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You Are Privileged

November 26th, 2020 (No Comments)

Sometimes I feel we can measure the degree of our privilege by how many things we take for granted. Is the air we breathe clean? Can we put food on the table? Are we healthy? Do we feel safe? Do we have friends we can count on? Do we love the work we do? For […]

Elaine Clark Cracked the Podcasting Code

November 18th, 2020 (No Comments)

I usually don’t get hate mail, but there was one story I wrote back in 2015 that rubbed a lot of readers the wrong way.  It wasn’t one of my stories about voices dot com. It wasn’t even an article about the Voice Arts Awards. It was a blog post called The Problem with Podcasting […]

Stop Being a People Pleaser!

November 11th, 2020 (6 Comments)

For most of us, pleasing people is the name of the game. As a freelance service provider, that is why we exist: to please the people that pay us. It’s how I grew up as a little boy in the Netherlands. As the son of a minister, I always had to be on my best […]

Let’s Shoot the Messenger!

November 4th, 2020 (2 Comments)

The war of words we call the U.S. general election, is finally over. America has voted. The people have spoken.  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 this is yet another analysis of the election, let […]

Kelly Glyptis: The Unstoppable Soprano.

October 28th, 2020 (No Comments)

QUESTION: How do you future-proof your voice over career? That’s one of the most important things you should ask yourself, in a time where rapidly evolving Artificial Intelligence is driving the latest text to speech software. The makers of this software have started advertising that their clients will never have to hire an expensive voice […]

Seven Signs You’re Not Meant To Be A Voice Over

October 21st, 2020 (23 Comments)

1. You think you’re good at imitating celebs.  You may be getting some pity laughs at parties, but your impersonations are quite pathetic, really. If someone would give me a dollar for every aspiring VO telling me he can do “a mean Sean Connery,” or a silly Schwarzenegger, I’d retire early. And no, I won’t […]

What Is Holding You Back?

October 14th, 2020 (5 Comments)

Let me ask you: “What is one of the greatest motivators of behavior on the planet?” Before you answer, let me add this: All animals respond to it, including us, humans. Every year, companies make billions of dollars because of it. People lose sleep over it. Others are driven to insanity because they can’t handle […]

Do You Really Need That New Microphone?

October 7th, 2020 (18 Comments)

George, a reclusive, world-renowned wildlife photographer, was invited to a posh dinner party at a New York brownstone. His host, a vivacious heiress to a rapidly declining fortune, took him aside and said: “George dear, I want you to know that I am a huge fan of your work. Your photographs are simply stunning. You […]

The Only Certainty You’ll Ever Have

September 30th, 2020 (9 Comments)

There’s one thing I absolutely love and hate about my life as a freelancer. It’s the unpredictability of it. To me, predictable is boring. It’s eating fish every Friday. Going to the car wash on Saturday, and spending every stinkin’ summer at the same overpriced rental on the Jersey shore. Predictable is no fun. It’s […]

The Vital Voice Over Skill We Never Talk About

September 23rd, 2020 (3 Comments)

It’s no secret. Voice-overs love to talk. Sometimes, they even get paid for it. But there’s another skill that’s almost as important, yet we rarely speak about it. It’s listening. Do you hear me? Here’s the weird thing. Early in life, we learn how to walk, talk, and color inside the lines. But did anyone […]

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