September 2010 Blog Posts (23)

The magic decoder ring for scripts. What the heck does the voice seeker want?

If you've been in the voiceover business any amount of time, you're going to come up against a script where it looks like you need a psychic to figure out what the voiceseeker wants in the read. The spec calls for something completely different from what the script is. So, how do you resolve this type of scenario? Simple. Read the script.

It's a jewelry store selling high end rings for young couples getting engaged on Valentine's Day. What can we discern from that?

Let's… Continue

Added by John Tambascio on September 29, 2010 at 7:00am — 10 Comments

Cuz, Baby, I hate NDA's! Do another gig, sign another contract, baby!

I had one of the most awesome sessions ever this past Monday! And the WORST part of it is... I can't say a word about it! Sometimes non-disclosure agreements are two-edged swords... on the positive side, they give you paying work but on the flip-side, you can't say a word about it to anyone until the product is released to the public without violating your agreement and possibly losing your client and even being fined.

All I CAN say is the gig was for my favorite client and it was… Continue

Added by Jon Bailey on September 28, 2010 at 10:55pm — 6 Comments

GKN Weekly Update 9/27/10

And a good morning to you on this chilly, damp Monday! Quite a change from the upper 80's weather we had just a few days ago. Ah, September, the month that just can't make up its damn mind!

I just watched an interesting video on Boing, my morning coffee. Check it out...

Where Good Ideas Come From

I'm a huge proponent of creative thinking, innovation, and entrepreneurship so this video intrigued me. My real motivation for watching it is that I haven't… Continue

Added by Tom Dheere on September 27, 2010 at 11:32am — No Comments

For newbies: Voiceover Techniques – Lesson 4: Make It Real

[The 4th post on VO basics from, originally posted 9/23/10]

So, you can read out loud without making too many mistakes; you’ve warmed it up with a genuine smile; and added some attitude for flavor. Now, the final step is to make your voiceover performance realistic by connecting with an audience. If you’re speaking to someone – rather than just reading words off a page – your voiceovers will have an authentic,… Continue

Added by John Matthew on September 26, 2010 at 4:32pm — No Comments

Bringing method acting to voiceover.

Any voice actor worth their salt always looks for ways to improve their performance. It struck me a while back that method acting, ala Strassberg and others, might be a worthwhile addition to my arsenal.

Imagine doing a character read for a medical product that calls for a "doctor" to sell some pill or bandage. Sure, you could just do a straight read and be done with the audition. Remember the last time you went to a doctor and they made you feel better just by coming into the… Continue

Added by John Tambascio on September 26, 2010 at 10:42am — No Comments

They All Come Back ... Sometimes!

If you've been at the VO game for any length of time, you will come across a gig you do that gets rave reviews. Yet, when the new season rolls around, or the next wave of spots is created, they decide to change the VO for one reason or another. It could be they put a new producer on the project who wants to put his own stamp on it, or perhaps they've decided to change the target demo, or they may just like to change the voice as often as they change their underwear. Whatever the reason, you are… Continue

Added by Mark Avery on September 21, 2010 at 4:46pm — 1 Comment

GKN Weekly Update 9/20/10

Good morning to y'all on this lovely Monday morning! I've already been to NYC and back for a recording session at NY Audio. It went really well and I worked with a very talented & nice girl named Sol. That means sun, ya know.

Last week was all about me getting back on track with diet, exercise, auditions, and whatnot. It worked, for the most part. And then comes days like Friday! Friday I was up at 7:00 (that's early for me), at NY Audio in NYC (hi Pierce & Laura!) by… Continue

Added by Tom Dheere on September 20, 2010 at 1:29pm — No Comments

I'm Not a Voice Over Talent. I Just Play One On TV.

Having worked in the television industry, as an on camera talent for the past 25 years, I can truly say "voice acting" is proving to be a stretch for me.

Working in series production, I used to do voice overs all the time but I never had to act. In my shows, all that was required of me was to be myself. So any vo spots were just a continuation of the information I had just conveyed to the camera. Again, just being my merry little self, in a round about way.

Any commercial… Continue

Added by Tony Kramer on September 19, 2010 at 6:30pm — No Comments

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Added by Voiceover Universe on September 19, 2010 at 3:00pm — No Comments


I love this voiceover business!

One of the main reasons I love it is because of the people in it!

I don’t mind telling you that most of the voice talents I know and work with are the best people in the world. They are great at what they do; they respect each other; and they have a remarkable passion to see each other succeed.

Why? Well, maybe it’s because the voiceover business is not yet recognized as a critical part of the marketing world. The creative writers… Continue

Added by Dan (Daniel Eduardo) Hurst on September 18, 2010 at 12:15am — No Comments

We all have a "stage name"....fancy finding yours?

Reading a recent ramble from Stephanie posted on VOX Daily, prompted me to share with you the simple technique in finding your "stage name". If you are lumbered with John smith or Jane Brown ( no offence if you happen to be blessed with either of theses names) You might like to try this little exercise in generating a more adventurous alternative name!

Stand by to be shocked, surprised or having your funnybone activated!

1.Think of the name of your first pet.

2. The… Continue

Added by Mark Ewart .. on September 17, 2010 at 4:00am — 3 Comments

Meet One Voice Talent for this years storyline on Holiday Magic, a Gift for Children of All Ages!

The story has been written and the voice talent are busy at work. This is the lovely and talented Heather Martinez in Los Angeles who is the voice of Kate the adventurous reindeer from Milwaukee! She’s the one on the CD cover with the big eyelashes! Don’t forget the submission deadline for this years CD is October 15th. Details are at HolidayMagic, a Gift for Children of All Ages!…


Added by Jeff Gelder on September 15, 2010 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Dead-pan delivery!

I recently recorded a VO for a Coffin & Casket manufacturer, A pretty sombre subject I must admit.Having done the deed, I sent the file off to the producer for loading it onto the Web Presentation. After a short while. the producer replied with these words: "we love what you've done here, but can you give it a bit more oomph! The presentation is intended for for suppliers, NOT END USERS!"

How we laughed!

Added by Mark Ewart .. on September 15, 2010 at 9:43am — 2 Comments

Finally got my first THEATRICAL trailer! And I've been STAYIN' booked!

So I found out that three weeks ago, I finished on my very first theatrical movie trailer! I was on the phone with my manager and he mentioned that I would be doing the Machete tv spot this week and I said "I already finished on that a while back?" Come to find out, I did the international THEATRICAL trailer and now I'm getting the tv spot too! Yay! I have been very busy. I'm trying to manage and organize this new animation company that I've been put in charge of, but I've been booking an… Continue

Added by Jon Bailey on September 15, 2010 at 2:46am — 41 Comments

5 Early VO Influences (video)

Happy Voice-Over Appreciation Month!

I thought I’d take a moment to showcase five voices that are probably responsible for the paths I’ve taken in life, be it radio or animation. Not that I knew it when I heard them, mind you. Let’s call them ‘early influences.’

Ernie Anderson

His voice was synonymous with ABC television for as long as I can remember. He was the personality of the network, which is the whole point of imaging. He had the voice… Continue

Added by Dan Roberts on September 15, 2010 at 12:30am — 2 Comments

GKN Weekly Update 9/13/10

Hello and Happy Birthday to me! Whoo Hoo!!!

BTW thank you for the FLOOD of Birthday wishes that came my way via email, text message, and wall posts on Facebook & Voiceover Universe. I really appreciate it!

The past few weeks has been a blur of running errands, moving stuff to mom's new apartment, and trying to spend some quality time with friends & family. I would like to think that things will settle down starting tomorrow, but then I remember that I have 50… Continue

Added by Tom Dheere on September 13, 2010 at 4:02pm — No Comments

The Voice: Will Lyman, Frontline

Article Source: Rolling Stone Online via @tesstalks post on twiiter

Voiceover Universe member: Will Lyman

As the somber, the-world-is-ending-but-please-remain-calm narrator of PBS's investigative news magazine… Continue

Added by Voiceover Universe on September 13, 2010 at 9:30am — 10 Comments

The Don LaFontaine Voice-Over Lab: Class Is In Session

The Don LaFontaine Voice-Over Lab: Class Is In Session
The Legend Lives On!…

Added by Kurt Kelly on September 7, 2010 at 11:30pm — 2 Comments

GKN Weekly Update 9/7/10

Happy Labor Day!

I hope everyone had a great holiday weekend. I celebrated my birthday one week early with a BBQ at my friend Jim's house. Good times, good times!

Fall is unofficially here and I'm back on track! This summer was a bit of a wash for me. I had a friend stay with me for six weeks and my mom just stayed with me for two weeks and it totally threw me off of my routine. I barely did any auditions, my diet & exercise regiment went splat, and I wrote virtually… Continue

Added by Tom Dheere on September 7, 2010 at 1:23pm — No Comments

Randy Thomas VO Workshop Sept. 25 at Crowne Plaza Hotel, Novi

Randy Thomas VO Workshop…

Added by Kurt Kelly on September 7, 2010 at 12:09am — No Comments

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