Dream Jobs

Nancy Cartwright — the legendary voice of Bart Simpson — used to conduct voice-over workshops on a regular basis (she is focusing more on charitable fundraising and other causes now) — the people who would flock to the workshops (which were expensive and had massive waiting lists) were those who saw the performing of animation voices as […]

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I’m (Apparently) Too Sexy for This IVR

A few years ago, I voiced an interesting project for Kodak: a self-serve photo development kiosk where photographers could process their own film by simply walking up to a kiosk, installing their film, and controlling the processing of their photos in a very turnkey way. I was actually hired by a sound studio in Australia […]

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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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