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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]