Voice Acting for DummiesDo you know why a green apple can be essential before you start recording your podcast?

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

[21:57] Donna’s two upcoming workshops: Twitter Deep Dive on August 14, 2013, and Content Marketing on September 27, 2013.

[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.


  1. Thanks for commenting, Steve. It’s great to hear from an experienced podcaster. My conversation with Stephanie was focused on vocal technique, but the book does contain extensive material about recording and production too. By the way, I am a big fan of the Levelator and mention it often in my talks about podcasting.

  2. Great discussion of very useful tips for podcasters and voice over artists. Another related topic is the proper use of normalization and compression in post-production. Often, less-experienced podcasters will mix snippets of sound recorded at different times and places in the same podcast, but they don’t pay attention to large fluctuations in recording levels, and listeners crank the volume up for the really soft sections, only to get their ears blasted when the soft segment ends. Producers should learn how to “normalize” volumes, and a good place to start is the Levelator tool produced for free by the Conversations Network. Although development work on the tool ended last year, it is still available at http://www.conversationsnetwork.org/levelator and works wonders to give audio files a consistent sound level.


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