Why Pay to Plays will Implode

August 18th, 2011 (58 Comments)

Read this story in my new book. Click on the cover to access the website and get a sneak peek. Use the buttons to buy the book. Send to Kindle

Picking Bodalgo’s Brain

August 9th, 2011 (13 Comments)

“I’m being offered $200 to narrate a 120-thousand word audio book. Do you think that’s a fair rate?” “A client wants me to record a movie trailer for $150. Should I do it?” Not a day goes by without someone asking these types of questions on Facebook, LinkedIn and Google+. Sometimes I stick my neck […]

How I Became An Egotistical Bastard

July 28th, 2011 (43 Comments)

For the past few weeks I have conducted a secret experiment. You probably haven’t noticed a thing and that was exactly my point. Let me explain. One fine day I was wondering what would happen if I’d stop publishing my blog and reduce my presence on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn to a minimum. After 21 […]

Give Me a Break!

July 7th, 2011 (22 Comments)

After much use, even the sharpest knives get dull. Paul Strikwerda   Can a voice-over pro ever take time off? Do you have to be available 24/7? Is it okay to shut down your business for a few weeks of Rest and Relaxation? Will your Facebook fans unfriend you? Will your Twitter followers desert you? […]

Why you are boring me to death

June 27th, 2011 (76 Comments)

You’d think that voice-over pros always have something to talk about, but what happens when someone’s not feeding them any lines? Would they still have something interesting to say, or would they be less vocal without a mic and a script? Well, judging by the many voice-over blogs you can find online, we can’t seem […]

Are You Taking Kickbacks?

June 9th, 2011 (32 Comments)

On August 1, 2007, serial entrepreneur and Boston-based tax accountant Lewis Weinstein quietly launched the beta version of ReferralKey, an on-line referral management system. Some called it “LinkedIn on steroids.” Others feel it’s just another version of the traditional inbound marketing strategy. How does it work? Once you create a ReferralKey online profile showcasing your […]

8 Things I Hate About You

May 31st, 2011 (80 Comments)

It’s one of those mornings. I just put on my grumpy pants and I’m not in the mood to write a brilliant article. I just need to vent about social media. The non-event that triggered the outburst you’re about to enjoy, is at the top of my list: 1. Robotic requests to connect, befriend, recommend […]

Your Biggest Blind Spot

May 25th, 2011 (19 Comments)

Do you remember the first time you heard a recording of your own voice? Going back to that moment now, what went through your mind? Were you shocked or pleasantly surprised? Did you expect you’d sound like that? Most people respond the same way. When they hear themselves on tape, they get a bit uncomfortable […]

Building a Booth on a Budget – the booklet

April 14th, 2011 (28 Comments)

Your clients demand and deserve quality audio, but even a top of the line microphone sounds miserable in an unprofessional recording space. Are you thinking of buying or building a voice-over booth? Before you spend thousands of dollars, find out what your options are and why building your own studio is easier and cheaper than […]

What the heck is Neutral English?

March 31st, 2011 (No Comments)

  It’s time to tackle one of the most frustrating issues in the voice-over business. It’s particularly frustrating because in all the years that I have been a VO-pro, I have seen little or no change. Voice-seekers are just not getting it and voice talents are putting up with it like meek sheep. Before I […]