Shame on you, Mr. Nethervoice!

March 2nd, 2011 (9 Comments)

Something strange and unexpected has happened. Thanks to the growing popularity of this blog, some of my readers now write to me saying: “Dear Mr. Nethervoice, I enjoy your articles but I never knew you were into voice-overs as well. For how long have you been gracing this world with the sweet, seductive sound of […]


February 25th, 2011 (10 Comments)

Warning: this post contains some strong language that may not be appropriate for sensitive souls. * An overly demanding client has nickeled-and-dimed you down to your lowest rate and is never satisfied * You’re angry at yourself for ever taking on this job making you work for a jerk * You’re going out of your […]

Is playing a numbers game?

February 13th, 2011 (15 Comments)

On February 11, 2011, VOICES.COM released new numbers testifying to the success of the company. There’s every reason to congratulate the owners, David and Stephanie Ciccarelli. They proudly announced “$39,290,580 in Total Earnings by Voice Talent at” Some commentators concluded that the data in the report are a summary of this company’s past year in […]

The Awedition

January 18th, 2011 (12 Comments)

“Not everything is what it seems to be,” said the King as he looked into the Court Jester’s mirror.” Have you ever wondered what’s going on behind the closed doors of a casting agency? What’s it like to be part of a nerve-wracking cattle call? Would the casting director be one of those failed actors […]

Ted Williams: The Revelation behind the Sensation

January 6th, 2011 (43 Comments)

As I’m writing this story, it is January 6th, 2011. If you happen to read this story four or five years from now, will you still remember Ted Williams? And if you do, will you be thinking of that great hitter from the golden age of baseball or of the homeless man with the golden […]

The Troublesome Truth about Voice-Overs

December 29th, 2010 (58 Comments)

The Holidays are a great time to meet new people and catch up with folks you only see once or twice a year. This season I noticed a new trend. I’d be quietly munching on a Christmas cookie, and a relative of a friend of a friend would come up to me with a glass […]

Is Your Freelance Career Fueled by Fear?

December 9th, 2010 (24 Comments)

  “Do not anticipate trouble, or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight.” – Benjamin Franklin WARNING: do not read the following sentence. Yes, this one! Why did you read it when I asked you not to? Don’t even think of reading the next line either. Are you blind? You just did […]

Call Off Black Friday

November 19th, 2010 (24 Comments)

10-plus money-saving tips for the frugal freelancer! My mother must have had a Master’s Degree in Money Management. As a child, I hated it. At the supermarket checkout there was always some whiny kid in front of me, pointing at the strategically placed sweets. “Mommy, I want a lollipop!” cried the boy. The little brat […]

It’s the stupid economy!

October 27th, 2010 (19 Comments)

If we blame the economy for all of our freelance failures, perhaps it’s only fair that we should credit the economy for all of our successes. After all: we’re hopelessly helpless. It’s the economy, stupid! In 2000, Cleanthi Peters sued Universal Studios for $15,000. Cleanthi claimed to have suffered “extreme fear, mental anguish, and emotional […]

Landing jobs without auditioning: the Claire Dodin interview

October 20th, 2010 (7 Comments)

  When Claire Dodin was about seven years old, her mother built a theater in the attic of their apartment. Claire and her sister started putting on plays for her friends. Claire: “It was such a happy time, and I decided I’d just have to play for the rest of my life!” Fast-forward a few […]