Top Voice Actors of the 21st Century

Your favorite cartoon characters are only brought to life by the voice actors behind them. If you are a fan of cartoons and wacky voiced characters, then you should familiarize yourself with a few well known players in the business.

Tara Strong

She doesn’t just do Harley Quinn, though — she also does about half of the voices in the DCU. She’s been heard in plenty of other projects as well, from playing Raven in Teen Titans to Twilight Sparkle in My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, to playing alongside Cree Summer on the very, very odd Drawn Together. She has even been heard on Rick and Morty.

Tom Kenny

One of the most beloved characters was birthed by the voice of this man. If you haven’t guessed yet, that character is Spongebob Squarepants. That’s not all there is to him though. He also gave us the voice of Ice King of Adventure Time and Squanchy, a character on Rick and Morty.

Frank Oz

Frank Oz is one of the original legends behind the Muppets, but might be even more popular as the man behind Jedi Master Yoda.

Grey DeLisle

With an astounding 476 credits, Grey DeLisle is known for her work on Cartoon Network as well as Nickelodeon. She’s appeared on Samurai Jack, LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures, The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy, and gives voice to a fantastic iteration of Selina Kyle in the Arkham video games. Her most popular character, however, is arguably Azula from Avatar: The Last Airbender.

Peter Cullen

With a voice like his, he gave soul to two very distinguished and well-loved characters, Optimus Prime and Eeyore. The stark contrast between the two shows just how versatile his voice is.

Voice Over Production Services

Now, if you are looking for TV or radio commercial voiceover talent, a professional ‘sound’ for your phone system or website or a narration for your corporate video, you’ve come to the right site.  We, at ProVoice USA offer the best in quality and customer service at the lowest rates around. And even with rates this low, you still get to hear it before you buy it.  Contact us now because we can provide you with the right voice for your projects.

Top 3 Reasons for Hiring a Professional Voice Talent

Are you having a hard time deciding whether or not you should hire a professional voice talent for your commercials? This decision could be a breaking point in making your commercial or advertisement highly saleable. If you are still hesitant, consider these top three reasons for having a professional voice over liven up your commercials.

  1. Brand Familiarity

Customers want to hear a familiar voice. People respond to well-modulated, clearly spoken words with good diction. Hiring an experienced voice talent will spruce up your commercials and make your audience remember your taglines and your brand. You will want your customers to relate to your videos and immediately recognize that it is you. It is even better to use the same voice over for a period of time so that your audience will recognize the voice, thus, they will recognize your brand.

  1. Versatility and Personality

Having a professional means you will have the opportunity to maximize their abilities at your disposal. They will also be able to listen to your directions and suggestions to help create the memorable scenes and segments that you want people to immediately identify. Professional voice talents may cover a number of different subjects, undertake a number of different projects, and add personality and character to your commercials.

  1. Authenticity and Style

Having a professional voice over actor can give authenticity to your commercials and advertisements. Professionals have extensive acting background in front of a camera or onstage. Working with a talented voice over professional will make the world of difference to your productions through their use of various tones and their ability give coherence to your voice over productions.

Where to Find the Pros

Voiceover talent can be delivered to you via email in as short as 15 minutes by ProVoice USA. When you choose ProVoice USA, you deal DIRECTLY with the talent. You are not paying for a middleman. Have a listen to the demos and read some testimonials from satisfied clients—we think you’ll realize that you’ve found the one voiceover site that’s worth bookmarking. Every project is taken seriously and done with the highest standards. We hope that ProVoiceUSA.com can fulfill all your voice over talent needs. Check out our website at http://provoiceusa.com to listen to our demos.

How to Improve Your Speaking Abilities

If you’re someone who has an interest in doing voice overs, you should know, as with everything, you must be prepared for the task you are to do. Before you pull out a mic and start recording, take in mind these tips to improve your speaking abilities.

Speak clearly

This is a definite no-brainer. Whatever voiceover — no matter how fast or wacky — clarity is key. Practice correct pronunciation and enunciation; every word needs to be understood by the listener.

Speak with confidence and mean what you say

These two things go hand in hand. Even if you mean what you say but don’t speak with confidence, there is a chance no one would believe you. But if you speak with confidence and don’t mean what you say, no one will believe you either because even you don’t believe yourself.

Treat your voice with kindness

With voice over acting, your body is your instrument so you must make sure to take care of yourself. You should always get enough rest, keep hydrated, and avoid straining your voice.

Relax

Take a deep breath and smile. Worrying won’t help so just trust in your voice training and do your best with everything you have to do.

If you are looking for TV or radio commercial voiceover talent, a professional sound for your phone system, website, or a narration for your corporate video, then ProVoiceUSA is perfect for you.

They are a full service professional voiceover and audio production facility, located in Southern California, near Los Angeles. They offer the best in quality and customer service at the lowest rates around. With over 20 years of professional voiceover and audio production experience, ProVoiceUSA is here to provide you with the right voice for your project.

4 Tips for Creating An Effective Voice Over

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Despite being a regular subject of debate among filmmakers, voice overs remain an immensely popular narrative tool. That may be because for every poor or improper use of a voiceover, there are numerous high profile examples of extremely effective voice overs, in everything from cinema to commercials. So what makes a voice over effective? Speaking from years of experience, ProVoiceUSA has some insights that can help.

Ask Yourself If It’s Necessary

As with any tool in your filmmaking or narrative arsenal, not every technique is effective in every situation. Whether or not a voice over will be appropriate for your narrative will depend on what message you want to send, and how you want your audience to feel about it. The ideal situation for most voice overs is when you need to deliver a complicated message in a short amount of time.

Match The Voice With The Message

There are countless messages, and nearly as many voices to deliver them. Don’t settle for a voice that is just adequate for the story or message you are sharing; choose the perfect voice, one that doesn’t just transmit your message, but enhances it.

Provide Originality

Your audience has seen a lot of stories before, heard many voice overs. To make your mark on the audience, you need to make yours stand out. This may be by having multiple actors engaged in dialogue in the voice over, or putting a new spin on a popular style, or even having the actor sing the lines.

Don’t Put Too Much Weight On Voice Alone

There’s a lot of good that a well-done voice over can do, but rarely is it intended to carry a performance on its own. If the visual story is weak, or poorly made, even a good voice over won’t be able to fully compensate for that. Place the emphasis where it belongs. Similarly, try to develop your production so that it can still be understood with the sound off, as modern viewers commonly watch videos without sound, particularly on mobile devices.

In Conclusion

A good voice over can dramatically enhance a narrative and turn a decent film or video into a great one, while used incorrectly, it can hurt the effectiveness of a narrative. These tips will help you pull off the former. On top of that, the team at ProVoiceUSA has all the voice talent you could wish for your project! Contact us today to schedule a recording session and hear how it’s done.

3 Ways to Better Control Your Voice

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Voice acting is a profession that demands a lot of endurance from a fairly sensitive part of your body. The strain on your vocal cords can be pretty taxing, and more so if you don’t properly control your voice. Fortunately, your ProVoiceUSA team can help. There are a lot of ways to practice good voice control, and we thought we would highlight some of the big ones.

Breathe Well

Good voice control starts before a single sound comes out. Good voice control starts with good breath control. Fortunately, breathing comes even more naturally to us than talking, so it’s a great place to start the right habits. Learn how your body feels and moves when you breathe deeply and fully, then learn how to do breathe while keeping your upper body still.

Limber Up

Like with any kind of exercise, your body benefits greatly from some loosening up beforehand. You can stretch your voice just like you might stretch your legs before a run. There are a wealth of excellent vocal fold exercises that are good to do, beginning at least fifteen to thirty minutes before making a recording.

The Lip Trill

Lip trills are, you guessed it, a lip exercise. They help you loosen your lips for better pronunciation and also help warm up your vocal chords. The end result will be more coordinated breathing and vocal fold control.

Voice control can make all the difference between a good recording session and a great one! That’s what makes the big difference in our top quality voice work at ProVoiceUSA. Contact us today to schedule a recording session and hear how it’s done.

Safety Training Voice Overs

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The internet has made safety training much more efficient over the last 10 years. What would have cost an employer hundreds to thousands of dollars to rent out a conference room, send employees out to a training session and all that is included in that, can now be done online with E-Learning online videos and safety training modules done from the comfort and convenience of the office or home. Safety training is critical to a company’s compliance and to reduce the liability of an incident.

OSHA, LockOut/TagOut, all the lingo that is involved in a safety training presentation, we at ProVoiceUSA has said it all before, and is continually trusted year after year, module after module by some of the biggest corporations in America. Some of our long running safety training voice over projects are for companies like Chevron Southern California, Shell Oil Puget Sound, and many many more.

When you need your project done quickly, accurately and with top quality audio gear from a seasoned professional, you can trust ProVoiceUSA for your safety training video voice overs. We have over 20 years in the industry and are here 52 weeks a year, 5 days a week. We can typically turn around about 10 minutes of finished voice per day and more can be arranged if bigger projects are needed to be completed in a pinch.

Please contact us online or call us at 1-877-865-3459 for all your e-learning/safety module voice over needs.

 

Caring for your Voice as a Voice Actor

Caring for Your Voice and Livelihood

As a voice actor, your voice is your one and only tool, your professional portfolio, and the source of your income. Caring for your voice should be a number one priority, no matter how harsh a role can be on your voice. At ProVoiceUSA, we understand this better than anybody. Here are a few tips you can follow to help keep your most vocal and valuable asset healthy and strong for all of the work you do.

Hydration

Of all the things you should do for your voice, the best thing you can do is keep your vocal cords hydrated. Not only does it keep your voice from drying out and becoming hoarse, it will protect your voice from unnecessary strain while acting. Water keeps the vocal cords loose and flexible. You should drink a good amount of water at least an hour before every performance, and keep a water bottle handy during each session.

Keep Sinuses Clear

Taking care of your sinuses is also important, as it determines the resonance of your voice. Keep in mind that a decongestant spray or tablet will work in case of emergencies, but it will also dry your mouth out. If things get bad, consult with an ear, nose, and throat doctor. Some actors who have been diagnosed with deviated septums have found a lot of success with surgery.

Physical Exercise

You might not think it, but good physical exercise is a great way to maintain your voice. Voice work depends on a lot of breathing control. You’ll find that the better your fitness level, the bigger lung capacity you’ll have and consequently more control. Without a lot of breath control, long-form voice work like audiobooks becomes a lot more difficult.

Here’s a short list of other things voice actors should avoid to keep their voices strong:

  • Caffeine (it dries the throat)
  • Alcohol (same as caffeine)
  • Smoking (while some actors do this to change the quality of their voices, smoking can make work in a booth very difficult for yourself and others)
  • Eating right before a session

Remember to care for your voice: it’s your moneymaker! For the best voice work and some of the fastest turnaround in the business, you can rely on the professionals at ProVoiceUSA to get the job done. Contact us today.

Becoming Competitive in the Voice Over Market

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Becoming a voice over actor in this day and age is about as difficult a field to break into as you’d find. And it’s a common misconception that having a naturally resonating and well-toned voice will automatically find you work in the industry. Some artists may say that becoming a talented and successful voice artist requires a little bit of luck. Perhaps that’s true, but along with talent, practice, and hard work, there are some things you can do now to improve your chances of finding work. Here are a few we at ProVoiceUSA have found.

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Finding your way into the industry on your own is nearly impossible these days. If you’re serious about finding work as a voice actor, you need someone who can actively advertise your unique voice and offer quality services to you. This is where ProVoiceUSA can come in handy. With the right demo and a quick turnaround time, you can present yourself as a reliable and high-quality voice actor.

This leads to the second point…

Produce the Best Demo Possible

Like an artist’s or writer’s portfolio, a voice-over demo needs to demonstrate the best and highest-quality work you can produce. If you have the voice over gear at home or in a private studio, you could do it yourself, but a better method would be to save up and splurge on a coaching and recording session at a professional studio. This may set you back on average $1000 or more, but you’ll have the best example of your work possible to show potential agents and clients. It might also pay off to research and pick the right studio to produce the right demo for you: some specialize in commercial work, some in television, and others in video games and interactive media.

Practice Perfect Timing

With voice work, it all comes down to timing. Practice reading different scripts or pieces of writing with different enunciations and inflections, keeping track of yourself with a timer. Remember, it’s about eighty words for thirty seconds. Eventually, this will become instinctual. One of the best skills a voice actor can have is performing lines within the perfect time frame.

If you have what it takes to become a professional voice actor, contact ProVoiceUSA today. We offer only the finest professional voice-over work in the industry with great response times and competitive pricing.

The Fall of the Voice Over Industry

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10-15 years ago, you had a chance to get into the voice over industry to become a voice talent. It’s what I wanted to do and was able to pursue it. I had a full-time TV production job making commercials (writing, shooting, editing, voicing, etc). Actually won 2 Telly Awards for my commercials. My heart was in audio and voice over. So, I started the website GoodCheapVoiceOver.com, advertised on Google with low rates, and turned out a good product after my day job hours. Within a year I was able to make the jump to do this full-time.

I was criticized heavily for my rate structure for doing voice-overs. NASTY emails from the ‘good ol boys’ voice talent group. You know, the people who say ‘I won’t power up the mic for less than $500’. But I was on a mission to make it work. I worked hard, worked long hours, but guess what, I had the workload to make it work. And I was blown away at how I could be making a good living doing what I loved.

I cruised for about 10 years, then sites like Fiverr came along. At first, it was a gag type site. ‘Get a dancing Santa-gram for $5’. So, there was a hand-full of voice talent that had nothing to lose (and sucked) and they thought they could make some money. They probably did $5 at a time. Over the last few years, Fiverr has grown, and more and more voice talent have hopped on board, and some decent ones, pushing down all the lame Fiverr starter voice over talent out of existence. Nowadays, if you are trying to start a career in voice-over work, good luck trying to get any traction, thanks to the 500+ voice talent on Fiverr that are working for peanuts as they have grown to be a huge confusing ‘mark up scheme’ type company.

If you think you are getting a good deal with them, just wait till all the markups are factored in. It’s actually cheaper to get voice over with ProVoiceUSA. All our basic services (that they mark-up) such as editing/formatting/de-breathing/etc are included. What would cost you $85 with them is $30 with us. Unfortunately, some people think that they are the best deal, so they have a decent gullible client base.

It sucks to say, but it’s pretty true… if you are just starting out in the voice over business, it’s going to be a reallllly hard (if not impossible) journey. I am glad I was able to get in when I did, hit it as hard as I did, and made the money that I did. I wouldn’t have done anything differently. I have been able to build up a strong client base that is able to carry us through the slow down. The last few years and the years coming up have been/definitely is the fall of the voice over industry.

4 Ways to Improve Your Voice Over Skills

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Getting into the voice over industry is challenging. It’s as competitive as any other acting career, sometimes more so, and you have to have a thorough control of your voice to succeed. Here are some tips from ProVoiceUSA for enhancing your skills and launching your career.

Voice-Over Actor in a Recording StudioKnow Your Voice
In the past, voice over work was dominated by the ubiquitous “Mr. Announcer” style of voice overs; a deep booming voice with a consistent tone and enunciation. You have probably noticed that this isn’t as common anymore, and when it does see use, it is often in parody. Today’s voice overs are more commonly very relaxed and conversational in tone and style. What hasn’t changed is the importance of being able to speak clearly and give your voice presence.

Use Good Gear
Talented as you may be, there’s more to selling your talent as an actor than just what you can do with your voice. You will often have to share your skill in order to get work, and you want to have good equipment when you do that, which will represent you well. Invest in a quality microphone and good audio software.

Exaggerate
While voice overs have become more casual, there is a little something that’s lost in a truly casual tone when recording it. To compensate, you’ll need to exaggerate a little bit; enunciate more clearly in certain places. This is usually easy to figure out by recording yourself and identifying places where you might sound a little slurred or unclear, and focusing on them.

Learn the Material
Some voice over jobs depend on a very specific script. Others offer some flexibility for ad lib and variation. In either case, you should know the intended material backwards and forwards. The better you do, the better you can deliver it exactly and the better you can add your own flavor if needed.

Provoice USA understands the ins and outs of voice overs for all kinds of purposes, and we offer a wide range of services including on-hold messages, commercials, IVR, and more. Check out our rates or contact us now for more information.