The Big Secret To Audio Book Success

August 17th, 2016 (29 Comments)

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

August 10th, 2016 (19 Comments)

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

August 3rd, 2016 (20 Comments)

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

July 27th, 2016 (24 Comments)

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

July 20th, 2016 (22 Comments)

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, […]

The Wind Beneath Our Wings

July 13th, 2016 (19 Comments)

This blog post is dedicated to my wife Pam.   Some fifteen years ago, I walked into the office of my very first U.S. casting agent. I was absolutely thrilled, but I didn’t realize that I was about to make a big mistake. The walls were filled with posters of all the blockbuster movies the agency […]

Can You Control Your Career?

July 6th, 2016 (52 Comments)

“So, what do you want to be when you grow up?” It’s the dreaded question that can make a child quiver. “What do you mean, be? Am I not good enough? Do I need to be something or someone else? Who says I want to grow up? Grown-ups are boring…” Some kids know exactly how […]

The Terrible Truth About The News

June 30th, 2016 (6 Comments)

It was one of the most cynical cartoons I’d ever seen. A colleague had just put it up on the wall of the newsroom at Radio Netherlands International where I was working at that time. The frenzy of fanatic reporters filing their stories disappeared into the background as I read the headline: “WHAT IS NEWS?” […]

Everything is perception. Perception is everything.

June 22nd, 2016 (13 Comments)

Some people believe that auditioning is nothing but a numbers game. Let me tell you a story. Two groups of kids were playing outside. Someone had written a big number 6 on the street, and a fight had broken out because of it. One group claimed that the number was actually a 9. The other […]

How To Hire The Right Voice Over

June 15th, 2016 (9 Comments)

Mike’s corporate video looked like a million bucks. The camerawork was first-rate. The captions were loud and clear. The whole package was a winner. As long as the sound remained muted. Why? Because the voice-over brought everything down. “Where did you find this guy?” I asked. “He sounds like he has no idea what he […]