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2016 Voice Over Year in Review

My 2016 Voice Over Year

My 2016 Voice Over Year in Review

2016 was a trying, stressful year for many of us. Fortunately, my family didn’t suffer any calamities. Well, a tree feel on my house. Our hot water heater caught on fire. But fortunately nobody was hurt!  My 2016 voice over year in review was thankfully rewarding and satisfying. I learned a lot. Tried to do things differently. Reach out to new people and new ways of thinking. Stray outside my comfort zone whenever possible. So here we are at the end of 2016, looking forward to a great 2017! Why has the year been so rewarding? Because I made a point of investing in my career.

Investing in My Brand

First off, I invested in getting a new professionally produced commercial demo to enhance my brand and marketability. I enlisted the coaching, directional, and audio production talents of Eric Romanowski at Ear Blowing Audio in Virgina Beach, Virginia. As I’m in Atlanta, we collaborated at length over emails and recorded the sessions via my ipDTL account. He really captured my money reads and then pushed some of it into new directions. And the investment has paid off, in ways I could not have expected. For example, I had never done television spots for toys and now I’ve done several for well known brands. On my own, I’ve compiled and edited my new audio and video demo reels for Corporate, E-learning, Explainer Video, and MOH/IVR voice overs from pieces of actual work.

Investing in My Relationships

Secondly, I invested in the time to learn from others. One of the best things I did this year was attend VO Atlanta in March for the first time. The panel discussions and seminars were outstanding, and it was great to meet so many people that I knew well online but not IRL! Plus, I got to meet new people in person that now I know well online too. I’ll be attending again this coming March. Come see me at the ipDTL booth where I’ll be available to discuss what it’s like to use it as voice over talent.

Speaking of ipDTL, I invested in the ‘Tel’ subscription of ipDTL. Not only can I bridge to ISDN on-demand, and stream live to studios; but it’s also a superior replacement for phone patch and Skype. It even works fantastic for connecting to mobile lines if I drop the rate to 64 kbps. So many of my clients love using it to direct sessions live, and it’s really made all those old cranky phone patch or Skype sessions sound so much better and go more smoothly.

Investing in My Voice Over Studio

When it comes to investing in one’s voice over career, there’s always the opportunity to upgrade one’s studio. I upgraded from Adobe Audition 3 to Audition CC. Yes, the monthly subscription is a bit much, but I think of it as an investment. It’s as if it is my monthly rent for my digital office. And it’s the price of doing business in a way that provides the best results for my clients.

I also upgraded from a CAD E100s microphone to a Rode NT-1. Same self-noise level but the Rode has a much hotter output and a more flattering tone for my voice. I love it! I’ve owned a TLM-103 and a MKH-416 in the past. The NT-1 sounds very similar to the 103 but with a tighter pattern; it also doesn’t sound tubby and phasey like a 416 can if you’re not working it closely. I also switched from the first generation Scarlett interface to the Second Generation Scarlett which is an improvement in so many ways: preamp, latency, controls, and in the ability to switch seamlessly between programs and sample rates. I’ve got my eye on the new Millennia one-channel preamp for an upgrade in 2017!

Finally, what I am most grateful for in 2016 are my repeat clients and my new clients that have become repeat clients in this year. One of the best parts of my job is building relationships with people from all kinds of businesses from all around the world. I look forward to working with all my clients in the new year.

International Voice Over Talents

International Voice Over Talents

How to Find International Voice Over Talents

Here’s a guide to help you find international voice over talents. Because I’m an American voice over talent for International media, my clients hire me for my neutral accented voice for their US English translations or overdubs . However, usually these projects require versions done in several languages. As a result, that’s why I keep good relationships with several of my colleagues who perform voice overs in diverse languages from around the world. In addition, they’re all wonderful people! The following are my highly-recommended fellow voice over talents that I have happily and successfully recommended to my clients:

Spanish Language Voice Over Talents:

Armando Plata, based in Miami and Atlanta, has a authoritative voice of gravitas that my corporate clients have loved on many of their projects for Latin-American audiences in North America. Penelope Saray is an accomplished voice over and on-camera talent. She also is an experienced script-writer and translator!

French Language Voice Over Talents:

Liz De Nesnera is a versatile native-French speaker and English voice over talent based in the United States, with a specialty in IVR and E Learning projects.

German Language Voice Over Talents:

Roy Gablinger, based in Zurich, Switzerland, is one of the best known German voice over talents. Recording commercials for brands like Lufthansa, BMW, Apple, UBS, Roy also narrates for imagefilms, explainerfilms, and e Learning.

Andreas Otto, from Hamburg, Germany has a great voice for imagefilms. Also, he’s superb for promos and voice acting for dubbing and animation.

British English Voice Over Talents:

Got to give it up for my US-based UK pals Mike Cooper and Chris Flockton; due to both of them being talented voice actors with very engaging styles. And, for cartoon voice acting and fantastic impressions, you can’t beat Darren Altman. Female British Voice Over Talent? That’s an easy one: Emma Clarke.

Russian Voice Over Talents:

Natalia Aleynikova is a native Russian voice over talent and an excellent English and French to Russian translator. Her husband, Konstatin translates English and German into Russian. Together, they’re quite a team! Pavel Kuklin lives in Queens, NY. He brings an authentic Russian voice while also dishing out a New York attitude and whimsy! He’s a top-notch talent that can handle a full range of voice acting. You can check out a lot of his work at the Vimeo Voice Over Group that I founded! 

Female American Voice Over Talents:

Finally, The Voxy Ladies is the go-to guild for the best American female voice over talents. There, you’ll find some of my female colleagues like Kelley Buttrick.