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New Opportunities

with Simone Kliass & Jason Bermingham

Synthetic voices are here to stay, but they can’t replace the human connection. For this episode in the AI & Voice series, husband/wife dynamic duo Simone Kliass and Jason Bermingham join Anne to talk about digital voice technologies and the new opportunities for voiceover artists. Anne bonds with these fellow tech lovers as they discuss the perceived “tech threat” of AI, ethics, and why it’s important to “go with the flow.” Do you need a reminder of how good you are?

In this episode, Simone and Jason show you how to be inspired, remember why your talent is special, and get ideas to work with the evolving market and diversify your business like a BOSS.

When we worry that virtual voices will make our craft obsolete, it’s important to remember how good we are at voiceover - Simone

About Simone

Voiceover specialist and XR researcher, Simone Kliass is the creator and curator of Pixel Voice, Brazil's leading voiceover conference. As a founding member and VP of the Brazilian X-reality association XRBR, Simone has given talks on XR as well as on voice branding at SXSW. Simone hosts Brazil's leading virtual reality event, acts as lead ambassador for Women in Voice, and is also the vocal identity of the São Paulo International Airport, LATAM Airlines, and SKY Pay TV.

About Jason

Jason Bermingham is an American voice artist and producer who specializes in English-language narration for the Latin American market. Based in São Paulo, he has consulted on Emmy-winning films, coached for Oscar-nominated directors, organized Brazil's leading voiceover event, and contributed to the premier audio-tech magazine Sound on Sound. He has given talks and workshops at SXSW, Rio2C, HackTown, Path, and Pixel Show.

Top 10 Takeaways

Quick Concepts from today’s episode:

  1. Synthetic voices are getting better every day and are here to stay

  2. When you need a human connection, you can’t replace a voice actor with an AI voice

  3. You lose the human connection, empathy, and context in copy when using an AI voice

  4. When we worry that virtual voices will make our craft obsolete, it’s important to remember how good we are at voiceover

  5. A good voice artist can create a connection with the listener that other humans typically cannot.

  6. If these other humans cannot steal your job, neither can AI

  7. There will always be clients who choose an AI voice based on budget

  8. You can keep your business relevant by diversifying your business

  9. Mixed reality, augmented reality, interactive theater, augmented audio, and 3D podcasts are new technologies that need voice actors

  10. An advantage that a human voice actor has over an AI voice is the ability to have a real conversation with producers and clients.

There will always be clients who choose an AI voice based on preference and budget - Anne

Referenced in this Episode

Direct links to things we brought up ++

Christy Bowen Spoke about losing jobs to AI
Learn more about Cross Reality Brazil
Simone spoke at SXSW Online in 2020

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