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The World Needs Voiceover & So Do I- Vacation & Voiceover In Hong Kong

As I look down on Victoria Harbor here in Hong Kong, I reflect on my journey here. Mine is a literal and a figurative journey. Voiceover was never in the cards for me as far as I was concerned but growing up I dreamed of a world that extended far beyond the brick apartment building across the street from my childhood home. It was a world where anything was possible and it was a world far away. Growing up in NYC you hear a lot of voices. They are voices from all over America and all of the world. Those voices come with multitudes of accents, come in various languages and reflect an array of stories from around the globe...... Read More Dane Reid In Hong Kong

Jaye Delai- Voiceover, Fatherhood, Friendship & Faith

I'd heard his voice all the time. Three years ago I got a tip from a local radio jock, Art Terrell, that his station was looking for a new imaging voice and that I should apply. Wow, right here in Atlanta. Sure, many of the guys I admired in imaging were available for the job but I had the confidence to land the job. That was a Saturday. By Monday I was working on special demo just for the station. But by Wednesday, I tuned into Kiss 104.1 Atlanta and heard the voice of someone else imaging the station. This voice was unfamiliar to me. But although I didn't know it belonged to personally, I couldn't help but compliment the choice the station had made. That voice was masterful. That voice was Jaye Delai's. Voiceover Jaye Delai and I shared many people in common circles. We live in the same town but had never crossed paths until Gabrielle Nistico recommend I meet him. Who knew? We had so many familiar bonds in the voiceover business like Mitch Faulkner, Myron Magic Giggua at Radio One, Rick Party, Postman and so many others who worked in this Atlanta market. A quick phone call to Postman and I was hooked up with Jaye. A Houston native, Jaye grew up being an athlete. Sports was his thing. But his father, Rick Roberts was an influential radio personality in the H-town market who challenged his son to branch into the radio business as well. He started as a sports reporter and then an on air personality who went on to do stand up comedy, become the arena announcer of Charlotte Hornets, represent multiple Fortune 500 companies as the product voice [...]

5 Steps To Keep You Relevant In Voiceover- Vacation & Voiceover In Mexico

It was a dream of mine to see the Mayan Ruins since I was very young. I learned about the Mayans since grade school but Mexico seemed so far away from NYC. I knew one day I would see the ruins but I never knew when. And when I finally did see what I studied in school, I was taken aback. The Mayan civilization was a vast empire that existed for hundreds of years before Columbus but found itself extinct large for its inability to adapt to change (among other reasons). In visiting one of their biggest structures at Chichen Itza, it made me reflect on how I've seen many businesses who were once on top become irrelevant. I thought about how Amazon took over the book business and left bookstores like Barnes and Noble in the dust. Apple took over the smartphone business and left Nokia, Blackberry and even music stores crippled. And Youtube, Netflix and and other streaming services have all but eliminated Blockbuster. The inability for those businesses to adopt to what was new is the reason that their brands are hardly recognizable in today's marketplace. And then I thought about Dane Reid Media, my colleagues in the voiceover business and the possibility that we may one day be extinct. As services like Nuance Communications, Naturalreaders.com and other text to speech services improve, I've wondered how long it would be before clients start telling talents that a machine has taken our places. And this is not considering that voiceover rates are already decreasing due to some low balling online services and increased competition from new talent. Established talent can complain about their cheese haven been moved. or they can preserve the cheese [...]

Joe Loesch- 3 Things That Define A Successful Audiobook Narrator

When I went to visit Joe Loesch in Nashville I didn’t know what to expect. I knew that he was an accomplished Audiobook Narrator but I had no idea to what degree. I also knew that he was a darn good voice over character actor. But when I met him at Middle Tennessee State University, he was imparting some of his VO knowledge to some students in a crash course. When I walked into the class I was greeted by the nicest guy with the most welcoming smile and coolest salt and pepper hair I had ever seen. And as I set up my video equipment to film his session, he was so friendly. Although I was there to shadow him for the day, Joe was just as interested in me as I was in him. And as his students entered the classroom, Joe shared that same enthusiasm with each student. He greeted each one and seemed to remember everyone’s name throughout the class. This wasn’t an act. He was a genuine guy and consummate professional. As he shared some things he may have considered to be basic voiceover knowledge, I found myself taking mental notes. He so engaging with his lesson, employing a mix of storytelling, animated character voices, charm and love for sharing. And all in all, not only did the students learn a little bit about this field of voiceover, but also connected with a guy who is a shining example of what a successful VO Coach, Character Voice Actor and Audiobook Narrator should be like. Joe and I spent the entire day together. After his sessions at MTSU, I figured that we would head to his house for the interview. And [...]

David Goldberg & Edge Studio’s Top 10 Voiceover Resources

When I first  set out to do voiceover work back in the late 90's there were very few voiceover resources. Al Gore had barely invented the internet and it certainly hadn't reached many homes. Now, one search of the internet for the term voiceover and millions of results come up. Those results vary from some of the industry's best blogs, to VO casting sites, Youtube videos,  Voiceover Resources, Coaches and Learning centers. But above all, one really sticks out to me. Edge Studio topped my list for Top 10 Voiceover Websites with good reason. Its simply has everything. At the forefront of this company is David Goldberg. David is a CEO (Chief Edge Officer) who is careful not to use the word boss in the workplace. Instead everyone at Edge works as a team to make it what it is today. In visiting the facility in Manhattan, you'd hardly know who the head person is at their office, because David sits right at the front, where the receptionist would. I sat down with David in this fun but informative interview about the history of Edge and what Edge presently has to offer voiceover talents of all levels. After the interview, David showed me around the studio and took me on a tour of all of the great resources that Edgestudio.com has to offer. Here are links to Edge Studio's Top Ten Voiceover Resources as compiled by Leanne Linsky, Edge's Director of Marketing Edge’s Top Ten FREE Resources for Voice Actors 1) Stop Undercharging Yourself! Voice Over Rate Card Edge Studio put together this rate card as pure suggestions for less experienced, non-union talent. Rates reflect average and realistic rates being fairly charged within the industry. [...]

More Than A Voiceover Guy – Why Poop Is Bigger Than Plosives

When I tell people that I'm a voiceover guy they have a hard time putting me in a box. They can’t figure out my financial status because they have no idea “what that pays.” They don’t know my social circle or habits, and wonder what makes me tick. They have no idea how to stereotype me…. And I love it. Over the years I have kept in touch with many people through social media and it has allowed me to mold an image of what people think of me. And blogging has helped add to the image of who Dane Reid is. Before Jan 2015, here are the things I would've wanted you to know 1)I’m passionate about civil and social justice. 2)My Sennheiser 416 and I spend a good amount of time traveling the country and abroad at a whim. And 3)I poke fun at the fact that in spite of having involved myself with scores of women, I still can’t find “The One.” Of course there are other things that you can derive from my social media profile but these are pretty much the big ones. Oh, and of course, did I mention that I’m a voiceover guy. Of course I did; A voiceover guy with a superman complex. Having the ability to write my own story has made me believe that I can accomplish anything and that I will win in any scenario. In ways, I feel superhuman sometimes. I have bad experiences of course but things always turn out well so I take that for granted. But January 2015 has been quite interesting and even slightly humbling. And it has reminded me that I'm not superhuman, I'm just human. Like everyone else [...]

VO Agent Jeffrey Umberger- What Books Voiceover Work?

He’s one of the Southeast premiere voiceover agents, representing over 400 talents from celebrity voices to voiceover bloggers like myself. His agency fields auditions for jobs from Publix, to Walking Dead to Network promos and he does it without breaking a sweat. In fact Jeffrey Umberger runs his Atlanta based Umberger Agency almost entirely by himself, and still has time to appear locally and nationally on panels to dish out expert advice on the voiceover industry. To say Jeffrey Umberger has an ear for voiceover would be an understatement. He is one of the most known, respected and talented agents around. And he’s done this all without a New York or L.A. office which is pretty remarkable. Jeffrey has a great ear which he developed while at another agency directing talent. I interviewed Jeffrey Umberger at his home last year in Atlanta. We sat down and he gave me the inside scoop on how to land an agent, what components of a demo catch agents and clients attention and what helps clients book actual jobs. Jeffrey and his expert advice are everywhere. Earlier this year he was a panelist at VO Atlanta 2014. He regularly appears as a panelist around Atlanta, does some coaching and teaches VO business success classes. Additionally he is a featured agent at the “That’s Voiceover” Career Expo in New York and will be appearing at Randy Thomas’s Voiceover Mastery Event in Ft. Myers Fl. To top it off Jeffrey is a really nice and humble guy. Whether you are one of his top booking talent or someone who has no idea how to get started in voiceover, he relates everyone on the same level. That in itself is a talent [...]

Mara Junot – How A Radio Background Can Help You In Voiceover

To understand why you should take advice from Mara Junot you only need to do a quick Google search of her name to know that hers is a voiceover career to be envied. Her website MaraJunot.com gives but a snippet of the projects of one of the most diverse talents in our field. But humbly Mara has been the voice of so many things that we hear on a daily basis. Check out some of her credits. 1. Voice of Christa and Anna Corea in The Walking Dead video game by Telltale Games, winner of over 90 Game of the Year Awards worldwide.2. Primary internal voice of AT&T, the largest telephony company in the United States. Voice of Nationwide Directory Assistance, U-Verse applications, AT&T retail outlets and extended text-to-speech (TTS) applications.3. North American voice for Sygic GPS Navigation, named as the most downloaded offline navigation app in the world.4. Branding voice of the Tampa Bay Rays baseball team.5. Voice of Sierra Club, the largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization in the United States.6. Voice of Anki Drive, the first artificial intelligence-driven video game.7. Voice of Commander Tiaru Jarok, T'Vrell, Capt. Tren Renalla, and various others for Star Trek Online by Cryptic Studios.8. Voice of Merrisara Winterwhite, Marigold Tarmikos and others in NeverWinter: Fury of the Feywild9. The White Warrior, Lady Wei , and Female Player in Kung-Fu Live (by Virtual Air Guitar Company).10. Explainer videos for Microsoft Surface.11. Voice of Oreck for 4 years.12. National Jenny Craig commercial.13. National Public Storage commercials. Mara Junot Still Mara is pretty humble, down to earth and lots of fun. I've studied Mara's career for a few years now and I've observed a few things that [...]