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How I Became Dear Abby
Something scary and awful has happened to me. Because of the strange popularity of this blog and my appearance as an “expert” on several VO-shows and webinars, people are starting to take me seriously. What am I to do? All of a sudden, friends and foes feel the urge to retweet my nonsensical wisecracks, and […]
The Ugly Truth
Before you begin, please note that the following article was written in September 2015, long before Voices dot com bought VoiceBank. I think my story proves that past behavior is a good indicator of future behavior. Beginning bloggers often ask me how to write a story that gets a lot of attention and traction. They realize they have […]
Letting Go and Moving On
The basement of the church office was bright and open. The aroma of fresh coffee was wafting in the air as Agnes -a woman in her late sixties- brought in a plate of homemade snickerdoodles. In one of the adjacent rooms, a radio was playing Songs of Praise. “Oh Lord, deliver us from evil,” seemed […]
Voices.com: Unethical and Greedy?
On October 15, 2014, Susan Truppe, the Canadian Member of Parliament for London North Centre, visited the offices of Voices.com for a second time. She did not come empty-handed. That day she announced that “Voices” would be receiving $900,000 from the government “to go global by expanding its project management division and translating its products […]
Voices.com Is Slapping Regular Members In The Face
Voices.com is doing it again. They are making it harder and harder for regular (Premium) members to audition for, and book jobs. How does “Voices” do it? By creating yet another exclusive membership level, limited to a group of very special people who get preferential treatment. But before I get to the new program, let’s […]
Debunking Bottom Feeders
Something strange is happening in the voice-over world, and it scares me. I know of no other profession where colleagues (and I use the word loosely) denigrate other colleagues simply because they’re advocating for decent rates. Those who favor higher fees are regularly labeled as greedy, unrealistic, elitist, old school, or as misguided union members. Since when did it become […]
Casting Pearls Before Swine
To an ignorant outsider, the voice-over community I belong to may seem cutthroat. Yet, if there’s one thing that makes it stand out among other freelance groups it is this: Voice-overs love to share. People with no or very little experience can expect a warm welcome, and a helping hand when they join an online […]
Are You Sending The Wrong Signals To Your Customers?
One of the boons of being a blogger is that I have a platform to parade all my pet peeves. I’m sure you have your favorites, and I hope you’ll share some of them in the comment section. As a lifelong lover of language (and alliteration), here’s one thing I can’t stand: The use of […]
How To Become A Superhero
Okay, I admit it. Last week’s post entitled Ten Things Clients Don’t Care About was pretty harsh. Yet, I felt it needed to be said, and many readers agreed with me. You see, here’s the thing. Too many freelancers are too focused on themselves, and it is costing them business. The way I see it, successful […]
Ten Things Clients Don’t Care About
If you just said to yourself: “I think that title looks familiar,” I’ve got to give it to you. You must have read my book Making Money In Your PJs, Freelancing for voice-overs and other solopreneurs. If you haven’t, please consider the story below as an introduction to some of the ideas you will find inside. The […]