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The Remarkable Return of the Audio Drama

April 29, 2024 2:12 pm Published by Leave your thoughts
Audio Dramas have a rich history dating back to the Golden Age of Radio in the early 20th century. Radio dramas, also known as “old-time radio,” were immensely popular, captivating audiences with serialized stories, thrilling mysteries, and heartwarming dramas. Images still exist of families huddled around the radio, excited and impatient for their favorite audio… View Article
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Tell Everyone You Know

April 15, 2024 11:29 am Published by Leave your thoughts
At Voice Coaches, we talk a lot about telling “everyone you know” about being a voice actor. There are a few typical responses we tend to get, like, “Well, I’m not a professional voice actor yet, so when I am, I will tell people.” Well, if no one knows you are one, you may never… View Article
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Voice Over in “How To” Videos

April 8, 2024 11:33 am Published by Leave your thoughts
“How-to” videos can become a crucial element in delivering informative content across various platforms. We’ve all been scrolling over various aforementioned platforms (much to our friends’ and spouses’ discontent as they grumble, “Dinner is getting cold.”) Throughout these extended scrolling sessions, we see videos “showing” us how to do something, use something, with a “voice-over”… View Article
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How Avoiding a Scam turned into an Opportunity

April 1, 2024 10:43 am Published by Leave your thoughts
An interesting thing happened to me the other day, well, two things actually. The first was “‘not so good’ interesting,” and the second was “‘pretty great’ interesting.” The first thing was being contacted by a voice-over hirer about a potential voice-over job. I know it sounds wonderful, but this email inquiry screamed “scam!” I am… View Article
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Connecting: A Twofold Approach

March 19, 2024 9:06 am Published by Leave your thoughts
In the nuanced realm of voice acting, the act of connecting means more than mere vocal execution—it is a twofold strategy. First, it’s important to connect with projects for which you are the right voice, and that speak to the right audience. Secondly, it’s about connecting to the script itself. To start, let’s discuss connecting… View Article
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The “2” in 2 takes in Voice Over

March 11, 2024 11:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts
Let’s delve deeper into the concept of “take” within the realm of voice-over work, a term that echoes loudly within the walls of recording studios. Imagine yourself nestled in the comforting embrace of a soundproof booth, the script glowing like a beacon in the subdued ambiance. Then, through the headphones, comes the engineer’s crisp voice:… View Article
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The “Who” in “Who Are You Talking To?”

March 4, 2024 12:05 pm Published by Leave your thoughts
We often discuss the trend in today’s voice-over industry toward performances that are conversational, real, and relatable. Equally, we explore strategies for embodying these qualities when approaching voice-over scripts. A foundational strategy involves asking yourself some simple questions while examining a piece of copy. Consider the question, “Who am I talking to?” The common advice… View Article
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The “Corporate” in Corporate Narration

February 26, 2024 3:56 pm Published by Leave your thoughts
 When I talk about different genres of voiceover work with beginners, sometimes, while uttering the word “corporate” as I discuss corporate narration, a look takes over their face that is similar to the way one looks when they taste or smell something slightly foul. “Corporate Narration,” they say, “Won’t that be dry and stuffy?” or… View Article
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The History of Audiobooks

February 19, 2024 10:42 am Published by Leave your thoughts
Recently, I found myself scrolling through heaps of titles on my beloved audible app, looking for my next listening experience. Would it be a murder mystery? Or how about a guilty pleasure beach read where the heroine loses love a million times before she finally finds it? Maybe a self-help book about setting boundaries with… View Article
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What is a Voice Over PSA?

February 12, 2024 10:26 am Published by Leave your thoughts
First of all, let’s talk about what a PSA is. PSA stands for Public Service Announcement. Now, who exactly is qualified to make these, you may ask? The government? A not-for-profit organization? Well, really, anyone can. Typically though, Public Service Announcements are produced and broadcast with the intent to inform the public about issues of… View Article