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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 16, 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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The Best Microphones for Voice Over

Feb 07, 2022

Hey there, 

We are back with another blog to help new and upcoming voice over artists like you grow their business! Aside from your talent and training, the equipment you use is essential to your success in the industry. You can’t be recording voiceovers on your phone or on subpar mics. When starting out, buying a quality microphone will be one of your biggest upfront costs, however, the investment will be well worth it.

But, before we dive in and check out which microphones are the best for voice acting, let’s have a look at the key aspects you need to pay attention to when buying a new voiceover mic.

What Makes An Ideal Voice Over Microphone?

There are countless types of microphones on the market, and not all of them are created equal. Whichever one you choose, make sure to take the following into consideration: 

  • Low Self-Noise – A mic with a low self-noise rating helps to eliminate background noise in a soundproof room. 
  • Sensitivity – If...
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The Morgan Freeman Voice Over: How You Can Capitalize On It

Nov 02, 2021

Commanding Presence

Have you ever told your dog to “go outside” or to “go potty,” and she just stood there staring at you? Or, maybe you’re one of those people whose dog obeys your every command and eagerly anticipates your telling him what to do. You might even be able to get your cat to listen to you.

It’s no secret that how we use our voices determines how people (and pets) respond to us. When it comes to choosing whom to trust, whom to follow, or even whom to elect, research has demonstrated that men and women across the board demonstrate a preference for the deeper versions of voices from both sexes.

According to Casey Klofstad, associate professor of political science at the University of Miami, who conducted one such experiment regarding public perception of the voices of people running for office, “That’s because we get the impression that lower-voiced individuals have more integrity, competence and physical power.” ...

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What TO DO and WHAT NOT TO DO Starting Out as a Voice Over Actor

Oct 25, 2021

So you’ve begun your journey into the world of voice acting. Maybe you have a bunch of funny cartoon voices up your sleeve, or you enjoy explaining things, or reading books aloud for money sounds like a dream come true. Maybe you play video games and you just know you could do all those gruesome sounds when a character is losing a fight. 

The point is, you’re pretty certain you have a great voice, or at least you’re confident it’s a distinctive one that would be a perfect fit somewhere. 

Welcome to the voice acting community—where we love hearing ourselves talk! (and grunt, and scream, and sound like we’re being  punched in the gut). 

In this article, we’ll talk about what you should be doing in order to succeed as voice talent and what may be wasting your time and energy. 

When you’re just starting out in the voice acting industry, you’re bound to have a lot of questions. From “How do I set up a...

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How To Format Your Audio Files For ACX Using Adobe Audition

Sep 07, 2021

In this article, I show you a step-by-step guide on how to format your audio files to ACX standards so you can publish them on ACX and Audible using Adobe Audition. 

Since Amazon and Audible have close to the monopoly on audiobooks, it is important that we know how to format our audio files after we record the audiobook so we can upload them to ACX.

Now, ACX is a company owned by Audible that brings together authors and producers with narrators and voice-over artists. 

The goal is to allow everyone the chance to publish their works without having to go through a large publishing house. KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) allows writers/authors to publish their books on Kindle and ACX allows writers/authors to publish their audiobooks on Audible. 

With all of this freedom to self-publish, ACX needed to create a standard for audio files in order to keep the level of sound and quality high. So they implemented a set of standards for audio files to be followed when uploading...

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Voice Acting Tips: 3 Different Ways To Sound More Authoritative When You Read

Sep 06, 2021

There are many different reasons for using an authoritative style voice over delivery. Some of these include eLearning, explainer videos, medical narration, corporate narration, technical manuals, PowerPoint presentations, documentaries, training, etc. 

For voice actors, it is important to learn this style and master the small parts so we can get more voiceover jobs and win more voice-over auditions. Although this is a given, I have found that most beginners struggle with this delivery. 

In this article, we will look at 3 different methods to help you sound more like an authority on any voiceover job you audition for.  

** Also, I am a practical voiceover coach, meaning I will give you actual steps you can physically take to change your styles. So, I want you to give these methods a try the next time you record an authoritative voiceover. 

Method 1: End Down When You Finish A Statement

This is my number #1 favorite method for changing the tone and...

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How to Stand Out as a Voice-Over Artist

Aug 31, 2021

If your idea of a career in voice acting primarily involves the ability to imitate all types of characters, voices, and accents, you are only partly correct. The whole picture includes a lot more preparation, promotion, and business savvy.

Find out what it takes to stand out as a voice-over artist.

1. Know Thyself. 

Listen to Socrates – become familiar with your strengths and qualities and figure out which clients are looking for your type of voice. Developing a signature sound (Money voice) helps casting directors easily match you with projects and gives you an idea of how to brand yourself. Do remember, though, that you don’t need to try to be different; your biggest asset is being uniquely you. So practice confidence to be authentically you.

2. Be Prepared 

Perhaps you’ve always been complimented for your good voice and your ability to imitate different characters. If you think that’s enough to make it as a voice-over talent, think again: there...

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How Much Do Voice Actors Make Online?

Jul 29, 2021

A career as a voice-over artist should be both fun and profitable. How lucrative the job will depend on your skill level, the size of the project, the word count, and the types of voice-over work you get. While many job industry rates vary by location and time in the industry, professional voice actors are usually working from home and therefore geographically independent. To give you an idea, here are some stats of how much voice actors get paid in the United States:

  • an entry-level voice actor earns about $18,390 per year
  • the average voice actor earns about $31,400 per year
  • an experienced voice actor earns about $90,000 per year

Whether you are amongst the lucky ones that earn six figures, voice acting salaries will be determined by various factors. So let’s have a look at what those are.

Skill Level and Minimum Rates

Your years of experience and expertise are factors that determine the rates you can set. Once you establish yourself as a reputable voice talent, you're...

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How Much Does A Voice-Over Coach Cost?

Jul 17, 2021

If you are serious about getting into voice acting, you can’t just dive into a career as a voice talent and hope for the best. While you may have a natural talent for voice-over acting, the most successful voice actors will attest that education is still essential to success. 

Hiring a vocal coach exposes you to industry insights, techniques, concepts, and tactics you would have never known about otherwise. In addition, a highly-rated voice teacher can help you become more connected with your talent and get you to a level where you can turn your upgraded skills into money and a career. 

A good voice-over coach will provide you with a solid foundation of theory and practical training to prepare you for a career as a voice-over artist. Parts of your voice actor coaching sessions should include: 

  • Warm-up/ Breathing Exercises
  • Voice Culture / Voice Overs
  • Voice Acting / Dubbing
  • Voice Modulation
  • Correct Pronunciation
  • Language command
  • Diction & Accentual Patterns
  • ...
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