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.
2) Convert The Length Of Your Script To The Time It Will Take To Read It!
Script Timer – Words to Time Calculator
How long for a professional to read your script? Performances vary, but this handy converter will get you in the ballpark. You can even adjust it for reading speed. So stop guessing! Give accurate estimates and invoices to your customers!
3) Voice Over Copy & Demo Script Ideas
5,000+ scripts and growing every day!! Welcome to the “World’s Largest Voice Over Script Library!” Pick a script, try new genres, and get ideas for demo copy. Hey, now you have no excuse for not practicing!
4) Free Script Contest
Weekly Script Recording Contest!
Each week, Edge Studio hosts a script contest. Every entrant wins and prizes are awarded to the top finalists! But the most beneficial part is what comes after: You can read why the winners won and why others didn’t.
5) A Free Time To Speak Openly About Voice Over
TalkTime! is a free time to speak openly with like-minded people, interested in the same topic. No agenda, no outline. Just sign up for our newsletter to get the link for TalkTime! emailed to you each week. Join the discussion, ask questions, mingle, network, and build relationships with your peers!
6) Freshly Brewed Voice Over News
Weekly Edge-ucation Newsletter
Be sure to subscribe to our Free Weekly Newsletter and kick-start your Mondays off with freshly brewed voice over news. Each week you will receive unique and valuable tips and articles to help you start, build, and grow your voice over business. You will also be among the first to hear about our new curriculum, new website, new instructors, and new locations. And you definitely don’t want to miss the latest episodes of Whittam’s World, script contest updates, and exciting voice over events.
7) The Blog For New And Working Voice Actors
Voice Over Education Blog
Welcome to the blog designed for anyone investigating, starting, and building their voice over career. Here you’ll find practical articles written to help you skip the “trial and error” often associated with pursuing and building a career, and instead gain a candid look into the voice over industry, where the work is, why some people get it, why some don’t, and tips and techniques to help you reach your goals.
8) Get Free Feedback On Your Recordings
The Voice Actor – Feedback Forum
The largest voice-over performance forum in the world! Peer-to-peer powered! Get feedback on your recordings from peers and professional coaches! Give feedback to your peers by dropping your 2-cents! Interact and build a reputation in your community!
9) Free Home-Studio Answers
Join George Whittam, a top authority in voice over recording technology, on his popular YouTube series Whittam’s World, where he answers a new home studio question each week. He has invested thousands of hours researching studio design, recording equipment, and creating training materials for voice actors. He is also an industry innovator by developing specialized services that cater exclusively to voice over professionals.
10) Practical, Straightforward Answers.
We answer your questions!
Have questions about voice-over? That’s understandable, we know there are many questions to answer. Sometimes it helps to talk with someone experienced at working with people getting started in voice-over. We’re always glad to share our knowledge with you! Click the link at the top of this paragraph or CALL US if you’d prefer to speak with us: 888-321-EDGE (3343) 9am – 6pm ET.
What Is Edge Up To?
1) Casting & Production Department!
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Kristen Thorne, Director of Production says: “We’ve been producing projects more exciting than ever, from cartoon soundtracks, to commercials, to museum tours, and it’s rewarding to see many of Edge Alumni cast in so many jobs!”
2) Technology Department
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George Whittam, Director of Technology says: “I find that I’m continuously having to bust the myth that studios have to be expensive and elaborate to sound professional. It’s extremely satisfying to solve a client’s problem with simple and sometimes completely free solutions, making a dramatic difference in their recording quality.”
3) Education Department
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Andrew Warner, Director of Education says: “In effort to better serve our students in their voice over careers, we have recently added five new coaches and two new advisors to our ever-expanding team. We look forward to further expansion as we continue to evolve our curriculum.”
Reaching Edge is easy. Their website list 5 locations around the country to contact. Log onto http://www.edgestudio.com/locations/new-york-voice-over, call them at 888-321-3343 or email them at email@example.com.
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About Dane Reid: Profesional Voice Talent, Radio Commercial Producer, Voice Over Youtube Channel Producer at http://Youtube.com/DaneReidMedia , Children’s Book Author, Entrepenuer & Globe Trotter