Find TV Promo Voiceover Work

I cant possibly begin to count the number of times I have heard talent complaining about how difficult it is to find TV promo work.  There are more than a few stations out there, start cold calling now:


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We are working hard to make the blog look less stupider.  Gimme a second already.

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My Personal Tribute to Don LaFontaine

He continues to be a daily inspiration…

The pictures are a little distorted but it looks absolutely just like him in real life.  Amazing work from Irish Jay at Tattoo Lou’s on Long Island.

The 2010 New York Voiceover Mixer

Here we go again folks, time for our 3rd annual mixer!  New venue, new sponsors, same level of fun and excitement.  Don’t be one of the poor saps who winds up out in the cold because they didn’t RSVP in time.  Go to the official site for all the juicy details including the constantly updated guest list and raffle prize list and get your chance to finally hang out with the cool kids.

What Is Erik Sheppard Doing At VOICE?

Good question.  Thanks for asking.

If you haven’t bought a ticket yet then you probably wont be coming.  Understandable.  However, if you will be attending then you might as well make the most of it by coming to my tersely titled class, Simple Mistakes Talent Make Every Day: How Not to Make Agents and Casting Directors Nuts! This will be an early afternoon break-out session from 2:00-3:30.  Geared towards all levels of talent, we are going to discuss about a million little things that I guaranfreakingtee you do all the time that are causing you to lose work and opportunities.  Basically I’m going to yell at you for an hour and a half and tell you to quit it.  I’m sure it will be quite cathartic for me and that you will cry and beg for forgiveness.  We’ll see.

Either way there will be a slide show with tons of funny pictures and we plan to have a low key and enjoyable time where you can learn a thing or two, improve your chances of getting work and hopefully laugh and enjoy yourselves.  Don’t let this blog fool you, I am quite the humorist.  There may also be a few dirty words and some brief nudity depending on how many cocktails I had for lunch prior.  Fortunately nothing else of note will be going on at the same time so you really don’t have an excuse to not be there.1

The Voice Talent Productions staff will also be at the Poolside Mixer on Saturday and will be accepting demo submissions at that time.  The office is in dire need of coasters.  Be sure to stop by and say hello.  I’ll try to get LindZ in a bikini for you.

Thanks for the indulgence.  I look forward to seeing you all there.

1. Alright, a few other things are going on at the same time but listen up: Cashman eats puppies.  I swear to God I have seen him do it.  He acted like it was no big deal.  He just smashed its little head in and ate it raw.  You don’t want to condone that type of behavior, do you?

Just For Fun: 10 Examples Of Voiceover in Popular Music

Perhaps the word “popular” is a bit of a stretch but I am invoking my right to artistic license.  What did we miss?  Let us know in the comments and we’ll update this page for posterity.  The internet loves lists so I’m sure this will wind up in some virtual time capsule as a the prime example of VO blogging from 2010.  Thank you for your interest future alien overlords.  Please enjoy.

A creepy two-fer from Vincent Price:

Seriously, I love Iron Maiden so much. I’m not proud, I’m just sayin’:

I always thought a fat guy could come up with a better stage name than Meatloaf:

Thanks to Greg Thomas for submitting this via Linked In. I think:

Kevin Delaney cruelly reminded me of Les Garland’s VO in this abomination from “Starship” on Facebook. Woodstock, this ain’t:

Lee Gordon sent this our way. I have no idea what is going on here. On a related note, Lee Gordon has problems:

This one barely fits the category but it unarguably includes VO and any tenuous excuse to include Burl Ives works for me:

Another two-fer, this time from the always batsh*t insane William Shatner:

Personally, I prefer Stewie’s version:

Don’t Quit Your Day Job Oprah

I’ll be the first to admit that I was a bit skeptical when they hired Sigourney Weaver to narrate the multi-zillion dollar nature series Planet Earth.  Not because of the usual “They should hire real voice talent, not celebrities” reason that we all have whined about at some point or another, but because I thought she might be a bit distracting.  A good nature documentary narrator has to kind of blend into the background and almost become a disembodied voice in your head.  If they chew the scenery too much it detracts from the real star, the visuals.  I was afraid I would keep thinking, “Hey, that’s that chick from Alien!” or at least “Man, Ghostbusters 2 really paled to the original in so many ways.”

I was dead wrong.  As most anybody who has watched the series can attest to, she freaking rocked it.  Hard.  She put in the perfect amount of emotion without going over the top and gave an absolutely stellar performance which added a whole new level of awesome to the shows.  I have had fairly unhealthy feelings about my HDTV (not to mention Ms. Weaver) ever since.  It was just that beautiful.  I’m seeking help.

When they announced the followup series “Life” I was psyched to hear her do her thing again.  Then I saw the commercials telling us Oprah (praise be unto her) would be behind the mic for this one.  I tried to suppress my outrage and remind myself how I had originally felt about their first casting choice and tried to look forward to it.  Even after catching some of the extended preview commercials with O’s cringe worthy narration I still gave her the benefit of the doubt.  And then I saw/heard it.  Yikes.  She stunk up the place something fierce.1

I don’t really want to talk about it.

So why was she cast in the first place?  Because Discovery Communications is in bed with her and her new Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN).  The full (exhaustive, but interesting) story can be read HERE.

Now Discovery’s TLC has inked a deal with she-beast Sarah Palin to host her own Alaska themed reality television show for the network.  TLC went waaaay downhill a long time ago (anyone remember the last time you could actually learn something on The Learning Channel?) and now their shows feature almost exclusively boring but somewhat shorter people or boring people who breed like it’s going out of style with their boring litters of white kids.  Word on the street is that gargoyle queen Palin herself will be offering commentary/narration throughout this new travesty.  Why they think anyone would want to tune in and listen that harpy caterwaul about caribou2 is beyond me.

At least the History Channel still has some offerings worth tuning in to.  For now.  I say give em’ three years or so and they are going to pick up Tila Tequila to host their new WWII docs.

Hey guys, do us all a favor, poor Mike Rowe is overworked so stick with J.V. Martin and Robert Lee.  I know where to find them.  If you need me, I’ll be watching PBS.

1. My mother is never going to speak to me again for this.
2. Gotta love that alliteration.  Truly the mark of a gifted scribe.

The Erik and Ember Show Episode 6: James and Penny from VOICE 2010

Obviously hundreds of you are going to VOICE 2010 because you heard that I will be presenting there.  Completely understandable.  However, after talking with our friends and VOICE head-honchos James Alburger and Penny Abshire (looking adorable in that picture over there)1, it turns out there are other things planned for the conference as well!  Who knew?

Listen in as September and I grill them about the origins of VOICE, why you should go, why it’s worth the money and how much you will suck if you don’t go.  It was really quite an illuminating chat.  Actually, it’s mostly Penny and Ember saying intelligent things while James and I made fart noises with our armpits, but it’s still a must-listen for anyone attending or anyone still on the fence (hint: do it).

Clickety click on the player to the right to get the full scoop, check it out on our News page or download it to your portable computerized audio listening device through iTunes.2 Your choice, I cant keep making these decisions for you anymore.

1. Trivia fact, they killed a man in a botched robbery attempt hours after it was taken.
2. For those of you keeping score at home, I get extra points for all the links in this post.

Killer Voice Demos Makes, um, Killer Voice Demos

Seriously, I tortured poor owner, demo producer and incredible voice talent Dave DeAndrea mercilessly until he got this the way I wanted it.  Last I heard he was seen running and screaming through the woods shouting, “No Erik, not another revision!”  Poor guy.  It was worth stealing his sanity though, check out my new TV Narration demo:

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Think you can do better?  You may be able to, with Dave’s help.  You know you need to update your sorry sounding demos anyway and his prices are unbeatable.  I’ll even make it easy for you with a link —> Killer Voice  Be sure to check out the other amazing samples of his work, the testimonials and his killer rates.  The logo is pretty cool too.  I had originally advised him to go with Batman fighting a shark with a lightsaber but he thought that was “silly”.  Whatever, man.