The following are some valuable voiceover resources I recommend.
If you decide to work with any of them, please tell them I passed you along!
Backstage – daily blog – advice and acting jobs in the industry
Dave Courvoisier – a personal blog from the Past-President of the World Voices Organization – 30+ years in broadcasting – some notable blog posts for newcomers: Are Voiceover Newbies Welcome?, VO Coaching Conundrum, and 5 Ways to Protect Yourself From VO Scammers
The DIY Narrator – excellent podcast/blog by a terrific voice actor for anyone who narrates their own eLearning projects
Findlaw.com – legal blog network and other interesting business-law posts
Get Started in VO – a FANTASTIC starting point in your journey into the world of voice overs!
Hootsuite – Social Blog – social media strategy, advice, and tips provided daily – a handy resource
HubSpot – Marketing Blog & Sales Blog – inbound marketing company offering a variety of marketing services, but have a decent blog
Hugh P. Klitzke – Voice Over for The Actor – voiceover coach and casting director in NYC with an interesting take on all things VO
I Want to Be a Voice Actor! – DEE BRADLEY BAKER’S “How do I get into Voice Overs” – the DEFINITIVE GUIDE!! <<<<<<
Medium.com – a plethora of articles daily on a huge variety of subjects
Mike Lenz – Mike Lenz is a professional voice actor, audiobook narrator, author, and podcast host
Nimble Blog – chock full of useful tips on social selling, productivity, and general business advice
Paul Strikwerda – Nethervoice – a true gentleman and “go-to” source for a pragmatic look at the voice over business
Rob Marley – An excellent read for anyone looking to “get into voice over.” <———*****
The Ad Contrarian – ruminations about the advertising world by industry veteran Bob Hoffman
TheSocialMS – content, social and online marketing blog
The Voice Over Collective – A whole range of resources for working voice actors.
VOBS.tv – Voice Over Body Shop – Dan Lenard & George Whittam put on the best live VO show on the internets – almost every Monday night at 6PT/9ET
Voice-Over Xtra! – A comprehensive site for all things VO – news, training, directories, info, etc.
Breakthrough Branding – by Catherine Kaputa
Emotional Intelligence 2.0 – by Travis Bradberry & Jean Greaves
Making Money in Your PJ’s, Freelancing for voice-overs and other solopreneurs – by Paul Strikwerda
More Than Just A Voice: The REAL Secret to Voiceover Success – by Dave Courvoisier
Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges – by Amy Cuddy
The Improv Book, Improvisation for Theatre, Comedy, Education, and Life – by Alison Goldie
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life – by Mark Mason
The Voiceover Entrance Exam – free ebook – Peter K. O’Connell
There’s Money Where Your Mouth Is – by Elaine Clark
Unshakeable: Your Financial Freedom Playbook – by Tony Robbins
V-Oh!: Tips, Tricks, Tools and Techniques to Start and Sustain Your Voiceover Career – by Marc Cashman
Voiceover e-Book – by Dan Hurst
Voice Over Legal, Essential Information You Need to Successfully Manage Your Voice Over & Business Issues – Robert Sciglimpaglia Jr.
Ada Li – Creative/Art Director and Brand Strategist, (created my logo) – email@example.com or 1-416-562-6981
Siteground – my website hosting provider – great deals and solid web hosting provider
Voice Actor Websites – a great resource for website design, SEO/SEM, content writing and so much more!
Callback Headshots – local photographer (Toronto)
Kwik Kopy – local print shop (printed my business cards)
Tattoo Sound + Music – a local recording studio in Toronto, ON
Upper Level Hosting – Upper Level CRM – hosting and CRM system by a truly decent fellow voice talent
Voice Actor Websites – if you need a website tailored to voice acting, these guys are among the best in the industry!
COACHES / SCHOOLS / TRAINING
“Uncle Roy” Yokelson, Antland Productions – All-round nice guy with many years of experience in the biz – coaching and demo production (among his various talents)
Edge Studios – NYC based training school with online classes/workshops
Everett Oliver, myboothdirector.com – amazing 23-year veteran booth director in animation with experience in casting, production and booth direction
Global Voice Acting Academy – Tons of great programming by some of the best coaches in the business, all online
Gravy for The Brain – online VO school based in the UK
J Michael Collins – if you want to learn from the king of casting sites, sharpen your VO business acumen, or get a first-class demo, he’s your guy
Jonathan Tilley – Creative Circle FB group – awesomely creative helping creative people shine online
Second City Improv – improv & acting classes in Toronto, Chicago, and Hollywood
Terry Daniel – 20-year veteran based in Minneapolis offers weekly training to new and seasoned VO’s
The Voice Over Network – the pre-eminent UK-based meetup organization for education and socializing organized by Rachel Naylor
VO Peeps – run by Anne Ganguzza, it’s an online global meetup group dedicated to providing resources and information about the Voiceover and related media industries
eLearning conference directory and another directory here
That’s Voiceover™ career expo & The Voice Arts® Awards – big shindig in LA for top talent, agents and various entertainment professionals
VO Atlanta – “the” voiceover conference of the year – the biggest and most in-depth in the industry
VOCation Conference – MEGA LIST of resources!
VO North – the ONLY conference in Canada for the voiceover industry!
VOX – the only conference in the UK for the voiceover and audio industry
WoVoconIV – only members of World Voices can attend, once yearly – see www.world-voices.org for the most up-to-date info.
Audio-Technica – full range of audio products including affordable mics and headphones (including the mic I use AT2035)
Neumann – one of the leaders and producer of the popular TLM103 mic
Sennheiser – one of the leaders and producer of the popular MKH416 shotgun mic and the headphones I use (HD280 pro)
Adobe Audition – my digital audio workstation software of choice – spectral view with Autoheal is amazing
Audacity – free digital audio processing software
Nimble CRM – one of the best CRM systems around – customizable, very handy Chrome widget and much more!
Waveapps – Free accounting program – great for bookkeeping, invoicing, payments, etc.
Bodalgo call – FREE voice and video conferencing, no membership or software required, ISDN replacement option for remote direction/recording
ipDTL – voice conferencing using Chrome, ISDN replacement option for remote direction/recording
Source Elements – Source Connect – voice conferencing using Chrome, ISDN replacement option for remote direction/recording
Stripe – online credit card payments option
Bit.ly – a great tool to shorten URL’s for sharing
Dashlane – great password manager – never have to remember your passwords again
VoiceZam – one of the best demo players in the industry with unmatched features and benefits
VOCAL HEALTH / CLARITY
Denise Woods – One of the nicest and busiest women I have met! Speak It Clearly – voice, speech, and dialect coaching to Hollywood stars…and you!
Elissa Weinzimmer – vocal health educator and founder of Voice Body Connection
If you have any suggestions to add to this list please email me anytime.