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 […]
Voiceover, Voice Talent, Voice Acting
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 […]
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 […]
Voice Talents: Go Outside and Play! (and Faffcamp)
For mental and physical health, make room for actual physical contact with other real live humans – and the world outside our sound-dampened spaces. Conferences like Faffcamp, and/or get outside and play!
Parade Magazine – and the Myth of Easy Voiceover Money
Dear aspiring Voiceover Talent: This is a business that requires you to be self-starter. Get good at it, learn all you can, and then you must build your business. Some resources to get you started, from this very generous VO community!
Voiceovers… and The Lure of "Normal"
When I was 17 years old, I made a vow that I would never work a Monday-Friday 9-to-5 job. It made sense at the time. I’d just finished ten weeks doing just that in Manhattan, the summer before college, to earn tuition money. It had seemed like a great opportunity, assisting in the publicity department […]