Tips For Those Exploring Voice Acting

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    Have you dreamed of doing voice work? Voice-over performer and coach Mike Kirby explains how technology and the business of voice-over have changed over time and highlights how these exciting realities benefit the modern voice-over professional.

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    Mike Kirby VoiceworxVoice Over Expert Mike Kirby
    Mike Kirby has won 12 CLIO Awards for advertising excellence in his 30 year career as Actor, Narrator, Broadcaster, Voice Specialist and Author.

    * Mike is the Station Voice of HGTV Home and Garden Television Canada.
    * Mike’s commercial clients have included Hyundai, Suzuki, Nissan, Toyota, Chevy Trucks, Toronto Blue Jays, Stratford Festival, Cogeco, Rogers Cable and Mobil Oil.
    * Mike was Host/Announcer of the Special Olympics World Winter Games at Skydome in Toronto and Host/Announcer for the United Way Walk-A-Thon at Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto, Canada.
    * Mike has been the voice of numerous documentaries for PBS as well as the award-winning CBC documentary series “Witness.”
    * Mike Kirby is a graduate of the Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theater in New York City.

    Transcript

    [Opening Music]
    Welcome to Voice Over Experts, brought to you by Voices.com the number one voice over marketplace. Voice Over Experts brings you tips, pearls of wisdom, and techniques from top instructors, authors and performers in the field of voice over. Join us each week to discover tricks of the trade that will help you to develop your craft and prosper as a career voice over talent. It’s never been easier to learn, perform and succeed from the privacy of your own home, and at your own pace. This is truly an education you won’t find anywhere else. Now for our special guest.
    Mike Kirby: Hi, Mike Kirby here at the Voiceworx studios. We all love to do voice work because it’s quick, unpredictable, pays well and it doesn’t matter how we’re dressed. Voice work can be intensely exciting too. Just you, the microphone, a page of text and that wonderful sound of your voice resonating in your headsets. Thirty years after I started I’m still doing voice work. Apart from the normal visits to Toronto sound studios for commercial and narration sessions, I’ve got some clients who read me farther afield by way of phone patches to my home studio. Now thanks to modern technology I can walk into my studio, put on my headphones, step up to the microphone and talk to Oklahoma, Dubai, Bermuda, Hong Kong, anywhere.
    Today, most established voice performers have home studios in which they use their signature voices to service radio and TV stations and commercial and corporate clients on an ongoing basis. Not too long ago being a network voice, for example, meant giving over to regular visits to their studio maybe three, four, five times a week. Nowadays you can take your microphone and computer with you anywhere, anywhere you want to go and send your voice through the internet by way of an mp3 file, for example, without any loss of quality. Today the possibilities are limitless for voice over talent. Technology allows us to service an international clientele just by setting up a website and advertising our voice demos across the world on voices.com.
    And so voice performers, practice hard, create a great demo, build a list of producers, always say yes and the next thing you know you’ll be living your dreams too. Now you can reach me on the voiceworx.com website, that’s voiceworx with an X.com. Or email me, mike@mikekirby.ca and let’s have a chat. Over and out.
    Announcer: Thank you for joining us. To learn more about the special guest featured in this voices.com podcast, visit the Voice Over Experts show notes at podcasts.voices.com/voiceoverexperts. Remember to stay subscribed. If you’re a first time listener you can subscribe for free to this podcast in the Apple iTunes podcast directory or by visiting podcasts.voices.com. To start your voice over career online go to voices.com and register for voice talent membership today. This has been a voices.com production.

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    Stephanie Ciccarelli is the Co-Founder and Chief Brand Officer of Voices.com. 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®.

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    1. Jambo (Hallo in in kiswahili), thank you Mike that was inspiring.Would you mind sharing some basics with me on how practice to be natural when on air as Anchor/Host(radio,tv)?Ahsante.

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