Drunk and Lazy

March 10th, 2010 (7 Comments)

The rumors started a few years ago. It all began when they had seen her struggle to get to the car. It was not a pretty sight. Swaying from one side to the other, Jennifer stopped to take a breath and regain her balance. Her brain was telling her body to walk upright, with that […]

Are you replaced by Text-to-Speech software?

March 5th, 2010 (1 Comment)

Should voice-over artists be afraid of artificial unintelligence? Will robots take over the role of narrator or do voice-over professionals still have a future?  The man who had lost his voice from thyroid cancer, spoke again on the Oprah Winfrey show. In 2010, the late film critic Roger Ebert gave his Oscar predictions with the […]

Bursting the Audition Bubble

February 24th, 2010 (8 Comments)

  Some voice-over casting sites have an interesting way of dealing with members complaining that they haven’t had much luck. Here’s what these sites say: “Auditioning is great practice! Even if you didn’t get that 100 dollar job, at least you’re honing your skills.” Oh, please… Give me a break! WORDS OF WISDOM At the […]

The Story behind the Story

February 2nd, 2010 (2 Comments)

The voice-over market is a buyer’s market. Voice-talents are exposed; voice-seekers are protected. As voice-over pros, we want to work. We need to work. Sometimes we’re so happy to be picked out of a pile of 100+ auditions; it’s tempting to say “YES” when we finally get a break. But would we have done so, […]

Mayhem at Newspapers for the Blind

February 1st, 2010 (8 Comments)

Posting jobs under false names, not paying invoices and Jekyll and Hyde-treatment of voice-over talent… these appear to be the trademarks of William May. Mr. May is the founder and editor of Newspapers For The Blind Organization,Inc,  a web–based service, offering a daily selection of newspaper articles for the vision impaired, read by voice-over pros. […]

Pay-to-Play: Dracula or Frankenstein?

January 28th, 2010 (2 Comments)

Mahmoud Taji is not only a Cairo-based Creative Director, he’s also a successful Arabic voice-over talent and blogger extraordinaire. Taji recently relaunched his Voice Emporium, and on this site you will find thought-provoking articles, but also a very valuable Voice-over Directory of 231 casting websites and a Scam Alert for the Voice-over industry. Taji is […]

Feed The Need

January 25th, 2010 (1 Comment)

Today, I went to “La Scala” in Milan, the most famous opera house in the world. It took me half an hour to get there. Rossini’s “Il viaggio a Reims” was shown at the same theater as where I had seen James Cameron’s two dimensional 3-D monsterpiece “Avatar”. In case you missed it: it’s that […]

Who’s Sabotaging Your Success?

January 12th, 2010 (2 Comments)

“The success of your business is equivalent to the strength of your relationships.” It almost sounds like a slogan from one of those inspirational posters, doesn’t it? You know… the ones with pictures of eagles soaring over pristine mountain peaks. You can find these pearls of wisdom on coffee mugs, calendars and on mouse pads. […]

Our Own Worst Critic

January 4th, 2010 (3 Comments)

“WAKE UP YOU IDIOT! You’re about to lose your business, your best mate and your girlfriend. And you still don’t get it, do you?” Gordon Ramsay was pulling out all the stops to talk some sense into the stubborn owner of the “Runaway Girl.”  The tapas bar in Sheffield was on the brink of collapse. […]

Voice-Over Nightmares

January 1st, 2010 (5 Comments)

If you’re a quitter, don’t waste your time reading this article. If you don’t want to grow your business, move on to another blog. If you’re afraid to face the facts, by all means: keep your head buried in the sand. And if you think you know better… good for you. Now, PROVE IT! “Harsh […]