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Being Wrong About Being Right
Go ahead. Do it! After today you may ask me everything about the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis, and the early onset of puberty. I promise you one thing: it will make me cry like a baby. Normally, I don’t concern myself with gonadotripin-releasing hormones stimulating steroid secretion. But as a voice-over, people send me the strangest scripts […]
Are You Wasting Your Time Going Nowhere Fast?
What’s frustration number one for a freelancer? Being busy without being productive. It’s a trap I have fallen into many times. I was working all day long, without much to show for it. That is, until something finally dawned upon me: Busy people talk about how little time they have. Productive people make time for […]
Only Fools and Horses
If… You believe that having a good voice is your ticket to success, You’ve never had any coaching or training, You don’t know what equipment to buy, You have no professional demos, You have no idea how to price your services, You think that low rates will attract quality clients, You don’t know how to run a […]
Are You Ready For World Voice Day?
“Name one of the most beautiful musical instruments on the planet.” “What’s your favorite?” When I ask people these questions, they’ll usually say something like “cello,” “piano,” “harp,” or “flute.” Bagpipes, cowbells, and kazoos never seem to make it to the list, and I can understand that. But much to my surprise, people tend to […]
Competitions Are Not My Thing, And Yet They Are
Competitions and Awards. If you’ve been following this blog for a few years, you know I feel rather ambivalent about those things. When I expressed my opinion about the Voice Arts™ Awards a few years ago, people took it personally. In the aftermath of the article, I received some very nasty emails, and quite a few colleagues unfriended […]
Facebook: Why You May Be Doing It All Wrong
In a hurry? Here’s a two-line summary of this blog post: Are you still using your Facebook Profile to promote your services? You need to stop that right now, and create a Facebook Page for your business. Got it? There are many reasons for doing that, and I’ll give you lots of carrots, but let’s […]
The Copyright Trolls Are Coming After You
Some years ago, digital marketing firm The Content Factory got an unpleasant surprise in the mail. A lawyer summoned them to pay $8,000 in penalties for alleged copyright infringement. Why? Well, one of their professional bloggers wrote a story about bargain hunting in Omaha, and used a photo of Nebraska. It wasn’t a great picture, […]
The Cost of Having a Conscience: the Ethics of Voice-Over
There is no doubt about it: The fifth edition of VO Atlanta was spec-ta-cu-lar! Over 550 voice-overs, coaches, service providers, and VO VIPS gathered for three never-ending days, and had a blast. The quest for actionable knowledge was palpable. The desire to raise our reputation, our standards, and our rates was on everybody’s mind. The energy […]
The One Thing That Will Improve Your Voice Acting Immediately
Question: What’s the one thing that, if you’d start doing it today, would make you sound so much better? Warm-ups? Tongue twisters? Sufficient hydration? Well, in order to answer this question, we first have to agree on what “better” sounds like. “Better” is one of those vague words we all use, but rarely clarify. We always […]
VO’s Unfair, so, Grow a Pair!
The other day it happened again. In mid-session, I gave one of my voice-over students a simple script for a cold read. I thought he’d be excited to try something new, but this is what he said: “You’re giving me this now? Are you trying to trick me? You gave me zero time to practice and get […]