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Farewell to a Voice

Earlier posts to my blog pay tribute to distinctive voices we just “know” as we hear them; one of a kind.  We say farewell this week to once such voice, that of comedienne Phyllis Diller, who died in her sleep at 95.

She is a real show biz pioneer, taking to the stand up comedy stage in an era when men dominated.  Diller’s resume before show business includes house wife, a role from which she drew her rich repertoire.  I had the privilege to see her live show and I will always remember the outrageous wardrobe and even more over the top hair do that was her signature.

She was asked once the secret to longevity of her contemporaries, Bob Hope and others.  She said it was because they laughed.  Bravo, Phyllis Diller.  You and that one of a kind laugh that is only you.

August 21, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a Comment

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

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

A Voice for Freedom

On this 236th observance since Independence Day was established in the United States, this is appropriate, even as we prepare for our own Fourth of July party.  Today’s post celebrates the voice of courage belonging to one who made gut-wrenching decisions to keep the freedom in which we still live.  As a baby boomer, I remember well the words, and the sound, of John F. Kennedy’s 1961 Inaugural Address – “Ask not what your country can do for you . . . ”  But he also spoke these chilling words, addressing the nation in October 1962, in a standoff with Cuba and Russia:

 

Too Close for Comfort

This event marked the closest our nation came to the Cold War becoming a full blown nuclear disaster.  Cuba was at that time building bases with Russian missiles capable of striking targets in much of the continental United States.  A new generation has since witnessed a strike on home soil, September 11, 2001.  The potential of the Cuban missile crisis was arguably even more lethal, if that is possible.

The Kennedy Administration initiated a military blockade of arms shipments to Cuba which predictably escalated rhetoric coming from the Kremlin. It was through behind-the-scenes communications that same month, in cooperation with the United Nations Secretary General, that the then Russian Premier Nikita Khrushchev agreed to begin dismantling nuclear hardware on the Cuban Island and crisis was averted.

It is at times like this when the voice of a leader can marshal the resolve of a nation, even in the face unthinkable prospects.  I remember the voice of President John F. Kennedy.

 

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July 4, 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

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

   

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