Beyond Voice Over: How Your Voice Can Ruin Opportunity

Hey, there!

I’m hoping that what you learn from me about how to use your voice to create a profitable and satisfying VO career can be used in other areas of your life.

But using your voice incorrectly in everyday life can be devastating. And here’s a prime example.

You may be destroying your chances at business success in life, just by the way you speak.

Fast Company published an article recently, describing 4 different speech patterns you need to get rid of if you want to succeed in business.

And you can thank Kim Kardashian for at least one of them.

The article is geared toward people interviewing for jobs, but don’t think you don’t do that every day when you talk to other members of our performance community.

So, what are these terrible, but fairly common ways of trashing your future by using your voice incorrectly?

One is uptalking. If you’ve ever been to the San Fernando Valley, here in LA, ’nuff said. Stop that.

Another was made famous by Kim Kardashian – it’s called “vocal fry,” and although you might not know that label, you’ll certainly recognize the style. Stop that.

The third is attempting to speak outside your natural pitch range – either trying to sound more feminine by speaking at a higher pitch than normal, or trying to sound more masculine by speaking at too low a pitch for your pipes. Stop that.

The fourth?

Plain old bad grammar. You can choose to continue to make these mistakes, but you’ll suffer for it. Behold:

Is any of that part of your vernacular? Stop that.

Stop and fix these things, and your chances of success, and your level of respectability, go way, way up.

Here’s a link to the article. Watch the rest of the videos and listen to the audio samples as well:

4 Speech Habits That Are Undermining Your Job Chances

And of course, your “job” includes talking with casting directors, producers, agents, clients and customers, engineers…you get the picture.

Hope this helps.


10 Responses to 6 Steps to a Perfect VO Demo

  1. Kelli August 18, 2011 at 2:58 am #

    I feel really good about my demo. It is a quick and fun process, even for someone like me who gets very self concious. :)

  2. David Britz September 5, 2011 at 11:25 pm #

    The demos are great. Superb quality. Why go anywhere else?

  3. David Britz October 20, 2011 at 3:51 pm #

    Can’t wait to record my Narration VO Demo!! :))

  4. Mike Brang December 31, 2013 at 9:44 am #

    Having a well-produced demo is one of the most important things in the VO business. I had a number of demos made from other producers in the past and they all had one thing in common — that manufactured, cookie cutter sound!
    What sets David apart from the rest, besides his affordable price and tremendously fast turn around time, is that all of the clips you record with him sound unique. Each spot sounds like an actual commercial you recorded for a job.
    My agent loved the quality and even asked who produced it to refer his other talent there!

    Thanks again, David for producing such a great, high quality demo for me. You made the process relaxing and enjoyable. I urge anyone reading this unsolicited reply to listen to David’s student demos to hear the difference for yourself. Anyone would be lucky to work with him

  5. Kristy Liles February 9, 2017 at 7:04 pm #

    I can not thank you enough. I worked so hard on 15 page IVR project, one day I cryed, look for answers, pull my hear (not really) but I was about until another VO send me this great tool. Thanks!

  6. Frank June 11, 2017 at 9:51 pm #


    When v123 indicates the audition is for a student/ nonprofit are we to assume it is for $0. If so, why does the audition ask for an amount to be entered?

  7. shirley jordan June 12, 2017 at 5:58 pm #

    I did get this scam through Voice 123. In our discourse, they offered me the gig and they gave me the name of a legit local place to record and the same runaround with the money. I didn’t send anything, but instead, I called the studio to make sure the booking was for the day we set up, and lo and behold, the people there had no idea what I was talking about. I then tried to call back my “contact person” who was setting this up and there was a fax machine beep on the other end. I immediately contacted Voice 123 and told them what had happened. You know what they say…if it sounds togaed to be true, it probably is. Thanks for the reminder!

  8. shirley jordan June 12, 2017 at 5:59 pm #

    …too good…not togaed.
    The one time spell check didn’t work!

  9. Bernard Prame July 1, 2017 at 9:44 pm #

    extremely helpful demo. Thank you!

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