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VO professionals' tips from Edge Studio's Tips Jar at WoVOCon


Our business is a wonderful combination of communication skills and the arts, with a strong sense of community and professional relationships. True of almost any business, but especially in our line of work, people realize that by helping others, they help themselves.

So at WoVOCon last month, we put out a "Tips Jar," inviting people to contribute whatever gems of advice or inspiration they have for their fellow voice-artists. We were very excited to receive so many VO tips, and here we'll share them ...

While we're at it, a further thank-you. We had a great time at WoVOCon, not the least as we served coffee and tea at the Edge Studio Cafe. In an industry that requires us to spend so much time behind the scenes, we are grateful for opportunities that enable people to step forward and come together.

As we observed awhile back, in our article A Strategic Approach to Voice-over Industry Networking, face-to-face conversation is important for a variety of reasons, including:

  • By connecting with other voice-over talent, you may eventually be referred for a job that another voice actor isn't right for, or doesn't have time for.
  • Almost anyone might have an eventual opportunity.
  • Being at events demonstrates that you’re a committed professional.
  • Visibility makes you more than just another name in their address book.

So you might recognize some of the names, faces and voices of the people below. They're in random order. Help yourself!

From the Edge Studio Voice-Over Tips Jar

Turn print copy into a commercial script for your VO demo. Part 1 of 4.


NOTE: This is the first post in a 4-part series. Click here to read part 2! Click here to read Part 3! Click here to read Part 4!

In our May 7, 2017, Talktime! session (that's our free call-in discussion on various topics each Sunday evening), the question arose as to where to find demo scripts. Various tips were offered, the most fundamental being that your demo coach should be able to guide you. (You do have a demo coach, right?)

But another good source is to convert print copy -- such as magazine advertisements, brochures, encyclopedias, corporate training manuals, and so on -- into an audio track for a radio commercial, explainer, narration or whatever you need. Just how does the average non-scriptwriter go about that?

The simplest answer is, "Write how you talk." That's what NPR advises its on-air journalists. In this article summarizing NPR guidelines, they demonstrate how a print news story is often not at all written the way you would tell it personally in conversation.

See the NPR article for details. To summarize, here's their list of how people talk:

Turn print copy into a commercial script for your VO demo. Part 1 of 4.


NOTE: This is the first post in a 4-part series. Click here to read part 2! Click here to read Part 3! Click here to read Part 4!

In our May 7, 2017, Talktime! session (that's our free call-in discussion on various topics each Sunday evening), the question arose as to where to find demo scripts. Various tips were offered, the most fundamental being that your demo coach should be able to guide you. (You do have a demo coach, right?)

But another good source is to convert print copy -- such as magazine advertisements, brochures, encyclopedias, corporate training manuals, and so on -- into an audio track for a radio commercial, explainer, narration or whatever you need. Just how does the average non-scriptwriter go about that?

The simplest answer is, "Write how you talk." That's what NPR advises its on-air journalists. In this article summarizing NPR guidelines, they demonstrate how a print news story is often not at all written the way you would tell it personally in conversation.

See the NPR article for details. To summarize, here's their list of how people talk:

Turn print copy into a commercial script for your VO demo. Part 1 of 2


NOTE: This is the first post in a 2-part article. Stay tuned next week for part 2!

In our May 7, 2017, Talktime! session (that's our free call-in discussion on various topics each Sunday evening), the question arose as to where to find demo scripts. Various tips were offered, the most fundamental being that your demo coach should be able to guide you. (You do have a demo coach, right?)

But another good source is to convert print copy -- such as magazine advertisements, brochures, encyclopedias, corporate training manuals, and so on -- into an audio track for a radio commercial, explainer, narration or whatever you need. Just how does the average non-scriptwriter go about that?

The simplest answer is, "Write how you talk." That's what NPR advises its on-air journalists. In this article summarizing NPR guidelines, they demonstrate how a print news story is often not at all written the way you would tell it personally in conversation.

See the NPR article for details. To summarize, here's their list of how people talk:

Turn print copy into a commercial script for your VO demo. Part 1 of 2


NOTE: This is the first post in a 2-part article. Stay tuned next week for part 2!

In our May 7, 2017, Talktime! session (that's our free call-in discussion on various topics each Sunday evening), the question arose as to where to find demo scripts. Various tips were offered, the most fundamental being that your demo coach should be able to guide you. (You do have a demo coach, right?)

But another good source is to convert print copy -- such as magazine advertisements, brochures, encyclopedias, corporate training manuals, and so on -- into an audio track for a radio commercial, explainer, narration or whatever you need. Just how does the average non-scriptwriter go about that?

The simplest answer is, "Write how you talk." That's what NPR advises its on-air journalists. In this article summarizing NPR guidelines, they demonstrate how a print news story is often not at all written the way you would tell it personally in conversation.

See the NPR article for details. To summarize, here's their list of how people talk:

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