Most of us aren't naturals when it comes to public speaking: it's a skill that takes practice, and a nudge in the right direction is always helpful. When it comes to audio branding, no other sound can compare with the power of the human voice to reach out to and create an emotional bond with our listening audience. These podcasts feature interviews with a number of professional voice coaches, directors, and producers who offer their insights on the voice industry and practical advice on everything from breathing exercises and vocal training to finding and effectively using your own voice.
There’s a lot to discover when it comes to voiceover, something I've learned firsthand throughout my journey as a voice artist. These episodes offer a glimpse behind the scenes of the voiceover industry, featuring interviews with voice coaches and casting directors that focus on everything from the changes the pandemic’s brought to the industry to the expanding role of voiceover in our everyday lives.
We also talk about public speaking, how important it can be for just about any business, and suggestions on how to become a more effective speaker. Public speaking isn’t something most of us like to think about: studies have shown that glossophobia, fear of public speaking, affects three out of four people on some level. These episodes provide a wealth of practical advice from professional speakers and voice coaches to help you overcome that natural fear, from lowering stress and learning your voice’s natural pitch to the value of storytelling and tips on projecting your voice.
Voiceover and public speaking form two of the pillars of audio branding, whether through traditional commercials and narration, or audio-first apps and interfaces, or just speaking effectively and delivering your message to consumers. The podcasts here offer a closer look at the voice industry and the art of public speaking and offer guidance on creating just the right voice for your brand.
Jeff Howell launched his voiceover industry career as an agent at Abrams-Rubaloff and Lawrence then crossed over to the creative side as a casting director / radio producer at Bert Berdis and Company. Later, he was hired as the VP of Production at World Wide Wadio. He has produced radio commercials and network radio TV […]
Here’s the second part of my interview with casting director and coach, Mary Lynn Wissner. We talked about common mistakes she sees voice actors make and what she suggests voice talent do to differentiate themselves. We also spoke about things like: How voiceover work is about so much more than having a nice voice How […]
Since 1990, Mary Lynn Wissner’s company Voices Voicecasting has cast thousands and thousands of voice talent in thousands and thousands of voiceover productions. She directs workshops, coaches voice talent, consults, and directs talent around the world. While things have certainly changed in the midst of the COVID-19 shutdowns (during which time this episode was recorded), […]
Our audio landscape is definitely changing. It’s becoming more and more important for brands to have a recognizable sound, especially with the rise of Alexa, Google Home, and similar products. Even our appliances are becoming “smart”. If they recognize voice commands, how long will it be before they start selling us products directly – without […]
I just recently went to my first podcasting convention (MAPCON, now the Independent Podcast Conference in Atlantic City) and had the privilege of meeting a lot of super talented and passionate people who create and have services for, podcasters (of which, I am now one!). One of the topics that came up time and time […]
Hiring a voice actor for your project is easier than you think – but at the same time, it’s not really an exchange of time for an exchange of dollars. It has more in common with the way you might license music or photography for a commercial project. There are also different pricing structures based […]