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Call to Action…

05.20.15 | Education | ChristyPronto

We have two video projects going on currently for our social media and I need all our followers to join in. The first project is our Red Nose Campaign. As I am sure many of you have seen over the past several months the Red Nose campaign was an extremely popular and wildly successful benefit [...]

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Voice Actor and Bond Villian passes…

05.13.15 | Education | ChristyPronto

Thank you to our student Brett Bydairk for suggesting this as a post for the blog. RIP Robert Rietti. “Filmmakers called Robert Rietti the man with a thousand voices. For decades, the British voice-over artist was the go-to guy when directors needed to rerecord mumbled or indecipherable dialogue. Rietti voiced numerous villians in James Bond [...]

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Ice Cream, BBQ’s and Networking…Oh My!!!

05.06.15 | Education | ChristyPronto

Happy Wednesday Bloggers!!! Today is a video blog, I have been doing those lately and am super excited for your feedback. I promise!!! Many of our students have called this week to discuss how they can rev up their Summer marketing potential as a voice actor. My answer to that is seen in the Vlog [...]

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Survival of the Fittest…

04.08.15 | Education | ChristyPronto

If you tuned in to read the blog last week, I HAVE SURVIVED TECHDOM!!!! Pro Tools did not break me butttt I sure am sore What did I learn? I learned that I have so much more to learn, HA! However, that fact alone arms me against what is next. I had thought that Pro [...]

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The Idea of Celebrity in the VO world

03.04.15 | Education | ChristyPronto

I am a voracious reader when it comes to the fields I am passionate about and any voice actor worth their salt would benefit from keeping current with the VO trends. I stumbled across a fascinating article about the ideology of “celebrity” and “fame” in the VO world (or should I say the illusion of [...]

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Looking for work? What VO artist isn’t?

02.25.15 | Education | ChristyPronto

Todays blog is short and sweet. One of our success story students has had some luck on a certain site for VO artists and any helpful hints we voice actors can get are more than welcome!!! Check it out-I know I have. The setup takes some time as you want to be sure to showcase [...]

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Be your own Valentine…

02.11.15 | Education | ChristyPronto

For any of you voice actors out there not sure of how to get started marketing once you have your demo in hand, here is a comprehensive list of associations and affiliates that can help any voice actor, seasoned or otherwise procure employment and everlasting networking relationships. Be your own Valentine this February and take [...]

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Marketing from the Master

01.28.15 | Education | ChristyPronto

For any of you voice actors out there looking to get your VO career into over drive-heed these words wisely and have a blast. From our very own Warren Garling-Marketing Guru Extraordinaire!!! Even some of the best and most confident-sounding voices in the voice acting business struggled with marketing themselves at first. It’s natural. You’re [...]

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DIY Voice Actor

01.21.15 | Education | ChristyPronto

Many new voice actors inquire about setting up their own in-home recording system. Many times this cuts down on the in studio costs and gives the voice actor a sense of control in an industry that at many times feels out of reach. For any of our DIY voice actors out there, I asked our [...]

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A picture is worth a thousand words…

01.14.15 | Education | ChristyPronto

The axiom “A picture is worth a thousand words” refers to the idea that a complex thought or action can be conveyed with just a single image or photo. It also aptly characterizes one of the core goals of visualization, thus making it possible to absorb large amounts of information quickly. Why does this adage [...]

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I’m late. I’m late, for a very important date!!!

01.07.15 | Education | ChristyPronto

In the immortal words of Marilyn Monroe: “I’ve been on a calendar, but I’ve never been on time.” Perhaps a legend like a Marilyn Monroe can get away with that type of mentality, however for us “no name” voice actors out there just trying to get a job, we don’t have that luxury. For us, [...]

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Take Two: A second look at Voice Acting

12.17.14 | Education | ChristyPronto

Enjoy the humor and realism that our amazing team member Chris Scharling has to offer. What can’t this guy do? Enjoy his thoughts: It’s occurred to me recently that a lot can be gained by teaching my students what I need from them as a producer. If you understand your job as a voice actor, [...]

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Blog and Podcast Unite!!!

12.03.14 | Education | ChristyPronto

Voicebox1 professional, Denis Couture joins Chris Scharling and Warren Garling for our weekly podcast this Friday, be sure to check it out!!! In tandem with the weekly podcast, I wanted to use the blog this week to showcase Voicebox1 with whom we have working relationship with that aids voice actors in their search for paying [...]

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Feed the Soul this Holiday Season

11.19.14 | Education | ChristyPronto

Turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce… oh my!!! The trifecta of holiday edibles is only one week away from being devoured by yours truly and with the hustle and bustle of the season upon us I wanted to impart a few helpful hints in getting the demo out there. Holidays are a great time of year [...]

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Vetting Gratitude

11.12.14 | Education | ChristyPronto

Gratitude is a tricky thing. As voice actors we are grateful for a courteous producer, a great piece of copy, heck we are just grateful for a paying gig!!! In our daily lives the hustle and bustle of work; home, family and miscellaneous obligations weigh heavily upon most of us as an albatross of responsibility. [...]

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The Pre-New Year Resolution

11.05.14 | Education | ChristyPronto

Procrastination is the ugly step cousin of success. It’s that member of the family reunion we know comes every year and we maintain our love/hate relationship with them throughout. To any new voice actor or any voice actor for that matter, procrastination can be a slow and painful death. I am reminded of the contrite [...]

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Happy Holidays!

12.23.11 | Education | Mike Spring

From everyone here at Voice Coaches to all of you out there, we wish you a very happy holidays!!

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Voice Overs Of The World: Jack Daniel’s

06.17.10 | Education | Mike Spring

This ad campaign I discovered for Jack Daniel’s Whiskey veers away from the usual noisy ads and utilizes some terrific voice overs to set a mood and atmosphere quite nicely.

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The Voice Coaches Blog/Podcast Crossover!

05.26.10 | Education | Mike Spring

You might be asking yourself, “Why is there a Gatorade commercial posted here with absolutely no voice overs in it when this is a blog about voice overs?”

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Annie Awards Winners Announced

02.15.10 | Education | Mike Spring

Last week, the Annie Awards held their 37th annual awards ceremony and celebrated the latest and greatest in animation. The Annie Awards are like the Academy Awards for animation; for nearly four decades they’ve recognized great achievements in the animated realm.

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Looking Back And Looking Forward

12.31.09 | Education | Mike Spring

The 5 most notable events in the voice over field from 2009 and some New Year’s resolutions for voice actors.

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There’s An App For That

12.11.09 | Education | Mike Spring

If there’s one thing that having an iPhone in my pocket has taught me, it’s that the future is never very far away.

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Stuffed With Ideas!

11.23.09 | Education | Mike Spring

It’s a short week here at Voice Coaches due to the Thanksgiving holiday, however, I wanted to leave you with something to keep you warm over the weekend besides turkey and stuffing, so today I’m going to share a little Thanksgiving humor, some motivational thoughts, and a little bit of news as well. First off, [...]

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When Is A Character Voice Not A Character Voice?

11.18.09 | Education | Mike Spring

I recently stumbled across a couple of advertisements for Seagram’s Vodka (of all things) that featured some really fun voice over performances. There are three ads that focus on classic football rivalries (Bears vs. Packers, Giants Vs. Eagles, and Patriots vs. Dolphins), but that don’t actually use any football related imagery or sounds. What I [...]

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Flying Sky High

08.24.09 | Education | Mike Spring

As I was posting some information on the Voice Coaches Twitter Page today, I came across this little tidbit of information: 8/24/1932 Amelia Earhart (Putnam – her husband is Putnam of Putnam Publishing) becomes the 1st woman to fly non-stop LA to New York. Intrigued by this factoid, I decided to do some research and [...]

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(Re)Introducing Voice Coaches Radio!

08.11.09 | Education | Mike Spring

In addition to being an endless resource for potential job opportunities for voice actors, podcasts are also one of the most popular mediums for information, opinions, and entertainment these days. We’re very excited to announce that we’ve just revamped Voice Coaches Radio into a new weekly podcast! Starting next week, you can download a new [...]

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Thank You Everyone!

05.03.09 | Education | David Bourgeois

Technology + You= Opportunity , Voice Coaches 2009 Advanced Marketing Expo, came to a close last night at 5:15pm. With attendance close to 200, this event was a tremendous and empowering success. Attendees from across the US and Canada joined some of the most influential professionals in our industry for a day-long series of presentations, [...]

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Voice Coaches Expo Is ON!!!

05.02.09 | Education | David Bourgeois

Today, the Voice Coaches Advanced Marketing Expo is happening in Schenectady NY with attendees and experts from across the US and Canada. Nearly 200 voice professionals were in attendance as Voice Coaches President David Bourgeois kicked off the event this morning. Marketing and Communication Expert Jay Silverman spoke about personal traits in effective marketing. The [...]

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Busy Week!

04.28.09 | Education | David Bourgeois

Well, there won’t be a lot of downtime for anyone at Voice Coaches this week. That’s because on Saturday May 2nd, we will host our third annual Advanced Marketing Expo at the GE Theater, right here in Schenectady. With more than 150 attendees and guests expected from as far away as Alaska, New Mexico, Georgia, [...]

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Actor Jared Padalecki Steps Into The Vocal Booth

12.10.08 | Education | Mike Spring

About a week ago I was fortunate to have a phone interview with film and television actor Jared Padalecki. Jared is best known for starring in the hit shows Supernatural and Gilmore Girls, as well as having major roles in films such as House of Wax and the upcoming Friday the 13th remake. In Jared’s [...]

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The Good Ole CD

09.23.08 | Education | David Bourgeois

Why a CD Demo Is A Critical Component For Building Success Here is a question that I hear from time to time, typically from an individual new to our field… Do I really need a CD demo or can i just email my demo as an mp3? As technology and the availability of technology has [...]

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Great Response!

05.08.08 | Education | David Bourgeois

Nearly a week after our second Advanced Self marketing Expo wrapped up, we are still receiving an enormous amount of feedback about the event. Below are some excerpts of emails and correspondence we have received. Thanks, David. What a terrific event! I got what I came for  a renewed sense of excitement, enthusiasm and [...]

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Winding Down!!

05.03.08 | Education | David Bourgeois

After several months of planning, we have just wrapped up our second Advanced Marketing Expo near our home base in Schenectady New York. The afternoon brought our attendees face to face with Voice Over Super Agent Billy Serow and famed Voice Actor Rodney Saulsberry. Our expert panel concluded the event featuring Q&A with Voice Pro [...]

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Lunch Break!

05.03.08 | Education | David Bourgeois

After A Great Morning More than 120 Voice Actors from across the US and Canada began this morning hearing from Voice Coaches Founder David Bourgeis, and the company’s marketing expert Jay Silverman. Silverman shared the 13 RE’s of Voice Acting…REsearch, REvive, REwrite, REcap, REview, REalize, REmind, REach Out, REevaluate, REpay, REexamine, REconnect, REcall. Next, Leading [...]

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Here We Go!!

05.02.08 | Education | David Bourgeois

Marketing Expo ’08 Kicks Off Tonight! After months of planning, our second annual Self Marketing Expo begins this evening with a VIP mixer in the gallery above where tomorrow’s events will be held. In addition to early registrants, we expect celebrities including Voice Over legend Rodney Saulsberry, Television Star John James, Voices.com Founders David and [...]

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Marketing Expo 2008

04.11.08 | Education | David Bourgeois

Here We Go! I am delighted to announce that Voice Coaches, in association with the GE Theater in Schenectady, will present our second annual “Advanced Self Marketing Expo” on Saturday, May 3rd. This year’s event will feature speakers and industry pros from coast to coast, including Voice Pro and Author Rodney Saulsberry, Super Agent Billy [...]

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Volunteering Your Voice

04.01.08 | Education | David Bourgeois

…When The Time Is Right There is no question that volunteering to assist a cause or a individual in need, can be a worthwhile gesture that will repay itself in the benefit you provide and the pleasure you feel in doing it. There are, however, occasions when volunteering can be unrealistic and actually not beneficial [...]

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The Break-In Mentality

03.08.08 | Education | David Bourgeois

Respect our industry Voice Acting is a business. It is a business in which professionals count on other professionals to provide a service that requires knowledge and skill. These days however, it seems as though there is a lot of banter in the training community about “Breaking In” to our field. The folks who ply [...]

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Common Senses 101

02.26.08 | Education | David Bourgeois

I can’t bite my tongue on this one! Here is a concept that I am wondering if any of you out there find the least bit strange. “Pay Us For Training And We Will Get You Work”! You see this all the time in a variety of industries, often related to the entertainment industry. The [...]

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A New Resource

12.19.07 | Education | David Bourgeois

After participating in many blogs and podcasts, and after continued encouragement from our clients, we have decided to create an ongoing blog as a regular component of voicecoaches.com. Our idea is to present relative information on training, effective marketing, and other issues that will benefit our friends and colleagues. Our blog will also be an [...]

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