Dave’s book is a must have for anyone involved in communications, voice work, professional interaction, electronic media and promotion. Courvo scoops it again! This man does not sleep. – Cliff Zellman, Audio Engineer, Founder, Dallas VO Meetup Group
Las Vegas,NV (PRWEB) July 23, 2014
Voiceover Talent is so misunderstood. “I mean, it’s just talking, right?” is a commonly heard remark about the profession. Yet, BusinessInsider.com recently rated voice acting as the 2nd highest-paying freelance job by the hour. Clearly voice actors are doing more than “just talking”. Dave Courvoisier knows. He’s made a career of talking professionally. As a TV news anchorman for more than 30 years, The CBS affiliate where he works dominates the ratings in Las Vegas. But even that talking didn’t prepare him for the challenging nuances of voice acting. So he began blogging about it. For seven years he dissected the finer points of the business of voice acting in his blog articles. People began to notice. Blog subscriptions increased. The articles piled up to the point where all that information deserved to be a book. It just need to be filtered, collated, categorized and organized. The result is: “More Than Just a Voice: The REAL Secret to Voiceover Success.”
“So many people believe they can make of success of voiceovers because they have a nice speaking voice. That’s about 10-20% of the requirement. The rest is being smart about building your freelance voiceover business,” says Courvoisier. Hammering home that theme in his new book, Courvoisier includes some real-life experiences that led to epiphanies about voice acting in the age of the internet. Voiceover talent are equal parts promoter, audio engineer, bookkeeper, internet guru, and software/hardware experts. “My trials and errors on the road to Voiceover success come from hard-fought lessons learned. I’ve been blogging about it for seven years, and all those lessons are distilled into the book,” adds Courvoisier.
“More Than Just a Voice: The REAL Secret to Voiceover Success” is like getting continuing education credits in voice acting. A practicing journalist of 30+ years, Dave Courvoisier began researching the voiceover profession for his own enlightenment early in the last decade. Then he began blogging… sharing his findings with anyone who was interested. Apparently a lot of people were. Voted as one of the top VO Bloggers in 2011, Dave started getting a following of interested readers in the freelance business of voiceovers.
After 2500 blog articles, friends began urging Dave to publish a collection of his best blogs. "More Than Just A Voice is that book. For those seeking answers about getting into the business, to others who needed a refresher on the latest techniques and trends, “More Than Just a Voice” is the perfect answer. It’s also some common sense advice in the face of rumors to the effect that voice acting is a license to print money.
Voice acting is a lot more than “just talking”, and this book proves the VO hopeful needs to do some develop some good freelance business ethics, get some coaching, and start practicing. In other words, one must do their homework. “More Than Just a Voice” is your first assignment.
Easily-digestible short chapters, organized into 6 common-sense sections make this 250-page book a great reference. The last section alone is a bank vault full of links, resources, lists, and information Dave has put together over the years…facts about coaches, demos, auditioning, rates, microphones, and networking.
One of the top voice coaches in the country, and the owner of Edge Studio in New York City -- David Goldberg -- says of "More Than Just A Voice": "The community of voice actors is amazingly cohesive and supportive of each other. Dave Courvoisier is the ‘glue’. He knows everyone, is the trusted confidant of many, and is the first to know of anything new and noteworthy. This book, culled from the best of Dave’s prolific blog, is essential reading for any voice actor - whether new to the business or a working veteran."
"MORE THAN JUST A VOICE: The REAL Secret to Voiceover Success" can be ordered online at Amazon. $8.95