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The Voiceover Boblog

Posts about voiceover, life and assorted other ramblings from Bob Souer

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Something fun I recorded this week

Fri, 15 Jul 2016 07:54:31 PDT

Most of the time I try to focus what I post here on ideas and experiences that I hope will be helpful to as many of us in voiceover as I can. But now and then something comes along that is so much fun I want to share it with everyone. Here’s a piece I […]

You catch more flies

Thu, 07 Jul 2016 07:36:21 PDT

The old saying (at least as I was taught it) goes: you catch more flies with honey than vinegar. Not that I’m all that interested in catching flies. Still, the idea is worth thinking about. Being grumpy or unpleasant is rarely a good way to grow your business. Of course, you don’t actually need me […]

Just thinking today

Mon, 27 Jun 2016 20:44:25 PDT

It’s been quite a while again since my last post. When I started this blog over 11 years ago, my goal was to write about one of my greatest passions: voiceover work. At the time I still had a corporate job, one that I mostly enjoyed. Nothing is ever completely perfect, of course. I had […]

They tell you that you have a nice voice, right?

Wed, 16 Mar 2016 00:34:42 PDT

I honestly wish I had a nickle for every time I’ve an individual I’ve just met comment about “how often someone says they have a nice voice.” The sound of your voice may eventually have something to do with whether or not you get hired for a specific role or job or project; but it’s […]

There’s a Jeep in Kelley’s future for sure

Fri, 26 Feb 2016 04:40:05 PST

You may or may not have seen my friend Kelley Buttrick’s post on her site about Jeep. It’s an arresting and original campaign by Kelley to position herself as the logical choice as the next voice for the Jeep brand. Here is just one example from her site: Kelley’s campaign is brilliant on so many […]

An opportunity to learn about long-form narration

Sun, 07 Feb 2016 21:55:11 PST

The bread and butter part of the voiceover business for many people making a comfortable living doing voiceovers these days is long-form narration of one kind or another. This is where I live and where many of my friends live. So, how do you get a handle on this wide-ranging set of voiceover categories and […]

The time to act

Wed, 27 Jan 2016 09:10:51 PST

When you learn the answer to a question you have puzzled over for some time, the thing to do is to take action on the answer. Yes, you can always investigate further. (Indeed I would strongly recommend you never just take my word for something. Did into things yourself.) But if you really did find […]

Take a quiz to see if audiobook narration is for you

Sun, 24 Jan 2016 14:26:26 PST

The third and last of the three videos that Dan O’Day and David H. Lawrence XVII have done in anticipation of their ACX Masterclass for 2016 is now released. It kicks off with a self-assessment quiz for you to take that will help you determine whether or not you should pursue being an audiobook narrator. […]

The single most important part of your sound

Fri, 22 Jan 2016 13:43:04 PST

By sound, in this post, I mean the sound of your home studio. What is the part of the puzzle that has the greatest effect on your sound? Your microphone? Your pre-amp? Your audio interface or A/D converter? Having a good microphone is important. The same is true for your pre-amp and your audio interface. […]

Golf and voiceover

Thu, 21 Jan 2016 13:43:46 PST

I might be the world’s worst golfer. If not, I’m certainly in the bottom 10 of all time. Don’t believe me? I once 20 putted a green. Yes, my friends with whom I was playing at the time, were very patient with me. None of this has anything to do with voiceover, of course; but […]

There is no try

Tue, 19 Jan 2016 01:18:40 PST

Star Wars fans will recognize the title of this post as a partial quote from a line Yoda says to Luke Skywalker. It’s relevant to what I’m writing today because you can spend all the time you want thinking about the idea of narrating audiobooks, but until you actually take steps to be a narrator, […]

How important is resilience?

Mon, 18 Jan 2016 20:18:28 PST

Resilience might be the single most important thing that has to be true about you if you are going to succeed in voiceover. This post, by the way, was prompted by a Seth Godin blog post from a few days ago, and my thoughts have been percolating on the back burner ever since. I was […]

Audiobooks and moving forward

Wed, 13 Jan 2016 01:18:35 PST

I don’t recommend starting your audiobook journey the way I did. While I have now narrated somewhat over 100 audiobooks, my first narration job was for Thomas Nelson Publishers. If you have never heard of them, they are the world’s largest publisher of English language Bibles. And yes, I narrated the Bible for them. The […]

Merry Christmas!

Thu, 24 Dec 2015 19:49:37 PST

I know it’s not terribly sensitive of me to offer a greeting that applies to only some of you. I hope those for whom “Merry Christmas” means little or nothing will indulge my seasonal throw-back. Recently my friends with MVO: The Voice-Over Guys (of whom I am one) got together to offer a greeting for […]

Sometimes it’s hard to believe

Wed, 23 Dec 2015 08:02:26 PST

Not everyone gets to do what they love for a living. I am grateful to be one of those who does. I love, I mean I truly and deeply love narrating stories for my clients. It doesn’t matter if it’s the most dry treatise on contraindications for a medication or a ripping good episode from […]

Moving on from Movember 2015

Tue, 01 Dec 2015 11:02:39 PST

November is done so Movember is done and my upper lip has now returned to its normally shorn status. I am profoundly grateful for the contributions to be my page and our entire MVO Movember team. Thank you for your patience during my flood of posts about growing facial hair. We’ll return our attention to […]

Movember 2015 day 30

Mon, 30 Nov 2015 20:53:57 PST

This morning I had my semi-annual dental visit and teeth cleaning. Since it’s been several years since I’ve had a mustache, I had forgotten how strange it feels to have a hairy upper lip while getting my teeth cleaned. It was a slightly strange experience, but not all together unpleasant. Since it’s November 30th today, […]

Movember 2015 days 28 and 29

Sun, 29 Nov 2015 13:34:31 PST

With only one day left in November 2015, this is one of my very last Movember posts. That might represent a very good piece of news. I imagine you might very well be tired of seeing photos of my upper lip, like this one from yesterday: I tried a slightly different angle for the two […]

Movember 2015 day 27

Fri, 27 Nov 2015 12:25:50 PST

With only 3 days left in the month, here is how my Movember mustache stands: Certainly not the most impressive showing, but it’s what it is … the best that I can do in 27 days. Regardless of the level of hair on my upper lip, I am very grateful for the contributions made to […]

Movember 2014 days 25 and 26

Thu, 26 Nov 2015 20:22:04 PST

Like many people who live in the USA, Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I suppose it has a lot to do with the simplicity of the day. There’s no pressure to find the right gifts, no worrying about spending too much or not enough and all the rest that goes with the Christmas holiday or […]