Friday Voiceover Tip: Beat Holiday Anxiety

PicMonkey CollageThis is the time of year that wishes are shared for a happy holiday season. Everyone reacts to stress differently and each body sends out its different set of red flags. Healthy stress management is important, here are steps you can take to reduce holiday stress and work anxiety toward a worry-free season.

 

 

1. Creativity is one of the greatest parts of the human experience, and a great tool for reducing anxiety. If your work constantly provides you with nightmare or humorous stories, make it your goal to create them. That way when something anxiety inducing happens, you will be able to come home and write something interesting about it, turning a negative into a positive.

 

 

2. Know your triggers. When you feel overwhelmed with your work, you lose confidence and may become irritable or withdrawn. This can make you less productive, affect your performance as a voice over and make the work seem less rewarding.

 

 

3. Prioritizing and organizing your voice over work load manageable. Analyze your schedule, responsibilities and daily tasks. All work and no play is a recipe for burnout. Don’t over-commit yourself. Avoid scheduling things back-to-back or trying to fit too much into one day. Plan regular breaks throughout the day to take a walk or sit back and clear your mind.  Stepping away from work to briefly relax and recharge will help you be more, not less, productive.

 

 

4. Reduce holiday anxiety and stress by breaking bad habits. Resist perfectionism, when you set unrealistic goals for yourself or try to do too much, you are setting yourself up to fall short. Aim to do your best, no one can ask for more than that and don’t try to control the uncontrollable. Rather than stressing out over them, focus on the things you can control such as having a healthy voice for your recording session.

 

 

5.  Reconfigure your morning to reduce the stress of having a frantic morning. Consider easing yourself into the day.

 

 

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Friday Voiceover Tip: Giving Thanks!!

PicMonkey CollageBeing thankful is not just part of a holiday because feeling grateful can have a powerfully positive effect on our lives. Today it is the last Friday of November which means this is a great time to start thinking of ways to say thank you to your voice seeker clients. Thanking your voice seeker clients can go a long way to help keep your customers happy and wanting to do business with you. Thank you emails are good but they don’t carry the same power as a thank you note received in the post. We hardly ever get personal post any more. If a voice seeker receives a personalized thank you note from you after a project then they will think of you as a great professional to work with and they will be far more inclined to give future jobs to you. This is the perfect time and season to send out thank you notes or presents(if the occasion calls for it) especially if you haven’t been keeping up with this business etiquette.

 

 

Gifts are good marketing. They keep your company name in front of your clients. People can’t help but like you when you give them gifts. Receiving a present appeals to the child in all of us. When you give gifts, it strengthens your relationship with clients and often prompts them to reciprocate by giving you more business. Sometimes just a few sentences thanking them for the business, stating how much you enjoyed the project and wishing them well for the future will more than suffice. Many home-based businesses like voice artists don’t have the budget to send all their clients candy-filled mugs during the holidays. Fortunately, there are other innovative gift ideas you can send to your voice seeker clients that won’t drain your bank accounts.

 

 

Buy bulk items: Thousands of specialty-merchandise manufacturers have high-quality gifts for sale, such as pens, coffee mugs, drinking glasses, letter openers, calendars and clocks. Such merchandise can often be found at very reasonable prices, because manufacturers may have great quantities they need to sell. Call the manufacturer and ask what they have available that would work as Christmas gifts. Some specialty-merchandise manufacturers have outlets or distribution centers you can visit to see their products. 

 

 

Tap into your creativity: Once you have a number of inexpensive gift items to work with, use some imagination to spruce them up. This can be as simple as inserting a packet of hot chocolate into a company mug and tying a ribbon on the handle, to something as elaborate as employing a clever theme.

 

 

PS. if you are looking for special gift for aspiring voice artist, here are some ideas for you Perfect Gift Cards For Voice Artists. You can also get in touch and set an appointment to chat to Nate, our resident voice over manager guru!!  

 

 

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Piehole: Perfect Gift Cards For Voice Artists

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It is that time of the year, when we are all filled with the spirit of giving. Truthfully, no matter the occasion; finding and giving loved ones the perfect gift that won’t end up at the back of closet can be tough. So if you know a budding voice artist or you would like to surprise any of your family and friends who are voice artist, I have the perfect offer for you. We are offering holiday voice over gift cards at a discounted prices. Buy your gift card now, Chat to Nate.

 

 

Types of gifts cards available:

1. Test My Voice gift cards

2. Piehole Membership gift cards

3. Voice Over Training gift cards

4. Home Studio Set Up gift cards

 

 

Learn more about our special voice over gift card by Chatting to Nate, our resident voice over manager guru!!  PS. Don’t forget to send this post to family and friends.

 

 

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Amazing Voice Over Artists on Piehole Voiceovers

 

Actor Angela Carr

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I’m an experienced radio broadcaster with a voice which offers a clear, warm, and engaging sound, but it’s time to do something different with it. I’d love to try out different projects, although I’m probably best suited to corporate and announcer work. I usually read the news for a range of radio stations – some with a young, upbeat, showbiz sound, some with a smooth sound, and some which tell you simply to be cool so I reckon I can take on pretty much anything. 

 

 

Actor David Kane

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Versatile, Impressionist, New Talent, and NarratorTacit, clean, and mellifluous. Distinct.

 

 

Actor Lucy Moon

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Professional jazz singer and voice over combined; I have forged a career out of pleasing the ear… 
Fiercely passionate about making projects sound classy and engaging; I can deliver dry, edited recordings from my home studio in Bristol, or travel to studios in South England/Wales. A natural behind the mic, be it narrating or session singing, my natural voice guides the majority of my work, but I also turn my hand to a healthy handful of character voices. These range from a warm and excitable Mary Poppins to my personal favourite: modern London street talk. (I live in hope of that one getting booked!) 

 

 

Actor Cormac McLoughlin

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Friends tell me I am the Voice of Ireland. Obviously I’d let you be the judge of that. Of course, over the years strangers have also commented on my dulcet tones, so perhaps it is not all bias. Listeners of the regional radio station whence I came (correct grammar) often told me that my BBC approach to news reading was second to none. Currently, I use the commanding tones of my voice to keep students in line as I attempt to lecture around the murky world of the English language. Why don’t you sit back, relax and enjoy the modesty.

 

 

Actor Pete Larkin

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I consider myself a voice actor, rather than a VO performer. I’ve done radio and TV (VO and on-camera) for many years. All styles of voiceover from rock radio (which I’ve done), to financial narrations. Theatre experience as well. When I’m doing a voiceover, I try to make it sound conversational, no matter how complex the material. My first question is, “Who is my audience here, and what do THEY want to hear?” One of my main attributes is that I always find the “music” of the production being done. And there always is one. Please check out my website: www.petelarkin.com 
And, finally, for all you sports fans, I was the Public Address Announcer for the NY Mets baseball team for 6 years. Oh, what stories…

 

 

Actor Scott Curtin

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I am a new voice actor on the scene and I am eager to start working with some great companies. For years I wanted to voice act, watching American cartoons and listening to all of the amazing different voices. I made it my goal to practice as much as I could to be able to do every cartoon voice on television and I think I’ve done a great job of it so far. I studied drama for four years and my voice is one of my strongest factors. 


I specialise in doing character voices and scripts, and can impersonate any character voices. My own voice has a slight Cork accent. It isn’t very strong but it is noticeable, and I can alter it if asked. I am 22 years old so I have a young and energetic voice. My voice is extremely versatile and I am very suited to comedy scripts as they go well with my personality and natural voice. 


With all my years of watching television shows and studying the voices, from Family Guy to children’s cartoon on Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon I believe I have mastered not only the voice but the personality of each character. I can even make my own impressions if you would like. 


Although I do not have a lot of experience on the job, I put 100% in to everything I voice, and I make each voiceover unique. I do enjoy doing voice overs in my own voice, and I put a lot of energy and drive in to the scripts, but if you want a voice over with a kick and a lot of personality, I’m your man for the job.

 

 

Actor Colin Holt

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Whether it’s home alone or in the booth with your direction, you can depend on me for a quality performance. With plenty of experience in acting and broadcasting I know what you need and how to deliver it with the minimum of fuss. I’m an amiable being with the ability to work across different genres. I’m flexible, fast and can be funny if you feel like it! I love using my voice and want to make it work for you.

 

 

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Friday Voiceover Tip: Use LinkedIn to Find Voice Over Work

One of the most important duties of being a voice over artist is looking and finding leads for new voice seekers. With all the various social media channels at our disposal, which one is the best for getting voice over work? One of the best places to find leads relevant to your industry is LinkedIn. Today, we will discuss several ways voice overs can find new voice seeker leads using LinkedIn.

 

 

 

 

 

Hunt for Prospects with Advanced Search

LinkedIn’s Advanced Search grants you the ability to search LinkedIn for anyone, on multiple criteria, even if you don’t know them. It might be wise to request an introduction or send an InMail. When you begin an Advanced Search, you will need to define what a high-quality lead is for you or your company: What is their job title? What is their seniority level? How big is their company? Are they in specific industries? It can take some trial and error to get the hang of searching based on multiple criteria, so you may want to set aside some time for this. LinkedIn also has a “Save” option in case you want to come back to your search. To save, click the green plus button in the upper right-hand corner.

 

Watch Your Newsfeed

Many people are inclined to ignore the LinkedIn newsfeed in favor of other features, but you can filter the newsfeed to show only news from new connections. First, go to your newsfeed by linking “Home”. Look for a tab that reads “All Updates” and choose “Connections” from the drop-down menu.

 

If you find that one of your connections has recently connected to someone you’d like to connect with, don’t hesitate to ask for an introduction! A problem with LinkedIn introductions is that sometimes connections go cold. People connect, but forget who their connections are a year later. Many of us have LinkedIn connections like that, but keeping fresh connections at the top of your mind can warm up your introduction. An important point to knowing your connections: Watching connections can grant you competitive intelligence. If you see that someone in the same role as you at a another company is connecting with someone who looks like a good prospective for you, they might be pitching that person right now. This would be a good time for your to introduce yourself via InMail. Make sure that the prospect knows about your services!

 

 

Complete your profile

Follow the steps that LinkedIn moves you through when you first sign up. You can also follow activities it suggests at the top of the page from time to time. Have a full sized profile photograph. Use KEYWORDS for your business sector while you write your profile. Fill in all your work experience, skills and education.

 

 

Endorsements

Encourage other voice artist to endorse you by endorsing them first. You cannot delete endorsements but you can hide them from people looking at your profile which gives you some freedom. Not all endorsements automatically add to your profile – check your settings – for new skills you have to click to confirm you are happy to have them added to your profile. This helps prevent unsuitable skills being added to your profile.

 

 

Join Relevant Groups

On LinkedIn you can open up opportunities by joining groups with a common interest. Answering and asking questions in important groups gets you noticed professionally. You can search for appropriate groups and join in their discussions to further your network. Within the group you can ‘follow’ individuals so you have the opportunity to exchange ideas; later you can ask them to connect.

 

 

Reach Decision-Makers

Look at the LinkedIn company page and see which of the company’s employees you have as first-degree connections. If you can find the people in the target company who are willing to help you, a positive conversation where you can demonstrate how you will help their company could lead to LinkedIn introductions to others in the company. Be sure to use LinkedIn to look each person up. Get to know a bit about them before introducing yourself. Even if your new targets do not reply or accept your introductions, they will at least recognize you. You can also find these employees in LinkedIn Groups. Begin a conversation if they have posted. These are only a few strategies for finding new customers on LinkedIn. Use these techniques and build upon them. Do you have your own innovative methods for finding prospects on LinkedIn? Do you have a success story where you’ve used these techniques? Please share with us by posting in the comment box below.

 

 

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Friday Voiceover Tip: Tools to make your read pop

Today we are going to discuss ways to record a read that pops in a good way. Your job as a voice artist is to avoid boring listeners in a 30 seconds commercial, if you can’t do that, imagine how boring long reads like audiobooks would be! To engage listeners, a voice artist must add variety to their words. Learning how to add vocal variety to scripts, even boring ones, is an art that must be mastered in order to get voice over work. Another reason to be good at adding variety is because producers often ask for multiple takes of the script, meaning they want you to narrate multiple versions of the same voice over script.

 

 

 

How to add variety to your read:

Pitch

To understand pitch, think of music. It has high and low notes as do people’s voices. Everyone’s voice has a natural pitch. Women’s tend to be higher than men’s, and everybody has a pitch range. When that range is very small, the effect is monotonous.

 

 

 

Dramatic pauses

Dramatic pauses, also called beats or frames, add variety to your read. For example, a producer may say, “Give me a beat before that word.” Dramatic pauses also help emphasize the following word. In other words, instead of hitting a word to emphasize it, insert a pause (space) before it. Whether you use a dramatic pause to add variety or to emphasize the following word, be sure that the pause is not too long, or it will sound too dramatic.

 

 

 

Tone

Tone refers to the emotional content carried by our voices. It is not the words themselves, but ‘how’ we say them. To speak expressively, is to fill or energize our words appropriately. For example: a person who puts very little energy into their speech, no matter what they are saying, is often described as being ‘flat’. By contrast someone who fills their speech to overflowing with energy is described as being ‘exuberant’ or ‘enthusiastic’. If you think of a word as a basket carrying its meaning or intent along, you’ll get the idea. Some people put very little in their word baskets. Others stuff them so full they almost burst.

 

 

 

Vary your tempo

In natural conversation, we continually vary our tempo to create variety; even within a single sentence. Doing the same when script reading will make your delivery sound more natural while adding variety.

 

 

 

Volume

How loudly or quietly you speak is called volume. Some people are habitually loud and others quiet, regardless of their speech content. The tips and exercises below will help you consciously play with your volume control. The skill involved with getting louder (or softer) is to maintain tone and pitch while altering the sound level. Many people lose them both, particularly when they get louder. Good breath control is fundamental to raising the volume while maintaining tone and pitchBegin with the first exercise before moving on to the others.

 

Practice Breathing Using your Diaphragm:

Stand in front of a mirror. Make sure your feet are a comfortable shoulder width apart. Pull yourself up straight and let your head sit square on your neck. Place one hand on your stomach. Breathe in through your nose. You should feel your stomach rising and then breathe out. This time your stomach falls. Watch your shoulders. If they rise and fall noticeably you are most likely breathing off the top of your lungs! Try until you can feel a definite rise and fall of your stomach while keeping relaxed.

 

Distancing Technique for Projection:

Maintain the breathing technique outlined above while adding voiceWhile watching yourself to check for tension, (tightening of muscles), practice greeting yourself at ever increasing distances from a mirror. If you feel any tension in your throat or chest from forcing the sound, stop. Breathe and begin again.

 

 

Laugh Out-loud:

Stand in front of your mirror breathing easily. On your out breath begin a series of Ha-ha-ha-ha’s until all your breath is used.Take an in breath and start again. Vary your laughter. Make it louder, make it quiet and then build it up again. Repeat until you are laughing loudly and easily without any strain.

 

Read Out-loud:

Make sure your stance and breathing is good. Pin point a place at the far end of your room to talk to. Read aloud from your text, making sure you maintain your relaxed state while using as much vocal variety as you can. A good way to test you’re working as you should is to do this exercise with a partner and they should give you feedback on clarity, variety and pitch. If you find yourself rising in pitch, check your breathing. When we tense, we strain the throat and when that happens our vocal chords are restricted. The result is we force the pitch up and limit the range.

 

 

 

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Interview with Amazing Voice Actor Mandy Gasson

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

I have been acting since I was 5 years old, and I still spend my spare time involved in my favourite hobby which is acting and singing. Through some friends in my amateur dramatics company, I recorded the lead role in a couple of radio plays that they had written. I enjoyed it immensely, and after receiving numerous compliments on my voice skills, I decided to look into voice over work. Nearly 7 years later, it has become my main job, and I love it! My first project was a short audio book drama, which was a lot of fun to record, as I had to use my acting talents to create numerous different characters.

 

 

 

Pick one style which you feel represents you best?

Definitely bright and clear corporate. I know I can record really comprehensive and informative VO work in a way that is engaging and interesting for the listener, whether they be business people for corporate promotion, or students doing an E-Learning course.

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

Favourite job to date was probably the full length audio book that I recorded for Audible.com, which was of the extremely funny “Henrietta’s War: News from the Home Front 1939-1942” by Joyce Dennys. I just loved reading all the quirky and touching letters which Henrietta was writing to her old friend whilst he was away at war.

 

 

 

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

A typical VO day for me would involve researching any possible jobs that I want to audition for, talking with previous clients about any upcoming or ongoing work that I am doing with them, and then working from my home studio on getting any jobs I do currently have recorded and sent off as promptly as possible, or completing any alterations or re-records too. My most recent job was for a driver’s training company in The UAE.

 

 

 

Do you have a favourite VO and what do you want the world to know about you?

My favourite Vo is definitely Gary Terzza, as I have always liked his voice, so to have then trained with him was a privelidge. I would like the world to know that I am an extremely reliable and faithful Vo who is always 100% committed to any job I do. I always make it my aim to get jobs done well within a set deadline/time frame, which has meant that my reputation in the industry is fast becoming one where any company that hires me knows that they are going to get their job done, and done well, as they want it, when they want it.

 

 

 

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

I have a neutral “suburban” accent, which works very well for most Vo’s, but I can also do a variety of regional accents too, which are very useful depending on the job requirements. Personally, I have noticed in recent years, that regional accents are actually becoming more preferred, especially when it comes to commercial and advertising recordings, which is why I am glad to be able to adapt my voice to suit many styles of job.

 

 

 

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

I have definitely found that having a home studio is much more beneficial for me, as it has meant that I can accept jobs at very short notice and get them done as soon as the client requires them.

 

 

 

Any advice and recommendations for aspiring voice talents?

I would say definitely get some good training under your belt. I trained with the highly acclaimed and extremely well respected VO actor Gary Terzza, who has been such a great support for me over the last few years. I would also say to any aspiring talents that you should really try and gain a knoweldge of your value, and do not just take any job going. I have always found that it has been quality and not quantity that has got me where I am today, and that has meant that I have built up a client list of companies who respect me as a VO artist and work with me to create high quality work, rather than cheap badly recorded VOs which lower their impact and reputations.

 

 

 

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Friday Voiceover Tips: 6 Common Voice Over Mistakes

Finding the right voice over professional to record is of the utmost importance when presenting a target audience with accurately communicated information. So, it  is important as a voice artist to know what to do and what not to do in the VO business. Being aware of the common voice over mistakes ahead of time can really help you avoid them. I wrote a blog recently on the Dos and Don’ts in the voice over industry, check it out Friday Voiceover Tips: Back to Basic Dos and Don’ts 

 

 

 

1. Lack of professionalism - The voice over industry is a service industry. Be considerate and easy to work with. Listen to the requests of the voice seeker. Read on how to carry yourself from our Friday Voice Over Tip: Professionalism!?

 

 

 

2. Lack of quality control - In voice over industry, nothing happens until you create your first professionally produced demo. A professionally produced demo is a vital piece of your success. Often some voice artists do themselves a disservice by trying to cut corners and making some common mistakes which you can easily avoid. If you don’t know what a client specifically wants, it’s impossible to deliver the goods. Professional clients are specific about what they want. Voice over pros always ask for specifics instead of taking shots in the dark. You should discuss the details upfront and put them in writing so there’s no confusion. This includes the desired audio format, the sample rate and bit depth, as well as how the files will be delivered at what time. You also need to be clear on how and when you expect to be paid. Check out our blogs Friday Voiceover Tip: Creating a Voice Over Demo and Friday Voiceover Tip: Record enjoyable voice over narrations

 

 

 

3. Unrealistic budget coupled with unrealistic expectations - Voice seekers often claim to have a beer budget and yet they expect a champagne delivery. The lower the budget, the more demanding they can be. A lot of  times, you might be asked to translate, proof and record the script and throw in the editing too, without any extra compensation. If you start giving these services away for free, you are responsible for creating unreasonable expectations. Check out our Friday Voiceover Tip: Voiceovers Buyout Fees  and Friday Voice Over Tip: Voice Over Rates Guide

 

 

 

4. Expecting instant success - Some voice artists book their first job through a referral or a fluke audition but these are few and far between but don’t lose patience with this process. Be persistent, and be prepared to reach out time and again. How much time do you spend focused on criticism you receive from voice seekers? The chances are, too much time. Our Friday Voiceover Tip: Dealing with Criticism at Work, tries to address this.

 

 

 
5. No standard rates - Recording and editing a voice over may be tricky at times, but setting voice over rates can be difficult process. Check out some of our blogs on fees Friday Voiceover Tip: Voice Over Rates Guideline and Friday Voiceover Tip: Solve your Background Noise Problems
 

 

 

6. Subpar voice over website - Your online profile is your  business card and you should used it as a way to conduct business with voice seekers from around the world. An incomplete Profile is not representative of you and your body of work nor will it attract prospective clients. Upload a photo to your account, This is a golden opportunity to brand your website! Let people know more about you visually to become intrigued enough to listen to your voice over demos. Be sure to properly name and label all of your demos in the appropriate field when you are in the process of uploading them. Make sure that your vocal style, interpretation, tonality, versatility, and range varies not only from demo to demo, but from spot to spot. Friday Voiceover Tip: How to Create Voiceover WebsiteFriday Voice Over Tip: Pitfalls Of Self-Employment and Friday Voice Over Tip: Must have design elements when overhauling your voice over website

 

 

 

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Friday Voiceover Tip: Creating a Voice Over Demo

Creating a flawless voice over demo is an important step in taking control of your voice career. In an industry without a face, it is incredibly important to put your best foot forward at all times. This starts with training and your demo. Your demo will present your voice to voice seekers. They can listen to it and evaluate your services first hand. Creating a variety of voice-over demos rounds out your portfolio showcasing the styles of voice overs you can perform. A flawless voice over demo is edited well, clean, clear, branded and under 60 seconds. Also, you should have separate reels for each genre you perform.

 

 

 

Use your unique voice to set your services apart. Your demo can range between 30 seconds to 2 minutes. Record a demo length of 60 – 90 seconds. Try to use different vocal tones and ranges to break up the content, pace and tone of your demos.  Once you understand the type of demo and the roles that you’ll play in each spot of your demo, you’ll want to consider the delivery style. There three main performance styles. They are soft sell, medium sell and hard sell. The soft sell approach is suggestive and persuasive without asking for the business directly. A medium sell is asking for the business but not in abrupt way and a hard sell approach demands business with a sense of urgency to close the deal. Now here are a few voice over demos you can create for your portfolio:

  • Television Commercials
  • Television Imaging and Station Identification
  • Radio Announcers
  • Radio Commercials
  • Business Presentations and Corporate Videos
  • Voicemail, On-Hold Messaging, IVR (Interactive Voice Response)
  • Character Voices and Cartoon Voice Actors
  • Audiobooks, Books on Tape
  • Educational Videos, CD-rom, e-Learning
  • Podcast
  • Public Service Announcements
  • Medical Narration
  • Foreign Language Voice-Overs

 

 

 

Before recording your voice over demo, you should take voice acting classes. Find a reputable producer for your demo. Don’t rush and record a demo. Please know that no one ever walked into a studio, and created a golden demo in one try. 

 

 

 

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Interview with Amazing Voice Artist Elainor Knight

How did your interest in voiceover work come about?

Elainor_Knight_-_headshot_profileI first became interested in voiceovers while working as a translator in Japan. I often translated voiceover scripts and one of my agents kept suggesting I try voiceovers… I had studied theatre and screen acting some years earlier, but had not really pursued it professionally. Anyway one day they offered me a narration job, for one of the government ministries, if I remember correctly. After that I went to America to study voiceovers and things kind of grew from there. I will always be grateful to that translation agent for starting me on my way.

 

 

 

 

 

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

Lately I’ve been busy teaching narration and haven’t done much voiceover work. However, I recently voiced an AIDS awareness film and also did some radio imaging for stations in the UK and overseas.

 

 

 

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

My favourite job so far would probably be a visitor’s guide to the Subaru Telescope on Mauna Kea in Hawaii – I’ve been interested in astronomy for many years so it was a joy to do. Another one I especially enjoyed doing was Panasonic’s global branding commercial – there was a real buzz in the studio that day.

 

 

 

Pick one style which you feel represents you best?

Warm, natural, engaging..

 

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Do you have a favourite VO and what do you want the world to know about you?

Richard Burton has been a long-time favourite (especially his work on Jeff Wayne’s “War of the Worlds” concept album), but there are many voiceover artists and actors whose work I admire, both male and female.

 

 

Do you recommend setting up a home studio or using a commercial recording facility?

If your skills are in demand and you have a suitable environment and resources, I would certainly recommend setting up your own studio. There are many helpful articles and videos on this topic, for example: Producing Professional Voiceovers At Home, Part 2

 

 

 

Any advice and recommendations for aspiring voice talents?

Find out what you do best by recording yourself and listening back. Get coaching; if voiceover classes aren’t available in your area, take some acting/improv/singing classes. Always be professional. Learn the craft and enjoy what you do.

Edgestudio.com has many resources for aspiring and established talents, as does Voices.com and of course, Piehole.

 

 

 

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

A regional accent may have been a disadvantage in the past, but nowadays the marketplace is more accommodating to different languages and accents. If you can also speak in a standard or neutral accent, so much the better.

 

 

 

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