Voices.com will be exhibiting at the SIGGRAPH 2014 conference and exhibition in Vancouver at the Vancouver Convention Centre, with the exhibition component taking place August 12th to the 14th. Voices is part of a delegation representing the province of Ontario. SIGGRAPH’s commercial exhibition attracts hundreds of exhibitors from around the world. As in previous years, Voices.com staff will join their fellow delegates in the Ontario Pavilion and share about how SIGGRAPH attendees can incorporate voice-over more effectively in their productions.
Last year, Voices CEO David Ciccarelli drew a crowd at SIGGRAPH 2013 in Anaheim with his signature Google Glass. This year, the team will continue their focus on tech with an emphasis on the human voice and how its use impacts animation and film.
Voice-over talent are integral to most animated productions, whether it be a blockbuster animated film the likes of Disney’s Frozen or an independent work produced by animation students honing their craft. In the end, it isn’t just about artistry; it’s about storytelling and doing it well. As the late, great Don LaFontaine used to say, devote yourself to the service of the words. Voices is one of the only companies representing audio at SIGGRAPH 2014, with the vast majority of exhibitors focusing on the visual aspect of animation. Their voice promises to add tremendous insight and a unique contribution to the conversation.
Recently Voices.com has made a bold foray into foreign markets, expanding an online marketplace to bring brands and voice over talent together, by completing the massive undertaking of translating their services into Latin American Spanish for the South American market of businesses seeking native-speaking voice actors.
With the new, translated site in place, users speaking Latin American Spanish are able to search, audition and hire voice-over talent in their preferred language. Likewise, voice actors can use the Spanish site to feature their talent and audition for voice-over jobs in a way that best suits them and their particular niche skill set. Offering the Voices.com web service in Spanish streamlines the process of connecting and collaborating on projects through the marketplace for those who speak the language, with plans for the same strategy to be implemented for additional markets on an even more global scale.
Voices.com CEO David Ciccarelli chose the Latin American market as the first international expansion of the company’s services because of the business opportunities it affords for voice-over work.
Voices.com’s Latin American site already features 1000 Spanish speaking voice-over talent from Mexico and also Argentina, Colombia, Venezuela and Uruguay. With such a healthy number, it is anticipated that the new Spanish site will help secure even more of the Latin American Spanish voice over market.
“Over the last several years, we’ve embraced a vision of going global, mobile and social. With Voices.com’s mobile and social presence well established, now is the time to execute on our global strategy,” Ciccarelli states. “The translation of the Voices.com site into Latin American Spanish is our first step for making our service more accessible to customers who prefer to do business in a language other than English.”
Processes have already been set in motion for translating the site into other languages for specific countries. The expansion into foreign voice over markets will include such regions as Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Latin America.
“Communicating on a deeper level with our customers around the world, specifically in their own languages, means a lot to us,” explains Ciccarelli. “By translating our website into multiple languages, we are turning obstacles into opportunities, breaking through language barriers one at a time.”
To experience Voices.com’s new Spanish site, visit http://mx.voices.com.
The Computer Animation Festival, which takes place during SIGGRAPH, is recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as a qualifying festival. Since 1999, several works originally presented in the Computer Animation Festival have been nominated for or have received a Best Animated Short Academy Award. Who knows what stories will make history this year?