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Freelancing Isn’t Free
Isolation. It’s a common feeling among freelancers. Voice-overs (like me) especially, may feel separated from the rest of the world because they often work in small, dark spaces, talking to… themselves. It’s easy to feel lost and lonely without a professional support system, and without colleagues to have water cooler conversations with. But if you […]
The Message Very Few Want To Hear
What if… What if you advertise yourself as a pro, but you’re still learning on the job; What if you wonder why you’re not booking, but you’re too cheap to hire a coach; What if you’re too lazy to look things up, and count on your community to bail you out; What if you think you can […]
The Ciccarelli Circus
So, here’s the deal. We all know that the CEO of Voices.com David Ciccarelli is on a charm offensive. He tried to do damage control by talking to fellow-Canadian Graeme Spicer of the Edge Studio. I don’t think that worked out so well. The promised recording of the contentious interview was never released because (supposedly) the video […]
Are You Suffering From Mike Fright?
While listening to one of my favorite podcasts, Radiolab, I discovered an interesting fact. Before legendary producer Allen Funt created Candid Camera, he experimented with a different show based on the same premise. It was called The Candid Microphone, and it first aired on June 28th, 1947 on ABC Radio. Funt came up with the […]
The ONE Thing Every Client Is Listening For
For once the pundits and the public agree. Donald Trump has it, and so does Bernie Sanders. But Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton definitely do not. What am I talking about? I’m talking about what separates the pretenders from the real deal. It could determine the outcome of the presidential election, as well as the […]
Please don’t let me be misunderstood
A few days ago, something happened to me that had never happened before. At the end of Uncle Roy’s 10th annual VO-BBQ, a young colleague walked up to me and said: “I wanted to thank you. You are the reason why I am a voice-over today.” “How so?” I asked, pleasantly surprised. He said: “When […]
A Friend Vanishes. Now what?
About a week ago, my good friend Mark left his home early in the morning to go to work. There was nothing unusual about that, except for one thing. He never arrived. That day, Mark did not come home either, and he did not respond to increasingly desperate text and voice messages from his wife Maggie. Mark disappeared […]
Ten Lies Voice Overs Tell
How far would you go to get ahead in this game we call the voiceover market place? Would you betray your pacifist principles and record a promotional video for land mines? Would you flirt with the casting director? Would you badmouth a colleague in the hopes of improving your odds? As soon as money is […]
How I Became Dear Abby
Something scary and awful has happened to me. Because of the strange popularity of this blog and my appearance as an “expert” on several VO-shows and webinars, people are starting to take me seriously. What am I to do? All of a sudden, friends and foes feel the urge to retweet my nonsensical wisecracks, and […]
The Ugly Truth
Before you begin, please note that the following article was written in September 2015, long before Voices dot com bought VoiceBank. I think my story proves that past behavior is a good indicator of future behavior. Beginning bloggers often ask me how to write a story that gets a lot of attention and traction. They realize they have […]