60 Second Pitch Award Show 2007

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    For 60 seconds, voice actors will be pitching their services, letting everyone know who they are, what they do and how their product or service can make a positive difference in the lives of others.

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    Greetings and welcome to the first annual 60 Second Pitch Contest Awards show sponsored by Voices.com. I’m your host, Stephanie Ciccarelli.
    Before we publicly recognize the finalists, I’d like to give a brief explanation of what a 60 Second Pitch is.
    For 60 seconds, candidates will be pitching their services, letting everyone know who they are, what they do and how their product or service can make a positive difference in the lives of others.
    Three voice actors will be chosen from this group of outstanding participants as winners, but truth be told, everyone who entered the contest is better for it as the true prize is being able to confidently converse and promote your business.
    The criteria being judged includes: clarity, purpose, passion, creativity and professionalism.
    And the finalists for the 2007 60 Second Pitch Contest, in alphabetical order, are:
    Alison Pitman, Amy Snively, Amy Taylor, Betty in Boca, Bob Green, Bryan Cox, Chuck Patterson, Doug Barron, Jason McCoy, Janice Downes, John Weeks, Karen Commins, L J Jackson, Marc Cashman, Mike Holmes, Rajiv Hasan, Robert Jadah, Thom Wilkins, Tracey Rolfe, Troy Lund and Vicki Amorose.
    Prizes for the winners of the 60 Second Pitch Contest are as follows:
    First Place, valued at $2500.00 includes a Five-year Premium membership subscription to Voices.com, a website optimization package, a public relations campaign, a featured article on the #1 voice over blog VOX Daily, Julie Williams’ “Proven Voice-Over Techniques” CD, and coverage in the Biz segment on the VOX Talk Podcast along with a link on the Voices.com home page for one week.
    The 2nd place winner receives a prize package valued at $1000 which includes a 3-year Premium membership subscription to Voices.com, website optimization package, a public relations campaign, the “Proven Voice-Over Techniques” CD courtesy of Julie Williams, and an acknowledgment on VOX Daily and VOX Talk with a link to their website.
    And 3rd place, valued at $500 receives a one-year Premium membership subscription to Voices.com, website optimization, a press campaign, the “Proven Voice-Over Techniques” CD courtesy of Julie Williams, and an acknowledgment on both VOX Daily and VOX Talk with a link to their website.
    In no particular order, here are the top three finalists for the 2007 Voices.com 60 Second Pitch Contest…
    Thank you also to all of our finalists and voice actors who entered the contest this year.
    On behalf of the team at Voices.com, I’d like to thank you for listening and for showing your support to all of the participants who entered the contest. If you’d like to leave a comment or warm wishes, you can do so by visiting podcasts.voices.com/ and click on VOX Talk where you’ll find this special episode entitled 60 Second Pitch 2007.

    2 COMMENTS

    1. I was thrilled to place second in this contest! I’m not much of a blogger, but I’m going to indulge my fantasy of doing an award show acceptance speech–here goes.
      First, I want you all to know that I joined Voices.com in May ’07 and I have not yet booked a job. So I went from having no particular stature at Voices.com to now claiming my 15 minutes in the spotlight. I want to genuinely thank the team there for sponsoring this contest, and providing an opportunity to show what I can do in the midst of all this varied talent. I listened to the finalists and learned something from each one. It sounds falsely humble to say I didn’t think I would win, but it’s true.
      This contest is particularly great for our industry because we all have to relentlessly promote ourselves. I know copywriting was an important part of getting noticed. At my ‘other job’ I’m a copywriter-I write 60 second commercials for several radio stations. But I had never written one for myself.
      The VO industry has changed so much in the last seven years, I feel like we are all pioneering this phase of Internet voiceover.
      In our staggeringly competitive business, so I am always grateful for the generosity, honesty and opportunity that comes my way from others in the biz. I try to approach my job from this motto, “Instead of getting negative, get creative.” Again, I applaud the creativity of this contest.
      And I’d like to thank the Academy…

    2. Thank you very much voices.com! This was a lot of fun to do. Normally I am only able to read what someone else writes, it was a nice change to write, voice, and produce start to finish. There are so many talented voice over artists on voices.com – I honestly can’t believe I came in 1st…That is amazing!
      Thanks again!!
      -Jason

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