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From her home in Studio City, Deborah Sale-Butler gives voice to audio books, video games, e-learning modules, and in-store kiosks. She credits Voices.com with reviving her voice career. The online service, based in Canada, allows the voice actress to work from the San Fernando Valley for clients all over the world. In the past month, the website has helped to yield her several jobs, including a voicemail system for a Canadian company, an industrial video, several English language learning apps, and a trailer for a video game aimed at people with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Sale-Butler, 47, subscribed to Voices.com in September 2011 and the work immediately came her way. Clients include General Electric, Sony, McGraw Hill, Hitachi, Dun & Bradstreet, and several online games. The jobs pay a minimum of $100. Sale-Butler says when she began her voice acting career in the late 1980s the volume of work she received was notably less than what she currently gets through Voices.com. Auditions can range from 10 to 20 a day, Sale-Butler said, adding that in a slow week she can secure two or three jobs. “There was a point I was booking a gig a day,” Sale-Butler said. Sale-Butler uses a laptop, a Yeti microphone (manufactured by Blue Microphones in Westlake Village) and the Garage Band audio program to do her work. She started out in radio and turned to voice acting when she realized she enjoyed recording commercials more than being an on-air personality. She worked in Chicago and San Francisco prior to settling in Los Angeles. –Mark R. Madler

Mark Madler
Mark Madler
Mark R. Madler covers aviation & aerospace, manufacturing, technology, automotive & transportation, media & entertainment and the Antelope Valley. He joined the company in February 2006. Madler previously worked as a reporter for the Burbank Leader. Before that, he was a reporter for the City News Bureau of Chicago and several daily newspapers in the suburban Chicago area. He has a bachelor’s of science degree in journalism from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

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