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Serenading Uncle Roy
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
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
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
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?
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
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?
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
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 […]
How To Sell Without Selling
“So, what do you hope to accomplish with that blog of yours,” asked one of my clients. I had just finished a recording session, and somehow we started talking about my website. “No offense,” said the client, “but these days, everybody has a blog. I try to read a few every once in a while […]
5 Reasons Why You Should Never Become A Voice-Over
“Millions of dollars paid out to voice actors globally.” “Audition for your dream job now.” “Instant access to amazing opportunities.” “New job postings every day.” It sure sounds tempting, doesn’t it? Especially when you’re young, idealistic, and impressionable. It’s the way online casting sites throw out their net, hoping that loquacious people will bite. Well, […]