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.
It seems like there are a lot of Voiceover Conferences out there. Some are real conferences and some seem more like getherings. But VO Atlanta was a conference gathering. Let me explain.....
Gerald GriffithVoiceOver City If you can’t find a way, make a way. If there is no door to open, kick down the wall. And if something already exist, make it better. That seems to be the approach of Gerald Griffith. Gerald is the brains behind a small meetup group turned big deal voiceover resource in the industry that has now launched one successful VO Conference and is now poised to put on the second this march called VO Atlanta 2014. The conference is the largest of its kind in the Southeastern United States. I was first introduced to Gerald’s Voiceover City last year while at a networking event where I met a photographer who knew him. He said to me “You do voiceovers? You should know Gerald Griffith!” He gave me the Voiceover City Website and I checked it out. I was skeptical. A meetup group for Voice Talents in Atlanta? What could this group offer me? And even after meeting Gerald at a “Get Connected” event, I was still not excited. I inquired with him about his background. “So let me get this straight. You don’t do voiceovers but you want to lead an army of talents into this industry war for work? I don’t think so buddy” is what I thought. But having an open mind I attended a meetup. I was still not convinced that this was the way to go. But what I was warming up to was this guy who loved voiceover and the power of the voice. Gerald seemed so passionate about teaching and learning. It was baffling to me. “Why not just start your own voiceover career?” I wondered. But I stayed in touch. Gerald and [...]