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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Voiceover Resolutions for the New Year and Beyond

Setting expectations and goals ahead of a new year is an amazing way of ensuring your dreams come true. For many of us, this is the time for reflection of past mistakes and future prospects. But in reality, making resolutions can be done at any time of the year. It can be on your wedding anniversary, on your birthday or when starting your career as a voice actor like I did in Nashville, TN. Here are some suggestions to start off your voice acting career on a path to success in the new year.

Book More Voiceover Jobs

If your goal is to increase the number of voiceover bookings in coming years, you are not alone. There are thousands of voiceover actors hoping to do the same thing. To increase these bookings, you must be hands-on during the entire process. For instance, ensure that you audition as frequently as possible. However, audition only for the jobs that are suitable for your voice and not every offer that lands in your inbox. By auditioning only for jobs that are relevant to your voiceover style the probability of landing those jobs goes up.

Diversify Your Voiceover Language Skills

Even with professional voiceover actors with careers spanning several years in voice acting, there is always a new skill to add to your portfolio. Doing more auditions can greatly improve some of the skills already have and help you develop a new language or accent. If picking up a new language or accent are part of your wish-list this year, there is a way you can add them to your skills list. One way is engaging the services of a voiceover coach. Learning an accent or language in voice acting is a great way to expand your career opportunities.

Venture into a New Area in Voice Acting

If you've always had the desire to venture into a new specialization within voice acting, maybe this is the time to get started. Being open to new challenges is one of the successful strategies for voiceover actors everywhere. It appears that many voice actors are looking to test the waters of a new VO field. So when you're ready, get your new demos together to promote your expanded skills.

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Knowing What to Look for in a Voiceover Job Posting

As a voice actor, you need to constantly be on the lookout for possible gigs and auditions. When you first come across a voiceover job posting, should first check the specifications just to make sure that you are a perfect fit for the job. Taking due diligence beforehand can also increase your chances of nailing the audition. In addition to other factors, always remember that integrity is far more important than simply making a quick buck. Doing otherwise will likely come back later to haunt you. Below are some of the things to look out for in a voiceover job:

Language, accent and dialect-be honest and forthright about the languages, accents and dialects that you can handle. As most client can easily spot authentic language from one that is not polished. If you are looking to succeed as a voice always make sure that you indicate your level of fluency when submitting your auditions and proposals.

Gender-The fact of the matter is, there are some voice actors with the ability to convincingly change their voice’s gender. However, this is a very rare skill and with very limited opportunities. If you can’t convincingly change the gender of your voice, don’t stress about it. Stick to the voices that suit you the best.

Work type- There are many different types of voiceover work that you can apply for. For instance... in TV voiceover, radio voiceover and web documentary voiceover. All of these require a unique voice suitable to the specific industry. But don't limit your abilities when it comes to voiceovers. Experiment with different voices, styles and approaches and establish where your voice is strong as well as areas that need improvement.

Consider the Clients’ Specifications- Most clients will always set a deadline for receiving auditions. If you are fully booked and cannot audition for a certain gig on time, be willing to pass the opportunity. There will be plenty more opportunities. Accepting auditions and later not delivering on them paints a bad picture of the kind of voiceover actor you are. Never set yourself up for looking unreliable.

Pay rate-This is the deal breaker for most voice actors. Most actors are confronted with the challenge of establishing their true worth and at the same time appealing to the client by being affordable. Before you come up with your voice over price range, take into consideration the going rate in the industry, your work experience, what you can bring to an individual project, as well as the client’s budget. Note that you are at liberty to set your own charges and you are under no obligation to accept a job that you feel is not worth your effort. Constantly value your worth throughout your career and use it as a gold standard for setting you apart from all others. 

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Why Local Voiceover Businesses Need a Google My Business Listing

Today, more and more people rely on Google as a source of information for their most crucial questions. This implies that Google has become a leading information resource for new products and services. However, you might be unaware of just how easy it is to use Google My Business as a tool of online presence management for business. As a business owner, it is of extreme importance to manage your online presence and there is no better tool at the moment that can do this well than Google My Business. So why is it necessary for local voiceover businesses in Nashville, TN to have a Google My Business Listing?

Cost Effectiveness When Searching for a Voiceover Job

Having your voiceover business as a Google My Business listing is free. In addition, a business has increased exposure to millions of potential customers given that Google is the largest search engine. There are several other business directories that are similar to Google My Business. However, subscribing to these directories come at a cost either placed monthly or annually. After your business is listed on Google My Business, it becomes easier for your customers to see your hours of operation, contact details and your website. The number of opportunities related to your career as a voiceover actor will largely depend on where you live. If you live in a large city such as Nashville, TN, the term local can mean businesses and people within a 1 mile radius. 

Leverage Your Business with Technological Changes

As a beginner in the voice acting industry, you need to turn your attention to getting work as soon as possible. Technological advancements have since changed the industry and many voice actor jobs can now be found online. Just like any other job market, the voice over industry is competitive even for well-known actors. In order to cut a substantive market niche, you must focus on your career goals and develop a strategy for promoting yourself.  Most potential clients are looking for that which makes you stand out from the crowd... what makes you different?

Visibility on Google Maps

Another advantage of having your local service business listed on Google My Business is the increased visibility of search results. Google My Business profiles appear on Google Maps and what is known as Local “3-pack” area on search results. This is how a Google search actually works. When you make a Google Search, the first three results are exclusively reserved for Google Adwords advertisements. These advertisements are also known as “paid search”. The next three listings to appear will be on a map that contains local results and In order to optimize your voiceover talent, you are more likely to attract more potential clients if your business is among the top on the listings. 

Thursday, December 27, 2018

A Day in the Life of Voiceover Actors-Time Management Strategies for Voice Actors

Success in any career depends on how well you are able to manage your time. This philosophy applies across different career paths including voice over acting. There is a point in your daily schedule where additional work does not translate to more success. Voiceover actors have to contend with the temptation of working for so long but not getting value for their time and effort. 

What Time of the Day are Voice Actors Most Productive

Productivity is at its highest in the mornings and this does not apply just to the voice acting industry. However, people are different and so are their preferences and choices. There are voice actors who may prefer working in the afternoons but to make the hustle easier, you need to have a more methodical approach to your daily schedule. Most people getting into voice acting tend to ignore their own uniqueness and simply move with the flow. If everyone is doing it one way it doesn’t mean you have to do it the same way. Achieving success with your voice over talent will depend on how well you craft your daily management strategy.

How Much Time Goes into Auditions, Demos and Other Tasks

Most American voice over actors can attest that a significant amount of their time is spent auditioning for new jobs. Even seasoned and professional voice actors need new gigs for them to stay afloat or grow their business. More auditions mean that your voice has the potential to be heard by thousands of clients out there. At the same time, you must be open to criticism. Not every audition you do will receive a positive feedback from potential clients.
Many times you'll get no feedback at all. So get used to that and try to be objective.

How do Voice Actors Stay Motivated

One of the greatest incentives for voice actors is being able to create your own schedule. Yet, too much comfort at home can make us lose focus and become less productive. In fact, motivation is different for everyone. To some people, motivation is being able to stick to a set daily schedule. Others get inspired by engaging in physical activities when stress levels escalate. Transferring that energy to their recording. Your peers, your kids and every day people too are an amazing source of inspiration.

A Day in the Life of a Voice Actor

From working short to long hours, self- fulfillment in your career as a voiceover actor in Nashville, TN is achieved through effective time management. Your daily schedule should be balanced between REAL work (paid) and auditions. Each can feed off the other in this way too making effective use of your time.

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

4 Ways to Get Into Character in Voice Acting

Getting into character is one of the challenges that some voice actors struggle with. For those in video games and animation genres, it doesn’t get any easier since they require a unique set of voice over talent. For example, video and cartoon characters are mostly fictional characters. This means that you have to imagine yourself playing a role of a character that is in a fictional context and has no equivalent in the real world. You could even be the first person to play the role of such a character. With little or no information of what the voice of the fictional character would be, the key to nailing the audition is being able to interpret what the producers are looking for. Confronted with a new character, here is how to land a deal as a TV voice over or radio voiceover in Nashville, TN.

Read the Script Thoroughly

Before you even get into trying to figure out what a character may sound like, try and interpret the character by analyzing the script. There is a way you approach this task when trying to capture a character voice. First, read through the entire script in a casual manner. Go through the script again, this time with a bit more thought-remember to take notes. Then you might consider rereading the text a few more times for you to capture the complete picture of the character.

Analyze Character Motivation

Once you have a good grasp of the events in the script, pay close attention to what your character says to other characters as this gives a more accurate depiction of values, morals and motivations behind the role you are taking. In simple terms, be critical of your character’s actions. It is noteworthy knowing that some voiceover actors in Nashville, TN feel the need to walk or even dress up like the characters they are set out to play. This is a great way of giving an even more convincing portrayal of the character.

Concentrate on Action Words in the Script

To really bring life into your character, look at how they utter certain words in the script. If your character makes a statement such as “Why are you going that way?” try and figure out the action behind the statement for you to understand the tone used. Is the tone demanding or simply inquiring? One success strategy of becoming a great voice narrator is by crafting your own interpretation of the character in the script as long as you are consistent with the storyline of your character. Use a little of your own "background" information as a real person.

Think Physically

In order to nail what your character sounds like, try and think about how they look and act physically. Sometimes it helps a lot if you can try and imitate their actions from the script physically. You can also make facial expressions that you think the character would make while reading certain lines of the script. Whereas the audience will only hear your voice, you have to make the voice reflect the physicality of the character in the script. Don't keep your arms to your sides. Use your body... just be sure to maintain your microphone proximity.

Thursday, December 20, 2018

The Art of Auditioning for a Voiceover Role

Technology is slowly changing the voiceover world. Apart from improved recording tools and applications, voiceover auditions have also changed significantly. You don’t have to attend the audition in person and you can simply record your audition and send it to the producers. Directly, through an agent or a third party website. However, digital implementation in the voiceover world has also come with its fair share of challenges. Online and pre-recorded online auditions can be very overwhelming. Here are some of the ways you can launch your career as a voiceover actor in Nashville, TN and elsewhere.

Do your Homework

Even before you hit that record button, make sure that you understand the do’s and don’ts in voice acting. Acquaint yourself with techniques that optimize your profile as a voiceover actor. More importantly, make sure that you have the necessary equipment to record a quality voiceover.

Don’t Read the Whole Script

In a real life scenario, people hate prolonged activities. The same is replicated in the voice acting industry. Potential clients will only be interested in the first few seconds of your audition. Remember, those few seconds should be your selling point.

Don’t always let the Copy be Your Guide

The voiceover industry requires a lot of creativity. Sticklers of the rules are less likely to make it big in the industry. This is why during your auditions, try to bring out the best in you. Simply following the guide does not bring forward the kind of personality that many producers want to work with. For example, if your original copy was just plain text, try including natural pauses... ums, ahs, etc. they way we all normally talk when recording your narration.

Avoid Slating during the Audition

Slating means mentioning your name at the beginning of the audition. This is however not recommended and unnecessary as your name is always alongside your audio recording for the clients to see. Just make sure you label your files properly with your name.

Be Authentic

How you approach a voiceover should project your unique way of doing things, your voice and your interpretation of the script. Whereas every voiceover job will have its guidelines, make use of your creativity to bring out skills that that are beyond your constraints. In fact, some people believe that creativity is best projected when the job has no set of guidelines. Ideally, this means that you are allowed to break a few rules to show your uniqueness.

Reflect on Past Failures-Focus on the Future

Making a breakthrough as a voiceover actor takes time. If you haven’t found success yet, it’s not the end of the road. Voice acting is a very tough field and with the numerous rejections you are likely to encounter, always remember that low-lows come with high-highs.
Just roll with the punches and don't take rejection personally. 

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

How to Get Your Child into Voice Acting

When it comes to voice acting, it doesn’t really matter how old you are. Most parents will start questioning whether voice acting is the path they really want for the children soon after they hear them imitate character voices. There is no doubt that some children possess unique abilities that make them the perfect match for certain voice acting jobs. Some of the unique skills and abilities to look out for are:

·         Extensive imagination
·         Openness to learn new things
·         Creativity especially when assuming a new character role
·         Ability to focus on pronunciation

Take into Consideration Your Child’s Level of Interest

Children who thrive in the voiceover industry not only possess an interest in developing their voice acting abilities but also enjoy the performance aspect of it. One aspect of developing a voice acting career is learning how to cope with rejections. Even a veteran voice narrator in Nashville, TN can attest to the fact that not every audition is a success. This might be a little harder on children than it is on adults since children do not have the mental capacity to handle rejections. Keeping this in mind, consider hiring a voice coach who can positively reinforce your child’s skills in voice acting.

What to Invest in Your Child’s Voice Acting Career

Voice acting-just like any other activity, requires practice, equipment and coaching. To become successful in this field, you must be willing to invest both time and money into training. Hiring a voiceover coach is crucial to helping your child become one of the successful voice actors in Nashville, TN. This success however comes at a cost and will need facilitation. If your child exhibits great interest in voice acting, enroll them for voice acting classes. Demos are also essential at the beginning of a voiceover career. Under this, there are a number of best practices where you can either work with a professional studio or set up a good home studio for your kid.

Voice Jobs for Child Actors

Among the number of voice acting jobs available, young voices account for almost 30 percent. Some of the projects that commonly hire children voice actors are commercials, cartoon characters and for documentary voiceover in Nashville, TN. As we speak, there is an increase in demand of authentic child voiceovers. Consider Walt Disney’s Pinocchio, played by the late Dick Jones who was only ten years old when he auditioned for the role.