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Paul Hernandez I am a Voice Actor who loves the voiceover field and and exceeding client's expectations. My voice style has been described as friendly, fun conversational and the guy next door. I'm also a Radio DJ and Part-Time Worship Pastor. I love God, doing voice work and enjoy a good laugh and making others laugh too.

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The Value Of The Phone Patch

Posted by Paul Hernandez on Friday, July 19, 2013, In : Voiceovers 


Recently I landed a job with a video company who had a client who was difficult to work with.  He was a nice enough person, just very picky about what he wanted. 

The end client loved my voice for the project and my video client asked me to record a couple of takes but did not provide much direction.  Always striving to please the client I sent three very different styled takes.  These were turned down.  A little more direction was given to which I followed to the T.  Again my takes were tu...


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This Doggie Learned A New Voiceover Trick!

Posted by Paul Hernandez on Tuesday, May 21, 2013, In : Voiceovers 

So you’re a voice talent working on a long piece and need to mark spots on your audio file where you've make mistakes so that you can find those spots easily when you start your editing process right?  Maybe you clap your hands, snap your fingers, or just make a clicking sound with your mouth or even whistle.  Well I don’t know about you, but if you’re like me, I get tired of doing all that during a long narration piece, especially if I’m having one of those "I can't get my mouth to w...


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Help For A Cold

Posted by Paul Hernandez on Tuesday, March 5, 2013, In : Health 
Sometime ago I read an article at Voices.com entitled "How To Prevent a Cold From Becoming a Really Crappy Cold"  As a voice actor, vocal care and health are always very important to me.  Some time ago while recording a narration for an audio book, I caught a pretty bad cold.  The timing was terrible because I was under a deadline to finish the recording so I had to fight my way through it.

I came across the above mentioned article which includes a recipe for banishing congestion.  While the f...
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Voice Acting Feedback – It’s As Clear As Mud

Posted by Paul Hernandez on Wednesday, August 29, 2012, In : Voiceovers 

The longer I’m in the voiceover game, the more I realize that you’ve got to discover your strengths and weaknesses and the ins and outs of this business largely on your own.  I’m not saying you shouldn’t get training, because you definitely should.  I’ve received my fair share of it and will continue to do so.  What I am saying is that much of the critique I’ve received over the years has been contradictory.  

Recently I got hammered on an audition where the person critiquing me ...


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iPhone iPad Voiceover Recording Solutions

Posted by Paul Hernandez on Friday, June 1, 2012, In : Voiceovers 

Tascam IM2 iPhone Mic Review

I’d been looking for an inexpensive way to get nice quality recordings from my iPhone 4S.  I read Beau Weaver’s review of the Tascam IM2 mic along with his audio test on George Whittam’s blog at http://eldorec.com/eldoblog/?currentPage=4  and thought I’d give it a try.  I have to say for a mic that you can buy for under $80, I was fairly impressed.

I constructed a portable sound booth that I could take on the road and then began testing the Tascam IM2 mi...


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I'm Still No Don LaFontaine And That's Still Okay!

Posted by Paul Hernandez on Friday, March 16, 2012, In : Voiceovers 

I think most people think that for a man to be in voiceovers you have to have this big booming Don LaFontaine voice.  While l do not to dispute the man's greatness, because he was great, but I don’t believe every voiceover project calls for that kind of a voice.  

Over the past few years I've taken part in many workshops, read books and trained with great people like Voice Coaches and Terry Daniel.  One thing that I've come to realize is that there is a niche out there for guys like me t...


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Auditioning On The Go Solutions

Posted by Paul Hernandez on Friday, November 18, 2011, In : Voiceovers 

While I believe it’s best to audition from my home studio, there have been occasions when I’ve been on the road or away from my studio and come across a job posting that I felt was a good fit for me and had wished that I had a simple set up for my iPhone so that I could audition for it. 

A while back on Voices.com I learned about an iPhone app called iAudition designed for voice actors by voice actors http://www.everydaygiants.com/iaudition2/.  It’s a simple $...


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The Power Of An Apology

Posted by Paul Hernandez on Monday, July 18, 2011, In : Business 

I’ve been reading the book “UnMarketing” by Scott Stratten  (which I highly recommend) and was reminded of a recent incident as I read a section about the importance of owning your mistakes in business.

Recently I sent out my voiceover business newsletter to many folks in my email contacts list.  I made the HUGE mistake of not sending the email list out as a “bcc” (or blind carbon copy) email.  So basically, everyone that I sent this to could see all of the ...


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How do you know your doing what you're supposed to be doing?

Posted by Paul Hernandez on Thursday, June 23, 2011, In : Voiceovers 

Have you ever asked yourself that question?  I know I have many times over the years and continue to do so.  I think it’s healthy to think about where you’re at in life and see if you are where you want to be. 

Over the years I’ve had many jobs, and with each of them, there were elements of my personality and talents and skills that were put to good use in those jobs.  But I don’t know that I was ever completely fulfilled.  For me, as a Christian, I’ve str...


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Low Budget Noise Blocking Solution

Posted by Paul Hernandez on Saturday, April 23, 2011, In : How To 
Like many voice actors with home studios, the issue of blocking outside noise can be a problem.  I recently visited a friends home who was building a semi-sound proof office in his home.  He had installed, sandwiched between the dry wall and standard 2x4 framing, sheets of sound board material he purchased at Home Depot.  This material is roughly 1/2 inch thick and does a nice job of sound proofing his home office from family noise in his home.

In my home voiceover studio I have a 4x4 window f...
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Faffcon

Posted by Paul Hernandez on Friday, September 17, 2010, In : Voiceovers 
I recently had the privilege of attending Faffcon, the "UN-Voiceover" conference http://faffcon.com/.   It was great meeting up with so many talented voice actors from the industry.  We had the opportunity to share and learn with one another to help better our careers and the industry.  I highy recommend to my fellow voice actors attending the next one if they get the chance

I also learned about meetup.com and the voiceover group that was started in the Portland, Oregon area.  If you are inter...
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Hacker Protection

Posted by Paul Hernandez on Monday, August 30, 2010, In : Social Networking 

Has your twitter, facebook or other social networking account ever been hacked?  Well it’s happened to me and it can happen to you.  Social networking can be a fun way to keep up with old friends, meet new ones or promote yourself and your business.  But it can also be very frustrating when a hacker breaks into your account and starts sending out spam and junk messages to all of you...


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Don’t Give Up On Your Dreams

Posted by Paul Hernandez on Wednesday, August 18, 2010, In : Mental/Spiritual Health 

As a child I always had an interest in music, entertainment and announcing.  I can remember pretending to be on the radio, being an announcer or narrator just for fun, kicks or for a fun school project.  I always enjoyed doing things like this but as I grew older I left these dreams behind to pursue other interests.  I got married, got into sales and marketing, and raised a family.  After becoming a Christian, for the first time in a long time, I began to feel unsettled...


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I'm Not Don LaFontaine And That’s OK

Posted by Paul Hernandez on Tuesday, June 8, 2010, In : Voiceovers 

I’ve always been interested in voice over work.  As a kid I pretended to be a radio DJ and did impressions of my favorite celebrities.  As I got older I became interested in voice over work but I’ve said to myself "I'm no Don LaFontaine.  I don't have that big booming movie trailer guy voice.  How could I even compete?"  Well the longer I'm in this field the more I realize that in today's voice over market, getting work isn't about the voice you have as much as it is what you can do with ...


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FUN Raiser For Haiti

Posted by Paul Hernandez on Wednesday, May 12, 2010,
On May 7th, my family and I got together and put on the Hernandez Family Variety Show.  It was a night of music, skits, improv and fun as we invited guests from our home church, city, and listeners of HOPE 107.9 FM (the station I work at) to come out for free and enjoy a night of laughs.

We performed songs (some of which were acted out) from my Pickles and Jelly CD along with Who's Line Is It Anyway styled improv comedy and funny skits in the style of some classic variety TV shows like Carol B...
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Pickles & Jelly

Posted by Paul Hernandez on Friday, April 9, 2010, In : Funny 

Recently I finished recording a comedy music album in the vain of Weird Al Yankovic and the New Zealand comedy duo “Flight of the Conchords”. The purpose of this album initially is to help raise funds to help my son and daughter go on a missions trip to Haiti to work in an orphanage. I am very proud of my kids and wanted to do something to help with their fund raising. So, since I have a warped sense of humor and some musical ability I thought “Why not a comedy music CD?”

I enj...


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Hacker, Hacker, Oh How I Hate Thee

Posted by Paul Hernandez on Tuesday, February 23, 2010, In : Social Networking 

How to protect yourself from hackers.

 

I’ve tried to understand the mind of a hacker, but I’m not sure I ever will.  What is so appealing about breaking into someone’s account and screwing up their lives for the sake of sending out spam messages and garbage links that no one wants?  I guess it’s the same mentality of the “tagger” or spray paint artists who must think, “I’m just going to do this because I can”.  What a waste of a life and talent.  If only they would use th...


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Can a bunch of old books change your life?

Posted by Paul Hernandez on Tuesday, February 2, 2010, In : Mental/Spiritual Health 
I'm currently taking a 9 week challenge to see if a bunch of old books can make a difference in a person's life.  I invite you to take the challenge with me to find out. Audio files and a reading schedule for each daily reading are available at this link: http://ow.ly/12PqX
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Benefits Of Keeping The Weight Off

Posted by Paul Hernandez on Wednesday, January 13, 2010, In : Health 

Over the summer of 2009, my wife and I as spokesmen for a radio client went through a weight loss program with our health coaches at Great Shape For You.  Pay and Gayle Edwards coached us through our weight loss goals using the Medifast 5 and 1 meal plan.  My first week I will admit was no fun at all but I soon got accustomed to eating smaller portions but more frequently through out the day.  In just under 8 weeks I reached my goal and lost 40 lbs.  It’s now the middle of January 2010 and ...


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New Business Audio Books

Posted by Paul Hernandez on Wednesday, December 2, 2009, In : Voiceovers 
I just recently completed narrating two business audio books.  One called The Subtle Art Of Managing Up:  Lead Your Boss aby John Baldoni and the other written by former New York City Mayor Ed Koch called Buzz: How To Create It And Win With It.  Both of these books from Amacom Books are excellent in terms of career building and management insight and I highly recommend them.  While I was hired to narrate these books, I walked away with a lot of great insight and information to help me in my o...
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Never Give Up

Posted by Paul Hernandez on Saturday, November 14, 2009, In : Voice Overs 

I did a fun interview with Voice Coaches the other day.   They are the organization where I received my training from.   While I have a long way to go in terms of reaching my utltimate goals of going full time as a voice actor, I’m getting closer all the time.  I’ve been blessed with lots of success in a reasonably short amount of time due partly to dedication and hard work, but from some great coaching and tips from pros in the voice over community and my friends at Voice Coaches.  The m...


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Harper Collins Book Voiced by Paul Hernandez

Posted by Paul Hernandez on Monday, October 19, 2009, In : Voice Overs 
Over the summer I worked on a book project called "Come Back, Como" by Steve Winn.  It's a funny story about a man's hilarious (and agonizing) quest to win the trust of a shelter dog that he and his family adopted.  It's a funny and touching story that is fun to read. There is now an audio version of the book available that I had the privilege of voicing. Though it was a lot of work, it was also a lot of fun.  Even had the opportunity to throw in a Hispanic and Australian character voice.

If y...
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The Health Care Bill Audio

Posted by Paul Hernandez on Monday, October 19, 2009, In : Health 

The Health Care Bill is a very important piece of proposed legislation.  It’s something every American should try to get educated about.  But who has got the time to read it?  That’s what’s so great about a web site I learned about put together by the Voice Acting community.  Voice actors have volunteered their time to read and record the health care bill and provided audio for you to download and listen to at your leisure.

 

I think it’s a great thing and a great service provide...


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Healthy Weight Loss

Posted by Paul Hernandez on Saturday, October 10, 2009, In : Health 

My wife and I started a weight loss program about 12 weeks ago. I was looking to lose 35 lbs and she wanted to lose 38. I hit my goal in just under 8 weeks and Debbie is about three lbs away from her goal. I am lazy when it comes to diets but this has really worked for us. The great thing is I believe it has helped me with my voice over career too because I have way more energy than I did just a couple of months ago. I feel better, healthier and have more endurance for auditions and voice o...


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Dare Devils

Posted by Paul Hernandez on Thursday, September 17, 2009, In : Funny 
Talking on the air the last couple of days about dare devil things people have done.  The comments I got were not at all what I expected but pretty darn funny...

Chuck shared: Going the the DMV in southern cal on a friday

Crag said: I once closed a spreadsheet without saving it first and once, and only once, I purposely let a document print even though my computer said it was outside the page margins. Never again though, never!!!!

And the biggest Dave Devil award goes to Dave who said..."UH....c...
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I Love Voice Acting

Posted by Paul Hernandez on Tuesday, September 15, 2009, In : Voice Overs 

Voice acting like any other art, is very competitive, but if you have the desire, the heart and a God given gift for this kind of work, you can succeed.  I've been in radio for over a decade but not seriously into voice acting until the last few.  I have found the voice over community very kind, helpful and encouraging.  The best piece of advice I have received from my coaches at the Creative Voice Development Group (Voice Coaches).  If you want to succeed in this business you must decide to ...


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Audio Books

Posted by Paul Hernandez on Tuesday, September 8, 2009, In : Voice Overs 

I recently landed an audio book job for Harper/Collins publishing on  http://voices.com .   This is the largest project I’ve had to date and while it was an entertaining book, I found that audio book projects are much more difficult than I had anticipated when you are the one doing the reading, acting,  recording and editing.  Those annoying little noises your mouth can make while speaking seem to get amplified when working on a project like this.  I tried to control the “saliva clicks”...


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It Pays To Be Persistant

Posted by Paul Hernandez on Tuesday, September 8, 2009, In : Voice Overs 

Since making the transition from radio announcing to voice acting I have found that there is an incredible amount of work available out there if you know where to look.  The issue is, there are also many other fine voice actors trying to get that work as well. 

It’s easy to get discouraged when you audition for hundreds of jobs with nothing to show for it.  However, I am thankful that my coaches at Voice Coaches taught me from the get go that you need to keep at it.  Many people drop out o...


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New Voice Over Web Site

Posted by Paul Hernandez on Tuesday, September 8, 2009, In : Voice Overs 

Thanks to encouragement from a friend on this social site, I’m excited about launching a new web site a www.paulhernandezvoiceman.com.  I have found the voice over industry to be fun and challenging.  I have also found the pros in this industry to be not only professional, but kind and encouraging as well.  Thanks to all of you!

As I learn more and more about this industry and the craft, I realize that there is always something more to learn.  That to me is one of the things that makes thi...


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