September 28, 2012

Watch television commercials and listen to the VO announcers.  Resist the urge to hit that fast forward button on the Tivo.  :)  Television commercials are another very lucrative area of voice overs.  Pay attention to the commercials that your voice would be right for....

September 6, 2012

Don't turn that dial! (Ad agencies are going to love me for this one!) :) The majority of commercial voice over work is in the form of radio commercials. When your favorite song stops playing and the DJ starts blathering before cutting to a commercial break, don't imme...

August 20, 2012

Take several acting classes.  This should actually be TIP #1, but I saved it for now because while many people tend to think that it's all about the voice, once they learn that they also need to know how to act, they can get discouraged.  I certainly did.  I remember t...

August 8, 2012

Know what you sound like.  Record yourself reading a passage of a book or magazine article, and listen back. Notice your pronunciation and diction.  Play with your different voices.

 

The first time you hear your own voice playing back on a recording is always weird...

August 1, 2012

Know when to shut up!  Yes, you have a talent.  You can sound like Bart Simpson, Donald Duck, or even a chipmunk.  Great!  But, don't do it all the time just because you have an audience.  It gets annoying.  Fast.  Pretty soon, the people in your life that thought it w...

July 27, 2012

Be nice.  Really?  Do I have to tell you this?  Actually, yes.  I do.  As I mentioned in TIP #1, you never know who might be listening when you are talking.  Make sure to use the acronym W.A.I.T.  Which stands for Why Am I Talking?  Make sure the things that come out o...

July 23, 2012

Talk!!!  Tell people what you want to do.  Living in Los Angeles, you meet someone who wants to be an actor at nearly every corner.  I discovered that many people in the industry found it refreshing that I was not yet another wannabe starlet who longed to be in the spo...

July 17, 2012

As a professional voice actress, I am often asked, “How does one get into voice overs?”  Well, the way I got started goes something like this:  Ever since I was a little girl, I have loved cartoons.  Even as a kid, I knew those characters that I adored were given voice...

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