The Voice Over Cafe is a podcast done BY voice over professionals, FOR voice over professionals, or those looking to become voice over professionals.
What NOT to wear. (In the booth, of course…we’re no fashion critics)
Can you over-serve a client? The crew takes a live call, Sean talks about his experience recently going from a booth to a full recording room, making friends with your noisy neighbors, session stories, the latest egregious act (or is it?) from a pay-to-play, allergy season and remedies,
how to NOT get sick, taxes, tongue twisters.
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Skeleton crew! Just Sean, Bish and Trish on this one. Running time: 55 minutes
What NOT to wear. (In the booth, of course…we’re no fashion critics)
Can you over-serve a client?
The crew takes a live call! Ok, not really LIVE, but….
Sean talks about his experience recently going from a booth to a full recording room
Making friends with your noisy neighbors (how honey works better than vinegar)
A word from our sponsor, VoiceoverXtra.com
The latest egregious act (or is it?) from a pay-to-play
Allergy season and remedies
How to NOT get sick! The “$5000.00 sneeze”. (Fair warning: We go off on a tangent about pumping gas here)
Tongue twisters (A.K.A. VO Kryptonite)
Missing from photo: Matt Cowlrick
One last show in 2016. Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Happy New Year from the Voice Over Cafe podcast!
Running time: 45 minutes
Thanks to our listeners for 52,000 downloads and counting!
Lots of topics on this one! And The VOC celebrates 50k downloads.
-The Voice Over Cafe Annual VO Holiday Mixer! Dec 3 in NYC. Details here!
-Gifts to clients, do YOU do it? Matt Cowlrick and Sean Caldwell share interesting ideas.
-The Cafe talks politics! Just kidding.
-How to listen to podcasts on your mobile
-Terry learns the hard way as to why it’s important to make sure your current audio equipment is compatible with a software upgrade, BEFORE you upgrade.
-Tech Talk (Mostly Sean and Bish, but they get REALLY detailed for all of you audiophiles out there)
-Our favorite movie narrator performances
-Matt channels Morgan Freeman
-The latest ISDN service news, ipDTL, Source Connect and new hardware and connection options
-Email scams directed at voice talent; what to look for
-A major casting site doubles their escrow rate, what that means for you
Running time: 50 minutes
Sean Caldwell as interim host, joined by Trish Basanyi and Jordan Reynolds
An interview with the stars of Transformers: Combiner Wars series from Machinima/Hasbro!
Jon Bailey: Voice of Optimus Prime
Jason Marnocha: Voice of Megatron
Frank Todaro: Voice of Starscream
Running time: 28 minutes
-It’s Jordan Reynolds’ birthday! We sing….a little. Terry REALLY gets into it.
-The Cafe reaches 45,000 downloads!
-Sean Caldwell talks about his experience live-announcing a music festival in Canada
-VO conferences; each of their different vetting systems and registration methods
-Fiverr’s effect on the industry
-Why you should have revision rates and retake policies in place BEFORE recording the job
-NOT being a diva! The importance of reliability, not nickel-and-diming your clients, and being on time for sessions
-Matt and Jordan have an epic battle with each of their Morgan Freeman impressions
-Where some talent draw the line on voicing political spots; ethics and experiences
After rescheduling 3 times, The Voice Over Cafe is finally back with a new episode! We’re missing Sean Caldwell and Jordan Reynolds in this one, but the rest of the gang chats about postcard marketing, in-person networking, the professionalism (or lack thereof) of having a hotmail, yahoo, or aol email address; cool time-saving apps for your phone, Bish does an Australian accented job, and more.
Sean Caldwell hosts. The VOC crew talks:
VO Atlanta conference
Should you have clients’ logos on your website?
Political spots and political postings on Facebook
Sean Caldwell returns as host! Sans Terry Daniel (he’ll be back next time, and NO he’s not really in rehab), the Cafe crew discusses some both fun and controversial issues in the voiceover world.
-Jordan Reynolds (pictured) announces a new microphone made just for VO talent; check it out here
-The health benefits and details of a standing workstation
-Pros and cons of bragging about your work on social media, and discussing NDAs
-How to handle session problems like a pro; Sean shares a recent negative studio experience and how he turned it around
-Announcement of our next episode’s guests!
Running time: 45 minutes
The whole gang is back for a brand new episode!
“Shouty” sessions and laugh-out-loud studio stories from the gang
Native advertising vs. Blogging
SEO recognition changes in Google
Jordan gives details for a new microphone coming soon (listen to a sample here), specifically designed for voiceovers! (Caution: Nerdy tech details included.)
Testimonials on websites; good or bad?
The VOC hits 30k downloads!
Running time: Approx. 30 minutes
We’re back! Well, most of us. Interim host: Sean Caldwell.
Our new program director Matt Cowlrick’s first episode with the Cafe!
Topics: Faffcamp, WoVO Con, booking more direct work through your generic demos instead of custom auditions, the current validity and predicted life span of ISDN, tech talk, Real Time Casting, Bodalgo, niche international markets, the “Mid-Atlantic” accent, and predictions for the next Faffcon location.
Running time: 30 minutes
From high atop a roof in a Tucson, Arizona resort! The Cafe teams up with fellow podcasters, “The Three AmiVOs“….well, 2 out of 3 of them anyway. Recorded at the closing “Faffter party” at Faffcon 7, The VoiceOver Unconference. Appearances from Heather Costa, Mara Junot, Cliff Zellman, Derek Chappell, and more!
Sister-event, FaffCamp is in March and you can still join us for it!
Please also welcome Aussie/Canuck Matt Cowlrick to the VOC team! Matt is our new Program Director…..helping us with writing and producing the show. Listen for Matt in this and upcoming episodes!
Sean Caldwell joins the gang for this episode! Terry, Trish, Jordan, Bish and Sean talk about the hunt for a new Cafe Program Director after Tom Dheere’s departing, Jordan’s new studio build, Fiverr stories, Pay to Plays, personal coaching, The Voice Realm controversy, Sean’s NYC trip, Youtubers, and more!
Trish and Terry both find out they’re going to Faffcon DURING the show
Bish the Barista and Jordan the busboy join the conversation and the foursome chat about smeary political ads: To Voice or Not to Voice?
Intellectual information rights – selling someone else’s intellectual property – How some new talent think all info should be free
The World Voices Organization conference in Las Vegas
Susan Bennett, the first voice of Siri, stops by the Cafe to tell her story on landing one of the coolest gigs a voice actor can! Plus, Bish the barista and Jordan the busboy stop by Trish and Terry’s table to chat about everything VO and non-VO related. Opinions abound on: the current state and future of ISDN, ipDTL and its new competition from Skype and Source-Connect Now, the recent influx of voice over seminars/conferences, the REAL incentive behind blogging, and much more.
After a 3 month hiatus, it’s Terry, Trish and Bish chatting VO. We talk about IPDTL; a rapidly growing ISDN alternative, Facebook business page etiquette and posting strategies, agencies that charge a monthly “subscription” fee on top of commission, and more!
Our next episode will surely have a guest! On deck: Jon Bailey Crumpton, creator of Honest Trailers!
This week we talk about Halloween, joining Meetup groups for networking purposes, and finding voice over clients while traveling by plane! Also, a very funny Totally True Tale from Tom Dheere, and legal advice from lawyer and Voice Over Legal author, Rob Sciglimpaglia.
Terry and Trish also ask the burning questions voice talent want to know! Our guest is Ingrid French from Ingrid French Management in New York City…..a talent manager with over 15 years experience!
Terry and Trish chat about seasonal voice over demos and marketing on your downtime. Plus, a new character makes his debut, Bish gets cheeky, and we find out the “king of promo” has a naughty side!
Peter K. O’Connell guest-hosts in front of a live audience; filling in for Terry Daniel! Learn more about our guests for this episode at their respective links:
Peter O’Connell (Guest Host): http://www.audioconnell.com/
Celia Siegel (Voice Talent Manager/VO Branding and Marketing expert): http://celiasiegel.com/
Mike Pongracz (Voice Talent): http://www.mpvoiceovers.com/
Jill Perry (Voice Talent): http://jillperryvo.com/
Bob Souer (Voice Talent): http://bobsouer.com/
Simone Fojgiel (Spanish Voice Talent) http://www.simonevoicetalent.com/
We want to thank everyone both on the show and in the live audience! We all had a blast recording this one……Terry will be back for the next episode!
Johnny provides some great insight into the audiobook genre of voiceover. Plus Bish sits down with Terry and Trish for a chat about the online VO conference “Voice Over Virtual” starting on September 18th!
Erik is the agent/ founder of Voice Talent Productions in NYC! He (rather candidly) explains the do’s and don’ts of getting, impressing, and keeping an agent. Plus….Terry shares a funny client voicemail, and Trish shares a rather creepy voice captured on tape……plus appearances from Bish the Barista, Tom Dheere with another T-squared, and Rob Sciglimpaglia with the Legal Minute.
The whole VOC gang broadcasting live from Faffcamp, the voice over talent conference! We talk to founder Amy Snively, sponsor coordinator Peter O’Connell, Terry and Trish reveal their latest voiceover crushes, and more!
It’s been 6 years since John’s joined us on the show (see old “VOD” Episode 3) and he caught us up on a LOT! Voice Over Virtual, a new kind of VO conference, is coming in September and John gives us all the details. VoiceoverXtra.com, a great FREE VO resource and one of this podcast’s proud sponsors, is run by John and his team. Also, learn what REALLY bugs Trish.
Voice Talent Dan McKeague shares his story with Terry and Trish on winning this nationally publicized commercial role for the Aflac duck. Terry finds something interesting in his lava lamp. Also Totally True Tales with Tom, Legal Minute with Rob, and more!
On this episode of The Voice Over Cafe, Terry Daniel and Trish Basanyi chat with talent agent, Jeffrey Umberger of the Umberger Agency!
On this episode of The Voice Over Cafe, Terry Daniel and Trish Basanyi record LIVE with the entire Voice Over Cafe staff from Faffcon 5: The Voiceover Unconference in Charlotte, NC!
On this episode of The Voice Over Cafe Terry Daniel and Trish Basanyi chat with Amy Snively, founder of Faffcon: The Voiceover Unconference!
On this episode of The Voice Over Cafe Terry Daniel and Trish Basanyi share “Interviews from Voice 2012 and More!”
On this episode of The Voice Over Cafe, Terry and Trish chat with the creators of Voice 2012, Penny Abshire and James Alburger.
On this episode of The Voice Over Cafe, Terry and Trish chat with fellow “VO Super Social” Dave Courvoisier (a.k.a CourVO) and get the scoop on the recent SAVOA meltdown and the emerging World-Voices organization!
Listen in as the legendary Beau Weaver, L.A.-based movie trailer and TV promo voice over talent joins the show.
Voice Over Cafe episode 1.
The Voice Over Cafe brings you the latest news from the voiceover industry! Full-time voice talentsTerry Daniel and Trish Basanyi host this fun and informative show, bringing on a guest and features for every episode. Join us for “The Legal Minute” with VO artist and lawyer Rob Sciglimpaglia, The Voice Over Cafe Mailbag, and who knows what else! Average running time, 30 minutes.”
A few years back, Trish Basanyi and I recorded twenty episodes of “Voice Overs on Demand”, a podcast that quickly earned a steady following of voice over pros and students. We interviewed guests like Joe Cipriano, Randy Thomas and Rodney Saulsberry, just to name a few. We were very candid the way we went out about our business on this show. We kept it educational but didn’t take ourselves too seriously because we wanted it to be a fun show.
This year, we are launching a brand new podcast that will begin where “VOD” left off. It’s called, “The Voice Over Cafe.” We decided on this title because we were looking for that laid back coffee shop vibe. Like coming to a coffee shop, relaxing and engaging in some good conversation.
The new show will feature some entertaining segments. Rob Sciglimpaglia, an attorney, film/tv/theater and voice actor based in the NYC area will be a regular on the program. He will be doing “The Legal Minute”, a segment in which Rob will offer up some tips for voice talents and their business. For example, contracts, incorporating your business and more! Rob’s latest role was playing a young father on the famous Chevy Super Bowl commercial, Happy Grad! His new book, Voice Over Legal, will be released soon. For more information, visitwww.voiceoverxtra.com/VoiceOverLegalPreview.htm.
“The Cafe Mailbag” is a feature we’re bringing over from the old podcast. The segment will feature both of us taking questions from listeners about the voiceover industry. I suppose if someone wants to know our favorite 80′s bands, we’ll be glad to cover that as well!
“The Random Skype Call” will be an entertaining feature. This is a segment where we’ll find another voice talent who is currently logged in on skype and just call them with no prior warning and ask them a few questions. Perhaps they can provide some insight into the industry as well. Beware all you voice talents who are linked up with us on Skype!
Terry and Trish broadcast live from V.O.I.C.E. 2008 in Beverly Hills, CA!
Terry and Trish talk to nationally-recognized voice Joe Cipriano!
Before there was Facebook…there was VoiceoverUniverse.com! Rick (Zurek) talks to us about the site and its success.
Interview with Bobbin Beam!
Interview with movie trailer voice talent, actor, and all-around nice guy, Rodney Saulsberry!
Just Terry and Trish for this one….talking about voice over marketing tips and everything else going on in the biz.
An interview with the founders of the V.O.I.C.E. International VO conference!
Terry Daniel and Trish Basanyi chat with Connie Terwilliger, a San-Diego based voice talent!
David is a great talent based in Houston, Texas!
Julie is a voice talent and coach of 30 years and had some great stuff to share with us.
Terry and Trish chat with Liz, an established bilingual French and English voice talent. Find out more about this fantastic niche in voice overs!
Hear from Joan, a VO marketing genius, author, and the face and spokesmodel of Neumann microphones!
Rob talks about the legal part of the VO business….stuff you need to know!
Erik Sheppard, board member of SAVOA, talks to Terry Daniel and Trish Basanyi about the accreditation process for voice over artists.
David took time out of his busy schedule to explain how Voices.com was started, and what you can expect from them in regards to online voice over casting.
John is one of the nicest guys in the business! He talks about how he started the site and the great resource it’s become to voice over artists!
A properly protected network with data governance is essential to any business. Knowing how to navigate your network the right way is absolutely imperative to maintaining a competitive advantage. As such, network security, especially when it comes to firewalls, is of utmost importance.
Additionally, the ability to accurately identify and test software vulnerabilities before launching into production can reduce the probability of critical errors. The infrastructure capabilities of an organization can also be valuable when setting up tools to help the team manage IT risks.
For a more in-depth look at some of the industry trends in security, I reached out to Ron Pascual, Vice President of Strategy and Operations at Juniper Networks. Mr. Pascual shared with me his thoughts on four key areas related to network security:
The impact of data protection: Improving data protection in network environments today is an increasing focus within the industry. “Increasingly the industry understands the importance of data protection in network environments, and that’s why using network management solutions is essential to protect the networks and this helpful product can help in this area. As the need to protect sensitive customer data grows, companies need to think more creatively to understand, manage, and protect sensitive customer data in network environments.
The impact of unplanned outages: A large volume of traffic in the industry is moving from machine to machine. The Internet of Things and increasingly advanced cloud technologies drive the need for more resources to support and monitor that volume of traffic. It is also important for organizations to manage the frequency of outages as well as the recovery strategy needed after these disruptions.
Preventing fraud: Fraud, mostly through malicious exploitation, is increasing in the network environment. The ability to identify, respond, and recover from such attacks is a growing threat to organizations. “A small number of organizations have a significant problem in protecting systems,” said Mr. Pascual. “This causes a significant threat to the network.”
Protecting privacy: Unintended disclosure and/or intentional intrusion of digital devices in the network creates a new threat landscape that has yet to be fully explored. While companies must constantly look for opportunities to better protect their systems, they must also consider how that protection might impact privacy and employee trust.
“We are in the very early stages of establishing security best practices that are applicable to most network environments,” said Mr. Pascual. “People should have clear understanding of the impact of security on their business operations.”
Mr. Pascual recommended two examples of security trends that industry professionals should keep in mind in the coming year:
“Data protection in network environments is at an all-time high. As organizations move to the cloud, data protection in networks will continue to improve,” he said. “The major consideration is that with increased automation and configuration solutions, organizations may not need to worry as much about data protection as they previously did.
The implications of IoT and cloud technologies are also the focus of focus. The ability to manage security in a cloud environment will continue to evolve and enable an increase in workflows and visibility. As more customers move to cloud infrastructures, there will be increased need for data security tools and technology to manage and maintain those systems.”
Terry Daniel and Trish Basanyi….their Voice Overs on Demand podcast debut!
An obvious benefit of SEO is the ability to generate more organic traffic. But while the focus is on building traffic from one or a few sites, you need to still focus on ranking high on the SERPs for the search terms you select to bring in visitors. Again, the difficulty you face as a blogger, journalist or speaker doesn’t change, whether your title is hard to remember, your site is lacking the backlink anchors necessary to generate quality links and you’re struggling to gain visibility. SEO is the same for any area of publishing if you’re not the right name or user experience, chances are you won’t receive any attention. But if you make it easy for visitors to get into your niche, they will show up and tell their friends, read this informative post to learn all about it!
When you start monetizing your website, you also need to realize that money is not the main goal. Making money for yourself is great you get a sense of achievement by selling stuff online, and having a “growth” blog with a great blogroll is probably the icing on the cake for a website owner. But in most cases, selling items or services online is just a sideshow, and your site is primarily about bringing in organic traffic.
The reason behind that is because a site with no traffic or no income is nothing more than a house of cards that will collapse, if it isn’t heavily maintained. There are lots of ways to generate revenue on your blog without trying to earn money on advertising or soliciting money from paid products and services. You can host a podcast, make webinars or create your own ebook; you don’t even need to sell your own products. You don’t need a huge traffic to make money online; you just need a high quality blog and some people to enjoy your content.
Making money and growing a blog can be easy, but what about links? As long as you want to build a successful blog, it’s in your best interest to get quality links. What’s better than finding, linking to and incorporating great content into your site, which will give you a noticeable increase in traffic? Sure, all this can be done with various methods, including outreach and sponsored links but it’s not always the easiest way to generate traffic and build an authoritative site.
When you’re ready to engage in link building, you need to make sure you’re using some serious strategies. While it’s possible to build a number of links from different sources on your own, that’s a bit too much work and most of us would rather spend our time earning traffic with more organized tools. On the other hand, following tools can be a godsend if you need to craft impressive backlinks.
First up is RankSquared. This is a tool that allows you to calculate your link profile. It enables you to link to any website from almost anywhere, in most cases and perform an analysis to determine if that link is very relevant or not.
Next up, Ahrefs. This tool enables you to focus on a few keywords and track the organic search volume for those keywords. The tool offers a number of ways to track the value of your links, or to determine if they’re relevant or not. For example, if you’ve recently started your website, it will offer information on the most frequently visited websites and platforms.