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The Quest for the Best Voice-Over Mic
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
“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”.
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
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 […]
Busting Five Voice-Over Myths
Some of you won’t like what I am about to reveal, but it needs to be said. Yes, I will be the Debbie Downer of the voice-over community and the rain on your parade. If you’re a seasoned vo-pro, my message should come as no surprise. But I realize that blogs like these are also […]
Mess up your demos!
Don’t ever think it won’t happen to you. I guarantee you it will, and when it does, it will leave a bitter taste in your mouth. A few years ago, a colleague of mine got a disturbing phone call. It was an old friend from high school: “I didn’t know you were in the voice-over […]
Money, Money, Money
At the bank I once worked for as a trainer, they had a saying: “If it’s about money, it’s never funny” Ain’t that the truth! To that I added my own adage: “Show me your bank account, and I’ll tell you how you lead your life” Bankers and accountants probably know more about you than […]