Reality TV Is Getting Two
Voice Over Talent Shows
January 9, 2011
By John Florian
The hot competition for voice over jobs is reaching a new level - "Reality TV."
Two television programs - Behind The Mic - The VoiceOver Talent Search, and America's Next Voice - are being developed by well-known voice over professionals, in which voice over talents will vie for a shot of fame on camera.
Casting calls are likely weeks or months ahead, but some details are emerging about show principals and formats.
Even the reality shows themselves might wind up competing for fame.
BEHIND THE MIC
Behind the Mic co-producers are show creator and voice over talent agent Erik Sheppard - of Voice Talent Productions - and popular voice talent / trainer Marc Cashman.
The TV series will feature the producers along with voice over industry stars Sarah Natochenny (of the animated series Pokemon) and Wally Wingert (voice and personality with the Tonight Show with Jay Leno).
The show will also offer tips on auditioning and guest appearances from celebrity voice actors that will "knock your socks off," says Sheppard (pictured).
"Our format is fresh and exciting," he adds, "and showcases the unique and supportive way in which our community of actors work with one another.
"Nobody will be humiliated on this show.
"Aspiring talent will work hard, just like everyone else in this profession, and we'll all get a chance to watch and listen," says Sheppard.
Co-producer Marc Cashman (pictured) adds:
"Voice over is everywhere (and) people are always intrigued not only with who those voices are, but also with what goes on behind the scenes - or Behind the Mic.
"Our reality show pulls back the curtain," Cashman explains, "to reveal the inner workings and huge talent involved in the voice over industry."
AMERICA'S NEXT VOICE
America's Next Voice is being developed by Los Angeles voice over celebrities Joe Cipriano, known especially for TV promos and movie trailers, and Randy Thomas, the frequent voice of major award shows.
Cipriano tells VoiceOverXtra that "we're very excited" about the show, which has received "huge support" from the VO community.
He'll provide details "when we have everything set and lined up."
These shows were developing under the voice over radar until last week, when Cipriano and Thomas called into a radio show interviewing "golden voice" video sensation Ted Williams, and invited Williams to appear on their show (see earlier VoiceOverXtra article).
A video was made of that call, sparking requests from other voice talents for info about how to appear on the show.
Yet the video irked Behind the Mic producers Sheppard and Cashman, who say the voice over talent show concept was originally theirs.
In a January 7 press release, Sheppard and Cashman stated:
And on their claim to have originated the show concept, they said:
Behind the Mic has a Facebook Fan Page, where enthusiastic voice actors are gushing comments like "Bring it on!" "I would LOVE to get in on this," and "What do we need to do?"
Yet there is also concern about potential competition between the shows.
"These (people) are huge in the VO world. I hope nobody has to take sides here. There could be room for both," a voice actor comments.
Indeed, judging from the energetic interest, the voice over community could certainly fuel and support both shows.
VoiceOverXtra will deliver details as soon as they are available.
For now, the contact address for Behind the Mic is:
And for America's Next Voice, Joe Cipriano's home page is:
www.joecipriano.com. A link to his email is at the bottom right of the page.
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