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Issue # 90
July 2012

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Who Gets The Work?
y Elaine Clark

When I started my voice-over career in the Stone Age year of 1980, 90 percent of the work went to men and 10 percent went to women. Over the next thirty-plus years, the division of labor has become a bit more balanced as women claim 30-40 percent of the market. As more women become CEOs of large companies and hold high-level political positions, the market share of voice-over work reflects that change. The gender of who gets the work is not only the result of a good audition or demo but also a direct result of the times we live in.

Historically, the style of work changes with each new political and economic climate. In times of war, deep, authoritative voices are in demand. When the economy is good, humorous spots are more in vogue and lean towards younger voices layered with sarcasm and irony. As the large baby boomer population ages, older voices selling pharmaceuticals are needed. If a tragic event occurs in the country, compassionate voices are the norm. When the economy hovers in the middle, it's fair game for anyone, as no tried-and-true rules apply. The best way to keep up with these trends is to listen. Your ears are the most important assets in voice-over work.

Also, as the world becomes more globally connected, accents and regionalisms are accepted by the general public and desired by many who hire talent. Actors who were told they would never book work because of their foreign accent are in demand for jobs targeted to a broader global market.

Bottom line is that when it comes to a choice between a believable delivery and a vocal quality, good acting always wins out.

Excerpted from third edition of "There's Money Where Your Mouth Is," by Elaine Clark. To order your copy visit:


Look Who's Talking
Mic Small

* Nancy Battery recorded narrations for the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge and the 25th anniversary convention of the Birzeit Society.

* Alexandra Matthew narrated an online course for SEIU Health. 

* Noam Smooha recorded web promo videos for Equinix and Cisco.     

* Robert Rossman narrated Peter and the Wolf in Nevada City with Music in the Mountains Symphony.     

* Boris shot an industrial film for the web for Oracle.  

* Nancy Raciti narrated a video for Smile Train.    

* Ian Price shot a Disorientation video for the Truthiness show at Site Santa Fe, a contemporary art space.   

* Trish Gregovich recorded a TV commercial for UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital.   

* Pierce Brandt just recorded his 25th McDonalds commercial for Pandora Radio

* Margaret Nelson recorded the voice of the old lady at the orphanage for

* Cia Court recorded a web promo video for the Nexus Q - Goggle's new social streaming media player. 

* Meagan Cunningham played a dragon in a new game for Whiskeytree.
* Jerry Yang
, co-founder of Yahoo, recorded a narration at Voice One for the Asian Art Museum.
* Katie Krueger
recorded a couple voices for new talking baby toys at Voice One.

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