Archive for June, 2011

A New Look For Dane Reid Media

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A  New Look For Dane Reid Media

Since starting a business in 2005, DaneReidMedia.com has had the same look. The design was timeless and very visually appealing. It was professional but still designed to give you a feel for Dane Reid “The Personality” behind the voice.

But over the years Dane Reid Media has grown to be a trusted source in voice over and advertising. Dane Reid has voiced thousands of Commercials, Narrations, DJ Drops and more. So it is only fitting that the site grows with it. The old site was static and had few updates. It was built in a time that we needed a web designer in order to make updates. With a modern platform, we can now keep you up to date with the newest news and blog pieces. The new site will serve as a resource for aspiring voice talents and potential and returning clients.

In addition is a more organized demo section. The demos on the new site are now categorized. No longer do potential clients have to wade through demos that don’t match their search criteria. Now when you desire a video, you go straight to videos and  likewise with general market commercials and others.

Our new look is still visually appealing and has more pictures than ever before. The Gallery has more up to 100 photos. We have added information about the company, terms of service, services, client reviews and info on our pro studio gear.

The site still has a personal touch. But now is more welcoming to our high end clients too. We welcome you to explore the new face of Dane Reid Media.

Becoming A Voice Over Talent 101

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It seems GREAT being a full time or even a part time Voice Over Talent. People tell you all the time that you have a great voice and you should make money off of it. Don’t quit your Day Job!!! Seriously, DON’T!!! It is a process to reach a point that you will actually make money. Pay attention because this is the crash course. The first thing I suggest you do is listen to voice over in all forms of media. We are everywhere. Find a talent that you hear all the time that you think you sound like. Ask someone else who will be honest with you if you sound like this person. Practice their lines and pay attention to the way they say things.
Becoming a voice talent is expensive, so here is a suggested 1st purchase. Purchase an mp3 voice recorder that records radio too. Record commercials with it and then record your own voice. This will help you practice. Do this for a few months before you embarass yourself in front of professionals. (lol) (For some people I recommend taking voice over classes. These classes cost between $400 and $1000.)
After a few MONTHS of practice, it may be time to record a demo. Look for a studio in your area that will record your demo and has access to scripts and stock music. My 1st demo was at a rate of $85 hr for 4 hours; you do the math. After your demo is complete, market it to every studio, station, business and production company in your area. Good luck!!! It’s a tough sell. You will have to do free work to build up your resume. But build it. I recommend interning with a radio or tv station in the production dept. They will teach you a lot. Being able to produce commercials for radio or tv is key to making more demos and more money. Surround yourself with other voice over talent or keep in contact with a talent and ask advice. Hopefully you will find one that is not just trying to sell you his book.
My final piece of advice is to invest in a home studio. A pretty decent starter studio will run you about $1000.00. You will definitely want to upgrade later to get a better sound. This process can be lengthy and may never materialize into success. But if you have a TRUE TALENT and REAL PASSION, go at it. Good Luck.

The Voice Over Friend Effect

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Upon meeting people, one of the first questions they may ask is “So what do you do?” Often as a voice over talent, I shy away from this question. I tell people I am unemployed or that I sleep all day and hang out on the couch. This causes them to ask “So how do you pay your bills?” I go on to say “Luck, I guess.”

The truth is that I often avoid answering because there are so many people who know nothing about voice over talents. Many have no idea that it’s even a profession. They certainly never give thought to that voice that virtually guides their every purchase through life. So explaining to them that it is a real job can be difficult.

Often I get “So that’s a profession? How do you get into that?” to which I have to give my entire bio. Its not like kids grow up saying they want to be a VO talent when they are in elementary school. No, they want to be doctors, lawyers and teachers. These are professions that they see everyday. They are the professionals that visit their schools on career day. And so they grow up to be the adults that befriend voice talent  and come to have an odd curiosity/frascination about our careers draped in anonymity.  After all, we are likely to be the only voice talent they know.

And after that initial conversation about voice over work, they totally get it. Sometimes they get it more than we do. Too often do I get calls from aspiring talent who just lost their jobs in “marketing” who tell me they were referred to me by…. “Guess Who?” My voice over friend becomes an expert on voice over. They call me sometimes and say “I heard a commercial on the radio and you could have done that better. You have a much better voice.” I really love it when they become your career adviser. “Have you tried being the voice of Oprah’s new network?” And of course there is this one, “I heard you on the radio this afternoon. Why did your voice sound like that?” That’s probably because it wasn’t me.

But I laugh, because it never fails. After meeting me, everyone becomes more aware of what I as a voice over talent does.