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Why you’re leaving money on the table
How much do you charge for your services? What determines your asking price? If you charge too much, you run the risk of losing the job. If you’re selling yourself cheap, you look like an amateur. Here are 10 ways to win the bidding war. “Do these cookies taste as good as they look?” […]
The secret to landing any freelance job
Is your freelance business going down the drain? Are you sick and tired of rejection? Have you had enough of wasting your time on auditions, bids and proposals that never lead to anything? Perhaps it is time to make frustration your friend. Be sure to add a strong dose of disgust to the mix. According […]
Renowned German Scientist Apologizes
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The Mic Warmer: launching a true innovation
“Paul, I think you’re on to something,” said Heinz Gruenewald. Heinz works for the world-renowned Westdeutscher Rundfunklabor in Germany, and he’s one of the top sound wave specialists. He has several patents in nanomaterials, acoustic devices, transducers and sensors in his name. AN UNUSUAL TALENT Just like some wine connoisseurs are born with an extraordinary […]
10 ways to spot a voice-over amateur
“Dad,” said my almost eight year old daughter… “What does baklava taste like?” “It’s like a slice of heaven,” I answered. “In that case… I don’t want it,” she replied. “Why not?” I asked. “It’s sooo good!” My daughter answered: “I don’t want to… Read the rest of this story in my new book. Click on the […]
Drunk and Lazy
The rumors started a few years ago. It all began when they had seen her struggle to get to the car. It was not a pretty sight. Swaying from one side to the other, Jennifer stopped to take a breath and regain her balance. Her brain was telling her body to walk upright, with that […]
Are you replaced by Text-to-Speech software?
Should voice-over artists be afraid of artificial unintelligence? Will robots take over the role of narrator or do voice-over professionals still have a future? The man who had lost his voice from thyroid cancer, spoke again on the Oprah Winfrey show. In 2010, the late film critic Roger Ebert gave his Oscar predictions with the […]
Bursting the Audition Bubble
Some voice-over casting sites have an interesting way of dealing with members complaining that they haven’t had much luck. Here’s what these sites say: “Auditioning is great practice! Even if you didn’t get that 100 dollar job, at least you’re honing your skills.” Oh, please… Give me a break! WORDS OF WISDOM At the […]
The Story behind the Story
The voice-over market is a buyer’s market. Voice-talents are exposed; voice-seekers are protected. As voice-over pros, we want to work. We need to work. Sometimes we’re so happy to be picked out of a pile of 100+ auditions; it’s tempting to say “YES” when we finally get a break. But would we have done so, […]
Mayhem at Newspapers for the Blind
Posting jobs under false names, not paying invoices and Jekyll and Hyde-treatment of voice-over talent… these appear to be the trademarks of William May. Mr. May is the founder and editor of Newspapers For The Blind Organization,Inc, a web–based service, offering a daily selection of newspaper articles for the vision impaired, read by voice-over pros. […]