, Jason Lenere White and Tim Friedlander.
Apr 25 2018
Rank #9: Episode 16 - Audiobooks with Sean Pratt and Johnny Heller
Do you have to have a certain temperament to be an audiobook narrator? How much stamina does it take? How do you land your first book? And how can you reach out to publishers for prestige projects? We discuss all of these things and more!
Joining me are two of the world’s top audiobook narrators. They are multi award winners, respected coaches and have narrated well over a thousand books between them!
Sean Pratt has been a working actor in theatre, film, TV and voice-overs for over 30 years.
He has been an audiobook narrator for 22 years, recording over 950 books in almost every genre and has received 8 AudioFile Magazine “Earphone” Awards, 5 “Audie” nominations and
1 SOVAS nomination.
He narrates for such companies as Blackstone Audiobooks, Tantor Media, Gildan Audio, Harper Collins, Penguin Random House, and Christian Audio.
Sean is also the author of “To Be or Wanna Be – The Top Ten Differences between a Successful Actor and a Starving Artist,”
Johnny Heller is a narrator of over 500 audiobooks, he specializes in adult, noir/mystery, personal development, history, comedy, and children's book narrations. His awards and accolades include being the 2008, 2009, and 2011 "Best Audio Book" winner; a Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award winner from 2008 through 2013; a 2014 Audie Award nominee for Solo Narration; a 2005 and 2009 Audie Award winner; a double Audie nominee in 2012; one of AudioFile magazine's Top Fifty Narrators of the Twentieth Century; and a multiple AudioFile Earphones Award winner.
Jan 10 2018
Rank #10: Episode 8 - Finding Your First VO Job with Rachael Naylor & Armin Hierstetter
We investigate four huge tactics that will help you book not only your first gig, but regularly as a voice actor.
How do you market and brand yourself? Should you reach out to an agent for representation? How do pay to play and online marketplaces fit into your career (and should they!)? And how do you reach out to marketing and advertising agencies to promote yourself. We also discuss how getting recommendations from other voiceover professionals is vital to a successful career.
I’m joined by The Voiceover Network’s Rachael Naylor and Bodalgo.com’s Armin Hierstetter. Two highly respected and well known members of the voiceover industry. We have a frank and sometimes surprising discussion about booking work as a voice actor in the 21st century. And most excitingly (not really), I reveal that my favorite word in the entire world is in fact German!
Oct 25 2017
Rank #11: Episode 47 - How Do You Find Work
This week on the VO School Podcast we are doing something a little different. I’ve invited four successful voice talent to share with us how they find work. In part one of a two part series, we cover five areas: telephony/IVR, radio imaging, Spanish language in the US, promo and commercial voiceover.
Radio Imaging / Spanish Language
Issa Lopez is a bilingual voiceover talent, actress, singer and spokesperson with global, national, regional and local on and off-camera credits. As one of the most in-demand Spanish-English and radio imaging voices in the freelance world, she has been recognized among the TOP BILINGUAL voiceover artists available.
Liz de Nesnera brings years of experience working at the French Embassy Trade Office, then as a radio station Copywriter/Production Director, and ultimately corporate recording studio Producer/Casting Director up to the mic.
She records phone system prompts, medical and technical narrations, eLearning modules, explainer videos, as well as TV and radio commercials – in both English and French. Clients such as La-Z-Boy, Pier 1 Imports and Porsche have hired her for her sound and experience.
Rider is an in demand voice by the Promo industry currently being used as the signature voice of Nascar on NBC, CW Network’s hit shows Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl as well as the MLB on FS1 & Fox Sports, Spike TV, the American Heroes Channel, Epix, the Tampa Bay Lightning hockey team, the San Antonio Spurs NBA team and was the commercial voice of the San Diego Chargers for 7 seasons.
Carin Gilfry is an experienced voice actor who has narrated and produced over 100 audiobooks, and voiced thousands of commercials, instructional videos, IVR systems, documentaries, and video games. She works primarily from her professional home studio in New York City. Her past clients include Duncan Hines, Quaker, Clairol, Zulily.com, Neutrogena, Benjamin Moore, GrubHub, Jakks Pacific Toys, Little Tikes, Play Doh, Luxury Retreats, Audible.com, Quell, and many more.
Jul 10 2019
Rank #12: Episode 32 - E Learning and Corporate Narration with Christi Bowen and JMC
This week on the VO School Podcast we are talking about the voiceover genres of E-Learning, Corporate Narration and Industrials.
These genres are all non-broadcast and considered less sexy than other kinds of voiceover. Because of this they aren't talked about to the same extent as commercials, animation, video games and promo's etc... However, this kind of work can be extremely lucrative and offer a more reliable income stream compared to other, more glamorous kinds of VO work.
We find out exactly what these genres are and how they differ from each other, the benefits and drawbacks, as well as the skills and temperament a voice talent needs to succeed. We also discuss tactics for breaking in, and how to optimize your processes when clients come calling.
Joining us this week are Christi Bowen and J. Michael Collins. Between them they have decades of experience in non-broadcast narration, and they generously share much of what they have learned with us.
Aug 29 2018
Rank #13: Episode 18 - Microphones with Emmett Andrews and Dan Friedman
Join us as we geek out about an exalted but often misunderstood piece of technology!
Do you need an expensive microphone to be a professional voice actor? How much better is a $3k mic compared to a $200 model? How do you use a microphone to get the best out of it? Do they require maintenance? And how long should a mic last?
Joining me this week are Dan Friedman and Emmett Andrews. Dan is an audio engineer, producer, voice talent and author from the mountains of Asheville, NC.
With nearly two decades in the voiceover industry, he has produced, directed or provided his
voice to thousands of audio productions.
In 2010 he published SOUND ADVICE- Voiceover From An Audio Engineer's Perspective. A
first of its kind in the industry, the book covers audio engineering and studio session etiquette as
it relates directly to voiceover talent.
Emmett’s background includes over 20 years in commercial radio, with much of the time spent in St. Louis and Indianapolis. Additionally, he has worked for Sweetwater as both a Sales Engineer and Tech Support Specialist. He is also a national voice talent, with clients like Dell, Long John Silvers, Spalding, Lexus, and Pandora. He offers technical design services for home studio owners and ad agencies. Emmett currently serves as Production Director for Emmis Communications.
Jan 24 2018
Rank #14: Episode 19 - Listener Reads with Jim Kennelly
Jim Kennelly, producer and casting director of Lotas Productions with the help of engineer Sam Ufret and myself played through a selection (picked at random from a super special box). We get a behind the scenes peek at how reads are assessed and why some are chosen chosen to be forwarded to a client and why others may not be.
We learn the importance of reading and understanding specs. Using your imagination when you read. How pace and energy is critical to garnering or losing attention. The importance of audio quality, and some do's and don'ts that will help you to stand out from the crowd.
Jan 31 2018
Rank #15: Episode 29 - DAWs with Emmett Andrews & Tim Tippets
This week on the VO School Podcast we are talking technology. Specifically, DAW’s (Digital Audio Workstations).
These are the software applications that voice talent use to record and edit their voice and there are many options to choose from and many things to consider when making that choice.
What is a DAW? What types of DAW are there? Which DAW sounds the best? And how can a DAW speed up your workflow and allow you to get more work done?
Joining me this week are audio engineers and respected pro audio professionals in the voiceover world, Emmett Andrews and Tim Tippets.
Even if (or perhaps especially if) you aren’t technologically minded, this is an important episode for anyone looking to voice from home, as your DAW is one of the most important tools you have in your own studio.
May 02 2018
Rank #16: Episode 15 - The Voiceover Guide Part 3
What will attending a voiceover conference do for your career? How can you perform your best at an audition, even if you suffer from anxiety? What is the difference between branding and marketing? What does a Madison Ave advertising executive look for when choosing a voice talent? And how should you structure your business affairs?
Podcast guests this week include voiceover conference directors Gerrald Griffith (VO Atlanta) and Dave Courvoisier (WOVO Con). Psychologist Dr. Chloe Carmichael, author, voice actor and comedian Anna Vocino, marketing and advertising gurus Celia Siegel and Doug Melville, and business savvy brainboxes Tom Dheere and Robert Sciglimpaglia.
Jan 03 2018
Rank #17: Episode 6 - Demos with Terry Daniel & J Michael Collins
Terry Daniel is a 20+ year veteran of the voice industry, he is not only a voice talent, coach and demo producer but one of the most well respected industry commentators.
J. Michael Collins is a multi-award winning demo producer, coach and voice talent with over 20 years experience voicing and casting for some of the worlds biggest companies.
Join us as we discuss the dangers of self producing, how a bad demo can result in you being blackballed, how a good demo is an ambassador, and we throw in a squirrel anecdote for good measure!
Oct 11 2017
Rank #18: Episode 46 - Direct Marketing with Tom Dheere
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This week on the VO School Podcast we are discussing the principles of direct marketing!
As voice actors we find projects a variety of ways; via agents, online casting, our websites, and networking. Direct marketing is the process of reaching out to clients and production houses, directly!
We discover who benefits from this process, who should be reached out to, how a voice actor goes about this, and some tips to ensure that your emails and phone calls are best received.
We also analyse what a good response rate is and workshop some tactics if a talents direct marketing efforts aren’t being rewarded.
Joining us this week is Tom Dheere, a New York-based voice actor with over 20 years of experience. Tom has narrated thousands of projects for hundreds of clients in over a dozen countries. His experience as a corporate trainer as well as a voice talent makes him uniquely qualified to help both aspiring and veteran voice talents navigate the voiceover industry. Tom specializes in marketing and business consultation as well as eLearning and Explainer Video demo production.
Jun 19 2019
Rank #20: Episode 38 - Freelancing with Trish Basanyi and Peter Bishop
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Feb 13 2019