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Competitions Are Not My Thing, And Yet They Are
Competitions and Awards. If you’ve been following this blog for a few years, you know I feel rather ambivalent about those things. When I expressed my opinion about the Voice Arts™ Awards a few years ago, people took it personally. In the aftermath of the article, I received some very nasty emails, and quite a few colleagues unfriended […]
Facebook: Why You May Be Doing It All Wrong
In a hurry? Here’s a two-line summary of this blog post: Are you still using your Facebook Profile to promote your services? You need to stop that right now, and create a Facebook Page for your business. Got it? There are many reasons for doing that, and I’ll give you lots of carrots, but let’s […]
The Copyright Trolls Are Coming After You
Some years ago, digital marketing firm The Content Factory got an unpleasant surprise in the mail. A lawyer summoned them to pay $8,000 in penalties for alleged copyright infringement. Why? Well, one of their professional bloggers wrote a story about bargain hunting in Omaha, and used a photo of Nebraska. It wasn’t a great picture, […]
The Cost of Having a Conscience: the Ethics of Voice-Over
There is no doubt about it: The fifth edition of VO Atlanta was spec-ta-cu-lar! Over 550 voice-overs, coaches, service providers, and VO VIPS gathered for three never-ending days, and had a blast. The quest for actionable knowledge was palpable. The desire to raise our reputation, our standards, and our rates was on everybody’s mind. The energy […]
The One Thing That Will Improve Your Voice Acting Immediately
Question: What’s the one thing that, if you’d start doing it today, would make you sound so much better? Warm-ups? Tongue twisters? Sufficient hydration? Well, in order to answer this question, we first have to agree on what “better” sounds like. “Better” is one of those vague words we all use, but rarely clarify. We always […]
VO’s Unfair, so, Grow a Pair!
The other day it happened again. In mid-session, I gave one of my voice-over students a simple script for a cold read. I thought he’d be excited to try something new, but this is what he said: “You’re giving me this now? Are you trying to trick me? You gave me zero time to practice and get […]
Five Questions. Five Answers.
As a blogger and somewhat visible voice-over person, there are a few questions I get asked a lot: – How did you get started in the voice-over business? – What challenges did you encounter in your career, and how did you overcome them? – What advice do you have for beginners? Well, I could write a book […]
Becoming A Frugal Freelancer
If you’ve stumbled upon this blog post without reading part one “Would You Survive The Shark Tank?” please stop. Click on the title above; read the story, and come back when you’re done. By the way, as always, blue text on this blog indicates a hyperlink. Here’s one nugget from last week’s post you’ll remember: “The […]
Would You Survive The Shark Tank?
Three years ago, two aspiring voice-overs took the plunge, and opened up shop. One was incredibly talented, undisciplined, and thought he always knew best. The other one wasn’t as good, but she was business-savvy, and listened to feedback. 36 months later, number one is now an Uber-driver, entertaining his clients with celebrity impressions. Number two […]
Meet Me In Atlanta
Last week, thousands of people went to an inauguration, and millions marched for women’s rights. There is strength in numbers, and power in groups of people. Even though I can see the point of bonding together for a common cause, I have an admission to make: I hate being in the middle of a huge crowd. Crowds are […]