Signing an NDA Agreement for Voice Over Work

24 Dec

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If you’re not sure what an NDA is, let me give you a bit of information on this…

A Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) is a written document establishing a legally-binding, confidential relationship between parties, providing what information the parties consider confidential, and the prohibition of the other party from revealing it to others.

I recently signed an NDA for a very large company in New York City that is having me record their eLearning modules for employees.  So, although I’m not able to reveal the company name, I thought I’d mention the importance of using a voice over talent for eLearning modules…

So, why hire a professional?

Successful eLearning requires quite a few moving parts to synchronize, in addition to holding a person’s attention to achieve real learning.  Plus, it’s helpful to think about your audience… Do you really want your listeners suffering through multiple hours of a poor performance delivered in poor quality audio?

As a trained actor, we know how to deliver a performance in front of a microphone & interpret your script for its intended audience.  Also important, consider the impact that a professional production will have on your brand identity.  As always, when you invest in your business, it’s for the benefit of your company— signaling to your employees that you indeed value quality.

In short… Remember that THE VOICE can make or break a project!

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Happy Recording!
Rose Caiazzo, Professional Voice Over Talent
Based out of *fantastical* Jackson Hole, Wyoming

About Me:  http://about.me/rosevo
YouTube Channel:  http://www.youtube.com/rcaiazzo
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Clients with Slide Software…

15 Apr

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I recently won a larger e-Learning project with a client in New York City (sorry, can’t say who they are – I signed an NDA!), & they asked me to learn their specific slide software to record the tracks.  Yes, I knew it would take me longer to do, but I am always drawn to software programs & how they work… Plus, I’ve always found they are easy enough to figure out!

My Master’s Degree is in Technological Systems Management & originally, I thought it would be great to do IT for the rest of my life.  Ummmmm, no.  After sitting alone for days on end in a room talking (typing) only to an NT box?  I  realized that my calling was definitely elsewhere…

I’m grateful that my keen sense of technology always works in my favor for small voice projects. though.  Like many other voice talents, I prefer to have a studio engineer to record with me in a studio, but for smaller projects – it’s just me!  I use a software system called “Twisted Wave” for my Mac & typically – I record the tracks, use the magic of the software system to make everything sound ah-mazing & then send the tracks out to the client.

For this particular project, I found out at the very end that I COULD in fact upload my voice files into the software from Twisted Wave.  But, not before taking much of my time to record everything needed on one slide… with no mistakes!  It was a learning curve for both the client & I.  In turn, because I took the time to learn their software in more detail, it will win me future voice over business within the company!  They loved the sound of my E-learning voice (listen to it here), loved that I was able to learn their tech software easily & most importantly – they were extremely happy with the finished project!

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Happy Recording!
Rose Caiazzo, Professional Voice Over Talent
Based out of *fantastical* Jackson Hole, Wyoming

About Me:  http://about.me/rosevo
YouTube Channel:  http://www.youtube.com/rcaiazzo
Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/rosevoiceover
Twitter:  http://www.twitter.com/jacksonholerose
Pinterest:  http://pinterest.com/jacksonholerose
Instagram:  http://instagram.com/jacksonholerose

I Played My Voice Demo at a Party & Here’s What Happened (!!)

16 Oct

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It’s sometimes fun to play my professional voice demo for random folks that don’t quite understand what I do by simply saying, “I’m a voice talent.”  Then I say, well — if I play my demo for you, I’m sure you’ll understand right away… And, they do!

It’s also fun to hear people saying over the recording… “Is that YOU?!”
Why yes.  Yes, it is me.

Ahhhhh, the life of a voice talent!

If you haven’t heard my professional demo in a while, feel free to have a listen here on YouTube :: http://bit.ly/RoseDemo

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Happy Recording!
Rose Caiazzo, Professional Voice Over Talent
Based out of *fantastical* Jackson Hole, Wyoming

About Me:  http://about.me/rosevo
YouTube Channel:  http://www.youtube.com/rcaiazzo
Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/rosevoiceover
Twitter:  http://www.twitter.com/jacksonholerose
Pinterest:  http://pinterest.com/jacksonholerose
Instagram:  http://instagram.com/jacksonholerose

Recording vs. Going Live!

12 Sep

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Going live on social media can be a very powerful tool.  For a person in the voice business though — we are used to being alone in the recording booth!  Being live means everyone can SEE you, even if you make a mistake.  As a Voice Talent, I am not that fond of showing people that I trip over words sometimes, even though I should be more relaxed about it.  After all, I AM NOT PERFECT.  << I had to put that in caps + bold to remind myself (Ha ha!)

What is perfect — is being yourself.  Going live & giving it your all.  I recently read an article about a bear attack in Montana & I’m thinking about going live to read it.  It’s fascinating!  It would serve as a reminder that I can read very well out loud with minimal errors… That is, if I’m having a good day!  I think the article is so good, that it will keep people interested.  Even if I do mess up a few words – reading to lift the words off a page & tell a story is still authentic as to what I do.

& this example will show I can do just about anything (including staying at the same campground where there was a bear attack!).  I will relate to my audience that if I can read a long-formatted item & keep it exciting for listeners, just think of what I can do for voicemail systems, videos & other recordings  😉  We shall see!  & check out the article for yourself here:

http://fwp.mt.gov/mtoutdoors/HTML/articles/2012/Grizzlyattack.htm

& yes, I AM going to that campground this weekend!  They no longer allow tents here (for good reason), so I’ll be in my car.  I hope to sleep soundly!

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Happy Recording!
Rose Caiazzo, Professional Voice Over Talent
Based out of *fantastical* Jackson Hole, Wyoming

About Me:  http://about.me/rosevo
YouTube Channel:  http://www.youtube.com/rcaiazzo
Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/rosevoiceover
Twitter:  http://www.twitter.com/jacksonholerose
Pinterest:  http://pinterest.com/jacksonholerose
Instagram:  http://instagram.com/jacksonholerose

Voice Brand FAIL.

13 Aug

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I apologize to the local business in Jackson Hole that I’m going to highlight for this, but really – it’s a great lesson learned for all businesses in this area & beyond.

This video is a perfect example of how businesses cut corners.  They think, “Well, we paid someone to give us those great visuals, but we’ll just have the office manager do the voice over.”  (Or, something similar to this…)  I don’t actually know who did this voice over, but if you’re a professional – I’m sure you’ll agree with me that this voice was not a professional.  This, my friends, is the result:

A Love Letter…

In my humble opinion, this is an example of what you don’t want your branding to SOUND like.  For me, the awesome visuals went flat when I kept hearing this terrible voice trying to make me feel like I should connect with it!

In addition, I recently went to a huge nonprofit organization’s picnic & was horrified when I heard the voice on the video.  They hired awesome video talent to create the story, & then the voice was that of a board member.  & it really was awful!  It didn’t give a “tug-of-the-heartstrings” feel for the video at all.

Businesses are coming around with regards to their video visuals… but, I wonder how long it will take for people to understand that voice branding is just as important.  I hope it’s soon!

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Happy Recording!
Rose Caiazzo, Professional Voice Over Talent
Based out of *fantastical* Jackson Hole, Wyoming

About Me:  http://about.me/rosevo
YouTube Channel:  http://www.youtube.com/rcaiazzo
Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/rosevoiceover
Twitter:  http://www.twitter.com/jacksonholerose
Pinterest:  http://pinterest.com/jacksonholerose
Instagram:  http://instagram.com/jacksonholerose

Pitching Voice Over to Businesses in Europe!

9 Jul

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Guess what time it is!?  That’s right, it’s almost time for me to take (somewhat of) a work break – just in time for the height of the summer season!  I’m headed to New York on business & then over to Switzerland & Italy for some additional business & pleasure.  But you know… I’m always working as a solopreneur  😉

I’m always excited to mention to businesses I work in the voice over field… It’s interesting to meet business people from Europe & see how I might be able to work with them in the future for English recordings.  For example, #Interlaken is a very large city with many cultures.  There may be an opportunity for me to do a recording in English on the trains, or on an explainer video on how to be safe in the mountains.  #Milan is a big city to explore & see what recordings I might hear in museums or cathedrals.  Just listening to people’s voices in different places allows me to get the vibe of a place too.

So, enjoy summertime in all its glory & chat with you more in mid-August when I return to the States.  As always, check out my Insta account at @JacksonHoleRose if you’d like to see more of my travels as a solopreneur!

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Happy Recording!
Rose Caiazzo, Professional Voice Over Talent
Based out of *fantastical* Jackson Hole, Wyoming

About Me:  http://about.me/rosevo
YouTube Channel:  http://www.youtube.com/rcaiazzo
Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/rosevoiceover
Twitter:  http://www.twitter.com/jacksonholerose
Pinterest:  http://pinterest.com/jacksonholerose
Instagram:  http://instagram.com/jacksonholerose

Podcast Intro Recording for Catch A Healthy Habit Podcast!

26 Jun

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If you listen to podcasts, you know that the intro is important… it’s got to sound professional and interesting!  Its purpose is to draw you in, so that listening to the podcast is the next step.

I recently worked on a podcast intro for a gentleman who owns a business called Catch A Healthy Habit Cafe in Fairfield, Connecticut (where I lived for some years)… He also does a regular podcast that reflects his business name!  I wrote this intro, voiced & produced it with music. In addition to the other voice work I do, I also complete this type of voiceover work for those of you that have friends with podcasts!

https://soundcloud.com/…/catch-a-healthy-habit-podcast-intro

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Happy Recording!
Rose Caiazzo, Professional Voice Over Talent
Based out of *fantastical* Jackson Hole, Wyoming

About Me:  http://about.me/rosevo
YouTube Channel:  http://www.youtube.com/rcaiazzo
Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/rosevoiceover
Twitter:  http://www.twitter.com/jacksonholerose
Pinterest:  http://pinterest.com/jacksonholerose
Instagram:  http://instagram.com/jacksonholerose