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June 29, 2007

Voiceover from the Client's POV

As a voiceover talent, one's job is to serve the needs of the client. Some of us can lose sight of that at times, and a reminder from a different perspective can come in handy. 

A few months ago, I posted my articles on getting started in VO to Helium.com, a site that publishes articles both pro and amatuer, on a variety of topics. Looking around the site to see if any other voiceover-related articles had been published, I found a keeper by Robert Dwyer.

Robert's article is titled similarly to mine, but his piece adds some important information that no aspiring VO artist should be without: don't bite the hand that feeds. It's a bit of advice found all too rarely in beginning-voiceover articles, and it carries the extra weight of his status as producer and director of voice talent for TV.

If you're getting your feet wet as a voice talent, read Robert's article twice and keep it bookmarked.

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June 28, 2007

And the Winner Is...

Well, we don't know yet. But whomever it is will be ready to podcast their hearts out.

The fine folks at Create Business Growth are hosting a contest in which one lucky finalist will receive $335 worth of brand-new Podcasting Equipment. Check out some of the nifty gear:

MXL 990 Condenser Microphone with Shockmount

MXL 990 Condenser Microphone with Shockmount


Behringer Microphono PP400 Preamp

Behringer PP400


Sony MDR-V150 Monitor Series Headphones with Reversible Earcups

Sony MDR-V150 Headphones 


Also included: one CAD EPF-15A 6-Inch Flexible Pop Filter to take care of sibilance (hissy "s" sounds) and plosives (popping "p" sounds), as well as two books on podcasting:

Tricks of the Podcasting Masters by Rob Walch and Mur Lafferty

Podcasting: Do It Yourself Guide by Todd Cochrane

Not too shabby. Not too hard to enter, either. To qualify, all you need to do is subscribe to the Create Business Growth RSS feed, then email Christine to let her know you're a new subscriber. (The deadline for subscribing is July 18, 2007.) Best of luck to all...

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June 19, 2007

Snap Shots

Introducing Snap Shots from Snap.com

I just installed a nice little tool on this site called Snap Shots that enhances links with visual previews of the destination site, excerpts of Wikipedia articles and IMDb profiles, inline videos, MP3s, stock charts and more.

Sometimes Snap Shots bring you the information you need, without your having to leave the site, while other times it lets you “look ahead,” before deciding if you want to follow a link or not.

Should you decide this is not for you, just click “Disable” in the upper right corner of the Snap Shots bubble and opt-out.

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June 18, 2007

James Alburger Webinar

Here's an excellent voice-acting resource: a full-length web seminar (or "webinar", if you prefer jargon) with voice actor and producer James Alburger, originally presented by Voice123.com. Here, James discusses 'The Seven Core Elements of Performing', studio stories, and "tricks-of-the-trade".

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June 17, 2007

No Frogs were Harmed in the Posting of this Entry.

After reading a recent post* by Philip Banks on the VO-BB forum, I whipped up this graphic using an online logo generator:





To my surprise, several of the members demanded to have this emblem on a t-shirt. VO-BB Board Czar D.B. Cooper informed me that it's a done deal.

I now proudly (?) add "graphic designer" to my many hats.

(Said garment can be purchased here if you're so inclined...) 




*Since that part of the forum is closed to non-members: the phrase on the emblem was uttered by Mr. Banks, without any exlcamation or excitement, during a business phone call upon being prompted by his dog to play fetch with a favorite toy. The other party, according to Philip, laughed hysterically...

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