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Welcome to the blog designed for anyone investigating, starting, and building their voice over career.

Here you'll find practical articles written to help you skip the "trial and error" often associated with pursuing and building a career, and instead gain a candid look into the voice over industry, where the work is, why some people get it, why some don't, and tips and techniques to help you reach your goals.

Remember that your voice, interests, and potential are unique. For this reason, our articles provide multiple ideas and scenarios so that you can make the right decision for your career.

Feel welcome to share any experiences and comments by posting them below each post. We're always glad to listen to you. After all, listening is what we do best!

The Science of Speaking Like a Pro


Improve your skills as a voice talent – by embracing your inner nerd!

~ How a linguistic approach and a basic knowledge of phonetics  (the study and classification of speech sounds) can improve your reads and make you sound more like a pro.

You have no doubt heard it said that there are no shortcuts to becoming a better voice actor. This is certainly, definitely, always true.

EXCEPT when it isn't...  

Students often ask “What is the difference between formal and informal reads?”, “How can I sound more polished?”, “Why do I always stumble over certain words?” and my favorite, “Why do the pros I hear on TV just SOUND BETTER?”

Well, let me tell you why:

Throughout my career I have been asked to vary reads in a myriad of different ways, from basic conversational to formal and sophisticated – with all stops in between. As a former speech-language pathologist, I have found my background in anatomy, physiology, phonetics, and linguistics in general extremely helpful in enabling me to do this successfully.

The Benefits of Remote Training in the VO Industry


Learn why Edge Studio CEO David Goldberg says training remotely is actually BETTER than training in-person

The unique thing about being a voice actor is that typically, no one sees you.  In other words, voice actors, directors, and clients usually work together remotely. You, as the voice actor, record from your home studio while a producer patches in to direct you.  So training remotely is better practice for the real world and provides significantly more applicable training.

Sometimes voice over students claim that coaching by telephone or Skype will be less effective than working with a coach face-to-face in a studio. Well for those students, it’s even more critical that they learn how to be directed remotely so they’re adequately prepared for when they’re hired and directed remotely. After all, in the modern voice over marketplace, the vast majority of jobs will be recorded remotely.  

It’s simple: turn on your speakerphone and set it beside you. Or use Skype or Zoom or whichever software your coach prefers.  Yeah face-to-face is nice; but if you travel to your coach you will both still be looking at your scripts rather than each other the whole time anyway. So avoid the commuting time (psssst, use that extra time for extra practicing!) and avoid any commuting costs (and use that extra money for more coaching, or better marketing, or new equipment, or for a celebratory meal out when you book your first job!).

Unraveling the Mysteries of Online Casting


Let’s play a game.

I’m going to say a word (well, four words actually) and you’re going to tell me the first thing that pops in your head.

Ready?

Pay-to-Play sites.

What was the first thing you thought of?

“Scammers.”

“They’re awesome!”

“I never book anything on them. What am I doing wrong?”

“Non-Union scumbags. They ruined the industry.”

“It’s the only way I know to find work.”

“What’s a Pay-to-Play-Site?”

Let’s say one of the above more or less line up with your initial reaction. How closely do your feelings about Pay-to-Play sites align with reality? Do your assumptions and expectations match the truth?

Some voice actors assume their only way to get into the voiceover industry is to use Pay-to-Play voiceover sites.

Some veteran voice talents whose voiceover careers pre-date the advent of the Pay-to-Play business model assume that if you use Pay-to-Play voiceover sites to find work, you are unethical.

Edge Studio's CEO Goes Bananas at the Holidays


A message from our Founder and CEO, David Goldberg

 

Season’s Greetings from Edge Studio!

The holiday season is a terrific time to show gratitude to our amazing voiceover community, and to express how thankful we are for being a part of it.

For me, the most amazing part of this community is the diverse groups of people who make all this happen: from voice actors, copywriters, casting agents, producers, and directors to all the production coordinators, corporate clients, and admin teams. Of course a special shout out goes to my own admin team here at Edge.

During the holiday week, we stop casting, producing, and coaching, and instead focus on friends, family, and having a fun-filled holiday season. In that spirit, I wanted to share one of my personal favorite holiday memories, one where my holiday spirit got a little too carried away.

Once upon a time, security officers kicked me out of a veeery busy shopping mall wearing a Santa suit.  Well, a Gorilla suit adorned with a Santa suit and beard.

Let me explain.

My friend Jason and I each owned a head-to-toe, Disney-style Gorilla suit. We wore them in parades, for birthday-grams, as stadium mascots, and so on.  Then, we got full head-to-toe Santa suits. So we put them together (imagine a real gorilla dressed as Santa), bought a ton of candy canes, headed to the mall, and ran around handing out candy. We were hits! People stood in lines for pictures with us (possibly longer than the line for the regular mall Santa)! Until security came into the picture…

Oh, the Audacity!


Oh the Audacity! How dare you be such a capable audio recording software program and still cost nothing! You’re free! There must be a catch...

Nope.

There are dozens of DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) software programs out there on the market today. All of them are worth every penny. Audacity has the same value and functionality of most of the programs out there, and it’s absolutely free.  When it’s time to choose an audio program for recording voice over it’s a no brainer. I recommend this program to every one of my students because it’s free, it’s easy to use, and it works for everything they will need to record and send out auditions.  Audacity has the same core functions as all the others like record, edit, EQ, compress, export as mp3 etc., plus a lot more that you may or may not use in your regular VO recordings.

So, what does all this mean?

As voice actors our lives consist of interpreting the scripts we receive, recording the performance and sending out the edited recording with all intentions of winning that audition. Yes, I simplified this but for a reason: The key component to the above statement is RECORD, EDIT, & EXPORT. Our focus should be on our performance, not worrying about being an engineer while doing it. It’s important that we quickly master the skills of recording, editing out unwanted audio, skillfully add/adjust the equalization if needed (low cut filter, High pass filter etc.), and send off a quality recorded performance. Audacity allows us to do this with ease. Look at it this way… using Audacity for recording your VO is like me using MS Word to write this article; simple intuitive functions like cut, copy, paste, delete, save.

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