Perfectionism Is A Trap

April 22nd, 2015 (29 Comments)

“Practice makes perfect.” It’s one of my least favorite sayings in the English language. Yet, last year, this expression topped a poll of words of wisdom Britons picked up in childhood, and continue to use well into their older years. It did better than “the grass is always greener on the other side,” and “good […]

The Window To The Soul

April 15th, 2015 (6 Comments)

The person who coined the phrase: “Eyes are the window to the soul” was wrong. If anything can offer us a unique insight into someone’s soul, it is the human voice. The voice tells us something about someone’s mood, someone’s mind, and someone’s history. Sometimes it’s subtle. Sometimes it cries out to you. The voice […]

Old School, Old Fool?

March 18th, 2015 (33 Comments)

The country I live in is built for the young. The population however, is aging rapidly.  It’s a huge problem, and a tremendous opportunity. In as little as 15 years, the U.S. is expected to be home to 73 million people over the age of 65. That’s about 33 million more than today.  The Baby […]

Poisonous Pens

March 11th, 2015 (33 Comments)

“When you step into a boxing ring, expect a few punches.” That’s how I would paraphrase a well-known Dutch proverb. I had to remind myself of that saying quite a few times last week, after publishing a critical blog post on podcasting. Last time I checked, over 2,500 people read it, and many felt the […]

The Problem with Podcasting

March 4th, 2015 (56 Comments)

Some called it “The little box that changed everything.” That tiny box made its debut just a few weeks after 9/11. In September 2014, just before its 13th birthday, the iPod Classic was no more. I’m not sure how long other digital music players will last, but I do know one thing. Podcasts are here to […]

To Discount Or Not To Discount

February 18th, 2015 (37 Comments)

A month or so ago it happened again. One of my contacts sent me the following message: “Paul, my client would like you to voice two animations. Both advertise the same product on the same platform, but each one appeals to a different audience. Both scripts are no longer than 125 words. Normally we’d pay you €250 per video, […]

The Confident Skills of a Sex God

February 11th, 2015 (20 Comments)

Dear Prudence: I am a bit of a prude, and that’s a problem. You see, I work as a voice actor, and recently I was asked to narrate a script that turned out to be very erotic. There were certain words in the story I just couldn’t pronounce. It was too embarrassing. The trouble is: […]

The Secret to Sustained Success

February 5th, 2015 (18 Comments)

“Seize the day,” “Carpe Diem,” “Maximize each moment.”  In a society as hectic as ours, that seems to be sound advice. All of us are given a limited time on earth. The best thing is to use it wisely. Don’t worry too much about tomorrow. Get the most out of each day. Go to any electronics […]

My Dutch Digital Detox

January 29th, 2015 (13 Comments)

It is often said that the internet is a cold and superficial place. I tend to agree.  Even though we can connect with practically anyone, anywhere at any time, it doesn’t make us less lonely or more engaged. If anything, the online universe is a distant world in which reality is observed instead of experienced. A world […]

Feeling Like A Fake

January 13th, 2015 (31 Comments)

You know me, don’t you? I love pretty much every aspect of my job as a voice-over. I love the variety, the challenges, the cool colleagues, and the interesting scripts. Yet, like in any job, there are things I struggle with. Number one on that list is the fact that I sometimes feel like a […]