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OTM Essay 10: DIY-VO! Do It Yourself Voice-over!

  There are so many opportunities out there for you to do-it-yourself in voice-over!  You’d be amazed at how many ways you can find work, create free websites or profiles on-line with your demos, and learn about voice-over.  You just need to become a master at searching things on the

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OTM Essay 7: Being Sharp in Voice-over

In voice-over you need to be sharp. It’s a fast moving industry, studio fees are expensive, everyone has a deadline and nobody wants to waste time. The best thing to be is super sharp. This means taking directions well and adjusting right away, not 5 takes later. It’s common to

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OTM Essay 6: The History of Voice-over

To really understand voice-over, you have to go back to the very beginning. Here’s a crash course in how it all started. Voice-over is still in its infancy, if you compare it to traditional acting. Acting has been around for over 3,000 years, with the first known actors performing in

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OTM Essay 5: Opportunity Knocks!

A complaint I hear all the time is that the voice-over business is very cliquey. This implies that people in the industry are in some sort of gang having secret meetings on Sunday nights about how to keep at the work for themselves. Of course, none of this is true.

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OTM Essay 4: The Voice-over Demo

The biggest barrier for people to get into the voice-over business is producing their own demo. Let me tell you why. Recording a voice-over demo – where it’s your commercial, animation, or narration – is like producing a mini album. You start by creating the content, for example: if you’re

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OTM Essay 3: The Trajectory of a Voice-actor

I think one of the most important factors to staying with anything that’s difficult is having a love for what you’re doing. The most important factor when staying with something difficult is to have a love of doing it. Before I’d even booked my first voice-over job I had a

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OTM Essay 1: The Lead Voice – You are the lead voice!

In voice-over the moment you put your demo out there – you are considered a lead voice.   You are the lead voice in the commercial representing Honda – you’re the voice of their brand – they’ve spent millions of dollars on the advertising campaign and your voice is the one they

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