Pay-to-Play: Dracula or Frankenstein?

January 28th, 2010 (2 Comments)

Mahmoud Taji is not only a Cairo-based Creative Director, he’s also a successful Arabic voice-over talent and blogger extraordinaire. Taji recently relaunched his Voice Emporium, and on this site you will find thought-provoking articles, but also a very valuable Voice-over Directory of 231 casting websites and a Scam Alert for the Voice-over industry. Taji is […]

Feed The Need

January 25th, 2010 (1 Comment)

Today, I went to “La Scala” in Milan, the most famous opera house in the world. It took me half an hour to get there. Rossini’s “Il viaggio a Reims” was shown at the same theater as where I had seen James Cameron’s two dimensional 3-D monsterpiece “Avatar”. In case you missed it: it’s that […]

Who’s Sabotaging Your Success?

January 12th, 2010 (2 Comments)

“The success of your business is equivalent to the strength of your relationships.” It almost sounds like a slogan from one of those inspirational posters, doesn’t it? You know… the ones with pictures of eagles soaring over pristine mountain peaks. You can find these pearls of wisdom on coffee mugs, calendars and on mouse pads. […]

Our Own Worst Critic

January 4th, 2010 (3 Comments)

“WAKE UP YOU IDIOT! You’re about to lose your business, your best mate and your girlfriend. And you still don’t get it, do you?” Gordon Ramsay was pulling out all the stops to talk some sense into the stubborn owner of the “Runaway Girl.”  The tapas bar in Sheffield was on the brink of collapse. […]

Voice-Over Nightmares

January 1st, 2010 (5 Comments)

If you’re a quitter, don’t waste your time reading this article. If you don’t want to grow your business, move on to another blog. If you’re afraid to face the facts, by all means: keep your head buried in the sand. And if you think you know better… good for you. Now, PROVE IT! “Harsh […]

Leaving a Legacy

December 21st, 2009 (2 Comments)

Overnight, the world turned white….. I always like to go outside before snow plows and shovels ruin a perfect picture. There’s something very magical about the light reflected by billions and billions of unique crystals. Fallen from heaven, those tiny flakes perform a timeless, selfless act. Down to earth, they reflect the light of the […]

Only in America

November 14th, 2009 (1 Comment)

Active Bottoms. Buy one. Get one free.   “What kind of sign is that?” asked my friend Kees, who was on a visit from Holland. “Active bottoms… If I take 50 percent off my active bottom, I won’t be able to sit straight.” “You’re right,” I replied. “But the world would be a quieter place!” […]

How much $$ do you need to break even?

November 6th, 2009 (5 Comments)

“It will look so good on your resume” “This might lead to regular work” “We’re a start-up business” “It’s such a small project” “This is an Indie film” “It will only take a few minutes” “You’re new and we want to give you a chance” “Even if you don’t get the job, it’s still great […]

Paying the Price

October 29th, 2009 (8 Comments)

Is there a hidden link between price and perception? Do we get what we are paying for? Are we more satisfied when we’ve paid top dollar? On January 14th, 2008, a team a of scientists from the California Institute of Technology and Stanford University, published a paper called: “Marketing actions can modulate neural representations of […]

Breaking Down an Audio Book Rate

October 24th, 2009 (28 Comments)

 “Attention Voice-Mart shoppers… in aisle seven you’ll find a fresh selection of promising audio book narrators, ready to read your epic three hundred-page novel for only $499.99. But hurry! Only today, they’ll throw in free editing. That’s right, a $299.99 value could be yours, absolutely FREE.” The shrill sound of my phone woke me up […]