Interview with Michael P. Cyll
Michael Cyll is a cardiac sonographer working in the Phoenix area for over 30 years who retired and began doing work as a medical voice over professional.
As Mike Cyll approached retirement from his clinical career, he developed an interest in narration and voice over work. He now specializes in performing narration in the science, technical and medical fields.
For the past year, he has been honing his voice-over skills and performing in a variety of freelance jobs, including audiobook narration, YouTube videos, and Zoom Theater productions.
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From Retirement to Medical Voice Overs
I believe that there is a need for voice overs by knowledgeable clinicians. How many times have you heard a medication mispronounced on a radio or TV ad, or even in educational videos? I think it would be great if we had nurses and physicians familiar with medical terminology doing some of those narrations.
Mike provides us with a quick overview of his efforts to enter the field, and some pointers to get started. And I hope he inspired a few of you to explore this interesting field.
Tools of the Trade
The equipment needed to start recording your voice, applying for freelance jobs, and submitting finished products is similar to that required for podcasting. You will need to record and edit audio files. I provide a list below of some of the software and equipment that Mike mentioned during our conversation.
I'm also providing other information that he referenced, including YouTube videos, an article, and a book that provide instruction on how to enter the field.
He is still early in developing this new career in medical voice over and narration. But I think Mike is on to something. There are many opportunities for clinicians, especially physicians, to narrate educational videos and advertisements, and do medical voice over work.
Links for Today's Episode:
- Audacity – Free, open-source, cross-platform audio software
- GarageBand – Free audio software for Mac
- Pro Tools – Suite of free and paid audio production software
- Backstage – A resource for performers to find work while helping talent-seekers move their projects forward, a powerful network of entertainment professionals, best-in-class casting tools, and more performance roles than any other casting service
- Backstage Voice Over Audition Listings
- Casting Call – A place to connect with performers and audition for acting, narration, and voice-over work
- Upwork – A site to find freelancers providing service in the IT, marketing, design, writing, and administrative support fields
- Voice Over Jobs on Upwork
- Narration Jobs on Upwork
- How to Get into VOICE OVER from ZERO – YouTube Video
- How To Start Doing Voice-over Work – YouTube Video
- Essential Voiceover Jargon to Know – YouTube Video
- The Locum Life Audiobook read by the author Andrew N. Wilner, M.D. (Audible Site)
- The Locum Life Audiobook read by the author Andrew N. Wilner, M.D. (Amazon Site)
- Doing Voice Over Work Online in 2020(blog article)
- How to Start and Build a SIX FIGURE Voice Over Business (popular book)
- Mike Cyll's email address: email@example.com
- Mike's Backstage Page
- Mike's LinkedIn Profile
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