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What Is Holding You Back?

October 31st, 2018 (2 Comments)

If I were to ask you: “What is one of the greatest motivators of behavior on the planet?” What would you say? 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 […]

The Voice-Over World Needs More Rejection. Here’s Why.

October 24th, 2018 (14 Comments)

Words are powerful things. They can inspire us, they make us laugh, they melt our hearts, and they entice our souls to jump for joy. Words can also scare us and scar us. They can intimidate, discriminate, and humiliate. The sound of certain words alone, can petrify people. Try this, will you? Say the following […]

Serenading Uncle Roy

October 13th, 2018 (5 Comments)

  On Saturday, October 13th, a good group of voice-overs came together in Bloomfield NJ, for Uncle Roy’s 13th annual VO BBQ. For those of you who don’t know him, Uncle Roy is Roy Yokelson, Emmy Award winning sound designer, recording engineer, bagel lover and demo/audio book producer extraordinaire. You can find him at Antland […]

Losing My Voice

October 10th, 2018 (28 Comments)

The facts are sobering. Every forty seconds, someone is struck with a stroke. It is the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S. Most people will never make a full recovery, and more than two-thirds of survivors have some kind of disability associated with the attack. Those are the statistics. It’s a good thing […]

Why I Have Disappeared

October 3rd, 2018 (53 Comments)

Six months ago I was on top of the world. And then my world collapsed. I remember being in Carnegie Hall on Thursday, March 22nd to hear Itzak Perlman and Pinchas Zuckerman play. During the intermission, I checked my phone to see if one of my agents had news about an audition. Seconds later I […]

Becoming A Frugal Freelancer

September 26th, 2018 (No 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?

September 19th, 2018 (2 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 […]

Debunking Bottom Feeders

September 12th, 2018 (15 Comments)

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 […]

Are Clients Walking All Over You?

September 5th, 2018 (18 Comments)

As a freelancer, I’ve had to learn many lessons. Some of these lessons came easy. Others were excruciating. Out of all the things I picked up along the way, these two were perhaps the hardest: 1. How to deal with conflict. 2. How to stand up for myself. I grew up in a very protective […]

Getting In Our Own Way

August 29th, 2018 (4 Comments)

There are two types of people who are very hard to teach. Let me break it down for you. The first group could care less about how the world sees them. These people often have an exaggerated sense of self, or worse, a narcissistic personality disorder. They have a hard time registering social cues, and they’re not very […]