Friday Voiceover Tip: 5 Simple Ways To Show Gratitude

PicMonkey CollageSaying thank you to a voice seeker doesn’t cost a penny and the effects of true gratitude can be remarkable. A bit of old fashioned business etiquette can go a long way to help keep your customers happy and wanting to do business with you. What am I talking about? I’m talking about thank you notes and even thank you presents if the occasion calls for it.

 

 

- With the growth of the internet and the ability to do so many voice over jobs remotely in the comfort of your own booth, it can be easy to lose that personal touch when you are dealing with clients. This is where a thank you note can make a profound impression on a client that you may have just worked with. Thank you emails are good but they don’t carry the same power as a thank you note received in the post. Let’s face it; we hardly ever get personal post any more. All our communications seem to come through email so when you get a piece of post personally addressed to you then it creates an impression.

 

 

- Invite your most loyal customers into a VIP rewards program. Customers love the red carpet treatment, which is why Amazon’s Prime membership or the Zappos VIP program is so popular. Your rewards program doesn’t have to be complex, it can be as simple as offering most frequent users of your voice over services an annual discount on your birthday month.

 

 

- If your customers are all over the country or even the world (like us!) it’s a special treat to meet up for a coffee date in their city. Every time you travel, look up customers that live in the area and offer to buy them a coffee. Also, you can send them gifts cards to popular coffee shop in their areas or you can send them a treat. Cookies or sweets are a winning idea—liked by all and easy to share. Going out of your way to check in with a loyal customer and spend quality time while you’re on the road creates a lasting impression for both of you.

 

 

Send cards on unique holidays. This lessen the chance of your card getting overlooked in a mass of other cards by sending it to a customer on a unique holiday. The sky’s the limit with this one. Capitalize on the colorful (and odd!) holidays out there, such as International Towel Day or National Planking Day. Check out a listing of unique holidays here.

 

 

- Make your voice over seekers laugh. If you’re fortunate enough to have a creative mind, make a funny and personalized gift. One idea; Photoshop your client into a famous movie poster, rename it something clever and email the picture with your note of “Thanks for your business!”

 

 

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Noticeboard: Amazing Voice Artists on Piehole Voiceovers

Actor Caroline Ashby

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Looking for a sparkly, stylish & current female British voice? Then look no further!

Caroline Ashby has been the voice behind Radio & TV Commercials, Promos, Web Explainers, Corporate Training, Mobile Apps and so much more. Companies such as AXA, Costa Coffee, Twitter, eBay, Clairol, Lovehoney, World Vision, Cisco, Microsoft, GlaxoSmithKline and BP have all trusted HER voice to deliver THEIR message. 

* Upbeat and Current with Commercial tones. 
* Clear, Informative, Professional or RP for E-learning and Corporate. 
* Intelligent and Engaging for Narration. 
* Soft & Sultry for a more smooth sell. 
* Easy and Conversational for Explainer video’s. 

Caroline also moonlights as a lead vocalist so should you require a singer for your next commercial, jingle or app she is more than capable of delivering just the notes you need! 

Need your recording in a jiffy? No problem! With a fully equipped home studio and a background in music and computing, Caroline has the technical nous required to produce quality, clean studio recordings in a flash. With a little more notice, attending a studio of your choice can also be arranged. 

Whatever your female voiceover requirements, let Caroline bring those words to LIFE! 

 

 

Actor Ciaran Irwin

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I’ve spent many years working on phones, on stage,in pitches, projects and meetings, and over time I’ve learned to cultivate my voice in a way that lets me come across clearly and effectively. I’ve found that this lends itself well to voiceover- I started off parodying the classic American Movie Trailer voice, and branched off into more versatile straight or comedic styles from there. My speciality would be in straightforward, serious narration or advertisment but I’m also adept at turning my hand to whatever style the job may require.

 

 

Actor Craig Wakelingy

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My past clients include voiceover clients includes Telefonica, UK Government’s Pension Scheme, Cognito Mobile, Broadbean, The Money Advice Service, European Poker Tour Series, Revelation TV, Kwikfit, Ellehammer Luggage, Experian, Stafford FM and United Christian Broadcasters. 

My corporate work has also been very well received as I have voiced many corporate training videos. I have also been the voice of At800 – for their on-hold telephone messages, corporate video and radio commercials aired on Capital, Heart, Magic, Absolute Radio, Smooth Radio and Gold in London. 

I have 24 hour access to professional studios and can provide a quick turnaround. 

 

 

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Notice Board: Amazing Voice Actor Gale Van Cott

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When we asked Voice Actor Gale Van Cott to pick voicing styles that represent her best, she said: Silky, smooth, warm, conversational, with a hint of fun, or a touch of class. Check out here profile here for inspiration.

 

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Recent bookings (month of May) for me include lots of Medical – Intros and outros for CME medical education programs: Stroke 2.0, A Patient Centered Approach in the Management of COPD, Multiple Sclerosis & Women’s Health, Plus voicing of all clinical trials IVR lines for GlaxoSmithKline, Ablynx Labs and Vascular Biosciences.

 

 

Commercials for Brenner Nissan, MercedesBenz of St.Charles, Woodfield Lexus, Monograms&Pearls gift shops, Knoebel’s Adventure Park, Bright Pediatrics, La Parisienne, Osaka Sushi, Professional Eye Associates, Brainerd Dental.

Corporate Image pieces for Bic Soleil, VMX, Samaritan’s Purse

APP – The Food Facts App

Videogame – Detective Laura (lead) in NY Mysteries 2

Phone/IVR for InfiniteIT, Cherry Medical Aesthetics

Web Explainers for Tapocity
 

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Define Your Voice Over Services: Good, Cheap & Fast?

PicMonkey CollageIt is not always easy to hire quality voice over artists. If a voice seeker is looking for quality voice over artist and quality results, there are three main voice over artist traits and variables he can’t ignore. These variables to consider when hiring voice artist are; fast turnaround time, affordable and good voice skills. Obviously, the point is to always hire quality voice artists with great turnaround time because you will get quality results quickly. As a voice artist, you should endeavor to work with voice seekers who appreciate high levels of quality work.

 

 

Professional voice seekers never settle for “that’s good enough performances”. They will look for affordable but not cheap voice over services.  A voice artist who is willing to take into account the full scope of the project without inflating their voice over rates. A good quality voice artist with fast turnaround time is flexible. This doesn’t mean you should be flexible to your detriment. Know your limits and understand exactly what the voice seeker you are working with wants. It is easy to work with a voice seeker who knows what they want and provide good, clear direction.

 

 

Do a little self introspection now and then. If you take your craft and career seriously, then you always have to remember your voice over services are worth so much more. Listing yourself on Fiverr is stepping backwards. Maybe at this very moment you feel those Fiverr jobs are all that’s available right now. Wrong! The key is to focus on what is really important, quality voice seekers instead of the quantity of the payment. Forever and always, there will be voice seekers looking to save a few bucks by getting whatever they need done as cheap as possible. These are low quality clients that will accept low quality work as long as they get it done for low prices. Regardless of any rejection, keep your standards high because you are more than just “good enough”.

 

 

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Voice Over Interview with Amazing Talent Karen DeBoer


What’s a typical day like for you and have you done anything interesting lately?


PicMonkey CollageWalk upstairs to my home office/studio between 8-9 a.m. Check to see if any new gigs or interesting auditions have arrived in my in-box, then step into my studio and start auditioning. Send bids for new VO requests, work on any ongoing projects, and spend time every day marketing. I also love to check out any websites that focus on voiceover, as there is something new to learn every day.

Least favorite part of my job is bookkeeping, but it is imperative to keep great records to make sure payment arrives in a timely fashion.

My latest venture had been the addition of ISDN to my studio, so I have now learned a new technology and am eager to see what doors that will open!

 

 

Pick one style which you feel represents you best?

Wow–just one? I guess I would say I am very approachable (so, warm, conversational), yet also corporate in a non-stuffy way. Sorry–I’m not a girl of few words…

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Do you have a favorite voice artist and what do you want the world to know about you?

My favorite was a recording I did for national tele-florist in my early VO career. When I was going through the list of “press one, press two, etc.” the script said “Press hard–I like it!” I was such a straight-laced kind of gal and that line came as a shock, lol. But, I decided to just run with it, and it loosened me up to where it was one of the most fun sessions I have ever done–and I loved the risk the script-writer took with that, as well!

As for what I’d like the world to know? Well, I have a fabulous husband and four grown kids, who live in amazing amazing places all over the world to visit them!

And, my most fun fact…I won a car on the Price is Right back in the 90s! (Yes, I kissed Bob Barker…)

 

 

How did your interest in voiceover work come about and what was your first project?

Many years ago (I’ll leave that specific number to your imagination), I was involved in musical theater, where I performed with a local DJ. His line of work fascinated me, and it was at that time I decided getting paid to talk was truly my dream job! I did my homework (prior to the invention of the Internet…) and came up with a pretty bad demo. Someone heard it and decided there was some promised buried deep within those audio files, and gave me a chance. The rest, as they say, is history!

First VO gig was for Lincoln Telephone Company, our local phone carrier (long since defunct). The script had a relatively new word at the time–”cellular”. My nerves wouldn’t allow me to say that word clearly till after several tries, and I thought I’d never be hired again!

 

 

What has been your favorite voice over job to date and why?

My latest national commercial for Sunsweet, because they keep renewing the same spot, and I am getting nice residual checks:-) Nintendo point-of-purchase for the Wii series of games was a close second, because the scripts were so well written and fun to read.

 

 

Do you think having a regional accents is detrimental to your career? 

I was born and raised in California, then moved to the midwest, both of which have non-regional accents, so I have been very fortunate to have no challenges in that area. I have worked with students trying to break out of their regional accents, and my advice is, if you really want to get work beyond a local level, you will need to have the ability to speak with a non-regional accent. That said, it is hard work and will require a good voice coach, or at the least, many hours of practice breaking the accent habits you were born with.

As for conversational, it is all about picturing yourself talking to your spouse, your friend, your kids, your parents, etc. Put a photo of them next to your mic if necessary. This is where you need to be a good actor, and imagine what you would speak like in any given scenario.Voice acting is much more than just reading words on a page–you need to believe what you are saying and own it!

 

 

What do you recommend, setting up a home studio or using a commercial recording facility?

Definitely home studio to be competitive in this day and age. Clients are looking for quick turn-around times and it is also important to do lots of auditioning. You need to be able to step into your studio at a moment’s notice. Working in a commercial recording facility would be prohibitive in terms of time on the road to and from, as well as the financial investment of renting out studio time, not to mention availability. Home studios are really the only option, and well worth the investment.

 

 

Any advice and recommendations for aspiring voice talents?

I teach/coach aspiring and established voice talent, and I would say the number one thing I tell beginners is do your homework to learn about the industry, and dedicate due diligence to that process before moving forward, as you will need to invest some dollars to get started. I always tell people that voiceover is a business, and requires much more than a voice and a mic!

I really enjoy Bill DeWees. He is a VO veteran and has free ongoing training on Youtube (VoiceOverRevolution.com)

 

 

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Voiceover Interview with Voice Artist Patty Mattson

My voice has been described as articulate, clear, educated and a good teacher while still being able to sound like a variety of middle Americans. I do a Great Minnesota accent, plus British, Cockney, Irish, Eastern European, Southern, Asian, light french, and Spanish accents. I am a professional singer/songwriter as well, with 3 original records as well as many jingles and sound alike parodies,(some parodies are in video’s at www.youtube/pattymattson). 

 

 

 

 

You can hear all my demo’s and see my full resume, blog, 3 original records, full bio and more at www.pattymattson.com. I have been quite blessed to work for many top level clients in commercials, film, television, animation, radio, Jingles, and records, over the last 25 years. Some recent highlights are: I’m in a new animated film coming out later this year playing a Jazz singing Cat – still hush hush for now on the title, I’m so excited! I’m the voice of Cheer Bear for the new Carebears (2012-2016), Sylvannas Windrunner (8 years now including Hero’s of the Storm), Zorbit for Zorbits app series, Beat Bo for Fisher Price, Stella the Olympic skater for Got Milk Radio 2015, the announcer for Walmart for the SE Region US among other commercials.

 

 

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Interview With Amazing Voice Artist Ruth Urquhart

What’s a typical day like for you and have you done anything interesting lately?

PicMonkey CollageMornings are usually taken up by life and then I head into my (proper) sound booth in the afternoon to record. At the moment I am doing an audiobook which is over 12 hrs long so I’m trying to get one chapter done in the afternoon and one in the evening. I have also just done a couple of radio ads for an insulation firm playing an Essex Girl and a sat nav! Oh, and an ad as a very proper 1930s BBC announcer for a band called the Black Sheiks.

 

 

 

 

 

Pick one style which you feel represents you best?

Despite the old VO mantra of ‘use your own voice, don’t try and do other accents’, I’d say that most of my work is not in my own voice but as different characters/accents. This is definitely my strength.
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Do you have a favorite VO and what do you want the world to know about you?

There are many VOs I admire though it’s kind of the nature of the game that I often can’t recall their names! This isn’t really a ‘celebrity’ business. Having said that I was at drama school with Marcus Bentley, voice of Big Brother and he’s kind of a celeb!
What I want the world to know about me? That I am not just one voice.

 

 

 

How did your interest in voiceover work come about and what was your first project?

As an actor, it was always something I considered doing and eventually I took the plunge and got some equipment…(though my first ‘sound booth’ was a few mic stands with some duvets over it!) My first job was to record the entire script of the play ‘Iron’ by Rona Monro as the cast were all English and were petrified of doing a Scottish accent. The idea was that the recording of me doing all the parts in Scottish would be a guide for them to learn it. It was by all accounts a great success and I really enjoyed doing the job.

 

 

 

What has been your favorite voice over job to date and why?

This is hard to say! I’ve enjoyed most of my VO jobs. The ones I enjoy the most are character based projects. I have done an animation series with a New York studio which was great fun. And I do enjoy audiobooks when the characters are strong and varied!

 

 

 

Do you think having a regional accents is detrimental to your career? 

No! I think it’s an advantage especially nowadays when regional accents on TV and radio are the in thing. (Just look at Geordie Marcus!)
I am Scottish but am lucky as because my parents are English it was always easy for me to intermingle accents. As such, I never needed to train myself to do this. However if you have a regional accent and can’t change it I reckon there is enough work out there for you to use that accent!

 

 

 

What do you recommend, setting up a home studio or using a commercial recording facility?

I have done both. But I think it’s pretty imperative that you have the ability to record at home. As I said, beg or borrow some equipment, make yourself a makeshift booth in a quiet corner of a room and take advantage of some of the free trials that are out there for editing software such as Pro Tools. That’s what I did and then slowly managed to invest until I built up the proper high spec studio I have now. If you get called into a studio, great but the majority of your work is likely to be from home.

 

 

 

Any advice and recommendations for aspiring voice talents?

Just keep at it. It’s competitive but you will get work eventually as it’s very much about that one person liking your voice and giving you the job. Beg or borrow some equipment to record from home and if you can join pay to play sites such as Voices Pro and Voice123 then that will give you lots of experience through auditioning.

 

 

 

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Friday Voiceover Tips: Quick Tip for Voice Over Artists

Taking Care of Your Voice in a Voice Over Session

 

PicMonkey CollageIf you have done any reading about using your voice and you are a voice artist who loves to be prepared, then you have probably read about the importance of warming up your voice. Warming up your voice is important, whether you sing, do public speaking, or read copy in front of a microphone. Vocal warm-up involves more than your throat though, it includes mouth, jaw, tongue, neck and face.

 

 

So, you have everything loosened up and ready to go for that big session. How do you keep your voice from going during a long session because the voice seeker just isn’t hearing the smile in your voice? It starts with moisture. Your choice in fluids to keep your mouth and throat tissues hydrated is important. As with most things, drinking room temperature filtered or spring water is simply the best. Cold water tightens your throat muscles vocal cords. If you want to drink something warm, herbal tea is the way to go. Stay away from regular tea because it contains caffeine, which can tighten things up. Avoid coffee because it can dry you out and has even more caffeine than regular tea. If all your efforts at hydration are not enough, your throat is getting dry and a little hoarse, you can use  Entertainer’s Secret throat spray, which has a strong following with singers and voice artists. Thayers Slippery Elm Lozenges are an old-fashioned remedy and have a loyal following. There are many other lozenges on the market that provide temporary relief, as well.

 

 

If you have your own home studio, be careful of humidifiers because they can be little mold factories, which is not healthy for anyone whether they have a mold allergy or not. Also be wary of what you eat before a recording session. Your diet can have an affect on your voice. Avoid eating or drinking dairy an hour or two before a session. It can create excess mucous. Fruit juices can cause mucous secretion. If you feel mucous building up on your vocal cords, do not clear your throat. Throat clearing causes irritation and it just moves the mucous to the side, ready to slide right back over your vocal cords. Drink some water and gently cough. If you have constant post-nasal drip, causing consistent mucous problems, consider nasal irrigation.

 

 

Most important of all, be sure to exercise your entire body on a regular basis. If you’re whole body is in shape, then your voice has a lot more support. Your lung capacity, blood flow, and mental attitude all improve with regular exercise.

 

 

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Interview with Amazing Voice Actor Mark Topping


Your interest in voice overs, how did it come about?


web-Mark-Topping-Michael-Wharley-2014-9_profileWorking for BBC Radio in the 1990s I really enjoyed voicing programme trailers.

At the same time I was recording a children’s story for my three young nephews, sending them regularly instalments. I loved the fact that when I did characters they didn’t know it was me.

 

 

 

 

Pick one style which you feel represents you best?

Documentary narratives show off the warmth and clarity of my voice and my ability to make a script come alive.

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What has been your favorite voice over job to date and why?

My favourite job so far is the one I’m currently working on – being the English voice for a vocabulary app. Why? Because I love words! It’s a lot of fun making the most of a word like ‘Lozenge’!

 

 

What’s a typical day like for you and have you done anything interesting lately?

I get online to look for work, I fire up the home studio, I audition for new jobs, I record the jobs I already have, I edit. I make a coffee.

 

 

Do you think having a regional accents is detrimental to your career? 

I could talk forever about accents and voices; about the influences that people and places have on the way we speak. In England, and presumably everywhere to some degree, it’s tied up with a complicated cocktail of factors like parents, geography, snobbery, education, aspirations.

I have no regional accent. OK everyone’s accent is regional up to a point, but I was sent to English boarding schools from the age of 9 and I have ended up with what you could describe as broadly southern England establishment RP (hey, it’s not my fault, it’s just what happened!)

At the same time I take pride in my ability to produce a number of regional accents which are so good they fool the natives. e,g, Scottish, London, Irish, Yorkshire, Forest of Dean.

 

 

Which do you recommend, a home studio or a commercial recording facility?

More and more work needs a home studio now, so it has been essential for me to set one up. But I’ll go anywhere to record if my voice is wanted!

 

 

Any advice and recommendations for aspiring voice talents?

I read aloud every day. I record my voice and listen to it critically and work on improvements. Pay to get a good demo made.

 

 

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Demo of the Year Competition 2015 Winner

Below is the winner of the 2015 Demo of the Year Competition:

 

First Place Winner will receive Demo of The Year 2015 customized winner’s badge for their website PLUS 1 x year’s basic subscription to www.piehole.ca, www.piehole.co.uk and www.piehole.ie

First Place goes to

Voice actor Jay Britton

Demo link: http://www.piehole.co.uk/users/13712/recordings/9512

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Second Place Winner will receive a 1 year’s basic subscription to www.piehole.ca
Second place does to

Voice actor Debbie Tarrier

Demo link: http://www.piehole.co.uk/users/8282/recordings/9266

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Third Place Winner gets a Piehole t-shirt – Signed and pre-worn by each member of team Piehole!!! Kidding, it will be clean and new.
Third place goes to
"Voice actor Shash Demo link: http://www.piehole.co.uk/users/18488/recordings/9277 “To vote, click on the photo and then press like under the photo in the new window.”"

 

 

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