Has voiceover changed in the last 20 years?

Aug 12, 2020
In the history of voice-over, the last 20 years have probably seen more changes to the industry than ever before! 
 
We’ll expand as best we can on all the various impacts on the industry in the below article and how it will impact you...

Q: I have done voiceover in the past, but I want to get back into it, what do I need to do now?

If you’ve decided to take a fresh look at the voiceover industry before you pull on your togs and flippers and dive in head first, here are some important aspects to consider, to help you navigate the ‘white water rapids’ on your VO Journey...

Agents vs. Online websites

In the good ol’ days you had an agent ...or you didn’t work. It was that simple.
 
The talent agent role in some ways hasn’t changed much, and in other ways,
has almost changed completely! The main difference these days?
Agents now have to present their services online also just as we do and agents actively have to compete with...
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Simple Email Marketing Strategy For Voice Actors

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being ‘old news and outdated’, a complete waste of time, to the other end of the spectrum and email being the ‘bedrock’ of your marketing plan...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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Is Voiceover Being Taken Over By AI

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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Can I Generate Income From My Voice-over Business At Home?

Jul 07, 2020

Voiceover: Can I REALLY leave my job and go full time?

(Can I really work from home and make money?)

It’s a thought that goes through the minds of all voice talents especially in the early days of our careers, and it can also be seen to ‘revisit’ our thoughts if a voice talent hasn’t established a robust business plan or if you lose momentum in your consistency or business generation habits and strategies...

A trip back in Voiceover History:

If we were to step back a little, we wouldn’t have to go too far back in time to where voice talents relied entirely upon their relationships with sound engineers, production studios, and their talent agents to provide auditions for voice over jobs and projects.

Agents and production studios were the ‘starmakers’, and without them and their support, you couldn’t possibly have a successful voiceover career.

In those days, the ‘select few’ were on the roster of advertising...

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Knowing SEO Is Your Key To Voiceover Success

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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The 4 Top Plugins every voice actor should have

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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The Non-Negotiables in a Modern VO Journey

Jun 09, 2020

3 Things you need to do daily in order to find success in your Voice Over Journey…

I’d think unless you are absolutely brand new to your VO Journey, then we’ve all been there, working away, honing our craft, thinking everything is ticking along well, only to hit a dry spell of no requests or custom orders and then there’s that sudden earth-shattering realization…  Oh Boy! I haven’t done a Facebook post all week! Or ‘Oops! I’ve forgotten to send out my buyer requests on Fiverr all week’ etc…

Whatever your marketing process, it’s not hard to forget a ‘major cog’ in the VO marketing machine and realize it all a little too late, and you have to start building your process again…

So, in order for this not to happen...

1. A transition is required and It’s one change I also certainly had to make and must admit, I need constant reminding to go back to basics and check my plans and goals and...

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Dynamic Microphone vs Condenser Microphone: Which one is right for you?

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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Getting Voice Over Clients: Basics 101

May 26, 2020

Three tips to market yourself locally... 

It’s no surprise that successful businesses run on the process of ‘getting clients’ and keeping them. The path of your VO Journey’s success and your progress as a voice talent is no different.
 
We’ve all heard it over and over that, it’s easier to service a client you already have than to have to keep hunting for new ones…

So, firstly, how do we keep the clients we have?

Here’s your first tip:

Under promise and Over deliver…

What does that mean exactly?

It means when you get an audition, don’t give one take and move on, give three, provide them fast and friendly, always say please and thank you and be cheery, informative and easy to work with…

When that audition finally becomes a project or two or three...

Be professional, helpful, and convenient.

Provide 2-3 takes for everyone, every time, ask lots of questions about your clients business and the projects...
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Top 10 Voice Over Websites For Voice Actors

May 22, 2020

Today we are going to take a look at the varying features and benefits of the top 10 voice over websites for voice actors today…

In saying that I’ve probably opened the biggest ‘can ‘o’ worms’ ever, as people are people, they all have their favorites; they are all at different levels in their respective voiceover journey and at this point in your voiceover career, some of these sites may remain undiscovered to you or you may have shed off your connections to them years ago because they didn’t resound with you…

So, If I’ve missed your favorite site or one you think should be glaringly obvious and an integral part of this list, please don’t be offended, just know that I’ve tried to give an honest appraisal and general overview of what sites are available out there…

What's interesting to me as I write this, I’ve probably thought of another five or more sites I’ve had a working...

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