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March update from WoVO!
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Conference Season!

Two down, and WoVOCon still ahead.  World-Voices Organization makes its mark at Spring gatherings.  New members to welcome, and old friends share smiles. That, along with exciting new online changes...all in this newsletter.

From the President’s Studio: 
 
Dustin Ebaugh recorded his
Message From the President this month.  
Please listen on SoundCloud, by clicking here

From the President’s Studio:

Well, we have made the transition to your new website.  So far, it’s been pretty painless. If you haven’t logged in, please come and take a look around at www.worldvo.org  We did NOT transfer your password because it was encrypted, so you’ll need to:

1) Enter the e-mail address at which you receive these newsletters and communication from us and then

2) Click “Forgot Password” to reset it.

3) Next, click the link that comes to your e-mail,

4) Reset your password and you’re good to go!

More content will be coming to the website soon.  We’re just happy to have a more usable site now. The response has been positive.

Next month, we’re having our learning conference and “shareholder’s meeting,” WoVOCon II, brought to you by Source Elements and VoiceZam! WoVOCon II is April 17-19, at the Hilton Lake Las Vegas, in Henderson, NV. We hope you will join us. IMPORTANT NOTE: Registration CLOSED on March 25th. Since we have catering to order and we need a firm head-count, there will be no last minute registrations or walk-ups accepted after this date.

The format will be similar to last year. Friday, we’ll have an informal gathering to set expectations for the weekend and talk about WoVO. Saturday, we’ll be learning and discussing our business with special guest presenter Joyce Castellanos. Sunday, we’ll have large and small group sessions about various WoVO topics, how we can improve your industry association and how you can help.

While you’re in town for WoVOCon, if you’d like to have a private lesson with Joyce Castellanos, she’s made herself available for these.  Joyce is an Industry Partner with WoVO, so she comes with our stamp of approval (full disclosure: she’s also my promo coach). If you’d like to book a private with Joyce, please e-mail her here: joyce.castellanos@gmail.com If you’re already a student of Joyce, it might be an excellent time to do your demo in person.  Just sayin’!

Melissa Moats is another Industry Partner Coach and Professional member of WoVO.  She has offered her teaching studios (two booths) to any WoVOCon attendee free-of-charge during the conference.  If you need a studio to do an ISDN session, ipDTL, Source-Connect or Source-Connect Now, you can e-mail her here: info@thevoiceactorstudio.com or visit their website here:

http://www.thevoiceactorstudio.com/  The Voice Actors Studio is about 20 minutes away from the hotel by car. No Uber in Nevada at the moment though.

I was fortunate enough to travel to VO Atlanta to represent WoVO and talk about our mission and benefits with attendees there. It was the first time I’d attended a VO Atlanta event. Ten of the presenters were WoVO Professional members and many other members were there too. The quality and level of education at the event was incredibly impressive. WoVO sponsored Spanish Day on Saturday, which included Spanish speakers from 11 countries in attendance. It was led by our very own Simone Fojgiel.

The following week, Chris Mezzolesta, Peter Bishop and I attended Faff Camp with many of you in San Antonio, Texas. WoVO also sponsored this event. It was great to meet so many members and new members deep in the heart of Texas. Amy Snively sure knows how to do it right!

Talk to you soon,
Dustin Ebaugh - President, World-Voices Organization

WORLD-VOICES AT VO ATLANTA

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TWEETCHAT
  IS ALL THAT! 

Two WoVOChat sessions in March were extremely well-attended, and helped to establish WoVO as a thought-leader in topics that voice actos care about.  

...read more
GIVING BACK
Donating.
Volunteering 
Charitable contributions.

WoVO offers some insights and opportunities 
voice actors can consider

 
 

MENTOR MATCHING
 

One of World-Voices long-held mission goals was to create a mechanism for helping VO hopefuls find the hand up they need
to get going.
Now WoVO's mentoring program is here. 

               Our Newest WoVO Members

           WoVO's presence at two voiceover conferences in
         March was a 
benefit all around.  This is the single largest
           one-month growth in our organization ever!

          

Veronica Giguere
 Jennifer Antkowiak
Debbie Jackson 
Noni Lewis
Fraser Deacon
Jason Alexander
Andy Barnett
Susan Burk
Zachary Chalmers
Scott Chambers
Brian Doucette
Mauricio Perez 
Ryan Ramon
Laurel Rankin 
Gustavo Rex

Celicia Soria
Troy Moats
Scott Hallman 
Rick Gordon 
Fred Filbrich 
Patrice Gambardella 
Jorge Infante 
Lisa Gore 
Dj Chiles 
Caroline "Cari" Favole

 
 
Natan Fischer
Dennis Kleinman
Rob Williams
Jody Vining
Robert Wood
Bruce Abels
Sandra Alexander
Mike Brang 
Jason Watt
Darla Coop
Tre Mosley
Cristina Milizia
Cam Cornelius
Jordan Reynolds
James Foster
Randy Morrison
Andrew Chandler
Joe Nagle
Shelley Steven
Scott Chambers
Matilda Novak
Alan Evans
John C Murray

Jaicie Kirkpatrick
MelissaReizian
Frank

Lisa Speaks

              (We're nearing 350 members!!!)

               If this is your first newsletter, we're so happy

              to have you on our list of new members!
             We have a few more applicants in the queue waiting for final approval.
             Our newsletter comes out at the end of every month, and we welcome
              suggestions for content from all members.
FaffCamp San Antonio

WoVO Member Julie Williams Raises Funds for Deyan

Julie is dedicating her time and energy this year to raise money in honor of Bob Deyan, who recently died of ALS. She's got a quick message for you on how you can help. Listen here:

https://soundcloud.com/julie-williams-66/julie-rides-for-als-wovo

All the info you you need about Julie's big bike ride here:

...MENTORING CONTINUED

 

The WoVO Mentoring Program is up and running!

 

The WoVO Mentoring program is moving forward from the planning stage into reality. This is made possible by upgrades to the website and the additional functionality granted by the new platform. The aim of the program is to match up members who need some guidance with those who are willing to donate time to helping fellow members with issues that are of concern to them. There are no subject matter restrictions…anything that helps you in your VO career.

 

I’d like to thank all those who have already reached out in response to Elizabeth’s request for mentors in an earlier newsletter. This has shown us that the program is welcome and viable. For anyone considering becoming a mentor, all we ask is that you commit to a minimum of one hour per month (either one session, or a number of shorter ones). Naturally, the maximum is at your own discretion!

 

The website profiles have now been updated with fields where you can opt into the program and the areas of expertise in which you would like to offer mentoring. We have decided to break it down into five specific areas:

  • Performance (demo review, technique guidance, etc.)

  • Technical (equipment, environment, etc.)

  • Business (marketing plans, tax issues, etc.)

  • General chat & sanity check

  • WoVO process and procedure

 

There will be an opportunity to expand on what you offer in a notes field. So you may choose “performance,” and then further clarify with a note that details “Audiobook and Corporate narration.” The notes field should also contain details about your availability.

 

For those seeking a mentor, a simple search function shows a list of who is offering mentoring in that subject, an email contact, and notes about the specifics and their availability. The “Find a Mentor” link is under the Member Directory, but here’s a direct link: http://world-voices.org/Find-a-Mentor - just click on the link (e.g. General chat & sanity check) and a filtered list of mentors will be shown. Send an email, and set up a session. Please use “WoVO Mentor Request” in the subject line.

 

At the time of writing, we have over two dozen members who have put themselves forward as mentors. I thank you all for joining in and embodying the spirit of WoVO! For those already signed up, and for those considering it, please keep you mentor details and notes up to date so we can make some good matches.

 

This is a major landmark in the growth of World Voices. I am extremely happy that the membership has been so supportive.

 

Peter Bishop

Chair, WoVO Mentoring Committee

A video report from Exec. Board Member Dan Lenard
on the ubiquitous phone patch, and why it's obselete

 


 

click on the image above to play

....GIVING BACK CONTINUED

 

 

World-Voices Organization is holding its second annual WoVOCon in Las Vegas, April 17-19, 2015.  After holding the first one last year, we have learned many things about how to improve this “shareholder’s meeting,” and what to add or change in order to make our conference the most beneficial to our members and, ultimately, the voiceover industry.

 

One thing we are able to do this year is to make a donation of a portion of the proceeds from this convention to a charitable organization whose goals we find to be in line with our general philosophies.  Early in 2015, the WoVO Executive Board chose Learning Ally as the recipient.  A table-top display will include a continually playing Learning Ally video, and informational handouts will be available. We will also facilitate members’ personal donations (if they wish to do so) to Learning Ally. But what is Learning Ally, and why did the Executive Board choose it?

 

Learning Ally (www.learningally.org) is a national non-profit dedicated to helping blind, visually impaired and dyslexic students succeed in education. Started in 1948 in the New York Public Library as Recording for the Blind, the organization utilized volunteers to record books for blinded veterans returning from WWII. Learning Ally now offers the world’s largest collection of human-narrated audio textbooks and literature as well as solutions, support, and community for parents, teachers and students

 

Why did WoVO’s Executive Board choose Learning Ally? The basic principal of the organization neatly dovetails into our own philosophy:  helping others achieve their goals.  We can be of service to this organization, not only by donating financially, to help them realize their mission, but also by volunteering what each and every one of us in WoVO has… the gift of voice. Here is a link if you are interested in using your vocal skills to help Learning Ally: https://go.learningally.org/about-learning-ally/volunteers/how-you-can-help/

 

Donating your voice and time to organizations such as Learning Ally can provide many of the same benefits as others who volunteer enjoy:  

Make important networking contacts.

Learn or develop skills.

Teach your skills to others.

Enhance your résumé

Gain work experience.

Build self-esteem and self-confidence.

Improve your health.

Meet new people.

 

I have been volunteering with Learning Ally since 2009, when it was known as Recording For the Blind and Dyslexic. I was just starting out in the voiceover field, and once I passed their test and became a narrator, my world just opened up and I knew I wanted to focus on narrating audiobooks.  I learned valuable skills. I had to describe briefly, yet completely, illustrations, photographs, charts, graphs and other data.  While honing my skills and gaining practical experience, I narrated a couple of books for local authors (important networking contacts!).  I sent one a note expressing my pleasure at narrating her book, and she bartered with me to design a new website for me in exchange for my professional narration of her book.  Another local author chose me to narrate her book through her association with Learning Ally, and now I will be narrating her next book, coming out in the summer of 2015.  I shared my experiences and knowledge with others when I directed and engineered for new narrators there. I can also say that it improves my health; because I spend so much time in my tiny recording booth, it’s always exhilarating to drive into the studio and record there, chatting with other narrators and professionals.  In addition, I’ve helped coordinate celebrity narrators for Learning Ally’s “Record-A-Thon” fundraisers.  This has allowed me to meet new people such as local radio DJs, many notable authors, and even fellow WoVO member, Simon Vance, whom I took to the studios two years in a row to narrate at the event.

But I am not the only one who touts the benefits of helping those who need it; I recently asked a couple of award-winning narrators to chime in on the subject.

Grover Gardner, of Blackstone Audio, had this to say about his time spent working at the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped:

“The training I got there was absolutely invaluable when it came to competing in the commercial audiobook market. In terms of pacing, relaxation, researching vocabulary and other issues, it was a huge advantage to get that sort of training.  At NLS, we not only narrated but had to engineer and proof as well – that was part of the deal. Working with other narrators as an engineer gives you an excellent sense of how things are coming across ‘on the other side of the glass,’ so to speak. Issues such as breathing properly, leaving clean spaces for edits between sentences, and other technical points become a lot clearer when you work with other narrators as an engineer and proofer.  Everyone loves an ‘editor-friendly’ narrator and that’s the sort of thing we were taught.

But probably the most valuable aspect is learning to leave behind your self-consciousness, trust the text, let the book do the work and forget about how you sound, focusing your energies on the material instead.  There’s nothing like a lot of practice just knocking out the text to help narrators learn where their focus needs to be.”

The other narrator I queried was Patrick Lawlor, and he recalled his time spent volunteering at Learning Ally several years ago. “At the time, I was only doing a few books a year, so it was two-fold. I wanted more experience, and I wanted to give back. I think it is important for those of us who are blessed or gifted in some way to give back to those less fortunate. Donating our time and talent takes so little and makes a huge difference. Why not do it? We all do better when we all do better!”

I hope, if you’re attending WoVOCon in April, that you’ll look for the Learning Ally display, and consider giving in some way.  If you are not attending, here are a couple of links to take you to where you can find out more information, and make a donation, if you are so inclined.

To donate:  http://naa55.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1129591

To volunteer: https://go.learningally.org/about-learning-ally/volunteers/how-you-can-help/

by WoVO Board Member Ann Richardson

TWITTER CHATS

 

Our last two #WoVOChats happened Mar 11th & 25th and enjoyed huge participation. The two topics were ISDN v. IP Alternatives, and Agents. WoVO member and content marketing expert Pamela Muldoon organized and moderated the chat, and WoVO Executive V.P. Dave Courvoisier hosted.  The chats last for about an hour of lively and friendly back-and-forth on 10 questions and answers, and lots of conversation.

For a Storify record of the ISDN v. IP Alternatives #WoVOChat, featuring guests George Whittam and Joe Cipriano, click here.

For a Stofiry record of the Agents #WoVOChat featuring guests Bobbin Beam and Chuck Duran, click here.

#WoVOChats happen regularly twice a month. The next one is scheduled for April 8th at noon Pacific Standard Time. The topic will be: Basics of Running a Freelance VO Business.

Remember to use hashtag #WoVoChat.

 Use the tchat.io site to follow along and join in the conversation last time. TweetChat.com also works well. Otherwise, TweetDeck, Hootsuite, or other Twitter interface works fine.

I Read Screenplays and My Lips are Sealed

  by Jerry Reed

 

Normally when a voice actors see a script with lines like the ones below, they just go right on by to the actual character lines and that's all they read.   Not me. I read 'em all.

 

POV -- OF SOMEONE  BREATHING HARD -- UNWRAPPING A

WINCHESTER RIFLE FROM WITHIN A BLANKET --

INT. ROOM 200 - THE TWILIGHT MOTEL - 5:15 PM

CLOSE ON -- LARGE HANDS ATTACHING THE RIFLE'S HIGH-TECH SCOPE --

BREATHING QUICKENS – SUBJECT SEEN THROUGH LENS OF SCOPE.

EXT. TWiLIGHT  MOTEL - 5:30 PM

VIEW OF HAND HOLDING A SMARTPHONE.

 

Unknown Shooter: (O.S.):  Hey I got 'em in the scope.  Just need your signal to pick 'em off.

 

Jack  (heard on the phone);:  You got a clear shot?

 

ZOOM IN ON RIFLE ON THE WINDOW SILL.

 

Unknown Shooter (O.S.) : Yeah, right in the cross hairs.  

 

It's a screenplay, and I've stumbled on a voice-over niche the past couple of years. One of my clients is a film producer who is involved in many projects and companies at once, and is always traveling.  So, time to sit down to read a screenplay that  he's thinking about investing in is at a premium.  That's where I come in.  I read them to him, every single word.  It's actually fun, and once you have a cadence, it makes perfect sense. The work came out of the blue via the producer's executive advisor, someone whom that I had worked with in a previous life.  Frankly, I had never even considered this a viable voiceover opportunity till he approached me.

 

So far I've done eleven of these screenplays and every single one is covered by a very tight non-disclosure agreement, as they are all considered in pre-production and very secret at this point.  

While the business is great to have and the money is good, there's little I can do to showcase the projects. I can't use samples for demos. I can't talk about the work in newsletters or promotional material I use for marketing. And yes, I have asked.  So it often looks like I haven't had any work.

 

I am curious if any other WoOVO members ever find themselves in a similar situation.  Any one else doing screenplays?  Screenplay support group anyone?

 

Jerry Reed

jerry@jerryreed.com

We're looking for your nominations...
 

....of WoVO members you think deserve a little special mention for all they do for the business...or for something that deserves an attaboy/girl!

We hope to make individual profiles of worthy members a regular newsletter feature, and would love to hear your suggestions for this element in our monthly newsletter.

Just send the name of the person you're nominating, along with a few words about why you think they're deserving to:  info@world-voices.org.

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