This is a game trailer for Starship Corporation from Coronado games – where players can build their own starship, train the crew for missions, and then try to become the market leader by selling their creations. Very cool game… here’s the trailer!
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Here are some radio ads for auto dealerships I’ve voiced recently.
These were produced by Joe Krath at Moffett Productions
Car Commercial for Radio – Female, Girl-Next-Door
Radio Commercial – Valley Girl character
Female Car Commercial
Radio Commercial – Husband & Wife
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Conversant Labs is building software that gives your app a voice – helping the blind and making life easier for just about anyone. Here is their explainer video, voiced by me and produced by OrionVega media – see it here!
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In this series of videos, several features of Science Direct, a major platform for scientific publishing, are highlighted, which can help scientists with their research. I voiced the videos, which were produced by Ping Media. See them here!
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Here are some examples of my female newscaster character voice!
This was a fun one. Now, here’s Tom with the weather.
Adult female voice. Various female newscaster characters ranging from pretty believable to totally over-the-top. 🙂 Some could pass for Diane Sawyer soundalike, otherwise perfect for your generic American female newscaster voice. Sound: Authoritative, American, believeable, funny, character.
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I learned a lot about home organization reading this book. Louise is a master home executive. Even though this is a relatively short book, it is packed with information. I like how she starts out with getting past psychological barriers to decluttering and cleaning. We all get attached to our stuff, we feel too overwhelmed to even begin, or we fear that it’s pointless to even try to get organized because even if we manage to accomplish it our home will just get cluttered again! Louise addresses all of these objections and how to overcome them.
Then, she goes room-by-room in a typical home and gives a specific game plan to declutter and clean every space – even using humor you can relate to (have you really used that egg cooker you bought in the last 6 months?) I found the bathroom and garage sections particularly helpful.
FInally, she offers three different plans that you can implement to make sure your home stays organized. One for those who only want to clean once a week, one for those who want to clean a few times a week, and finally one for those who can take a little time out every day for home maintenance.
This is the kind of thing that, for the most part, we don’t get taught in school, nor by those we live with over the course of our lives. If you want to hear a succinct but useful guide to home organization that you can really follow and stick with if you want to live in a nice, organized home – this is a great place to start.
As with most of my audiobooks, I do have a limited number of review copies available, so if you would like one (in exchange for an honest review) please feel welcome to get in touch with me through one of the contact forms here on my website.
To get the book on Audible or download a copy for free with a new Audible membership, click here!Or, you can read a Kindle or physical version. Just click the book cover to see them all.
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I hear from a lot of folks who want to get a professional intro/outro produced for their podcast or videocast. Sometimes they have their own script already prepared, but other times they struggle to figure out what to include. With that in mind, I thought I’d share my top 5 tips for scripting a great podcast intro.*
*What makes me qualified for this? Well, I have personally been a podcaster since 2009, having been a host or producer of five separate shows, each with its own unique flavor. As a voice actor, I have written and voiced many dozens of intros for other podcasts. And, I have trained in script development & copy writing. Plus, I have an opinion – and this is the internet, after all!
Keep it short & sweet.
This is by far the most important thing. You want your podcast intro to get the listener excited and set the tone for the host, but if it’s way too long it will just get tiresome. Aim for 10 – 15 seconds for the intro. Just a few seconds of music, the name of the show, an interesting or funny tagline or description of the show, and the name of the host, followed by a fade-down of the music usually suffices. The outro can be longer, 30 seconds or less, with a call to action.
Choose music wisely.
Music can really help set the tone for your show. Although a variety of types of music can work, you have to make sure your music is a match for your show in a number of ways that are seldom considered.
Is the music overwhelming the voiceover on your podcast intro and making it hard to understand?
Is the music interesting enough to hear over and over again every time a listener plays your show, but not annoying?
Does the tone of the music “fit” with the tone of your show? (Example: I love Revolution Health Radio with Chris Kresser, but I really think he could use an update to his theme music. I think it’s supposed to connote… mystery-solving? Sleuthiness? But it just doesn’t do it for me.)
Is your music unique enough to differentiate your podcast from others? (This is important… case in point: I always used to laugh because several years ago, I subscribed to two very different podcasts – the Cato Institute Podcast and Sex Is Fun Podcast – that both used the same stock music as their theme song!)
Everyone has a short attention span these days. Your podcast intro is the audio equivalent of a first impression – and just like an in-person first impression, you only have a few seconds to convince a listener who is tuning in to your show for the first time of why they should stay tuned in. So, show a little bit of personality! Connect with the listener. If the listener hears something pithy and clever, something that makes them laugh, or something that inspires them to think, “yeah, this show will solve a problem for me or give me something I want” then they will continue to listen. Then, you’ve got a chance to establish a relationship with them, and convert them into a loyal fan – or maybe even a customer. But it’s up to you to provide that initial hook as early as possible!
Limit calls to action, and put them at the end.
People will pretty much only remember to take action on the very last thing they hear at the end of your podcast, if they do at all. And if they hear it over and over again, it will be tuned out.
If you have several things you’d ideally like your listener to do – for example, email you their questions and comments, subscribe to your podcast feed, visit your website, sign up for your email list, follow you on social media, tune in next week, etc… – consider instead picking one of these things each week and ending your podcast content with that request in your own words. If it’s worded in a fresh way each time and coming straight from the host, instead of a podcast outro from an announcer figure that repeats every week by asking the listener to subscribe, rate, review, donate, follow, and share… well, it’s likely to get more traction.
You can rotate your calls to action and focus on one each week at the end of your show for maximum impact.
Keep it fresh. Consider alternate intro/outros.
There’s a strange phenomenon wherein the more times someone hears a piece of audio… the less likely they are to actually listen. Think about commercials that you’ve heard over and over, and could recite from memory, but yet you’ve never actually visited that website or bought that product! Same goes for podcast intro/outros/bumpers. They can be a great way to establish your brand and personality, but they can also easily get stale and boring, especially if your podcast is long-running and has a lot of episodes.
To keep your listeners engaged, consider making a slate of intro/outro/bumpers for your podcast, and then rotating them – or, just updating them every so often. Pat Flynn does a new (usually funny) intro on his Smart Passive Income podcast each episode, which is a great way to keep listener engagement and also showcases his personality and helps him connect with the audience. Sovryn Tech is an example of a podcast that overhauls its podcast bumpers every 25 episodes, yet they are all tied together as part of an ongoing spy-themed audio drama that runs concurrently with the podcast. As you can see, there are many creative ways to keep things interesting with your podcast intros, but still stay consistent with your message and brand.
I hope this post has been helpful in developing your podcast intro script. If you’d like to talk with me about voicing it, please get in touch!
I really enjoyed narrating this book. It’s described in the intro as “bitcoin’s autobiography” and, having been interested in bitcoin myself since 2011, I agree with that description. This book contains public and private writings from bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto, in the form of forum and mailing list posts, private emails, and of course the original whitepaper which describes bitcoin. There is also commentary by Phil Champagne on each discussion that Satoshi was involved in, as well as an introductory section to tie Satoshi’s writings together and explain what bitcoin is and how it works for those who are curious.
The things that stood out to me while I was reading this book mostly had to do with a new appreciation I gained for Satoshi and their work. (I use “they” as a gender-neutral pronoun, since Satoshi’s name is a pseudonym and the bitcoin creator’s true identity – or even whether it is a single person or a group of people – is not known.) Satoshi was incredibly thoughtful and did a truly remarkable job of painstakingly designing bitcoin to address every conceivable potential pitfall before it even became a problem. They were able to explain their reasoning and address questions from the cryptography community in a very clear and logical manner. But, besides the genius that enabled them to engineer bitcoin, other aspects of Satoshi’s personality also came through in their writing. Satoshi was, like many very intelligent people, shy – or at least very concerned about attracting attention that could prove a threat to their safety, perhaps very rightly so. Never during my reading did I get the sense that Satoshi undertook the bitcoin project to get rich or to assume the ring of power of a central banker. In fact, quite the opposite. I think Satoshi almost would have been bored with the idea of bitcoin as an investment, except from a high-level economic perspective. To Satoshi, bitcoin was a fascinating academic experiment.
There were signs, when bitcoin started to gain more traction in the mainstream, that Satoshi was growing more and more uncomfortable. Satoshi warned the early bitcoin community that if Wikileaks, which had its bank accounts extrajudicially frozen in late 2010, were to begin accepting bitcoin, it would prematurely attract the wrong kind of attention to bitcoin. I could clearly imagine the beads of sweat forming on Satoshi’s face when Gavin Andresen wrote to them that he was going to give a talk about bitcoin to the CIA… and even through those relatively impersonal forum posts and emails, I could also clearly see the thought process taking place where Satoshi realized that what began as a fascinating experiment had taken on a life of its own. Pandora’s box was open, and bitcoin was now out of Satoshi’s hands. Shortly after that last email from Gavin, Satoshi disappeared from public life.
Although the story of bitcoin is 100% true, The Book of Satoshi reads almost like a thriller novel. For those who were not there watching from the very beginning (which is most of us!) it is a real treat to go back in time to learn about the beginnings of one of the most disruptive technologies of our lifetimes, and to experience this important historical moment first hand, straight from the keyboard of Satoshi Nakamoto.
Hear a sample of the audiobook here:
To get the book on Audible or download a copy for free with a new Audible membership, click here! Or, you can read a Kindle or physical version. Just click the book cover to see them all.
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