September 2008 Blog Posts (46)

MO$T BLOGGABLE***AL CHALK***

Ok, this is my very first blog ever and I wasn't sure what to name it...any way here it goes. My start in the Voiceover Industry was quite unorthodoxed and since then I have learned so much. After the birth of Voiceover Universe [which I affectionately call the "V-U"] during these past few months I have really learned even more than ever about VO.



If it were'nt for the "V-U" I would not have had the opportunity to know about Don before his transistion, nor would I have had the… Continue

Added by Denise Nelson on September 14, 2008 at 5:30pm — 8 Comments

Coming soon, Ben Shields

My friend Ben Shields posts about an upcoming television appearance on his Voiceover Universe blog.

Added by Bob Souer on September 14, 2008 at 1:24pm — No Comments

Sherlock Holmes Pen

We invite all voiceover universe members to look at this Sherlock Holmes writing instrument.

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Added by David Davies on September 14, 2008 at 12:30am — No Comments

The power of your website

Do not underestimate the power of having a well placed website. More and more paying customers are searching for talent on the web. And the number of cold calls and emails with good jobs that come directly from someone finding me on the net increases each month.



Now, the problem for someone just starting out in 2008 with a website, is getting it seen. I'm not a master SEO guru - my websites pop up because I've been online with my own domains since 1996. And somewhere along the line I… Continue

Added by Connie Terwilliger on September 12, 2008 at 7:18pm — 2 Comments

Ahhh, My Own Studio.

For quite some time I've been struggling to find a place to record tracks. I tried my conversion van. Nice acoustics but kind of like sitting in a jet cock pit. No room to move. It didn't help having to stretch a 75' drop cord from my house to the van. Man, talk about RF. I then tried my closet. Another cramped situation and exercise in futility. I had to come out of the closet. Yes, I'm a closet VO guy.



A client of mine...(in my day job business).. a dentist offered to let me use… Continue

Added by Daniel Wallace on September 12, 2008 at 3:24am — No Comments

Audition went SO well

Ok..so I had my audition lined up with that American company who were interested after hearing my demo........had a bit of an issue organising the original audition cos of the time difference in the US and Australia...BUT ...it all got sorted out and at the crack of dawn ..i was in the Brisbane City Studio ready to go!!



The audition went SO well! so so so so wel!!

My voice wasnt shaking and i didnt come up in any sort of hives!!! LOL (sounds funny now but NOT at my first ever VO… Continue

Added by Kathryn McClean on September 11, 2008 at 8:41pm — No Comments

VOICEOVERS ON DEMAND WILL BE BACK SOON!

I'm flattered by all the e-mails that I have been getting from people wondering if "VOD" had skipped town! I've put the show on hold for a few weeks so I could focus on some fairly large narration projects. "VOD" will be back and more powerful than ever! Ha! Look for a new episode in the next couple of weeks.

Added by Terry Daniel on September 11, 2008 at 6:45pm — 2 Comments

Today is September 11th......

I know we're all still mourning the passing of Don, but I just wanted to commemorate the events that happened on this day 7 years ago. Those of you in other parts of the country may not feel the impact as much, because chances are you did not know someone who was involved in the horrific events that day but it is still very real to most of us in the area. Those of you that have been praying for Don's family, please add families that were affected by 9/11 to that prayer list, they are all still… Continue

Added by Trish Basanyi on September 11, 2008 at 5:01pm — 2 Comments

Goodnight, Sweet Prince

Tuesday night, I was honored to be a part of the celebration for our industry's pioneer and champion, Don LaFontaine. I was blessed to have been able to call him friend for 19 years. He took a little 20-something kid, fresh off the boat from Colorado, and made her feel like a peer; an equal. His generosity and warmth was even bigger than his voice.



I have not enjoyed the same level of success in VO as many of his other proteges, but I have managed to carve out a very happy and… Continue

Added by Julie O'Malley on September 11, 2008 at 12:29pm — 4 Comments

Don LaFontaine...

I have not written or added anything to any of your posts, regarding the passing of this man. We all handle these kinds of situations, differently. I did not know him personally, although I respected his talent immensely. But I am from the school of, when someone as loved and as important as this man should pass away, someone like me, that didn't really know him, should take a step back, and let you all mourne, with due respect.

I feel empathy for all of you that were Don's friends, and… Continue

Added by Robin Marshall on September 11, 2008 at 11:06am — 3 Comments

When You Absolutely, Positively Have to Voice

Cold season has hit early in our house. The 2 year old had a hoarse voice at the end of last week and all weekend (perhaps it's b/c she spent a lot of time on Labor Day licking the dirt from her arms? Just a thought). And she would wake in the night crying that her mouth hurt. I knew it was only a matter of time...



Sunday morning I woke up with the sore throat. The raw nose. The sneezing and watery eyes. I knew I wasn't as miserable as I was going to be but I played it safe and… Continue

Added by Mandy Nelson on September 10, 2008 at 10:00pm — 2 Comments

Don LaFontaine's Advice

In the spirit of Don's giving attitude, I would like to share some of the e-mails that Don sent to me over the past few years. In return, I ask that you offer a hand up to others trying to rise in our business.





Do you still work to picture?/Vacations



I rarely work to picture any more, but it's a

great talent to develop. Once you master it, you

can work only to track, which I do all the time.

As for vacations, I don't work. That's… Continue

Added by Bill Jurney on September 10, 2008 at 2:00pm — 4 Comments

Eddie Eagle narrates the TV season premiere of "Survival School" on MOJO HD Network.

SURVIVAL SCHOOL Premieres Sept 9 2008 9PM EST on MOJO HD Network. Eddie Eagle narrates the new 10x30 military reality series "SURVIVAL SCHOOL" produced by Sirens Media

The 10 episode series follows US Air Force Airmen as they go through the toughest survival training the military has to offer.



And in recent work:

I'm voicing the opening teases for Formula Drift that will now air on Speed Channel. The series made… Continue

Added by Eddie Eagle on September 9, 2008 at 4:17pm — No Comments

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Added by Sound Advice on September 9, 2008 at 11:52am — 1 Comment

Voiceover and Voice-Acting Blogs

I keep a blog on my experiences as a "struggling voice-actor" over at Blogger. Here's where it is:

http://charlesrengel-voiceacting.blogspot.com

Added by Charles Rengel on September 8, 2008 at 9:25pm — No Comments

Lost at Sea

OK, I'm not really lost; I know exactly where I am. I am on a crew boat, tied to a buoy, about 3 miles off the coast of Los Angeles. Not my favorite place to spend a Sunday, but it DOES pay the bills until I am able to make a full time living at VO.



Hey, it beats working.



The down side is, while I get pretty good internet reception, I get almost no TV signal, so I cannot watch my beloved Dallas Cowboys.



I curse my miserable existence! ;)



Fortunately I… Continue

Added by TJ Jones on September 7, 2008 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

Awesome Man is Alive (...for now...)

Hello Everyone, I'm pleased to announce that "I KIlled Awesome Man" is now available as a podcast. The eight part serial will be released every thursday at ikilledawesomeman.com. My friend Kevin Colligan has produced the work and I play the title character under the alias of J.B. Goodspeed.
Cheers to all,
-J. Keebler

Added by Jacob Keebler on September 7, 2008 at 10:45am — No Comments

MARC CASHMAN IS A CLASS ACT!

After years of putting off hiring a voice acting coach, I finally woke up and grew a brain. I decided to go with Marc Cashman and after only one session, I can already the difference in certain deliveries. Cashman is a class act and really knows what he's doing. He made me think of so many things I wasn't originally thinking when reading a script. Thank you, Mr. Cashman! I am excited for the next session. If you're in this business and you don't have a coach, get one! You will truly be amazed… Continue

Added by Terry Daniel on September 6, 2008 at 3:51pm — 8 Comments

Auditions

My friend Philip Banks has posted some very cogent thoughts about how to take a business like approach to auditions on his blog here on Voiceover Universe. I highly recommend you spend a few moments reading and thinking about what he has to say.

Added by Bob Souer on September 5, 2008 at 5:30pm — 2 Comments

ARENCHA GLAD YOU WORK FROM HOME???? Check out this list of job rules!

hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah....................I laughed long and hard at this one and just HAD to share. You can't make this stuff up. I understand that a professional appearance is important when you're dealing with the public but SERIOUSLY! This is an excerpt from an actual script i read today for a gig, it's obviously a corporate video. The names have been edited out to protect the GUILTY! The funniest thing is.........I read it in my pajamas!!!!! hehe Enjoy......for all of you who… Continue

Added by Trish Basanyi on September 4, 2008 at 7:24pm — 2 Comments

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