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Nail ’em to the wall!

September 15th, 2009 (2 Comments)

Humor and humiliation. It’s a weird combination and yet, it’s the basis of every slapstick. Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Laurel and Hardy, they all made us laugh because they made someone else cry. It’s that cake-in-your face humor, the poke in the eye joke and the dignitary forced to parade around town in his underpants […]

What makes people click?

September 9th, 2009 (No Comments)

  On June 8th of 2009, something occurred that had never happened before in the history of mankind. Hyères, the oldest and most southerly resort on the French Riviera, was the scene of an attempt to break the world record in Static Apnea. That’s the discipline in which a freediver holds his or her breath […]

8 ways to boost your web traffic

September 3rd, 2009 (8 Comments)

Having a website is not an accomplishment. Bella the Hamster has one. Famous dead people do too. I have even seen sites in loving memory of unfamous dead hamsters! Some of those websites get more visitors in a day, than you hope to have in a year. Here’s my question: If you have a business website […]

A Tempest in a Teapot?

August 29th, 2009 (5 Comments)

Ontario’s London Free Press called them “voice-over matchmakers”. Back in 2003, David and Stephanie Ciccarelli created Voices.com out of their condo. At the time this blog was published in 2009, they had eight full-time staff and four computer developers on contract. David estimated about $11 million of business goes through the site annually. If you’ve […]

Are your auditions sucked into a black hole?

August 28th, 2009 (10 Comments)

John was a realtor. The past couple of years had been the toughest ever. Plenty of prospects; very few buyers. John had to work twice as hard and twice as long to woo aspiring home owners. One day, his boss called him into the office and by the look on his face, he was not […]

Where Voice-Over Casting Sites Fail

August 20th, 2009 (9 Comments)

 A rude awakening. There is no other way to describe it. This morning I decided to take a closer look at one of the voice-over websites I subscribe to, and I particularly looked at all the auditions I had submitted in the past couple of months. What I discovered didn’t exactly make my day. Here’s […]

The Quest for the Best Voice-Over Mic

August 8th, 2009 (1 Comment)

Did you hear the joke about the three voice-over actors bragging in a bar? “My condenser has phantom power,” says the guy with the spooky voice. “My shotgun produces killer demos,” retorts the man in black. “My ribbon has a suspended diaphragm,” snaps the girl in the Harlan Hogan baseball cap. Waitress: “Anyone ordered a Blue Bottle?” Unidentified […]

A Sundial In The Shade

August 2nd, 2009 (2 Comments)

“I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state or sovereignty, of whom or which I have heretofore been subject or citizen”. Together with 66 other people from 31 different nations, these were the words I spoke in Philadelphia on the […]

Sorry, you’re not “it”.

July 25th, 2009 (1 Comment)

If I were to make a top-ten of the hardest words in any language, this word would be my number one pick. It’s also one of the shortest. This simple sound has destroyed countless careers; it has propelled people into the depths of depression, and it has broken many hopeful hearts. It is the horrible, […]

Getting the edge in voiceovers

July 18th, 2009 (No Comments)

What’s the link between a rice beverage and voice-over work? In a “Taste the dream” contest, Rice Dream offered prize winners the chance to experience their dream job for 3 days. The ad agency that came up with this campaign thought that our line of work qualified as a ‘dream job,’ because they put a […]