VOX Talk #33 – Apple iPhone VO Controversy, Kara Edwards, Moe Egan, Michiru Yabu, CNN.com, Julie Williams, Adam Fox, Julie-Ann Dean

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    Apple iPhone and Voice Over Controversy, Kara Edwards, Moe Egan and Michiru Yabu featured on CNN.com, Social Media Week at Voices.com, Julie Williams on Making Cold Calls, Adam Fox Asks “How Do You Do What You Do”, Meet Julie-Ann Dean, voice of the new Voice Over Experts Podcast in the VOX Box.

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    Apple, iPhone, John Krasinski, Kara Edwards, Moe Egan, Michiru Yabu, CNN, Social Media, Digg, StumbleUpon, Julie Williams, Cold Calling, Adam Fox, Julie-Ann Dean, Voice Over Experts, Podcast.

    Transcript of Vox Talk #33

    Matt Williams: Episode 33
    You’re listening to VOX Talk! The voiceover industry’s number one podcast brought to you by Voices.com. It’s about voice acting, growing your business, and sharing your knowledge. VOX Talk is a show that you can be a part of. Getting involved that’s both fun and rewarding. It’s time for this week’s episode of VOX Talk with your host, Stephanie Ciccarelli.
    Stephanie Ciccarelli: Hi, as Matt Williams just said, my name is Stephanie. Welcome to VOX Talk! Julie Williams and Adam Fox are on the show today with a guest appearance by Julie-Ann Dean in the VOX Box. We’re going to hit everything from the Apple iPhone Voice Over Controversy all the way through to Voices.com voice actors on CNN! Let’s get this party started.
    Matt Williams: The Loop, informing you of news and current voiceover events.
    Stephanie Ciccarelli: When you hear the word iPhone, the first thing that should come to mind is Apple. When you hear the words iPhone Television Voice Over, it’s a bit more ambiguous! Some sources say that the voice actor is none other than John Krasinski from the hit NBC sitcom “The Office”, however, no one knows for sure who the voice actor is.
    I called Apple’s Corporate Office and asked them if they could confirm the identity of the voice actor, and I’m sorry to say it’s under wraps. Who do you think did the voiceover for the Apple iPhone? Take an educated guess and add your thoughts to the VOX Daily blog at blogs.voices.com/voxdaily.
    Stephanie Ciccarelli: Speaking of voice actors, several Voices.com voice talent were mentioned in an article published by CNN International on June 11th, 2007. Kara Edwards, Moe Egan and Michiru Yabu contributed their thoughts on the voice acting business and what the future holds. The article is about getting started and entering the voice over industry.
    To read the article, just Google “CNN and Voices.com” or visit VOX Daily for more details.
    In closing, a number of great articles introducing you to the wonders of Social Media have been published at VOX Daily. Join us this week as we explore services such as Digg, StumbleUpon, Facebook, Technorati, and del.icio.us.
    To find these articles, go to blogs.voices.com and click on the VOX Daily feed.
    Matt Williams: The Biz, helping you grow your voiceover business.
    Stephanie Ciccarelli: Today in The Biz, Julie Williams shares tips on cold calling and how you can introduce yourself to any company with confidence.
    Julie Williams: You know, one of the things I teach on my book and CD set in how to make money in voiceovers even if you don’t live in New York or LA, is to call all prospects and introduce yourself. I think most talent don’t do this because they’re afraid to. They don’t want to bother the person and you know what, I understand that. But remember, when you’re calling out prospects on the phone, you’re not asking them for something. You’re offering them something.
    Hiring talent is their job and there’s a real shortage of good talent out there. So you’re doing them a favor by letting them know that you’re available. So what do you say when you call? Don’t worry, we all get butterflies in our stomaches when we call but, it’s not that bad. You’ll get used to it. How about this?
    “Hi, Mr. (Swan). My name is Julie Williams and I’m a professional voice talent and I just started working in the Sacramento area and I just wanted to introduce myself and ask how you like to receive demos. I can mail it to you or I can send it through e-mail, if you prefer. Okay? I’ll get a CD to you right away. Is 1234 Maine Street still the correct address or is your name@yourcompany.com the e-mail address I should send it to or is there a better one?”
    Then you just respect their time and say, “I know you’re busy, I won’t keep you. Thank you very much and I will send the demo out this week.” Unless they want to stay on the phone and ask you questions and then you just answer whatever questions they have.
    Stephanie Ciccarelli: Those are some fabulous tips on how to cold call without being invasive, don’t you think? Thank you Julie, you’ve given many people the inspiration to reach out and get more work.
    Matt Williams: Tech Talk, walking you through the technological landscape.
    Stephanie Ciccarelli: This week in Tech Talk, Adam Fox asks you how you do what you do. Take him up on his offer – it’s pretty cool.
    Bob Oakman: You’re listening to another Defiant Digital podcast for Voices.com. Here’s your host, Adam Fox.
    Adam Fox: Hey peeps! And welcome to another edition of the podcast. So what’s up out there in Voices.com land? So today, what I think I’m going to do is I’m going to take an opportunity to ask those of you out there a question. How do you do what you do?
    Well, I’ve kind of asked this question before but it was in relation to some other things. And today, I want to focus on how do you actually put your spots together? And of course what I mean by that is I’m not asking you to reveal any trade secrets or anything like that but I think it’s interesting to share our ideas in how we put our commercial spots together for our clients.
    Now, I know that in the past, Stephanie has certainly asked those of us to share our particular pre-game rituals, if you will, as to how we do what we do and what might give us our own individual little steps of either confidence or our own comfort zones so that we can go ahead and put ourselves into that immersive environment and do what we do. But moreover, I’m talking of the technical nature of things and how we put our spots together.
    As I’ve said several times in different voiceover podcast segments that there are so many different ways for us to do what we do. And I’m just asking a few of us out there to submit these things and let us know what you do, you know. Again, don’t give any trade secrets away but I find it very interesting. I get a lot of the podmail of people asking me how I do, what I do and asking me for pointers. And I think that’s great and I’m certainly always willing to share those.
    I mean, getting a flood in of demos for people asking me to evaluate their demos and maybe make some tweaks here and there from an audio standpoint or give them my opinions as to what my technical thoughts are of how their demos are and I think that’s great, you know. It’s reaching out. It’s – everyone’s trying to really make the best of what we do here and everybody’s open for suggestions. I think that’s a wonderful thing. So now, it’s your turn.
    What we’re going to do is we’re going to have you e-mail just a short audio clip of, you know, maybe 15, 20 seconds of just a particular thing that you might do that really helps you to find your groove and find your niche in your technical thing. Maybe it’s a preset that you have set up that you use over and over again that helps you to find that mic chain or find that particular effects mix, you know. Maybe you put your reverbs before your choruses or vice-versa. So go ahead and send me some e-mail.
    I’m going to keep it short today because I really want to focus on the important part and not get lost in the waxing poetic as it were. And I really want to just kind of keep it short and just encourage you all to send some stuff in because next time we do a podcast, I’d really like to have a nice mishmash of different submissions from different people and their different ideas as to what helps them get through their day. We’re all doing heavy production and we all find our shortcuts and our tools that really help us get through the day and get things done and you don’t reveal any signature sounds. I certainly don’t want to scare people off in that fashion but go ahead and drop me some e-mail at Adam@DefiantDigital.com, that’s where you can send your files. I don’t want to overload the Voices.com server but you can certainly always reach me here at adamfox.voices.com right there on the webpage if you would also like to do so.
    So I just wanted to keep a nice short one today. It’s definitely going to be a short submission but I really want to encourage people to do that. And I think if we could put something together like that for next time’s podcast, I think it would be a really rich and full segment and we’d really show the variety of different people that we have putting jobs together here at Voices.com and also that are listening to the podcast as well. It’s a wonderful opportunity for us all to get together here once a week and share our thoughts and our ideas on technical natures and voiceover training and networking skills and you know, it’s a really unique thing that we have here and I certainly after we’ve now past our 30th episode, I don’t want us to lose the side of that. I think it’s a very special thing. And every once in a while we need to kind of put the breaks on and maybe revamp what we’re doing and take a look at it again so that it doesn’t become stagnate because you know, this job and this career that we’ve chosen is so dynamic and it changes every single day.
    So it’s just a really interesting case study, if you will, if you want to break it down into a scientific thing. It’s a real interesting case study to see how we’re doing these things and how these techniques are evolving and changing. Because you know, you stumble across something one day and all of a sudden you go, “Wow! That’s a great technique and that’s a great tool.” And who knows? Maybe there’s someone out there that’s using the same things. So let’s get together and share, people. I think it’s never can be stressed enough to get together and share our ideas and our thoughts. That’s why we’re all here on the podcast. Any of you that are listening out there right now, you’re either hoping for tips and tricks, you’re wanting to engage yourself in the community, you want to in some way put back into the community and share your thoughts or you’re just enjoying the podcast on a day-to-day basis or a week-to-week as it’s now being done and you really are getting something out of this.
    So you know what, let’s give something back. Go ahead and send those e-mails to Adam@DefiantDigital.com. Don’t worry about the file sizes but just send me a little 15 or 20-second clipette and I’ll slam a whole bunch of those things together for next time’s podcast and we’ll see where we can go from there. I think Stephanie and the entire staff have given so much to this podcast, all of us that are doing this weekly submissions, we’re really trying to make the most that we can out of this. So now, let’s go ahead and put the ball in your court and let’s get some submissions sent my way. I’ll put some stuff together and we’ll get some – we’ll get a really rich and full segment next time and let’s kick off the next 30 the right way, all right? All right, folks. Until then, bye for now.
    Stephanie Ciccarelli: Thank you Adam. Again, send Adam a clip of about 15 or 20 seconds of audio that he can use in his next segment. You can reach him at Adam@DefiantDigital.com
    Matt Williams: VoxBox, sharing your audio feedback.
    Stephanie Ciccarelli: Today in the VOX Box, I’d like to introduce you to the very talented Julie-Ann Dean of the United Kingdom. I’m pleased to announce that Julie-Ann is now the voice of a new podcast from Voices.com; it’s called Voice Over Experts. Let’s listen to Julie-Ann now.
    Julie-Ann Dean: Welcome to Voiceover Experts brought to you by Voices.com, the number one voiceover marketplace. Voiceover Experts brings you tips, pearls of wisdom and techniques from top instructors, authors and performers in the field of voiceover. Join us each week to discover tricks of the trade that will help you to develop your craft and prosper as a career voiceover talent. It’s never been easier to learn, perform, and succeed from the privacy of your own home and your own pace. This is truly an education you won’t find anywhere else.
    This week, Vioces.com is pleased to present, Marc Cashman.
    Stephanie Ciccarelli: We’re ecstatic about Voice Over Experts and the voice coaches involved are just as excited. So far, we have 16 coaches who have committed to being a part of this new podcast. To learn more about the Voice Over Experts podcast and subscribe, visit podcasts.voices.com
    One minor programming note before we go. We’ve changed the location of the VOX Talk blog to podcasts.voices.com. We’re moving all of the podcasts to that sub domain so that it will be easier for you to enjoy all the podcasts you want in one place.
    Well, that’s all for this week. We love hearing from you and thank you for staying subscribed to VOX Talk! You can subscribe to this podcast through the iTunes Podcast Directory, by RSS feed or by email on the VOX Talk blog at podcasts.voices.com. I’m your host, Stephanie Ciccarelli. Take care and we’ll see you next week!

    Links from today’s show:

    Apple iPhone Voice Over Controversy
    Voices.com on CNN
    Social Media Week at VOX Daily
    Voice Over Experts Podcast
    Julie Williams
    Adam Fox
    Julie-Ann Dean
    VOX Talk PODCAST: EPISODE 33
    Salutation:
    Hi, as Matt Williams just said, my name is Stephanie. Welcome to VOX Talk! Julie Williams and Adam Fox are on the show today with a guest appearance by Julie-Ann Dean in the VOX Box. We’re going to hit everything from the Apple iPhone Voice Over Controversy all the way through to Voices.com voice actors on CNN! Let’s get this party started.
    The Loop:
    Apple iPhone Voice Over Controversy
    When you hear the word iPhone, the first thing that should come to mind is Apple. When you hear the words iPhone Television Voice Over, it’s a bit more ambiguous! Some sources say that the voice actor is none other than John Krasinski from the hit NBC sitcom “The Office”, however, no one knows for sure who the voice actor is!
    I called Apple’s Corporate Office and asked them if they could confirm the identity of the voice actor, and I’m sorry to say it’s under wraps. Who do you think did the voice over for the Apple iPhone?
    Take an educated guess and add your thoughts to the VOX Daily blog at blogs.voices.com/voxdaily/
    News #2
    CNN Voice Actors
    Speaking of voice actors, several Voices.com voice talent were mentioned in an article published by CNN International on June 11th, 2007. Kara Edwards, Moe Egan and Michiru Yabu contributed their thoughts on the voice acting business and what the future holds. The article is about getting started and entering the voice over industry.
    To read the article, Google “CNN and Voices.com” or visit VOX Daily for more details.
    News #3
    Social Media Week
    In closing, a number of great articles introducing you to the wonders of Social Media have been published at VOX Daily. Join us this week as we explore services such as Digg, StumbleUpon, Facebook, Technorati, and del.icio.us.
    To find these articles, go to blogs.voices.com and click on the VOX Daily feed.
    The Biz:
    Today in The Biz, Julie Williams shares tips on cold calling and how you can introduce yourself to any company with confidence.
    Those are some fabulous tips on how to cold call without being invasive. Thank you Julie, you’ve given many people the inspiration to reach out and get more work.
    Tech Talk:
    This week in Tech Talk, Adam Fox asks you how you do what you do. Take him up on his offer – it’s pretty cool.
    Thank you Adam! Again, send Adam a clip of about 15 or 20 seconds of audio that he can use in his next segment. You can reach him at Adam@DefiantDigital.com
    VoxBox:
    Today in the VOX Box, I’d like to introduce you to the very talented Julie-Ann Dean of the United Kingdom. I’m pleased to announce that Julie-Ann is now the voice of a new podcast from Voices.com; it’s called Voice Over Experts! Let’s listen to Julie-Ann now.
    Play audio
    We’re ecstatic about Voice Over Experts and the voice coaches involved are just as excited. So far, we have 16 coaches who have committed to being a part of this new podcast.
    To learn more about the Voice Over Experts podcast and subscribe, visit podcasts.voices.com
    Farewell:
    One minor programming note before we go. We’ve changed the location of the VOX Talk blog to podcasts.voices.com. We’re moving all of the podcasts to that sub domain so that it will be easier for you to enjoy all the podcasts you want in one place.
    Well, that’s all for this week! We love hearing from you and thank you for staying subscribed to VOX Talk! You can subscribe to this podcast through the iTunes Podcast Directory, by RSS feed or by email on the VOX Talk blog at podcasts.voices.com. I’m your host, Stephanie Ciccarelli. Take care and see you next week!

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