Get Some Press By Helping Out At

Voiceover do-gooders Diane Havens and Kat Keesling are putting out the call for additional volunteers to help out at (previously mentioned here).  The House and the Senate have both rewritten their bills and doubled their lengths so it’s more important than ever to make sure that the information can be heard in an easy and bipartisan manner.

Yeah, whatever.  Check it out: The site has now gotten a million hits (really!) and is getting press all over the place from the left and the right, from Rachel Maddow to Ann Coulter, from the New York Times to Fox Business News.  Isn’t it about time you got a piece of that action for yourself?

One of the benefits of volunteering is the actual exposure and ability to get some big name press.  The Wall Street Journal, Times News, Washington Post, NY Times, The Hill, US News & World Report, Fox Business and NPR as well as top industry press like VoiceTalentProductions, VoiceOverXtra,, and individual blogs and sites of talents….

…If the talent helps spread the word locally, the story gets aired locally and usually with a local flavor targeting the talent themselves. Volunteering for HearTheBill doesn’t pay money, but it is indeed a marketing platform for the talent….

…It’s for a great cause to serve the community. The work done is able to be used without restriction in their demo and can be credited on their bio. They have a reason to contact their media outlets when things change…and that opportunity can open up a relationship with the station for business. It’s an instant credibility builder and we work hard to credit our volunteers well….

…All audio includes a byline of the talent linked back to their site and email. As you know, it helps to have links to your site from credible sites with high traffic. And we are credible with a ton of traffic and are relevant to Voice Sites. Even if someone doesn’t volunteer, linking to us helps.

Plus you can get one of these cool banners below to put on your site or blog to spruce up the place and make it seem like you are civic minded:

So go read a few pages and join Chris Mezzolesta, Curt Palmer, Roger Baker, Veronica March, Kitzie Stern and a ton of others who have wisely milked this thing for all it is worth.

Join the Facebook fan page HERE for the latest.

Check out Chris Mezzolesta being interviewed on-camera from his home studio about his involvement HERE.

Check out this great PSA voiced by the great Lee Gordon who has also made his script available so you can voice it yourself and run it in your own hometown:

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Here’s Curt flirting with the anchorwoman on the local news:

Big ups also to Evan Rapp and Jerry Horwath at Buzz Cutz Audio in Minneapolis who have donated many studio and engineering hours to the cause.  Kudos.

2 Comments to “Get Some Press By Helping Out At”

  1. Diane Havens says:

    Ah, Erik — you should be a motivational speaker. Wait a minute — you pretty much ARE!

    Thanks for putting out the call.

    If I may be serious for a moment, I really have to tell you that most of our volunteers are putting in many hours of hard work, and seriously care about health care reform. It’s why Kat and I began this thing in the first place. We truly had no idea it would get so big so fast. Access to this information is very important and we hope to make it available permanently.

    Just within the past few days, a few of our people, like Sergei Burbank and Chris Mezzolesta, have read over 100 pages of this stuff — and it’s not poetry. People offer to read more every day — to ask what else we need. These are not people out for an easy ride. Kat is buried under mounds of audio, piles of email, developing guides and answering questions, and Roger Baker has been listening to full days of files quality checking hours and hours at a time. We have some incredibly dedicated people. I’m pounding the digital pavement and brainstorming ideas with others on our team to get us all that good press and media attention and to keep it there. A filmmaker, Sara Wolkowitz, with no vested interest at all in VO, volunteered to produce our video PSA.

    Yes, it’s rewarding, but the self-rewards are hard-earned, and are more karmic than corporate.

  2. [...] Big ups also to Evan Rapp and Jerry Horwath at Buzz Cutz Audio in Minneapolis who have donated many studio and engineering hours to the cause.

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