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Read through GVAA’s latest industry tips and advice.

Elaine Clark

Meet Voice Over Director, Coach & Talent Elaine Clark: It’s Not All About the Voice!

Chances are that you were attracted to the voice over profession because someone told you that your voice is special.  Knowing that, it levels the playing field when everyone auditioning and booking jobs has a great voice, too.  So what makes YOU special? Your imagination. Your life experiences. Your sense of humor. Your interpretation of the words. How you use ...
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Dan Friedman

Meet Voice Over Talent, Home Studio Consultant & Author Dan Friedman: Just 20 Minutes a Day Can Change Your Life

Just 20 minutes a day can change your life. We have all heard that pitch before. Usually, its referring to the latest and greatest exercise program or workout machine which, after you buy it, within six months you’ll probably end up using to hang-dry clothes.  But if you are a voiceover talent or looking to become a voiceover talent, 20 ...
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Brian Sommer

“A Look Back” with Brian Sommer, Video Game Voice Over Artist & Coach

The appearance of a new year is always cause for looking forward to what life has in store for us, and what we will make of it.  However, for this article, I thought I might take a look back instead.  Way back. I am a voice actor.  More specifically, I am a character voice actor.  I do my share of ...
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If you want to sing

If You Want to Sing

If You Want to Sing... You Have to Sing Everyday. Whether a VO professional or a dedicated student, it’s happened to most of us. We hear ourselves singing a part in our heads (or in the shower) and we sound amazing! The tone, the phrasing, the delivery: it’s all happening. We go into the session and the first take is ...
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Voice Over Essentials (Part 1)

Over my 20 years as a voiceover coach and 25 as a voiceover artist, I have often been asked what the essential assets are for having and maintaining a career in voiceover. After all this time, I can safely say that, while there are a number of great assets that can help you along the path to a successful career, ...
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Voice Over Essentials (Part 2)

Now that you know that PLAY is the first essential in creating longevity for your voice over career, what's the next ingredient that has to be a part of the mix? Simple. You have to have the TIME in your life to make this work. You can't squeeze it in between lunch breaks. You can't only be available after 4PM, nor can you be ...
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Love What You Do

Love What You Do

Ok, so I want you to think about the first time you were in love. Or better yet, so we don't get into all that unrequited stuff, I want you to think about the first time you were in love and that person loved you back. You know who it was. Maybe that particular love has lasted a life time ...
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Why I don’t worry about Fiverr Anymore

One of my friends works in advertising at a large New York-based agency. In a recent chat, the conversation eventually turned to sites like Fiverr. What he said next nearly made me do a spit take with my coffee... "Fiverr? Yeah, I use them all the time." "You do?" I was astonished. "Yeah, lots of people who will quickly whip up ...
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Silence is Your Friend

Silence is your friend, but too many people in voiceover and public speaking don't know how to use it to their benefit. You might think this business is all about using your voice, and yes of course it is, but it's also about knowing when not to use it. You've heard of the term pregnant pause right? What does that ...
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The 1.5 second rule

The 1.5 Second Rule

Did you know that as I write this there are deadly vipers living in your closet? Have I grabbed your attention yet? If not, guess what? You've probably moved onto something else by now. In this ever busier and more demanding world we live in today, the old 3 second rule has now become the 1.5-second rule. For those of ...
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Making a Voiceover Script bend to your will

Making a Voiceover Script Bend to Your Will

It is important to make an audition script bend to your will, not the other way around. Think of it this way. A lot of people, when given a script, make the mistake of thinking that they have to make it sound like what the ad agency wants it to sound like. But how can anybody ever really know what ...
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but where does a newbie VO talent stand

But where does a newbie VO Talent stand?

Recently, I've seen many posts crop up about the contest BioWare is having. One such post even qualified the contest by basically saying: "Hey, even if you lose, you're not losing anything! Character practice, amirite?" I wanted to post about this in light of other recent discussions I've seen about topics like Union vs. Non-Union, and of course, Fair Rates ...
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GVAA Rate Guide Howd we get here

GVAA Rate Guide – How’d we get Here?

In the beginning, everything was Union Scale…and it was good. Rates were controlled, clients paid them, talent did the voice work and agents took care of everything in between. The industry has done a 180 since the good ole days. With the advent of this little thing called the Internet (thanks, Al Gore), the opportunities for voiceover jobs and voice ...
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GVAA Rate Guide – The Origin

"So how’d you guys come up with the Rate Guide?" Man, if I got booked for every time that’s been asked! It’s an interesting story actually. I’ll try and give you the cliff notes version. First, let’s take a look back at the genesis of the Rate Guide. As a student of the GVAA, I asked Cristina Milizia for help ...
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separating yourself from your work

Separating Yourself From Your Work

Anyone who is in the voice over business knows that it's a people business. Still, there are those prospective voiceover talent that come to me thinking and hoping it isn't that way; they'd actually rather end up alone in some dark booth with only an engineer on the other side, voicing some documentary or book and then quietly slinking off ...
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Rejection

Rejection

We spend a lot of time here making sure you get the best learning tools and the most up to date information possible, and we're proud of that. But there's another dimension to the VO industry that we want to help you with as well. It doesn't get talked about much out there but we feel it's essential to your ...
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sometimes following your dreams is hard

Sometimes, following your dreams is hard

A few days ago, on August 27th 2016, I got to see to see my voice over on the big screen. My very first feature film, “Welcome to Monster High: The Origin Story” debuted in 800 theaters across the country. I play the main villainess; and, it felt like some sort of miracle. Whose dream is this? How did I ...
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what conditions will make the achievement of your goal

What Conditions Will Make The Achievement Of Your Goal Inevitable?

“Social psychologists argue that who we are at any one time depends mostly on the context in which we find ourselves. But who creates the context? The more mindful we are, the more we can create the contexts we are in. When we create the context, we are more likely to be authentic. Mindfulness lets us see things in a ...
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