Why you are boring me to death

June 27th, 2011 (76 Comments)

You’d think that voice-over pros always have something to talk about, but what happens when someone’s not feeding them any lines? Would they still have something interesting to say, or would they be less vocal without a mic and a script? Well, judging by the many voice-over blogs you can find online, we can’t seem […]

Are You Taking Kickbacks?

June 9th, 2011 (32 Comments)

On August 1, 2007, serial entrepreneur and Boston-based tax accountant Lewis Weinstein quietly launched the beta version of ReferralKey, an on-line referral management system. Some called it “LinkedIn on steroids.” Others feel it’s just another version of the traditional inbound marketing strategy. How does it work? Once you create a ReferralKey online profile showcasing your […]

8 Things I Hate About You

May 31st, 2011 (80 Comments)

It’s one of those mornings. I just put on my grumpy pants and I’m not in the mood to write a brilliant article. I just need to vent about social media. The non-event that triggered the outburst you’re about to enjoy, is at the top of my list: 1. Robotic requests to connect, befriend, recommend […]

Your Biggest Blind Spot

May 25th, 2011 (19 Comments)

Do you remember the first time you heard a recording of your own voice? Going back to that moment now, what went through your mind? Were you shocked or pleasantly surprised? Did you expect you’d sound like that? Most people respond the same way. When they hear themselves on tape, they get a bit uncomfortable […]

What the heck is Neutral English?

March 31st, 2011 (No Comments)

It’s time to tackle one of the most frustrating issues in the voice-over business. It’s particularly frustrating because in all the years that I have been a VO-pro, I have seen little or no change. Voice-seekers are just not getting it and voice talents are putting up with it like meek sheep. Before I tell […]

Shame on you, Mr. Nethervoice!

March 2nd, 2011 (9 Comments)

Something strange and unexpected has happened. Thanks to the growing popularity of this blog, some of my readers now write to me saying: “Dear Mr. Nethervoice, I enjoy your articles but I never knew you were into voice-overs as well. For how long have you been gracing this world with the sweet, seductive sound of […]


February 25th, 2011 (10 Comments)

Warning: this post contains some strong language that may not be appropriate for sensitive souls. * An overly demanding client has nickeled-and-dimed you down to your lowest rate and is never satisfied * You’re angry at yourself for ever taking on this job making you work for a jerk * You’re going out of your […]

Is playing a numbers game?

February 13th, 2011 (15 Comments)

On February 11, 2011, VOICES.COM released new numbers testifying to the success of the company. There’s every reason to congratulate the owners, David and Stephanie Ciccarelli. They proudly announced “$39,290,580 in Total Earnings by Voice Talent at” Some commentators concluded that the data in the report are a summary of this company’s past year in […]

The Awedition

January 18th, 2011 (12 Comments)

“Not everything is what it seems to be,” said the King as he looked into the Court Jester’s mirror.” Have you ever wondered what’s going on behind the closed doors of a casting agency? What’s it like to be part of a nerve-wracking cattle call? Would the casting director be one of those failed actors […]

Ted Williams: The Revelation behind the Sensation

January 6th, 2011 (43 Comments)

As I’m writing this story, it is January 6th, 2011. If you happen to read this story four or five years from now, will you still remember Ted Williams? And if you do, will you be thinking of that great hitter from the golden age of baseball or of the homeless man with the golden […]