Are Those Black Friday Deals Really Worth It?

November 16th, 2016 (5 Comments)

At this very moment, the retail powers that be, are working you left and right. They’re preying on you, like a lion lures a lamb. Unlike the lion (who will do his best to stay undetected until he makes his deadly move), retailers come at you in plain sight. They have no desire to rip you […]

Should We Shoot The Messenger?

November 9th, 2016 (22 Comments)

A painful, and often embarrassing war of words is finally over. America has voted. The people have spoken.  We have a president-elect, and his name is Donald J. Trump.  Some of us are elated. Some of us are scared.  Some of us are asking ourselves: “How the heck did this happen?” Now, before you think […]

Secrets From Successful Voice-Overs

November 2nd, 2016 (11 Comments)

Last week, I shared the story of Rick, a voice actor and producer with over 30 years of experience. In spite of his talent and time in the business, Rick isn’t doing so well. What’s even worse: he has pretty much given up hope that things will change for the better. His story struck a chord. […]

Voice-Overs: the Untold, Unsexy Story

October 26th, 2016 (20 Comments)

Something strange is going on. Whenever I try to warn people about the intricacies and pitfalls of the voice-over business, I get two types of reactions. More experienced colleagues thank me for painting a realistic picture of a complicated industry. Beginners criticize me for spitefully dashing their dreams. To some, I am a hero for speaking my mind. […]

Lessons From Bridezilla and Buffet

October 19th, 2016 (3 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 your […]

My Most Personal Post

October 12th, 2016 (45 Comments)

As a blogger, I often write about various aspects that play an important role in the way we lead our life, and the way we run our business. Think of things like our health, our state of mind, and the stuff we use to make a living. Today’s topic is something I approach with trepidation. For […]

Why Navel-Gazing Is Bad For Business

October 5th, 2016 (9 Comments)

I love being part of my sweet, supportive, and unpretentious voice-over community. It’s one of the many perks of the job. When one of us lands the gig of a lifetime, all of us rejoice. When one of us is down in the dumps, many of us reach out. When one of us spots a scammer, […]

What Were They Thinking?

September 28th, 2016 (21 Comments)

No matter how much you love your job as a voice-over, there are always aspects of your work you don’t care for, or would rather have someone else do. I, for instance, am not a numbers man, and I’m glad my office manager is keeping the books for my business. Very few colleagues I talk to, […]

A Shock Mount for the 21st Century

September 21st, 2016 (12 Comments)

Lyre, lyre, your mic’s on fire! Is it just me, or are microphones getting more and more exotic? We have Snowballs, Yetis, Voodoos, Fat Heads, microphones with holes, pear-shaped mics, flat ones, round ones… To accommodate all these weird shapes, sizes and different weights, each microphone now seems to come with its own, custom-designed shock mount. What amazes me is this. The most […]

Forget Regret!

September 14th, 2016 (15 Comments)

“Non, je ne regrette rien,” Edith Piaf famously sang. “No, there’s nothing I regret.” If there ever were a top ten of useless, disempowering emotions, regret would be at the top of my list. What’s the last thing you’ve regretted, lately? Not jumping at an opportunity? Not buying a piece of equipment while it was on […]