Tips and Training at Voice Acting Conference Can Boost a Radio Career

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Voice Over Virtual, the voice acting conference that’s online and on-demand from Sept. 18 to Nov. 30, 2013, offers tips to enhance the career of radio personalities—and others who want to learn the art of voice acting. Training about technique, marketing, business skills, and home studio skills dishes up the inside scoop from 50+ top voice over industry professionals.

Radio personalities, and others immersed in the world of radio broadcasting, can find training and know-how for jobs in the voice over acting industry by registering now for Voice Over Virtual (, the September 18-20 groundbreaking conference for the digital age. Attendees will only need an Internet connection to take advantage of a broad array of home studio technicians, coaches, narrators, and other voice over professionals who will share tips and insights via videos on demand until November 30, 2013. Anyone—beginner to pro, involved in radio or not—is invited to register.

“Voice Over Virtual is ideal for radio talent looking to do freelance voice over work, transition into voice over work, or combine a radio and a VO career,” says Moneen Daley Harte, a Boston-area voice over talent who straddles both worlds and whose presentation at the VOV conference is called “From Radio to Voice Overs.” Harte aims to share techniques “that can allow you to modulate your mood/tempo/style of delivery to bring out your most authentic self at both the radio mic and the voiceover mic.”

Another advocate of combining radio and voice over work is Randye Kaye, a morning radio personality for years who now lists commercial voice overs, audiobook narration, coaching for voice over training giant Edge Studios, and fill-in work as a DJ for a classical music radio station among her credits.

To position yourself in both worlds, says Kaye, you need to know the difference between acting and announcing. “As a radio talent you learn how to ‘announce.’ You have an internal clock that tells you how to time things, and how to tell the story quickly. But announcer skills are a small part of voice over work. You also need a natural style of reading. You need practice in acting and improv, you need to enhance your skills to make them more subtle, and you need to be believable.”

Anyone who works in radio broadcasting also needs to learn how to run a business as a solo artist, says Kaye. “If you’re in radio, you have a job where you clock in every day and you get a paycheck. But as a voice over talent, you need to know how to attract clients, communicate with clients, invoice clients, and run a home studio. You don’t get a job with benefits, you get a gig,” says Kaye.

That’s where the Voice Over Virtual conference comes in. Kaye, along with Harte and about 50 other voice over professionals, will be featured as presenters. In addition to Harte’s presentation specifically for radio personalities, and Kaye’s presentation about uncovering copy clues for a unique VO delivery, other tips and techniques will offer instruction for how to: avoid online audition mistakes, narrate children’s audiobooks, develop character voices, nail an animation audition, create a business action plan, work with agents, quote rates, book clients with social media, set up a home studio, choose a microphone, and much more.

“To be a successful voice over talent, you need to run a train on four tracks: acting and technique, marketing, business skills, and home studio skills. Voice Over Virtual is a way to further your skills and fill in the gaps in your education. If you are coming from radio, you need to fill in the holes in what you don’t know. In any profession, you have to be constantly educating yourself,” says Kaye.

While the Voice Over Virtual conference has three days of “live” components that incorporate real-time chats between attendees and presenters, sponsors, exhibitors, agents, casting directors, and other attendees, all training is accessible on demand until the end of November, says John Florian, the event producer and founder of, the voice over industry’s premier online news, education and resource center. “That means you can customize your learning to suit your own schedule—as long as you have an Internet connection,” says Florian.

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