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Voiceover Casting - Navigating A Mine Field

By Alan Shires Filed Under: Business
  Embarking on a recent project, I found myself in the unique position of seeking out a diverse array of voice talents to bring a project to life. The challenge was not in the shortage of talent—far from it. My usual go-to actors were a fantastic starting point, but the specificity of thi....

Navigating Rates in the Modern Day Voiceover Industry

By Alan Shires Filed Under: Business
Voiceover rates are something that changes from country to country. The nature of the voiceover be it a video game or a telephone prompt dictates the rate as well. We of course do have excellent rate guides such as the GVAA rate guide and the GFTB rate guides. But how does one succeed in navigating ....

Pay to Play Vs AI

By Alan Shires Filed Under: Business
The landscape of the voiceover industry has undergone significant transformations in recent years, marked by the emergence of AI technology and the rise of Pay To Play (P2P) sites. While these avenues may not enjoy unanimous approval from the traditional voiceover community, they offer accessible op....

Compensation in AI Voiceover Work

By Alan Shires Filed Under: Business
Voice Clone Work, and Royalties Let us look at the compensation for AI voiceover work. Companies like Deepdub have introduced a Voice Artist Royalty Program for voice actors whose performances are used in generative AI-powered projects. This program pays voice actors when their unique vocal profiles....

The SAG-AFTRA Voiceover AI Deal

By Alan Shires Filed Under: Business
The recent agreement between SAG-AFTRA and Replica Studios marks a significant development in the use of AI in voiceover work, particularly within the video game industry. This deal, which has stirred both interest and controversy, reflects the growing intersection of technology and creative industr....

O1 Visas for Actors: A Comprehensive Guide

By Alan Shires Filed Under: Business
Actors O1 Visa Approval Next Steps In the preceding discussion about O1 visas for actors, we delved deep into the preliminary requirements and documents necessary to file your petition. As a continuation, this article elaborates on the steps post-immigration approval, the procedures for your family'....

Seeking a O1 Visa for Actors

By Alan Shires Filed Under: Business
Securing an O1 Visa for Voice Actors and Performers Seeking Work in the U.S. For professionals in the entertainment sector contemplating a career stint in the United States, the O1 visa is a potential pathway. This visa encompasses not just voice actors, but also screen actors, DJs, and a wide range....

The Most Popular Anime Shows For Voice Actors

By Alan Shires Filed Under: BusinessAnime
Anime Shows Seeking Voice Actors: Who's Who and What's What? The demand for voice acting in the anime industry is booming, with numerous shows churning out new content regularly. Knowing which shows are in constant production and where they're being recorded can be a great starting point for voice a....

Anime Casting Directors

By Alan Shires Filed Under: BusinessAnime
The Crucial Role of Anime Casting Directors  Anime Casting directors are the crucial link between voice actors and the roles they seek. In the field of anime, casting directors play a pivotal role in finding the right talent that can bring a broad range of characters to life. In this article, w....

Anime Agents for Voice Actors

By Alan Shires Filed Under: BusinessAnime
A Comprehensive Agent List for Voice Actors In Anime Successfully navigating the world of voice acting often requires partnering with a seasoned agent who can guide your career and connect you with the right opportunities. For aspiring voice actors interested in anime, it's crucial to find agents wh....

Anime Production Companies USA

By Alan Shires Filed Under: BusinessAnime
Welcome to a World of Anime The anime industry is a global phenomenon, and although it has deep roots in Japan, it has expanded worldwide. A host of companies in the United States have harnessed the popularity of anime, creating their own original series or distributing anime from other countries. T....

A Voice Actors Target Audience

By Alan Shires Filed Under: Business
Through my journey as a professional voice actor, I've learned that voice acting is much more than just speaking into a microphone. It's about understanding the audience, conveying the right emotions, and shaping the message to resonate with the listener. In this part of our exploration, we'll dive ....

Voiceover Microphones

By Alan Shires Filed Under: Business
An Overview of Voiceover Microphones Microphones serve as the facilitator for the high quality of voiceover work, playing a significant role in shaping your sound and the perception of your work. When deciding on a microphone for voiceover work, you are essentially choosing a tool that becomes your ....

Understanding International Voiceover Work

By Alan Shires Filed Under: Business
International voiceover work is a colossal and intriguing field, presenting opportunities and challenges alike. As technology allows us to transcend geographical boundaries, we can collaborate with individuals worldwide without leaving our homes. This shift creates a myriad of possibilities, particu....

Voiceover Agents and Voice Actors

By Alan Shires Filed Under: Business
Voiceover agents are critical catalysts within the voiceover industry. However, the misconception that an agent's presence equates to passive income is quite prevalent (Sadly). Quite the contrary, an effective voice actor must exert just as much effort as their agent in procuring job opportunities. ....

Social Media as a Voice Actor

By Alan Shires Filed Under: Business
The world of social media can be daunting for voice actors, but when strategically harnessed, it can also be an enjoyable journey that bolsters your professional presence. With numerous factors to ponder on such as platform selection, content to share, and frequency of posts, navigating this terrain....

Mastering Social Media for Voice Actors

By Alan Shires Filed Under: Business
Harnessing the power of social media for voice actors can initially appear as a daunting task. However, when approached strategically, it can evolve into an enjoyable and fruitful experience. There are numerous factors to consider, such as the choice of platforms, the quantum of content shared, and ....

The Creativity of Voiceover Business Cards

By Alan Shires Filed Under: Business
While business cards may seem outdated in this digital age of instant communication, they continue to hold a crucial role. People appreciate tangible objects, and business cards offer a physical manifestation of your brand. This article explores the best practices for creating voiceover business car....

E-Signatures for Voice Actors

By Alan Shires Filed Under: Business
The single letter 'E' often prompts expectations and preconceived notions. It is associated with electronic advancements that make life faster, easier, and more convenient. Today, everything seems to be prefixed with 'E'. For instance, Nissan's 'E-Pedal' utilizes 'E' to represent its technological i....

A Full VO Overview - Fame in Voiceover

By Alan Shires Filed Under: Business
Welcome to the concluding segment of our comprehensive five-part series on the full overview of the voiceover artistry. We've journeyed through aspects like finding work, training, coaching, and many others. If you have not explored our previous articles you should consider reading part four before ....

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