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October 18th, 2017 (12 Comments)

The “aholification” of society, otherwise known as the increase in the number of a-holes in the world. That was what I was going to rant about this week. You know, the people who just don’t seem to care about anyone but themselves. The people without manners. The loudmouths. The whiners. The bullies. The bullshitters. The […]

The Agony Of Ignorance

October 11th, 2017 (41 Comments)

Can you believe the stuff people put on t-shirts these days? This morning, one of the guys who looks like he lives in the gym I go to, had this slogan printed all over his colossal chest: “If it’s not hard, you’re not doing it right.” What kind of message is that? It’s along the […]

The Concise (and incomplete) Voice-Over Book List

October 4th, 2017 (4 Comments)

Stop reading my blog! Well… at least for a week or so. Then I expect you back where you belong. But let me ask you this: When is the last time you read a book? A real book? If you’re like me, you are so used to staring at poorly written scripts, and when you’re […]

The Trouble With Giving Unwanted Advice

September 27th, 2017 (26 Comments)

We are a suspicious society. Whether we realize it or not, most of us are trained to distrust people’s intentions. Some fifteen years ago, my friend was driving me home at night. The United States was still new to me, and I had a lot of cultural adjusting to do. At one point during our […]

Voice-Over Newbies: You Have Been Warned!

September 20th, 2017 (24 Comments)

Today I’m going to jump right into the topic of this blog. No teasers.  No anecdotes. No mysterious introductions. Right now I want to take a few minutes to talk about the pitfalls of a voice-over career. Now matter how many times you’ve dreamed about becoming the next Tom Kenny or Nancy Cartwright, you should […]

Calling it Quits

September 13th, 2017 (19 Comments)

There. He said it. And I happen to agree with him. My agent Erik has a YouTube Channel every voice talent should watch and subscribe to. It’s called The Outspoken. Erik uses this channel to answer questions, and to expose all the BS that’s going on in the voice-over world. Let me tell you: he’s […]

The Key To Promoting Your Business

September 6th, 2017 (14 Comments)

If you’re like most colleagues I know, you love doing what you’re doing for a living… … but you hate selling yourself.  Am I right? I know I felt that way for a long, long time. My mom and dad brought me up to be modest, and to never put myself on a pedestal. And […]

Help, I’m on Instagram! Now what?

August 30th, 2017 (No Comments)

Some have called it: “The next Facebook.” Since it’s owned by Facebook, that’s a bit of a stretch. No matter how you look at it, Instagram is the second most popular social media platform on the planet. Instagram has more monthly active users than Twitter. About 700 million people now use Instagram every month, with about […]

Should You Neutralize Your Accent?

August 23rd, 2017 (15 Comments)

“Voice-seekers are idiots.  Well… some of them,” said one of my colleagues, known for her strong opinions.  “Why is that?” I asked.  “Because they ask for the impossible, especially when it comes to accents.” Her argument went like this… Take your typical voice-over job listing: Project: Short Video Language: English Gender: Both Age: Middle Aged […]

It’s Time To Choose

August 16th, 2017 (8 Comments)

Back in the Netherlands (where I was born), the fathers of my two best friends both worked in the same chemical plant. I was eight or nine years old, so I wasn’t sure what the plant was producing. We did notice nasty clouds of yellow smoke coming from the chimney day and night. The stream […]

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