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How To Secure Return Business

December 17th, 2015 (13 Comments)

It must be hard to be Balloons the Clown. For years, Balloons has been a fixture in my Borough. He drives around in a silly red VW Beetle with a slogan prominently printed on the back: “Honk if you like clowns.” I’ll be honest: in all the years that our paths have crossed, I’ve never […]

How To Sell Your Voice Online

December 10th, 2015 (9 Comments)

Exhausted from Black Friday? Done with Cyber Monday?  Or are you still shopping on Santa’s behalf? I’m not one to stand in line for hours to get my hands on a doorbuster, but being the frugal Dutchman I am, I love a good deal. Most of those deals I find online, and I’m not the […]

Giving Up

December 2nd, 2015 (46 Comments)

This year… I stopped running after every audition, Or hoping for that big break. I gave up my relentless quest for clients, and allowed clients to come to me. I quit writing long emails to people asking me for the secret formula to overnight success; I relinquished my desire to have a constant social media presence; I […]

Freelancing Isn’t Free

November 18th, 2015 (11 Comments)

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

November 11th, 2015 (30 Comments)

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

November 4th, 2015 (19 Comments)

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?

October 28th, 2015 (5 Comments)

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

October 21st, 2015 (24 Comments)

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

October 14th, 2015 (7 Comments)

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?

October 8th, 2015 (18 Comments)

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 […]

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