Why I Didn’t Like VO Atlanta

March 7th, 2018 (16 Comments)

Yes, it’s totally true. I didn’t like VO Atlanta. I LOVED it! Sorry for the clickbait headline, but I couldn’t resist. My clogs sometimes take me places I have no business going. Before I get into anything else, imagine this… You just came back from a spectacular four-course dinner at an amazing restaurant. The atmosphere […]

A Quick Course In Blogging & How To Get Thousands Of Subscribers

February 28th, 2018 (5 Comments)

As you’re reading these words, I’m at VO Atlanta, the largest gathering of voice talent in the world. When people spot me on the conference floor, one of the first things they usually say is: “Hey, are you Paul from the Nethervoice blog? I thought I’d recognize you!” Then we’ll chat for a few moments, […]

Are You My Colleague or My Competitor?

February 21st, 2018 (6 Comments)

It’s February 2018, and the Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang are in full swing.  Since the start of these games I have been glued to the television.  For me, that’s a strange thing to do, and I’ll tell you why. I’m not a huge sports fan. I don’t support one particular team. Between you and me, […]

Karma’s a Bitch

February 14th, 2018 (14 Comments)

On February 8th, CNN broke the news that renowned voice actor and coach Peter Rofé had sexually harassed at least thirty of his female students. Since then, thirteen other women have come forward with similar experiences. According to CNN, Rofé’s lawyer has denied wrongdoing on behalf of his client. As a man, a voice actor, […]

Entitled Wannabees Need Not Reply

February 7th, 2018 (38 Comments)

Okay, this is for the last freakin’ time, so pay attention. No. I will not introduce you to my agents. I refuse to evaluate your kitchen table demo, and critique your dime-a-dozen website. You don’t get access to my network of contacts which took me years to build. You cannot pick my brain over a […]

See Me in 3-D at VO Atlanta!

January 31st, 2018 (14 Comments)

At age seventeen, I started making youth radio programs in the Netherlands. Part of the fun was the inevitable trip to the cafeteria, where I could mix and mingle with the famous faces and voices of Dutch broadcasting. It was like seeing all the celebrities at Madame Tussaud’s wax museum come alive.  The guy who […]

Surviving the Gig Economy

January 24th, 2018 (9 Comments)

In about ten years, contract workers and freelancers are expected to make up half of the U.S. workforce. Let that sink in for a moment. Forget full-time positions. Goodbye job security and legal protection. No more benefits. No pensions or health insurance. No sick leave. Nothing. Working without a safety net is rapidly becoming the […]

Act Like A Pro

January 18th, 2018 (No Comments)

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The Magnet, the Colander, and the Clay

January 10th, 2018 (15 Comments)

As a blogger, coach, and voice talent, I think a lot about why certain people make it in this business and why others don’t. Those who are doing well don’t always know why they belong to the happy few. “You’ve got to have a lot of luck,” they say, and “be at the right moment at […]

Bored Stiff

January 4th, 2018 (10 Comments)

I’ve been behind the mic since I was seventeen. By the look of my grey hair, you can tell that’s a pretty long time. Thirty-seven years to be exact.  “Does it ever get old” someone wanted to know. “This voice-over thing you do.” “Well, ‘it’ doesn’t get old, but I certainly do,” I replied, not […]