Is that one sentence?

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Ahh, nothing like a good voice over challenge! Here is part of the copy for an elearning algebraic thinking narration job.

Is this one sentence? Yes. Yes it is!

Go ahead and give it a try. Read it out loud and see how you would do it. Chances are you will quickly find more than one way to say it.

“They bring two complementary abilities to bear on problems involving quantitative relationships: the ability to decontextualize—to abstract a given situation and represent it symbolically and manipulate the representing symbols as if they have a life of their own, without necessarily attending to their referents—and the ability to contextualize, to pause as needed during the manipulation process in order to probe into the referents for the symbols involved.”

Love it!

Benefits of doing Voice Overs

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Lately I’ve been overwhelmed with the number of jobs to audition for, which is a good thing!  But it has made for some long days of work, which has led to some observations about some of the many benefits there are in doing voice over work.  I am amazed though that I haven’t heard mention one, of them, anywhere?  Not that I have covered the internet when it comes to voice over articles tips, techniques, and advice – but I sure have made a large sized dent in it and haven’t read or heard one iota of these?

So without further ado,..

My 1st benefit that I have noticed lately is getting plenty of water!

I have been told the importance of drinking lots of water since I was a child, but have never reached the 8 glasses a day goal consistently for any length of time, until now! 🙂  Auditioning for hours on end = drinking water for hours on end.

Plus I usually add some lemon juice to mine, (to help my voice and pronunciation) which supposedly increases the detoxifacation factor.  If nothing else it tastes good 🙂  It’s also handy to have a filter for your water so you can get the ‘good’ stuff right from your tap.

I won’t bore you the benefits of drinking water, if you don’t know, here are a few in this pic.

More voice over work + more water =a good thing!

Benefits of drinking water

A Favorite Example of what a Voice Over is

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Dawned on me last night that one of the best ways to explain what voice overs are is to include some in action!

Here is one of my favorites – I watch it anytime I need a pick-me-up!

This little girl is a natural voice over artist!  This is pretty much what I do all day, (JK 😉 )

New Commercial Demo

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Hot off the press – new commercial demo.  Many more to come!

So what are Voice Overs Anyway?

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I realize that many of you reading this are new to the wonderful world of voice overs and may not be familiar with what exactly a voice over is?

So, the short answer is a voice over is any time you hear a voice with out seeing the person speaking.

Here are some examples of voice over opportunities:

  • Audio books – both adult and children
  • Commercials – radio, TV and internet
  • Podcasts – usually thru itunes
  • E Training videos – any pre recorded training used via the internet
  • Narration and Documentary
  • Self Guided Tours
  • Phone Messages
  • Video Games
  • Movies, especially cartoons
My favorite part of voice overs is that your acting isn’t limited by your appearance as it is on camera and on stage.  If you can do the voice of a little kid, old lady, starfish, or horse … than you ARE a kid, old lady, starfish, or horse!  It’s an excellent vehicle to stretch your imagination!
It’s also a great way to make a living, … more on that to come!

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