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
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 !
…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 and […]
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 […]
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. VOJO is […]
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.
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 […]
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!
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!
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 […]