Some surprising things you may not know about Voice Acting

Some surprising things you may not know about Voice Acting

Many people think that they know all that there is to know about the esoteric career known as Voice Acting. They think that it’s a relatively easy and glamorous job where one gets paid for simply talking. However, many Voice-over Talents who provide the voices for Public Service Announcements (PSAs), TV, Radio, and Web Commercials, Interactive Voice Response (IVR) Recordings, Professional Voice-Over and Narration work for Documentaries and E-Learning Software are also occasionally hired to do Voice Acting for Movies and TV. These voice-over talents will tell you that there is so much more to voice acting than simply mouthing your lines for money. In fact, there are many things that you might not know about voice acting that may just surprise you:

Voice Actors can be called upon to work at any time – Many Voice Actors are usually called in to the studio to record when their schedules permit; but sometimes they can actually, literally phone it in: voice actors sometimes do their work at home and even over the phone. Advances in technology and the advent of the Internet have made doing remote vocal work a possibility.

Voice Actors sometimes do vocal work that will never be heard – Many times voice actors will be called upon to do the voices for animated features; but these performances will only be used as “guide vocals” or “reference vocals” whose purpose is to inform the vocal performances of the actual cast. Many times voice actors do vocal work that will never make it to the final cut; but don’t worry, they do get paid for it.

Voice Actors are sometimes paid to do other things besides talking – Sometimes voice actors will be called upon to do grunts, pants, gasps, and other “auxiliary sounds” which are needed for the movie because the original actor who the voice actor is “standing in” for is already busy working on another project. They may also be asked to supply the voices of extras in a crowd scene; such as people talking in a crowded airport or restaurant.

There are even more surprising facts about voice acting: enough to warrant a second installment of this topic. It just goes to show you that Voice Acting is not as simple (or simplistic) a career as it seems.

If you need professional-quality vocal work done, ProVoice USA has an impressive lineup of Voice overs, Voice Talents, and Voice Actors for your project. Give us a call at (877) 865-3459 or email us at info@provoiceusa.com for all of your questions and for more information.

Tips For Starting A Career In Voice Acting

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Voice Actors or VAs (sometimes also called Voice overs and Voice talents) are a versatile lot. You hear them virtually everywhere: in TV shows and commercials, on the radio, in Public Service Announcements, on phone-based IVR messages, in instructional and educational software, video games, and even in documentaries. Voice Acting is a fun and challenging job; with its own set of rewards and perks.

If you’ve ever considered becoming a voice actor, the good news is that technology has made it easier for you to set upon that path. The not-so-good-news is that it has become a very competitive field. You’ll need to have not just the skills and talent, but you should also know how to market and promote yourself. To this end; we would like to offer some tips to get you started. Ready? Here we go:

Know your capabilities and strengths – To be successful in Voice Acting, you need to know what you have to offer: you need to be able to showcase your specialties as a VA. Are you good at vocal impressions? Can you speak in different regional and foreign accents? Are you able to change your voice to sound older or younger, male or female? Can you modulate your voice and do dramatic reading? Once you know what you’re good at, you can leverage those skills to your advantage; and work on the areas you need help with.

Know which VA categories you can work in – Once you know what your voice can do; you can then decide which VA category you fit in: dramatic readers can do acting and dubbing, Flawless readers who sound engaging or modulated can do commercial work, and clear standard diction is ideal for narration. The vocal skills you have will determine which particular areas of voice acting you should concentrate on.

Know how to get work – Familiarize yourself with how the VA industry works. Join a professional organization and start networking with industry practitioners and professionals whenever the opportunity presents itself. Find a mentor and try to find an agent as well. Invest in a good voice demo, and make your demo category-specific (i.e., include a character, narration, corporate, and commercial demo).

Know how to market and promote yourself – The Internet has made it possible for you to put your voice work out there. Make sure to build up a portfolio of your work, and post it on popular audio and video streaming sites; as well as on social media. Prepare a good résumé and follow instructions faithfully during auditions. Be professional in appearance and demeanor. If you want to make a career using your voice, the world is ready for you! Follow our tips and make your mark. Good Luck!

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Some tips for creating “Character” voices

Some tips for creating Character voices

Voice talents are accustomed to using their own voice and their own manner of speaking when they work to create narrations and voice-overs for TV, movies, and even for telephone greetings and messages. However; there may be times when a client specifically asks for a certain type of voice to be used, or for a particular set of characteristics to inform your voice-over: the client may want you to portray a person or character different from yourself. Sometimes, they will require a more mature, older-sounding voice for their documentary, or someone with an accent. This may be an intimidating prospect for some voice talents; but it is actually a chance for you to showcase your versatility and step out of your comfort zone. You may already have some quick impersonations you can perform, but it can’t really hurt you to know how to portray other people, or to tweak your voice to make it sound the way the client wants. After all, the most successful voice talents are known to be “chameleons”: people who can portray men, women, children, and even fantasy characters. Here are some tips for trying out different “character” voices:

Look for inspiration in real life – Perhaps you know someone with a distinct voice with certain quirks like lisps or mispronunciations. You can use them as inspiration for a character voice, or as a “vocal template”.  Then, tweak the basic voice by adding your own quirks and unique characteristics (like a drawl or expression).

Try to study and imitate different accents – See if you can do a convincing accent: British, Boston, South American…try a variety of accents to see if they are easy for you to pull off. Watch talk shows and news programs to see how people from different countries talk; and see if you can do the same. Try out different voices to see which one seems more appropriate for the script.

Practice – This is the only way that you will ever get better at doing different voices. Constant practice is the key to nailing authentic accents and characters. Try to stay in character during auditions, and try your accents on native speakers to get their reaction and feedback.

Doing vocal work using a different voice than your own may seem daunting at first; but the more that you do it, the more comfortable of an experience it becomes for you. Vocal versatility will ensure that you’re not just a “one-trick vocal pony”, and that you have more to offer the client than just your well-modulated speaking voice.

ProVoice USA offers Professional Voice-over and Audio Production services. We have extensive experience in creating narrative audio for TV, radio, and online projects with no-haggle pricing. Call us up at (877) 865-3459 or send us an e-mail at info@provoiceusa.com to learn more about our services.

Recording Booth No-no’s to Avoid

Recording Booth No-no’s to Avoid

If you’re a voice actor; working in the recording booth is par for the course. You’ve already made yourself familiar with the equipment, know the proper distance to stand from the microphone, and have perfect diction, intonation, and enunciation. However; all of this preparation and training can be ruined by seemingly simple and obvious mistakes: we at ProVoice USA call them “Recording Booth No-no’s”. Here are a few examples of No-no’s that you need to avoid before you step inside to record your lines:

    • Avoid wearing jewelry (especially nose and tongue jewelry) when doing your lines. They will impair your speech and produce metallic clinking sounds that will be audible on the recording (sometimes called “audio bleed”). Once these sounds are recorded; they will be extremely difficult to remove from your performance during editing and post-production.
    • Avoid bringing and using any smart devices and phones while doing your lines. These will also create unnecessary background noise that will “bleed” into the audio and be hard to edit out later. Furthermore, cell phones may cause signal interference with the booth’s audio equipment. It’s best to leave your devices and phones outside the booth, turned off, or switched to silent mode.
    • Avoid making shuffling noises with the script’s pages. These will create shuffling and rustling sounds which will again “bleed” into the recording. Instead, lay them flat in front of you (probably using a music stand) and read them from there.
  • Avoid making unnecessarily wild or exaggerated movements that might make you bump into mike stands or music stands, and avoid movements that may make you trip over any cables on the floor.

Sometimes even the simplest of mistakes can ruin a really good vocal performance. Be mindful of these “No-no’s” so that you can give your best voice over ever.

If you need help with voiceovers, ProVoice USA offers professional Voice over and Audio Production Services to help you find the right voice talents for your TV, Radio, E-Learning, and Phone message or greeting project. We can also help you with your Interactive Voice Response (IVR) recording needs; as well as with your Power point™ presentation voice over. With over 20 years of experience and a diverse roster of voice talents; we are sure to have the voice that you need. Call us up at (877) 865-3459 or e-mail us at info@provoiceusa.com for all of your inquiries and for more information.

Creating an Audio-Video Presentation (AVP) Voice-over

Creating an Audio-Video Presentation Voice-over

Audio-Video Presentations (AVP) are handy tools for giving information during meetings, exhibits, trade expos, and lectures. They integrate images and sounds to be able to impart your lesson, message, product specs, services, and brand identity to your target audience. However, the success of an AV Presentation relies on a good voice-over narration: whether you are using a timed slideshow or a pre-edited video, your voice-over needs to be not only appropriate to the images, text, and videos being flashed or projected onscreen; it also needs to be read effectively to engage your audience and maximize the AVP’s impact. This is where your skill in voice acting and reading will be put to task. In order to make sure that your narration will hit the mark, your friends at ProVoice USA want to give you a few tips for creating a strong, effective, and engaging voice-over.

It goes without saying that for creating your voice-over; you will need the proper audio equipment: a (preferably unidirectional) microphone, an audio interface (for converting your audio into digital data), proper audio recording and editing software, a laptop or desktop PC, a microphone stand, and a pop filter. Are you ready? Let’s start:

Use a conversational tone and easy-to-read words – If you’re the person coming up with the script, make sure that your script has maximum readability. Use jargon and technical terms only when necessary, and make sure to explain these terms in your script if your audience is likely to be unfamiliar with them. Avoid being verbose and use plain language. When drafting and reading the script, try to evoke a conversational tone with your writing and delivery.

Go over the script and do “practice readings” – Try reading the script aloud in one pass, and see if any of the words trip you over. These may indicate rewrites to improve readability. Then, go over any jargon that needs to be properly pronounced and check for accuracy. Do another reading, this time; recording your performance. Avoid “ad-libs”, just stick to your script. Upon playback; check to see if your narration works within the context of the presentation. Once you are satisfied, it’s time to start recording.

Practice working with the microphone – Learn to keep your distance from the microphone. Ideally, a distance of between 6-12 inches away from the microphone will give you crisp, clean vocals. Also, make sure to mark your takes by leaving a few seconds of silence in between each take and announcing the section to be recorded, like “paragraph 4, page 2 take one”. Record your vocals in a quiet venue; without any distractions or ambient sounds. Be prepared to do multiple takes a section of the script at a time, and stop when you’re content with your performance.

Fine-tune your recording process – When recording, be conscious of your delivery: some voice-over talents have a tendency to read too fast or add unnecessary affectations in their delivery. Decide whether to read from the computer screen or from a printed manuscript: if you’re using a print-out, make sure that the fonts are easy-to-read and big enough to read; and that your text has a proper line and paragraph spacing. It will be much easier to record standing, as it gives you more leeway for gestures and expressions that will inform your delivery; but you can also choose to sit down. Your microphone’s stand and position will be determined by whether you stand or sit during takes. Use a pop filter to eliminate plosives and pops, and use a pair of good headphones for listening to your playback.

Hydrate and keep liquids on-hand – During recording, make sure that you hydrate your vocal cords with clear liquids: water and tea are the top choices. Avoid drinking cold liquids: just leave them at room temperature.

Make the video and images adjust to your voice-over and not the other way around – Lastly, when you find that your voice-over is not syncing up with the images and video, or you tend to get distracted trying to time the voice-over to sync with your slideshow effects and transitions; then tweak them so that they sync up with the voice over instead. Concentrate on having a good voice-over and sync your visuals to it.

Do you need a professional voice-over for your AVP? ProVoice USA offers Audio Production and Voice-over services for various media and applications such as Radio and TV commercials, E-Learning, Phone System, and Interactive Voice Response (IVR) telephone services. With over 20 years of experience and a roster of incredible Voice Talents, we can provide the right voice to go with your script. Get in touch with us at info@provoiceusa.com, or call us up at (877) 865-3459 to learn more about the services we offer and for more information.

Branding Through Voice Over Talent

Branding Through Voice Over Talent

You may quickly recognize a brand by the company’s logo or the visual of a spokesperson holding the product up on TV. The same goes with an effective voice over. If you want to build your brand, you must have a voice that will speak for you.

Familiar Voice Builds Brands

Hearing the same voice for every commercial or radio snippet helps to build branding and familiarity. And having someone who will speak for your brand and sounds trustworthy makes your brand marketing better. Ads with voice-overs score higher on credibility because they appear to convey fresh information, relevance, and persuasion. A professional voice over artist can greatly improve your brand recognition when used effectively.

Leave a Lasting Impression

Your brand’s voice, which you use in your online marketing videos, TV & radio spots, and even your phone prompts, is a key factor in making your brand memorable. Whenever your customers hear that distinct voice, they feel at home. So, if your company wants to leave a lasting impression on consumers, you need to ensure that you have a strong brand voice.

Have the Pros Do It

ProVoiceUSA.com has produced professional voice-overs for more than 10 years, giving us extensive experience to work on each of our new projects. We will work directly with you to quickly produce professional sounding voice-overs that will make your brand memorable. Call us today so we can discuss the details of your project and begin working on it as soon as you are ready.

Why Good Voice Talent is Essential for E-Learning

Why Good Voice Talent is Essential for E-Learning

We always follow the voice we trust. Take the voice-over on the New York subway that says “stay clear of the closing doors.” This is an example of an authoritative voice that subway passengers trust and think credible.

Voice Perception

Our perceptions of a voice could either persuade or dissuade us from making decisions. In e-learning, an authoritative voice makes us believe and trust that the instructional material is valuable and useful in learning the concepts we need for a particular course.

Good Voice, More Listeners

Voice-over artists take on the role of a character, just like any actor. This is also true to e-learning videos. Voice-over actors convey complex concepts and encourage more students to enroll in a course. So it’s best to get a pro-voice-over recorded first, and then you can create an online video to supplement your materials.

Roster of Talent

For your online modules, you can choose from loads of voice-over artists here. We specialize in voiceover for e-learning, such as training videos, tutorials, safety training, technical instruction, and others. We can provide a range of voice styles for your audio training course. Listen to our voice-over demos or contact us now to request a sample of a voice you can trust.

5 Tips on Making a Memorable Commercial

5 Tips on Making a Memorable Commercial

Making a product is one thing, but getting people to see, like, and buy your product is a whole other story. If you want people to buy your product, you must use the power of commercials. But making a commercial takes several elements put together. Here are a few things you’d want to consider if you want your commercial to be memorable.

1. Storyline

Story-telling often focuses on a memorable character. Successful marketing stories have a character people remember such as a family having dinner together, a cat talking to a dog or an office girl with wind-tossed hair taking an elevator. In fact, some characters become so ingrained in U.S. culture that they even develop their own fan base and T-shirts when done right.

2. Representation

Make sure that what your commercial is what you want the consumer to perceive your product. Try to really focus on your product and your brand so that the viewer will know just what they are signing up for.

3. Humor

Having pleasant visuals can really help generate a good audience impact, but there is a point where between being artsy can be synonymous to too all over the place. Adding humor or an emotional factor can help persuade a person but you must remain objective with what you really want to show.

4. Sounds

Commercials are heavily dependent on the sound that consumers will remember. The emotion viewers feel while watching a commercial directly relates to how effectively they remember the product. Different sounds connote different meanings, leading the consumer to associate the commercial and the product it advertises with a variety of corresponding feelings. It’s not enough to see a delicious looking steak to convince a consumer, but by hearing it sizzling on a grill, that triggers craving! This power of sound creates a sense of reality for the viewer.

5. Voice Talent

Many businesses looking to produce television advertisements don’t realize just how convenient and affordable TV voice overs are. ProVoiceUSA is 100% focused on voice talent. Our voice talent has more than a decade of experience producing voice-overs for commercials, as well as radio sweepers and audio files for messaging systems. With our digital recording studio, we can record your message clearly and quickly deliver the audio files to you. To find out more about our commercial voice talent, contact us today!

Top Voice Actors of the 21st Century

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

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.