The Erik and Ember Show Episode One: Joan Baker

Awww yeah boy, the long wait is finally over.  Prepare yourself to be dazzled by the most informative and entertaining podcast the world of voiceover podcasting has seen in quite some time!1

While Ember and I alone easily have enough personality to keep you riveted for hours, it certainly didn’t hurt that our very first guest is my number one voice crush, the lovely and talented voice talent, coach and author Joan Baker.  We had a blast talking shop with her and she was kind enough to give us some background on her incredible career and dropped some pearls of wisdom for those of you still building up your business.  All of you should be humbled and thank her profusely.  What a great talent.

Oh, and by the way, she is also a stone cold fox:

Hubba Hubba.2

The show runs a little long but only because it is so jam packed with voiceovery goodness that I couldn’t bring myself to cut any more of it.  Check it out on the groovy new podcast player3 over on the sidebar, get it from iTunes by clicking the button underneath or subscribe to the rss feed.  Be sure to share your love with Joan in the comments, just keep your paws to yourself.

Joan Baker links:

I would also be remiss if I didn’t mention that the awesome Dave DeAndrea is our announcer and he produced the intro, outro, and stingers as well.  I think we can all agree that they rock.  Find him at Dave and give him all of your money.

In case you are interested our theme song is “Tuco” by one of my favorite bands, Keelhaul.

1. I have to learn how to write more enticing copy.
2. I have a thing for chicks who bend their right arm.  I’m a freak like that.
3. It kind of sucks actually.  If anyone knows of a better looking one please enlighten me.

Julie Marcus Is Photogenic

Very sexy update: Since a few of you asked for it, I came out from the behind the bushes at Julie’s place and got the info for her photographer. Check them out here.

Holy freaking cow, these are probably the best headshots I have ever seen.  For crying out loud, I’m only human:

The debate has been raging for years over whether voice talent should use headshots or not.  The argument from one camp is that your voice should speak for itself and you should not allow seekers to come to a preconceived conclusion about your sound or delivery based on your appearance.  Others maintain that using a picture humanizes the talent and makes them seem more approachable.  Of course if you also do any kind of on-camera or print work, a headshot is absolutely necessary but what if you are just a VO?  What if you look strikingly different than you sound, as is the case with some talent in animation who bank on doing child voices but may be much older?  What if you are afraid that the photographer may not be able to Photoshop out your hunchback?

I know some of you may not be quite as genetically blessed as Julie or myself,1 but unless you have some gargoyle2 in your family tree, then I say go for it.  Go to Julie’s site and click on the gallery to see it done right and then decide if you think headshots are a good idea or not.  Also check out some of her fantastic demos below.  She might tap dance as well but I’m not sure.

Commercial Demo:

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Animation Demo:

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Where do you stand on the headshot issue?  Let us know in the comments.

On a completely unrelated note, I read somewhere the other day that in some cultures if you blog more than two pictures of someone you are then considered legally married.3

1. I’ve got my Mom’s cheekbones.
2. Or Slovenian.
3. I’m just saying.