Humility Takes Us Farther: Voiceover without the Ego

Humility Takes Us Farther: Voiceover without the Ego In the world of entertainment, it can, at times, be challenging to find people who exude even a degree of humility, or even truly acknowledge everyone involved in his or her creative journey.  We’re all egotists after all – the showbiz types who love to be noticed and lauded for what we do. In voiceover, this sometimes-absent humility seems to be more noticeable lately, as we are each called upon to market ourselves and tout our own brands with personal zeal. We become braggarts on social media: “Check out this new campaign I just voiced! [link here]” or “I’m so thrilled to have just signed with So-and-So Agency!” “I’m now the voice of [Big Brand Name here]…

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When Creative Humor Takes The Cake

When Creative Humor Takes The Cake New TV Spot for United Healthcare Creative humor is fantastic, and being on the same page is a wonderful feeling.  I’ve been fortunate enough to be on that same page with some incredible creative directors and producers for the past few months now. The folks at Leo Burnett Chicago are those very creative, fun people to work with. When you work with professionals who know exactly what they’re doing AND what they want, it’s just smooth sailing ahead and also much easier to follow in line with their particular vision.  And it’s also a whole lot easier to do the job without getting distracted by over-direction during the voice over recording session. What I like about this spot in…

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Finally The Ladies Get Some Lovin’

Finally The Ladies Get Some Lovin’ The use of female voice over in Bud Light Lime’s Latest TV Spot. The ladies get some lovin’ after all.  Two years ago the film “In A World” was released in select movie theaters across the country.  It created quite a buzz in the voice over community- for one because it was an independent feel-good comedy actually about the voiceover industry.  Maybe a first of it’s kind?  It gave all of us professionals something to “break the ice” over at industry-wide events and meet-ups.   But more importantly because it touched upon the issue of the use or lack thereof, when it came to female voices in the Promo and Trailer markets, a sector of the business traditional reserved…

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The Conversational Complex

The Conversational Complex Reality Vs Voice Over Reality It’s getting to the point where the popular conversational style of voiceover that we all love and know so well, is being perceived as too “announcer-y.” Maybe it’s that the voice seekers in general are getting too comfortable with this style of delivery or are running out of ideas on how to give both creative and effective direction.  Perhaps us talents are just taking it for granted, thinking no effort is required because the direction is straight-forward enough, thus easily missing the connection and the important questions behind each script. I feared this for while but it was only a matter of time before it would catch on.  It’s no one’s fault really. Call it boredom on…

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Conversations With A Voice Seeker Part 1

Conversations With A Voice Seeker Part 1 If you’re a voiceover artist in today’s day and age, chances are you’ve had these types of conversations with a voice seeker one too many times. Conversations With A Voice Seeker Part 1 If you’re a voiceover artist in today’s day and age, chances are you’ve had these types of conversations with a voice seeker one too many times. Conversations With A Voice Seeker Part 1 If you’re a voiceover artist in today’s day and age, chances are you’ve had these types of conversations with a voice seeker one too many times. Conversations With A Voice Seeker Part 1 If you’re a voiceover artist in today’s day and age, chances are you’ve had these types of conversations with…

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Conversational, Real, No Voice Over Types Please

* A note to my readers.  The following post is rather lengthy, opinionated and based on one isolating occurrence surrounding my own experiences as a voice talent.  It in no way reflects the voice over industry as a whole.  Please take it with a grain of salt.  The sole intention is to educate and better inform fellow colleagues, talents and various other professionals in this business.   I am always open to debate, disagreement or further discussion so if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email me directly at moc.illessornaitsirhc@naitsirhC  I thank you for reading. Conversational, Real, No Voice Over Types Please The question continues to bug voice talents like myself in major markets all over the country. Why am I not getting opportunities to audition…

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A Word Or Two On Agents

A Word Or Two On Agents   Hey Everyone, It’s been a long time since my last post. Hope you’ve been well since last we connected! Things suddenly got busy and I got side-tracked from the monthly blogging (for good reasons), which I have to admit has been a bit of challenge to keep up with.  Honestly, I don’t know where my fellow colleagues (you guys and gals) get the time to sit down and write. At any rate, I’m back with another goodie from a couple of weeks ago, which was originally posted on my other FUN blog, “Voice of Wisdom”, where you can find more scandalous material, including a by-invitation only private 24 hour web-cam, me doing funny things with a mic, and photos of my latest adventures in bars…

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