Voice Over Self Direction App Introduced

self-direction-appClose on the heels of Pat Fraley’s webinar on the importance of self-direction for the voiceover artist (see The Art of Self Direction comes an app for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch: Voice Over Self Direction. The app was designed by long-time voiceover casting director and VO coach Mary Lynn Wissner of Voices Voicecasting.

For more than 25 years, Mary Lynn has cast thousands of voices in thousands of TV, radio, animation, games, narrations, and audio books. As well as casting voices, Mary Lynn has coached and directed hundreds and hundreds of voice talent into lucrative careers in the voiceover world. Mary Lynn works with ad agencies, production companies, writers, and directors every day…she knows what BOOKS the job.

Mary Lynn has whittled self-direction down to The Five Most Popular Directions that get asked for, over and over, in voiceover casting. “These five directions become the foundation for all voiceover, and are the core of every voiceover audition and session,” she says.

In addition to the button detailing the five most popular directions, The Voice Over Self Direction app includes buttons for Sample Scripts, Audio Samples, Add-On Emotions, and FAQ.

Downloading and installing the app on my iPad was a snap, and it took only a few minutes tself-direction_app2o work through the directions for use. The audio samples were helpful for showing how to use the app’s suggested triggers and add-on emotions, along with slating.

I even got a chance moments after downloading the app to try it during an audition. The results: I still can’t sound like a credible Morgan Freeman (yep, that was the direction provided with the copy), but the use of the app was quick and easy. And who knows, maybe my interpretation using Mary Lynn’s triggers and add-on emotion I chose will make the client sit up and take notice.

The Voice Over Self Direction app requires iOS 4.3 or later. It’s compatible with the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, and has been optimized for the iPhone 5. At $4.99, it’s a bargain!

About Gary MacFadden

Gary MacFadden is a voiceover professional specializing in audiobooks, eLearning, and narration. He became the editor of the print and online versions of the VoiceOver Insider in 2011, putting his journalism and business management experience to good use. For 25 years he was the spokesperson and Executive Director for the Adventure Cycling Association, America's largest recreational cycling organization with more than 40,000 members. When he's not in the vocal booth, Gary enjoys piloting his classic Cessna Skylark around the northwestern states.


  1. Hi — any chance that this will be coming to Android anytime soon? Thanks!

    • Editor’s note: Mary Lynn Wissner has informed us that her VO Self Direction app is not currently available for the Android, but that it’s coming soon. We’ll run an update article when the revised app arrives. — Gary MacFadden

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