Visiting with my Voice Over Mentor

14 Nov

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I recently visited California & was able to spend some time with my Voice Over mentor that now lives in California.  Bob Stephenson lives in Roseville (too bad I don’t live there – what a fun name!), where there’s lots of people & many businesses that need assistance with the “sound” of their business.  Being that I live in small town Jackson Hole, Wyoming — jobs for VO don’t come up that often.  It’s a place where people say, “Oh, my secretary can do it,” or “I’ve got GarageBand on my Mac, so I can do it myself.”  Overall, in my opinion, the world still has a long way to go in realizing how voice over can help a business with their branding.

Hanging out with Bob is always fun.  He is also a SAG-AFTRA actor & he is constantly using different voices to make me laugh.  & then I can mimic him.  It’s fun.  After all, it’s what voice over talents enjoy doing!  We had met in Jackson Hole, back in 2008 & he quickly took me under his wing to teach me how the voice over industry worked.  I’ve been successful & have learned so much over the years!  But, Bob will always be the man who started showing me the real way the voice over business works.  (Not the Fivver way!)

There’s lots to know about being a professional voice talent, & as the Thanksgiving holiday approaches – I remember to be thankful of what Bob taught me.  It’s a real business, one to be taken seriously.  

This holiday season, perhaps it’s time to think more about your business “sound…”  Maybe even starting small with your business voicemail is the first place to investigate.  How long has it been since you recorded your voicemail?  Does it sound dynamic & upbeat, so people will want to leave a message & have you call back?  As with any part of your business, a professional sound can do wonders for your branding.  And, in this day & age where people are getting lost in the mix – how is it that YOU can stand out?

And remember, what a Voice Over talent does?  Is NOT that easy!  We are trained to lift words off the page & make your business sound amazing.  Your secretary can’t always do this in such a dynamic way…

Being aware is the first step in making change happen.  Maybe before the holidays get started, you’ll too see what changes might need to be made with your business “sound.”

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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
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Get a Leg Up on Work in the Voice Over World!

20 Oct

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I read several blogs each month about the voice over industry and one of my favorites over the years continues to be by Paul Strikwerda.  He’s a great writer & I like him mainly because he writes “for real.”  If you’re looking into this business or want to understand how real voice over talents work in this industry, check out his blog… it’s amazingly written!  I always recommend people looking to get into the biz to read his posts & I always learn about the overall industry from him ~

His last entry, “Lessons from Bridezilla & Buffet” reviews how once you’re in the bargain basement with clients, it’s tough to get out ::

http://www.nethervoice.com/2016/10/19/lessons-from-bridezilla-and-buffet

In short, never sell yourself out!

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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
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Instagram:  http://instagram.com/jacksonholerose

An Interview with Joe Murphy!

11 Sep

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Recently, I was interviewed by Voice Over Actor Joe Murphy.  He had some great questions for me, as I continue to work both as a Consultant for Social Media & part time as a Voice Over Talent.  This interview was not transcribed, but it can be found on Joe’s YouTube Channel!

Rose’s Interview with Joe Murphy

I was bustling around town with many things to do that day & was trying to find a place that had secure internet!  Apparently, Charter Communications was having problems all day – all over town.  So, you’ll notice my voice goes in & out at some points – however – overall, I think you’ll understand what I’m trying to convey to the audience!  I also realized after the interview – I should have worn my shades.  It’s tough to be in the sun that long without sunglasses for me & I definitely look a bit “squinty.”

Either way, enjoy & hope you are able to glean a few things!

 

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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
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How Yelling can Sear Your Throat…

29 Aug

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Yesterday, I went into the mountains.  I take time off from my businesses very seriously & when I want to be alone?  I want to be ALONE.  So, I went into Avalanche Canyon in the Tetons.

What I didn’t tell my mom (until afterwards) is that Avi Canyon is a lesser traveled area.  It’s not on any maps that get handed out to the Millions that visit here.  Ummm, in fact – you have to take great care with the maze of trails to make sure you are still going the right way.  Also, less people means more bear & moose.  Which means, you have to talk for hours on your own – to yourself!

I always try to put myself out of my comfort zone, & this was really dense forest.  I thought I saw a moose or bear at least 3 times.  I’m thankful my eyes were playing tricks on me instead.  In order to avoid surprising anything, I would yell/sing a combination of “No bear. No moose. No bear-no moose.”  & because I couldn’t clap (I use poles while hiking), I actually changed my octave to a flat, strange sound & said the words, “clap, clap – clap, clap, clap.” My yelling/singing combinations wreaked some serious havoc on my vocal cords, as they are very sore today – but, I know that my voice kept me alive yesterday!

I’ve seen lots of posts on the web about how screaming not only hurts, but can be damaging.  But, here’s the catch.  Vocal cords are rarely damaged by one overuse. The real damage occurs when you ignore the warning symptoms & pain. Using your voice while it hurts can further damage already damaged tissue. The body’s response to this abuse is to build up scar tissue to protect you, which then leads to scarring on your vocal cords, or the creation of vocal cord nodules.

So for now, I need to not talk much until I feel better.  My voice really hurts, but I’m just thankful there were no moose… and no bears!

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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
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FOUND! On Twitter :)

23 Jul

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So!  For those of you that don’t believe in the power of social media… Orrrrr, really just don’t “like” Twitter – I am here to tell you a potential client found me on this social media platform the other day!

They sent me a private message, which I quote below:

“Hello Rose, I am making a booking engine and management platform. I checked out your website, and I knew you were a social media pro but I had no idea you did voiceovers! I was very impressed by your youtube videos. I am going to create a couple demo videos (around 1 minute in run time each) for the main features of my tool and was wondering how much you would charge for recording the voiceover. I’d like to have them live in September.”

First of all, how very kind of this gentleman to write me this note.  I was in touch via email moments later & we struck a deal.  I secured this gig & it originated from Twitter!

I love social media & I know a lot about how to use it the right way.  I’ll always have that “techy” side to me, which also allows me to easily record tracks AND do production on them.  As the voice field continues to grow, we as voice actors will be expected to stay in step with the technology our clients need.

Love the VO biz & look forward to more jobs coming my way soon using social media  🙂

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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

 

On Camera Jobs Can Be Fun!

14 Jun

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I recently took a job with Charter Communications to be the on-air host of some videos being created for the general public.  It takes a while for production to be done on each these before release, as interviews with governmental figures can be quite intricate.

I don’t usually do on-camera work – but I’m not one to dismiss it if I’m asked to do it.  This job came through a channel that recommended me.  Although my first love is to be recording voice tracks, to be honest – it’s probably because I have a bit of stage fright.  For those of you that known me a long while, you remember that I used to sing often, traveling around to different countries singing opera & secular music with my alma mater, Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York.  I stopped singing after college, as my love of singing was just not there (it was years of feeling like “I have to” because of my music scholarship) & instead, I struggled with embarrassment & anxiety.  So, I stopped singing.

Speaking behind a microphone in a soundproof studio doesn’t bother me.  Speaking in front of audiences when I have a microphone doesn’t bother me.  Even public speaking events I do, really don’t bother me.  It’s the camera or the feeling of “all eyes on me!”  Especially when I’m singing.  I can’t say I’ve ever been a fan of people watching me sing.  Music is such a personal experience to me, it almost seems invasive to me.

So… most times I struggle with the camera watching me (wondering what I’ll look like, if I have a hair out of place, how I sound or if I stumbled over a word) – because recordings will be around forever!  However, I am so thankful for the world of voice over.  I really do believe it’s a fun place for me to be, to be free & allow for my creative sound to be heard!

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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

 

Key Take-Aways From “The Future of Voice Over” Podcast

11 May

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Recently, I listed to a podcast by J. Michael Collins.  He’s been keeping tabs on the evolution of commercial voice-over and how consumer behavior is impacting its overall effectiveness. He cites that for the majority of content users, advertising is an unwelcome intrusion, avoided at almost any cost. What does the future hold for commercial applications of voice-over?

Listen to podcast here.

Although he spoke on many points, here are the key points I took away…

“Most 18-30 year olds have little affinity for traditional television, preferring to steam most of their content.”  I whole-heartedly agree because I’ve always felt the same about this.  Being an early tech user, I was always online for my entertainment.  Interestingly enough, I might have been at the start of this tend (although I’m a bit older).  People always glanced at me sideways when I mentioned I didn’t have TV. Well, I had one, but only to watch movies!  I was always on the internet or my early smart phone, which we called PDAs at the time (a Treo!), even from my early days in the corporate world.

“Let’s envision the VO marketplace in 2025: We may be entering a period where commercial work doesn’t exist!”  I can definitely see the area of commercial work reducing greatly.  We have to remember that we still need commercials for radio, if that industry survives.  For TV, it may be lessened as he says – but I also see major cable companies combating new technologies like Periscope, so that their shows (unique to their channel), are not shared & played for the masses.  For example, The Voice / The Bachelor or certain sports games where you need cable to watch.

“There’s been exponential growth in these areas of voice over: Elearning, internal corporate narration, internet video narration, animation, videogames, audiobooks.”  Agreed!  This will continue, & as he says – unabated.  I should really get on the audiobook bandwagon.  It’s not always easy to balance the tech part of this with the voice recordings, as there usually is quite a bit to do with editing once the tracks are completed.  To me, the voice part is fun!  The final tech on the tracks, is not.  Hm.

As he says, the industry is changing — as it always has!
As talents we need to prepare for what’s next.
The real question is… Are YOU ready?

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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