What Price is “Human Nature”?

A few weeks ago, I voiced an on-hold program for a client, and when he declined all of my choices of available selections of royalty-free music to mix behind my vocals, he suggested something which still stymies me to this day: “Can’t we just play Michael Jackson?” I tried to explain to him that our combined […]

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Where Have All The Operators Gone?

It’s all my fault. Well, actually; as easy as it is to strike guilt with me — it’s not *all* my fault. The obsolescence  of the telephone operator  is as a result of ever-emerging technologies which were already spinning well out of control by the time I came on board as a well-known voice of automated […]

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“I Wanna Go Tuh Cleveland…”

An interesting trend developed in telephony a few years back. There was an active and vehement move away from the robotic, automaton sound of early voice recordings on telephones — recordings which seem to have been deliberately done that way, in order to eliminate any confusion as to whether or not the caller had reached an actual, […]

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“Hello, Room Service? Can I Have a Monte Cristo Sandwich with a Side Order of Accoustical Foam…?”

Harlan Hogan is a well-known voice actor, and a published author of many books about the building of and recording from your home studio — two must-reads for any home-based talent is his “The Voice Actor’s Guide to Home Recording” (2005, Thomson Course Technology Press) and its more recent follow-up, “The Voice Actor’s Guide to Recording […]

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Never a Dull Moment In Front of *This* Mic!

As someone who voices the telephone prompts for a wide variety of companies, I get a front-row seat to seeing the inner workings of a wide variety of industries — most unassuming and straightforward; others so extremely bizarre, they provide great fodder for dinner party talk — and now that I”m blogging — endless material […]

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