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Woolite Carpet Cleaning Ingredients And Products

Here is a commercial voice over a friend of mine did, he did such a good job they asked him back for more work. Now hes making great money, take the time to hone your craft.

 

If you are one stickler for cleanliness, then you must surely be familiar with Woolite carpet cleaning products.

For your supreme carpet cleaning convenience, Woolite comes with its amazing arsenal of varied cleaning products.

For a light surface cleaning of your carpet, Woolite’s One Step Foam with FibraPure Odor Eliminator should be your ideal choice. Soft on your hands and the carpet, it will nevertheless leave your carpet looking and smelling and without too much hassle too.

If you have a particularly obstinate stain then you can use the Oxy Deep, their oxygen-activated cleaning solutions meant especially for carpets. This is an effective cleaning agent no doubt, but you need to wear gloves when using it. For this substance, when it comes in contact with the bare skin may cause a tingling sensation or turn the skin white. If this happens apply some hand lotion immediately to soothe the burning skin.

These oxygen-activated cleaning agents from Woolite are quite powerful. And the thing is that if you find your carpet taking on a bleached look after treating it with the solution, you can be rest assured that the carpet has been thoroughly cleaned in that region. Misting tepid warm water over this region will return the normal color of the carpet.

Another form of Woolite carpet cleaning treatment doing the rounds these days is a machine-powered oxygen-based cleaning solution that also generates heat. The Oxy Deep Steam. This provides an excellent means of getting rid of deep-set dirt and stains since in here you combine the powers of oxygen and steam to disintegrate, loosen and also dissolve even the most stubborn dirt lodged in some far-away corner of your carpet. What is more, this is a low-foam forming solution, so you do not have much of leftover on the carpet.

What are the ingredients of these woolite carpet cleaning products

Water
Surfactants
Fragrance
Peroxide

The best thing about these types of cleaning agents is that they contain no harsh chemicals. The amount of peroxide contained here is also negligible, making it one of the safest products around. They neither have any adverse effects on your skin, nor do they leave your carpet discolored. After applying the solution, you just need to clean up the solution with water or blot it up.

Woolite carpet cleaning products are multifaceted enough to take care of all your particular carpet cleaning needs. Thus you have the pet stain and odor removing cleaning solutions, ideal for homes with pets. So whether it’s Rocky trotting in with muddy paws or Daisy getting sick on the carpet, you can be sure that Woolite’s product will do away with all kinds of pet stains and odors. Besides, it is quite safe to be used on most upholstery that stands up to water.

Woolite’s Heavy Traffic Foam is a popular carpet cleaning product that is guaranteed to go down deep, seek out the dirt and the grime from all the hidden nooks and crannies of the carpet and execute them with brutal precision. Best suited to synthetic fibers like nylon, acrylic and polypropylene, this Woolite product is soft on your hands.

If you’ve had any type of bathroom remodeling in marshall texas done, you might need to cleaning the carpets from all the dirt and debris that might accumulate from that remodel.

Voice Over Work: Know Your Stuff

voice over workMany actors achieve great success in this industry. Its fun, they make great cash, whether its doing cartoon voice over work such as local cable access cartoons for kids or commercial work such as roll off dumpster rental omaha commercials, and they keep getting work over and over again.

Then there are others who are struggling to even get one gig. After many years as a copywriter working with successful (and a few not-so-successful) voice overs, and founder of a few online voice over directories I’ve been studying what makes certain voice overs successful.

The biggest way you are going to get money in this job is to get repeat business. People tend to use those they like and trust over and over again. And how do you get repeat business? Be nice.

1. Arrive 10 minutes early.

You want to make a good impression. (Especially since there’s a room full of clients/sound engineers/producers/copywriters/account directors waiting just for you.)

2. Drink up.

Have a glass of water with you when you’re in the booth to keep your voice clear. Don’t order a coffee at the studio, it mucks your voice up.

3. Be patient.

Remember, copywriters can be quite anal, so you will be asked to do something over and over and over again. It doesn’t mean you’re not doing a good job. It’s just the nature of the beast.

4. It’s not your ad.

Again, copywriters can be quite anal. They probably have a specific idea about what they’re looking for. All you can do is try to figure out what the fcek they mean when they say ‘warm yet corporate’ or ‘more energy, but slow it down a bit’ or something else vague. Try to be patient and not have too many “creative differences”.

5. Make your escape.

When you’re done your gig, say your goodbyes and thank you’s. No need to stick around.

6. Leave a business card behind.

Give it to the copywriter or agency producer, and simply say “thanks for the gig, here’s my card if you need anything”. Some companies offer to design cards for free for VO’s, as it leaves such a good impression when they leave their cards behind in studios.

7. Don’t go with a hangover.

Don’t get boozed up the night before a gig. Or at least not if the gig is in the morning. Your voice will thank you for it.

8. Do your thing.

If you’re doing a voice over with a few different actors in studio, don’t have a bash at their lines. (Actors can also be quite anal sometimes).
Just do the lines you were asked to do.

9. Remain calm.

If you’ve no experience in studio – as a rule, try not to say too much or crack too many jokes. The nerves really show up then. Just put your headphones on, be friendly and do your best. As time goes by, you’ll feel more relaxed in studio.

10. Make suggestions.

Its ok to make suggestions for minor script changes, for example, if something isn’t reading well or sounding natural. But just test the waters. Sometimes, for a plethora of boring bureaucratic reasons,
the client can be strict about script changes, so don’t push it too much.

Limo Rental Voice Over

150019803Doing voice over work is really fun, especially if your doing local commercial work. Its great and it doesn’t take as long as if your doing an actual cartoon.

I remember one of my female friends in the industry had to do a voice over for an animated character talking about san angelo tx limo rentals, So i had to play a texas country girl with a twang. She ask me to help her do a little research on the project.

That was so much fun, we watched a few movies based around the state of texas, we found a few videos online of miss texas pageant contestants doing interviews to get the whole accent down. She really dove into the character so she could get right on the first few takes.

Needless to say, they were blown away by her performance, and they make sure to keep her on speed dial the next time they needed a female voice over for one of there commercials!!!

Local Commercial Voice Overs

voice overIf your looking into getting in the world of voice overs, a demo of your voice over is the most important part of selling yourself. When you walk into an interview without a demo, is just the same as someone who is trying to break into acting not having any head shots. Your voice demo is your business card to the voice industry and you cannot work without it.

In the world of commercial voice overs there is so many kinds of voices that are needed needed for many different jobs: low voices, whiny voices, gravelly voices, flat voices and even average voices. So, even if you don’t have a classic “good voice” you can enter the field if you have determination.

So be ready when it time to go on these job interviews, a great tip if you want to get into commercial voice overs, search in your local area for work. Thats the easiest way to get started so what you can is..

SEARCH YOUR CITY:

This easiest way to do this is to just search “Voice Over Commercials” and “your city” on Google. So, for instance you would search arlington tx jump house rental if your looking to voice over work for local bounce house commercials. Some will even start out from making youtube videos just to get their work out there.

Or you can go on a site called fiverr.com, that site you can also do voice over work for people and make some extra money while also sharpening your skills, this is just one way to get started.

You’ll Need a Good Voice Actor! If Your Wanting To Build Your Image…

What Do Prospective Customers Think About Your Company?

How do you do this when you company is doing cartoons, animation, computer games and CGI, etc… the first after creating the visual element is have great Cartoon Voice Over Talent ready to provide the right sound first (impression) image!

Usually, the first impression that they receive of your organization is via advertisement or your telephone system when they call in. Either way, potential customers are likely ‘hear’ from you first and base their impression of your business upon that first sound bite.

One way to ensure that a positive impact is made upon customers is to have a dynamite voice-over recorded by a pro who knows how.

Their voice type and interpretation of your script will yield dividends beyond all telling for your reputation and presence.

Most of life revolves around perception, that is, what you believe to be true. If your voice-over is persuasive and relatable, listeners will assume that your company is everything that your voice-over exudes.

A powerhouse voice-over will positively brand your company image by exuding the following qualities:

Confidence
Persuasion
Leadership
Accountability
Passion
Knowledge
Authority
Authenticity

What’s in a name? Plenty. What’s in a voice? EVERYTHING!

Let the true voice of your company shine through and go for the gusto with the right voice actor for your job.

Word of Mouth Advertizing is the Best

An Episode XI Studio rep agreed to answer a few questions about her experience at Voices.com and how she and her company have used the service to find, select and hire talent. Recently she completed a project at Voices.com and hired Dan Dunlap. Read more on her experience.

How has Voices.com helped you with your project needs and how did you select the talent?

There are so many talents listed that it’s often difficult to narrow down who you’d like to contact, so we always send out a general listing and listen to the auditions that we receive. We try to be as specific as we can in the job posting details on what we’re looking for so that the voiceover talent will know whether or not they are matched for the job before they respond.

What challenges did you face using the Voices.com system to find talent?

For this project we wanted that stereotypical deep, male, movie trailer-type voice. The clip was for a 45 second video that would show like a movie preview. We were using the video at an evening cocktail party/networking group event. The event was being held to introduce a new online networking group locally called Synergy Street.

We never have any problems getting plenty of auditions and responses to our postings, and this one was no different. We found the perfect voice, and offered him the job, paid the deposit via SurePay and received our finished files all on the same day. The whole procedure is easy to follow, and speedy!

The Loft Presentation was one of the few videos that we’ve done that actually wasn’t on a very tight deadline. But if it had been, we would have had absolutely no complaints because we got the voiceover file within 45 minutes of ordering it.

How did Voices.com help you achieve your goals in hiring?

Honestly, we use voices.com exclusively for voiceover work for every job. We’ve always had good luck with the talent listed, and every job has been a success.

We got LOTS of audition responses very quickly and most of them were a custom demo for this project so that we would knew exactly how it would turn out and we knew that Dan was the perfect voice for the job. There were absolutely no problems with the transaction; it was perfectly smooth and super speedy as usual.

How would you describe your overall experience with the site?

We LOVED the voiceover we got from Dan, he was perfect for the project and he was our first and only choice. Of course, we will use Voices.com again, as we always do. If a project fits Dan’s voice in the future, we will absolutely hire him again. Whenever we meet with customers we tell them where we get our voiceover talents.

Budgeting for a Cartoon Voiceover

Learn how to budget properly for a voiceover recording with cartoon voice talent…

It’ll only take half an hour of your time…..

How many times do voiceover talent (VO) hear this from prospective clients who assume a 30 minute finished audio file takes only 30 minutes of work to produce?

Let’s take a closer look at what goes into making a finished, polished 30 minute audio file that will serve the purpose you want it to.

The cartoon voice talent receives the script and converts it if it is not presented double spaced with 12 pt type with at least 1″ margins all around.

Why bother?

Well, first and foremost, it is easier to read. The words and lines are not jammed up one against the other. But equally important, it gives the VO space to mark up the script.

This leads us to the next step in the process. The voice talent reads over the script, usually out loud, to get a feel for it.

As the cartoon voice talent reads the script a couple of times, s/he marks it up and checks the pronunciation of difficult words. What message is the script trying to convey? How best can the voice talent get that message across – where should emphasis be placed – where are the best places for pauses, for breath?

This can take up to 30-45 minutes.

Now the voice talent is ready to go into the booth and start recording. Turning on equipment, opening software and creating a new file just takes a minute or two.

Once in the booth, the voice talent records the script. While the markings made before stepping into the booth are a great aid, it still can take up to twice the length of the finished audio to record it. Longer, it if is complex, not written specifically for oral presentation, or if there is a lot of technical jargon or foreign words.

Let’s do a quick summation of time – so far, at minimum, the VO has spent at least 30 minutes preparing the script and at least 45 minutes recording it.

Hmmm – that 30 minute script has already at least took an hour and 15 minutes of the VO’s time and s/he hasn’t even started editing it yet!

Editing generally takes a minimum of twice (often 3x) the length of finished audio file. So, now we have to add another 60 to 90 minutes to the time already invested in this project.

So that “it’ll only take 30 minutes” project will take at least two hours or more to properly produce.

Here’s a rundown of the time it takes to produce a fully edited, dry voice (no music or effects) audio file 30 minutes in length:

Preparing the script: Up to twice the length of the final audio (30 minutes)

Recording: Up to twice the length of the final audio (45 minutes)

Editing: At least two to three times the length of the final audio (60 minutes)

Total Time: A minimum of four times the length of the final audio (135 minutes)(2′ 15″)

Please, for both your peace of mind and for the VO’s, keep this in mind when you set the budget for your next voice project.

Rule of thumb is it takes at least four times the length of the finished audio to record and produce

Art Imitates Life: Should You Animate Your Business?

The latest trend in commercial advertising, in companies big or small, is animation. Animated characters make commercials memorable, eye-catching and get people guessing as to whose voices are used in the production.

The use of cartoons in advertising was immensely popular during the 1960s, and you could very well say, what’s old is new again.

While there are only a few options for the types of animation available, the possibilities for what can be created, concepts explored, the message given and the kind of voices that bring the cartoon characters to life are endless.

What type of businesses use cartoon voices?

Businesses that want to draw in the younger demographic, businesses who are re-branding their image, and visionaries looking to push the envelope to create a heightened sense of reality.

Stop and think about commercials you’ve seen that were animated.

How did they make you feel? What do you remember about the animation, the voices and what was being said?

Many animated commercials include characters that reoccur in advertising campaigns that brand a product, like Kellogg’s Rice Krispies with Snap, Crackle and Pop. Think also about the popularity of Nasonex’s infamous bee with the latino accent or Smokey the Bear in public service announcements reminding people that “Only you can prevent forest fires”.

These animated ambassadors represent brands and also communicate with their audiences on a different, cozier level than a talking head ever could. Cartoon characters are non-threatening and possess a cultivated genuineness that comes across well without appearing contrived, a bonus for companies that want to establish relationships on a more personal level with their customers on a large scale.

How is this process achieved?

You’ll need to work with a good animator or team of animators. Working with a good copywriter is also advised, taking care to work with someone who specializes in writing for commercials and animation. Lastly, you’ll need to find the perfect voice for your characters and choose well, because those are the voices that will connect on a primal level with your viewers.

Want another great reason to make an animated commercial?

They’re cheaper to make than traditional on-camera ads that employ an entire production crew complete with actors on-camera. Once you get yourself rolling with people who can animate, script and give voice to your characters, the sky is the limit and you’ve got nowhere to go but up!

Quick Turn Around and Great Cartoon Voice Talent

Kyle Neale of AdExpress agreed to answer a few questions about his experience at Voices.com and how he used the service to find, select and hire talent.

Recently Kyle completed a couple of projects at Voices.com and hired Joe Mc Millan. Read more on Kyle’s hiring experience.

How has Voices.com helped you with your project needs?

First off, at AdExpress, we are a quick turn around ad agency. Kind of like a Kinko’s, you can walk in, look at our menu, order it, and we’ll have it back to you in 24 to 48 hours. Since we promise things in such a short time line, it is very important that we get voice talent responses back as soon as possible.

When a client wants a radio spot, we’ll ask them what they are looking for, and then I’ll go to Voices.com and put in all the info, and just do an open casting call.

How did you select the talent?

Once I get the responses back, I’ll go through and listen to them, and pick out 4 to 5 that are top notch, and then I’ll send those to the client so they can pick which voice they want to be on their project. Once they pick the talent, I’ll contact them (the talent) directly and set everything up.

I’ve been using Voices.com for about a year and a half now, and all the talents have been great to work with.

What challenges did you face using the Voices.com system to find talent?

As stated before, we are always on a tight deadline, and that sometimes makes us pick one voice talent from another. Sometimes they (the voice talent) aren’t able to work with our schedule, but more often than not they are ready and willing to work with us.

For this project we needed a male, North American English voice, that had a wise and fatherly tone to it, and we also needed a female voice that was very happy and upbeat. We found many, and so off to the client they went, and we ended up with Joe Mc Millan, who was able to get things back to me in about an hour, and sent right over email and uploaded through the Voices.com SurePay Service. It was all a very smooth process. Same goes with the female talent; we got in touch over email, and just went from there.

How would you describe your overall experience with the site?

The talents listed at Voices.com are always professional. And the amount of responses we get sometimes can be too much! But it is always great to have 30 or 40, sometimes even over 100 talents to choose from. Some of our clients can be rather picky, so it’s great to be able to keep feeding them more talent.

The result of the project was great. The client was happy, and we are moving forward with more radio spots through this summer. I will always come back to Voices.com for our voice talent needs, and I always tell people where I find out talent. It’s a great way for us to find voice talents at reasonable prices, and being able to set a price is great as well. As for hiring talent again, we have many voice talents on record here that are my “go to people” when I know I need something done quickly and in a professional manner.

About the Client

AdExpress is a quick turn around ad agency. “We make ads, and other stuff”. If you need a radio spot, TV spot, website, web banner ad, magazine ad, newspaper ad, anything that deals with advertising and promotions, we are who you need to talk to.

If you think that you need an AdExpress in your town, check out our site at www.adexpress.ws and find out how to get one near you.

Better Than Average Talent, and Convenient

A freelance musician agreed to answer a few questions about his experience at Voices.com and how he used the service to find, select and hire talent.
Recently Jeff completed a project at Voices.com and hired September Day Leach. Read more on Jeff’s hiring experience.

How has Voices.com helped you with your project needs?

I discovered Voices.com and posted a job. I received more than 20 responses, all of which had auditions I could listen to instantly online.

I had been unable to hire good talent through other means, but voices.com provided an easy and fast way to select excellent professional talent. And my hired talent, September Day Leach, has been extremely professional, has a tier one performance, and had my satisfaction as her ultimate goal- and she achieved it with ease. I had received plenty responses and having so many to choose from helped because while some were very good, others were plainly not what I was looking for.

How did you select the talent?

I needed a young, attractive and beautiful voice for spoken statements in the music, and I found September at Voices.com, the need was filled and still is!

Some had recorded some of my script for the audition. I listened to the auditions and selected September Day Leach, who had the perfect voice and performance. It’s easy because once the job is posted; all that is left is waiting for responses and reviewing them. No searching is necessary. The responses were very quick too, I had several in less than 24 hours.

What challenges did you face using the Voices.com system to find talent?

The deadline was a month out, but I wanted to get the work done quickly and voices.com along with my hired talent made that possible. I had no trouble using the system, reviewing responses, making the deposit, or receiving the finished work through the Voices.com SurePay System.

How would you describe your overall experience with the site?

I still work with my talent (September) on a regular basis, and I plan to continue working on future projects with her for the long term. If I was seeking a different voice, I would return to Voices.com and I would recommend it to others.

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