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Voice Over Terminology You Need to Know

The voice over industry is full of jargon and terminology. The phrases thrown around in a recording studio might sound like plain gibberish to the untrained ear. It’s important to stay on top of voice over terminology so you can effectively communicate what you need for your project. To help you get started—or refresh your knowledge—here’s some voice over terminology you need to know.

ADR

ADR, or automatic dialogue replacement, is the process where your actors have to replace a scene’s original dialogue in post-production. You might need ADR when a shot’s audio isn’t clear. It’s also used for dubbing lines...

Qualities to Look for in a Spanish Voice Over Talent

With any voice over project, it’s important to choose a voice over actor who relates and appeals to your target demographic. Language, dialect, and accent play a huge role in this. If you want to target a certain audience, you probably want to advertise in their native language—it’s just common sense. As the second most common language in the United States, Spanish is in high demand for advertisements, films, and more. A Spanish voice over actor is essential in connecting with your Spanish-speaking audience. If you’re hiring for your next project, be sure to remember these qualities to look for in a Spanish voice over talent.

Look for Native Speakers

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Male vs Female Voice Over Acting: The Benefits of Each

When it comes to your project—be it an advertisement, film, or something in between—you want to make sure you hire the perfect voice over actor for the job. You must carefully consider your target audience and the message you want to give them so you can find a voice to match. When choosing a voice over actor, many people ask themselves whether they should choose a man or a woman for the job. To help you find the perfect fit for your project, here’s our guide to the benefits of male vs female voice over acting.

Male

Both male and female voices have certain standard characteristics. Male voices are generally deeper, and listeners tend to view male voice...

4 Elements of a Successful Radio Ad

Radio is a traditional advertising medium that has stood the test of time. It remains an effective marketing strategy for businesses today. If you’re looking for a way to promote your business to countless listeners—and potential customers—radio ads might be the perfect solution. To help you grab attention and make listeners remember you and your business, here are the four elements of a successful radio ad.

Outstanding First Impression

With so many different radio stations to choose from, it’s all too easy for listeners to turn the dial and leave your advertisement behind. This is why your radio ad must make a great first impression. If your audience...

3 Vocal Exercises to Train Your Acting Voice

Just as artists have their pens and musicians have their instruments, voice over actors have their voice as their most important tool. Vocal exercises help voice over actors stay in shape and build their skills. From warming up before a successful audition to learning new techniques to improve your recordings, these practices can have a positive effect on all parts of your career. Here are some of the top vocal exercises to train your acting voice.

Tongue Twisters

Tongue twisters are a good exercise to improve articulation. Choose several tongue twisters and say them out loud, slowly, and focus on pronouncing each word clearly. Build up speed as you repeat them but keep...

Elements of a Great Voice Over Demo

A voice over demo is a way to shamelessly promote yourself and your best work. It shows potential clients who you are and what kind of work you can do. A successful demo can help you find a good agent or land your dream role—all you have to do is make it. There are a few ways to make your demo the best it can be. From the right material to reliable equipment, here are the elements of a great voice over demo.

Solid Material

What you’re saying is as important as how you say it. Your voice over demo should have several different spots, each around 5 to 20 seconds long. While you want to demonstrate your range of talent—as well as your biggest strengths—start...

How to Start a Successful Podcast

The podcast is a rapidly expanding platform. More and more people are regularly tuning into their favorite podcasts during their daily commute or in their free time. With platforms such as Spotify and Apple Podcasts, it’s easier than ever for anyone to create and launch their own podcast series. However, while it’s easy enough to record and upload an audio file, there’s a lot more that goes into a starting a podcast. If you plan to launch a well-crafted, popular series, check out this guide for how to start a successful podcast.

Start with a Great Idea

First things first: you need an idea. No two podcasts are alike, but it’s important to know what...

Best Recording Spaces in Your Home

Your recording space plays a huge role in the work you create. For many voice over actors—especially those just starting their career—a home studio is the best way to record, edit, and produce audio. Getting professional-quality sound out of an amateur studio can be tricky. Fortunately, if you know what to look for and where to begin, you can create the best recording set-up possible. To help you out, here’s our guide to finding the best recording spaces in your home.

What to Look For

Before you choose the perfect recording space, you need to know exactly what you’re looking for in a room. The most obvious advice is to find a quiet place. Sounds...

How to Grow in Your Voice Over Career

It takes a lot of work to break into the voice over industry, but the challenge doesn’t stop there. The key to a lasting, successful career is to continuously improve yourself, your craft, and your business. This might mean constantly sprucing up your resume, creating outstanding relationships with clients and colleagues, or keeping an analytical eye on industry trends. If you’re looking for the next step in pursuing your dreams, check out this guide for how to grow in your voice over career.

Career Plan

Every professional occupation needs a solid business plan. This doesn’t have to be extremely fancy or even take you a long time—just write...

9 Tips for Starting a Successful Voice Over Career

As kids, many of us dream of becoming famous actors. From dazzling movie stars on the red carpet to the hilarious voices behind our favorite characters, it’s extremely common to consider pursuing a career on the big screen. Of course, most of us find other dreams and careers, but that doesn’t mean you have to leave acting completely behind. In fact, a career in voice over acting might be more obtainable than you think. Here are nine tips for starting a successful voice over career.

Train Hard

As with any goal, you have to put in plenty of effort. Many people see voice over acting as little more than fancy talking, but there’s a lot more work that...