Friday Voiceover Tip: 7 Hacks To Make You Peak Every Day

Piehole Voiceovers (2)Don’t waste energy on multitasking

Single-task as much as you can. Switching between tasks wastes energy, can leads to decreased performance and more mistakes. Multitasking between two activities takes the same amount of time as it does to do them one at a time. It saves no time at all.

 

Learn to negotiate

Good negotiation skills are very important when dealing with voice seekers or colleagues, especially if you are fighting for one of your ideas. Know when to be nice, know what you want, and when to ask for what you want.

 

 

Be concise and clear

Lead with your main point. If you were forced to boil down your email to one or two sentences, what would they say? Then elaborate as necessary. If you have a twitter account and you can spell it out in 140 characters or less, you have it made. This is the same way you should communicate. This might seem little extreme, but almost everyone could benefit from focusing on sending more concise emails, memos and business letters.

 

 

Break bad habits

Many of us make job stress worse with negative thoughts and behaviors. No project, situation, or decision is ever perfect, so trying to attain perfection on everything will simply add unnecessary stress to your day. If you’re always running late, set your clocks and watches fast and give yourself extra time. Plan your day and stick to the schedule. Think positively about your work and pat yourself on the back about small accomplishments. Don’t try to control the uncontrollable. Rather than stressing out over them, focus on the things you can control such as the way you choose to react to problems.

 

 

Take Initiative

As a voice artist, it is important to put yourself out there. So whatever you do, don’t just sit there waiting for your next project. Be proactive. Be a self-stater and don’t wait for a job to fall onto your lap.

 

 

Meet and Network

Join organizations beneficial to your career success. Take additional classes to keep up with the new trends in the voice over industry. Just because you work at home alone most of the time, does not mean you suspend your network; constantly manage and grow your network of contacts because you never know when a problem or opportunity will arise. Networking with key people can also help you in finding one or more mentors.

 

 

Always show your full potential

When you received the call saying you got the job, show your client that you can bring something extra special to the project. Having a game plan and being ready to talk with voice seekers is important, and once you fall into a pattern, it will get easier as time passes. Don’t forget to be friendly and polite. You can make extra an effort to impress your client, because this could lead to more work down the line. Making positive relationships will make it easier to build lasting work relationships.

 

 


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Interview with Amazing Voice Actor Enda Caldwell

What can Enda W. Caldwell do for YOU?

PicMonkey Collage11Every day, Enda’s voice is heard on projects around the world. He specializes in promos, narrations, commercials, and imaging that cut through; for clients like Garmin, TOTAL Fuels, IP Studios Luxembourg, Ryanair, LEGO, Swiss Airlines, Lufthansa, FOX Affiliates, CBS, RTE, Setanta, RTL Group, TV3, Aiken Promotions, MCD, Skoda Luxembourg, Tesco, Volkswagen, LUXAIR, Swiss Airlines, PriceWaterhouseCoopers Grundfos Ireland and more. From energetic promotion, narration, to drama and everything in between, Enda delivers.

 

 

Who IS Enda W. Caldwell?

Enda W. Caldwell is a professional Irish voiceover artist based at his own private studio in Dublin.
A versatile, flexible vocal performer who possesses warmth, range, excellent voice quality, animated and believable voice acting. Enda’s voice has been used as a Cartoon character voice for both Lego as the Red Ninja and various other Lego animation characters and as a Fox in Pipi Pupu et Rosemarie directed by the late Academy Award Nominated Italian Director Vincenzo Cerami.

Enda has been recording voiceovers and audio for over 20 years making him a popular and trusted choice for agencies, producers, broadcasters and direct clients worldwide.

 

 

 

 

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Friday VO Tip: 5 Reasons You’re Exhausted & How To Fix it

PicMonkey Collage0The time of the year when most people start to burnout from a long stressful year is finally here. So we have to be careful and know our own limits. Burnout is a state of emotional, mental, and physical exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress. The voice over industry can be fun and very stressful at the same time. With so many ways of undercutting voice over rates popping up every other day, it’s easy to see why hardworking voice artist could be both mentally and physical exhausted. If you feel overworked and undervalued; you are at risk for burnout. Now here is the big question, how can you function when it’s just not possible to call in sick and tired to life? I have a few ideas:

 

 

Anxious

Those never-ending worries about your finances or job could be zapping your energy.

 

The fix: Schedule a doctor’s appointment and be specific when you talk to your health professional; it will help identify what’s causing your fatigue. Let them know if it’s muscle weakness, if it feels like sleepiness, general fatigue all day long, before or after meals or any other specific details that might help them diagnose the problem. This will help them determine the cause and remedy the situation so you can get back to soaring energy and high-quality sleep in no time.

 

 

Lack of Motivation

When you don’t feel enthusiastic about anything anymore or you no longer have that internal motivation for your work, there’s a good chance you’re experiencing burnout. Other ways this manifests? It may be harder to get going in the morning and more difficult to drag yourself into work every day.

 

The Fix: Regaining your motivation involves a combination of combatting the sources of its depletion and tricking yourself into taking the first step. Figure out something you really want to do. This may be on the boring side and mean you want to clean your apartment, or something more exciting like make a game. Whatever it may be, take a very tiny first step that only requires about five minutes of your time. On the next day, take a slightly smaller step. Work your way up by accomplishing just a little bit more each time. When you start to see your accomplishments and how little effort they take, you’ll have an easier time making progress. 

 

 

Eating Healthy?

There is no special diet that specifically treats exhaustion. However, developing and maintaining a healthy eating habit will increase your energy reserves, help you sleep better, and reduce your level of tiredness. Here are some important tips.

The Fix: Avoid refined sugars and other sweets. Drink at least eight 8-oz glasses of water every day. Avoid caffeine and tobacco. Eat nutrient-dense foods. Increase your fruit and vegetable intake. Avoid alcohol. Eat to maintain a healthy weight. Always remember that you do not have to make these changes alone. If your exhaustion is simply overwhelming, call on family and friends to cook and bring over meals.

 

 

Sleep Smarter

Stop checking your email before bedtime. Many of us are photosensitive, so the light from your TV will make your body think it is still daylight. Some foods are more conducive to a better night’s sleep than others. You already knew about warm milk, chamomile tea, but there’s more! Foods like bananas, potatoes, oatmeal and whole-wheat bread will induce eye droopiness. 

The Fix: The first rule for better sleep is don’t watch TV in bed – don’t use your bed for anything other than sleep.

 

 

Breathe!

Did you know that your regular breathing pattern is very likely messing up your body and its functions? Learning a few simple principles for proper breathing could lead to you having more energy, improved health, less anxiety, less fear, better relationships and just a happier life in general.

The Fix: Take a ‘breathing break’ before you go to bed to aid a relaxed deep sleep. Find a comfortable space, sit down and spend five minutes concentrating on breathing deeply in and out. It is a great way to settle the mind and relax the body. Breathe through the nose. Breathe with the diaphragm. Breathe relaxed. Breathe rhytmically. Breathe silently.

 

 

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Friday Voiceover Tip: Secret to Giving Accurate VO Quote

PicMonkey Collage5The web has many places where voice overs can be hired and voice over rates vary greatly. With many things in life, you kind of know what price you need to pay for things, because the competitive market and laws of supply and demand make this information easy to find for similar product and services as there are usually many companies offering them.

 

 

With voice artists, the price varies considerably as each voice over has their own unique characteristics and industry experience. As a rule of thumb, you would pay much more to hire a known TV celebrity voice over than you would to use the services of a lesser known voice talent working in their home studio. The entry market for home studio voice over kits is now much lower, so there are many voice actors pitching for the same work more than ever before. Many voice over jobs are on a quote by quote basis and it seems to be a little hard pricing unique voice over jobs. Information on where to go and who to trust for prices is increasingly difficult to discern from web searches.

 

 

Voice over quotes are defined by various factors including whether you use your own studio or hire one, delivering raw files…etc. Also, per page, per word count or by the finished duration of the audio? All very difficult to gauge and difficult to quantify.

 

 

Here is my really simple secret to pricing voice over jobs.

Personally, I like to be able to calculate the cost from the number of words in the script. Granted, I am not a voice-over, but I do work with professional voice overs and I like to work on a win, win basis.

  • The voice over needs to be paid fairly
  • The voice seeker needs to get a fair price

 

Getting job offers like ‘it will last about 20 minutes’, or ‘it is 10 pages’ is not very useful. Pages can have anything from 300-700 words on them depending on font size and margin size. Audio duration can vary depending on the editing and the speed of the narrator. Also, the narration of a page can take anything from 3 – 7 minutes depending on the content. I find the best way is to quote based on seeing the script and word count. With the exception of 30 second adverts and very small jobs, I think it is always a good idea to ask for script or a word count for you to be able to give an estimated voice over price.

 

 

In my experience, this works well. What has your experience been like with giving voice over actor? I look forward to any comments you wish to share.

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Friday Voiceover Tip: Why Should You Be On Periscope?

PicMonkey CollageMany of you would like to know how to use Periscope, the new ‘IT’ kid on the block, as part of your brand building marketing strategy. Periscope is Twitter’s New Live Streaming Video App. Many major companies already recognise the branding opportunities that the app provides. I see you raising one weary eyebrow at the latest claims ‘IT’ social media platform, but while live video streaming isn’t new, in fact it’s been around for more than a decade, this time it is different. Firstly, live video streaming technology is much more accessible because of smartphones. Social media has become second nature and everyone is now more than happy to share every moment of their life through a variety of public platforms. And most importantly, Periscope was created by the folks from Twitter. It ties directly in to your existing following, meaning you don’t have to start from scratch again. By making use of your existing community, you have far greater potential for making a splash with your live content. Here are ways on how to use Periscope to building your brand:

 

 

Interactive Voice Over Advice

Giving sound and meaningful advice is a great way to improve your brand image, as new comers or even veterans will look more favourably on your brand if you’re actively engaging with others in the industry. Have a collaborative Q&A session with other voice artist on Periscope. Tap into their expertise and give followers the opportunity to hold a dialogue with you and your guests.

 

 

Share Promotions and Deals

Promotion marketing is a great way to expose voice seekers to your brand. Periscope gives you an easy way to tell your followers about any promotions or deals that you’re offering, generating visibility for your brand and possibly attracting new followers. You might want to try running a discounted services promotion or even voice over mentoring classes. Alternatively, you can hold an event for the sole purpose of giving away incentives. You can offer them during a streaming session meant for another purpose. Either way, offering great deals is an easy way to help make your brand more memorable.

 

 

Behind The Scenes

Share your “day in the life of a Voice Artist”. Many people interested in starting out in the voice over business don’t know how much effort goes into being a voice artist. Followers from around the world get the opportunity to have an up-close and personal view of what you actually do. This will also allow potential voice seekers to put a face to a name and get an exclusive look at how much professionalism you put into your work on a daily basis. Exhibit how your voice over services can handle the rigours of the busiest day of the year or even the slowest.

 

 

Testimonials

Client testimonials can provide your website with some of the most powerful statements that back up your product or service. You can easily download your streams and add them to your voice over website. Put your celebrated voice seekers in front of a camera and have them explain why they chose your voice over service, how they benefitted from your services, and why they would wholeheartedly recommend your voice over business to others in the future.

 

 

Tell your story

Perhaps there’s a funny or interesting story on how you started in the voice over industry. One of the most personable and engaging videos a small business can offer customers is one that details its story. What started it all? How much pride you have for the industry and your voice over business?  These questions may capture the attention of your most loyal fans, thus garnering shares and likes. As a result, this type of video content may find its way into the view of new and potential voice seekers. Promotional content genuinely displays a company brand, its products or its services. While it serves more like a traditional TV or radio spot, promotional video content provides a more personal look at what your business has to offer.

 

 

 

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Voice Over Interview With Amazing Voice Actor Russ Roberts

What’s a typical day like for you and have you done anything interesting lately?

My day is a little unique, depending on the work load of course. I have a home studio and a Whisper Style Booth that I have built. I generally start around 6-7am (US EST) until my 2 year old son wakes up and wife leaves for work normally around 7:30am. My son is home with me a few days a week unless I have rather large projects in which we send him to care.

Most days revolve around the time of the client, early on we spend touching base with clients, reading emails and lining up scripts. Generally by 9ish we are in the booth trying to produce magic. I would like to say that we stop working around 5pm, but that seems to never happen. Our work day ends when we have accomplished what our clients need. Many days we are working into the evening, or having a session at night.

It sounds like long days, but a few breaks here and there along with some laughs, and all in all generally it is a good day!

Check out Russ Roberts’s profile and more of her demos HERE

 

 

Pick one style which you feel represents you best?

Style wise, I strive to be diverse. Naturally middle aged male is easy to fall into, 30′s-40′s. Of course I would be re-missed if I did not say that I love doing deep movie trailers, but middle aged is fun and natural. Accents such as more of a southern U.S. (country) sound is something that I get asked for a lot as well.

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Do you have a favorite voice artist and what do you want the world to know about you?

If I could let the world know one thing, it would be effort~ We will do everything we can to help you achieve your goal! I can’t tell you how many times clients have told me about negative experiences. I will do everything I can to produce the best project for you. We will work with you to adapt OUR style to fit your needs. Not the other way around. Building relationships and keeping clients happy is what makes business grow.

Sometimes I think artist get too busy or overlook a project. The project at hand is as important to the client as anything you will ever do!

 How did your interest in voiceover work come about and what was your first project?

My interest in Voice Over work came from a career in Radio. I loved being the face that people listened too, but more than that was the production side of broadcasting. As production director I found myself more and more challenged by production and commercials, helping clients achieve their goals.. After some time, I found it more gratifying to be on the production side of the mic than on the broadcast side. This lead to a more fulfilling and challenging career as a voice over artist.

 

What has been your favorite voice over job to date and why?

It’s hard to say that I have had just one favorite. It seems each job I am working on tends to be my “baby” at the time, and you love to watch it grow!! I will say that I did do one a few years ago for a Hair Salon that started dramatic with a little “jaws movie intro”, that featured a kids voice refusing to get a hair cut. Playing the role as the child, announcer, then a calming voice was fun. The spot was a little goofy, but the client loved it, and they received a lot of attention from it. It was just a good, fun , silly spot, that did very well!!

 

 

Do you think having a regional accents is detrimental to your career? 

Accents are a bonus and a curse. I think I am blessed being in the radio business to stay neutral and not have an accent, but after spending time with someone who does, I can slip into most accents very easily.

So most clients don’t know what they want, many times you have to try several different things to find their voice. So, while having an accent might limit you to a certain range of jobs, I do think it is easier to find your voice. When you have one thing that your good at, stick with it, and hit it out of the park. Many careers have been made from having or creating a niche market!

 

What do you recommend, setting up a home studio or using a commercial recording facility?

If you have the technical knowledge and ability, I would always suggest setting up your own studio. Recording studios by far are top notch, how ever there are inherent cost associated with them that for an upstart artist might not be attainable.

When you set up your own studio, and do it right, it can be very expensive. BUT, there is a sense of value there as you will know every little in and out of your sound. This is very helpful when you can’t quite produce the sound you are looking for, you will know what to adjust and fix.

 

Any advice and recommendations for aspiring voice talents?

There are many online resources out there, the first I would recommend is Youtube.com. I would say with the amount of resources from software information, studio/microphone information, all the way to technical skills, this would be the first stop.

I am a big fan of the obvious, K.I.S.S. (Keep it simple stupid) Google the obvious (how to become a voice actor) and go from there. There are many people out there who give great advice, most of which can be free or at a minimal cost. Invest in yourself! Take some classes or advanced training. Weather it is in a classroom setting or via internet, don’t be afraid to ask for help.

The second thing I would tell someone at least advice wise, is to STAY WITH IT. Be optimistic, it will not come all at once. Don’t get frustrated, get motivated!! Continue to Network and master your craft, your career is in your hands, and you CAN do this!

Finally, back to resources, many sites with information;

http://www.edgestudio.com/

http://voiceoveruniverse.com/

https://voiceoverxtra.com/

and a great resource

http://sound4vo.com/

Most of all, stay positive!

 

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Voice Over Interview with Amazing Actor Steve Allen

What’s a typical day like for you and have you done anything interesting lately?

PicMonkey CollageA typical day for me is never typical, as I share my duties as a sound supervisor for a Calgary studio, as well as fitting in auditions and voice over gigs. When one side isn’t busy, I focus on the other.

Check out Steve Allen’s profile HERE

 

 

Pick one style which you feel represents you best?

Probably a Dennis Leary type. Edgy, sarcastic, yet conversational.

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Do you have a favorite voice artist and what do you want the world to know about you?

My favourite voiceovers are the ones I do for a Canadian fishing show, called Facts of Fishing. I’ve been their narrator for 8 seasons now. The narrator I play is not typical, as I get to be sarcastic and make fun of the show’s host.
What the world needs to know about me is, I don’t sound like anyone else. I’ve never heard anyone tell me I sound like another person.
So if you want to stand out from the other voices out there, I might be a good choice.

 

 

 How did your interest in voiceover work come about and what was your first project?

I started in radio as an on air dj, and had to do a lot of voiceovers as part of my job. It was only after I got into the studio world that I discovered the real opportunities and money that came with doing VO. I worked as a recording engineer, and found sometimes I could do the voiceover as well, or better than the person we cast. It was then I started to dabble doing both jobs, and it’s worked out pretty well. As far as first paying gig? I think it was a video e-learning project, where I just played myself.

 

 

What has been your favorite voice over job to date and why?

Favourite gigs have always been where I can showcase my sense of humour. Whether it’s a funny script, or a character type voice, those are the ones that are the most fun. A few years back I handled the advertising for a popular Alberta pub, where not only did I voice the spots, but I wrote them as well, so I had a lot of freedom to do my thing.

 

 

Do you think having a regional accents is detrimental to your career? 

I’m Canadian, but sound pretty American. I think it’s all the U.S. tv shows I watched when I was young. As far as being conversational goes, that’s something I always work on. As a casting person for our studio, I know that’s what clients look for.

 

 

What do you recommend, setting up a home studio or using a commercial recording facility?

If you have knowledge of recording and the editing software needed, you can probably set up a pretty decent home studio. Obviously it’s more convenient and allows you to audition for anything anytime. I think nowadays, if you are serious about being a voiceover artist, you need some kind of home set up.

 

 

Any advice and recommendations for aspiring voice talents?

My best advise is master the conversational read. Being natural is the toughest thing to do. Record yourself, listen back and keep working on it. As far as the online resources goes, I recommend any site that has a limited roster. Otherwise you are constantly competing with hundreds of auditions. It can be tough on the confidence.

 

 

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Friday Voiceover Tip: Make Every Monday Marvellous

New Habits bring New Results

PicMonkey CollageMany people spend their lives longing for success and never quite achieving it, overlooking that new habits bring new results. As a voice over artist, you have to be creative and innovative 95% of the time. Use of the imagination can help with finding ways to grow your voice over service. A great way to start is by changing your feelings towards Mondays in general. Most people dread Mondays because hate their job. Even if you love your job, Monday may still be a tough day to grapple with, simply because it means you have to shift from relaxation mode to work mode.  So here are few tips to help you make Mondays marvellous. 

 

 

Start your day off right.

Wake up and set aside an hour for personal development activities (meditation, self-introspection, observing nature, etc.) Do the things that make you feel blissful, optimistic and empowered so that you can set a positive tone for your day. I guarantee that once you start doing this, your days will be more enjoyable and fulfilling.

 

 

Visualize daily.

It has been said and proven time and time again that what you focus on is what you get. If you complain all of the time, you will run into more of the things you complain about. The same goes for good things like health, wealth and happiness. So spend some time in the morning imagining yourself achieving whatever it is that you currently desire. Focus is key in this exercise, so choose a quiet environment where you won’t be disturbed.

 

 

Learn to focus only on the present.

The past is unchangeable so it is futile to reflect on it unless you are making sure you do not repeat past mistakes. The future is but a result of your actions today. So learn from the past to do better in the present so that you can succeed in the future.

 

 
Pay attention to thoughts and feelings. 

It’s impossible to catch all the thousands of thoughts that pass through your mind each day, so focus on the first ones that pop into your head. They usually predict the worst and incorporate a “can’t do” or “shouldn’t do” message. See them for what they are: unfounded and irrational. Typically, they’re the result of negative conditioning and have little or nothing to do with reality. Think carefully about these negative thoughts. Once you realize that they’re not based on anything real, they’ll disappear in time.

 

 

Get in the sun.

If you live in a constantly dreary place, my apologies. The sun feels amazing, your entire body will be coursing with warmth and life.

 

 

Keep a journal/diary.

It sounds like a very monotonous habit at first, but when you get into it, that little book will become a great way to organize your thoughts and track your growth over the years. Most of us already stay awake in bed at night pondering the events of the day anyways so why not document those thoughts in an organized fashion? That will allow you to look back and observe how your way of thinking has changed over time.

 

 

 
Empty Your Inbox in 30 Seconds.

Is your inbox filled with thousands and thousands of unread messages? Clear your inbox of old emails in less than 30 seconds. Create a folder and name it “Archive” followed by today’s date. For example, “Archive_20150828”. Go to your inbox, select all the email messages and move them into the folder you just created. That’s it! Your inbox is cleared, and your mind can enjoy the resulting calm. Now, you don’t have to waste the mental energy to decide if you should delete each message or not?

 

 

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Voice Over Interview with Amazing Actor Caroline Ashby

What’s a typical day like for you and have you done anything interesting lately?

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I get up early and reply to messages from my overseas clients with my morning cuppa. The majority of my work is from my own studio so I’ll either finish up any outstanding editing or get to recording my next project. Sometimes I’ll pop to a London studio to record, which is still a real buzz. I love seeing the collaboration between client and studio and feel very fortunate to be a part of that! I audition most days and I try to spend a little time each day on marketing. It’s a necessary evil in our line of work!


I recently recorded a series of web videos for Dulux (which was apt as I’m currently redecorating and found my perfect colour in their new range!).

Caroline’s Commercial Demo

Caroline’s Corporate Narration Demo

Check out Caroline Ashby’s profile and more of her demos HERE

 

 

Pick one style which you feel represents you best?

I have three.. corporate, natural and a little bit sultry. But if I was to choose one that I use most of all it would probably be my bright and natural style.

 Female Voice Over UK   Caroline Ashby  Sparkly  Light  Professional  Youthful  Sexy    British Professional Voice over

 

 

Do you have a favorite voice artist and what do you want the world to know about you?

I could give you a list as long as my mic cable of the VO’s I admire!

 

 

 How did your interest in voiceover work come about and what was your first project?

After completing a degree in computing I moved to London where I spent a number of years working as an IT Support Engineer.

During this time I received numerous compliments on my “telephone voice” from both colleagues and customers. My manager picked up on this and when a new project came up that required installation of a voicemail system I was asked to record all the greetings. It was so well received that I became the go-to voice for other companies voicemail and IVR requirements!

Outside of work I was moonlighting as a singer, gigging at weekends. When I eventually decided to change career, training to become a voice over just seemed like a natural progression of something I already loved to do.

My first proper studio vo job was for a new product coming to market. I didn’t get to see the script upfront and was given about 2 minutes to scan through reams of paper before recording. Somewhat of a baptism of fire but luckily my sight reading skills are good so the session went really well!

 

 

What has been your favorite voice over job to date and why?

I’m not sure I have a favourite, each new project is unique and interesting in it’s own right. I did announcements for a conference recently where I’m the corporate ‘voice from above’. I was directed to sound like I’m moaning off-mic to someone else, but don’t realise I’m still being recorded. That was pretty fun!

 

 

Do you think having a regional accents is detrimental to your career? 

No I don’t think so, many regional accents are very popular at the moment. Although, it may be useful to be able to ‘neutralise’ it a little if you want to open up more styles you can audition for. I had a slight Norfolk accent growing up but moving around a lot helped me lose it – I now have a neutral British accent. I’m not sure there is much call for a pure Norfolk lilt but it has actually made it easier for me to hone a trans-atlantic style read.

 

 

What do you recommend, setting up a home studio or using a commercial recording facility?

A home studio is a must these days. Commercial recording facilities are still very much alive and kicking of course but when a client needs their recording ‘yesterday’ the home studio facilitates this.

 

 

Any advice and recommendations for aspiring voice talents?

Develop a thick skin, the biggest thirst for knowledge, practice practice practice and Do Not Give Up! There are so many online resources. Google and YouTube are your friends.

 

 

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Friday Voiceover Tip: Think Like A Blogger

PicMonkey CollageIf you want to attract people to your website, you must think like an everyday blogger. One of the most blogged about topic is how to start blog. If you put effort into it, you could come up with a creative way to spin this topic towards voice artists. That’s one example of thinking like an everyday blogger. This way if thinking, can help you master the secrets of successful bloggers and put your brand, along with your voice over services in front of millions of potential readers. You must be open to every opportunity that’s available to you. In this blog, I will highlight characteristics of unpopular blogs and offer you tips for avoiding these hurdles.

 

 

-Instead of focusing on creating content that might go viral, put your efforts into catering to your target audience when writing your blogs. The results you will receive in terms of appropriate audience reading your content and following through on your call to action will be significantly higher. What’s most important is the quality of the engagement the reader has with your content. The bigger the number of comments a blog receives, the better.

 

 

-Even if your blog is well written and it looks top-notch, this doesn’t guarantee you a big readership following in any way. There are many reasons why your content can fail to attract readers. The most  common reasons include: Your blogs are boring to read. Your content is unoriginal and doesn’t stand out from the competition. Your content fails to cater to its target audience. It’s too long and fails to hold the reader’s attention. You don’t promote your blog properly. The blogs are given non-descriptive titles and poorly chosen tags which makes it hard or impossible to find using search engines. So now you know some of the common pitfalls to avoid. You can take a different approach when presenting your unique content.

 

 

-Find an analytical tool that you are comfortable with and register your blog. After you publish your first few blogs, take advantage of the analytics, comments any other feedback you receive from your initial readers. This information can be extremely useful as you are getting to know audience and discovering the type of content and writing styles that work best. Remember, creating top-notch content that’s appealing requires creativity, skill and experience that you’ll probably develop over time. It’s not realistic to expect everything to fall into place perfectly as you’re creating and writing your first few blogs.

 

 

-However, right from the start, make sure your blogs will help boost your voice over company’s image or reputation. If you are not able to achieve good enough blog content or you lack in the writing department, hire a professional writer to make your content more readable and showcase a professional image in that way.

 

 

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