My voiceover colleagues are a creative bunch — always up to something!
Here are the details of the new Voiceover Wiki set up by my colleage Mahmoud Al Taji (www.voiceemporium.com). I’m reprinting this from his LinkedIn notice and you can visit the website to learn more about it, and also if any of the links in his blog were not transferred to this article, you can probably go to them via Taj’s website.
“A few months back I got the idea that I the Voiceover community is in dire need of a repository of knowledge. Or if you want to use a more modern term… a Wikipedia site dedicated to the voiceover industry and its members.
Now I can’t use that term… Wikipedia… because that is a registered company that has its own site etc. but the more acceptable term is that the voiceover industry needs a wiki.
I’m a pretty DIY kinda guy and went on a search to find out if the community already had a site like that. Turns out there was an attempt to create one by one of the bigger online casting agencies but for some reason or another it just didnt take off.
So I decided to take things into my own hands to create that site.
It took me a while … it really did.. big learning curve… but I was able to setup the site and using the same software that wikipedia themselves use (to their credit they do post the software for free on their site) but I digress.
I tried to contact a few people of interest and was able to get them to contribute their information. The majority where pretty quick to reply (ok so I stalked them a little with my magicjack) but overall everyone was very professional.
I want every single voice actor, voiceover agency, studio to add their information to this site… Its an online encyclopedia for us, by us and the whole point of a Wiki is that it is driven by user contributions.
For those are not familiar with Wiki Markup Language please click here
But! I do have a few rules and they are that if you decide to add a page that it adheres to the following formats:
Agency, Company or Studio
If you are a company, agency, studio that wants to add itself to the Voiceover Wiki by all means please do but your page has to abide by the following structure (more or less):
- Current status
- Products and Services
- Customers, Vendors and Affiliations
- Awards and Recognition
- Link To your Site
(you can copy the markup language from this template and paste it into the content of your page and fill out the appropriate areas)
If you are a Voice Actor, coach, agent and wish to include information about yourself then please do so using the following structure:
- Life & Career
- Early career
- Other Interests
- Theatrical and Film Acting (can be video games for you if you like)
- References and footnotes
- External links
Voiceover Related Site
If you run a voiceover online magazine or information site then pleas follow this format:
- Site description
- Why it was established
- When it was established
- Celebrity Members
I started this project a little over 3 months back and the point was that I wanted the search engines to have time to index the site and make sure it was visible online.
Oh and I’ve started the ball rolling by adding over 350+ pages of content.
I run the site and I have a few rules but other than that… I hope you enjoy my efforts and find benefit in them.
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