As a podcast host (and voiceover actor), I listen to – and edit – a lot of voices. Here are the five biggest turn-offs for podcast producers and listeners. The good news? You can fix these! Work at it, and you’ll know how to be a better podcast guest – and get invited back again. […]
Thanksgiving 2020: Grateful, too, for Audiobooks
My daughter has rediscovered books – ones without pictures! After a few years of toddler-wrangling (she had 3 babies in 2 1/2 years, now all still under 5 years old), she’s finally finding some time to read books that she can recommend to me. We discuss books! This is the first time since, well, her […]
"The beginning of a beautiful friendship": The intimacy of narrating memoirs
If you become an audiobook narrator, prepare yourself to have some sort of relationship?with the author – especially if it’s a memoir. This can be imagined (especially if the author is no longer living, duh), supported with visuals and audio (you’ve done some research on YouTube, etc.) or, sometimes, it becomes a collaboration with a […]
Five Things You Learn While Narrating Non-Fiction Audiobooks
First lesson you learn while narrating non-fiction:
You may tend to become an instant expert on whatever topic you’re immersed in while recording. Sooo annoying, I know. But we can’t help it! There are 4 more lessons too !
The 3 F-words That Sabotage Your VO Productivity: Fear, Freezing and Facebook
…or why I probably won’t be wishing you happy birthday on Facebook anymore (unless you are family). Apologies in advance. I love you anyway. Every Monday Morning, and once a month in two other cases, I log onto google hangouts and meet with my voiceover mastermind peeps. These groups were born at faffcon and WoVO […]
Fall In Love With the Work
Some days in the voiceover business are a real ego boost. You get nominated for an Audie Award. A friend from high school calls to say he “heard your voice on TV”, or listened to an audiobook you narrated. You get to work with a celebrity on an animated series (and discover that she is […]
Are There Too Many Voice Talents?
Reality check, with a question: Do you find it more difficult than you’d thought it would be to get, and keep getting, work as a voice talent in 2015? I’m not one to wax poetic about the past. Change is, at best, exciting; at the very least, it’s inevitable. And certainly the voiceover business has […]
Getting Your "VOJO" Back: Breaking Though When Inertia Hits
Hi, my name is Randye and I’ve lost my VOJO. (If you haven’t had your caffeine yet this morning and can’t guess, I will define VOJO for you: Voice Over plus Mojo/motivation. Got it? Now go to Starbucks, already). We all need VOJO, and we need to reignite it now and again – or daily. […]
The Voice Actor's "Down Time" – Ha!
re the myth of “downtime ” for voice talents, i.e. between bookings: there is none. Other than vacations and “personal days”, these are really the times we must be building our business and our skills.
VoiceOver Copy: Your High School Play, on Speed
There are a lot of surprises for aspiring voice talents who cross my path either as a student via Edge Studio, or just at, say, a party. You know, the ones with “such a nice voice” who need to read Dave Courvoisier’s book ( or any of the other amazing resources I blogged about a […]