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Simple Email Marketing Strategy For Voice Actors - Don't Miss It

Jul 30, 2020
When it comes to emails, you’ll hear all sorts of opinions relating to them from 
being ‘old news and outdated’, a complete waste of time, to the other end of the spectrum and email being the ‘bedrock’ of your marketing plan... 
 
Whatever your thoughts on email at this stage, most voice talent initially ‘slink away in horror’ at the thought of having to ‘sell themselves’ and having to do daily email tasks, but believe me, it’s not all bad once you get the hang of what’s required and you might just find email to be a powerful marketing addition to your VO Journey. 
Remember, email is still one of the most effective ways of connecting and building a relationship with your potential clients and also for building your voiceover business.

Q: How do I find contacts?

  1. Start by Using Google to locate video production, audio production, and other production studios across the country…  and once...
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5 Big Tips for Narrating non fiction audiobooks - Be A Pro

Jul 23, 2020
As all of us ‘make our way’ on our VO Journey, sooner or later we come across the potential of recording audiobooks… I for one recorded many Audiobooks on ACX at the start of my voiceover career and it gave me a great grounding for many other projects I’ve been involved in over the years…
 
Audiobooks are great for lots of reasons but let’s consider a few first up,
  • There’s lots of work available at any given time which is great practice for the new and upcoming VO talent.
  • It’s a great way to get some income rolling in right off the bat…
  • Unlike the average voiceover project which tends to be a ‘one-off’ job, you have the added bonus of being able to pick up royalty payments on a book that sells well! Imagine if you were to score, say, the next Harry Potter series?

Note: Ensure you read the book you’re narrating before you start to record… or at least skim through to the end, as...

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Is Voiceover Being Taken Over By AI - Don't Let Them

Jul 13, 2020

I was ‘slapped in the face’ by an advertisement on social media this week that went something like this:

Never buy another voiceover again! 

Download and subscribe to (insert product name here) For the low, low introductory price of 67 dollars for a lifetime subscription and you’re set for any type of voiceover you require…

Initially, I was a little concerned…

Is it possible? Is it time to sell my Microphone? Have they finally done it? Have I been replaced by an AI voice that is indiscernible as completely synthesized? 

Have they finally caught up with Humanity and made AI sound natural?

In my humble opinion, what we’re dealing with is just another form of competition entering the voiceover market and by my limited research I’d say at this stage there are lots of ‘big hats’ at the rodeo, but not a lot of cattle.

Read on young Jedi, to get ‘the scoop’ on what I’ve discovered...

What is AI for...

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Knowing SEO Is Your Key To Voiceover Success - Are You Putting In The Effort

Jul 06, 2020

New to SEO? 

Wanting to know why it has any bearing on your Voiceover business?

Given SEO is a huge subject, I won’t pretend to know it all or give you all the ‘super tips’ in this one article, but what I will attempt, is to try to ‘lift the veil’ on the mysteries of SEO for voiceover and why it’s an ever-growing important consideration for yours, and any service-related business.

Let’s start at the very beginning with the most obvious question of all:

What is SEO?

SEO or Search Engine Optimization is a process by which any digital content you’ve created can be ‘optimized’ or made more visible for particular and specific searches on the web… 

Simply, to make you and your business easier to find and more exposed to website algorithms or formulas, try to place the most popular searches first and directly in the hands of anyone searching for them!  

Here’s a simple but human example of how SEO...

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Your Daily List Of Activities For Beginners in Voiceover - Follow These

Jun 30, 2020

I remember it well like it was only yesterday…

I was a young and upcoming voice talent with a burning passion in my heart for voice over and a glint in my eye and a blinding flash of teeth when I smiled…

And absolutely no idea what to do next…

(Voice in my young head:) Like where do I get clients?

Will an agent just knock on my door or will they call me first? 

How do they know where I live?? Will they want coffee?? Etc etc…

Sounds silly now, but Hey, If you don’t know… 

You only know, what you know…Y’know?

Don’t worry ace, I got your back… what you need more than anything is a consistent daily routine… If you remember anything from this article it’s this…

Consistency brings Success!

Think about it this way: If you’re not leaving landmines for your potential customers to trip over… how will they 

1. Find you? 

2. Remember you?

It’s a daily thing...

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Promote Your Voice Over Business Before You Have Anything to Promote - Don't Let It Stop You

Jun 29, 2020

It’s a fair question, 

“I’m new to my voiceover journey, so how do I come up with the content required to present myself in a professional light, like someone who knows what they’re doing?”

Before you climb under the covers, here are some handy tips to help you as we consider what you do have to promote…

Here’s No:1

Focus on YOUR personal background 

The first thing to consider in figuring this out is: 

Your client's problem…

Yup! 

Your client's problem… and that is, they need a solution to their problem, whatever that is… Why you? 

You need to show them that with all your life experience, you are a unique solution to their problem!

So, let’s play this idea out…

Tell me, aside from having some understanding of voiceover, what experience do you have in life that you can draw upon, as a solution to your client's issue?

You’ve read,

You’ve experienced relationships, been in...

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25 Tongue Twisters to Help Your Voice Over Delivery - Your Ultimate Guide

Jun 23, 2020

I wanted to start today’s blog by sharing a story from the very famous Stephen Fry,

UK’s celebrated narrator of JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series…

So, the story goes that Stephen was discussing the narration of the then-new author’s first Potter book and she mentioned proudly that she had another on the way… 

(who would’ve guessed, right?) Apparently Stephen Fry said something terribly condescending to ‘JK’ about her next book along the lines of: Oh how splendid! Good for you! 

According to Stephen Fry, he was a marked man from that day…

In a chapter of the first book, a line that Stephen had to read was ‘Harry pocketed it’... he had no end of trouble trying to pronounce the phrase so, he suggested a revision to JK Rowling, saying that it would be so much easier to say ‘Harry put it in his pocket’... JK Rowling vehemently disagreed with any change in the copy and to add insult to injury...

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The 4 Top Plugins every voice actor should have - These Work

Jun 17, 2020

- To be smooth, creamy, and noise-free!

It sounds like an advert for a new thick shake, I know… however, it’s also an important subject when it comes to the craft of voiceover and a working knowledge of these plug-ins will help you immensely on your VO Journey…

Today, we are going through the plug-ins that are hard to live withoutare well worth their investment many times over and their powerful effects will save your hair, your stress levels, and most importantly, your growing band of clients…

You’ll find most voiceover artists are familiar with and recommend Waves or Izotope plugins and it’s a good idea to check out both as deals and packages come up across the year… both brands are great and completely adequate for the type of editing and production you’ll require.

Most are pretty much ‘set and forget’ and it’s also possible and highly advisable to organize a ‘preset’ in your post-production...

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Dynamic Microphone vs Condenser Microphone Which one is right for you - You Choose

Jun 08, 2020

So, today we’ve decided to enter the murky, oily, vacuous world of Microphones, and which one is the right one for you?? Oh, Brother!!

Let me quietly and carefully start by saying, there are many different types of Microphones and all of them have their place in the world and some of them shine in certain applications and aren’t so great in others, some are iconic, some are old school… but in order to try and pull back the curtains to ‘demystify’ the whole process of choosing the right microphone from a Voiceover Journey point of view… we’d better start with what each Microphone does…

But first, What does a Microphone do?

Put simply, a microphone captures sound waves and converts these waves into electrical impulses that can then be read and ‘understood’ by analog or digital recording equipment, or in our case, a digital interface or DAW, connected to your computer.

We could get into how microphones produce AC...

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5 Reasons You Should Warm up Before Your Voice Over - Don't Lose Your Voice

Jun 02, 2020

Hi all, 

I just wanted to share an experience that really stuck with me and I hope it is of great benefit to you and your daily habits on your voiceover journey…

I was watching my cat, still sleeping peacefully in his bed (after running an all-night rampage) whilst I shook off another less than spectacular night’s sleep like a bear with a sore head and had ‘breakfast’ with the family… I’d only recently dragged myself out of the sack, disheveled, the little bit of hair I had was even messed up, shuffled to the kitchen a little bleary-eyed and managed to help to get the kids sorted with cereals, toast, a spoon in the eye as per usual, only to have it dawn on me that I’d missed a major opportunity and I was also reminded of a super valuable habit we should all consider.

While I was preoccupied, trying to get a cornflake out of my ear, my cat opened his dreamy eyes, yawned wide to his very back molars, gave a little...

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