Voices of Colors

This is a forum for issues of concern to voiceover actors of color. Instead of grappling with post-Obama VO industry questions alone let's work them out collectively by sharing our experiences.

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Winter Thoughts

VOC Peeps,

Just noticed that Voices of Colors has over 100 members now. Amazing. Hopefully we're not all auditioning for the same work!

Anyway Winter is here and, to be perfectly candid, I've taken a step back from auditioning and am in the process of re-tooling my product. I'm trying to incorporate some of the comments I've gotten over the past year from Coaches and Agents both in terms of the "sound" as well as the Web site and promotional materials. There's a "new" sound out there that, to my ear, seems flatter, less musical, and definitely more "authentic" is the word that's used most often. Don't push, in other words. Even on the audition, I'm told, "tell it, don't sell it," though some coaches say just the opposite in terms of the audition; urging that to be made a little bigger.

So my plan is to spend some time in the studio and see what comes out as well as working with my webmaster, Corey Brown, on a new design which, by the way, will not include photos of me (see Photo Discussion Below).

The last coaching session I had was with Marice Tobias. One of the things she said that stuck was that agents have many ways of saying "no" but only one way of saying "yes" and that's with a signed contract. Which means that when they say "we'll send you some copy" or "we'll work freelance" it's usually a kind way of saying "see ya." Kind of like the equivalent of "we'll call you."

Enough already. I hope 2010 was a killer year for you (don't forget to keep records for the IRS) and that 2011 is even better. And don't forget that this is YOUR forum. Don't hesitate to start discussions, ask questions or just vent. This is YOUR PAGE.

All the best,
Mike H

Discussion Forum

Getting Signed by An Agency. What does it take? What does it mean?

Started by Mike Hudson. Last reply by Temba Hove Sep 29, 2012. 8 Replies

Getting signed seems to be the major goal of VO Artists so I'm asking those who are signed to give the rest of us the 411 on what the game is about. What does it take to get signed? What does it mean…Continue

Goals for the New Year

Started by Mike Hudson Dec 1, 2010. 0 Replies

I'm going to focus more on enjoying this as an art form and less as a business. Also plan to think less about NYC and LA as the be all end all and more about all the opportunities that exist outside…Continue

Does including a photo hurt or help?

Started by Mike Hudson. Last reply by Martin Drayton Oct 26, 2010. 8 Replies

A young, black, VO asked me the other day about the wisdom of including a photo with his promotional materials. I, for years, advocated against it thinking that it may serve as a lightning rod for…Continue

Voices That COOK....and it's nothing to do with talking.

Started by Martin Scott Jul 26, 2010. 0 Replies

Many of you know that I love to cook, and not only inside the booth.Well...this weekend I found a cool script to add to my website. So, If you love to cook... share your passion with the world, and…Continue

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Comment by Mark A. Neely on January 18, 2013 at 1:30am

Voices!  I'm producing this Audiobook Title: Husband Unleashed


Its an Erotic Novel from a Best Selling Author and he wants an real Black Female voice to make his words sing!  If your interest please contact me at and I can send you a short audition.  This is a Royalty Share Contract with a short 40 page estimate of dialog.


Looking forward to hearing from the Audiobook Superstars!

Comment by VoiceoverCity, LLC on October 30, 2012 at 1:52pm

Any members of this group located in the Atlanta Metro area?

Comment by Dwanda Ashford on October 14, 2012 at 5:02pm

Thanks for the advice Izaki. I understand the importance of developing my own style. I know what my style is, now the serious work is how to develop my style. 

I look forward to learning from my fellow VU members and being an active participant on this blog.

Comment by Izaki Shadrack on October 12, 2012 at 2:42am


Welcome to Voice Over Universe, as far as advice, one that I can give is always remember to be you when reading. I assume that the people at Such a Voice will enforce this too.  Its good to imitate those at the top right now; for sometime, but along the way you will need to find your voice, your style.

Another that I can give is it matters on how you read. It's not just what you read, but how you read it. 

...I wish you the best.



Comment by Dwanda Ashford on October 11, 2012 at 3:20am

Hello, I'm a newbie to VU and I just finished my demo this week. I'm looking for some marketing advice for voice over actors from the African American community. 

Please share with me of any advice you have for pitfalls to avoid or tips that have worked with you that you would like to share. I'm so fortunate to find a forum for people of color. I would like to start a "meet up" group in my area, to network with other voice actors, but since I'm new to the voice over industry I have some apprehension. Does anyone have any advice?

Comment by Mia Bankston on January 5, 2012 at 10:28pm

Sad, but unbelievably true!

Comment by Kevin Genus on January 5, 2012 at 5:58pm

That's just part of the job... you'd do well to treat ebonics like any other foreign language and "embrace" it.

Comment by E.J. Smith on January 5, 2012 at 5:10pm

One of "Those" sessions

Just had one of Those sessions. I'm sure many of you can relate. Ha. Keep laughing. 

Comment by Chaz Kendricks on September 19, 2011 at 12:40am
Hello all, I'm new to VO. I'm looking for a support group to practice my skills and also to  find somewhere to get my reels done for a reasonable price. I look forward to meeting others.
Comment by Rhonda Nolen on August 18, 2011 at 11:48am

What's up Magic...Thanks for the response, the advice and the encouragement. I will check out the webinars and reach out ot Melody Jones. You keep doing BIG THINGS! and you are silly...come back when  you come back, lol



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