Month: December 2017

V-OH! Tips, tricks, tools, and techniques to start and sustain your voiceover career

Our special guest is Marc Cashman, author of V-OH!: Tips, Tricks, Tools, and Techniques to Start and Sustain Your Voiceover Career. Marc is an award-winning Radio and TV commercial producer. He teaches voice acting at California Institute of the Arts, produces V-O demos, coaches one-on-one with voice actors worldwide, and instructs voice-acting at all levels through his classes, The “Cashman Cache” of Voice Acting Techniques in Los Angeles, CA. Marc is also a guest speaker at Ad Clubs, Broadcasters Associations and voiceover conventions, and writes a monthly online column, “Ask the VoiceCat.”

Marc is a veteran voice actor with over 25 years of studio experience. He has been heard locally, regionally, nationally and internationally, voicing thousands of Radio and TV commercials, dubbing foreign films, narrating dozens of audio books, and creating the voices of many CD-Rom, online and videogame characters. Marc was voted one of the Best Voices of 2008 by AudioFile Magazine and has won the “Listen Up!” Award from Publishers Weekly and two “Earphones” awards from AudioFile. Marc is currently represented by the Osbrink Agency in Los Angeles, California, plus many other local talent agencies around the country. He brings a high level of professionalism, humor, energy and creativity to every voice acting session.

More than just a voice: The real secret to voiceover success

Our special guest is Dave Courvoisier, author of More Than Just a Voice – The Real Secret to Voiceover Success. More Than Just a Voice: The REAL Secret to Voiceover Success is like getting continuing education credits in voice-acting. A practicing journalist of 30+ years, Dave Courvoisier began researching the voice-over profession for his own enlightenment early in the last decade. Then he began blogging — sharing his findings with anyone who was interested. Apparently a lot of people were. Voted as one of the top VO Bloggers in 2011, Dave started getting a following of interested readers in the freelance business of voiceovers. After 2,500 blog articles, friends began urging Dave to publish a collection of his best blogs. More Than Just a Voice is that book. For those seeking answers about getting into the business, to others who needed a refresher on the latest techniques and trends, More Than Just a Voice is the perfect answer. It’s also some common sense advice in the face of rumors to the effect that voice-acting is a license to print money. After all, it’s just talking, right?

Voice-acting is a lot more than “just talking”, and this book proves that the VO hopeful needs to develop some good freelance business practices, get some coaching, and start practicing. In other words, one must do their homework. More Than Just a Voice is your first assignment.

Dave Courvoisier is the former nightly news anchor at the CBS-affiliated TV station in Las Vegas, NV: KLAS-TV. Before that, he anchored at the NBC station, bringing to 25 years his total time on the air in Las Vegas. He has garnered numerous local, state, regional and national awards for work with disadvantaged children through his weekly profile of adoptable children on the “Wednesday’s Child” program. Dave has also won several Television Arts and Academy awards (Emmys), and serves on the board of BoysTown NV. In the last decade, Dave has also become a freelance entrepreneur in the area of voice-acting; launching his own voice-acting business, recording for global clients in his private, professionally-equipped studio, and blogging for the voiceover community on “Voice-Acting in Vegas”. Dave has narrated over 40 audiobook titles, and is experience in medical/technical narrations, explainer videos, radio and TV commercials, as well as documentaries and corporate training videos. Dave quickly gravitated to the promise of Social Media for his marketing needs, and hosts a number of online VO community groups and forums on most popular social media networks. He has given numerous presentations on the subject of social media and voice-acting at several Voice Over conferences and unconferences, as well as webinars, seminars, and industry panels. Dave serves as the Exec. Vice President of World-Voices Organization, a voice talent industry trade organization, is a social media coach for Edge Studio, and was named one of the most influential VO bloggers of 2011.

Visit Dave Courvoisier’s website and blog at www.courvo.com

How open is the church to racial diversity?

Our special guest is Sarah Shin, author of Beyond Colorblind: Reedeming our Ethnic Journey. Sarah is associate national director of evangelism for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship (IVCF). She is a speaker and trainer in ethnicity, evangelism, and the arts, and she previously served IVCF as an area director in Boston and as a regional coordinator of multiethnicity. A fine artist and painter, Sarah has a master’s degree in theology from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and a master’s in city planning and development from MIT. She and her husband live in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

For a generation or so, society has tried to be colorblind. People say they don’t see race. But this approach has limitations. In our broken world, ethnicity and racial identity are often points of pain and injustice. We can’t ignore that God created us with our ethnic identities. We bring all of who we are, including our ethnicity and cultural background, to our identity and work as God’s ambassadors. Ethnicity and evangelism specialist Sarah Shin reveals how our brokenness around ethnicity can be restored and redeemed, for our own wholeness and also for the good of others. When we experience internal transformation in our ethnic journeys, God propels us outward in a reconciling witness to the world. Ethnic healing can demonstrate God’s power and goodness and bring good news to others. Showing us how to make space for God’s healing of our ethnic stories, Shin helps us grow in our crosscultural skills, manage crosscultural conflict, pursue reconciliation and justice, and share the gospel as ethnicity-aware Christians. Jesus offers hope for healing, both for ourselves and for society. Discover how your ethnic story can be transformed for compelling witness and mission.