Living well, Voice-Over

VO Tip Friday: Remember to Breathe

Breath is vital.

In life, it sustains us.

In voice-over, it gives our chords flexibility.

As a voice actor, it is easy to get anxious while reading copy. How does this director want me to sound? Did I interpret the copy correctly? I’ve got to nail this! Before you know it, you are ten takes in and your chords have a death-grip on the copy. It’s so hard to work with all that vocal pressure. Relax. Continue reading “VO Tip Friday: Remember to Breathe”

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VO Tip FRIDAY: Medical Tax Deductions

As a self-employed creative in charge of a business and a household, I am always interested in new ways to trim our monthly budget and keep as much of our family’s income in the bank as I can. This week, our family officially cut-the-cord and switched to streaming television. Ahhhh… so liberating! Another way I like to keep our monthlies in check is by giving less-and-less to Uncle Sam each quarter. Continue reading “VO Tip FRIDAY: Medical Tax Deductions”

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Naughty & Nice Jell-o Shots

Let’s face it, we all have a bit of naughty and nice inside each and every one of us, and this treat will satisfy either of those urges. For the days when you’re feeling fun but tame, make this as a simple, sweet jell-o cup and share with the kids.

And for those “other” days when you’re feeling a bit more fun and frisky, splash in some vodka (or tequila!), shoot these babies back, and unwind.

You can bring these to a holiday party or devour them at home on Christmas Eve with the kiddos. Turn on a holiday movie, pop some popcorn, make a night of it. Personally, I feel these pair nicely with the movie Elf. Here’s the recipe, courtesy of Delish.com: Continue reading “Naughty & Nice Jell-o Shots”

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Whipped Berry Butter

There are so many things I miss about living in the northeast, but a true Autumn is what I probably miss the most. Nothing beats the fiery colors in the trees, picking apples at a local vineyard, and having the perfect weather conditions for sipping hot apple cider. I miss the crisp air and fall jackets.

Here in Texas, we are enjoying Thanksgiving in shorts and open-toed shoes. Zoo Lights at The Houston Zoo will officially kick-off this weekend, and they always offer mugs of cocoa and cider. A lovely thought, but after all the walking, cider-sipping, stroller-pushing, and more walking, all you really want is an ice water and a fresh application of deodorant.

Sigh. I do love Texas, but Autumn is just not the same here.

The one magical autumn moment, however, is the week of Thanksgiving when I retrieve our reserved stash of berries from the freezer and make all kinds of delicious eats. My dad had a very successful crop of blackberries, raspberries, and blueberries this past season. We ate them fresh last spring and used some in a cobbler or two, but this reserved stash will be used to make gifts for our Thanksgiving guests, including Dad. Continue reading “Whipped Berry Butter”

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When Ad-lib Creates Voice-Over GOLD

I am the biggest fan of copy that inspires a VO talent to go off-script. Straight-up call letters won’t do the trick, but fun, playful copy certainly will.

Dan O’Day has some great tips on how a program director can inspire their imaging director to create a fantastic on-air sound. Now, imagine trickling that inspiration down to the imaging talent, too. Suddenly, everyone becomes a team to help create a sound that is really special and listeners will love.

Here are 3 tips to help inspire your VO talent’s creative side: Continue reading “When Ad-lib Creates Voice-Over GOLD”

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Heather Walters Voice! adds Country 94.1 KFKF to the Radio Imaging family!

Heather Walters Voice! is happy to announce its new imaging partnership with Kansas City’s country radio leader – Country 94.1 KFKF. Recording has been underway for weeks and production has officially launched.

I’m so excited about this new friendship. Make sure to tune in!

Family, Voice-Over

Monster Treats for a Voice-Over Pro’s Halloween Fun

With all of the Halloween office parties and neighborhood gatherings lined up, I thought today would be a great day to share a fun treat, so you can focus more on your clever costume design than on what to bring to the festivities. These fun treats are both tasty and super easy to make. I used BooBerry and Cocoa Krispies in these treats, and my nieces agreed that the Cocoa Krispies were their absolute fave. Of course, who doesn’t like a classic?

But you can use most cereals here: Krispies, Fruity Pebbles, a variety of flakes, etc. Just keep in mind how you want your monsters to look in the end. Trix could be fun!
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Halloween Voice-Over Fun!

Halloween is weeks away and I still can’t decide if Glen should dress-up as Charlie Brown, Clark Kent, or something else… Dumbledore, maybe? Mike and I can accessorize him as Harry and Hermoine. We already have the wands, it could work! Continue reading “Halloween Voice-Over Fun!”

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Another CMA WIN for Houston’s The New 93Q!

Houston’s The New 93Q – CMA Major Market Station of the Year 2016

— Friday, October 07, 2016 — Cox Media Group (CMG) Houston’s, KKBQ-FM/The New 93Q has won Major Market Station of the Year for the 2016 Country Music Association Awards. This is the second time in the last three years The New 93Q has received a CMA Award.

Continue reading “Another CMA WIN for Houston’s The New 93Q!”