Voiceovers & Public Speaking

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.

Voiceovers: Speaking from Experience

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.

Public Speaking: Finding Your Voice

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.

Taking Your Show On The Road

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 […]

Voice Over Licensing & Usage Explained

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 […]

Winner of the 2018 SOVAS Award for Outstanding Narration Demo

On November 18th of this year, the 5th annual Society of Voice Arts & Sciences held their awards ceremony at Warner Bros. Studio in L.A.  My TV (In Show) Narration Demo was nominated for an award (along with several other very talented nominees) when it was sent in by my demo producer, J. Michael Collins.  […]

Stein Mart Commercial Voiceover

I LOVE Stein Mart.  I’ve been a fan since I started visiting my friend Mary in Huntsville, Alabama every year around the beginning of January, over 15 years ago.  We always make a pilgrimage to the Stein Mart there – and I pretty much always come away with some fantastic finds.  So what an absolute […]

Shiny New Commercial Demo

J. Michael Collins is a talented and hugely successful voice actor – but he’s also an outstanding coach and demo producer.   I first participated in a workshop of his this past June in Vegas and I was struck by how well the practice copy was written.  Humor can be a tricky thing to write […]

Voice Over Project for Schlage

I really enjoy bringing my clients’ visions to life.  The beautiful cinematography in this commercial was nicely offset by Schlage’s super classy door hardware.  They’re a leading manufacturer of door hardware solutions – and you can certainly see why here! (And I love that it’s the mother of the family doing the installation. 😉  ) […]