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Tips & techniques

Voice acting “practise” and a “practice” idea

I know. I know. The word ‘practice’ in the title “Voice acting practise” is spelled wrong. I did it on purpose, so please, no e-mails about my poor spelling — my iMac’s spell checker already hates me. 😉 I did so because recently some people found my blog by using misspelled words such as “practise”, “voise”, and “copie” in the [Continue Reading…]

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Tips & techniques

A great voice over warm up!

While checking out the Voice-Overs Forum I came across a very cool warm up idea posted by one of the members (I won’t say who because I’m not sure about privacy issues — better safe than sorry.) It’s the NBC announcer test. The test originated at Radio Central New York (NBC) in the 1940s as a reading test given to [Continue Reading…]

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Famous voice actors

Merry (voice over) Christmas!

Here’s wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year — voice over style! This collection of famous and well-known voice actors have banded together to tell the popular Christmas poem “Twas the Night Before Christmas”. So sit back, relax, and pour yourself a glass of eggnog (as long as you don’t have a voice over gig 😉 [Continue Reading…]

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Careers in voice over

Breaking into voice acting – my first gig

Some beginners to voice overs and voice acting believe that it’s incredibly difficult to break into the industry. Misconceptions such as “I need a golden voice” or “I can’t get work without an agent” abound. From my own (and others) personal experience, this just isn’t so. To the first point: nowadays, having a golden voice isn’t as important as knowing [Continue Reading…]

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Must-see ads

Must-see ads: Gettin’ funky!

Here’s a little treat to help put a smile on your face 😀 . It’s not filled with a lengthy voice over. But hey, there are many commercials that don’t require it (and we still get paid for doing what we love to do!)

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Tips & techniques

Tongue twisters with a voice acting twist

It doesn’t matter if you’re a budding beginner to voice acting or a seasoned veteran, I’m sure you’ve heard how great tongue twisters are to the profession — and they are. I, myself, have been doing them for quite some time as warm ups and as general “mouth calisthenics” to improve my reading and pronunciation. But to voice over actors [Continue Reading…]

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Messages

WordPress smilies (or emoticons)

Whether you call them smilies or emoticons one thing is for sure: they are everywhere! Some blogs and forums use one system while different blogs and forums use slightly altered systems. Voice Actor’s Notebook is a WordPress based blog. That being so, you can use the WordPress smilies (a.k.a. emoticons) when you comment on any of the posts here. Instead [Continue Reading…]

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Careers in voice over

Voice over opportunities abound!

When most non-voice actors hear the term “voice overs”, they think of the funny voices found in cartoons and in animation. A few might make the leap to radio and TV imaging, promos, and commercials. And a few more might even realize that the voices floating over the scenes in a documentary are not necessarily the voices of the researchers [Continue Reading…]

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Careers in voice over

Voice over video: She makes it look so easy

Voice over talent, Catherine Campion, makes doing voice overs look so incredibly easy to do. What I like about this video is that you can see her “high-tech” studio (keep your eyes peeled for it 😉 )

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