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The Copyright Trolls Are Coming After You

March 22nd, 2017 (6 Comments)

Some years ago, digital marketing firm The Content Factory got an unpleasant surprise in the mail. A lawyer summoned them to pay $8,000 in penalties for alleged copyright infringement. Why? Well, one of their professional bloggers wrote a story about bargain hunting in Omaha, and used a photo of Nebraska. It wasn’t a great picture, […]

The Cost of Having a Conscience: the Ethics of Voice-Over

March 15th, 2017 (22 Comments)

There is no doubt about it: The fifth edition of VO Atlanta was spec-ta-cu-lar! Over 550 voice-overs, coaches, service providers, and VO VIPS gathered for three never-ending days, and had a blast. The quest for actionable knowledge was palpable. The desire to raise our reputation, our standards, and our rates was on everybody’s mind. The energy […]

The One Thing That Will Improve Your Voice Acting Immediately

March 8th, 2017 (26 Comments)

Question: What’s the one thing that, if you’d start doing it today, would make you sound so much better? Warm-ups? Tongue twisters? Sufficient hydration? Well, in order to answer this question, we first have to agree on what “better” sounds like. “Better” is one of those vague words we all use, but rarely clarify. We always […]

VO’s Unfair, so, Grow a Pair!

March 1st, 2017 (16 Comments)

The other day it happened again. In mid-session, I gave one of my voice-over students a simple script for a cold read. I thought he’d be excited to try something new, but this is what he said: “You’re giving me this now? Are you trying to trick me? You gave me zero time to practice and get […]

Five Questions. Five Answers.

February 15th, 2017 (3 Comments)

As a blogger and somewhat visible voice-over person, there are a few questions I get asked a lot: – How did you get started in the voice-over business? – What challenges did you encounter in your career, and how did you overcome them? – What advice do you have for beginners? Well, I could write a book […]

Becoming A Frugal Freelancer

February 9th, 2017 (2 Comments)

If you’ve stumbled upon this blog post without reading part one “Would You Survive The Shark Tank?” please stop. Click on the title above; read the story, and come back when you’re done. By the way, as always, blue text on this blog indicates a hyperlink.  Here’s one nugget from last week’s post you’ll remember: “The […]

Would You Survive The Shark Tank?

February 1st, 2017 (13 Comments)

Three years ago, two aspiring voice-overs took the plunge, and opened up shop. One was incredibly talented, undisciplined, and thought he always knew best. The other one wasn’t as good, but she was business-savvy, and listened to feedback. 36 months later, number one is now an Uber-driver, entertaining his clients with celebrity impressions. Number two […]

Meet Me In Atlanta

January 25th, 2017 (10 Comments)

Last week, thousands of people went to an inauguration, and millions marched for women’s rights. There is strength in numbers, and power in groups of people.  Even though I can see the point of bonding together for a common cause, I have an admission to make: I hate being in the middle of a huge crowd. Crowds are […]

The Secret to Not Getting Hired

January 18th, 2017 (37 Comments)

Let’s face it.  Most voice-over jobs you audition for, you will never get, and you’ll never know why.  If you can’t live with that… too bad. Nobody cares, and there’s no rejection protection program.    Most people can’t accept the fact that they will never learn the answer to the question WHY.  If you are […]

Don’t Drive Yourself Crazy

January 11th, 2017 (16 Comments)

Do you remember the time you learned how to drive? I sure do! In the beginning it was utterly overwhelming and scary. My hands and feet were supposed to do different things at the same time, and they vehemently refused. When I had to shift gears, I felt the urge to look at that darn […]

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