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A Voice Over Work In Progress

Self-teaching, trial and error, and “flying by the seat of your pants” is not preferred protocol for entering the world of Voice Over, or the blogosphere for that matter.  But such is my lot and for what it’s worth today’s post provides a 10,000 foot view of a newbie’s voice over self-education thus far and some nifty resources, if you plan a similar journey.  I made mention in an earlier post of coming late to this interest.  It occurred to me as unrelated compliments are coming with regularity about the quality of my voice.  At a point I began to wonder if there just might be something to it.  This blog’s podcast and one demo I produced thus far may demonstrate otherwise.  But here’s the work in progress to this point:

My online presence is here on WordPress, and for all its bells and whistles I have to say the setup and launch did not come easy. And that is not critical of WordPress especially; and owing more likely to a thick-skulled user (see trial and error comment above.)   The folks at Dreamhost are easy to work with and is my server of choice.

Ready, Fire, Aim !

Articles abound that counsel good planning and research, and subsequently the successful launch of the viable niche website.  Darren Rowse writes with authority on the subject in his book  ProBlogger , and you can find his good work over at Problogger.com  Even though I set about the journey from the back of the book instead of the start, it is valuable teaching nonetheless.

Quite apart from my ready, fire, aim! style, I look in often upon successful blogger Pat Flynn,  (@PatFlynn on Twitter) and one of his sites smartpassiveincome.com  Listen to Pat’s podcast on iTunes and find he is methodical, deliberate and organized.  And although our paths on the web are very different, there is much to be learned from his success.  His internet business income reports that he publishes online are the proof of the puddin’!

Speaking of Voices

Ezoomvoice.com is not monetized (yet) and in infancy stage I continue working toward even modest traffic.  What’s become fun of late is the addition of a podcast to my blog.  This too is a work in progress and made easier by a community of voice talents on the net, willing to share what they know.   I owe a debt of thanks to Luke Truan of Luke Truan Productions for allowing my first podcast interview of his career development in voice over.  My humble offering, but listen to my Skype chat with Luke here.

So my best find along the way is a couple of really helpful websites to whom I send a blatant shout out before signing off.  Something I’ve learned from the successful is to endorse (plug) only products and services that one would also use.  I’m proud to say I am a regular user of my accounts on Voices123.com and Voices.com  They are great resources for voice talents to sharpen their skills, as well as connect with consumers of voice over services.

Thank you for commenting upon this article in the form below.  I also look forward to hearing from you if you are an established voice talent.  Maybe we could arrange an interview on the Ezoomvoice Podcast!

 

August 17, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a Comment

No Anchors Here

So here’s a first-ever for this site, a post via the nifty WordPress mobile application. I’m a creature of routine and order, so this is something of a leap from my comfort zone. Though “set in my ways”, I dig technology and sometimes you just got to kick the tires and drive it around the block a time or two. (Now how’s THAT for loading up on metaphor!)
It is a cool thing not to be anchored to the desktop. And as I think of it, some of the best ideas for content happen on the fly. I have to confess that blogging at the checkout hasn’t occurred to me before now, but this little app makes that possible. (And no. NEVER blog and drive!)
And I would not close this test-drive post without a shout to my latest find over on voicecoaches.com ( follow them on Twitter @VoiceCoaches ) A review follows with a later post. I’m a podcasting fan and the site includes a varied and extensive archive of programs. Check ‘em out.

August 1, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a Comment

Speaking of Voices

 

Luke Truan

 

 

In today’s edition, I chat with successful voice talent Luke Truan .  With a demonstrated track record in the industry, you’ll find him at LukeTruan.com and see his profile over on Voice123.com. His formal education in music and computer science makes him uniquely suited both to digital audio production and voice over. He is gracious to let me post this podcast interview about how he got his start as a child actor, and the unique place he’s carved out in the world of voice over.  Have a listen here.

 

 

 

 

July 24, 2012 Posted by | Podcast | , , , , , | Leave a Comment

Quotes of Note

 “Where’s the beef!”  The words appear in print, but you can almost hear that voice.  This, and nine other memorable quotes from movies and television are the subject of Episode 3.  The podcast was recorded using Audacity Sourceforge 2.0.1, and uploaded via Podbean.com, both of which are free programs.
Listen to the podcast and add your own “quotes of note” in the comments.

July 11, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a Comment

Gather ‘Round the Podcast

In the ‘Golden Age of Radio’ of the 30’s and 40’s, families gathered around the first radios that were more like pieces of furniture. Times were tough but through the big box came variety shows, music, news, and episodes like ‘Superman’ and ‘The Shadow’. Fast forward to today and we can still enjoy all that entertainment on the go, on myriad devices, and on no schedule but our own. This episode revisits that Golden Age, including a voice clip of broadcasting legend Edward R. Murrow.  Click Podcast and go to this episode.

July 7, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a Comment

A Hero’s Voice

He was born Chesley Burnett Sullenberger III, on January 23, 1951.  His nickname, “Sully”, became known around the world as he glided disabled US Air flight 1549 safely onto New York’s Hudson River.  The plane’s engines had been disabled by a bird strike.  All 155 passengers survived that landing on January 15, 2009; Captain Sullenberger was last to leave the sinking Airbus A320.  Passengers and crew would later speak of his calm and composure in the midst of the crisis.  New York’s Mayor Bloomberg nicknamed him “Captain Cool”.

It is unlikely you’ll hear Sully’s voice over a passenger cabin intercom now, announcing the weather in your destination city.  But since that 2009 Hudson River landing, Sully finds himself speaking internationally on airline safety, among a host of demands for his calming and expert voice.

Voice of Authority 

How could Captain Sullenberger have known how his life would change, as he left for work that January morning?  Thought to be shy and retiring, his is now a voice with global reach.  A good natured quip about his “pilot’s style” brought his comeback, “Is my voice authoritative enough to convince you to turn off your portable electronic device?”

In addition to owning a now sought after voice, Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger is the author of two books, Highest Duty, and Making a Difference, Stories of Vision and Courage From America’s Leaders”.

June 29, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a Comment

A Little Make Over

Blogs surely take off quicker than ezoomvoice.com.  I’ll spare the litany of distractions that compete with my blogging.  Nevertheless the ‘shot in the arm’ I am excited about is a design tweak of my blog by Tom Ross at blogs.fanextra.com  As of today’s post a couple of Tom’s recommendations happened; both subtle and not so subtle.

In Tom’s “30-minute redesign” he presented my page as it was and gave credit for elements that appeared to work well.  I have to admit, it’s not a place of comfort to put yourself out there for scrutiny and makeover, but I am grateful for objective suggestions toward improvement.  Changes centered around more effectively targeting my blog to a niche of voice talent and the voice over profession, as well as a strong ‘About Me’ element to give the blog a more personal touch.

Less Is More

WordPress is a terrific platform with first-rate artwork for page headers. Out of the gate I chose a WordPress theme that displayed attractive alternating photography on opening. Glitzy as it is, it didn’t have anything to do with my niche and had a larger than desired presence, pushing my content down the page. My new header is still in need of scale-down, but I’m pleased with the original artwork in the new header created for me over on fiverr.com , “The world’s largest marketplace for small services, starting at $5”.      I must send a shout out to Pat Flynn for the fiverr tip, picked up on his Smart Passive Income Podcast . It’s become a favorite in my ear as I do my cardio on the track at the park.

So with a “little makeover” in place, now I can concentrate on social media links, back linking, and keyword research as next steps. Fun! For more on what Tom Ross (@blogsfan on Twitter) does in a 30-minute redesign, head on over to blogs.fanextra.com

 

April 16, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | 1 Comment

Getting Your Voice Out There

How A Broadcasting Legend Got His Voice Noticed

As a young boy in Tulsa, Oklahoma Paul Harvey made radio receivers, interestingly enough.  At the age of 14, a teacher of Harvey’s “was impressed with his voice”.  On her recommendation, he got a job at a local station cleaning up and eventually began reading commercials and the news.  Attending the University of Tulsa, he continued working at station KVOO as an announcer and then became program director.  He would go on to be one of the most recognizable voices in voice media, with masterful use of his signature pause and engaging stories. I can still hear him sign on with “Hello, America, this is Paul Harvey.” Who could resist staying tuned as he built the story and invited us back to hear “the REST of the story”?

Paul Harvey died in 2009 at 90 in Phoenix, Arizona.

Getting Your Voice Out There

The story of Paul Harvey’s introduction to the world of voice broadcasting is of interest to the point where I wonder, do voice talents still have ways to become known and get work without extraordinary investment?  I’m not in the market to promote my voice or get voice over work, but am pleased to see voice talent is among the categories of “remote” work for which a person can register for free at oDesk.com, for instance.  Those posting a “gig” and looking to hire you can also register free.  oDesk makes their money by way of 10% of payments from users who post jobs.

Becoming a broadcasting legend or recognized voice talent takes some doing.  But like me, perhaps you have received encouragement or notice of your voice out of the blue. Naturally those regularly finding a gig have an entry or two on their resume, but you have to start somewhere, even if to gain helpful feedback from an audition.  Google voice talent agencies; there are registration fees for some agencies.

Consider a Podcast to Get Your Voice Out There

A companion podcast is a nice feature of my favorite websites.  Many may be accessed directly on iTunes.  If an aspiring voice talent also has a website or blog, a podcast addition to your blog or site is a great way to gain exposure for your voice.  Here too is a free resource on the net.  Podbean.com is a site where voice talents or others can record and upload episodes of a “show”.  A free basic plan is offered as well as a paid upgrade for added bells and whistles and volume.  Many bloggers use them in connection with their websites to advertise and generate income.  I registered for my free account on Podbean.com as I worked on today’s post.  I’ll let you know how it goes.

Who knows?  A podcast could very well show up on my page.  Stay tuned for “the REST of the story.

 

February 13, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment

And that’s the way it is . . .

   Among voices I remember vividly from youth is that of CBS anchor Walter Cronkite.  His is one of those voices when heard, has instant recognition across generational lines, certainly among baby boomers.  In my case, his distinctive sound accompanied a course image on black and white televisions that were the norm until just about when I left home.

I did not always have this appreciation for “America’s most trusted news man”.  How my siblings and I would wage war when Dad exercised authority over viewing content, switching to the news from cartoon episodes we enjoyed. ( Those were the days when one actually walked across the room to change to one of the other FOUR channels, perhaps adjusting aluminum foil on the antennae. )  Nevertheless, this deep rich voice presided over breaking news now in history books.  I do remember a strangely different Walter Cronkite as he reported the surreal events around the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

Cronkite’s report ended nightly with ” . . and that’s the way it is”.  He died at the age of 92 at his home in New York.

Indulging my passion for the world of spoken word, public speaking and voice talent,  there is not surprisingly a virtual avalanche of discovery on the world wide web.  Really overwhelmed, I had the good fortune to stumble upon terrific, practical how-to blog building content in Pat Flynn’s podcast on Smartpassiveincome.com  ( follow Pat on Twitter @PatFlynn )

Though not viewing Pat’s site content with the same game plan as much of his online community, I did get much needed organization tips and a jump start in the direction I want to take my blog.  It is so often in just knowing how to start.

And that’s the way it is . . .

February 10, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | 1 Comment

Just Saying . . .

So this is the inaugural post. And it didn’t come easy. I’m trusting this world of plug-ins, widgets, and one-click wonders will start to make some sense, and I just might have found the niche that excites and captures my imagination.

On varied occasions in recent years unsolicited, folks have commented (complimented) about my voice. I do public speaking regularly and had not given it much thought. The feedback’s been consistent and as I have suggested, out of the blue. Add to that my own passion for rich voices and quality oratory, and you have the makings of an interesting little blog. I sure hope so, anyway.

What follows then will be articles around voices of speakers, announcers, news anchors, celebrities, and journalists of note; the big “Winston Churchill” voices you just recognize with your eyes closed. I’ll delve in to the world of voice-over, technology, gadgets and look to even add companion voice recording of my own via podcast and YouTube.

Gosh. I just may have found my voice.

February 9, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a Comment

   

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