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A Shock Mount for the 21st Century
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 […]
“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 […]
Stop Bashing Voices.com!
The history of the world is littered with intelligent people doing stupid things. Some of those people have interesting excuses: “I continue to suck on this carcinogenic stick, even though it could kill me. It’s just so relaxing.” “I won’t stop sexting, even if it ruins my marriage and my political career. I can’t live without […]
Are You My Colleague or My Competitor?
It’s August 2016, and the Olympics in Rio are over. Since the start of these games I have been glued to the television. For me, that’s a strange thing to do, and I’ll tell you why. I’m not a huge sports fan. I don’t support one particular team. Between you and me, I think most sports […]
The Devil Is In The Delivery
There’s no doubt about it. The repugnant R-word is one of the most dreaded words in the business, if not in life. We all have a deep desire to be accepted, to belong, to be loved, and to be recognized. Many people aim to please, hoping for a warm reception, only to receive a cold […]
The Big Secret To Audio Book Success
Heroes and role models. We all have people we admire because they inspire. One of my heroes happens to be a dancer, singer-songwriter, comedian, stage and screen actor, as well as a first-rate audio book narrator. Like me, he is a naturalized U.S. citizen. One of the songs he wrote the lyrics to, was nominated […]
What Clients Hate The Most
Okay, this may sound like a pop quiz, but are you a go-with-the-flow person, or do you like to plan everything out? Do you like surprises, or do you prefer to know what will happen next? How well do you handle uncertainty, and last-minute changes? Personally, I think life would be unexciting without the unexpected. […]
How To Be Believable
Congruence. It’s one of those mysterious English words I had to learn as a native Dutch speaker. Little did I know that this word would come to play a pivotal part in my voice-over career. Congruence is not a word you hear very often. At least, I don’t. It’s sometimes used in mathematics or geometry. […]
The Worst Acting Advice Ever
In my last blog post I talked about delivery. No, I wasn’t referring to your local pizza parlor. I was sinking my teeth into our performance as (voice) actors. If you’ve missed it, here’s the takeaway: Delivery is what separates the pro from the wannabe. You may have the most pleasant pipes in the world; […]
The Funniest Joke Of The Year
I love jokes. Especially the ones that make me laugh. Seriously! Every year, the public at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival votes for the funniest joke of the year. Comedian Tim Vine was declared the 2014 winner with the one-liner: “I decided to sell my Hoover…. well, it was just collecting dust.” I don’t know about you, […]