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 […]

Busting Five Voice-Over Myths

June 9th, 2009 (5 Comments)

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!

May 29th, 2009 (No Comments)

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

May 24th, 2009 (No Comments)

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 […]

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