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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Recently while in Miami I had a chance to hang out with South Florida's Number One Radio Personality and one of voiceovers best known names, Zurek. I've known Zurek for many years and he has been a talent that I've modeled my own career after. Watch The Interview It was 1998 when I first heard this bold radio personality on V-103 in Atlanta. I was a college student studying to be a radio personality myself when I tuned in to a fresh voice and fun take on afternoon radio on an otherwise bland station. At the time, metro Atlanta wasn't known for racy radio or a personality that took chances. And they weren't ready for Rick Party who brought his brass, in your face, no holds barred style from Chicago to the South. But his time in Atlanta was short and it would be years before I heard of this voice again. Fast forward to 2006, I was with my mentor "Postman". We were watching BET in Postmans studio while working on commercials when I heard that voice again. Not realizing that it was the same voice that had breathed life into V-103's afternoon drive 8 years earlier, I asked Postman "who is that?" He replied "Thats Rick Party. Thats my man. I used to work with him too." When I found out that Zurek was in Miami, a place that I frequented, I asked Postman to introduce me to him. Postman Speaks On Encouraging Zurek To Do Voiceover I met Zurek for the first time that year in Miami over breakfast. He was extremely cool and down to earth, humble but confident. We talked about his journey to perfect his craft. He taught me [...]
The Voice Over International Creative Experience (aka The Voice Convention 2014) happens every two years and brings out some of voiceovers biggest stars. With a convention that only happens bi-annually, its important that not a moment of your time is wasted. Its exciting to see all of your voiceover friends, colleagues and idols all in one place. The VOICE is a place where you can exchange ideas, build relationships, buy products and expand your business potential. But you have to have a strategy for before, during and after the convention. Before The VOICE Determine why you decided to go to begin with. Everything that you do from this point should be focused on your reasons to attend. You wanted to get something out of it when you paid your registration fee. From that point on every conversation you have, every laugh, every question should be focused on your objective. Of course you should always be your genuine self, but remember that you could have also been your genuine self and saved 600 bucks by staying home Bring Business Cards. But also plan to collect business cards. Download an app to your phone like Card To Connect on Google Play or the Apple App Store. Plan out your moves. With so many presentations and panels in one place, its hard to keep track. But with a little research online, you can figure out who is important for you to see. The VOICE provides a schedule online that you can print. Print it and mark it up. Hand Out Your Cards. Make sure people remember the card and the face associated with. Mark all of the cards that you receive with notes indicating the level of importance [...]
Particularly since I started this blog, people ask me all the time for resources on where to get started in voiceover. And there are tons of them. But here are the top ten that I send people to the most. The list is compiled of voiceover entertainment
Your agent gives you a call and says that you booked a job that you auditioned for weeks ago. If you are anything like me, you auditioned for it and totally forgot about it, so the call is a welcome surprise. But then you are told that the recording is scheduled to take place at an outside studio....
When Gabrielle Nistico talks voiceover, be prepared to take notes. This Voice Over Talent, VO Coach, Casting Director, Expert Marketer, Author and Meet Up Group leader wrote the book on starting and growing your voice over career. Actually she’s written more than one book.