Voice Training

Live Directed Sessions: 3 Free Ways to Do Them

Live Directed Sessions: 3 Free Ways to Do Them

It’s becoming more and more common for clients to request talent with “live directed session” capabilities. This means that instead of getting a script, recording the project, and sending the files off to the client, they instead will be listening in while you record and will be “virtually” in the booth with you. Fortunately, the internet and advances in technology have made it increasingly easier to set these sorts of sessions up, and you can even do so with some free options. Let’s dig in to a little more detail about live sessions, and then look at 3 free options to set them up - A Phone Call, Skype, and Source Connect NOW, along with the pros and cons of each. There are also some handy step-by-step guides along with screenshots included in the resource package, which you can download at the bottom the post.

Productivity and the Voice-Over Talent: Applying Common Productivity Techniques to your VO Business

Productivity and the Voice-Over Talent: Applying Common Productivity Techniques to your VO Business

As a professional voice-over talent, you are an entrepreneur and a business person. As such, it is essential that you are efficient with both your time and energy in order to maximize results for your business.  Let's take a look at some popular productivity techniques utilized by entrepreneurs and professionals in all industries, and explore some methods we can use to apply them specifically to our business as a voice-over talent.

Follow ups: Why, When, and How

Follow ups: Why, When, and How

Reaching out to new prospects as part of your marketing efforts as a voice-over talent, whether through auditions, emails, phone calls, or some other method is a crucial part of growing your client base. But following up with these leads and clients is almost as crucial as making that initial contact, and it's importance is often overlooked.

In this post, we'll look at different situations where follow ups are warranted, as well as how and when to do so. 

7 Voice-Over Warm Ups to Prepare your Voice to Perform at its Best

7 Voice-Over Warm Ups to Prepare your Voice to Perform at its Best

Just like athletes, musicians, and other professionals take time to warm up before they perform or compete, so must a voice talent in order to ensure his or her voice is ready to be at its best. In this post, we'll look at 7 different exercises you can use to warm up your voice along with Audio Examples of each, as well as some tips and strategies for how to use them.

Bootstrapping a Career in VO: Start Where you Are, Grow as you Go

Bootstrapping a Career in VO: Start Where you Are, Grow as you Go

If you're interested in pursuing a career as a VO Talent, it can be tempting to be a perfectionist and want to have everything just right before you get yourself out there and start looking for work. It can also be daunting and confusing to even know where to begin.

3 Ways to Double Check Your Auditions to Ensure they're Great

3 Ways to Double Check Your Auditions to Ensure they're Great

When you send off an audition for a job, are you sure it's your best? Better yet, are you sure it's giving you your best shot at landing the gig?

As VO Talent, we've all been there - a great job posting comes your way and you think you're perfect for it. You pre-read the script a few times and then step in front of the mic to record your audition. After you've recorded and edited your audio, you send it off and hope for the best.

But maybe you skipped a few steps, maybe there's still a couple of things you can do to make sure you nailed the audition. Here's 3 ways you can double check your auditions after recording and editing them, to make sure you're putting your best foot forward.

Using an Expander/Gate to Reduce Background Noise in your Recordings

Professional audio quality in a voice-over dictates that it should sound clean, clear, and most importantly - free of background noise.

But for most freelance VO Talent working out of a home studio, the environment they record in may not provide such audio quality right off the bat. While you should always address issues with your audio quality at the source, there are some steps you can take to further reduce background noise in your audio during the editing and post-production stage.

Removing Mouth Noise during the Editing Process

If you've been recording voice-overs for any length of time, there's no doubt you've encountered "Mouth Noise" on some of your recordings.

While it's often preferable to treat these issues at the source during your performance, there is still hope if some sneaky "clicks" or "pops" make their way into that perfect take - you can remove them during the editing process.

The 2 main ways to fix these issues during the editing stage, are what I call the "Deletion Method" and the "Waveform Editing Method" and today, we'll take a look at how to perform both.