Using our “Voices for Good”!

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I often share about using my “voice for good” which means, besides being a female voiceover artist for hire, I love helping charities and projects I’m passionate about, by donating my voice. It gives me the chance to take my passion for “Giving Great Voice” and combine that with the ability to inspire and share about a cause or organization I believe in and voice that passion.

So you can imagine how excited I was to find out about Vocal Id which is an organization dedicated to giving a “Voice to the Voiceless”, through cutting edge technology.

Professer Rupal Patel came up with the concept of helping the millions of people who are speech challenged, receive  their own unique voice print rather than the five or six that are currently offered, most notabley the “Steven Hawking voice” She eloquently shares her ideas in a brilliant Ted Talk.

I was blown away that there were so many people with speech disabilities as well as the idea that there were so few choices to having a unique voice print. While I have always loved using my voice, I must admit, I’ve always taken for granted that I  had a voice to use.

She woke me up as I’m sure many other people to the challenges faced by people with vocal disabilities and also presented me a great opportunity to do something about it.

This moving Huff post article beautifully shows the impact of this “life changing” program to a young woman who get’s to hear her “voice” for the first time!

 

I’m in the middle of recording the sentences right now and I’ve made a short video ” in the closet” to show you how easy it is to do.

They also have a great tutorial that explains it step by step.

The other really cool thing is that this opportunity to “give great voice” is not limited to voiceover acting, but to anyone wanting to help that has access to a computer and a microphone. It’s a rare opportunity for anyone who has wanted  to do voiceovers, to have some training and hands on practice, and at the same time do a meaningful service. It’s also a wonderful opportunity for all of us who are privileged enough to make a living at our wonderful craft of voiceover to give back.

They also have all kinds of volunteer opportunities to help “get the word out.”

I hope you’ll join me in helping Vocal ID fulfill their mission of giving a unique voice print to those in need. Here’s to using our voices, and our “Voiceovers” for good!

7 Comments »

  1. What a wonderful idea. I first did a voice over in 1999, and have done a number of different types of voice project. I have a Deep bass English (RP) voice and I would be so happy to be involved in this project. Do you have a vacancy for my voice style? I do hope so. Having spent 30 years as a famiy doctor I have no problems with technical terms, which may be useful to you. Please get in touch and let me know what I can offer.
    Sincerely,
    Peter Sandon

    Comment by Peter Sandon — April 15, 2015 @ 7:24 pm

  2. HI Peter. Thank you for your comments. Please go to the Vocal ID’s website if you would like to volunteer and it will explain how to do everything! Best, Tasia

    Comment by Tasia Valenza — April 16, 2015 @ 3:58 am

  3. Very interesting.
    I have a singing site as well, and a man who stutters told me the info I sent him was very helpful to him but this is for people who can’t speak, right?
    Thanks for making this post and providing these videos.
    Jay Beacham

    Comment by jay beacham — April 16, 2015 @ 1:10 am

  4. My Pleasure. Trying to get the word out about this amazing organization, especially in the VO community.

    Comment by Tasia Valenza — April 16, 2015 @ 3:57 am

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  6. Tasia, So generous to donate your lovely voice for a person with a voice disorder, and so moving that VocalID merges the two voices so the uniqueness of the individual remains in tact–well, three words come to mind: Dignity, Empathy, Connection.

    Comment by Pamela Varady — May 5, 2015 @ 5:47 am

  7. Tasia, great work. Thanks for helping in prove the world.

    Comment by Mr. P — May 15, 2015 @ 5:49 am

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