Alligator swimming Florida EvergladesWhat’s the most interesting fact or piece of knowledge you’ve learned from reading a voice over script?

Have you discovered a new hobby or passion through your voice over work?
I’d love to hear about any educational tidbits, interesting facts and perks of pure enjoyment that you have received by virtue of reading a script. Share them with our community as comments now!

Learning a Thing or Two

When you audition and record for voice over projects, you are literally getting on the job training by virtue of cognition, artistic interpretation and vocal delivery!
Each day of reading and every job you produce has hidden benefits that expand your vision and teach you a thing or two.

The Exercise of Auditioning:

  • Keeps you in good form
  • Provides you with a diverse array of copy to experiment with and interpret
  • Stimulates your mind
  • Gives you a platform to strut your stuff
  • Exponentially improves your job prospects
  • Generates networking opportunities
  • Is a validation of the need for voice over as a service
  • Renews your faith that voice over work is out there
  • Teaches you things you didn’t know before

One of my friends, Tricia Basanyi, recently recorded an audio tour for Flamingo Gardens in Florida. Courtesy of the script, Trish learned more about the differences between alligators and crocodiles. One interesting fact she picked up was that alligators don’t like the taste of salt! Trish wouldn’t have known this unless the information was present in the script… considering the years you’ve been in business, just think of how many neat things you’ve learned, too!

What’s The Most Interesting Fact You’ve Learned?

Looking forward to hearing from you!
Best wishes,
© Kostich
Update – January 20, 2010: Replaced any reference of the word “factoid” with “fact” as was the intended meaning.

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Stephanie Ciccarelli is the Co-Founder and Chief Brand Officer of Classically trained in voice, piano, violin and musical theatre, as well as a respected mentor and industry speaker, Stephanie graduated with a Bachelor of Musical Arts from the Don Wright Faculty of Music at the University of Western Ontario. Possessing a great love for imparting knowledge and empowering others, her podcast Sound Stories serves an audience that wants to achieve excellence in storytelling. Stephanie is found on the PROFIT Magazine W100 list three times (2013, 2015 and 2016), a ranking of Canada's top female entrepreneurs, and is the author of Voice Acting for Dummies®.


  1. MicroRNA’s are these really cool RNA molecules that do not encode protein, but instead regulate gene expression. Their discovery is one of the most important scientific breakthroughs in the last decade. They are now considered master regulators of the genome. Based on their discovery, we can now target pathways of human disease with micro RNA based drugs – this may turn out to be an important step in significantly altering the outcome of certain cancers and heart disease. Pretty cool stuff!
    Here’s the video I voiced.

  2. I enjoy your daily posts. But I have to think you probably intended some meaning other than “factoid” in today’s piece. Sorry for the following etymological account, but I’m old enough to remember when the word was invented and it pretty much means the opposite of “piece of knowledge.”
    Factoid was coined by Norman Mailer in the 1970’s to mean facts that “have no existence before appearing in a magazine or newspaper.” He created the word by combining “fact” and the ending “oid” to mean similar but not the same (as in “android” — something that looks and behaves like a human, but isn’t.”) Factoid refers something that looks like a fact, could conceivably be a fact, but is not a fact.

  3. Hi Stephanie,
    Actually I have learned about how lentils are made in Germany, the rigorous field work, even the lentil dealers version of a a stock market conversing over the price of the lentil. Absolutely amazing stuff!
    Oh yeah, and then there was the voice over about the new Mercedes Maclaren SLR Stirling Moss and how they cost 750,000 € and only 75 have been made. Crazy fun facts you can throw around at a cocktail party when the conversation starts to lull.
    Thanks for the Vox Daily. Love getting it.
    Jonathan Tilley

  4. Hi HB,
    Thank you for writing in and I hope all is well with you. You are right, I did mean real facts and have made the change. Thank you for pointing that out.
    Best wishes,

  5. Hi Stephanie,
    On a daily basis, something new is learned from scripts I have the opportunity to voice. One particular project included the description of various dermatological procedures offered by a physician’s office and the science behind them.
    Fraxel technology treats microscopic volumes of photo damaged skin with short bursts or “pulses” of light without affecting the area around it. Gradually, the skin repairs itself by creating new, healthy tissue. Watch and learn about it here:

  6. I have an ongoing gig in voicing classes for an online Master’s degree program in Marketing. Marketing is not at all my background and it has been a real learning experience in being exposed to the content. I have not looked at ads the same way since, and it has made my approach to communications stronger!

  7. Stephanie-
    I read weekly podcasts of political editorials from major pundits, and I have learned a heck of a lot about extreme liberal and conservative policies, politics and related items. It’s fascinating, and I always end up doing my own extensive research after reading some of them! It has given me more power to understand what is going on in Washington during these crazy economic times!
    Tansy Alexander

  8. Stephanie,
    About recording and learning. Having done a quantity of books on tape I learned a lot about the creation of Florida by Henry Flagler—that Bird Watching has a life of its own and a national contest-plus a good bit about Joseph Smith and the creation of the Mormon Church–always something to learn. Best to you and yours for a great 2010.
    Del Roy—-aka Methuselah


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