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Today's topic is the career of voiceover, and includes my interview with renown New York-based voiceover talent Linda Bruno. Listen to this podcast episode to learn what goes into creating a successful career in the field of voiceover, from an insider who has done it. 

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There is nothing like speaking with a master of any art, and Linda's career credits speaks to her mastery of not only the art of voiceover, but the business as well. And to top it off, she continues to train her voice in the endless pursuit of higher levels of ability, and protection from strain. It is my great pleasure to work with her every week from her office to mine, over Skype.

Some of the topics we discussed include:

  • What the preferred term for her line of work is.
  • The trip to Miami with her father when she was 18 and the kindness of a pro that lit the fire for Linda's voiceover career. 
  • The current state of business for skilled voiceover talent, and what Linda does to stay competitive in the field. 
  • What it means to work union (SAG-AFTRA) vs non-union.
  • The really fun stuff: How Linda met Meryl Streep backstage while working the She Awards at Radio City Music Hall.
  • The not-fun stuff: How she deals with difficult clients who don't know what they want.
  • What it means to be a professional with a great reputation in this field.
  • How improv classes can be helpful for honing voiceover skills.
  • How acting can help with message delivery in voiceover as well as singing performance.
  • Why Linda still takes vocal lessons.
  • Why Linda believes it's no longer necessary to have an ISDN line for voiceover work.
  • Her practical advice for those interested in developing a professional career as voiceover talent. 

More about Linda Bruno:

Her website is www.LindaBruno.com. She can be contacted there.

From voicing promos for National networks to making you laugh with character voices to providing your pharmaceutical or banking information over the phone, Linda Bruno has been tagged a renaissance woman. Linda’s voice is used daily for Television, Radio, and multimedia formats all over the world. Currently she is the voice of HSN – Home Shopping Network, Disney Jr for South East Asia, Fandango, The Weather Channel as well as the voice of “Alex” for United Airlines’ website.  Her specialties include retail spots and auto dealerships. More Credits: Walmart, Pfizer, Disney Asia, HSN, The Weather Channel, Fandango, United Airlines, TLC – The Learning Channel, CNBC, CNBC Asia, CNN, Stride Gum, VH1, Nickelodeon, Verizon, Costco, McDonalds, AT&T, Kraft Foods. Various radio and TV stations across the country. Local and Regional auto dealerships including Mercedes Benz, Acura, Jaguar, Kia, Chevy, VW, Lexus, Honda and more. 

Remember you can find me and my services for your voice, as well as contact me, at www.JudyRodman.com


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This is the audio version of the blogpost you can find at AllThingsVocal.comSubscribe to this podcast at iTunes and don't miss an episode... and please leave a review there, too! REVIEWS ARE MUCH APPRECIATED!

Today's topic is the importance of artist development, and contains my interview with an expert in the field: PCG Nashville’s Bernard Porter. Listen to this podcast episode for tips to greatly increase your chances of success in the music business, and become a well-rounded, happier human being in the process. Subjects covered in this episode include:

  • Areas typically missing in ‘artist development’ that can sabotage the successful breaking of new artists
  • Traits in a singer that turn Bernard off; signalling that singer may not ever succeed in the music industry.
  • Whether it is important for a singer to be a songwriter. 
  • The vital importance of an artist to be able to 'own' the stage with presence and performance skills.
  • The difference vocal training can make to a recording and performing artist.
  • The impact of persistence, dedication and even sacrifice required for the potential for the artist to succeed.
  • Ways even those without a lot of financial means can still find the money, heart, and effort to invest in training and preparing for a music career.
  • How PCG Artist Development works uniquely to grow artists in different dimensions, and what the byline of the company 'the science of artist development' means.
  • The brand new arm of the company that is offering training to everyone, even those who can't afford to enroll in the primary PCG program. (A little disclaimer… I am proud to be the author of PCG Online's vocal coaching courses, in the company of other instructors I highly respect authoring courses which include songwriting, auditioning, music theory, live performance. )

Links mentioned in this podcast include:

More on Bernard Porter and PCG:

PCG Nashville is recognized as America’s leading career/artist development organizations, working with established and new emerging artists. A successful business entrepreneur, Porter has spent his career developing and securing high profile joint ventures within both corporate and private sectors, guiding them in all phases of creative media, production, marketing and national product launches. In addition, he has served as an entertainment consultant to many record labels, broadband networks, major artists, large corporations, state tourism boards as well as to specialty venues, including the Mall of America in Minneapolis, Simon Mall properties, Dave & Busters and Marriott Hotels. Porter was instrumental in signing Jason Aldean to Broken Bow Records and has a long history of high level achievements. 
Note: I provide vocal coaching services for many PCG clients, and have a video vocal training course published at PCG Online.

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When it comes to singing on stage, the size of the venue matters tremendously. In this episode I will take you through the differences in physicality and psychology you need for singing or speaking on small and large stages. When you apply these techniques and do the right thing for the size stage you on, your stage presence will increase magnetically. Get it wrong or reversed, you'll seriously sabotage your connection to the audience. 

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For more information on my vocal lessons, please visit this page.on my website.

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Here are some fun, crazy and oddly difficult vocal exercises for the professional voice to keep your hearing and singing chops up. Enjoy the challenges from your pro coach Judy Rodman!


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