Joe Van Riper left a comment on Tech Notes for Voice Talent
"I have three microphones that I've used in rotation, all Neumanns:  two TLM 103s and a 1972 vintage U-87.  While the 103's use the same capsule as the 87, there is a marked difference between the two.  The '103's are "brighter" and have a much…"
May 23, 2012
Joe Van Riper left a comment on Tech Notes for Voice Talent
"I may be a month late with this addendum to Howard's excellent points, but it's worth mentioning anyway.  To any talent that is going to do any editing or processing of their recording before sending it out, a very strong suggestion: ALWAYS keep a…"
May 13, 2012
Joe Van Riper commented on Rick Party's video
"So cute!! Reminds me of 1974 when I took my son & daughter to a studio with me (couldn't get a baby sitter).  They were 5 & 6, and I was a Sears steel belted radial tire.  By the end of the session, they had been cast as the voices of Sears' "Winnie…"
Mar 17, 2012
Joe Van Riper commented on Rick Party's photo
"Looks like a great future for the family business! But I'm with DC on the age thing... looks like you must've been an early-teens daddy. Congratulations."
Mar 16, 2012
Joe Van Riper commented on Joe Cipriano's video
"Dammit, Joe, don't make it look so easy!  Now everybody will want to be a promo announcer..."
Nov 6, 2011
Joe Van Riper left a comment for John Causby
"Hey John!!  Good to see you finally found your way to VU. We've both been in the "biz" for a verrrrrrry long time, but I still find useful advice and interesting perspectives on our industry almost daily here.  Great resource!  And you'll just serve…"
Feb 25, 2011
Joe Van Riper left a comment for Mary London
"Hey Mary!

Good to see another great Carolina voice talent here on VU. When I joined a year or so ago I was surprised at how many really good voices from Charlotte I had never met or heard of! Of course, I've moved to NY now and really miss all my…"
Nov 9, 2010
Joe Van Riper left a comment for Devin Richards
"Thanks for the "friend" invite Devin. I just moved to upstate NY, about an hour north of the city, after 40 years of free-lance VP in the SouthEast. (Yes, I'm that old!) Thankfully, most of my regular clients are sticking with me curing the…"
Jul 16, 2010
Joe Van Riper left a comment for Mike Coon
"Thanks for the invite, Mike... and for the compliment on my voice. I learned a long time ago that the voice is just a small part of the VO business. There are a lot of guys (and women) with wonderful voices who can't make it in this field because…"
Jul 16, 2010
Joe Van Riper left a comment for Larry Herring
"Thanks so much for the invite! And as for the compliments... you earned 'em!"
Feb 6, 2010
Joe Van Riper commented on Voiceover Universe's video
"Now THAT'S what our profession is all about! It's not the timbre of the voice, technique, tricks of the trade, or anything else that smacks of artifice. It's about communication! If you don't feel the message yourself, as you deliver it, how can you…"
Feb 5, 2010
Joe Van Riper commented on Bob Souer's event Carolina Voiceover Get-together
"Wow, Bob... I hate to bail out at the last minute but I have a huge emergency job that just came in this morning, and they need an immediate turn-around! These days, like most, it's a good idea to keep big clients happy. So.... Sorry! Hope I get…"
Oct 2, 2009
Joe Van Riper commented on Bob Souer's event Carolina Voiceover Get-together
"Great idea, Bob! I look forward to putting faces with some familiar voices I've not met yet, and swapping session horror stories."
Sep 23, 2009
Joe Van Riper left a comment for Jon Carter
"Yo Jon! Thanks for the invite... And I like your sound. You do great "young and bright"... I do "old and nasty". Between us, we've got Charlotte covered! :)"
Jul 16, 2009
Joe Van Riper left a comment for Nathan Mackey
"Hello Nathan,
Thanks for the friend request. I wish you all the luck in your voiceover career. In this business, luck is almost more important than talent! Just as a good education and command of English, and its nuances, is more important than a…"
Jul 11, 2009
Joe Van Riper posted a video
A typical voice demo, but edited with the video clips it came from (to keep it more entertaining). Just a good ol' boy from the backwoods with a mouth for hire! (All paying gigs... no audition material).
Jun 27, 2009

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  • Wow...thanks Mary.  Aw shucks.
  • Thanks Joe.  We miss you! Come home.
  • Thanks for the welcome Joe!
    Miss not seeing you around the studios here in Charlotte and the area...still hear your voice (of course) everywhere...
    Yup: Charlotte is loaded with talent. John Causby has turned into one of the best while still managing to be the nicest guy in the world...He is so versatile. I still think his abilities as a director are amazing...his instincts are good and he can really capture a performance out of anyone.
    You need to hear him & Ed doing Barney & Andy. Scary spot-on!
    Stay in touch good man!
  • Dear Joe:
    I agree with your comment that making it in this business is more than just having a nice voice! As with anything worth having, it takes time, effort and persistence....I've been doing vo for about 8 years and enjoy the "hunt" for my next client and/or opportunity. Frustrating? You bet...and the thrill of finding that new client or project is worth every bit of the frustration!
    Best wishes for a great day!
  • Ha ha! Good one, Joe. Very nice meeting you, bud. Please keep in touch.
  • My comment can be taken two ways. The first: you're bad, you need more training. Obviously, this isn't your case, because you've been in it for thirty years and you are seeing work. The other is less of my jackassery and involves soul-searching.

    What do you have that other talents don't? How do you describe yourself as a talent? Are you a versatile character actor? Are you a strong narrator? Or is your brand/voice too common? If the last is your case, you will have trouble finding an agent because they have plenty of people who sound like you.

    On the other hand, I have found trouble finding work EVEN WITH AN AGENT. The reason? 95% of my projects are through Voicebank, and most of the projects I receive through them are LA-based, which means I'm S.O.L. Whatever they tell you about Chicago being a major market is a lie. Everything is based out of LA and to a certain extent New York. Voice-over work is scant. You'll probably have better luck in Toronto, of all places!

    What Joe Cipriano once said on his blog a few years back was that you'll have a better chance staying near your hometown if you want to see work. My suggestion? With credits like yours, I'd move to LA.

  • Hi Joe!

    Welcome to Voiceover Universe! You'll meet some old friends and make some new ones around here!

    I hope you'll check out and join a group that we started not too long ago called MARKETING FOR FUN AND PROFIT. It's a group dedicated to discussing ways we can market ourselves - what works; what doesn't. With your experience, you would be a tremendous resource! Click here for the link: MARKETING FOR FUN AND PROFIT!

    Thanks for your time! I trust our paths will cross soon!

    Best to ya!

    dan (daniel eduardo) hurst
    This is a group to share ideas on marketing (y)our VO biz. What works? What doesn't?
  • Hi Joe!

    I’m delighted to be the first to welcome you to the UNIVERSE! You've joined a terrific group of very talented and generous people. You’ll love it here!

    I'd also like to invite you to join my VoiceOver Universe Group, Positive Thinkers UNITE!

    We can always use another creative, positive voice among us. Come join the fun!

    Best wishes for your continued success!

    Penny Abshire
    The VoiceActing Academy
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