Those Silly Americans

April 6th, 2016 (12 Comments)

Here’s a question I get asked a lot: “What’s it like to be a Dutch voice-over, living and working in the United States?” Who wants to know? Mostly European colleagues, who either think I’m totally nuts, or who secretly want to do what I did and move to this land of milk, honey, and doughnuts. […]

The Mistake You Don’t Want To Make

March 30th, 2016 (14 Comments)

In his books and seminars, motivational speaker and coach Tony Robbins shares what he calls his Ultimate Success Formula. It’s a deceptively simple five-step process: 1. Decide what you want. 2. Know your reasons why. 3. Take massive action.  4. Notice what’s working or not.  5. Change your approach until you achieve what your want. I could […]

The Weight Of The World

March 23rd, 2016 (22 Comments)

Paris. Ankara. Istanbul. Brussels. On some days this beautiful planet is so full of hatred and hardship that I feel guilty writing about such trivial things as “work.” It sure is fun to blog about freelancing, marketing, and microphone technique, but I have to ask: “To what avail?” Does it lead to a deeper understanding of the human psyche? […]

The Turning Point

March 16th, 2016 (23 Comments)

Potentially, this could be my shortest blog post ever. It’s the story of how I got from doing okay, to doing quite alright, professionally speaking.  Almost every week I get emails from readers, asking me to reveal the big secret to my so-called success.  Why “so-called success”? Well, everything is perception, and perception is everything.  Before I […]

Right On The Money

March 9th, 2016 (9 Comments)

This is the conclusion of a 3-part series on how to price your services as a freelancer. Click here for part 1 and click here for part 2.  When Max walked into the warm conference room, he saw two files on the table. On one if them he recognized the name of a competitor. The […]

Taken For A Ride

March 2nd, 2016 (3 Comments)

This is the second part of a story about how to price your services as a freelancer. Click here for part one. The black SUV was slowly making its way through the worst winter storm on record. “Anatoly, at your service,” said the driver as he reached out to shake Max’s hand. “But my friends call […]

The Power Of Pricing

February 24th, 2016 (23 Comments)

SNOW EVERYWHERE… and Max was in the thick of it. His client was expecting him within the hour, and he was all dressed up but couldn’t go anywhere. This was the account he had been grooming for months, and today was D-Day: Deal or No Deal. Snow or no snow. He had to get out […]

Call Me Oscar

February 18th, 2016 (19 Comments)

Curmudgeon. I just love the sound of that word, don’t you? Curmudgeon. Linguists believe it dates back to the 1570s, but no one can tell for certain where it came from. If you’re like me, and English is your second or third language, you might not even know that curmudgeon is used to describe a […]

Do Nice People Always Finish Last?

February 10th, 2016 (6 Comments)

“Why do clients always think they can play me?” said one of my students. Let’s call her Ella. “What do you mean?” I asked. “Well, first they try to nickel and dime me, and then they expect me to record a major revision of a script for free. After going above and beyond to keep them […]

Turning Resistance Into Results

February 3rd, 2016 (9 Comments)

Every January I see them walk in. The men and women who told themselves: “I can do this!” They’re sporting brand new workout clothes, and are wearing fancy gym sneakers that have yet to be broken in. Water bottles in hand, they flock to the eight o’ clock spinning class lead by Helga, a platinum blonde transplant […]