Click the subheadings to go to a synopsis of the articles, and links to the articles themselves. (Many of the articles are from my friend and fantastic voiceover coach Susan Berkley.)
Five Hidden Voiceover Success Secrets
#1 Bare Minimum Equipment Needed to Audition From Home.
#2 Top 3 Ways to Go National.
#3 Audio Books: Great For Doing Voice-Over In Your Spare Time.
#4 The Fortune in Hidden Voiceovers: Industrials.
#5 How Do I Expand My Clientele?
Top Tips For Creating a Great Demo
#6 The best and most cost effective way to do a voice-over demo.
#7 Five Questions to Consider Before Sending Your Demo.
#8 Essentials For Creating An Eye-Catching Demo Package.
#9 “Stealing” National Radio Or TV Commercial Scripts For Your Demo?
Getting The Best Out of Your Voice
#10 Problems Speaking Clearly?
#11 Dry Mouth or Drool?
#12 Can The State Of Your Spirit Affect The Sound Of Your Voice?
#13 What To Do With Those Strange Little Voices.
Becoming A Pro
#14 Are There Possible Legal Ramifications From Doing Impersonations Of Famous People?"
#15 The Ethics of Turning Down Work.
#16 Tips for Smoother Q&As.
Voice Exercises: A Baker's Dozen to Build Your Skill
- Red leather yellow leather
- Aluminum linoleum
- Knapsack straps
- Toy boat
- Greek grapes
- Three free throws
- Flash message
- Sixish tatucka
- Mrs. Smith's Fish Sauce Shop
- Moose noshing much mush
- Which wristwatches are Swiss wristwatches?
- The sixth sick sheik's sixth sheep's sick
Just For Fun
You can practice the following voice exercise if you want, but I don't recommend saying it where anyone can hear you! Repeat rapidly, and watch out for spoonerisms:
I am a mother pheasant plucker:Play The "Can You Guess the Accent?" Game
I pluck mother pheasants.
I am the most pleasant mother pheasant plucker,
to ever pluck a mother pheasant.
Okay, and yes, here are the Kings of the voiceover industry in a fun spoof video, followed by the life of Don LaFontaine. (Want to know who the faces behind famous animated characters are? Check this out.) A number of these are the voices commonly known as "The Voice Of God," and this type of voice represents only a tiny fragment of the industry. You don't need a voice like that, trust me! 99% of the work is not for this kind of voice. Think of animation, audio books and gentle voiceovers, to mention just a few that use other styles of voice primarily.
Update: Don LaFontaine recently passed on September 1, 2008.