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A month or so back I came across a posting by a member in one of my online casting groups in Linkedin. The post was about a new Remote recording service called SoundStreak. This intrigued me and upon spending a few minutes on their website I was pretty excited about both the service and the idea of talking to the team behind this service directly.
Shortly after contacting the SoundStreak folks I was pleasantly surprised to hear directly from CEO Dan Caligor who was nice enough to get in touch and answer a few questions for me. I have yet to use the Sound Streak system since my recording setup is a windows one and the Sound Streak software currently only supports Macs. But Dan assured me that they will be releasing a windows beta for their software very soon.
Also once the stars align and I am able to test the system I will be posting a detailed description of how the session went and what my thoughts were on it.
So what is Sound Streak? and how is it the Next Generation of Remote Recording? How can voiceover folk like us benefit from it? and what’s the catch… if any?
Answers to these questions after the jump!
Wendy Edwards, a good tweep of mine, recently interviewed me for her podcast : The Wendy Edwards Show. Wendy works out of Charlottesville, Virginia and was intrigued by the recent events in Egypt.
So I finally got around to Steven Lowell’s answer to my post Voice123 wants to turn my account inacctive
and loe and behold… I read this in his blog post answer (please keep in mind that he provided this answer to put my mind at ease)
” Now, I am sure that we all like to park ourselves on websites for good exposure, but the plain and simple truth is…You are either in this voice over business or you are not. It is not wise to throw your name on a website with the hopes they will find you, and then, not pay attention to it. You have to be there to answer when someone comes fishing around to offer work for you. In the eyes of those ‘looking for talent’, they have specifically stated they view this as false advertising. ”
First let me define the term Public Relations: Read More
Morning Folks, Today’s post is kind of a followup on a previous post of mine called How To Learn Any Accent which itself was a build on another post of mine called Funtime: Accents of the World. In the Accents of the world post I featured a youtube video for Amy Walker called 21 Accents… I will repost it here:
as you can see Amy’s talent is quite remarkable… Amy’s short 2.5 video was posted in January of 2008 and within a few days went Viral… Viral Videos for those who are a little confused by the terms are basically videos that become so popular that the whole internet starts speaking about it… they are called Viral because they spread in popularity like a virus.
Amy’s 2.5 minute video was such a success that it got her an appearance on the Today Show. Here is an interview with Amy were she explains her background and the story behind her 21 accents video:
Amy was nice enough to take some time away from her hectic work schedule and answer a few questions for Taji’s Voice Emporium:
First I would like to thank you for giving me a bit of your time… I know these day’s things are quite hectic for you..so I’ll get right to the questions:
Your Youtube video post caused quite a sensation… 1.5 million views since Jan 2008…. how has it effected your career?
It blew my mind. The fact that I can film a piece that I’m inspired to share, and immediately people whom I’ll never meet on the other side of the planet can be inspired by it… it’s incredible. It woke me up to the power of the internet as a community-builder. That, in turn, sparked the idea to fund our feature film Connected, by small donations from people around the world, to show what we can do when we unite for a common goal. I’ve chosen to be empowered by the internet to create the work I feel drawn to, instead of relying on an agent to convince other people that I’m what they’re looking for. You can feel powerless as an actor or filmmaker in the studio system. That’s changing now. Read More
Hello folks, I can’t tell you how excited I am to present to you the first part of my interview with one of the most recognized Narrator in the Business Today. It’s very possible that you are already a fan and you don’t know it. If you’ve ever spent more than a few minutes on the Discovery channel you’ve probably heard my guest today Mr. Robert Lee Narrator for the Hit Discovery Channel Series “MythBusters.”
As you might already know Mr. Lee works out of Sydney Australia and I out of Cairo, Egypt so we had to co-ordinate this interview over the interweb over a period of a few weeks. I will be publishing the interview in 2 parts so check your Emporium RSS feed for the latest update of Taji’s Voice Emporium:
In case you have been living under a rock or have had amnesia here is a youtube clip of mythbusters being introduced by Mr. Robert Lee.
First I’d like to thank you for giving me the opportunity to conduct this interview… I’m a huge fan of Mythbusters (it appeals to the male gene in me that likes to blow things up) also as a Voice over artist I appreciate all the subtleties that you put in your work with mythbusters.
Lets start at the beginning… I read on a mythbusters fan site that you were born in the UK… moved to North America (spent some time in Canada I believe as well as the states) then moved to Australia… Could you give us a little more detail on your early years and what made your parents move to north America… and why you decided to move to Australia? Read More