In this interview, Stephanie Ciccarelli, co-author of Voice Acting for Dummies and co-founder of Voices.com, shares some voice actors’ secrets that are helpful to podcasters. Stephanie, who was classically trained in voice, piano, violin and music theatre, today applies her education to the field of voice acting.
Here are the show notes:
[00:01] Introduction and welcome; about Stephanie Ciccarelli
[01:40] Donna’s brief voiceover career
[02:18] Voice acting is not “just reading”; it’s a creative process, and harder than you think
[03:30] Voice Acting for Dummies is a comprehensive guide to the business of voice acting as well as a great resource for vocal and audio techniques
[03:14] The publishing process for the book
[04:48] Stephanie’s view of the voiceover market today; the role of Voices.com
[06:45] Stephanie shares voiceover tips for podcasters, including:
- Warming up your voice
- Getting familiar with your material
- Being prepared
- Knowing your equipment
- The importance of a good cable
- Finding the sweet spot on your microphone
- The role of good posture; standing while speaking
- Why you need a pop filter to reduce plosives
- A smile is a low-tech way to stop plosives
- A green apple or lemon water to help prevent mouth noises
[21:52] Interview ends
[22:18] Where to send comments; email donna at trafcom dot com or comment here on the show blog.
Theme music for Trafcom News Podcast is “Beneath Your Surface” by the Elisabeth Lohninger Quartet from Music Alley.