Category Archives: General

Local Shop Gets Reception Area Bling

Here’s a hat tip to the creatives over at TM Advertising in Dallas.  Jim Walker mentions on their blog that the shop has garnered a fist full of Addy’s, which are kind of the Grammy’s of advertising.

The awards include radio work for Nationwide Insurance.  Congratulations to Hal, Dermot, Stephanie at TM, and also Russel, Amy and Jake at C.U.T. Great work. Also, good casting for the disclaimer reads 🙂

When your Voice Doesn’t Work so Good

Back in the day I did on-air for a radio station in Dallas that played really soft music and attracted  large chunks of the 60 plus monied demographic. On the studio line I would take calls from women whose voices were colored and textured by decades of cigarettes and martinis.

Their voices were often lower and rougher than mine and I’m no tenor.  Sunday I sounded like one of them.  Yeah, the dreaded head cold.

So how does the voice actor take care of his instrument?  Especially during cold and flu season?  Two sources of good advice come to mind: The “Ask About Vocal Health” on the Voice-Overs.com forum.  And Bettye Zollar has a series of podcasts on the subject over on Voice Over Xtra.

The doctor has me on some expensive meds and I’m already feeling much better and sounding more like myself again.  No need to find a mink stole and a cigarette holder.  I can even tell my hat from my glove.

Voiceovers for the local TV station

There are many genres of work for the voice actor. One of them is voicing promos for TV at the local station level. The “Here’s what’s coming up tonight on CBS 11″ kind of thing.

What sort of voice actor does well at this? Producer Robert Dwyer has a few thoughts:

“You want to be voice-over talent? Well, here’s some advice from a guy who hires VO people and what makes them valuable to a 19th market TV station.“

Read the rest here.