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Audiobook Narration: When the Voice Talent is also the Author

Weird. That’s all I can say.? Sure, we voice talents are getting increasingly used to wearing many hats: director, producer, editor, voiceover artist, and sometimes grammarian (if the script needs a little, um, help) – not to mention blogger, marketing guru, social media student. Still, this is a new experience for me. I am narrating […]

"You have such a nice voice!": the 5 layers needed for voice-over

When I teach “Investigate Voice-Over” classes for Edge Studio – either in the CT or NYC studio, on a telecall/webinar, in Continuing Education sessions or at the Connecticut School of Broadcasting – I usually begin by asking students what brought them to the class. If I had, say, a dollar for every answer that began, […]

Voiceover and Social Networking: Online or in person?

wow, remember live people? Here’s an eye-opening article from PC World that provides a reality check re social media.  Right now I’m working facebook, twitter, and the voiceover boards, since my first session today isn’t until 2 pm. Yep, 80% of the VO business is spent marketing (well, that’s one statistic I heard) – so […]

The Voiceover Community…Faffcon and more

Increasingly, my voiceover work is done from home – and so many others in this business (and others, I know) are finding the same trend affecting them. Very cool to send files to India (what’s the time difference again?), but also so nice to work in my own back yard – which in this case […]

Investing in your own Voiceover Business

To quote Tom Daniels,?a fellow VO talent and friend (at least on facebook!), ?If you have your equipment together (which today can be a laptop with free editing/recording software, a good USB Mic and a quiet area to record), you are just nanoseconds away from any location worldwide! The rest is passion, talent and marketing […]

Voice Talents, Live and in Person

Voicing a website narration in your pajamas (does anyone really do that? I have to be dressed to work ? if you count t-shirt and shorts as dressed): great. Meeting people online who also get paid to talk (well?to communicate): really helpful. Connecting with these online friends and new VO talents, for real, in person?: […]

Proof-listening – take the extra time!

Just finished a corporate/technical narration ? at home, so that means editing as well as voicing.  Final product almost 15 minutes.  After the first listen, I corrected a few obvious things (self-direction has its flaws, so then it?s time to take off the narrator hat and put on the director/engineer persona ? adding even more […]

Giving Back – even in “102 degree heat index” weather

Technorati Tags: randye?kaye,elizabeth?chatsworth Had the pleasure of announcing names of riders as they bicycled over the finish line yesterday at the Connecticut Challenge for Cancer ? I think over $800,000 was raised, thanks to the brave souls who rode 10,12, 25, 50, even 100 miles to raise the dough.? Susan Saks, Elizabeth Chatsworth and I […]

Voiceover Variety Part 2 – Practice now equals confidence later!

So, as promised, here is Part 2 ? more techniques to practice!   Then there’s the left side of the brain, where thinking is more linear. Here’s where conscious control of the elements like tempo, pitch, phrasing and volume can also help you find ways to vary your reads: Practice exercises: 1. Pitch. Try: Changing […]

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