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Are your auditions sucked into a black hole?
John was a realtor. The past couple of years had been the toughest ever. Plenty of prospects; very few buyers. John had to work twice as hard and twice as long to woo aspiring home owners. One day, his boss called him into the office and by the look on his face, he was not […]
Where Voice-Over Casting Sites Fail
A rude awakening. There is no other way to describe it. This morning I decided to take a closer look at one of the voice-over casting websites I subscribe to, and I particularly looked at all the auditions I had submitted in the past couple of months. What I discovered didn’t exactly make my day. […]
The Quest for the Best Voice-Over Mic
Did you hear the joke about the three voice-over actors bragging in a bar? “My condenser has phantom power,” says the guy with the spooky voice. “My shotgun produces killer demos,” retorts the man in black. “My ribbon has a suspended diaphragm,” snaps the girl in the Harlan Hogan baseball cap. Waitress: “Anyone ordered a Blue Bottle?” Unidentified […]
A Sundial In The Shade
“I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state or sovereignty, of whom or which I have heretofore been subject or citizen”. Together with 66 other people from 31 different nations, these were the words I spoke in Philadelphia on the […]
Sorry, you’re not “it”.
If I were to make a top-ten of the hardest words in any language, this word would be my number one pick. It’s also one of the shortest. This simple sound has destroyed countless careers; it has propelled people into the depths of depression, and it has broken many hopeful hearts. It is the horrible, […]
Getting the edge in voiceovers
What’s the link between a rice beverage and voice-over work? In a “Taste the dream” contest, Rice Dream offered prize winners the chance to experience their dream job for 3 days. The ad agency that came up with this campaign thought that our line of work qualified as a ‘dream job,’ because they put a […]
Busting Five Voice-Over Myths
Some of you won’t like what I am about to reveal, but it needs to be said. Yes, I will be the Debbie Downer of the voice-over community and the rain on your parade. If you’re a seasoned vo-pro, my message should come as no surprise. But I realize that blogs like these are also […]
Mess up your demos!
Don’t ever think it won’t happen to you. I guarantee you it will, and when it does, it will leave a bitter taste in your mouth. A few years ago, a colleague of mine got a disturbing phone call. It was an old friend from high school: “I didn’t know you were in the voice-over […]
Money, Money, Money
At the bank I once worked for as a trainer, they had a saying: “If it’s about money, it’s never funny” Ain’t that the truth! To that I added my own adage: “Show me your bank account, and I’ll tell you how you lead your life” Bankers and accountants probably know more about you than […]