One Spelling To Rule Them All

UPDATE: Stephanie from Voices.com, Dave Courvoisier, and Bobbo have joined the fray!  We may just get a consensus on this.

Alright, I can’t be the only one who is being driven nuts by this.  I assume it came out of folks trying to register URLs for their VO websites that were not already taken but now it has just become a free for all and I think we should decide on a clear winner so I can sleep at night.1 What other industry out there has such a myriad of spellings?  None, because that would be stupid.  Instead I’m the one who feels stupid every time I have to decide what to write in an email or letter or just about anything.  I usually use the default term “Voice Talent” when talking about myself or others because I think it is descriptive and has a nice ring to it, but once I get to voiceover/voice over/voice-over I feel like I have no idea what I’m doing and I’m just like a little kid playing in Mommy’s makeup box.2

Now I’m sure you understand the weight of the situation at hand.  No less than the fate of our future is at stake and so I call upon you to draw your line in the sand.  Stand up and make your voices heard, shout your choice from the rooftops as if your life depended on it! Remember those who have sacrificed so much in the past so we can be where we are today and honor them by laying this issue to rest once and for all and restoring unity and sanity to our great profession!  Vote for change!  Vote for hope! Hell, do it for Pony Boy if you’d like, lets just do it.

Check out the voting widget thing over there on the right under the microblog and make your choice.  If you have a blog or website of your own, please grab the code and share it there too.  All the votes should go to the same place to be tabulated.  I’ll keep the poll open for exactly two weeks and then a winner shall reign supreme.  Anyone who uses the losing terms afterward will be met with scorn and will be forced to forever walk the earth accursed and bedraggled.  Either that or they face Thunderdome.  I haven’t decided yet.  Either way it should be pretty cool.

1. I’m not quite right, you know.
2. Wow, there had to be a better analogy than that for me to use.