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Pay Me or Die – A Voice Actors Thoughts

Mar 06, 2023

Hey guys, it's Anthony Pica, and I'm super excited to share this interesting topic with you today about voice over pricing. If you caught the title, it's all about "Pay Me or Die." Now, I know that might sound a bit dramatic, but hey, who hasn't felt like that before? I mean, we work hard on our craft and put ourselves out there, and then someone comes along and tries to lowball us. It can be really frustrating and make us feel undervalued, am I right? 

So, the other day, someone in our Facebook group asked, "How do I get clients to pay me what I'm worth?" And that got me thinking, how can we approach this topic and feel good about it at the same time? Well, today, I'm going to share with you what I believe is the key to this whole pricing thing. 

But first, I want to give a quick shoutout to A VO's Journey Elite Academy. Right now, we're offering 50% off the first month, and trust me, it's an amazing community where you can learn, grow, and get direct access to me and...

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How To Stand Out As A Voice-Over Artist

Jan 11, 2023

In the competitive world of voice-over, standing out can be the difference between success and failure. As an aspiring voice-over artist, you need to find ways to differentiate yourself and attract clients. In this blog post, we will take a deep dive into strategies that you can use to stand out in the voice-over industry.

First and foremost, it's essential to develop your unique voice. Experiment with different vocal techniques, inflections, and pacing to find the style that sets you apart from others. Specializing in a specific niche or genre of voice-over work can also make you more attractive to potential clients in that area. For example, if you have a talent for commercial voice-overs, animation voice-overs, or audiobook narration, it's worth highlighting that in your portfolio and marketing efforts.

Investing in professional-grade recording equipment is also crucial for delivering high-quality recordings to clients. A good microphone, audio interface, and editing...

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The Benefits of Using Hand Gestures in Voice Over Narration: A Comprehensive Guide

Jan 06, 2023

Using hand gestures while narrating a voice over can be a powerful tool to help convey meaning and emotion.

By adding physical movements to your delivery, you can more effectively engage your audience and bring your words to life. Hand gestures can help to emphasize key points, add emphasis, and even help to clarify the meaning of your words.

Whether you're recording a voice over for a video, a podcast, or any other medium, incorporating hand gestures can help to make your narration more dynamic and impactful.

While the sound of your voice is certainly important when it comes to narrating a voice over, the use of hand gestures can also play a significant role in the effectiveness of your delivery. The power of nonverbal communication should not be underestimated.

By adding hand gestures to your narration, you can add an extra layer of meaning and emotion to your words, helping to engage your audience and keep them invested in what you're saying.

For example, if you're...

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5 Steps to Starting Your Own Voice Over Business

Dec 30, 2022

Starting your own voice over business can be a rewarding and exciting career path, but it's important to approach it with a plan and the right mindset. Here are five steps to help you get started:

  1. Develop your craft: Before you start a voice over business, it's essential to have a solid foundation in your craft. This means taking the time to learn about microphone technique, acting, and vocal delivery, as well as practicing and honing your skills. Consider investing in voice over coaching or training to help you improve your skills and stand out in the industry. 

  2. Set up a home recording studio: To work as a voice over artist, you'll need a way to record your voice and deliver high-quality audio files to your clients. This means setting up a home recording studio. You'll need a good microphone, a recording software like Adobe Audition or Pro Tools, and a quiet space to record. Consider investing in a soundproof booth or using a closet or spare room to reduce background...

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Big Lip Cartoon Characters: How A Voice Actor Can Use Them

Oct 18, 2022

There's something inherently funny about big lips on cartoon characters. Maybe it's because they're such a contrast to the rest of their features, or maybe it's because they're just so darned expressive. Whatever the reason, these characters are sure to make you laugh!

As voice actors, it's our job to study these characters so we can create our own versions. Whether it is the "beautiful young woman" archetype with big red lips and big eyes or pop art that is a popular cartoon style NFT right now.

Read ahead to learn about the appeal of these body parts, famous male and female characters, how did these characters originate, and how voice actors can learn from them.

What is the appeal of big lip cartoon characters and why are they so popular?

Some of the earliest examples of big-lipped cartoon characters can be found in early Disney cartoons from the 1930s. Characters like Goofy and Donald Duck were designed with big lips to make them more expressive and easier to animate. At the...

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Crunchyroll Buying Funimation Spells Bad News For Voice Actors

Oct 05, 2022

It was recently announced that Crunchyroll, a popular anime streaming service, would be buying Funimation.

This news was met with mixed reactions from the anime community. Some are excited for the chance to have more dubbed anime available to them, while others worry that this will lead to a decrease in quality.

However, one group that is particularly worried about this news is voice actors.

Let's take a look at why this merger could mean bad news for voice actors and dubbing prices.

Dubbing Prices From The Merger

The anime industry has been in a state of flux for the past few years. The rise of illegal streaming sites and piracy has led to a decrease in DVD sales and an increase in the number of people watching anime online.

This has put a lot of pressure on production studios, who are now forced to find new ways to make money.

One way they've been doing this is by cutting costs, and one of the places they're cutting costs is in the dubbing process.

In the past, anime dubs were...

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How To Stop Over Acting in Your Voice Over Performance

Aug 16, 2022

Do you ever feel like you are over acting in your voice over and/or acting performances? It can be easy to get carried away and go too far with your character's emotions, but luckily there are a few tricks you can use to keep yourself in check.

In this post, we'll take a look at some of the best ways to avoid overacting in your voice overs, so you can deliver a performance that is both believable and engaging.

4 Steps to Stop Over Acting

1. Understand the difference between overacting and giving a powerful performance

Over acting is often thought of as a bad thing, but there's a big difference between overacting and giving a powerful performance. Over acting is when an actor goes too far, making their performance seem fake or melodramatic. On the other hand, giving a powerful performance means being able to capture the emotions of the character and convey them to the audience in a way that feels real and authentic.

Often, the best performances are those that strike a balance between...

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3 Ways to Get Voice Over Business From Your Demo Reel

Aug 02, 2022

If you're looking for ways to get more voice over business, look no further! In this blog post, we will discuss three methods that you can use to get more work from your voice over demo. Having a great demo reel is essential if you want to book more jobs and make a name for yourself in the industry. So read on to learn how you can stand out from the competition and attract more clients!

Number One: Ask for feedback on Why You Were Hired

The first place to start when looking to know what is working or not working with your demo reel is to simply ask. After you book a gig, reach out to your new client and ask them what it was about your reel that made them want to hire you. This feedback can be invaluable in helping you understand what is resonating with people and why they are choosing to work with you. It’s also a great way to build relationships with clients and show that you are active in the industry.

This also gives us a way to find out why the client chose us based on the...

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How to Set Up the Perfect Voice Over Recording Studio

Feb 28, 2022

Most voice-over artists work from home. However, without a professional voice-over (VO) studio, that wouldn’t be possible. Whether you’re new to the industry and committed to making a career as a voice actor happen for yourself, or a VO veteran, you will need to know how to set up the perfect voice-over recording studio, including all the technology and equipment necessary. Don’t worry about searching for individual components, I’ve compiled all the essentials to make sure your home studio has all the recording equipment and other key factors necessary for your voice-over work. 

A Good Recording Environment

A comfortable and peaceful environment should be the first thing on your to-do list when creating your recording studio. This is the place where you will spend most of your time, so it has to be quiet and a space you like. A pop filter won’t suffice to block out background noise, so make sure your room is sound-proof. While you may think you...

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What Does an Outstanding Voice-Over Performance Sound Like?

Feb 15, 2022

Whether you are creating explainer videos, a video game, a documentary, or a commercial, a good voice and a quality voice-over performance make all the difference in storytelling and can take you from amateur to professional. But what does it take to be an exceptional voice-over talent with a great voice and a promising career?

I’ve assessed various voice sounds, audio recordings and looked at the careers of all the greats to help you understand what an outstanding voice-over performance sounds like. 

Essential Elements of a Good Voice Over

Most people associate a great voice with a great voice-over. Popular actors like Morgan Freeman or James Earl Jones are known for their impactful voices and VO work. However, you don’t need to be born with an outstanding voice to hit those heights. With proper training and enough practice, anyone can record high-quality work. A few essential elements of a good voice over include: 

  • Audio clarity and volume
  • Vocal tone and...
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